Sunday, August 15, 2010

PGA Championship -- Sunday -- End of Fourth Round

OK, so here's what happened.

1. McIlroy failed to birdie the last hole -- he couldn't make a putt all day -- finished 10 under and lost.

2. Elkington got to 11 under with a birdie on 16, but then bogeyed 17 and 18 to be eliminated.

3. Kaymer hit his second shot on 18 into a hazard, but got up and down to save par. He finished at 11 under par, tied with Watson.

4. Dustin Johnson -- who was leading the U.S. Open and then finished with an 82 -- birdied 16 and 17 to take the lead at 12 under with one hole to go. He hit a wild drive into the gallery. His ball landed in a sandy area where thousands of people had been walking. He blasted his second shot toward the green, and then tried to get up and down for a victory. He had a 7-foot putt to win the tournament -- but missed. He tapped in for a bogey and what appeared to be a three-way tie. But no! The sandy area in which Johnson's ball landed counts as a bunker at Whistling Straits, and Johnson was penalized two shots for grounding his club in a bunker. So Johnson was eliminated on what has got to be one of the most devastating rulings in golf history.

5. So Kaymer and Watson were left to go into a three-hole playoff.

6. Nick Watney, who was 13 under par when the day began, shot an 81 to finish 4 under. Here were his scores: 69+68+66+81=284.

7. J.B. Holmes of Campbellsville, who was only one shot off the lead after 36 holes, played the last 36 holes in 77+70=147. He finished 3 under par for the tournament, in a tie for 24th place.

8. I suppose this tournament did turn out to be memorable after all.

T1. B. Watson (USA): -11 (68+71+70+68=277)
T1. M. Kaymer (GER): -11 (72+68+67+70=277)
T3. Z. Johnson (USA): -10 (69+70+69+70=278)
T3. R. McIlroy (NIR): -10 (71+68+67+72=278)
T5. J. Dufner (USA): -9 (73+66+69+71=279)
T5. S. Elkington (AUS): -9 (71+70+67+71=279)
T5. D. Johnson (USA): -9 (71+68+67+73=279)
T8. C. Villegas (COL): -8 (71+71+70+68=280)
T8. W. Liang (CHN): -8 (72+71+64+73=280)

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