PGA Championship 2016

Date Posted:2 August 2016 

Jimmy Walker wins major

 

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A private 36-hole golf club in Springfield, New Jersey founded in 1895 by Louis Keller. Both courses were designed by AW Tillinghast in 1918 and the club was recently listed as a National Historic Landmark in recognition of the designers career. In its history, Baltusrol has hosted the U.S. Open seven times, in 1903, 1915, 1936, 1954, 1967, 1980, and 1993. It has hosted the U.S. Amateur Championship four times, in 1904, 1926, 1946, and 2000. It has hosted the U.S. Women's Open twice, in 1961 and 1985, and the U.S. Women's Amateur twice, in 1901 and 1911. In 2005 it was Baltusrol's first time hosting a PGA Championship, and the 98th running of the event was held this week.

 
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The final major of the year, the PGA Championship was held at the Baltusrol GC in Springfield, New Jersey. Major tournaments are always full of excitement and this one had everyone biting their nails right up to the last putt. Jimmy Walker (-14) from the USA made a clutch putt on the 17th hole to give him what he thought was a comfortable 3 shot buffer. That was until Aussie World #1 Jason Day (-13) eagled the last hole to be within one of the lead. In the end Walker made a scrappy par to close with a 67, capture his first major title and boost his Ryder Cup hopes. Fellow American Daniel Summerhays (-10) was solo third. Tied for fourth place on nine under were South Africa's Branden Grace, Hideki Matsuyama from Japan and Brooks Koepka from the USA. British Open winner Henrik Stenson (-8) was tied for seventh place. Other Aussies making the cut were John Senden (-5), Adam Scott (-5), Scott Hend (-2), Aaron Baddeley (-1), Marc Leishman (+1), Marcus Fraser (+4) and Matt Jones (+5).

 
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The Web.com tour held the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, California. After rounds of 58, 65, 64 and 63, Germany's Stephan Jaeger not only captured his first tour title but he broke all existing Web.com scoring records along the way finishing an astounding 30 shots under par. A distant seven shots back in solo second was Aussie Rhein Gibson (-23). Tied for third place were American duo Brandon Hagy (-21) and Xander Schauffele. Other Aussies in the field were Bryden MacPherson (-9) and Brett Drewitt (-7).

 
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The Canadian tour held the Oil Country Championship at the Glendale Golf and Country Club in Edmonton, Alberta. Aaron Wise (-19) from the USA closed with a 70 to win the title. Fellow American Brock Mackenzie (-18) was tied for second place along with Puma Dominguez from Argentina. There were no Aussies in the field.

 
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The European Challenge tour played the Tayto Northern Ireland Open at Galgorm Castle in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Starting the day three shots off the lead New Zealander Ryan Fox (-19) closed with a 62 to equal the course record as he stormed home to victory. Four players tied for second place on 15 under pare were Germans Dominic Foos and Bernd Ritthammer as well as Max Orrin from England and Dylan Frittelli from South Africa. Daniel Gaunt was the only Aussie in the field (-8).

 
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The Asian tour held the King’s Cup at the Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club in Pattaya, Thailand. Taipei’s Chan Shih-chang (-12) closed with a 67 to claim his first Asian Tour. His compatriot Lin Wen-tang (-10) finished two shots back in solo second after a final round 66. Defending champion Danthai Boonma (-9) from Thailand closed with a 64 to finish tied for third with England’s Mark Foster. Aussies in the field were Scott Barr (-5), Terry Pilkadaris (-4), Sam Brazel (-2) and David Lutterus (+5).

 
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The LET / LPGA tours held the Women's British Open at the Woburn Golf & Country Club in Milton Keynes, England. Ariya Jutanugarn (-16) closed with a final round 72 that was good enough to capture her maiden major title and in the process became the first player from Thailand (male or female) to do so. It should be noted that she achieved the feat without the use of a driver. Three shots back and tied for second place were Korea's Mirim Lee and Mo Martin from the USA. Stacy Lewis (-11) was solo fourth. Aussies making the cut were Karrie Webb (-9) who was tied for fifth place, Sarah Jane Smith (-5), Minjee Lee (-4) and Su Oh (+7).

 
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Golf was last featured in the Summer Olympic Games of 1900 and 1904. In October 2009, after more than 100 years the IOC decided to reinstate golf for the 2016 Summer Olympics. The event will be open to professional golfers and will feature men's and women's individual events. The tournaments will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on the newly built Campo Olímpico de Golfe.
Aussies competing are Marcus Fraser, Scott Hend, Minjee Lee and Su Oh.
Good luck to all.

 
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