Martin Kaymer outlasted Bubba Watson to win the PGA Championship in a three hole playoff. Watson birdied 10, the first playoff hole, but Kaymer came back to tie the playoff with a 2 on the 17th. Both players were in the rough stuff with their drives, Watson then hit his second shot into the drink. Kaymer chipped out to the fairway.He then hit his third shot to about 20 feet.
Watson's fourth shot went over the green, and his next shot almost went in but missed and left him a tap in for a double bogey. Kaymer then took two putts to win.
Six players had a share of the lead at some point Sunday, and six players were separated by one shot over the final 30 minutes.
That included Rory McIlroy, the 21-year-old from Northern Ireland who was trying to become the youngest major champion in 80 years. He had a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole to join the clubhouse leaders at 11 under, only for the putt to turn away.
Also one shot behind was former Masters champion Zach Johnson. Both of them needed a birdie on the 500-yard closing hole that only allowed one birdie in the final round.Dustin Johnson had a 7-foot putt to win the PGA Championship. Minutes later, he wasn’t allowed in the playoff when he was penalized two shots for grounding his club in a bunker on the final hole Sunday.
Johnson had a one-shot lead on the 18th hole at Whistling Straits when he hit into a bunker to the right of the fairway where thousands of fans had been walking all week. Unaware he was in a bunker, he grounded his club before hitting toward the green.
After missing his par putt for the victory, Johnson was assessed a two-shot penalty. Instead of 71 to join Martin Kaymer and Bubba Watson in the playoff, he erased his score from a 5 to a 7 and signed for a 73 to tie for fifth.
The disappointment of his playoff loss in the PGA Championship didn’t last long. Bubba Watson is going to the Ryder Cup.
Dustin Johnson, tied for fifth and also secured one of eight automatic spots for the Americans.
Third round leader Nick Watney, imploded with an 81 , tied for 18th and cost himself a chance of earning a spot on the Ryder Cup team.Tiger Woods closed with a 73 and tied for 28th, while Phil Mickelson had one of the lowest rounds of the day shooting a 67 to finish the tournament at -6 tied for 12th.
Next week is the Wyndham Championship. Ryan Moore defends.
IN OTHER NEWS
Jeff Overton pumped his fist Sunday and broke into a wide smile when he finished the PGA Championship.
He is virtually a lock to make his first Ryder Cup team. But that wasn’t the cause of his mock celebration.
Playing alone in the first group off when ailing Ian Poulter withdrew, Overton walked 18 holes at Whistling Straits in 2 hours, 9 minutes, to break the PGA Championship record for quickest round.
Danielle Kang’s 4-foot putt on the next-to-last hole in the U.S. Women’s Amateur on Sunday gave her a 2 and 1 match-play victory against Jessica Korda.
Kang had led deep into the second round during the final at Charlotte Country Club. But she conceded the lead when she ran into bunker trouble on the 30th hole. Korda took the lead for the first time when her third shot reached within a foot and Kang’s fourth shot stuck in the rough.
Kang squared the match three holes later with a 5-foot par putt. She retook the lead on the 34th hole, when she converted for par and Korda missed a putt from at least 10 feet.
Kang and Korda, each 17, were vying for their first U.S. Amateur title. Sunday marked the third straight match in which Kang, the women’s amateur medalist a year ago, fended off a rally during the final three holes.
Jim Gray of the Golf Channel pointed his finger at Corey Pavin's chest and accused the U.S. captain of lying about comments that Tiger Woods will be picked for the team.
Gray approached Pavin after a news conference Wednesday, and they stood no more than a foot apart, facing off as if they were in the middle of a boxing ring. Pavin’s wife, Lisa, pulled out her mobile phone and recorded the conversation.
Pavin said Gray called him “a liar” and said, “You’re going down.”
Gray reported Tuesday evening that Pavin told him he would pick Woods for the Ryder Cup if he didn’t make the team on his own at the PGA Championship. He quoted Pavin as saying—it was not on camera—“Of course I’m going to. He’s the best player in the world.”
Pavin was so angry when he heard about this Wednesday morning that he tweeted while on the golf course that “Jim Gray has misquoted me re: picking Tiger. I never said such a thing and will not say a thing until 09/07.”The Golf Channel said in a statement that it stands “100 percent behind the accuracy of Jim Gray’s report. As far as any subsequent conversation between Jim and Corey Pavin, it was meant to be private and should remain as such.”
Jeld-Wen, an Oregon-based window and door manufacturer, will end its sponsorship of the Tradition after next week’s Champions Tour event.
Rod Wendt, president and chief executive of Jeld-Wen, says the company’s sponsorship contract ends this year so it is a logical time to step away as the firm’s priorities have changed.
That's it for this week.
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