It was a jam-packed weekend on the four top professional golf tours, with two of them majors, and another a high-payout Rolex Series event, while the fourth had top stars in Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler, and Francesco Molinari headlining in the nation’s capital.
In France, Alex Noren was the first to show up on the photo wires holding up a trophy, while the women teed off early in Chicago to escape the incoming weather but then went into overtime as Sung Hyun Park edged compatriot So Yeon Ryu to claim the LPGA season’s third major. As the evening wore on, Italy’s Molinari blew out the field at the Quicken Loans National, while David Toms closed out his maiden senior title in the Rockies.
To put a wrap up the weekend, here’s a rundown of the five best shots from the weekend:
5. SULLY’S LONG-RANGE BIRDIE
Andy Sullivan struggled for much of Friday, but on the par-5 14th hole, the Englishman holed out from long range after his third shot from the deep stuff went long.
4. MIGUEL’S DEEP-STUFF CHIP-IN BIRDIE
Miguel Angel Jimenez finished the third round with a 3-over par 73, which included just one birdie. But the flamboyant Spaniard made that one gain a memorable one – chipping in from off the green and out of the USGA’s infamous long stuff.
3. TIGER’S CUT-SPIN CHIP-IN BIRDIE
In the second round of the Quicken Loans National, Tiger Woods chips in for birdie as he makes the turn at 18 (he started on No. 10). Afterwards, he called the shot a “little cut spinner.”
2. MOLINARI’S 50-FOOT BOMB FOR EAGLE
Francesco Molinari was up three shots at the turn, but starting on No. 10, the 35-year old Italian strung together a five-hole stretch of 6-under par, highlighted by a 50-foot eagle putt after the turn, to lock up his maiden PGA Tour title.
1. PAR FOR PARK
On Sunday, Sung Hyun Park made three birdies in regulation and two more in the playoff to capture her second major title, but it was a par on the 16th hole that keyed her win. So Yeon Ryu would make a 20-foot birdie on this hole to go up two shots, and if Park doesn’t get up and down it’s a three-shot deficit (at min). The leading contender for shot of the year!