Last year’s Rookie of the Year, Daniel Berger, took a big step on his path to stardom by winning the FedEx St. Jude Classic on Sunday. The 23-year-old looked comfortable holding the lead as he cruised to a final round 3-under-par 67 for a 3-shot win over Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker.
This was a very impressive win for Berger, who showed no sign of nerves in Sunday’s final round. Don’t let Berger’s unconventional swing fool you, he’s the real deal. We expect Berger to contend and win often. He also likes to mess with Phil, calling him Philip just because...
While he came up short on Sunday, the second biggest story coming out of the St. Jude was Dustin Johnson. Johnson fired a final-round 63 that featured a record-setting back-nine 29 to finish in 5th place, 4 shots behind Berger. Johnson looks to be in top form heading into the U.S. Open where he will try to end his major heartbreak.
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The LPGA took center stage as 3 women under the age of 20 separated themselves from the field late on Sunday. World number 1 Lydia Ko set the pace looking for her 3rd consecutive major championship with Ariya Jutanugarn and Brooke Henderson chasing closely behind. Henderson was able to catch Ko, birdieing 2 of her last 3 holes to force a playoff. On the first playoff hole, the 18-year-old Canadian wouldn’t be denied, sticking her approach shot to kick in range. After Ko was unable to convert her 30-foot birdie putt, Henderson brushed her birdie putt in for her first major championship.
The Web.com Tour was in Chicagoland for this year’s Rust-Oleum Championship at Ivanhoe Club. Former NCAA Individual Champion Max Homa was able to cap off a 7-shot comeback victory over Josh Teater when the former PGA Tour player found the water on the 18th, leading to a bogey and a 1-shot win for Homa. Homa spent last season on the PGA Tour but struggled, losing his card. After this win, the promising young player will be headed back to the big tour for the 2016 season.
For the third consecutive year, Bernhard Langer has captured the Senior Players Championship (a PGA Tour Champions Major). Langer was able to hold on despite shooting a 3-over-par 73 to finish 1 over par for the championship (1 shot ahead of Joe Durant and Miguel Angel Jimenez). The championship is Langer’s 7th major win since joining the senior circuit, and the German star has won 5 of the last 11 major championships. Das ist gut!
The other big winner of the week was the Philadelphia Criquet Club, whose A.W. Tillinghast design drew rave reviews from players and proved to be a great championship test.