So Long Cilla

Cilla Black performing

So long Cilla, you were a great singer / entertainer.

I was lucky enough to live in London, the capital of music, in the  1960’s and 70’s, when The Beatles and Cilla, and the rest of the Liverpool crowd set the world alight.

Cilla was special because most of the pop stars of the day were male, or male groups.

Cilla was the forerunner of the Spice Girls, showing the world that girls had pop music power. Cilla had eleven Top Hits  between 1964 and 1971, including two number one hits in 1964, “Anyone Who Had a Heart” and “You’re My World.

I make no apologies for the pictures of Cilla back in the day, because that’s when I and all of England first adored her.

Her success was not limited to the pop world, she went on to become England’s best loved TV Hostess, with many a show wonderfully successful, due to her Charisma.

We all loved you Cil.

 

 

Quicken Loans National. Merritt’s Maiden win.

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Troy Merritt picked up his Maiden PGA Tour win in the #Quicken Loans National at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course in Virginia.

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Troy shot a final round -4 under par 67 to win the Quicken Loans National with a -18 under par total.

He spoke about his long journey to success, and that last lag putt, that actually went in;

“It’s been a long journey the last five, six years.”

“Several life changes, couple moves, two boys, but I wouldn’t have done it any other way.”

“When you struggle and can’t find it, it’s frustrating. But I’ve had some peace on and off the course the last two years and it’s really helped me out this year.”

“Just to know that I can play this game.”

“When you’ve had so much success throughout your life and now you’re just trying to keep your head above water for years and years and years it’s tough. It’s a culture shock.”

“To be quite honest, I wasn’t trying to make it, I was trying to lag it, and if I had two feet left I was going to be lagging that one as well.”

“I wanted to make sure I got it in, in three. Nonetheless, it had pretty perfect pace.”

“It’s amazing how you can dream about winning a golf tournament for your entire life. And you’ve got it scripted.”

“And when it happens, you’re not thinking. You don’t remember what your name is. You’re just reacting.”

Rickie Fowler finished in second place at -15 under par, three shots off the lead, a last round -2 under par 69 not good enough. He congratulated Troy on his first win on Tour;

“He went out there and earned it today, he played some great golf.”

“The score that he put up being in the lead and what he did yesterday, to back it up with a solid round of golf, it’s what you’ve got to do to win.”

“I’ve been swinging really well.”

“I made some mistakes here and kind of put myself behind the 8-ball today but really looking forward to next week, one of my favorites courses of the year, Firestone.”

“Then we got the final major and off into the Playoffs. Great time to be playing well.”

Third place went to David Lingmerth, a last round -2 under par 69 giving that position on his own. David Tweeted congratulations to Troy;

” Very well played. Happy for you to get your first win .”

 

Paul Lawrie MatchPlay. Kiradech Aphibarnrat Wins.

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Kiradech Aphibarnrat Wins the inaugural Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie MatchPlay event at Murcar  Links Golf Club in Scotland, beating Robert Karlsson.

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Thailand’s Kiradech had earlier taken out Scotland’s favorite Marc Warren 3 and 2 in the semi’s to get into the final, where he beat Robert in a thrilling encounter, 1 up.

This is his first Tour title on European soil, Kiradech’s previous European Tour victories coming in this year’s Shenzhen International and the 2013 Maybank Malaysian Open.

He was thrilled to finally win on European soil;

“My next step was to win in Europe, so I am happy and so proud of myself.”

“I was so proud to be described as the John Daly of Asia. I was happy with that. He was one of my idols so I studied him.”

“I remember a long time ago some guy kept telling me that if I had a long backswing like that I would not grow up to be a professional.”

“Today I can show them it is not just the backswing, it is how you hole putts to make low scores.”

Robert needed extra holes to edge past David Howell, finally conquering on the 20th hole. He was obviously upset at losing the final, but was happy with his performance;

“It was much better than I expected coming in here. I can take a lot of positives out of it.” 

“Obviously getting that close and getting back, obviously it stings a bit, but it is part of being a professional golfer.”

