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Champions Tour. Mitsubishi Electric Championship. Brilliant Bernhard Back in the Winners Circle.

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Brilliant Bernhard Langer is back in the winners circle, winning the Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hawaii.

Back in the winner's circle

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Bernhard shot a beautiful final round of -8 under par 64 on the Hualalai Golf Course to win the Mitsubishi Electric Championship title by three shots with his tournament score of -22  under par.

Bernhard was extremely pleased with his win;

“It’s a new year and my goal was to get over the hurdle and win as soon as possible. I’m very pleased and extremely blessed to play golf like this. To be 22 under doesn’t happen very often.”

Fred Couples and Jeff Sluman finished tied in second place at -19 under par. Jay Haas was in fourth spot alone on -17  under par.

Jeff  was making his 80th consecutive senior start, he has been among the tour’s top-20 money winners the last five years. All but one of his five birdies came from inside 6 feet, due to great iron play. He finished the last round with a -7 under par 65, with a -19 under par total;

“My iron shots were pretty bueno on those.”

Fred was looking for his 10th Champions win and second in a row, he had a -5 under par 67 last round to also finish at -19 under par.

 The seniors play here again Sept. 18-21 in the Champions Tour Pacific Links Hawaii Championship at Kapolei.

Champions Tour. Mitsubishi Electric Championship. Freddie and Bernhard Lead

 

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 Fred Couples and Bernhard Langer are tied atop the leaderboard of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship in Hawaii.

 

 

After two days of pristine conditions on the Hualalai Course Fred and Bernhard are tied at the top of the leaderboard at -14 under par. Fred carded a second round of -8 under par 64 while Bernhard signed for -7 under par 65.

Fred commented about what he called crazy scoring;

” The scores here are crazy every year, to be honest, the only time I pay attention is Sunday when I’m done. There is definitely frustration, especially because I was leading almost every week at some point. I’m ready for more wins, hopefully.”

Mark O’Meara was just one stroke back of the leaders at -13 under par for the tournament. Mark was – 7 under par after seven holes and finished with a second round of 65.

David Frost , has pulled into contention with a -8 under par 64. David marvelously one-putted 10 times,  and shares fourth place with Jeff Sluman and Steve Elkington at -12 under par.

The final round will be a good contest, a tightly packed leaderboard and good weather conditions will make low scoring very possible.

Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Fantastic Fred Wins. Kenny Crowned Champion.

Freddie Couples won his first event this year, the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, with a last round -2 under par 69 for tournament total of -17 under par, a six shot victory. Kenny Perry won the year-long points competition for  the Charles Schwab Cup.

Fred Couples during his win in the 2013 Charles Schwab Cup Championship in San Francisco.

Fred Couples / AP

Fred was happy with his win;

” It’s great to win. It seems like four years ago, now I have 60 days to lose all my momentum. I’d like to have the kind of year Kenny had, the goal is to win the Cup. The goal is to play. This year, I wouldn’t call it a waste, but it was a waste as far as not winning. This week was different, I did not miss many shots. I got the lead and I kept it. I’m not a fierce competitor but I love the competition. Just winning, even if it’s a club championship, you’re thrilled.”

 

King Kenny

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Kenny remarked on his magical season;

” It’s been a magical season. This is my highest accomplishment. I’ve been close to winning a major on the PGA TOUR and to finally win a few this year, it’s the things dreams are made of.”

Kenny spoke about the challenge from Bernhard Langer;

“Starting the week I said it was 29 against one, and like I was saying, I was trying to be the mayor of San Francisco trying to shake all the players’ hands. I just said, I need one of you to get hot this week and keep Langer off of me. And it was so funny he played right in front of me today, Bernhard did, and I came to the ninth hole, which I knocked a driver and 5-wood on the green, and I looked over at the board and he shot - 4 under on the front nine and I’m thinking this guy just won’t go away. We’ll cherish this year because, you know what, not too many people have one of these. To be able to say that I did it once in my career is a dream come true, to finally, here at 53, to achieve something pretty significant in my golfing career. I’ve had the lead since June or whenever and every week we talk about the Charles Schwab Cup and I’m finally glad it’s over, I don’t want to talk about it no more, I got it.”

