Rose survives marathon day to win Zurich Classic

By Nick MentaApril 26, 2015, 9:31 pm

At the end of a marathon day at TPC Louisiana, Justin Rose was the last man standing in the Zurich Classic. Here’s what you may have missed from a busy Sunday outside New Orleans:

Leaderboard: Rose (-22), Tringale (-21), Weekley (-20), Herman (-19), Day (-19)

What it means: The win is Rose’s seventh on the PGA Tour and his first since last year’s Quicken Loans National. Tied for the lead with Jason Day after the completion of the third round Sunday morning, Rose went back out in the afternoon and posted a bogey-free 6-under 66 punctuated by a closing birdie on the 72nd hole. The Englishman played his final 56 holes at the Zurich without a dropped shot and 30 holes on Sunday in 10 under. The victory gives Rose a Tour title in each of the last six seasons, leaving him behind only Dustin Johnson (eight straight) for the circuit’s longest active streak. No. 9 in the Official World Golf Ranking to start the week, Rose figures to be on the way up again. Speaking of which, Rose is the third member of the OWGR top 10 to win in as many weeks, following Jordan Spieth at the Masters and Jim Furyk at Harbour Town.

Round of the day: Seven players – Tingale, Weekley, Herman, Steve Wheatcroft, Whee Kim, D.A. Points and Scott Stallings – turned in rounds of 7-under 65 on a very soft (they played lift, clean and place), very gettable TPC Louisana.

Best of the rest: Tringale found himself atop the leaderboard through 12 holes of his final round but lost all momentum with a bogey on the par-4 13th. From there, he made four straight pars and left his eagle chip at the par-5 18th to tie Rose at 22 under a foot short. Tringale tapped in for birdie, a Sunday 65 and solo second.

Biggest disappointment: Day was tied with Rose after Round 3 but struggled to generate much forward progress as the rest of the field poured in birdies. After opening with three straight birdies on Nos. 5-7 in the morning, Day played his final 27 holes in just 3 under to finish fourth.

Shot of the day: D.H. Lee closed out his round in style with this ace at the 210-yard, par-3 17th, and then birdied 18 to fire a final-round 67.

Quote of the day: "It’s an event I’ve played many times. I feel like year in and year out I’ve been closer and closer, and I always joke with the Zurich guys that this is my fifth major. They’ve become such good friends of mine. Any win is sweet but when you get to share it with people you’re close to, it’s fantastic." - Rose

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Expired visa, helicopter, odd clubs all part of Vegas' journey

By Ryan LavnerJuly 19, 2018, 3:48 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Jhonattan Vegas thought someone was playing a practical joke on him.

Or maybe he was stuck in the middle of a horror movie.

Scheduled to leave for The Open a week ago, he didn’t arrive at Carnoustie until a little more than an hour before his first-round tee time Thursday.

“Even if somebody tried to do that on purpose,” he said, “you couldn’t really do it.”

The problem was an expired visa.

Vegas said that he must have gotten confused by the transposed date on the visa – “Guessing I’ve been living in America too long” – and assumed that he was cleared to travel.

No problem, he was told. He’d have a new visa in 24 hours.

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Except the consulate in New York didn’t respond to his application the next day, keeping him in limbo through the weekend. Then, on Monday, he was told that he’d applied for the wrong visa. UPS got shut down in New York and his visa never left, so Vegas waited in vain for seven hours in front of the consulate in Houston. He finally secured his visa on Wednesday morning, boarded a flight from Houston to Toronto, and then flew to Glasgow, the final leg of a 14-hour journey.

His agent arranged a helicopter ride from Glasgow to Carnoustie to ensure that he could make his 10:31 a.m. (local) tee time.

One more issue? His clubs never made it. They were left back in Toronto.

His caddie, Ruben Yorio, scrambled to put together a new bag, with a mismatched set of woods, irons, wedges and putter.

“Luckily the (equipment) vans are still here,” Vegas said. “Otherwise I probably would have played with members’ clubs today.”

He hit about 20 balls on the range – “Luckily they were going forward” – but Carnoustie is one of the most challenging links in the world, and Vegas was working off of two hours’ sleep and without his own custom-built clubs. He shot 76 but, hey, at least he tried.

“It was fun,” he said, “even though the journey was frustrating.”

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'Brain fart' leads to Spieth's late collapse

By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 2:44 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The closing stretch at Carnoustie has famously ruined many a solid round, so Jordan Spieth’s misadventures on Thursday should not have been a complete surprise, but the truth is the defending champion’s miscues were very much self-inflicted.

Spieth was cruising along at 3 under par, just two shots off the early lead, when he made a combination of errors at the par-4 15th hole. He hit the wrong club off the tee (4-iron) and the wrong club for his approach (6-iron) on his way to a double bogey-6.

“The problem was on the second shot, I should have hit enough club to reach the front of the green, and even if it goes 20 yards over the green, it's an easy up-and-down,” Spieth said. “I just had a brain fart, and I missed it into the location where the only pot bunker where I could actually get in trouble, and it plugged deep into it. It was a really, really poor decision on the second shot, and that cost me.”

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Spieth continued to compound his problems with a sloppy bogey at the 16th hole, and a drive that sailed left at 18 found the Barry Burn en route to a closing bogey and a 1-over 72.

The miscues were more mental, a lack of execution, than they were an example of how difficult the closing stretch at Carnoustie can be, and that’s not good enough for Spieth.

“That's what I would consider as a significant advantage for me is recognizing where the misses are,” said Spieth, who was tied for 68th when he completed his round. “It felt like a missed opportunity.”

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Perez: R&A does it right, 'not like the USGA'

By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 2:28 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Pat Perez didn’t even attempt to hide his frustration with the USGA at last month’s U.S. Open, and after an opening-round 69 at The Open, he took the opportunity to double down on his displeasure.

“They (the R&A) do it right, not like the USGA,” Perez said of the setup at Carnoustie. “They've got the opposite [philosophy] here. I told them, you guys have it right, let the course get baked, but you've got the greens receptive. They're not going to run and be out of control. They could have easily had the greens just like the fairway, but they didn't. The course is just set up perfect.”

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Concerns at Shinnecock Hills reached a crescendo on Saturday when the scoring average ballooned to 75.3 and only three players broke the par of 70. Of particular concern for many players, including Perez, were some of the hole locations, given how fast and firm the greens were.

“The U.S. Open could have been like this more if they wanted to. They could have made the greens a bit more receptive,” Perez said. “These greens are really flat compared to Shinnecock. So that was kind of the problem there is they let it get out of control and they made the greens too hard.”