At 44, Ken Duke Earns First Career PGA Tour Victory in 2-Hole Playoff
Heading into the final round, the leaderboard at the Traveler’s Championship was quite bunched: a three-way tie for first at (-10) between Bubba Watson, Graham DeLaet, and Charley Hoffman, and 21 other players within five shots. Nobody came out of the gate to separate themselves from the pack, although Angel Cabrera & Ricky Fowler, despite being out of contention, both had strong finishes posting (-7) and (-6) respectively. In the end however, the day belonged to Ken Duke (-12) who won his first career PGA Tour event at age 44. It took two playoff holes versus Chris Stroud to get the job done, and he almost had it wrapped up in regulation as Stroud needed to birdie the final hole to force the playoff. On the 18th, Stroud’s approach landed near the pin, but rolled just off the green, forcing him to chip in to tie Duke, and he did just that (see link below for video clip).
When you win on the Tour, you tend to need both good shots and some luck, and Ken Duke had both. Likely matching Stroud’s chip-in on 18, Duke had the shot of the day as his approach shot on the 10th headed towards the trees left of the green, only to get a friendly kick and land about five feet from the pin, where he sank the putt for birdie. Duke proceeded to make birdies of 17- and 45-feet on holes 11 and 13, respectively, helping him reach the top of the leaderboard. Bubba Watson (-10) was back and forth with the lead early on, and had a one-shot lead into the 16th when he put his tee shot into the water, flew the green with his 3rd, and ended up with a triple-bogey, putting him two shots behind Duke. Watson could audibly be heard berating his caddie for both the tee shot and the subsequent shot, as he thought his caddie had given him incorrect yardages for the shots, leading to the errors. By that point, the damage had been done and Watson was effectively out of the tournament.
- Watson was seeking his first win since the 2012 Master’s
- Duke became the sixth golfer in eight years to record his first career victory at the Traveler’s, joining JJ Henry, Hunter Mahan, Bubba Watson, Frederic Jacobson, and Marc Leishman
- It was Duke’s 187th start on the PGA Tour
- No player has gone back-to-back after winning the US Open since Ernie Els in 1997
- Saskatchewan, Canada native Graham DeLaet said for every birdie he made, he would donate $1,000 to help with relief efforts in Alberta, which has been stricken with massive flooding in the last week; he had “For Alberta” written on his cap on Sunday
Chris Stroud’s chip-in on 18: http://www.pgatour.com/video.html/2013/06/23/stroud-birdies-no–18-in-round-4-of-travelers-championship
Ken Duke’s approach on 10, friendly bounce from the tree: http://www.pgatour.com/content/pgatour/video.html/2013/06/23/duke-birdies-no–10-in-round-4-of-travelers-championship
More shots of the week: http://www.pgatour.com/video.html/2013/06/24/shots-of-the-week-ending-june-23–2013
See the final standings here: http://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html
Top-5 FedEx Cup Points Leaders:
1. Tiger Woods
2. Matt Kuchar (-416)
3. Brandt Snedeker (-852)
4. Phil Mickelson (-862)
5. Billy Horschel (-967)
BMW International Open; Munich, Germany
Ernie Els wins first BMW International Open
Ernie Els (-18) went wire-to-wire for his 28th European Tour victory, capturing the 25th BMW International Open by one stroke over Thomas Bjorn. Els had the solo lead after the first two rounds, and was in a three-way-tie heading into Sunday with Alexander Levy and Alex Noren. In a post-round interview, Els stated he’s “tried a long time to win” the event. He will now take the next few weeks off to prepare for his title defense at the British Open. Local favorite and previous winner Martin Kaymer finished at (-15), tied for fourth.
T7. Sergio Garcia (-14)
T10. Henrik Stenson (-13)
T18. Dustin Johnson (-12)
T22. Matteo Manassero (-11)
T26. Miguel Angel Jimenez (-10)
T41. Thongchai Jaidee (-7)
Race to Dubai Standings:
1. Justin Rose
2. Matteo Manassero
3. Graeme McDowell
4. Ernie Els
5. Sergio Garcia
PGA Tour files motion to dismiss Vijay Singh lawsuit
As reported by Golf Channel, it has been learned that the PGA Tour has filed in the New York Supreme Court a motion to dismiss the lawsuit originally filed against the Tour by Singh in May. Singh’s lawsuit alleged the Tour violated “its duty of care and good faith” after he admitted to using a banned substance. According to the motion, the Tour wants the motion dismissed based on the membership agreement Singh signed last November saying he would adhere to the Tour’s regulations and anti-doping policy, neither of which allow a player legal recourse outside the normal appeals process.
Read the full article here: http://www.golfchannel.com/news/golftalkcentral/pga-tour-files-motion-to-dismiss-singhs-lawsuit/
Citing Injury, Tiger Woods Withdraws from AT&T National
Tiger Woods injured his left elbow on the weekend of THE PLAYERS Championship, and re-aggravated the injury during last weekend’s US Open. Stating on his website, Woods “was examined after I returned home from the U.S. Open, and the doctors determined I have a left elbow strain…I have been advised to take a few weeks off, rest and undergo treatment.” He did not acknowledge how the injury originally took place, but its effects have been very noticeable over his last two tournaments, as he had his worst career finish at the Memorial Tournament, tying for 65th, and finishing 13-over par at the US Open, also his worst professional finish at that event. He will sit out until next month’s Open Championship, held at Muirfield.
Pictures of the Week: http://www.golfchannel.com/news/grill-room/photos-of-the-week-june-23-2013/
Quotes of the Week: http://www.golfchannel.com/news/grill-room/quotes-of-the-week-june-23-2013/