The Golf Blog says: Just 2 weeks after the Open Championship, we’re all set for the PGA Championship at Baltusrol. The short time frame is due to the Rio Olympics, which marks a return of golf back to the Olympics.
Just a reminder, we’ve had 3 first-time major wins this year: Danny Willett (Masters), Dustin Johnson (US Open), and Henrik Stenson (British Open). That suggests we’ll have another first time major winner at the PGA Championship, which historically has seen many first-time major winners.Tweet
I was fortunate to watch every second of today’s final round of the Open Championship, and I thought it was… https://t.co/LKPVADKaXH
— Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) July 18, 2016
Jack Nicklaus’s full quote:
I was fortunate to watch every second of today’s final round of the Open Championship, and I thought it was fantastic. Phil Mickelson played one of the best rounds I have ever seen played in the Open and Henrik Stenson just played better—he played one of the greatest rounds I have ever seen. Phil certainly has nothing to be ashamed of because he played wonderfully. Henrik played well from beginning to end. He drove the ball well; his iron game was great; his short game was wonderful; and his putting was great. Henrik was simply terrific. To win your first major championship is something special in and of itself, but to do it in the fashion Henrik did it in, makes for something very special and incredibly memorable. I’m proud of and happy for Henrik. Some in the media have already tried to compare today’s final round to 1977 at Turnberry, with Tom Watson and me in what they called the “duel in the sun.” I thought we played great and had a wonderful match. On that day, Tom got me, 65-66. Our final round was really good, but theirs was even better. What a great match today.
— Golfweek Magazine (@GolfweekMag) July 17, 2016
— The Open (@TheOpen) July 17, 2016
The Golf Blog says: After three-putt bogeying the first hole, 40-year-old Henrik Stenson went lights out, making 10 birdies en route to a 63. Stenson, who is known for his shotmaking, was so solid with his irons. But it was his putting, his usual weakness, that was simply amazing today. Stenson’s 51-foot birdie bomb on the 15th hole opened up a 2-shot lead and elevated Stenson to his first major. Stenson birdied the last hole to shoot 63 and seal the record for lowest number of strokes at a major.
Phil Mickelson played beautifully as well, shooting a 65. In fact, his score set the record for lowest score to finish second place at a major, and it was Phil’s lowest final round at a major in his career. Phil needed to shoot 62 just to force a playoff. Phil just ran into another golfer who was in the zone and would not be denied. Congrats, Henrik!
HE WALKED IT IN pic.twitter.com/0KITpK7Bml
— Adam Sarson (@Adam_Sarson) July 17, 2016
— The Open (@TheOpen) July 16, 2016
The Golf Blog says: 40-year=old Henrik Stenson shot a low round of the day, a 3-under 68 to take a 1 shot lead over Phil Mickelson. The next closest competitor is Jay Haas, who is 6 strokes back. It looks like Sunday will be a match between Stenson and Mickelson. Stenson’s iron game looks so strong, but he has yet to win a major so the pressure will be on him more than on the 46-year old Mickelson, who won the Open Championship in 2013, his last victory.
After the round, Phil admitted that his rhythm was off and he was not swinging it well. He went back to the range after his round. He shouldn’t be too discouraged with a 1-under 70, after making some tough saves.Tweet