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Friday, May 24, 2019

Golf

Keegan Bradley wins BMW Championship after epic Justin Rose choke

Keegan Bradley secured his first win on the PGA Tour in more than six years on Monday, and he needed plenty of help from Justin Rose to get there.

Both Bradley and Rose played well during the final round, making three birdies each on the back nine before bogeying the 18th. However, Rose’s bogey on 18 was particularly bad, as a par would have given him the win. He hit a rough second shot and then a poor pitch before lipping out on a lengthy putt.

That miss sent the tournament to a playoff. Both Bradley and Rose struggled again on the sudden death hole, hitting their second shots over the green. However, Bradley chipped his third shot to tap-in distance while Rose left himself some work. Rose ended up missing the putt, giving Bradley the win.

The silver lining for Rose is that the top-two finish moved him to No. 1 in the World Golf Rankings. He has also secured a top-five spot in the Tour Championship next week, and anyone in the top five who wins that event automatically wins the FedEx Cup and a $10 million bonus. Still, losing like he did had to hurt.

Paulina Gretzky has oddly scrubbed Dustin Johnson from her Instagram page

PGA golfer Dustin Johnson has been engaged to Paulina Gretzky for years, but you wouldn’t know it if you looked at Gretzky’s Instagram page.

Those who follow both Johnson and Gretzky on Instagram have grown accustomed to photos of the two embracing on a yacht or posing with their children, 3-year-old Tatum and 1-year-old River. However, Barstool Sports noticed over the weekend that every photo of Johnson has been scrubbed from Gretzky’s Instagram page.

Strangely enough, even posts like one where Dustin and Paulina announced they are expecting their second child have been deleted. Photos of Gretzky remain on Johnson’s Instagram page, however.

There could be a logical explanation for why Paulina has deleted Dustin from her Instagram life, but we have seen instances in the past — like with this NFL player and his girlfriend — where such activity is the first sign of relationship trouble. Here’s hoping that isn’t the case for one of golf’s power couples.

Brooks Koepka’s girlfriend Jena Sims seemed giddy over hug with Tiger Woods

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If there were any doubts about whether or not Tiger Woods has his mojo back, Jena Sims may have answered it for us.

Sims, who is the girlfriend of PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka, was on hand in St. Louis to celebrate her boyfriend’s third major title. She accompanied Koepka as he walked off the 18th hole as the event champion.

The two then approached the clubhouse for Koepka to sign his scorecard and came across Tiger, who was waiting outside. Woods congratulated Koepka on his win, and then gave a hug to Sims.

Sims seemed pretty giddy about the hug from Tiger.

Seeing a reaction like that seems to show that Tiger still has an aura about him. And for what it’s worth, Tiger has a new girlfriend who also was in St. Louis.

Video h/t Barstool Sports

Tiger Woods admits he even surprised himself with major finish

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Tiger Woods is starting to resemble the once-dominant golfer we all knew, which has even surprised himself.

Tiger finished second at the PGA Championship after shooting a final round 64 on Sunday to move up the leaderboard. The second-place finish marked his best finish at a major since 2009.

In an interview with CBS’ Amanda Balionis after the major, Tiger admitted he didn’t see himself in this position a year ago.

“I was in contention the last two major championships. I would never have foreseen that a year ago,” Woods said.

Tiger also seemed proud of the way he played.

“I played hard. It was a bit of a struggle with my game today. I was hanging in there, just grinding it out.

Not only did Tiger finish second at the PGA Championship, but he was also tied for sixth at The Open Championship. This is his best finish at consecutive majors since 2010.

What’s so remarkable about his turnaround? A year ago he was receiving treatment after a DUI arrest. Tiger had five substances in his system during the arrest.

Justin Thomas discusses feeling ‘Tiger Effect’ for first time

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The Tiger Woods Effect is real.

Justin Thomas was among the golfers high up on the leaderboard throughout the weekend at the PGA Championship in St. Louis. So was Tiger Woods, which apparently created a different environment at Bellerive Country Club.

Thomas talked with CBS after his final round 68 and talked about how much different the atmosphere was with Woods in the mix to win it.

“The roars were pretty unbelievable,” Thomas said of the fans. “I was fortunate to be making some of them for myself. A lot of them were for him, for Brooks (Koepka) and Adam (Scott). … This was the first real kind of a ‘Tiger Effect’ that I’ve experienced — that many people. The fans here were unbelievable all week, and it was fun to play in front of.”

Just having Tiger in contention led to a surge in fan excitement. After he charged to within one of the leader early in the back nine on Sunday, Twitter erupted with enthusiasm.

Between his showing at The Open Championship and the PGA Championship, this will go down as Woods’ best finish at consecutive majors since 2010.

Twitter goes wild as Tiger Woods closes in on PGA Championship lead

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There is no doubt about whether or not Tiger Woods is still a huge golf draw.

Tiger made consecutive birdies on 12 and 13 at the PGA Championship on Sunday to improve to 13 under for the tournament, placing him one stroke behind leaders Brooks Koepka and Adam Scott.

Fans on Twitter couldn’t stop raving about Tiger and how excited they were to see him in the mix for a major championship. Take a look:

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Greenskeepers restore damaged hole at PGA Championship

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There was a brief delay on the 12th hole during the final round of the PGA Championship in St. Louis on Sunday as the greenskeepers had to fix the cup.

Gary Woodland nearly holed out on his approach on the par 4, 452-yard 12th hole. He apparently did a lot of damage to the hole with his shot, which led officials to come out and do some repair work.

According to CBS, the officials had to reset the hole and even repaint the side of it because the entire side caved in.

Woodland, who was paired with Tiger Woods, birdied the hole. Tiger also birdied the hole to improve to four under for the round and inch closer to leader Brooks Koepka.

The delay due to the surface needing repair reminded many fans of what happened in the Big Ten Championship Game last year.