Why this Open Championship will go down as one of the all-time greats

 

 

Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson put on a duel for the ages in the shadow of historic Royal Troon where Stenson eventually came out victorious.
Like a title fight in boxing, two golf heavyweights went toe to toe, drilling putt after putt. Mickelson, a hall-of-famer wasn’t able to handle to deadeye ball striking of Stenson, who is one of the game’s most dangerous iron players.
Eventually, Stenson would hit the biggest putt of his life on the 15th hole. A massive, 51-foot putt that shook the golf world and did all but win him the Claret Jug.

To top that off, he hit another beautiful putt to finish the tournament and give him his first major championship. It was also Sweden’s first male major victory.
So, where does this Open Championship rank as one of the all-time greats? When you have two very popular players playing the best golf of their life on arguably the game’s biggest stage, it’s certainly a valid debate.
Mickelson is one of the greatest short game players that golf has ever seen. Meanwhile, as mentioned, Stenson is a streaky ball striker who will nail greens at will.

Ultimately, that’s what Stenson did, and his putter lid up at the most critical time. Stenson’s play is a huge reason why we love sports.
We love to see athletes do the most incredible things before our eyes. Stenson’s incredible play with his irons and his putter certainly dropped some jaws.

Even if Mickelson and Stenson weren’t the top two guys running away with it and if it were two less popular golfers, it would have still been an incredible performance. I say this as a simple reminder that you don’t need the juggernaut names to enjoy a historic performance.
Stenson for years has been in the group of “best golfer never to win a major” and amazingly, he and Dustin Johnson both broke that shackle this year. Johnson won the U.S. Open at Oakmont last month, despite a controversial call by the USGA.

Danny Willett, although not as popular with Americans, was 12th ranked in the world when he won the Masters back in April. This helped prove to many that he deserved to be a top 15 player in the world.

After those two performances by Willett and Johnson in golf’s first two majors, Stenson laid the hammer down at The Open. This tournament also has show us once again why The Open very well may be golf’s best major, even better than the Masters.
Zach Johnson had hit some huge shots to go into the playoff at St. Andrews last year, where he’d eventually win it in unfavorable weather conditions. Now, this year, we see one of the greatest ball striking and putting shows we may ever see in major golf.
With Mickelson’s and Stenson’s play, The Open continues to win more hearts with fans everywhere. It’s already a great tournament If you love history and links style golf courses.
And to witness the play of Stenson and Mickelson has made golf’s oldest major that much more enjoyable. The most impressive thing about the tourney this year was that these guys were so dominant, that J.B. Holmes who was in third place, finished 11 shots behind Mickelson, 14 behind Stenson.
This type of dominance is one those moments that you will look back on many years down the road. It will be played during highlight reels of many Open Championships in later years.
Another thing that made the Open great is the presence of Harold Varner III, the first African American golfer to get his PGA Tour card through the Web.com Tour. Varner III ended up finishing in a tie for 66th place but despite this, the PGA Tour rookie made the cut in tough Royal Troon conditions.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Varner III has stated that he’s “not a role model” but one can’t help but appreciate the young golfer’s play this year. As a rookie, he has four top 10 finishes and now has made a cut in his second major appearance, first as a Tour pro.
If Varner III can continue to play well, even if quietly, he can have a lasting impact on the game. It’s not to put pressure on him as his attitude is phenomenal but leading by example could help bring a new interest in the game.
Varner III slowly keeps showing that he truly belongs on the PGA Tour. He’s currently one of the longest drivers on Tour.
Andrew “Beef” Johnston also continues to grow in popularity. After hitting his second shot on 18, and after approaching the green, he received a reception as if he won the tournament, even though he was 17 shots back of Stenson.
Johnston became an instant fan favorite for his quote after winning the Open de Espana on the European Tour for his first professional victory. Johnston said he was going to get “hammered” and stood by his words as he indeed partied hard.
He’s also popular for his fun and friendly nature as well as his large beard. So his solid play at The Open has made him catch even more hearts of golf fans everywhere.
But, with a historic performance, one we may not see for quite some time, was the star moment of this particular Open. Stenson is already a beloved figure in golf for his humorous nature and dashing ball striking abilities and his first major win has truly proven that he’s one of the best golfers on the planet.
NBC’s first Open Championship coverage was also highly anticipated. Little did the broadcasters know that they’d be covering one of the best duels in golf history.
No doubt that NBC will look forward to covering their second Open which will be held at Royal Birkdale in 2017 in hopes at more historic moments. They look to build off the success they with the U.S. Open coverage that they had for many years and so far, it’s been a great start.
Stenson has 17 combined PGA and European Tour victories including a major.
Overall, the 2016 Open Championship was incredible, and Royal Troon proved to be a tough test of golf as expected.