David finished in third place after he too beat Marc Warren, with a 1 up victory;

“You can play weeks on end on the Tour without having that crucial moment where you have got to hit a good shot or hole the putt to win.” 

“Very often you only get those feelings to make the cut at those critical moments. Of course match play, you get them every day and every hole, they feel like that, as well.”

“It is a great buzz. I’ve really enjoyed it and I was looking out for a match play tournament to come back out on the Tour for many years”

“It has been a great week and the players have really enjoyed it.”

 

Inbee Park Wins Brutal Women’s British Open.

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World #1 Inbee Park cemented her place at the top of the rankings by winning the brutal Women’s British Open at Trump Turnberry Resort, on the Ailsa Course in Scotland.

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Inbee carded a final round -7  under par 65, to equal the course record, and claim the Women’s British Open victory, with a -12 under par total, saying it was the greatest day of her golfing life, so far;

“Greatest day of my life yet for sure,.

“It was a great day of golf today. I played great golf out there.”

“This is something I’ve been dreaming of all my life, all my career, all this year. This is something I really wanted and to finally reach my goal is a relief and I’m so happy with everything at the moment.”

“I didn’t feel that comfortable coming into this week but to overcome a lot of things and win the championship is phenomenal.”

“Even though I made a couple early mistakes, I was able to hold on really well on the back nine.”

“Obviously got a little bit lucky today. The golfing God was on my side for sure.”

“That’s been the goal of my career, and I’ve achieved it at the age of 27.”

“So I don’t know what the next goal will be, but I’ve got to set some kind of goal. Just seemed so far and so hard that I couldn’t achieve the Grand Slam, and I’m here and I’ve finally done it. It just felt easier.”

Inbee is now  just one tournament short of completing the Super Slam, winning all five LPGA majors.

It was a South Korean carve up as they took all three of the top places, with Jin Young Ko, appearing in her first Major, finishing second on -9 under par, and So Yeon Ryu tied with World #2 Lydia Ko, from New Zealand, on -8 under par for the tournament.

Jin made a crucial error on the 16th, finding the water in front of the green;

“I was a little over thinking, and then I was a little bit nervous.”

Earlier in the day  Nanna Koertz Madsen equalled the course record with a -7 under par 65 in the final round, taking advantage of her early tee time, firing in eight birdies and one bogey in the calmer conditions. She finished the tournament at +1 over par, T21;

“On the front nine it was less windy. So the front nine was easier than the other days. But the back nine was still hard.”

Madeira Islands Open. Roope Kakko Wins.

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Roope Kakko, from Finland wins the 2015 Madeira Islands Open, on the European PGA Tour.

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Roope is only the second Finnish player to win a European PGA Tour title, carding a bogey free -9 under par 63 to seal victory in the Madeira Islands Open, with a -24 under par total.

This victory meant a lot to him, and the people of Finland;

“I was really nervous coming down the stretch on the last five holes.”

“I almost started crying with three holes to go, I was really getting emotional. But my caddie was very helpful, he gave me a couple of songs to sing and cracked a few jokes and that really helped me get into the moment.

“I’m speechless, I came here to try and win this event and change my career so I’m over the moon to have done it.”

“There was a lot of pressure but I had some pretty good thoughts in me, so I was able to handle it today.”

“Sometimes it doesn’t go the way you plan it but it all went my way today.”

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“I told myself to just stick to my game plan and eventually I’m going to make a few. I actually targeted a 67 today and I went a bit lower than that, so that was great.”

“On Saturday I had a plan to just get into contention on Sunday and it worked. Scott and I played incredible golf today.”

 “This is definitely the best moment of my career but I have to say that it really helped me to have won two years ago on the Challenge Tour in Oman.”

“I was at a stage where I really needed to win and I did it, and that really helped me today, calmed me down when the pressure was on.”

Two Scotsmen filled second and third places, Scott Henry claiming second, on -21 under par, with Andrew McArthur third at -18 under. Andrew also carded a final round -9 under par 63.

But the day belonged to Roope Kakko and Finland.

 

Quicken Loans National. Two Tied at the Top, but not Tiger.

