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Phil Mickelson spun a 5-under-par 31-35=66 in the final round of the PGA Championship to finish alone in second place at 15-under 269.

It's his ninth runner-up finish in a major, six of which infamously occurring at the U.S. Open. Mickelson circled six birdies and surrendered just one bogey on his final navigation of Valhalla Golf Club today. He put his competition on notice with a 29'1" birdie on the par-4 first hole and remained in the conversation with a 10'6" birdie on the par-3 third hole. He settled for a two-putt birdie on the par-5 seventh and added another birdie at the ninth to complete a blemish-free opening nine. A birdie from 10'7" on the par-3 11th had him thinking of a sixth major championship title, but a bogey at the par-4 16th put the brakes on that thought. Needing an eagle at the par-5 18th to force a playoff with Rory McIlroy, Lefty nearly holed a 24-yard chip and settled for a birdie inside the leather. While he didn't hoist the hardware, Mickelson did move inside the top nine in the U.S. Ryder Cup standings to automatically qualify for Tom Watson's squad.
Sun, Aug 10, 2014 09:02:00 PM

In his 96th PGA TOUR start, overnight co-leader Troy Merritt won his maiden title with a 4-under-par 33-34=67 in the final round of the Quicken Loans National to post 18-under 266, good for a three-shot margin over runner-up Rickie Fowler.

Merritt began his day at 14-under and with a share of the lead with playing partner Kevin Chappell. Coming off a course-record, 10-under 61 on Saturday, the would-be champ opened right where he left off, circling a birdie from 9'1" at the par-4 first. He added a two-putt birdie at the par-5 fifth before dropping a six-footer for birdie at the seventh. The 29-year-old kept his forward momentum with par saves from seven feet at Nos. 2 and 8 to turn 3-under. In a battle for much of the day with 2013 champ Bill Haas, Merritt played his last nine in 1-under while the other contenders faded away. His birdie on 16 canceled a lone bogey at the 12th and he finished in grand fashion by canning a walk-off birdie from 34'5" for posterity. With this win, Merritt gains entry into this week's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship. They'll mark his respective debuts in a WGC and a major.
Aug 2 - 6:48 PM

Roope Kakko closed out the Madeira Islands Open -- Portugal -- BPI with a bogey-free, 9-under-par 32-31=63 to post 24-under 262, good for a three-stroke victory over Scotland's Scott Henry.

The 33-year-old from Finland hit 14 greens in regulation and needed only 24 putts at Clue de Golf do Santo da Serra today. He supported a chip-in eagle-2 at the 10th hole with seven birdies. While this is his first European Tour title, Kakko is only the second from Finland to hoist hardware on the circuit, joining five-time winner Mikko Ilonen. "I’m speechless," Kakko said. "I came here to try and win this event and change my career so I’m over the moon to have done it. There was a lot of pressure but I had some pretty good thoughts in me, so I was able to handle it today. ... I was really nervous coming down the stretch on the last five holes. I almost started crying with three holes to go; I was really getting emotional. But my caddie was very helpful, he gave me a couple of songs to sing and cracked a few jokes and that really helped me get into the moment."
Aug 2 - 1:26 PM

With a four-foot conversion for birdie on the final hole of the championship match, Kiradech Aphibarnrat defeated Robert Karlsson 1 up at the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play at Murcar Links Golf Club in Aberdeen, Scotland.

In what was a brilliant display of golf theater, the Thai nearly coughed away this title. The duo matched birdies on the par-4 first hole before Aphibarnrat grabbed the lead with a birdie-3 at No. 2. He extended to 3 up through six, but Karlsson chipped away with wins at 8 and 9 to turn 1 down. Aphibarnrat won the 11th with a birdie-3 and No. 14 with a par-4 to regain the 3-up margin. With little room to spare, Karlsson took his cuts. He played Nos. 15-17 birdie-par-birdie, winning all three holes to even the match. At the par-4 18th, the Swede's tee ball landed on the green at the second hole, but Aphibarnrat's drive also failed to find the fairway, drifting right and into the rough. It was the eventual champ's escape that set up the clinching birdie. Karlsson's birdie attempt from 10 feet never threatened. This is the 26-year-old's third career victory on the European Tour and second this season.
Aug 2 - 12:59 PM

Robert Karlsson beat David Howell at the 20th hole in their semi-final clash at the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play at Murcar Links GC on Sunday.

The tall Swede was in front for most of the match but needed extra holes before securing his place in this afternoon's final against Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who beat Marc Warren 3&2 in the other semi. Karlsson made his move by winning 6, 9 and 12 to go 3up with six to play but the tenacious Howell took the next, holed a monster putt from off the green at 16 for a birdie and pulled level when Karlsson bogeyed 17. At the 18th, Karlsson had a four-foot par putt to win that lipped out but a Howell bogey at the second extra hole clinched the Scandinavian's spot in the final. Although the 45-year-old has played Ryder Cups, it was hard to see this coming as Karlsson had missed his last six cuts on the European Tour. Be honest, who could have predicted a Karlsson v Aphibarnrat final?
Aug 2 - 8:25 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat defeated a lackluster Marc Warren 3&2 on Sunday morning to reach the final of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play in Scotland.

Home favorite Warren didn't manage a single birdie and was 5-over for the 16 holes played. That made it easy for his Thai opponent, who never had to do anything special at Murcar Links GC. A par at the opening hole was enough to give Warren an early lead but Aphibarnrat made it all square after the Scot bogeyed the second. Thanks to wins at 4, 8 and 11, Aphibarnrat went 3up and, with Warren unable to find a response, a par at 16 secured the 26-year-old a somewhat unexpected place in this afternoon's final.
Aug 2 - 7:28 AM

Kevin Chappell signed for a 4-under-par 34-33=67 after today's third round of the Quicken Loans National to join the 54-hole lead of Troy Merritt at 14-under 199.

