A tight leaderboard at The Greenbrier Classic led to a runaway and a big lead turned into an exciting finish at The Irish Open. There was record scoring at The Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic and the LECOM Health Challenge took place on the Web.com Tour.
PGA Tour Report – The Greenbrier Classic
After three rounds of the tournament now known as A Military Tribute At The Greenbrier, Harold Varner, III and Kelly Kraft were tied for the lead at 14-under par. Xander Schauffele and Kevin Na were one stroke behind at 13-under par with Sam Saunders another shot back at 12-under. This is how the leaderboard stacked up through 54 holes at the Old White TPC course.
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Greenbrier Classic Third Round Scores
T1 Harold Varner, III -14 66 64 66 196 T1 Kelly Kraft -14 64 63 69 196 T3 Xander Schauffele -13 66 66 65 197 T3 Kevin Na -13 69 63 65 197 5 Sam Saunders -12 68 63 67 198 T6 Bubba Watson -11 68 66 65 199 T6 Joel Dahmen -11 67 65 67 199 T6 Anirban Lahiri -11 67 61 71 199 T9 Bronson Burgoon -10 67 68 65 200 T9 Ryan Moore -10 66 67 67 200 T9 Jamie Lovemark -10 67 66 67 200 T9 Ryan Armour -10 67 66 67 200 T9 Jason Kokrak -10 65 64 71 200
Greenbrier Classic Final Round Report
There were several players making a move early on Sunday at the Greenbrier. Russell Henley fired at 7-under par 63 to finish at 11-under par and Robert Streb shot a 6-under par 64 to move himself to 10-under par.
Austin Cook made five birdies on the front nine to shoot a 29 and get to 13-under but he double-bogeyed the 11th to fall back to 11-under par. Joaquin Niemann shot a 4-under 30 on the front nine and then added two more birdies at 12 and 14 to get to 12-under par.
Brandt Snedeker was 2-under on the front and then added three consecutive birdies at 12, 13 and 14 to move himself to 12-under par. Bubba Watson made a birdie at number 3 to get to 12-under par but Xander Schauffele made four consecutive bogeys from the 2nd hole through the 5th to fall back to 9-under par and never really got back into the picture. Joel Dahmen started with a birdie at the 1st hole and moved to 12-under.
Sam Saunders made a birdie at number 4 for get himself back to 12-under par after he had lost a shot at the 3rd. Harold Varner, III made a bogey at the 1st but then a birdie at number 3 moved him back up into a tie for the lead with Kelly Kraft at 14-under par.
Kevin Na made a birdie at number 4 to move up into a tie for the lead and then Kraft made a bogey at the 4th to drop out of the tie at the top and fall back to 13-under par. A birdie at 12 moved Cook back to 12-under par. Na then made a birdie at number 5 to take the lead at 15 under par.
Niemann finished his round with a 6-under par 64 and 12-under for the tournament. A birdie at 5 moved Kraft back up to 14- under par and into a tie for second with Varner. Na made a third consecutive birdie at number 6 to move to 16-under par and a two-shot lead.
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Jason Kokrak birdied the 10th hole to get to 12-under par and a bogey at 7 dropped Bubba Watson back to 11-under par, five strokes behind. Cook bogeyed the 13th to drop back to 11-under par and bogeys at the 8th and 9th dropped Dahmen back to 10-under par. Na made a birdie at 8 to increase his lead to three strokes and Snedeker made a birdie at 17 to get to 13-under par.
Saunders made a birdie at 9 and also moved himself to 13-under par and Dahmen birdied the 10th to get back to 11-under par. Cook made a birdie at 14 to get back to 12-under par and Kokrak made a birdie at 12 to get to 13-under par. Na knocked his second shot close at number 9 for yet another birdie that gave him a 29 for the front side, moving him to 18-under par and a four shot lead heading to the back nine.
After narrowly missing a birdie putt on 18 Snedeker tapped in for par and a 64, leaving him at 13-under par. Dahmen bogeyed the 11th to fall back to 10-under par and Varner bogeyed the 9th hole to fall back the 13-under par into a four-way tie for 3rd place. Na rolled in another long birdie putt on number 10 to get to 19-under par and five strokes ahead of Kraft.
A bogey for Na at number 11 after driving into the rough left him at 18-under par, still four shots ahead of Kraft. A bogey at the par-5 12th dropped Bubba Watson to 10-under par and most likely out of the picture while Dahmen made birdie there to move back to 11-under. Kraft made a birdie at number 11 to get to 15-under par and three strokes behind Na.
