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Justin Rose moves to World #1!

Justin Rose moves to World #1!

Today is September 11th, 2018 and we present Monday Rewind on a Tuesday for the second week in a row!  A Golf Video Blog with Mel Sole, Director of Instruction and Master professional at the Mel Sole Golf School headquartered at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club in Pawleys Island, SC.

Due to the preparations by my staff and myself for the arrival of Hurricane Florence, there will be no video this week.  Watch for our final Monday Rewind next week to announce the winners of the Tour Championship, FedEx Cup, KLM Open and the LPGA’s Evian Masters!

Justin Rose moves to World #1!

Justin Rose moves to World #1!

Keegan Bradley wins the BMW Championship, but Justin Rose rises to #1 in the World!

Because of a full day delay due to inclement weather, the BMW Championship at Aronaminck GC finished a day late. But the excitement could not have been better.  Keegan Bradley birdies #17 (playing one group ahead of Justin Rose) to take a one-stroke lead.  A few minutes later Justin birdies 17 as well putting them in a tie going down 18.  Keegan hooded his drive, sliced his second into the grandstand, got a drop, chunked his chip and two-putted for a bogey five.

Justin also pulled his drive but not as much, caught his second fat and left it about 15 feet short of the green. And here is where I thought Justin lost the tournament!  Being from England, he grew up learning the running chip.  However, he opted for a high-lofted sand wedge or gap wedge to an uphill and slow green. And he left a lot of distance between himself and the flag.  He left if over 20 feet short and lipped the putt out to give Keegan a chance in a playoff. Why not take a 6 or 7 iron and play a simple chip and run?  At the worst, he finishes 5 feet.  But, not to be.

Both Keegan and Justin were just off the back of the 18th green in two in the playoff. Justin three-putted to leave Keegan a simple 12″ putt for victory!

Justin Rose moves to World #1! That is Justin’s only consolation this day.  Congrats to that Justin Rose!  You have become only the 4th Englishman to rise to that rank.  He now has 10 wins on the PGA Tour, one more than Sir Nick Faldo!

Tiger Woods still shows promise in getting to his first victory since his comeback.  I doubt it will be too long coming.  Maybe next week?

European Tour:

The European Omega Masters was played on one of my favourite Courses in Europe.  Cran Sur Sierre is located in the Swiss Alps and is breathtakingly beautiful.  Definitely one on my bucket list in the not too distant future!

Like the BMW Championship, this also ended in a playoff.  But in a little more dramatic style.  Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark shot a final round 63 to finish leader in the clubhouse at -17.  Matthew Fitzpatrick from England had a slow start and was two behind going into the last 3 holes.  But he birdied the Par 5 16th and sank a dramatic putt on 18 for a birdie to get into a playoff!  After both players hit the 18th in two, Fitzpatrick sank another dramatic putt to take the victory!

My heart went out to Mike Lorenzo Vera who not only finished second last year but got the news after his final round in 2017 that his father had passed away at home in Italy.  He so desperately wanted to win here this year, but a double-bogey 7 on the par 5 16th put an end to his chances.  He finished solo 3rd.  Sorry Mike, maybe next year!

Next Week:

PGA Tour:  Tour Championship at Eastlake GC in Atlanta.

European Tour:  KLM Dutch open at The Dutch in Spijk, The Netherlands.

LPGA Tour: Evian Masters at Evian Resort Golf Club in Evian-Les Bains, France.

PGA Tour Champions: The Ally Challenge at Warwick Hill G & CC in Grand Blanc, MI.

Source: Mel Sole Golf School.

Picture : Camron Flanders       

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