Only one word can describe this weekend for golf…DRAMATIC!
Ladies first! Lydia Ko, the 16-year old teen golf sensation from New Zealand successfully defended her title at the CN Canadian Women’s Open. She also became the first amateur in history to win two LPGA events. The phenom made the course look easy shooting a -6 under 64 in the final round. Down one beginning the day, she conquered the course and pulled away from the competition. She didn’t get to take home the $300,000 first place prize, but she does get another year with the trophy.
On to the Canucks in the field. Only to Canadians made the cut on home soil. Jessica Shepley and Samantha Richdale both saw course action on the weekend, giving Canadians in the crowd something good to cheer about. With CN no longer sponsoring the event, we wonder who will take over the tournament. With seven different name changes since its inception, one can only hope that someone will take over and keep this tournament going strong. As one of two stops in Canada, this championship is one of the best on the LPGA Tour. The ladies make their way to Portland, Oregon for the Safeway Classic Presented by Coca-Cola.
Now for the gents. Between Tiger literally falling to his knees following a wayward 5-wood, unusual shot selections by Kevin Chappell and Gary Woodland and a late charge from Phil Mickelson and Canadian Graham DeLaet, drama was everywhere on the course. Eventual winner Adam Scott watched as both Tiger and Woodland missed their birdie tries to force him into a playoff. Props to Tiger though. Despite sever back spasms, he had a chance to win his 80th PGA event. Go figure! The guy can win a US Open on one leg and came close to winning The Barclays with a bad back.
The Fed Ex Cup standings definitely shifted this week. Tiger still has a lead over Adam Scott, but with the bad back, it’s anyone’s for the taking. Tiger’s got a 162 point lead over Scott. The Deutsche Bank Championship is next on the tour stop. Guess we’ll have to who will be this year’s Fed Ex Cup champion.