Are You Kidding Me?!
Chula Vista, CA — The U.S. Women’s Amateur showcased a match for the ages on Friday when the quarterfinal round between Chinese Taipei’s Chia Yen Wu and American Lauren Stephenson needed 12 extra holes for a winner to be decided. The match, which lasted 30 gritty holes, broke the all-time record for the longest individual match in USGA history and featured one of the most clutch putts that you will ever see. On the 27th hole, Stephenson appeared to have her ticket to the semi- final punched after hitting her tee shot to within tap-in distance of the cup. However, Wu, who missed the green short with her tee shot, was not quite ready to call it a day and responded by dropping her 75-foot birdie putt to extend the match!
When Wu finally ended the match three holes later with another birdie bomb — this time from 30 feet — she became the youngest player in tournament history to reach the semi-final round.
Wu went on to lose her semi-final match the following day, but will no doubt return home a hero after her incredible performance last week.
Charlotte, NC — Play was suspended for close to two hours on Friday afternoon at the 99th PGA Championship after some nasty weather descended on Quail Hollow. When play finally resumed — a tad before 6:30 PM — the field worked together to get in as many holes as possible before play was eventually called due to darkness. To avoid having to return the following morning to finish up their second rounds, many of the players literally sprinted to their balls between shots and some even sacrificed their own shots so that their playing partners would have a chance to finish.
That was the case for 47-year-old Rod Pampling, who at 12-over par for the week heading into his final hole, hit a rushed, Happy-Gilmore-esque tee shot into the woods to help keep the pace moving quickly.
Shortly afterwards, Danny Willett, who, like Pampling, was well out of contention, helped out playing partners Louis Oosthuizen and J.B. Holmes by running to the tee block on their final hole and hitting an iron in play just before the horn sounded to signal the end of play. That tee shot allowed Oosthuizen and Holmes to finish the hole, and, consequently, sleep in on Saturday, and the Englishman’s gesture of goodwill did not go unnoticed on social media.
While Willett was scrambling to hit his tee shot on 9, Dustin Johnson was also sprinting to the 18th tee box while his playing partner, Jason Day, was still finishing up on 17, in order to ensure that the Australian would get a chance to finish his round. Day was so moved by DJ’s selfless gesture that he later described it as “the biggest and most clutch thing” that anyone has ever done for him and even hugged the South Carolinian as they walked down the 18th fairway together!
Poor Decision of the Week
Charlotte, NC — After 53 holes of play at the PGA Championship, Jason Day was trailing leader Kevin Kisner by only four shots and seemed well-positioned to make a run at the 33-year-old on Sunday. However, Day missed his tee shot into the right trees on the 18th hole and, rather than taking his medicine and chipping back out on to the fairway, the Australian decided to try to hook his ball between a series of trees and a huge crowd of fans. Unfortunately, Day slipped on some pine needles right before impact and hit his golf ball directly into a nearby bush. Day was forced to take an unplayable for a one-stroke penalty and then needed two more shots to just find the green before eventually two-putting for a quadruple bogey. That blunder dropped the Aussie to seven shots back of the lead and essentially derailed his chances of winning his second career Wannamaker Trophy last week.
Better DeLaet than Never
Charlotte, NC — The final stretch obviously did not go as planned for J-Day on Saturday, but for Canadian Graham DeLaet, things could not have gone much better! The Saskatchewan native struggled to get things going early in the week with opening scores of 70 and 73, but catapulted himself into contention in his third round with an incredible stretch of holes. DeLaet’s week improved drastically on the 13th hole, where the Canuck just missed an ace by about an inch! Then, on the next hole, the 35-year-old almost made another ace — this time rattling his tee shot off of the flagstick on the 301-yard par 4.
DeLaet then made another eagle on the next hole, a 577-yard par 5, after getting home in two shots and dropping his short putt for eagle, before capping off his ridiculous stretch with this 46-foot uphill birdie putt that squeaked into the cup through the side door!
That stretch single-handedly revived DeLaet’s week and vaulted him up the leaderboard into a five-way tie for 7th place after three rounds.
Video of the Week
After locking both sets of his car keys in his Honda at a Web.com event over the weekend, a desperate Chesson Hadley did his best MacGyver impression and tried to jimmy open his driver window using only a metal coat hanger. It did not work …
Here’s an amazing shot by Rory McIlroy threading the needle:
Then Louis Oosthuizen gets up close and personal with a tree:
But this back flip by Jon Rahm is incredible:
Magic Moment of the Week
Thank heavens Verne Lundquist was in the booth to call Justin Thomas’ cliff hanger of a putt on Sunday afternoon!