Cameron Beckman defeated Kevin Sutherland on the second playoff hole to not only win the Frys.com Open, but also assure his place on the PGA Tour for the next two years. Mr. Beckman began the week 176th on the money list and prepared to head to Q School. â€œI honestly was just trying to finish in the top 150 so Iâ€™d get to the (qualifying school) finals.â€
Mark Turnesa stood on the 18th tee with a two shot lead yesterday, certainly remembering being in the same position last month at the Viking Classic. There he double bogeyed to fall into a tie and a playoff he eventually lost to Will McKenzie. No double today, instead it was tee shot into the first cut of the rough on the right (water along the left will do that to you), iron into the bunker on the right, blast out, two putt bogey to win by a shot.
Dustin Johnson birdied the last two holes at Turning Stone Resort to beat Robert Allenby by a stroke. On the 17th hole, Mr. Johnson, a tour rookie, hit his tee shot 328yds and his approach to 6 feet for a birdie. On the 18th hole his 357yd tee shot flew over the heads of the group in front of him.
Camilo Villegas liked winning so much he won the Tour Championship in a playoff with Sergio Garcia. â€œWinning is awesome,â€ Villegas said after closing with a 4-under 66. In his first tournament since his initial victory at the Western Open, err sorry, BMW Championship, Mr.Villegas doubled his victory total.
The professional pen-wielders said Paul Azinger's team was a serious underdog in this years version of the Ryder Cup. After all, Tiger Woods wasn't playing due to injury, while Phil Mickelson, Justin Leonard, Stewart Cink, and Jim Furyk had all been utilized as cleaning solvent by the Euros in Cups past. The rest of the squad a bunch of Cup rookies whose underwear was sure to shrink so small as to make breathing a conscious activity.
After 89 professional tournaments, Camilo Villegas came out atop the leaderboard. Mr. Villegas won the Western Open, oops my error, The BMW Championship with a wire to wire performance at Bellerive. A rain out on Thursday forced the tournament to be played over three days, with 36 holes be played on Saturday.
Vijay Singh won the Deutsche Bank Championship in stunning fashion, shooting a final 63 by making putts covering more distance in one round than the total distance he rolled into the hole in the previous three rounds. A 35 foot birdie followed by a 60 foot birdie and a 37 1/2 foot birdie on the back nine left the remainder of the field so far behind they couldn't catch his dust.