Stenson took the stage, put on a show, and took his bow in the most dramatic way possible.
Bring on the PGA Championship.

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PHOTO: Rory McIlroy takes silly photo of himself during rehab

Human version of the dreaded K-9 cone…. Only for sleeping though! Laser eye surgery went well yesterday 👀👍

A photo posted by Rory McIlroy (@rorymcilroy) on

Rory McIlroy underwent some laser eye surgery and shared on Instagram a picture with a funny caption on it. In some ways, he looks like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar only McIlroy’s lens’ are larger. He’s expected to return to action at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship next month. McIlroy isn’t the only one who had shared a post operation photo. Henrik Stenson also shared a photo with somewhat of a derpy (If you don’t know what that means, Google or Bing it) face that only Stenson can make.

I guess we’ll see if the hottest new trend will be “post surgical selfies” on Twitter. As long as it’s not your butt then we’re straight.

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Rory Mcilroy Wins PGA Championship for His Fourth Major Title, Second of the Year

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Rory Mcilroy won the PGA Championship Sunday for his fourth major title and the second of the year. He becomes the third youngest player to win his fourth major. The other two youngest are names you may be familiar with.

Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. Rory finished at -16 with three of golf’s all-stars, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson right behind. Henrik had one last shot on 18 and had the biggest pressure at the time as he had it was his only hope to tie for second at -15 and the chance to win depending on Rickie, Phil and Rory’s outcome.

Instead, Henrik finished at -14. Phil hit an unbelievable chip shot on 18 which would have tied him for the lead while Rory was in the fairway bunker.

Phil finished with the runner-up finish yet again in a major tying him third all-time for major runner ups behind Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Rickie had a chance to make a long eagle on 18 but hit just a bit too hard.

He had a chance for a birdie to finish -15 but missed that putt as well. He ended up finishing at -14. Rickie was playing out of his mind on the front 9, hitting a chip in hole and beautiful putt as well.

In the end, it was Rory who prevailed yet again for his third straight win and second straight major. He made a clutch putt on 16 which pretty much gave him a the title. Rickie and Phil also pulled off a classy move and finished out the 18th quickly before night fell giving Rory his chance.

It was his to lose and he made sure that didn’t happen. The PGA Championship was by far the best major of the year.

Most people consider the PGA the worst major of the year but this year, it was the king. A true battle between four golf superstars and an unbelievable player pulls it out. Rory Mcilroy, your 2014 PGA Championship winner.

Below is the video of Phil’s amazing chip on 18:

Here’s the putt that gave Rory the ultimate momentum:

And here’s the winning putt from Rory to claim his second PGA title:

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GIFs: Awesome Gifs of Some of Golf’s Best Meltdowns

Check out these beauties! Golf’s known for some of the best meltdowns in all of sports as we’ve seen clubs flinging, sand trap beatings, and even spitting in the hole (Sergio Garcia). Below are just a sample of some of the best on course actions of unsportsmanlike conduct. Enjoy!

Our first one starts off with a bang as none other than Sergio Garcia is swinging at the bunker like he's a freaking mad man. Classic sense of pure anger....on a golf course.

Our first one starts off with a bang as none other than Sergio Garcia is swinging at the bunker like he’s a freaking mad man. Classic sense of pure anger….on a golf course.

Ohhh, that's gotta hurt! Woody Austin bashing his own head with his own club in this classic gif.

Ohhh, that’s gotta hurt! Woody Austin bashing his own head with his own club in this classic gif.

This one is one of the best. Charlie Hoffman clearly has a heck of an arm as he flings his club into the pond. The club seems like it was never going to fall and he threw it with no effort!

This one is one of the best. Charlie Hoffman clearly has a heck of an arm as he flings his club into the pond. The club seems like it was never going to fall and he threw it with no effort!

Ths another one of those "mad man" gifs as Bill  Haas swings his putter rapidly and gives his golf bag a piece of his mind by kicking in the head! Now, what if he kciked it in the "ball sack"? If you catch my drift.

Ths another one of those “mad man” gifs as Bill Haas swings his putter rapidly and gives his golf bag a piece of his mind by kicking in the head! Now, what if he kicked it in the “ball sack”? If you catch my drift.