Varner missed a short putt for par at the 11th and fell to 12-under par and Cook made a birdie at 17 to move into the tie for 3rd at 13-under par. Na missed a short birdie putt at the par-5 12th and then Cook made a bogey at the 18th hole to finish with a 66 at 12-under par.
Varner made a birdie at number 12 to get back into the tie for 3rd and Kraft missed his birdie putt there to remain at 15-under still three shots behind Na. A nice par save at number 13 kept Na three strokes ahead of Kraft and then Saunders made a birdie at number 14 to get to 14-under par, moving himself into 3rd place alone.
Kokrak was unable to make a birdie at the par-5 17th and remained at 13-under par while Varner double-bogeyed the 13th hole dropping him to 11-under par. Another solid par putt at number 14 kept Na three strokes ahead at 18-under par. Kraft made a bogey at 14 to drop into a tie for 2nd with Saunders at 14-under par, putting Na four shots ahead.
Saunders missed a short par putt at the 16th and made a bogey, dropping him to 13-under par and Dahmen made a birdie at 17 to move to 12-under par. Na made a birdie at the 16th hole to move to 19-under par and five shots ahead of Kraft and Saunders, who then made a bogey at the par-5 17th to drop to 12-under par. Varner made a birdie at the 16th to move himself to 12-under par.
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Saunders made a par at the 18th to finish at 12-under par and Bubba Watson made birdie there to move himself to 9-under par. Na drained a 15-footer for par at 17 to remain at 19-under par heading to the final hole. With only Varner and Kraft remaining on the course behind him and no chance to catch him, Na tapped in for par at 18 to finish at 19-under par and win A Military Tribute At The Greenbrier. The victory was Na’s second win on the PGA tour, with the first coming nearly seven years ago.
Kraft made a bogey at 17 to fall back to 13-under and in a three-way tie for 2nd place. Varner missed a birdie putt at the 18th that would have put him into the Open Championship, but he made par and finished 12-under par in a tie for fifth-place. Kraft made a birdie at 18 to take 2nd place alone at 14-under par.
Greenbrier Classic Notables
Keegan Bradley finished the tournament tied for 13th place with Bubba Watson and six others at 9-under par after an even par 70. Webb Simpson shot a 72 and Jim Furyk had a 73 and they finished at 4-under par in an eight-way tie for 47th. Vijay Singh shot a final round 67 to finish in a tie for 56th at 2-under par.
Phil Mickelson finished at 1-under par in a tie for 65th after a 74 that included a triple-bogey at the final hole. Mickelson was also charged with a two-stroke penalty at the 7th hole for mashing down some tall grass in front of the tee box, leading to a double bogey. John Daly and Geoff Ogilvy both missed the cut.
Greenbrier Classic Final Results
1 Kevin Na -19 69 63 65 64 261 2 Kelly Kraft -14 64 63 69 70 266 T3 Brandt Snedeker -13 66 67 70 64 267 T3 Jason Kokrak -13 65 64 71 67 267 T5 Joaquin Niemann -12 63 69 72 64 268 T5 Austin Cook -12 66 66 70 66 268 T5 Joel Dahmen -12 67 65 67 69 268 T5 Sam Saunders -12 68 63 67 70 268 T5 Harold Varner, III -12 66 64 66 72 268 10 Russell Henley -11 68 69 69 63 269
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European Tour Report – The Irish Open
In the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, Erik Van Rooyen shot a 66 and took the lead at 14-under par, with Joakim Lagergren and Ryan Fox tied for 2nd place and trailing by four strokes at 10-under par. Here’s a look at how things stood going into the final round at Ballyliffin Golf Club.
Irish Open Third Round Scores
1 Erik Van Rooyen -14 71 65 66 202 T2 Joakim Lagergren -10 69 68 69 206 T2 Ryan Fox -10 67 69 70 206 4 Danny Willett -9 68 70 69 207 5 Russell Knox -8 71 69 68 208 T6 Raphaël Jacquelin -7 71 70 68 209 T6 Lee Westwood -7 68 71 70 209 T6 Matthieu Pavon -7 68 68 73 209 T9 Andy Sullivan -6 73 72 65 210 T9 Jon Rahm -6 74 69 67 210 T9 Jorge Campillo -6 70 71 69 210 T9 Peter Uihlein -6 70 70 70 210 T9 Zander Lombard -6 70 68 72 210
Irish Open Final Round Report
Jorge Campillo started hot as he birdied the first two holes and eagled the 4th, moving to 10-under par and into a tie for 2nd place. Jon Rahm, however, got off to a rocky start when he made a triple bogey at the 2nd hole, although he quickly righted the ship by going birdie, birdie, par, eagle over the next four holes. The eagle came at the 6th hole, with Rahm smashing his drive near the green and holing his second shot to get to 1-under par for his round through six holes.