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Kevin Chappell and Troy Merritt are tied at the top of the Quicken Loans National, but not Tiger who everyone expected to see there.

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Kevin and Troy sit on top of the Quicken Loans National leaderboard with -14 under par totals, on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course.

Kevin had a -4 under par 67 third round, but had to bow to Troy  who posted a tournament record-10 under par 61.

Kevin has a simple game plan;

“You know, I’ve done a really good job of functioning this week.”

‘”That’s the grass. That’s the sky. That’s the hole. That’s my ball.’ Shoot the lowest score tomorrow and I win the golf tournament.”

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Troy had missed five consecutive cuts coming into this week, but now says things are sorted;

“The big thing is we put ourselves into contention for tomorrow and that was the goal.”

“I wanted to have a good week this week and I’ve been taking weekends off for two months now.”

“I finally made putts, it’s really frustrating the first few days hitting the ball really, really well and having good proximity to the hole and not getting much out of it.”

“Today I hit the ball really well and got a lot out of it.”

Sitting in third place is Rickie Fowler, at -13 under par, he had a third round -3 under par 68, which included a crazy 70 ft roller coaster of a putt which dropped in the hole, but overall he was not happy with his performance;

“Little frustrated with a couple mistakes that I made out there today, but excited about where I’m at.”

“I had a good number on seventeen and just made a bad swing. Got those out of the way and there’s tomorrow.”

Jason Bohn, Whee Kim, Charles Howell 111 and David Lingmerth share fourth place at -12 under par.

Charles is looking to keep the pressure on the leaders;

“I made some birdies and they’re out there, got to keep the pedal down tomorrow.”

Charles played alongside Tiger Woods, who slumped back again today, shooting +3 over par 74;

“I was waiting for the one moment, the one shot. I couldn’t find it.”

“Sometimes it’s one of those things you hit it awful on the range and go stripe it on the golf course.”

 “That wasn’t the case here.”

Defending champion Justin Rose has pulled himself up into contention with a third round -6 under par 65, and sits in the group at -11 under par for the tournament.

 

Paul Lawrie Match Play. Marc Makes It To the Semi’s.

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Marc Warren makes it into the semi’s of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play tournament in Scotland.

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Second seed Marc Warren needed an eagle on the 19th hole to secure his spot in the semi-finals of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play on Saturday evening, at the Murcar Links Golf Club , defeating Tyrrell Hatton in the play-off.

Marc’s approach shot on the 19th took one bounce before diving into the hole;

“To be fair it was one of the most bizarre matches I have ever been involved in.”

“It started on the first with poor tee shots from both of us into a bunker and he ended up holing out from 100 yards for a birdie.”

“He hit two other chips in after that, one into 18 to go to extra holes and I guess it was just my turn at the 19th to hole out.” 

“It was a good tee shot and I holed it from 59 yards. Yeah, I do not really know what to say. It was just really bizarre from start to finish.”

Tyrrell tweeted;

“Well what an afternoon that was! Disappointing to lose but a great match to be apart of, hopefully I’ve done enough now to get in the USPGA!

Kiradech Aphibarnrat  recovered from a shaky start to beat Michael Hoey 2 and 1 and to progress to the semi finals, where he will meet Marc.

David Howell was the first man to qualify for the final four when he beat fellow Englishman Chris Wood 5 and 4.

David is looking forward to being in the final;

“Obviously we all want to be in the final and we all want to win this championship.”

“It has been a joy to play and everyone has enjoyed the match play. It is the first time in many years we have had it on the Tour.” 

“I have enjoyed it and I know all the guys have. I would like to get to that final and have a chance to win.”

“I am looking forward to tomorrow (Sunday) and hopefully I can get the job done.”

David will meet Robert Karlsson in the semi finals, he beat the home fans favorite, Richie Ramsay, one up.

Robert holed from 50 feet for birdie across the 16th green to take the lead for the first time in the match, and hung on to the end;

“It was nice, I played reasonably well.” 

“I got a little behind in the beginning but he played great, so there was not much I could do. I kept going and made some good putts.” 

“At the end, a couple of bonus ones went in, but that happens.”