Bernhard finished in second place, a last round -4 under par 67, for total of -11 under par, in reality a long way from actually winning the tournament, which he needed to do to beat Kenny to the overall points title.

Tied with Bernhard in second place this week were Peter Senior and Mark O’Meara. As things turned out without Fred winning this week, there would have been a play-off for the overall title. Apparently Kenny was very thankful that Freddie turned on his super dominating performance.

 

Charles Schwab Cup Championship, Fred Fires Into The Front.

Fred Couples fires himself into the front of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in the second round at TPC  Harding Park.

Couples in control

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Fred had a bogey free second round -6 under par 65, to lead the Charles Schwab Cup Championship on -12 under par at the half way stage at TPC Harding Park. He emphasized that this was a big event, and he was here to win, despite something wrong with injuries to his neck and back;

” This is a big event, these are the best players on the tour and I want to win. I’m certainly not playing any better because I want to win. I wanted to win at Birmingham, Seattle, Chicago, Newport and everywhere else I finished second. I had another good round and hit the ball well, when I hit pretty good irons I made the birdies. When you’re near the lead, playing fast is a bonus. There’s something going on, it’s just not comfortable. It’s doable, sometimes when I turn I snag it. It’s more at night when I’m lying down. My back hurts and I don’t sleep much. I wouldn’t be playing if it hurt to swing. This is one of my all-time favorite courses, that helps me. As far as length, if I hit every fairway, I’ll have an advantage all right, over my normal game.”

First round leader Peter Senior is in second place. his second round of -2 under par 69 giving him a tournament total of -10 under par, leaving him two shots off the pace. He said he did not do too much wrong, apart from missing some putts;

” I didn’t do much wrong, I didn’t get away with anything but I think I’m in a good position. I had a heap of chances early in the round that I didn’t convert.”

Bart Bryant is in  third position after his second round of -5 under par 66,, for a -8 under par total.

Bernhard Langer is another stroke back. and occupying fourth place alone after a -3 under par 68, for a -7 under par total. He is in a tussle with Kenny Perry for the year-long overall title, and the math needed to work out who is most likely at this point would need Einstein to work out. Kenny, who currently leads overall is in T11 position.

Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Super Senior Soots 63.

Peter Senior shot a super 63 in the first round of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, the Champions Tour’s season-ending event at TPC Harding Park.

Peter Senior   (Getty Images)

Peter Senior / Getty Images

Peter carded a -8 under par round to top the leaderboard, and is hoping to stay there to record his first Champions Tour title, although he has finished runner-up on five occasions. Peter won the Australian Open last year for his 19th PGA Tour of Australasia victory. He said today was probably his best round of golf ever;

” That was probably the best round of golf I’ve played this year, I putted well and hit it well.”

David Frost shot a round of -7 under par 64, after missing a short putt on the 18th hole, but is only one shot adrift of the lead.

Bernhard Langer, who is bidding to overhaul Kenny Perry’s lead at the top of the overall Charles Schwab standings, shot a round of -4 under par 67. Even if Bernhard wins this tournament Kenny needs only to finish fifth or better to take the season title and the $1 million bonus.

Good Luck to Bernhard, this is promising to be a titanic tussle.

The Senior Open. Magical Mark Wiebe Beats Bernhard Langer

Magical Mark Wiebe beat Bernhard Langer in the play-off for The Senior Open title at Royal Birkdale, on Monday morning.

Mark Wiebe with The Senior Claret Jug  (Getty Images)

Mark Wiebe and The Senior Claret Jug / Getty Images

A truly great links golf shot was the key which helped American Mark Wiebe claim a dramatic victory in The Senior Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

Mark and Bernhard were forced to return to the Merseyside course on Monday at 8 am,  after darkness finally suspended play at 9.41 pm on Sunday. That was after the dueling pair had completed two extra holes.  They played the 18th hole three more times on Monday morning, and  it was Mark who eventually struck the super shot. He had found the rough with his tee shot on the par four, but produced a marvelous low draw that found the putting surface.

