Kirk played the final 36 holes with Rory McIlroy and outplayed the world’s No. 1 player. Of far greater importance was winning this FedEx Cup playoff event, and he got it done with a bogey-free final round.
Woods said on his website Monday he will no longer work with Foley. Woods has had back trouble the last year and is taking the next three months to get stronger.
He is the only player to never miss a playoff event. And by beating one of the strongest fields of the year, he made a strong impression on Tom Watson as a captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup team.
According to his website, Palmer had successful surgery Monday at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. The 84-year-old Palmer was to remain in the hospital overnight for observation. He is expected to be released on Tuesday.
Kevin Sutherland shot the first 59 in Champions Tour history Saturday at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.
“The U.S. team and the Ryder Cup mean too much to me not to be able to give it my best,” he said in a statement on his website. “I’ll be cheering for the U.S. team. I think we have an outstanding squad going into the matches.”
Anyone could see McIlroy had the gifts to be the next big thing in golf. His victory in the PGA Championship was more about grit. That might be more impressive than some of the numbers associated with his latest major.
Woods missed the cut by five shots at the PGA Championship, just five days after he withdrew from a World Golf Championship because of a sore back. Watson says the 14-time major champion can still bring plenty to the American team, and “I’d be a fool not to consider him.”
Mickelson was right in the middle of a riveting four-man duel Sunday, but he faded on the back nine and lost to Rory McIlroy by a single stroke. Lefty closed with a 5-under 66 for a 15-under 269, but McIlroy captured his second straight major with a par at No. 18.
The tournament finished in near-darkness Sunday at Valhalla Golf Club, with the final two groups essentially morphing into a foursome as they raced to beat nightfall. A nearly two-hour rain delay set up the possibility of a Monday finish, especially if there had been a three-hole playoff.
Play was suspended for nearly two hours Sunday, before McIlroy and all the leading players had even teed off. Workers brought out squeegees, trying furiously to push standing water off the course. Towels were used to dry the tee boxes.
McIlroy finished off a 4-under 67 with an 8-foot birdie putt at the 18th hole, getting up-and-down from a bunker to maintain a one-shot advantage after the third round.