77-year-old South African native Gary Player is undoubtedly a bit old school. A few months ago, he made “controversial” comments on Rory McIlroy’s slumping season, saying he needed to find “the right wife” — unlike tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, Rory’s current girlfriend of two-plus years.
Well, Player, a nine-time major champ, spoke out again in an interview with ESPN’s Sportscenter and didn’t back off from his earlier remarks:
And then there were 30 — that is, players who will advance to the FedExCup Playoff finale at East Lake GC in Atlanta. Several guys came through in the clutch and played their way into the Tour Championship, and several others didn’t have the best of weeks and were bumped out of the top 30 in the FEC points rankings.
Zach Johnson fired a six-under 65 to shoot 16-under total and win the weather-delayed BMW Championship on Monday by two shots over Nick Watney.
In the week-off between the Deutsche Bank Championship and the BMW Championship, Brandt Snedeker didn’t touch a golf club until Wednesday’s pro-am at Conway Farms. In fact, he wasn’t even feeling that great with the putter, until he rolled in a 14-footer from the fringe on no. 13 (teed off no. 10) for birdie that propelled him to make six more in a row.
Snedeker fired a bogey-free, eight-under 63, to take a one-shot lead over Zach Johnson (64) in the first round.
Muirfield might be getting a lot of criticism — some of it unfair (I’m looking at you, Phil “The Greens Are Dead” Mickelson) — for basically being a rather difficult links course, but that’s not to say luck hasn’t played its part in deciding a few outcomes this week.
Luke Donald wasn’t breathing any huge sighs of relief after this fluke at the Muirfield’s ninth, though; he later signed for an opening round of 80.
Wow, what a week! The U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club looked like it might turn into a farce at the start of the week, with the record-high rainfall and potential wash-out on Thursday, but in the end, everything worked out and the USGA and course walked away as the biggest winners. In fact, I might go as far to say that it was the best one I’ve seen in the past five years — four of which I covered and one that I spectated.
Phil looked ready to end a career of US Open heartbreak, but the leaderboard was crowded with big names desperate to spoil his Father’s Day party. Relive the final round with our blow-by-blow account.