The big boys cough up the Memorial, there’s a new No. 1 in women’s golf, and the world’s best Swede can’t quite win at home. Here’s a look back at the weekend in golf:
Hideki Matsuyama wins Memorial because no one else wanted to
Reigning Masters champ Bubba Watson entered Sunday with a one-shot lead in the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village, but he shanked that away with a bogey on 14 and double-bogey on 15. World No. 1 Adam Scott held a share of the lead after 11 holes, but it sank along with his tee shot on 12, and was further buried when he needed two attempts to get out of a bunker on 14. So 22-year-old Hideki Matsuyama waltzed in to claim his first PGA Tour victory and $1.1 million.
But his 13-under 275 came after he almost blew his chances as well. He double-bogeyed 16, bogeyed 17, and broke off the head of his driver after a seemingly poor tee shot on 18. But a stellar approach shot helped Matsuyama to a birdie, forcing a playoff with Kevin Na, who’d been chilling in the clubhouse for nearly two hours. Matsuyama’s 10-foot par putt on the first playoff hole clinched the win.
Stacy Lewis now officially best female in the game
By virtue of being the most consistent woman in golf, Stacy Lewis entered this week’s ShopRite LPGA Classic ranked first on the LPGA Tour in money, points for the CME Globe, scoring average, top-10 finishes, and Player of the Year points. By winning the ShopRite Classic, Lewis is now No. 1 in the official world rankings too. Lewis snatched the spot from Inbee Park by posting a 16-under 197 at Stockton Seaview in New Jersey. That was six strokes better than runner-up Christina Kim, while Park tied for eighth at 7-under.
Thongchai Jaidee takes gift from Henrik Stenson
Out in Sweden on the European Tour, world No. 2 Henrik Stenson – like his top-5 counterparts at Muirfield – was performing his own collapse. The home crowd favorite entered Sunday with a share of the lead at the Nordea Masters in Malmo, Sweden, and he could’ve joined the playoff had he not double-bogeyed 18. That left him two shots back in fifth place as Thongchai Jaidee, Stephen Gallacher and Victor Dubuisson rode their 16-under-par scores into a playoff. Jaidee birdied the par-5 18th for his sixth European title, capping a day in which he played the final round in 7-under.
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