It was a busy weekend in golf. In case you missed some of the action, here’s a little list of the weekend’s winners.
Greenbrier: Scott Stallings
Stallings may be a rookie, but he was the best player on the course at Greenbrier this weekend. The winner was determined by a three way playoff between Stallings, Bob Estes, and Bill Haas, and Stallings’ win earns him the opportunity to play at the Master’s next year. This fantastic post by Golf Girl delves into his back story and his struggles to make it to the Tour. Stallings and his wife, Jennifer, also have blogs that you’ll want to check out.
Senior Open: Olin Browne
This 52-year old golfer had a tremendous round on Sunday. He shot par on the first seven holes before bogeying the 8th, and finished the last ten holes at 1 under. He ended up in match play with O’Meara, managing to pull out the win. He joked about his losing record at match play, but gave this great soundbite: “The bottom line is minimize your mistakes, maximize your effort, and that’s all you can do.” And that’s exactly what he did.
Irish Open: Simon Dyson
Dyson fought a hard battle with Richard Green of Australia to win the tournament. A bad approach shot by Green on 18 (and the subsequent three-put bogey) gave Dyson the win. This qualifies him for the World Golf Championship in Akron, Ohio next week.
*Darren Clarke and Padraig Harrington didn’t even make the cut on Friday.
*Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell finished out the weekend, but their performances were less than stellar.
Women’s Open: Yani Tseng
This is Tseng’s second Open win in as many years and her fifth major win–at the age of 22. What this tells us is that Rory McIroy needs to get his game face on. Rick Lipsey, writer-reporter at Sports Illustrated calls her “the best golfer on Earth. By a mile.” She shot a 3-under on Sunday and finished at 16 under for the weekend. Going into the final round on Sunday, Caroline Masson led by 2 strokes, but closed out the day with a 78 and tied for fifth.