Rose And Langer Win In Playoffs; Lewis Captures Win
Monday Jun 30, 2014 12:00am
Rose win at Congressional in playoff
(BETHESDA, MD) – Justin Rose has won enough times on the strongest golf courses to appreciate how one mistake can make a difference. He got away with one Sunday at Congressional to win the Quicken Loans National. Shawn Stefani did not. With the poise and the putting touch of a U.S. Open champion, Rose atoned for a 4-iron he hit into the water on the 18th hole to make a 15-foot bogey putt that got him into a playoff and gave him new life. On the 18th hole in the playoff, Stefani hit the same type of shot that rolled into the same pond left of the green. Rose won with a par on the first extra hole for his first victory since the U.S. Open last summer at Merion. This one required about as much work, with Congressional far more difficult and unrelenting than when it hosted a soggy U.S. Open three years ago. Both Rose and Stefani closed with a 1-under 70 and finished at 4-under 280 on a course that looked like a U.S. Open, and played like one the way so many contenders tumbled down the leaderboard. Only six players broke par in the final round. And it was only the second time this year that the winning score was higher than the 36-hole lead (6 under). No one crashed harder than Patrick Reed, who had a two-shot lead to start the final round, still had a two-shot lead at the turn and didn't even finish in the top 10. He made back-to-back double bogeys, shot 41 on the back and closed with a 77 to tie for 11th.
Stacy Lewis win by one stroke
(ROGERS, AK) – Stacy Lewis has worked tirelessly over her career to embrace the overwhelming support in her adopted state of Arkansas. The recovering introvert finally found a way to do so while overcoming her self-imposed pressure Sunday, shooting a 6 under 65 and rallying for a much-sought after official win in the NW Arkansas Championship. Lewis earned an unofficial rain-shortened win at the tournament as an amateur in 2007, but she had struggled to match that effort since as her popularity and ranking soared. She earned $300,000 for her third LPGA Tour victory of the year, but more importantly the 11-time winner earned a welcomed sigh of relief in front of a college-like atmosphere full of fans cheering for the former four-time All-American at Arkansas. The top-ranked and native Texan secured the one-stroke win with a 7-foot birdie putt on the final hole at Pinnacle Country Club. The putt capped a stretch of three birdies over her final four holes, helping the two-time major winner finish at 12 under 201, one shot ahead of
17 year old Lydia Ko, Cristie Kerr and Angela Stanford.
Langer wins Senior Playors Championship in playoff
(PITTSBURGH) – Bernhard Langer gave away a four-shot lead in the final round of Senior Players Championship and wondered where his game had gone. No matter. The two-time Masters champion regained his composure, and more importantly his putting stroke, to edge Jeff Sluman on the second hole of a playoff for his third victory of the year and third major title on the Champions Tour. Langer made a 35 foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th to tie Sluman at 15 under, then birdied the par-5 18th on the second hole of sudden death after a brilliant pitch from the rough to 5 feet. The 56 year old German thrust his arms skyward in triumph after one of the more trying of his 21 career victories on the 50 and over circuit. Sluman had a bogey-free 65 to match Langer's four-round total of 15 under 265, but narrowly missed a birdie putt on the first playoff hole that would have won it. The 1988 PGA champion covered his face in his hands after the ball stayed out.