Bryson Dechambeau is your 2018 Memorial Tournament champion after defeating Ben An and Kyle Stanley in a playoff at Muirfield Village. After three-putting for bogey on the 72nd hole, DeChambeau defeated An with a birdie on the second playoff hole for his second career PGA Tour victory. Full Leaderboard
Dechambeau is in the midst of his breakout season. He now has a victory to go along with four other top 5 finishes. Dechambeau has been one of the best up-and-coming players since his days at SMU when he won the NCAA Championship and U.S. Amateur in the same summer. He has become one of the best tee-to-green players on the PGA Tour, so he always has a chance when he makes a few putts. This victory moves him to 22nd in the world rankings and 8th in the Ryder Cup standings. Yeah science!
Ben An and Kyle Stanley scratched and clawed their way to the playoff with Bryson. An birdied 15 and 17 to get the clubhouse lead at -15, while Stanley needed a back-nine charge to tie the lead. He birdied 13-17 but bogied 18 with Dechambeau to reach the playoff. The T2 is the best finish of the year for both players, and the runner-up moved Ben An inside the top 60 in the world, qualifying him for the U.S. Open.
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Joaquin Niemann has secured special temporary membership on the PGA Tour after his T6 finish at Muirfield Village. This will allow him to accept unlimited sponsors exemptions for the rest of the season. He has three top 10s in his five PGA Tour starts this season.
Patrick Cantlay held a 2-shot lead early on the back nine before closing with 3 bogies over his last 7 holes. He stumbled to a 4th place finish but was able to notch his fifth top 10 of the season. He is also taking a looooooooot of timeover the ball these days.
Starting the day with an outside chance to make a charge, Tiger Woods stumbled to a 23rd place finish. Tiger led the field in strokes gained approach and was 3rd in SG around the greens but was 72nd in SG putting and 65th in SG off the tee. He has always been suspect off the tee, but the putting has been a major issue. In order to win, he is going to figure out the flatstick.
Peter Uihlein fired a final round 66 to notch his third top 5 finish on the PGA Tour this season. He also has moved to 48th in the world rankings.
The Most Dangerous Lead in Golf
7 shots. That was the lead that Ariya Jutanugarn had as she stood on the 10th tee at Shoal Creek. The lead was only 2 after she birdied the 16th hole, but two closing bogies led to a playoff with Hyo-Joo Kim. Kim shot a closing 67 to make up six shots on Jutanugarn.
The two headed to the new 2-hole aggregate playoff and after remaining tied, headed to sudden death. After exchanging pars on the third playoff hole, Jutanugarn defeated Kim on the fourth playoff hole with a par. The 22-year-old now has two major championships and nine LPGA Tour victories.
The nerve it takes to stay focused after blowing a 7 shot lead cannot be understated. Ariya put herself in precarious situations time and time again over the last six holes of the championship and yet found a way to hold on for the title.
Cauley injured in car crash
After missing the cut at The Memorial, Bud Cauley was in a serious car crash on Friday night. He was hospitalized with broken ribs, a collapsed lung, and a broken leg. Long-time friend Justin Thomas visited the hospital on Saturdayand said Bud is in good spirits and doing well. We all wish a speedy recovery to Bud.
Golf’s longest day
Monday will be sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open all across the United States. Hundreds of golfers will tee it up for 36 holes trying to earn their way to Shinnecock Hills. Follow full coverage of one of the most taxing days of golf HERE.
Joey Garber notched his first Web.com Tour victory at the Rex Hospital Open. Leaderboard
Thorbjorn Olesen outlasted Francesco Molinari to win the Italian Open. Leaderboard
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