Who won what and where: Day cashes in at The BarclaysAugust, 2015
Fourth win of the season for Day, first career victory for Pieters
PGA Tour – The Barclays: Jason Day
The PGA champion made it three wins in four starts, and his fourth overall this season, after coming up a shot shy at St Andrews in July. The Australian did some damage with a 63 on Saturday to tie for the lead and then twisted the knife by going one shot better on Sunday to win by six shots.
Over the weekend he recorded 14 birdies and an eagle, five of them coming in his final nine holes. This was his first FedEx victory and places him at the top of the standings.
He sealed the win with lengthy putts at both 14 and 15 and signed off with another at the last, his eighth three of the day. There were also a pair of 2s.
Day began the week with a bad back and had an MRI scan on it as well as treatment for up to three hours a day.
Henrik Stenson was second after completing a rock-solid week – 68-66-67-66 – while Bubba Watson was third.
Ryan Palmer, playing a week after his dad died in a road accident, remarkably finished in a tie for sixth.
What he said: “I’m definitely by far playing the best golf of my life. Just the synergy between my golf swing right now and what I’ve done with my body is working. I’m hitting it a long, long way. I feel like the accuracy has pulled in. I hit a lot of greens over this week, gave myself a lot of opportunities. On top of it, the work I’ve put in on the practice putting green in the off weeks is paying off with the long putts that are going in right now. Obviously I feel like Jordan Spieth with how I’m putting. It’s a good feeling because, I mean, it’s great to roll those long putts in and get the momentum rolling your way.”
European Tour – Czech Masters: Thomas Pieters
The Belgian claimed his first European Tour after being handed a two-shot penalty on Saturday and then doubling the 3rd on Sunday.
Pieters played the wrong ball during his third round but five birdies in a final-round 69 gave him a three-shot win over Pelle Edberg. Former US Amateur Champion Matt Fitzpatrick, who began his final round with four consecutive birdies, finished a shot further back.
What he said: “To say I can hold on to a lead and go low is nice. I’ve not really done that before. To be able to shoot 20 under par is great. It was special having my family here with me. I called them yesterday and they were in Belgium. For them to be here right now is pretty cool that they can experience this with me. They drove through the night to get here. It is a nine-hour journey, but it is great to have them here.”
European Senior Tour – Scottish Senior Open: Paul Broadhurst
Fifteen days after his 50th birthday Broadhurst beat Gordon Manson on the second play-off hole at Archerfield.
He becomes just the 10th player to win first time out on the European Senior Tour and he did it with a 25-footer to get into the play-off before birdieing the 18th another two times.
Austrian Manson saw his hopes of a second win of the season dashed after his 15-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole horse-shoe out of the hole.
What he said: “I have to admit I’m a bit surprised because I’ve got a dreadful play-off record. Absolutely dire. I was two from 12 before today and none from four on the European Tour, so I suppose you could say I was due one.
“I must have had about 50 people tell me they were going to back me in my first event. I told them not to be daft because playing the Senior Tour is a lot different to playing in the Midland region, but at least I didn’t let them down.”
LPGA Tour – Yokohama Tire Classic: Kris Tamulis
Tamulis came through 29 holes on Sunday to claim her first win at the 186th attempt. Tamulis shot 67-65 to beat a rejuvenated Yani Tseng and Austin Ernst by a shot. Both parred the final hole with a chance to force a play-off.
Tamulis was fourth last year and earlier this season but this was her first win since college at Florida State, even including her time on the Symetra Tour.
What she said: “It was amazing. I was definitely not expecting this. The last time I actually saw where the leaderboard was at was by accident on No. 9. Then I felt really good, and I was just out there trying to have a good time. My goal was to come in here have a decent week, play well and secure my spots in Asia.”