Wegmans LPGA Championship. Park Prevails in 36 Hole Shoot-Out


Inbee Park prevailed in the 36 hole shoot-out for the Wegmans LPGA Championship at Locust Hill Country Club in New York.

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Inbee won the Wegmans LPGA Championship with an eighteen foot birdie on the third play-off hole at Locust Hill country Club. This was Inbee’s third Major title, and she said she was not sure she could do it today;

” I didn’t know that I was going to be able to do it today, I was hitting the ball everywhere today on the final round.  It just made my day so much tougher. But just putting my name on the Wegmans LPGA championship trophy just means so much to me.  And this is my third win in a major championship.  So that means a lot.  And getting a lot closer to my goals set for my golf career. I could have made one more putt maybe on 17 or 16, but I’ve made some amazing up‑and‑downs before that. So I mean bogeys were bound to come with the way I’ve been striking the ball today.  I mean if you miss the fairways here, you really can’t avoid bogeys here. And I knew that I had good plans, but I really didn’t expect to win with the way I was playing today.  I mean I was really trying to be calm, and you know, not to get mad even if I don’t win. A year ago everything I think really started to click, my swing was getting a lot better, hitting I think my weakest part of my game was ball striking and my short game and putting has always been very good, and I wasn’t really able to hit the shots that I needed to. Starting last year, two years, I mean I started to hit the ball lots better and giving myself a lot of birdie chances.I mean it was tough to win the second one, Evian, after four years with no win, but after that I felt so comfortable and felt the confidence, and yeah, just really comfortable when I’m in the last group.”

Tied with Inbee on -5 under par at the finish was Scotswoman Catriona Mathew, she had a final round of -4 under par, 68, and was disappointed at missing out on a win, but was happy with her overall result;

“The last I looked at the scoreboard, Inbee had a solid lead, so I was quite surprised when suddenly I looked at the leaderboard on eighteen and two putts would get me in a playoff. When I started today the last round I probably didn’t realize I could win. So to play well and get into the playoffs was obviously pretty good.  Obviously when you get into it, it’s pretty disappointing but overall pretty good week.”

Tied in third place was Suzann Petterson, who had an amazing last round of -7 under par, 65, and Morgan Pressel, who was in position to win at the start of play, both ladies finished on -4 under par for the tournament.

Suzann had made an adjustment to her putting routine, and it paid dividends;

” I just made an adjustment in my address, I think I was starting too far away from the ball, and pretty much made everything I looked at this afternoon. So I don’t why I didn’t do this before when I putted so bad the first, second and the third round.
But I’m proud the way I came back, tried to post a number that felt like I had a good chance at pretty much every hole on the back nine. But just a little bit too late, unfortunately.”

Morgan was disappointed with her performance;

”  How do I sum it up?  I mean I’m definitely disappointed, but it’s the first time in a long time I’ve contended, so I’m happy with the way that I played this week as a whole. I had chances, nothing went in, and that happens.”


The Barclays, Nick Watney Wins

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Nick Watney won The Barclays tournament at Bethpage Black course in Farmingdale New York in some style with a score of -10 under par for the event. He won by three shots from fellow American Brandt Snedeker, who had a -1 under par last round to finish with a score of -7 under par.

Nick commented after his win about the extra putting coaching he received, which stopped him from leaning back on his heels;

“I made more putts than I made all year, it paid off. With the way things were going, I don’t know if anybody would have expected this, this week. But you know, Bill Haas proved last year that if you make it to Atlanta, you have a chance. The way they have the FedExCup formatted, it’s pretty neat. You need to be in Atlanta. So I wanted to have a good week. And to be No. 1 now is amazing. It’s been not quite the year I would have wanted, but this really makes it all forgotten. I’m thinking about the Ryder Cup, much more now than I was coming in, because coming in here, I didn’t deserve to be in the conversation, because I had not played my way in. Someone told me that Davis said he wanted a hot player, and we still have a week to go, but I’d love to be on the team. But I’m not really concerned with it just because it’s out of my control.”

The biggest surprise of the day was the way Sergio Garcia went from a commanding leading position to scrambling to finish in a tie for third place. Sergio sunk like a soggy souffle on Sunday afternoon, with five bogeys on the back nine, not the type of performance we were all looking towards, especially European Ryder Cup Captain Jose Maria Olazabal. Equally concerning for American Ryder Cup captain, Davis Love 111, was the collapse of  Tiger Woods, who finished the tournament at +1 over par.

Sergio is a fan of both Nick and Brandt and thinks Davis should consider both players for the Ryder Cup;

” I’m not, obviously, the U.S. Ryder Cup captain, but I think both Nick and Brandt, they both played great. They have been playing very nicely. Obviously Nick has had a little bit of a slower year this year, but you know, as a player, I hope they make the team, and then we’ll see what happens there.”

Brandt is also thinking of the Ryder Cup;

“The golf course was the winner this week, it was so tough to play the last two days. The greens were just as firm as I can remember on the Tour, the fairways were as firm as I can remember on Tour. It was a great test of how mentally strong you could stay on the course over the last 36 holes, because you knew you were just going to get some bad breaks no, way around it. Nick obviously played great today, to shoot under par today. The Ryder Cup’s definitely on my mind. But I’m not letting it affect the way I play. I try to win every golf tournament. The Ryder Cup gives me more motivation, and if I do that, I know I will make the decision easy for them. Davis has an extremely difficult choice with a bunch of guys. You can’t go wrong with any of them.”