Bill Haas wins 5th PGA Tour event, moves to 7th in FedEx Cup standings
On a day that began with a crowded leaderboard, Bill Haas (-12) sank key birdies to pull away from the field at the AT&T National to win by three strokes. At one point Sunday there was a six-way tie for first, until Haas sank a birdie putt on the eighth hole to take the solo lead for good.
With the win, Haas has now won at least one event in each of the last four years, and joined an elite group of players on the Tour who have also done so: Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, and Justin Rose.
Jordan Spieth, the 19-year old from Texas who was playing on a temporary exemption status, was tied for the 36-hole lead – which was completed Saturday morning after a rain delay Friday afternoon – but a 74 in the 3rd round put a damper on a solid opportunity to get his first PGA Tour victory, which would also seal his Tour card and a chance to play in the FedEx Cup playoffs this fall. He opened Sunday with a bang however: he holed out from a fairway bunker for an eagle on the first hole, and then chipped in for birdie from the fringe on the third. He wouldn’t another birdie until the 16th, which came after bogeys at 11 and 15, and he finished his round(-2)/69, good for (-6) and a sixth place finish for the tournament.
Roberto Castro (-9) shot a 69 in his final round but was only able to put a little pressure on Haas. The other leaders to start the final round slipped away. Andres Romero double-bogeyed the fourth and finished with a 75; James Driscoll didn’t card a single birdie and shot a 74.
The low round of the day belonged to D.H. Lee, who made nine birdies to finish with a 64, and finished tied for third with Jason Kokrak.
5. Stewart Cink (-7)
T8. Brandt Snedeker (-4)
T13. Angel Cabrera (-3)
T16. Camilo Villegas (-2)
T21. Jason Day (-1)
T21. Rickie Fowler (-1)
T21. Nicolas Colsaerts (-1)
T34. Vijay Singh (+1)
T44. Jim Furyk (+2)
T57. Adam Scott (+5)
Next tournament: July 4-7, Greenbriar Classic, The Old White TPC, White Sulphur Springs, WV
US Women’s Open
Inbee Park wins 3rd Major to start the year
Another major, another victory for Inbee Park (-8) who has now captured all three majors to start the 2013 season, joining Babe Zaharias as the only women ever to do so. The win was Park’s second US Women’s Open title, previously winning in 2008 where she became the youngest ever winner at age 19. Park shot an opening round 67 and was one shot off the lead, but took control on Friday with a 68 and a two-shot advantage over In-Kyung Kim (-4). Kim finished alone in second, and the rest of the pack was even further back. Third place belonged to So-Yeon Ryu (-1), then three tied for fourth at (+1) including Paula Creamer.
Park has won six times already in 2013, including three straight tournaments, and her grip on the world’s number one ranking is as tight as ever.
The other big news story from the event was American Jessica Korda firing her caddie mid-round on Saturday. Korda shot a 5-over 40 on the front nine before making the change. She stated she “wasn’t in the right state of mind, and I just was more consumed by what was going on, just not my way” and that she knew she had to make a change. Her boyfriend picked up her bag for the rest of the round, and was on it again during Sunday’s final round.
Next tournament: July 11-14, Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
PGA Tour to meet Monday to discuss anchor ban
Per Golf Channel’s Jason Sobel, the PGA Tour’s Policy Board met with commissioner Tim Finchem Monday morning to discuss the planned anchor ban, and there will be a 2pm EDT meeting of the player’s advisory council (PAC). It is expected the committee members will be informed of the details of the earlier meeting, with one member of the PAC believing it is merely a formality that the Tour will adopt the new rule, to stay in line with the USGA.
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