Of course the world's careless minded golfer returned to the list! In this gif, Sergio throws his club like he's playing disc golf instead of traditional golf.

Of course the world’s careless minded golfer returned to the list! In this gif, Sergio throws his club like he’s playing disc golf instead of traditional golf.

This one is without a doubt the most harmless but boy, Spencer Levin sure knows how to kick a hat! He might be the guy on the soccer field who scores a goal, takes off his mask and yells "Surprise!"

This one is without a doubt the most harmless but boy, Spencer Levin sure knows how to kick a hat! He might be the guy on the soccer field who scores a goal, takes off his mask and yells “Surprise!”

Although this one isn't the most wild (Although the club head comes off), it's the best for last because it's none other than one of the hottest golfers in the world, defending FedEx Cup champion and underwear hero, Henrik Stenson. My gosh that's some strength to knock that head off!

Although this one isn’t the most wild (Although the club head comes off), it’s the best for last because it’s none other than one of the hottest golfers in the world, defending FedEx Cup champion and underwear hero, Henrik Stenson. My gosh that’s some strength to knock that head off!

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Poulter, Stenson to Try Their Hands At Radio

Ian Poulter is one of the most popular golfers in the world and is known for his incredible play at the Ryder Cup and in match plays. He's also known for his ability to get out if the rough with accuracy.

Ian Poulter is one of the most popular golfers in the world and is known for his incredible play at the Ryder Cup and in match plays. He’s also known for his ability to get out if the rough with accuracy.

Henrik Stenson and Ian Poulter are two completely different personalities and one player is more quiet (Stenson) and the other is quite the character (Poulter). Stenson however by far is having a better season and looks to start next year with a bang as well. Poulter on the other hand, although is a great golfer, is mostly known for his astounding performances in the Ryder Cup and match plays. He’s also known to speak his mind at times as well. That’s why he and Stenson will have their own shows on Sirius XM Radio which is known for their outstanding golf coverage on the PGA Tour channel. Two different personalities, two styles of shows. This will be very interesting because it makes you wonder who’s show will be the most successful. Poulter has already made a name for himself in golf as he has over 1,000,000 followers on Twitter while Henrik Stenson has over 60,000. Not saying that Twitter followers matter but it seems that Poulter has more fans but I think Stenson will continue to grow in popularity since he’s been tearing up the course lately, plus it’s not like he’s a nobody. He was a fairly popular player in the mid to late 2000’s until he practically vanished from the golf scene but is now back and playing his best golf.

”I’m looking forward to being on SiriusXM and sharing my thoughts on golf and my unique experiences around the world. It will be fun to bring my listeners along for the ride and give them an unvarnished look at life on and off the course.” the humble Stenson said according to Yahoo! Sports. Meanwhile on the other side of the lake, Ian Poulter was being the typical Ian Poulter we know. ”Those who know me know I’ve never been shy about sharing my opinions,” Poulter said again according to Yahoo! Sports. ”Now to have my own national radio show on SiriusXM will be great fun.” I’m sure it will be Ian, and that’s why we all love you and hate you at the same time. There’s no doubt that he’ll make things interesting on the airwaves. I think listeners will get along better with Stenson though as he seems more humble and seems like he may have more to talk about especially with his reason success. No start date was released for their shows yet. So, who’s show do you think will have the most success? Henrik Stenson’s show or Ian Poulter’s show?

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You Won’t Believe What Henrik Stenson’s Caddie Bought With the Winnings

Henrik Stenson has been playing the best golf in his life after winning the Race to Dubai

Henrik Stenson has been playing the best golf in his life after winning the Race to Dubai

As we know, Henrik Stenson has been playing the best golf of his life and it’s good to be in his shoes nowadays. He’s closing in on a whopping $20 million dollars after his historic “Race to Dubai” win. I guess his caddie Gareth Lord treated himself to something very shiny which so happens to be most people’s dream car, the Ferrari *angels sing*. Of course it was his homie doing most of the work though. “‘He’s hardly missed a shot for six months,'”Lord said referring to Stenson according to CBS Sports. Well, Henrik has been as accurate as anyone on Tour and it’s been a lot of fun to watch. He’s one of those breeds in sports that seem to get better with age like Peyton Manning in football or Adam Scott on Tour who’s been playing some of his best his best golf in his 30’s. I think it’s really cool to see that Henrik is getting the success he’s getting because he was a fan favorite some years ago (And no not just because of the underwear thing…well who knows, maybe) and to see him win tournaments with his deadly accuracy is pretty sweet because it’s exciting watching this guy play.