Bernhard was just short of the greenside bunker but his  chip shot, from an awkward  lie, ran a good fifteen feet past the hole. That left Mark a 30ft birdie putt for victory, which he left just inches from the hole, and tapped in for par. Bernhard was unable to make his par putt, handing victory to Mark.

Sadly for a heartbroken Bernhard it was a great opportunity for another Open title, and he should have won. He led by two strokes playing the last hole in regulation on Sunday before closing with a double bogey, and the lengthy play-off ensued.

Mark said he was speechless and shocked;

” I’m speechless, shocked, too,  I just planned on Bernie making that putt on the fifth extra hole and I actually was wondering already what hole we were going to go to now. Do we go back to 18 or do I start on a new hole. I think it’s always better for both players had there been a birdie to win the playoff instead of a bogey, but right now, I don’t really care.  I’m glad it’s over, and I’m honored.  I just was luckier today and last night than Bernie I guess.  I also feel like Bernie has won, what, a couple hundred tournaments.  He’s won so many, I feel like this was my turn.”

Bernhard was very gracious in defeat, remembering Jean Van de Velde;

“It was really my tournament to win or lose coming down 18 on Sunday, and I made a major error by taking on the green. It almost felt like Jean Van de Velde, if not quite. But that was certainly a bad error and shouldn’t have happened as experienced as I am.  But under the battle and are under the long delay, we had two rain delays, as you know, the mind and the brain doesn’t always work 100 per cent right. Mark is a very deserving champion. He played a great week of golf, and we know he’s a great putter and he’s hit some really good shots this week.”

The Senior Open Championship. Play Suspended

 

Mark Wiebe -4 under par 66 and Bernhard Langer even par round 70 for the final round are tied at the top of the leaderboard at the conclusion of the last round of the Senior Open Championship. Both players are tied at -9 under par for the tournament.

The play-off was suspended due to dangerous weather conditions, the chance of lightning at Royal Birkdale, and will resume tomorrow morning at 0800.

 

Tied in third place were Corey Pavin, Peter Senior and David Frost, all at -6 under par for the tournament.

The Senior Open. Langer Leads

Bernhard Langer leads The Senior Open at Royal Birkdale Golf Club on Merseyside in England.

Bernhard Langer  (Getty Images)

Bernhard Langer / Getty Images

Bernhard had a third round of -4 under par 66, and leapt to the top of the leaderboard on his own at -9 under par, three shots clear of the field. Bernhard, who is shooting for his second Senior Open title, he won in 2010, said that round  was probably his best golf;

” That was as good as I can play, my ball striking was almost perfect and I played really well, apart from the mistake at the 14th. It’s always special to win any tournament, but to win a Major and to win it on a golf course like this, would mean a lot.  There’s a lot of golf left, we all know that.  There’s somebody inside me that expects me to win, but I know there’s 18 holes left, and there’s a lot of shots to be pulled off and a lot of putts to be made. So golf is not over till it’s over, and we’ve got 18 holes to play. I’ve hit so many good shots the last few days where they just  feel good and come off right where I want them to go, and they go the proper distance. It’s just fun playing golf that way because it doesn’t happen very often.”

David Frost is in second place with a total of -6 under par with a modest third round of -2 under par 68, and will start the final round three shots in arrears of the leader. David admitted it would take something really special to him to win his maiden Senior Open;

“I have to do something really special, I have to find something that I’m confident with, that I can go out tomorrow and just find a little key thought.  It would be special to win here at Birkdale. I’ve come here many years, so hopefully we can talk about that tomorrow night.”

Overnight co-leader Mark Wiebe needed a 40-foot birdie putt at the 13th to return to level par for the day and finished four shots off the lead, in third place on his own at -5 under par. Sandy Lyle, the 1985 Open Champion is still in the hunt, albeit six shots off the lead at -3 under par for the tournament. Sandy was joined on that score by Gene Sauers and Peter Fowler.

