Lucas Glover won the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda following an inspired back nine that saw him eclipse his three rivals. The US Open Champion finished five under on 66 finishing five shots ahead of second placed Masters Champion Angel Cabrera.
Glover had started the second day two shots clear of Stewart Cink, but it was Cink who had the best of the first nine holes sinking four birdies while Glover appeared to struggle.
The back nine was a different story and the luck was reversed as Cink suddenly hit trouble dropping shots on the 12th and 13th and double bogeying the 15th. Conversely Glover hit four birdies on the back nine propelling him toward the win.
Cink finished the tournament in third place six shots behind the winner, while Y E Yang continued to struggle to keep up and finished ten shots behind Glover. None the less the South Korean still walks away with the losers prize of $200,000.
Twenty nine year old Glover who had registered the Port Royal Golf Club course record on Tuesday with a magnificent 65 was rewarded for his win with a cheque for $600,000. Following his victory the American said;
“I got it turned around towards the end of the front nine and played pretty good golf from there. This is such a hard tournament to get into and I would be crazy if I said on 1 January that my goal is to win the grand slam because you only have four chances to get here.All four of us came here wanting to win the grand slam. I’m very honoured and very happy that it was me.”
Stewart Cink who finished in third place said;
“I had some momentum going and in a tournament like this where it’s two rounds, you really need to stay on the gas the whole day, the whole two rounds. I made a couple of bogeys in a row out there and I felt like my momentum was gone. Lucas played really well during that stretch.”
US Open Champion Lucas Glover leads the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda, taking a two shot lead over his rivals into the final round. Glover shot a six under 65 in the strokeplay event that features this years four major winners.
British Open winner Stewart Cink followed fellow American Glover, hitting 67, while the Master winner Argentinian Angel Cabrera is in third place, five shots off the lead with 70.
USPGA Champion Y E Yang makes up the group of four major winners and the South Korean currently trails the field with his round of 71.
The four contestants will share prize money of $1.35million with the winner taking the lions share of $600,000 and the fourth placed player guaranteed $200,000 for finishing last.
Glover has shown some fine form in Bermuda, his round of 65 included one eagle, six birdies and two bogeys at the Port Royal course, his compatriot Cink’s round of 67 including five birdies and one bogey.
Cink who was involved in that epic battle with Tom Watson to win the British Open was happy to soak up the atmosphere and reflect, saying;
“It’s a great honour to be here. Obviously, I want to play well and winning would be nice, but this is also about having a good time. It’s both a championship and a celebration of the four of us and the accomplishments of the year, and enjoying this beautiful setting.”
Tiger Woods sank the winning putt at Harding Park in San Francisco as the United States won the Presidents Cup for a sixth time, beating the International team by 19 1/2 points to 14 1/2.
The US had needed just five points from the 12 singles rubbers going into the final day of the eighth Presidents Cup and set about winning the tournament straight away with Hunter Mahan coming from behind to beat Camilo Villegas 2 and 1, and Stewart Cink overcoming Australian Adam Scott 4 and 3 to secure the second match.
Anthony Kim watched another Australian, Robert Allenby miss a short putt on the 15th to gift the US a 5 and 3, and put them within sight of victory with just two points needed.
Sean O’Hair’s victory over Ernie Els 6 and 4 left Tiger Woods to secure the victory and also revenge over Korean USPGA Champion Y E Yang, who had come from two shots behind to deny the American the USPGA Championship at Hazeltine in August, which ended Woods’ 100% record of winning all 14 of his majors when leading going into the final round.
United States captain Fred Couples praised Woods and O’Hair after the win;
“Today he won a huge battle, I couldn’t be happier for him and for me to have him win the decisive point. The whole time, I needed him – it sounds stupid – to go 5-0. You never can assume anything but we were hoping he would get a point.
Besides him, Sean O’Hair came up huge to beat Ernie, who’s a world class player. Sean was a guy we had a hunch about and he came up big today.”
Yesterday saw an enthralling match play between wordl number 1 Tiger Woods and Y.E. Yang, as Yang became the first South Korean to win a major tournament by beating Tiger Woods by three shots to finish on 8 under to claim victory at the 2009 US PGA Championship at the tricky Hazeltine National golf course in Minnesota.
Tiger Woods was looking to claim his fifteenth major victory and had never given up a lead going into the final round. But yesterday Tiger Woods missed several putts, while Yang kept his cool throughout the final round and eventually took the lead with a fantastic eagle chip on the 14th. A lead he held on to as Tiger pushed him all the way.
Yang Yong-Eun completed a fantastic round of 70 on the final day while Tiger shot a loose 75. The conditions were difficult but Yang appeared calm and relaxed.
Like all the commentators I expected Tiger to grind out another victory but all credit to Yang who played the better golf.
Yang’s victory in the last major of the 2009 season means that Tiger Woods failed to win any of the majors this year on his return from injury.
Rory McIlroy was the highest place British golfer in third place on 3 under.
Y.E.Yang wins his first PGA title, beating John Rollins in the Honda Classic.
Y.E. Yang secured his first PGA Tour victory yesterday as he emerged victorious in the Honda Classic at Florida’s PGA National. The Korean managed to hold onto his lead to win by one-shot ahead of second placed John Rollins.
It was a tense finale, but Yang held his nerve on the final hole where he needed a two-putt from 50 feet to secure the win. His final round of 68 left him on nine under overall, a shot ahead of American John Rollins who said that ‘it’s not easy’ to do what Yang did on the final green. Especially when you consider what was at stake.
Elsewhere on the leader board, England’s Greg Owen managed to sink six birdies in his final round of 66 to finish on two under par alongside Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy and Spain’s Sergio Garcia.
Speaking of Rory McIlroy, he has admitted that he was ‘disappointed’ with the way he finished the tournament. At this moment in time, he is bidding to become the youngest ever winner of a PGA Tour event, but failed this time around after consecutive bogeys left him tied for 13th.
Rory McIlroy went on to say that having got himself into an excellent position, he ‘just let it slip’ at the wrong time. The youngster’s frustration was clear to see, but he will know as well as anyone that time is very much on his side. He will have plenty more opportunities in career playing professional golf.
The tournament belonged to South Korea’s Y.E. Yang though who, as well as securing a place at the Masters, booked his place in next week’s World Golf Championships at Doral.