You Oughta Know: A big weekend

By Golf Channel Digital, Randall MellJuly 12, 2014, 11:14 pm

It's been a busy three days for golf fans, what with two majors (Women's British Open, U.S. Senior Open), a run-up to a major (Scottish Open) and a regular PGA Tour event going on. Here's what You Oughta Know going into Sunday's final-round action:

Scottish Open

• Third-round co-leader Justin Rose is seeking a victory in back-to-back starts for the first time in his career. (He previously won the Quicken Loans National.) It would be just the third time as a professional that Rose could win multiple titles in the same year and first since 2007.                                                 

• At No. 6 in the world, Rose is not only the highest-ranked player in the field, he’s by far the highest-ranked on the current leaderboard. Fellow co-leader Marc Warren is 161st, followed in the top-five by Kristoffer Broberg at 304th, Tyrrell Hatton at 217th, Craig Lee at 254th and Ricardo Gonzalez at 350th.

• Warren, a native of Scotland, is seeking his third career European Tour win. He won the first in 2006 and 2007 – his first two years as a full-timer – but hasn’t won since.

• Of the bigger names in the field, Rory McIlroy will begin the final round seven strokes behind the leaders, while defending champion Phil Mickelson is eight back. - Jason Sobel

Women's British Open

• Third-round leader Inbee Park is looking to win her fifth major championship, her first Ricoh Women’s British Open. She has won the last four times she has held or shared the lead going into the final round of an LPGA event.

• Move over, JoAnne Carner. Sun-Ju Ahn is the modern-day “Big Mama,” at least that’s what they call her back home in South Korea. Ahn, 26, has never won an LPGA event, but she’s a proven winner with 23 worldwide titles, 16 on the Japan LPGA Tour and seven on the Korean LPGA Tour. Ahn beat Park and Morgan Pressel in a playoff in 2012 to win the Salonpas Cup, a Japanese LPGA major.

• Charley Hull will be looking to make history Sunday. If Hull were to win, she would be the youngest woman to win a major championship at 18 years, 3 months and 23 days old. Morgan Pressel was 18 years, 10 months and 9 days old when she won the Kraft Nabisco in ’07. Hull would also become only the fifth teenager to win a women’s major, after Pressel, Lexi Thompson, Yani Tseng and Park.

• Stacy Lewis, the defending champion, is three shots back. She finished birdie, birdie a year ago to win at St. Andrews. She’s a strong closer who has a final-round scoring average of 68.07 this season.

• Rain is forecast for Sunday at Royal Birkdale. - Randall Mell

U.S. Senior Open

• After not winning a major and not winning on U.S. soil while playing on the PGA and European tours, Colin Montgomerie is going for his second win in both categories, having won the Senior PGA Championship in May.

• Bernhard Langer is going for his fourth senior major and second U.S. Senior Open. - Al Tays

John Deere Classic

• Not to rain on 54-hole leader Brian Harman's parade - this is his first 54-hole lead - but each of last two John Deere winners trailed by at least four shots entering final round.

• If Harman does get his first PGA Tour win, he'll secure a spot in the British Open.

• Steve Stricker is seeking his fourth John Deere Classic win in six years.

• Jordan Spieth did not make putt longer than 5 feet, 1 inch in the third round. - Al Tays

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Watch: Hahn slam-dunks ace on 11th hole

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:20 pm

There are aces, and there are slam-dunk aces. No question which one this one by James Hahn on the 154-yard 11th hole was.

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Els' nephew Rebula wins Amateur Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 23, 2018, 7:05 pm

Ernie Els is one proud uncle.

His nephew, Jovan Rebula, won the Amateur Championship on Saturday at Royal Aberdeen to become the first South African to capture the title since Bobby Cole in 1966.

Rebula, a junior at Auburn, will join his famous uncle in Carnoustie next month for The Open. He also will get invites to the 2019 Masters and the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Rebula defeated Ireland's Robin Dawson, 3 and 2, in the 36-hole final.

"It’s unreal," Rebula said. "It’s really something that is hard to describe. I feel like many have been in this position before but it’s an unreal feeling. It hasn’t sunk in quite yet but hopefully tomorrow morning I can wake up and I will feel a little different."

Rebula received plenty of texts from Els throughout the week, and the encouragement paid off. Rebula opened a 1-up lead after 18 holes, and he extended his advantage by winning the 26th and 27th holes. He was 5 up with six to play before finally closing out Dawson on the 16th hole with an up-and-down from the bunker.

"It’s been a long week and especially today," Rebula said. "I should have finished maybe a couple of holes earlier, but it’s been awesome. A very tiring week. I’m standing here right now and there’s so much adrenaline pumping through me."

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Squirrel gets Rory's round off to a rocky start

By Will GrayJune 23, 2018, 6:42 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Rory McIlroy’s third round at the Travelers Championship got off to a peculiar start before he even hit a shot.

McIlroy had just been introduced on the first tee at TPC River Highlands and was ready to unload on his opening drive of the day when a squirrel ran across the tee box a few feet in front of him.

McIlroy stopped his swing and laughed it off, but the squirrel continued to linger for several seconds, criss-crossing from one side of the packed tee box to the other. And while this was no black cat, the pump-fake to start his round didn’t exactly help the Ulsterman.

McIlroy ultimately blocked his drive into the right rough after enduring his brief rodent delay en route to an opening bogey, and amid soft conditions at TPC River Highlands he played his first five holes in 2 over. McIlroy started the day at 7 under, three shots behind leader Brian Harman.

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Kaymer in six-way tie for BMW International lead

By Associated PressJune 23, 2018, 5:29 pm

PULHEIM, Germany - Danish golfer Lucas Bjerregaard shot a 5-under 67 to equal the week's lowest round for a six-way share of the lead after the third round of the BMW International Open on Saturday.

Bjerregaard had eight birdies, a double bogey and a bogey to finish on 5-under 211 - jumping 23 places and joining local favorites Martin Kaymer and Maximilian Kieffer, England's Chris Paisley and Aaron Rai, and Australia's Scott Hend at the top of the leaderboard.

Bjerregaard was fortunate to play before the wind picked up again later in the afternoon.

Full-field scores from the BMW International Open

Kaymer, the 2008 champion, delighted the home supporters with two birdies in his last three holes for a 71.

Finland's Mikko Korhonen and Chile's Nico Geyger were one shot off the lead after rounds of 69 and 73, respectively.

Defending champion Andres Romero equaled the week's best round (67) to be among a large group two shots off the lead going into Sunday, including three-time European Tour winner Andy Sullivan.

Romero is bidding to be the first player to retain the title.