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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 150 - US Open Preview
ANOTHER WALK-IN FOR PARK RECORDS tumbled in the same way her nearest opponents did as Inbee Park romped to her third straight Women’s PGA Championship. The 26-year-old joins Annika Sorenstam as the only players to ‘three- peat’ at the championship, in the process matching the subpar scoring record for a major, returning to the No.1 world ranking and passing Se Ri Pak for total career majors among South Koreans. Park’s sixth major – only eight women have won more – came as the championship moved venue and rebranded itself. Everything changed except the outcome. Park won the 2013 LPGA Championship in a playoff at Locust Hill the 1st hole at water-laden Diamond Country Club and another took 14 hits on the 2nd, Wood blasted past overnight leader Grégory Bourdy and Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello with a closing 67 for a two-stroke victory. The towering Englishman overcame a five-stroke deficit through 54 holes with a bogeyless final round that looked all the more impressive as Bourdy and Cabrera- Bello faltered. Wood birdied three of the first six holes then the two back-nine par- 5s to reach 15-under, the mark Bourdy began the final round. MORE> Country Club in Rochester, New York, and again last year in extra holes at nearby Monroe Golf Club. This time the event moved to Westchester Country Club outside New York City, a long-time venue on the PGA Tour, and refreshed its name to the Women’s PGA Championship. Park worked no overtime on this occasion as she went bogey-free for the last 56 holes in a five- stroke victory march. MORE> ________________________________ NO KNOCK ON WOOD CHRIS Wood has threatened to win again on tour for months and the chips finally fell his way on Sunday at the European Tour’s Lyoness Open in Austria. In a weird week during which one competitor required 17 strokes to complete GOMEZ ON SONG IN MEMPHIS ARGENTINA’S Fabian Gomez became the fifth man from his country to win on the US PGA Tour when he sealed a four-stroke victory at the FedEx St Jude Classic in Memphis. The 36-year-old, who won once on the Web.com Tour in 2010, surged clear of Englishman Greg Owen over the last nine at TPC Southwind to record an emphatic maiden title, capping his breakthrough week by rolling in a 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th green. He carded a 66 to reach 13-under for the tournament, the second consecutive winner on tour to defy a string of poor finishes en route to victory. Gomez had no prior top-25 finishes all year, much like Memorial winner David Lingmerth last week. Gomez joins countrymen Roberto de Vicenzo, Jose Coceres, Angel Cabrera and Andres Romero as Argentinean winners on the PGA Tour. MORE> TRAPS AROUND the “OF ALL THE HAZARDS, FEAR IS THE WORST.” Sam Snead CHAMPIONS OF YOUR GAME.
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