Australian golfer and Augusta Masters champion Adam Scott fought off the challenge of American Matt Kuchar to defend the Australian Masters title, having already won the Australian PGA last week, beating off the challenge of another American Ricky Fowler.
And with this win at the Australian Masters, Scott is in line to complete his hat-trick of titles in Australia when he plays in the Australian Open of golf next week.
The Australian, who is currently ranked at number two in the world in the Official Golf World rankings behind Tiger Woods managed to hold off the strong challenge from Kuchar as well as the Fijian golfer Vijay Singh to defend the title.
Scott, the champion at Augusta National earlier in the year, started the final round of event on Sunday at the Royal Melbourne with a lead of four shots, which put him five shots ahead of Matt Kuchar. However, Scott struggled for much of the play on the final day of the event where as Kuchar managed to pick up a whopping five shots from his first eleven shots of the day, closing the gap on the home favorite.
At one point of time, Kuchar had a one point lead over Scott but he faltered when he shot a bogey and a double bogey on the final three shots of the day while Scott managed to hold firm his position and to take the golden jacket once again.
And this win keeps alive Scott’s dream of winning the triple crown of Australian golf, something that he is highly favored to do. And with the performance he put up against the likes of Vijay Singh and Matt Kuchar, he will himself feel a lot confident that he can manage to achieve a very unprecedented feat as well in front of his fans.
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When he first burst on to the scene a few years back, many thought there was something special about the youngster from Northern Ireland and that he might just end up being the one who would become the flag bearer of the sport for the British nation in the world.
And Rory McIlroy has lived up to much of the expectation surrounding him when he won the US Open title, his first major championship in 2011 and followed it up with success at the US PGA Championship the following year. He also reached the top of the Official World Golf Rankings, replacing fellow Brit Luke Donald at the top to cap off what was already an amazing year for the youngster.
Such was the hype surrounding him that many expected him to bag two more majors this season and become the Tiger Woods of his generation. But then, the shock deal with Nike Golf was announced as he ditched his long standing sponsors in favor of the marquee American brand and since then, his game hasn’t been the same.
Rory McIlroy still has three events on the US PGA Tour to contend with before the year is out and might as well end up winning one of those as well as a few others but ultimately, he will view this season with utter disappointment.
The prime reason being that he didn’t come close in the majors will drive him on next season because like Woods, the fab four titles of golf is something that drives him and he doesn’t want to stop at just two. That is why, every event he plays between now and the US Masters in April will be building up to another assault on the majors and Rory McIlroy will come again and will win a major in 2014.
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Team Europe defeated Team United States 18-10 in the Solheim Cup in Colorado in the United States of America to take their first title on American soil with a score that marked the biggest ever blowout in the history of the women’s biennial tournament on the lines of the men’s Ryder Cup since it began back in 1990.
Swedish golfer Caroline Hedwall became the first golfer in the history of the tournament to win all her five matches and held out a four foot birdie hole on the 18th hole and secured a one up victory that ensured the Europeans would retain the title for the first time in the tournament’s history.
The tone of the tournament was set by British youngster Charlie Hull. The 17 year old managed to upstage one of the most experienced players on the lineup of the American team when she comprehensively defeated Paula Creamer. Although the Europeans still trail the Americans 8-5 in the overall title records in the event, this is the first time they have managed to win the event back to back and it is sure to be a pleasing experience for all those associated with the team. Read the rest of this entry »
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