The Senior British Open. Langer and Wiebe Tied.

After two rounds of The Senior British Open Bernhard Langer and Mark Wiebe are tied at the top of the leaderboard at Royal Birkdale.

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Mark managed to bogey the sixth hole for the second time in as many days, but still carded a second round – 5 under par 65, to share the lead with Bernhard Langer, on the par 70 Royal Birkdale layout.

Mark said he was tickled to shoot a low round, and be where he is;

“I really got my irons zoned in on the back nine, I know there’s a long way to go, but I’m tickled to be where I am. It was unbelievable and great to shoot the low round.”

 Bernhardthe 2010 champion at Carnoustie, shot a second round  -3 under par 67, for his total of -5 under par, which included a two stroke penalty for double hitting the ball. Apart from that misdemeanor Bernhard said he had played great golf;

“The ball was sitting up in the long grass and I caught it high on the club face and again on the follow through, but that was my only blemish. Most of it was impressive and good, and I putted a little better today.”

David Frost , repeated his first round score of -2 under par 68, and is just a stroke back in third place. He said it was his putter that saved a shaky round;

“It was a bit of a shaky round, I didn’t feel comfortable with the club in my hand. I hit some wayward shots, but managed to hit good irons into the greens and the putter was my savior.”

Tom Watson, only got going after a very indifferent front nine, which  featured two birdies, two bogeys and a sad double-bogey. Tom then converted long putts at Nos. 11, 12 and 13 and sunk another birdie putt at the 15th hole. He unfortunately bogeyed the last two holes of the day to finish in a group on +4 over par.

The overnight tournament leader Gene Sauers could manage an even par round fo 70 today, which left him sharing fourth place at -3 under par. He admitted he did not play so well in the second round, but was pretty happy with where he was at this stage of the tournament;

“I’m happy with where I am. I didn’t hit the ball as well as I did yesterday and I didn’t putt as well either.”

 

 

 

Stacy Lewis, Roger Chapman and Rory McIlroy voted Players of the Year, by Golf Writers Association

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Stacy Lewis Roger Chapman and Rory McIlroy have been voted Players of the Year by the Golf Writers Association of America. Stacy won four times on the LPGA Tour this year and was the run-away winner in the women’s bracket, gaining 153 votes to Na Yeon Choi who carded 31 votes and 10 for Inbee Park. Stacy’s percentage was 78.8% of the total vote. Congratulations to Stacy Lewis.

Stacy’s record was three runner-up finishes and a third-place slot on the LPGA money list $1.87 million, and was the first American since Beth Daniel in 1994 to earn the tour’s Player of the Year honors. The 27-year-old from Texas, had to battle scoliosis, since aged eleven, to make it big on the pro tour, she also becomes the first American since Juli Inkster in 1999 to earn the Golf Writers of America Player of the Year award.

Roger Chapman won 116 votes beating Tom Lehman who received 44 votes and Bernhard Langer who got 33 votes.  Rogers winning percentage was a healthy 60% of the votes cast. Roger, aged 53, began the year with conditional status on the Champions Tour, but won the Senior PGA Championship in his first start of the 2012 season. The Englishman then came from four shots back of the leaders to win the U.S. Senior Open.

Rory McIlroy, who captured the money titles on both the PGA and European Tours, received 190 votes, a massive 97.9%  Brandt Snedeker was second with 3 votes and Tiger Woods third with just one vote. Rory had already won European Tour’s Golfer of the Year,cementing his season with five birdies at his last event of the year to win the World Tour Championship in Dubai. His other achievements included his second Major, the  US PGA Championship, PGA Tour’s Byron Nelson Award and PGA of America’s Vardon Trophy for adjusted low scoring average of 68.87%  and also finished the season with 10 top-tens in 16 starts. Rory is the World Number One ranked player.

 

 

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