You know the majority of his shots will be right on the money and you can only stare and say “How in the world did he do that?”. According to CBS Sports Lord has gotten so many bonuses that he was able to splurge on the Ferrari and who knows how much stacks he still has on deck. PGA Tour players like Rory Mcilroy and Bubba Watson only made $2 million during this season. That’s likely what Lord has made or more this season thanks to the stellar play of Stenson. So, if your caddie is making more money than some of golf’s biggest superstars then you’re a very good golfer. If Henrik Stenson keeps up this kind of play, he’ll be owning more than one mansion and Lord will be cruising in a Bugatti before it’s all set and done. Oh, and if Henrik keeps up the play, then he may see himself in a place called the hall of fame. Not a big deal though right? So, what do you think of Gareth Lord’s millions? Do you think caddies don’t get the credit they deserve? Will other caddies step up their games now? Let me know in the comments section below!

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Stenson Wins the FedEx Cup and the 10 Mil

Henrik Stenson Raises his Trophies in Triumph as he is your 2013 FedEx Cup Champion

Henrik Stenson Raises his Trophies in Triumph as he is your 2013 FedEx Cup Champion

After Jorda Speith's Impressive Performance at the Tour Championship, Could this be the Making of a Golf Superstar?

After Jorda Speith’s Impressive Performance at the Tour Championship, Could this be the Making of a Golf Superstar?

Henrk Stenson went wire to wire to win the Tour Championship and take the FedEx Cup. He didn’t have the best performance he’s had the first three rounds but he still played well enough to hang on for the win beating Steve Stricker and the emerging star of Jordan Speith. Speith couldn’t help but watch, as Stenson hit a bunker shot which led to a par and the victory which earned Stenson 11 million dollars total. Is this the rise and return of the Stenson we saw around 2006, 2007? Only time will tell but a performance like that deserves some attention as he will definitely be a guy to look out for going into next season. Stricker was trying to make a charge but failed to do so but still put up a solid effort.

Speith also had a great chance and doing so and if he managed to knock off Stenson for the win, Speith would end up having one of the more dominant rookie seasons in golf history if he finished with two wins with one of them being a major caliber tournament. So, it makes you wonder, can Speith have a Rory Mcilroy type of season next year? Can he win a few tournaments and maybe even win a major? Only time will tell but he’ very talented and it’s exciting to see a kid out there with no fear of any golfer and just giving it his all every time. He’ll likely have another great season next year too. Right now though, Henrik Stenson is your 2013 FedEx Cup champion. Here’s the final leaderboard: http://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html


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Tour Championship 2013: Can Stenson go Wire to Wire?

Ooohhh! Sooo Shiiny! This is what the Players are After!

Ooohhh! Sooo Shiiny! This is what the Players are After!

After three rounds, Henrik Stenson remains your leader and has played some tremendous golf. However, he had a massive nine stroke lead over Dustin Johnson and would’ve put this thing away a day early barring an amazing collapse during Sunday’s finale. If he strikes the ball like he did the first three days then he’ll defnitely walk away with the FedEx Cup and the 10 million dollars. Can he go wire to wire and pull out the victory? That would be very interesting to see no doubt.

One of the best wire to wire performances I remember was when Jason Bohn came out of nowhere to go wire to wire to win the Zurich Classic and that was pretty sweet considering who he was. Henrik can run away with it but we must remember that Dustin Johnson is the best on Tour when it comes to eagle opportunities (Pretty boss huh) and that’s a major advantage he has over Stenson. Steve Stricker is good at every category except for driving distance but as I’ve said, East Lake is a control players’ course anyway so I can’t see why Stricker wouldn’t be in the middle of this either.

Yup Ben Frank, There will be a Bunch of you given to the Winner of this Tournament!

Yup Ben Frank, There will be a Bunch of you given to the Winner of this Tournament!

So right now, it’s a battle between Henrik, DJ and Strick on who wins this year’s FedEx Cup but if Henrik keeps up his play and not fall apart on the back nine then this tournament is a wrap folks! I hope you’re ready for an exciting finish as some of the best players in the world try to win that shiny trophy and get them big dollars (Dolla dolla bill ya’ll!). Here’s the leaderboard update to keep you up to speed: http://msn.foxsports.com/golf/leaderboard?ocid=ansfoxrel1

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Tour Championship 2013: Stenson Dominates Again

How Long can Henrik Stenson Hold on to this Lead?