Russell Knox moved into the tie for 2nd place with an eagle at the 4th hole that put him at 10-under par, but then Ryan Fox, playing in the group behind Knox, also made an eagle at the 4th and moved to 11-under par and into 2nd place alone. Campillo made a birdie at number 8 to get to 11-under par and tie Fox, and then another birdie at the 9th put him at 12-under par and he moved ahead of Fox into 2nd place.
Knox had a birdie at the 6th that moved him to 11-under par and Van Rooyen made a birdie at the 4th to get to 15-under par. Joakim Lagergren also birdied number 4 to get to 11-under par, but then Lagergren made a double bogey at the 5th to fall to 9-under and six strokes behind.
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Van Rooyen made a bogey at number 6 to slip back to 14-under, and Campillo bogeyed the 11th to fall back into a three-way tie for 2nd at 11-under par with Fox and Knox. Another bogey at the 7th dropped Van Rooyen back to 13-under par, only two shots ahead of the three men at 11-under.
Knox birdied the 10th to get to 12-under par and only one stroke behind Van Rooyen. Meanwhile, Zander Lombard was making a move on the back nine with birdies at 10, 12, and 13 that put him at 10-under par and only three strokes behind. Willett birdied the 10th to get back to 9 under par
Campillo birdied the 13th to get to 12-under par and Knox bogeyed the 11th to fall back to 11-under. Van Rooyen bogeyed the 9th to fall into a tie for the lead with Campillo. Fox jumped into the tie at the top with a birdie at the 11th and Knox birdied the 12th, making it three men at the top with 12-under.
Fox took the lead at 13-under with another birdie at the 12th and Willett also birdied the 12th to get to 10-under par. Rahm made his second birdie in three holes at the 15th and moved to 9-under. Lombard bogeyed the 15th to fall back to 9-under par and Fox birdied the 13th to take a 2 shot lead at 14-under par. A bogey at 16 dropped Campillo back to 11-under par.
Thorbjørn Olesen birdied the 18th to shoot 68 and finish at 9-under par and Rahm birdied the 16th to get to 10-under. Fox bogeyed the 14th and dropped back to 13-under and just one stroke ahead. Campillo eagled the 17th to get to 13-under par and tied for the lead. Knox birdied the 15th to make it three men tied at the top again.
Van Rooyen made a birdie at the 13th to make it a four-way tie at 13-under par. Rahm got his third consecutive birdie at the 17th, moving him to 11-under par and Campillo parred the 18th, shooting a 65 and finishing at 13-under par as the leader in the clubhouse. Van Rooyen made a bogey at the 14th and dropped back out of the tie for the lead.
Needing an eagle to tie Campillo, Rahm crushed a drive at the 18th and then hit the flagstick with his second shot, the ball stopping mere inches away. Rahm tapped in for birdie on the final hole to finish at 12-under par while Knox failed to birdie the par-5 17th, remaining at 13-under.
After hitting the green in two, Fox missed his chance for eagle at 17, but tapped in for birdie and took a one stroke lead to the 18th hole at 14-under par. Knox rolled in a long putt for birdie at number 18 to tie him with Fox, who was in the fairway about 60 yards away. Fox hit his second shot on 18 to within 8 feet of the hole giving him a chance to make a putt for the win.
Willett made a par on 18, shooting 72 and finishing at 9-under par and Fox failed to convert on his birdie putt, leaving him tied for the lead with Knox at 14-under par. This left Van Rooyen, who had driven it into the bunker on the 17th, needing to birdie the last two holes to tie the two leaders in the clubhouse.
Van Rooyen was unable to go for the green at the 17th, laying up out of the bunker. Then Van Rooyen hit his third shot left of the green and needed to make a 10-footer for par which he did. This left Van Rooyen needing to hole his second shot for eagle on 18. Once Van Rooyen had failed to do that, finishing with a par for a 74 and 12-under par, this left Knox and Fox tied and on to a playoff.
Irish Open Playoff
The two men headed back to the 18th tee to start the sudden-death playoff. Knox put his drive in the light rough on the right side, and on a downhill slope, while Fox nailed his down the middle to almost the same spot as he played to in regulation. Knox hit a very nice shot from a tough position onto the green but he was still a long way away. Fox then put his shot second shot about 10 feet away.
