Of all the golf tournaments going on during the weekend, the one which looked most like a yawner heading into the final round was the BMW Championship, the flagship event on the European PGA Tour. Rory McIlroy decided to make it exciting, however, as he recovered from a 7-shot deficit to win on a Wentworth golf course where he has had very little success in the past.
Playing under the weight of a high-profile breakup with fiancé and tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, and professing his hope that he could simply think about something else once he stepped inside the ropes, McIlroy fired a final-round 66 to finish at 14-under, one shot ahead of Shane Lowry. Thomas Bjorn, who began the day with a five-stroke advantage, sputtered to a 3-over 75 on Sunday and settled for third place, two shots back.
Calling his work on the course this week “a little bit of a release,” McIlroy said he was happy to be “doing what I do best,” which, in this case, was playing golf. “That gave me four of five hours of serenity or sanctuary,” added the 25-year-old Ulsterman. The win was McIlroy’s 12th worldwide and his first since December of 2012.
No. 1 Scott is No. 1 at Colonial – Adam Scott took over the No. 1 spot on the Official World Golf Rankings this week, and celebrated by completing the Texas Slam, winning the Colonial Invitational in comeback fashion in Fort Worth, TX. Scott made a 7-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a playoff for the championship with Jason Dufner. With the win, Scott has become the first player in history to win all four of the PGA Tour events in the state of Texas.
Scott and Dufner began the day two shots out of the lead, but with so many players in contention when the final round started on Sunday, both teed off well before the leaders. When they finished tied for the lead at 9-under par, they had to wait almost an hour until all of the contenders had finished and the playoff was a certainty. Scott and Dufner both got par on the first playoff hole, No. 18. The second playoff hole, the 17th, was birdied by both players. Finally, playing the finishing hole for the second time, Scott put his approach shot to within seven feet, while Dufner’s approach found the green but settled some 30 feet from the pin. After a Dufner 2-putt, Scott drilled his birdie putt and captured his first Crown Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
Adam Scott did not start the event looking like he would be wearing the traditional tartan jacket which is given to the winner each year at Colonial. After carding a 1-over 71 on Thursday, Scott’s final three rounds were all in the 60s. He seemed mostly happy about his recovery from the first day, “To kind of find my way back into this tournament around this golf course, it’s a real honor to win here. It’s a beauty.”
Monty captures a major – Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie captured his first major on the Champions Tour, recording a 6-under 65 on the final day at Benton Harbor, MI, to capture the U.S. Senior Open by four shots over Tom Watson. It was the 50-year-old’s first victory as a senior, and his first win of any kind in seven years. Montgomerie finished at 13-under for the tournament.
Germany’s Bernhard Langer, who started the day just one shot out of the lead, had a final round of 70 and finished tied for third with Jay Haas at 7-under. Haas shot 67 on the final day.
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Commentary by Chuck Podhaisky