LEMONT, Ill. – The score sheet will say England’s Justin Rose breezed to a wire-to-wire victory in the BMW Championship. Breezed? It was more like weathering Hurricane Irene.
Playing in steady rain, Rose nearly squandered a five-stroke lead after eight holes Sunday but held on with an even-par 71 to win the third PGA Tour playoff event, at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club. His 13-under-par 271 total was two shots better than steady Australian John Senden, who had closed within one of the lead after 15 holes.
Rose struggled through much of the back nine — missing four of five fairways and five of seven greens at one point — but sank a 35-foot chip shot from in front of the 17th green for birdie and a two-shot lead. Read More…
Confirming perhaps the most consistent season of any player on the 2011 PGA Tour,Titleist Brand Ambassador Webb Simpsonpulled away late Sunday at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., to win the Wyndham Championship for his first PGA Tour victory.
Trusting a Pro V1x golf ball and a bag full of Titleist equipment, Simpson closed with a bogey-free 3-under 67 for an 18-under 262 total and three-shot victory, one of three wins by Titleist golf ball players last weekend across the worldwide professional tours.
It marked the 26th win for Titleist golf ball players on the 2011 PGA Tour, nearly nine times the nearest competitor with three and more than two times all other golf balls combined.
Simpson, 26, also became the 12th different Titleist Brand Ambassador to find the winner’s circle this season on the PGA Tour:Steve Stricker (2), Nick Watney (2), Adam Scott, Scott Piercy, Johnson Wagner, Gary Woodland, Brendan Steele, Harrison Frazar, Rory McIlroy, Chris Kirk and Scott Stallings. <…Read More…>
Here’s a closer look at Webb Simpson’s Titleist equipment:
Keegan’s hard work over the years has paid off. Just two years ago Keegan was on the Hooters Tour just “trying to survive”, living in a one bedroom apartment. Last year he made a name for himself on the Nationwide Tour, finish 14th on the money list and earning status on the PGA Tour. His first career PGA Tour win came earlier this year at the HP Byron Nelson Classic, also in a playoff and has recorded four other Top 10s.
With this win, the Bradley name is added to the uber-short list of Francis Ouimet and Ben Curtis. Those are the three golfers since 1913 to win a major in their first attempt. Keegan Bradley locked up his 2nd win of the year on Sunday in absolutely ridiculous fashion coming down the stretch. At one point, with three holes to play, Bradley was 5 shots back of the lead and the metaphorical fat lady had all but taken the stage for her big solo. A triple bogey on the Par 3, 15th hole left Bradley seemingly out of the Championship, leaving viewers thinking he had a nice week but it wasn’t meant to be. However, back-to-back birdies (including one jaw dropping putt on 17) and a steady par on 18 were enough to force a playoff. Once the playoff began, Keegan wasted no time extending the momentum he had going from the previous three holes.
So, congratulations Keegan Bradley! You have just joined an elite club! Not only is Keegan now a major champion, he has just vaulted to the top of the Rookie of the Year conversation, as well as making an exceptionally strong case for Player of the Year honors. With this win, Keegan moves to 4th in FedEx Cup points and 29th in the OGWR! Do you think Keegan is a legitimate Player of the Year contender?
Here is what Keegan used to win the PGA Championship:
Sean O’Hair Turns Tough Year Around by Winning RBC Canadian Open Playing TaylorMade R11 Driver, Wearing adidas Golf and Ashworth
Three Brands Unite in the Winner’s Circle as O’Hair notches Fourth Career PGA Tour Victory
TaylorMade Tour Staff professional Sean O’Hair earned his fourth PGA Tour victory Sunday, winning the RBC Canadian Open playing the R11 driver, wearing Ashworth apparel and adidas Golf footwear. O’Hair’s excellent tee-to-green play was critical to handling the narrow fairways and exceptionally heavy rough of Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club’s. He drove brilliantly with his R11, ranking third in driving distance (299.6), also used the Tour Preferred MB forged irons and the Penta TP ball to notch 10 birdies in the final 36 holes of regulation. The R11 driver, Tour Preferred MB and Penta TP were likewise used last week by TaylorMade Tour Staffer Darren Clarke to win the Open Championship.
The victory vindicates months of work O’Hair has put in to regain his form in the midst of a 12-tournament streak in which he missed nine of 12 cuts and fell to 114th in the Official World Golf Rankings. The win puts O’Hair, 29, back in the thick of the 2011 FedExCup points race (43rd). It had been two years since his last victory, at the 2009 Quail Hollow Championship.
“It’s been a humbling year,” O’Hair said. “It’s been a tough road and I’ve had a lot of people help me get to this point.” *
TaylorMade Tour Staff Professional Darren Clarke Captures Open Championship Playing R11 Driver
Clarke, 42, Becomes Oldest Open Champion Since 1967 Playing R11 Driver, Tour Preferred MB Forged Irons, Penta TP Golf Ball
TaylorMade Tour Staff Professional Darren Clarke captured the Open Championship Sunday, realizing a lifelong dream of hoisting the Claret Jug after delivering a virtuoso performance at Royal St. George’s. Exceptional ballstriking and true grit fueled Clarke’s emotionally charged victory at the Open, his first major championship win in 54 attempts.
“it’s been a dream since I’ve been a kid to win The Open, like any kid’s dream is, and I’m able to do it, which just feels incredible, incredible right now,” Clarke said.
Playing the R11 driver, Tour Preferred MB irons and the Penta TP golf ball, the journeyman Clarke was well-suited to take on classic Open conditions. Three consecutive rounds in the 60s put Clarke in position to capitalize on a one-shot lead Sunday, a wild afternoon that hosted his gutsy final-round 70 – highlighted by a 20-foot eagle putt at the par-5 seventh. His 72-hole total of 275 was good for a three-shot win, his second this year and 21st career worldwide. Clarke previously won the Iberdrola Open in May.
With the win, Clarke, 42, became the oldest Open Champion since 1967 and left little doubt about the celebration to ensue in his home country of Northern Ireland. Clarke also moved to No. 30 in the Official World Golf Rankings and now ranks sixth in the Race to Dubai.
TaylorMade drivers have been used in 32 victories worldwide in 2011 – more than any other brand. Clarke’s victory marks the first major win for the revolutionary R11 driver and second for the Penta TP golf ball. TaylorMade-adidas Golf Tour Staff professional Martin Kaymer won the 2010 PGA Championship playing Penta TP, the first and only five-layer Tour ball and the most complete ball in golf.