Kyle Stanley defeated Charles Howell III in a playoff to win the 2017 Quicken Loans National. The win was Stanley's first in 5 years and adds to the career year he’s already put together. Stanley is now 14th in the FedExCup standings and the win is his fourth top 10 in his last eight starts. Scores
After an illustrious college career, Stanley appeared headed for stardom. One of the game's best ball-strikers, Stanley won at Phoenix in his second season on the PGA Tour and looked to be reaching his lofty potential. He hit a rough patch since, struggling with his game and injuries. The struggles caused him to nearly lose his card in 2015. Since then, he has been working back towards the winner's circle. He started 2017 258th in the world rankings and six months later he is now inside the top 60.
The man Stanley beat, Charles Howell III, was also looking for his first win in quite a few years. Howell's last win came in 2007 at Riviera. It hasn't been for a lack of opportunities – the Quicken Loans marked Howell's 16th career runner-up finish. Despite one career win, Howell has now earned over $33 million in his career, putting him 21st all-time. I believe that CH3 owes Tiger one of the biggest purse-increase thank you notes.
A major opportunity
Kyle Stanley, Charles Howell III, Martin Laird and Sung Kang earned spots in this month's Open Championship with their finishes this week. The top four non-exempt finishers earned the spots in the third major of the year through the Open Qualifying Series. Sung Kang beat out the seven others tied at 4-under because of his superior world ranking.
Former Number 1-ranked amateur Curtis Luck recorded his best professional finish, a T5 at TPC Potomac. Playing on an invitation given to him by way of his U.S. Amateur win, the top 10 earns him a spot in next week's field. The best part about it? Neither will count against his seven allotted sponsor's exemptions. As it currently stands, Luck has earned roughly 115 FedEx Cup Points on the season. With plenty of exemptions remaining Luck has a good chance to earn the 454 needed to earn his card.
A star is born
Riding momentum from his T4 finish at the U.S. Open, Tommy Fleetwood captured the Open de France. Fleetwood came from behind with a final-round 66 to track down 54-hole leader Peter Uihlein. The win is Fleetwood's second on the season and will move him to a career high 15th in the world. Fleetwood's strong tee-to-green game and recent performance hint towards potential superstardom.
Danielle Kang made a birdie on the final hole to win the Women's PGA Championship by one shot over defending champion Brooke Henderson. The major championship was Kang's first professional win in her five-year career. Kang turned professional with high expectations in 2011 after back-to-back U.S. Women's Amateur wins. She struggled to meet those expectations and adjust to professional life. A dedication to her ball-striking has led to a career year and now a major championship. Full Scores
Kenny Perry shot a final-round 68 to win the U.S. Senior Open by two shots over Kirk Triplett. The win was Perry's fourth senior major championship after going major-free as a Tour player. Perry won the event with a 16 under par score, a rarity for the USGA. The low scoring mimicked the U.S. Open from 2 weeks ago and it appears that the USGA is growing less concerned with par. This movement has many golf fans up in arms but, in reality, par is just a made-up number. Full Scores
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