Playing in the penultimate pairing, Chappell began Moving Day at 10-under (T2) and just one shot back of 36-hole leader Ryo Ishikawa. On his round, he circled five birdies to camouflage a lone bogey at the par-3 16th, three-putting from 30 feet nine inches. The 29-year-old's set featured all five conversions from inside 10 feet, including a long of 9'2" at the par-4 10th. After circling birdie at 17, he had a chance from 8'4" at the last for the birdie-birdie finish and outright lead, but missed left. Chappell has a pair of T8s on 21 starts to his season, the latest coming at the John Deere Classic in mid-July. He's yet to win on the PGA TOUR in 135 career starts.
Aug 1 - 5:49 PM

Pontus Widegren hung up a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in Saturday's third round at the Madeira Islands Open – Portugal – BPI and leads by one shot with 18 to play.

Fuelled by eagle-3s at the third and seventh, the Swede now sits at 16-under 200 and leads on his own after sharing top spot at halfway with Sam Walker, who fell back to T7 following a 1-over 73. Scott Henry and Roope Kakko are Widegren's nearest challengers at 15-under while it's a stroke further back to Brandon Stone in solo fourth. Be forgiven for not knowing anything about the 24-year-old. Widegren hasn't even won on the Challenge Tour, never mind the main European Tour and is ranked 567th in the world. However, he did finish T24 in this event last year and was T5 in a Challenge Tour event in France last week. Looking ahead to the final round, the UCLA grad said, "It’s been my dream since I was a kid to play on The European Tour and to compete, like where I am now, so I’m very happy to be here and hopefully I can have a good day."
Aug 1 - 5:34 PM

Marc Warren eagled the 19th hole to beat Tyrrell Hatton and secure his place in the last four of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play at Murcar Links GC in Scotland.

After Hatton had stayed alive by chipping in for birdie at 18, Warren finally slammed the door shut by holing his second shot from 59 yards to seal victory with an eagle-2. In a match with several twists, Hatton went 3up after just five holes before Scotsman Warren won five of the next six -- four with birdies -- to turn the match around. The 34-year-old was still 2up with three to play but eventually needed victory via a playoff after Hatton won 16 and 18. Warren, who will play Kiradech Aphibarnrat (a 2&1 winner over Michael Hoey) in the last four, said, "To be fair it was one of the most bizarre matches I have ever been involved in. It started on the first with poor tee shots from both of us into a bunker and he ended up holing out from 100 yards for a birdie. He hit two other chips in after that, one into 18 to go to extra holes and I guess it was just my turn at the 19th to hole out." England's David Howell will play Sweden's Robert Karlsson in the other semi-final.
Aug 1 - 5:14 PM

Troy Merritt fired a 10-under-par 31-30=61 in today's third round of the Quicken Loans National to post a record-setting, 54-hole tally of 14-under 199, good for the early clubhouse lead. UPDATE: With play completed, Merritt co-leads with Kevin Chappell .

Merritt carded six birdies over his first two rounds at RTJ Golf Club and nearly doubled that total on Moving Day, circling 11 birdies on his record-breaking loop. The 29-year-old's 61 set several tournament records, including: Best 18-hole score (previously 62 by Anthony Kim/2009, Hunter Mahan/2009 and Nick Watney/2011); and best 54-hole aggregate (200 by Tom Pernice Jr./2008, Anthony Kim/2009, Tiger Woods/2009 and Justin Rose/2010). His 11-birdie total was the most he's carded in a single round (281 career rounds) and his 61 tied a career low (2015 RBC Heritage/round two). Merritt began the day at 4-under (T35) and seven shots adrift. He landed 16 greens in regulation and his 11 conversions included five straight to open the round and four consecutive on Nos. 12-15. Remarkably, Merritt squared a bogey as well, three-putting from 37'5" on the par-5 eighth.
Aug 1 - 2:24 PM

Michael Hoey blitzed Gregory Havret 7&6 on Saturday morning to reach the quarter-finals of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play in Scotland.

The Northern Irishman was an unstoppable force in this last 16 clash at Murcar Links GC in Aberdeen and reached the turn 6up on his French opponent after five front-nine birdies. Havret's only success came at the fourth hole where he made eagle. Both players recorded double bogey-6s at the 10th before sharing pars at 11 and Hoey closed out the contest with a winning birdie-3 at the 12th. As a former winner of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, Hoey is a fine exponent of links golf and this victory follows an emphatic 5&4 win over Sweden's Kristoffer Broberg in the last 32. He'll now play Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat (a 4&3 winner over Thomas Aiken) in the last eight. The other quarter-finals this afternoon are: Robert Karlsson v Richie Ramsay, David Howell v Chris Wood, Marc Warren v Tyrrell Hatton.
Aug 1 - 6:42 AM

Patton Kizzire torched Golf Club at Thanksgiving Point for a 10-under-par 29-33=62 in today's second round of the Utah Championship.

The Web.com Tour's money leader hit 15 greens in regulation and connected for 12 birdies. That equals the most in a single round in Web.com Tour history. It's the sixth occurrence and first since Luke Guthrie in the opening round of the 2012 Cox Classic. Kizzire circled seven going out on the back side, including five in a row at one point. After reaching bogey-free 9-under through 14 holes, he double-bogeyed the par-4 sixth hole, and then walked off with three more birdies. At 15-under 129, he's four shots clear of overnight leader Kelly Kraft, who traded four birdies with two bogeys en route to a 2-under 35-35=70. Four golfers are five strokes in arrears of the 36-hole lead. Despite Kizzire's success in this his first year on the circuit, he entered this week winless in 20 career starts.
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