1 – Lee books Open spot
Danny Lee won the Greenbrier Classic after a four-man play-off. The former US Amateur champion was playing in his 27th event this season, including his eighth in nine weeks. His victory got him into next week’s Open at St Andrews, and he’s trying to qualify for the international team for the Presidents Cup in October in South Korea.
Danny Lee’s bag
Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft
Driver: Callaway XR (Aldila Rogue Black 70x), 9 degrees
3-wood: Callaway X2 Hot, 15 degrees
5-wood: Callaway RAZRFit, 18 degrees
Irons (3-4): Callaway Apex UT; (5-PW): Callaway RAZR X MB
Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 2 (52, 60 degrees)
Putter: Odyssey Works Versa #9
2 – Tiger is back… sort of
A three-under final round 67 at the Greenbrier showed signs of progress for Tiger Woods, who posted his first bogey-free card in 55 rounds. It was also his first event with three under-par rounds this year. “I played really well today,” said Woods, who finished T32 in his last start before the Open. “This could have been one of those special rounds. It’s the best I’ve hit it in a very long time. I had full control over all clubs.” That isn’t just hype either – he hit 12 of 14 fairways on Sunday, and could have been in contention had his putter been even warm. “I just need to make some putts,” he added. “Today was just one of those days. The putts that I read perfectly, I hit right, they still lipped out. I made some nice strides heading into the British Open,” he said. “I’ll do some good work next week and be ready come Thursday.”
3 – Wiesberger bags win No.3
Big-hitting Austrian Bernd Wiesberger shot a flawless 65 at Paris National to win the French Open, his third European Tour title. He started the final round three shots adrift of the lead, held by South Africa’s Jaco van Zyl. But after a hour’s delay because of lightening, Wiesberger came out firing on all cylinders, birdieing five of his next six holes to take the lead, which he never gave up. His 13-under total was three shots better than playing partner James Morrison, with Van Zyl two shots further back after a 73.
4 – Who needs a putter?
Robert Streb made five birdies putting with his Vokey wedge after his putter was damaged mid-round at the Greenbrier. His 65 got him into the four play-off before Danny Lee won. Streb broke his putter after throwing it to his caddie on the ninth hole. He couldn’t replace it as the damage was his fault, so he had to use his wedge (he could use a new putter in the playoff). “I meant to lightly land it next to the bag, and it didn’t make it quite far enough, hit the bottom of the bag and the head flew off,” Streb said. “So I was like, huh, that’s not good.”
5 – Open field taking shape
Seven more players booked their spots at St Andrews over the weekend. In the US, winner Danny Lee, Brit Greg Owen, David Hearn and James Hahn punched their tickets to St Andrews. Aussie Hearn summed up what it means, saying: “I’ve been a pro for a long time, and to get into majors like this doesn’t happen as much as you might think. For top-tier players it seems to happen a lot, but for guys like myself, sort of plugging along, this is an amazing opportunity for me to get to St. Andrews. That was one of my top goals in the next two weeks, so I’m real happy that I took care of it this week. I get to make a little bit of an early arrangement to get over there. I’m super excited about it. I’m going to be pinching myself the whole week.” In Frnace, James Morrison, Jaco Van Zyl and Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello claimed the three qualifying places on offer.