Knox rolled in another long birdie putt on 18, just as he had in regulation, forcing Fox to need his putt to continue the playoff. Fox hit a great putt that spun nearly 180 degrees around the lip but slipping away, giving Knox the title. Russell Knox became the first Scottish winner of the Irish open since Colin Montgomerie in 2001.
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It was Knox’s first victory on the European tour, although he has won a PGA Tour event, the 2016 Travelers, and a World Golf Championship event in 2015, the WGC-HSBC Champions.
Irish Open Notables
Lee Westwood shot a 74 and finished in a tie for 19th at 5-under par while Shane Lowry finished 2-under par and tied for 28th. Rory McIlroy also finished at 2-under with a 71 in the final round and Graeme McDowell also shot 71 to finish tied for 40th at even par.
Irish Open Final Results
T1 Russell Knox -14 71 69 68 66 274 T2 Ryan Fox -14 67 69 70 68 274 3 Jorge Campillo -13 70 71 69 65 275 T4 Jon Rahm -12 74 69 67 66 276 T4 Erik Van Rooyen -12 71 65 66 74 276 T6 Thorbjørn Olesen -9 72 69 70 68 279 T6 Zander Lombard -9 70 68 72 69 279 T6 Andy Sullivan -9 73 72 65 69 279 T6 Danny Willett -9 68 70 69 72 279 T10 Raphaël Jacquelin -8 71 70 68 71 280 T10 Matthieu Pavon -8 68 68 73 71 280
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LPGA Tour Report – Thornberry Creek Classic
Sei Young Kim jumped out to an eight shot lead through 54 holes of The Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic, after a third round 64 put her at 24-under par. Amy Yang was her closest pursuer at 16-under, with Lyda Ko, Anna Nordqvist and Emma Talley another shot further back at 15-under par. This is the way it looked after three rounds at Thornberry Creek.
Thornberry Creek Third Round Scores
1 Sei Young Kim -24 63 65 64 192 2 Amy Yang -16 67 66 67 200 T3 Lydia Ko -15 69 66 66 201 T3 Anna Nordqvist -15 67 67 67 201 T3 Emma Talley -15 65 68 68 201 T6 Brittany Marchand -14 64 72 66 202 T6 Jodi Ewart Shadoff -14 66 69 67 202 T6 Carlota Ciganda -14 65 70 67 202 T6 Katherine Kirk -14 62 71 69 202 T6 Yu Liu -14 69 63 70 202
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Thornberry Creek Final Round Notes
Sei Young Kim shot a final round 65 and set the all-time LPGA scoring record at 31-under par at The Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic. Kim won by nine strokes over Carlota Ciganda, although it had been seven strokes until Ciganda double bogeyed the final hole, leaving her at 22-under par. Anna Nordqvist, Emma Talley and Amy Yang finished in a tie for 3rd place at 20-under par.
Thornberry Creek Final Results
1 Sei Young Kim -31 63 65 64 65 257 2 Carlota Ciganda -22 65 70 67 64 266 T3 Anna Nordqvist -20 67 67 67 67 268 T3 Emma Talley -20 65 68 68 67 268 T3 Amy Yang -20 67 66 67 68 268 6 Bronte Law -18 67 68 68 67 270 T7 Peiyun Chien -17 65 75 67 64 271 T7 Maria Torres -17 67 69 69 66 271 T7 Georgia Hall -17 66 69 70 66 271 T7 Dani Holmqvist -17 66 69 70 66 271 T7 Jin Young Ko -17 68 67 69 67 271 T7 Chella Choi -17 68 66 69 68 271 T7 Brittany Marchand -17 64 72 66 69 271 T7 Jodi Ewart Shadoff -17 66 69 67 69 271
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Web.com Tour Report – LECOM Health Challenge
Nelson Ledesma shot a final round 67 to win the LECOM Health Challenge at Peek’n Peak Resort’s Upper Course, finishing the tournament at 22-under par. Ledesma won by two strokes over Kyle Jones, who shot a 69, and Sebastián Muñoz, who had a 70.
Web.com Tour Final Results
1 Nelson Ledesma -22 68 67 64 67 266 T2 Kyle Jones -20 67 69 63 69 268 T2 Sebastián Muñoz -20 64 69 65 70 268 T4 Mark Blakefield -17 66 71 68 66 271 T4 Hank Lebioda -17 68 65 69 69 271 T6 Oscar Fraustro -16 65 74 66 67 272 T6 Jim Herman -16 69 66 68 69 272
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PGA Tour Champions Report
There was no event played on the PGA Tour Champions this week.
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