Langer's 13-shot win a major accomplishment
He sets the Champions Tour record for largest margin of victory
July 28, 2014
By D.J. Piehowski, PGATOUR.COM
- Tim Clark won his second PGA TOUR event while Bernhard Langer captured his 22nd on the Champions Tour. (Getty Images)
There were great stories on three different tours Sunday, with Tim Clark making a Sunday run to win the RBC Canadian Open and two-time cancer survivor Jarrod Lyle finishing T11 on the Web.com Tour in his first U.S. tournament in nearly two-and-a-half years.
Most impressive though was Bernhard Langer’s 13-stroke victory at The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex. Here were the best headlines our Twitter followers came up with for that dominating performance:
#MondayFinish Langer takes out field by a Bernard Dozen— Burt Kielback (@LyingFrank) July 28, 2014
@PGATOUR DOMINANCE! Langer totally deserves first and second place money.— Jimmy Pittman (@JimPitt2000) July 28, 2014
@PGATOUR Weekend at Bernie's - congrats to him— Patrice Zinkova (@patzin) July 28, 2014
FIVE STATS TO REMEMBER THIS WEEK
1) Not surprisingly, Bernhard Langer’s 13-stroke victory in Wales broke the all-time Champions Tour record for margin of victory (Hale Irwin, 12 shots, 1997 Senior PGA). What’s more is that he nearly doubled the tournament record; Bob Charles won by seven at Turnberry in 1989.
2) The RBC Canadian Open was just Tim Clark’s second PGA TOUR victory, hard to believe about a guy who has had at least one runner-up finish on TOUR every year for the past decade. This victory comes exactly 200 weeks after Clark won his first title, THE PLAYERS Championship in 2010.
3) Tim Clark one-putted seven of his last eight greens en route to his victory at Royal Montreal, including making five birdies in his final eight holes. To read more on that, check out stats guru Mark Broadie’s breakdown of Clark’s final nine holes.
4) The dubious stat you were probably wondering about when the RBC Canadian Open started to slip out of Jim Furyk’s hands is this: Furyk is now winless in his last seven attempts at closing out the 54-hole lead. This stretch started at the 2012 McGladrey Classic and also includes the 2012 U.S. Open, the 2013 PGA Championship and the 2013 BMW Championship, where he shot 59 in Round 2.
5) Low Canadian honors, and the annual Rivermead Cup, went to Graham DeLaet, who finished T7 after a final-round 68, marking the best finish by a Canadian at the event since Adam Hadwin’s T4 in 2011. Nevertheless, the streak continues: It’s now been 61 years since a Canadian has won their national championship.
THIS WEEK’S THREE BEST VIDEOS
1) When Jim Furyk landed one final punch, sticking his tee shot to 4 feet at the par-3 17th, Tim Clark responded with his knockout blow, curling in this bender to close the door at the RBC Canadian Open.
Shot of the Day
Tim Clark’s clutch birdie putt is the Shot of the Day
2) Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban is just like the rest of us: He needs help off the tee. Luckily, CBS’ Peter Kostis had some insight to offer in this week’s “Help Me Kostis.”
Help Me Kostis: P.K. Subban
3) As mentioned above, Jarrod Lyle was playing in his first U.S. event in two-and-a-half years after winning his second battle with cancer. He provided the feel-good moment of the Midwest Classic with this hole-out for eagle at No. 18 on Saturday.
With much more about Lyle and his comeback, our Helen Ross filed one of the must-read pieces of the week on Tuesday. Check it out here.
Jarrod Lyle holes out for eagle on No. 18 at Midwest Classic
ODDS AND ENDS
Jordan Spieth has earned $7.68 million on the PGA TOUR, but none of that money has gone toward a celebratory bottle of champagne. Despite all of his accomplishments over the past year-and-a-half, Spieth (finally!) turned 21 on Sunday.
Thanks for the birthday wishes! Great to have so much support! Excited for what this year will bring #21— Jordan Spieth (@JordanSpieth) July 27, 2014
Remember that ball that Rory McIlroy threw into the stands after winning at Royal Liverpool? According to Golf Digest, it was caught by a Leeds, England, resident, who sold the ball to Green Jacket Auctions, which quickly put the Nike Golf RZN Black ball up for sale.
If you were considering taking Ian Poulter in your fantasy league this week at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, you may want to see how this situation plays out first:
Time to go to Hospital, horse fly bite yesterday and it's now tracking under my arm and burning. Nightmare. pic.twitter.com/4lAvlyznmP— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) July 27, 2014
I mentioned above how Jim Furyk has failed to close out the past seven tournaments at which he’s held the 54-hole lead. This note I saw from Adam Sarson on Twitter puts that stat into a new perspective. Prior to this stretch, Furyk would have been a respectable 52 percent (9 of 17). But the percentage at the top of the list is really what will blow your mind.
Furyk has now held on in 37% of his 54-hole leads. A list of his contemporaries across all tours: pic.twitter.com/SYSMXtM5H0— Adam Sarson (@Adam_Sarson) July 27, 2014
ONE REASON TO BE EXCITED ABOUT THIS WEEK…
Fans get to watch the world’s best take on the 667-yard par-5 16th hole at Firestone Country Club. Even better: Fans get to play the replica “Green Monster” in the Fan Zone.