A Fortunate Sunday For One Foursome
European Tour – Tournament action started early on Sunday morning with the 10th Alfred Dunhill Links Championship underway in Scotland.
Martin Kaymer once again impressed and fulfilled his dream of winning a golf tournament at St. Andrew’s. The 25 year-old U.S. PGA Champion used a 66 on Sunday to secure his third straight victory and push himself into the top 5 of the Official World Golf Rankings.
Lee Westwood had a chance to take top spot in those rankings with a 2nd place of better finish this week but a flare up of his leg injury forced him into settling for a tie for 11th. Even with him taking an extended break he should attain that No.1 spot as of October 31st despite Tiger Woods being inactive as well.
It was a breezy and cool day in St. Andrew’s but that did not prevent some great scoring. Kaymer, who eventually won by 3 strokes over England’s Danny Willett, made some of the most impressive shots. Among them was a birdie from off the green on the 17th, The Road Hole, and a closing birdie after an approach struck off the road that crosses the 18th fairway, Granny Clark's Wynd. Kaymer exclaimed, “It was always one of my dreams to win at St Andrews. I can still remember my first day here as an amateur and walking down the 1st hole, over the bridge, all those things. They felt very special to me. It was very special for me to win here today. Three in a row, well three-and-a-half if you include the Ryder Cup – it wasn’t just my own win – is pretty good. I was never expecting that I could win three tournaments in a row, so I don’t really have an answer for why I am playing so well at the moment.”
PGA Tour – Across the ocean, along the American shoreline at St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, Heath Slocum prevailed at the inaugural PGA Tour McGladrey Classic. It was far from a sure thing for Slocum who struggled a bit on the day before closing out his 4th PGA Tour victory.
After cruising through the first 8 holes in four under par Slocum looked to be in fine position but the field would just not let him slip away. Bogeys on the 9th and 12th holes allowed a number of players to get back in contention, including David Toms and Robert Allenby who were enjoying a Sea Island Seaside Course that played to their strength in ball striking.
Ultimately Toms and Allenby would both falter while the Viking Classic winner from last week, Bill Haas, used an eagle to vault himself into solo second place at 13 under par, one back of Slocum’s final total.
Champions Tour – Up the coast and slightly inland Mark O’Meara had plenty to celebrate on Sunday. The two-time major champion winner got his first solo Champions Tour victory at a senior major, the Constellation Energy Senior Players’ Championship.
Save for his drive on the 16th hole of the final round O’Meara played very steady at the TPC Potomac at Avenel Farms, the former host for many PGA Tour events located in Potomac, Maryland. O’Meara barely fended off a late charge by Michael Allen, who was coming off a 2nd place finish at the PGA Tour Viking Classic.
A playoff was required and a wayward drive by Allen led to a bogey while O’Meara successfully converted a 4 foot par putt for the long overdue win.
LPGA Tour – Some of the most impressive golf of the weekend took place in Alabama where Aussie Katherine Hull and “Bam Bam” Brittany Lincicome headlined a final day shootout at the Navistar LPGA Classic. Lincicome threw a 65 up in round four while Hull needed a 67 to surpass her by a single stroke for the win.
Hull’s back nine included four birdies over her closing nine while Lincicome had three of her own over that stretch. Unfortunately Brittany failed to make better than a par on the 17th hole, a par five (which she usually dominates) and missed out a chance to catch Hull by making another par on the final hole.
Overnight leader Cristie Kerr put up an even par final round of 72 that left her in a tie for third with Na Yeon Choi.
This report provided to GolfWRX.com by Flagstick Golf Magazine (www.flagstick.com)