PGA Championship 2018

Date Posted:14 August 2018 

Koepka wins 3rd Major

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Jarrod Lyle (21/8/81 - 8/8/18)

One of Australian golf's favourite sons passed away last Wednesday after spending his final days surrounded by loved ones and friends. Jarrod's final message to his many supporters was 'Thanks for your support, it meant the world. My time was short, but if I've helped people think and act on behalf of those families who suffer through cancer, hopefully it wasn't wasted'. 
Lyle was first diagnosed with leukaemia as a teenager in 1999 and after beating it he relapsed in 2012 but fought courageously to return to the game he loved. He had only decided to go into palliative care the week before after ending treatment for a third bout of illness. His good mate Robert Allenby wrote 'his character, charisma, generosity, humility and gratitude were beautiful. He embodied everything good about people. Greg Chalmers said 'he was quick with a joke, didn’t mind a beer, and just a pure joy to be around every day.

He is survived by his wife Briony and daughters Lusi, 6, and Jemma, 2.

RIP big fella.

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The final major of the year and 100th PGA Championship was held at the Bellerive CC in St. Louis, Missouri. The crowds were lined up twenty deep on the final day hoping to see something special and they weren't disappointed. Brooks Koepka (-16) from the USA put on a masterclass launching monster drives, firing at pins wherever they were and draining putts at will. Koepka closed with a 66 to capture his second major of the year even though the majority of the crowd were cheering for someone else. Prowling the fairways and almost pulling off a miracle comeback was Tiger Woods (-14) who although he came in second, gave the world's sports journalists plenty to write about. Coming in third was Australian Adam Scott (-13) who looked like he would tie for second but his final putt came up short hard and he bogeyed the final hole. Tied for fourth place were Jon Rahm (-11) from Spain and Stewart Cink from the USA. Other Aussies in the field were Jason Day (-7), Cameron Smith (-1) and Marc Leishman (+2).

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The Web.com tour played the Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, California. In only his eighth career event, overnight leader Trevor Cone (-23) from the USA closed with a 64 for a four shot victory and his maiden tour title. Solo second was his compatriot Josh Teater (-19) followed by fellow American Chris Thompson (-16). There were six players tied for fourth place on 15 under par. The only Aussie to make the cut was Cameron Davis (-13).

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The Canadian tour held the ATB Financial Classic at the Country Hills GC in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. After firing an Ace and closing with a 64 on his opening round, American Corey Pereira (-26) knew his week was going to be something special. Losing the lead in the same tournament last year, Pereira wasn't going to be denied again and he fought hard closing with a 67 for a one shot maiden victory. In second place was fellow American Lee Hodges (-25) followed by compatriots Tyler McCumber (-22), Timothy Madigan (-19), Jonathan Garrick (-17) and Zach Wright (-17). The only Australian to make the cut was Matthew Goggin (-4).

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The European tour held the European Golf Team Championships at Gleneagles in Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland. Scott Fernandez and Pedro Oriol won gold for Spain in the Men's Team competition. Iceland's Birgir Hafthorsson and Axel Boasson pushed hard and took the match to the final hole but had to be happy with silver. Italy's Francesco Laporta and Alessandro Tadini claimed the bronze medal after grabbing a 5 and 3 win over Spain's Santiago Tarrio Ben and David Borda.

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In the Women's Team event the match ended on the 20th hole and the gold medal went to Sweden's Linda Wessberg and Cajsa Persson who beat the French team of Justine Dreher and Manon Molle. England's Meghan MacLaren and Michele Thomson won bronze after defeating their compatriots Georgia Hall and Dame Laura Davies.

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The European Challenge tour held the Vierumäki Finnish Challenge at the Vierumäki Resort in Vierumäki, Finland. After finishing in a tie for the lead, local favourite Kim Koivu (-21) became the first Finnish golfer to win the biggest tournament in the country. With a birdie on the first extra hole he defeated Scotland's Robert MacIntyre. Coming in solo third was Frenchman Mathieu Fenasse (-17) followed by Finland's Antti Ahokas (-16). Four Englishmen and a Finn were tied for fifth place on fifteen under par. The only Aussies making the cut were Dimitrios Papadatos (-9), Jack Munro (+1) and Ben Eccles (+8).

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The Asian tour held the TAKE Solutions Masters at the Karnataka Golf Association Golf Course in Bengaluru, India. In front of a local crowd and his supportive family, Viraj Madappa (-16) closed with a 67 to capture his maiden title and become the youngest Indian winner in Asian tour history. Tied for fourth place were Scott Vincent (-14) of Zimbabwe and Thai duo Danthai Boonma and Suradit Yongcharoenchai. Aussies making the cut were Jake McLeod (-10), Josh Younger (-10), Maverick Antcliff (-8), Scott Barr (-5), Matt Stieger (-5), Marcus Both (-4), Andrew Martin (-2) and David Gleeson (+1).

PGA Tour up coming event
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Next week the PGA tour will head to North Carolina where Henrik Stenson will try to defend his Wyndham Championship victory. With most of the big names having a rest, watch out for Rafa, Sangmoon, Jonas, Padraig, Retief, Ernie and Davis. Australians taking part will be Appleby, Baddeley, Jones, Pampling, Percy and Scott.

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What s in the bag

 

Brooks Koepka

Driver: TaylorMade M3 460 (9.5°)

Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 70TX

3 Wood: TaylorMade M2 Tour HL (16.5°)

Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80TX

Driving Iron: Nike Vapor Fly Pro (3)

Fujikura Pro 95 Tour Spec X-Flex

Irons: Mizuno JPX-900 Tour (4-PW)

True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (52-12F, 56-10S, 60-08M)

True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Tour Only T10 Select Newport 2

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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