U.S. Senior PGA Championship. Monty Wins Again.

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Colin Montgomerie successfully defended his Senior PGA Championship title at the French Lick golf course.


Senior PGA Championship

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Monty picked up his third senior Major title, the Senior PGA Championship, with a final round -3 under par 69, for a tournament total of -8 under par, and a four shot victory.

He said he was mentally exhausted, the Pete Dye course drained everything from him;

“It was a difficult position to be in at the start of the day, being three ahead.”

“Nowhere to go but down, with every hole out there a potential double bogey. I could never relax. I could never relax at all.”

“Very, very tiring mentally. Every shot had to be executed or you could be in trouble. That’s a test and a half.”

“When I holed the putt at 12, I felt safe, I knew how tough that finish is.”

Esteban Toledo finished in second place, at -4 under par, he also carded a final round -3 under par 69. He said that Monty knows how to win;

“That’s what it takes. He knows how to win.”

“He loves the pressure. There’s nothing I could have done. It was a great week for me. The course was outstanding, the crowds were great. It was a great tournament.”

Not be out done on the last round Woody Austin finished third, at -3 under par on the day and in the tournament.

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.