Weekly Round Up Of News-Views and Results: Monday 24th July 2017

PGA

BRITISH OPEN
Location: Southport, UK

Course: Royal Birkdale

BARBASOL CHAMPIONSHIP
Location: Auburn/Opelika, AL

Course: RTJ Trail (Grand National),

24-year old  Grayson Murray took advantage of the top players in the world battling it out at the Open Championship by winning his first PGA Tour event.  -21

Shooting -21 he managed to hold off the challenge of Chad Collins who finished on -20.

European Tour

BRITISH OPEN
Location: Southport,

Course: Royal Birkdale

Shades of the 2016 Masters must have flashed through Jordan Spieth’s mind as he went bogey, par, bogey, bogey, in the first 4 holes on the final round and turning a 3 shot lead into all square with Matt Kuchar.

Although he got it back to 2 up by the  6th hole, they were back to all square at the turn.

The back 9 started quite tamely with both paring off each other.

That was until they reached the 13th.

Kuchar placed his drive straight down the middle, where as Spieth’s drive was so far right that it finished buried half way up a mound to the right of the practice area.

The next 17 minutes were taken up by firstly looking for the ball and then having decided to take a penalty drop where he could play from for his third shot, because of a line of sight ruling. Eventually, the rules official decided that the dropping zone would be in line with the 13th green on the practice area.

His third shot landed on the green but he would 2 put for another bogey, Matt Kuchar was now 1 shot up with 5 to play.

That’s when the tornado hit him straight in the face. Spieth went birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie 14 through 17. Kuchar played those 4 holes in 2 under and found himself 2 behind. He would bogey the last which restored Spieth’s 3 shot lead he held at the start of play on the last day.

A truly remarkable performance from Jordan Spieth that showed his mental resolve and fighting spirit that has earnt him the third leg of a career Grand Slam.

All eyes on  Baltusrol now for the USPGA to see if he can make it the full monty.

LPGA

MARATHON CLASSIC PRESENTED BY OWENS CORNING AND O-I
Location: Sylvania, Ohio

Course: Highland Meadows Golf Club

In-Kyung Kim won her second event of the season with an emphatic 4 shot win over Lexi Thompson.

Other News

Alfie Plant a 25-year-old from Kent UK, won the silver medal at Birkdale, following in the steps of  Justin Rose and Chris Wood, notable British winners in the past and Rory Mcilroy and Tiger Woods. Quite a feat for the young man who tied 62nd with weekend scores of 69-73.

He now looks forward to a virtual place in the GB+Ireland Walker Cup team against the US in September and then thinks about turning pro.

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