Feng holds off Piller to win LPGA finale

By Ryan LavnerNovember 24, 2013, 9:08 pm

On a day when many of the contenders slid down the leaderboard, Shanshan Feng shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 Sunday to win the $700,000 first-place prize at the CME Group Titleholders. Here’s the skinny on the final round at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla.:

The leaderboard: Shanshan Feng (-15), Gerina Piller (-14), Pornanong Phatlum (-13), Sandra Gal (-12), Inbee Park (-11)

What it means: It’s the second win in the last three starts for Feng, who also won last month’s Reignwood LPGA Classic. In her last five starts, the 2012 LPGA Championship winner has not finished worse than 11th. In winning the Titleholders she captured the most lucrative prize in women’s golf.

Round of the day: Beginning the day in a tie for fourth, Feng made four birdies in the first six holes to surge into the lead. She missed a few short putts that could have given her a comfortable cushion as she played the back nine, but her up-and-down from behind the 17th green proved the decisive stroke.

Best of the rest: Gerina Piller ran off three birdies in the last six holes, but she couldn’t convert a 10-footer on the last hole that would have forced a playoff. Nonetheless, she posted her career-best finish on the LPGA. Ilhee Lee shot the best round of the day, a 7-under 65, to jump from 30th to 11th

Biggest disappointment: In a share of the lead to begin the day, Natalie Gulbis shot a 10-over 82 to plummet all the way into a tie for 29th. Lexi Thompson had a chance to win again close to home, but she made four bogeys and a double en route to a closing 76 

Quote of the day: “I said that if I get to 15 (under), I’m happy, and it doesn’t matter if I win or not,” – Feng, who won at 15-under 273

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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.

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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.