Whan: Park a 'Grand Slam winner' with Open win

By Will GrayJuly 25, 2013, 2:40 pm

As Inbee Park sets her sights on a fourth consecutive major title at next week's Ricoh Women's British Open, questions have emerged as to what to call Park's feat should she win at St. Andrews during this, the first season featuring five majors on the LPGA Tour. In the eyes of commissioner Michael Whan, though, the description of the 25-year-old's potential feats would be clear.

'I'll call her a 'Grand Slam' winner if she wins four,' Whan explained during an interview on 'Morning Drive' Thursday. 'I think we've created the 'Super Slam' for five.'

Regardless of semantics, Park's chance at history is clear as she gets set to tee it up in Scotland next week, having already won the Kraft Nabisco Championship, Wegmans LPGA Championship and U.S. Women's Open earlier this season. According to Whan, the addition of a fifth major this year with the Evian Masters should have no bearing on how the 'Grand Slam' term might be used to describe Park's incredible 2013 campaign.

'If in 2011, Yani (Tseng) would have won all four available majors, we would have called her a Grand Slam winner,' explained Whan. 'I find it strange that in 2013 ... if Inbee wins four trophies in the first four majors, we wouldn't call her the same thing we would have called Yani.'

Despite the lingering questions about potential labels, Whan remains confident in the Tour's decision to extend the major championship designation to Evian, beginning this September.

'We built it because we wanted more exposure, more global media attention for the women's game,' he said of adding a fifth major. 'I think that's exactly what's going to happen, even more than we ever envisioned in its first year out of the gate.'

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McCarron closes with only bogey, shares lead

By Associated PressMay 26, 2018, 8:49 pm

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. - Scott McCarron, seeking a second senior major title to go with his 2017 Senior Players Championship, made his only bogey of the third round on the final hole to slip into a tie for the lead Saturday with Tim Petrovic in the Senior PGA Championship.

They were at 13 under par after Petrovic, seeking his first major, shot 65. McCarron has shared the lead through three rounds.

England's Paul Broadhurst, the 2016 British Senior Open winner, matched the best third-round score in tournament history with a 64. He was at 11 under.

Miguel Angel Jimenez, coming off his first major championship last week at the Regions Tradition, shot 65 and was 9 under.

Tom Byrum, who made a hole-in-one in shooting a 67, was in a group at 8 under.

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Watch: Rose one-arms approach, makes birdie

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 26, 2018, 7:25 pm

Justin Rose appears to have taken a course in Hideki Matsuyama-ing.

Already 3 under on his round through five thanks to a birdie-birdie-birdie start, Rose played this approach from 143 yards at the par-4 sixth.

That one-armed approach set up a 6-foot birdie putt he rolled in to move to 4 under on his round and 14 under for the week, five clear of the field.

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McIlroy battles back into tie for BMW PGA lead

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 26, 2018, 4:09 pm

Rory McIlroy got off to a rocky start on Saturday in the third round of the BMW PGA Championship, including hitting a spectator and making a double bogey. But after that incident on the sixth hole, he didn't drop another shot, birdieing the final hole to shoot a 1-under 71 and tie for the lead.

McIlroy had gone into Moving Day with a three-shot lead, but Francesco Molinari had the round of the day, a 6-under 66. "It was nice keep a clean scorecard," said Molinari, who hasn't made a bogey since the 10th hole on Friday.

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McIlroy and Molinari will be paired in Sunday's final round. They are tied at 13 under par, four shots clear of Ross Fisher, Branden Grace, Sam Horsfield and Alexander Noren.

The Wentworth course ends with back-to-back par-5s, and McIlroy birdied both of them. He got a break on the 18th hole as his drive hit a spectator and bounced into light rough.

"It was a struggle out there today," McIlroy said. "I think when you're working on a few things in your swing and the wind is up and you're stuck between trying to play different shots, but also try to play - you know, make good swings at it, I just hit some loose tee balls on the first few holes. But I'm proud of myself. I stayed patient. I actually - I'm feeling a bit better about myself after today than I was even walking off the course yesterday."

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Watch: McIlroy hits spectator on hand

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 26, 2018, 2:58 pm

We never cease to wonder at how close fans crowd in to the intended line of some shots, and just how skilled Tour players are in not hitting someone.

But every once in a while, golf ball and spectator intersect, with painful results. It happened to Rory McIlroy during the third round of the BMW PGA Championship, after he had hit a wayward drive on the sixth hole. Attempting to hack out his second shot from under a bush, McIlroy struck a female spectator on her right hand. There was no official word on her condition, but she was clearly - and understandably - in pain.

McIlroy went on to make double bogey but was able to put the incident behind him, as he promptly birdied the next hole.