Paul Casey is a magician and he pulled another disappearing act in a major tournament when he had the opportunity. Once again Casy had a chance to put pressure on the leader of a major and well, he choked as always. Louis Oosthuizen pulled away and won the British Open.
Oosthuizen was fortunate to play in the good weather, especially in the first two rounds, built a big lead and no one came after him.
Oosthuizen made only two bogeys over the final 35 holes in a strong wind that swept across the Old Course. He led over the final 48 holes and closed with a 1-under 71 for a seven-shot victory over Lee Westwood of England.
Casey had a chance going into the final round but his hopes ended with a triple bogey into the gorse on the 12th, and Oosthuizen spent the final hour soaking up an atmosphere unlike any other in golf.
So another mediocre major comes to and end.
BETTENCOURT WINS FIRST TITLE
Matt Bettencourt eagled the 11th hole, then held off Bob Heintz by a stroke to win the Reno-Tahoe Open for his first PGA Tour title.
Bettencourt capped his 4-under 68 with a bogey on No. 18 after a birdie on 17, finishing at 11-under 277. After his eagle on the par-5 11th, he played the final seven holes in 1 over par. He also bogeyed the par-4 14th at Montreux Golf & Country Club.
Heintz (69) missed a three-foot birdie putt on the 18 that would have forced a playoff.
GAINEY WINS FOR SECOND TIME ON NATIONWIDE TOUR
Tommy Gainey shot a 3-under 69 on Sunday to become the Nationwide Tour’s first two-time winner this season, holding on for a three-stroke victory in the Chiquita Classic.
Gainey, who matched the course record at TPC River Bend with a 62 in the third round, earned $99,000 and moved to No. 1 on the Nationwide Tour money list with $306,307. The top 25 on the money list at the end of the year get PGA Tour cards for 2011.
Joe Affrunti shot a 65 in the final round and finished second at 24 under for the tournament. Geoffrey Sisk and Colt Knost tied for third at 22 under.
Gainey’s final score equaled the second-lowest, sub-par finish in tour history. His 54-hole score of 24 under matched the tour record.
IN OTHER NEWS
Tiger Woods went back to his old putter for the final round of the British Open.Woods played the first three rounds with a new Nike Method putter, hoping it would help him deal with the slower speed of the greens at the Old Course. But he had a hard time and went back to his old Scotty Cameron putter: it did not help. Tiger finished tied for 23rd at -3.
Tom Watson said goodbye to St. Andrews this week. While Watson may get to play the British Open again it is unlikely he will be playing in it the next time St. Andrews comes up in the rotation in 2015.
Billy Joe Tolliver won his third title at the American Century Championship, setting a record with 84 points in the modified Stableford system at the celebrity tournament.
The former NFL quarterback eagled the last hole at Edgewood Tahoe and had two birdies in his final round. He finished 19 points ahead of Dallas Cowboys' quarterback Tony Romo, Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway, former Atlanta Braves' pitcher John Smoltz and actor Jack Wagner.
Lion Kim won the U.S. Amateur Public Links championship.
Kim defeated David McDaniel 6 and 5 on Saturday night to win the 36-hole final at the rain-delayed tournament. The 21-year-old soon-to-be senior at Michigan came out of a 7-hour weather delay and won two straight holes, gradually built up his lead and claimed both a trophy and a traditional invitation into the field at next year's Masters. So congrats on the victory to Lion Kim.
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