How Long can Henrik Stenson Hold on to this Lead?

Day two is wrapped up for this year’s “Super Bowl of Golf” and the man who started out this tournament red hot is still leading after finishing his round with a terrific run, sinking five birdies to really take charge. He’s a comfortable four shots ahead of second place Adam Scott who is -6 for the tournament. Jordan Speith surprised some folks with a charge placing him third on the leaderboard being five shots behind Stenson. Another surprise is seeing Dustin Johnson within the top 10 and for a control player course, East Lake wasn’t able to hold down arguably one of the best power hitters in golf history in DJ who finished -4 along with Billy Horschel and U.S. Open Champion and future hall of famer Justin Rose.

the COCA COLA! the COCA CO- Oh! Sorry guys! Didn't see you there! Uh, the Tour Championship is Sponsored by Coke so that's why I have it up.....

the Ice Cold Coke. The COCA COLA! the COCA CO- Oh! Sorry guys! Didn’t see you there! Uh, the Tour Championship is Sponsored by Coke so that’s why I have it up…..

BMW Championship winner Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker who came into this event as favorites and are -3 for the tournament and still can get into contention if Stenson starts slowing down a bit. At this point though, the only person I really see staying into contention with Stenson is Adam Scott who, like I said before, can heat up at any moment. The only thing I would have to say is how clutch can he be?he would pretty much have to be matching Henrik shot for shot to catch up to him and take the lead. The biggest question is, how long can Henrik keep up this spectactular playing? Only time will tell. Here’s the full leaderboard


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Henrik Leads Tour Championship After Round One

Henrik Stenson Starting off Strong After a 4- Finish After the First Round. Can he Keep it Going?

Henrik Stenson Starting off Strong After a 4- Finish After the First Round. Can he Keep it Going?

Me After I Correctly Predicted that Steve Stricker Would Start off Hot at the Tour Championship...Thanks Crash Bandicoot!

Me After I Correctly Predicted that Steve Stricker Would Start off Hot at the Tour Championship…Thanks Crash Bandicoot!

After round one, the “Underwear Bandit” strikes again! Henrik Stenson is your leader after finishing with a solid -6 performance after striking the ball very well and making putts when it mattered. MVP candidate Adam Scott is right on his trail however after he had a terrific round where he led the field in average driving distance and was still as accurate as he had been when he at the Masters. Surely we should expect a great tournament from Adam and he knows how to stay in contention throughput an entire tournament and he’s proven that all year long. Every tournament you looked on a leaderboard, you saw Adam Scott on there. He’s capable of hitting powerful and accurate shots. But Henrik Stenson was the star of the day after hitting four shots within five feet displaying incredible ball striking Henrik Stenson has always had and really showed it today after the first round of the Tour Championship. His ball striking was so good that he didn’t really have to worry about his putting and that’s how you win tournaments. If you could set yourself up in a great position for an easy putt then the chances of you winning the tournament are very high unless you one of those players who have trouble with short putts which happen all the time. My pick Steve Stricker is in third as he went -4.

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1,000+ Hits Strong! Keep it Going Guys! Keep Sharing and Viewing, it Really Does Help! 🙂

See? What did I say? I was saying that Steve will come out the gate flying and start off with a bang like “Boomshakalaka” because after he collapsed at the BMW Championship, he doesn’t want nothing else better than to win golf’s Super Bowl. I’ll be sure to have another piece on the tournament tomorrow so keep it locked right here on the GP Golf Report for more analysis and news. Share this article with your friends and let them know who’s leading this tournament! Here’s the full leaderboard: TC Leaderboard. Also, real quick, I’d like to proudly announce that the GP Golf Report has reached over 1,000 hits! Thank you so much guys for reading the site and I hope you guys continue to come back! I’ve been working hard to keep everything up to date and to write as often as I can, without you guys, I’m nothing but a blogger with hopeless dreams. You guys make me and I hope you guys join me a lot more as we discuss this great sport we call golf and to bring a different look to the game and to bring quality writing to you. Expect more audio content in the near future as I will try to get my radio show back up and running soon and hopefully I’ll have more video content up sometime as well. Thank you so much guys and please, keep sharing articles and sharing the site in general with your friends or your family or you fans because that’s really important and it really means a lot that you guys would take the time out to read my work so on behalf of the GP Golf Report, I say thank you and I really mean that. Let’s see about getting 1,000 hits per week shall we? Keep it real GP Nation!


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