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    The 2013 ISPS Handa Wales Open.

    We make our way to the venue that inspired a winning 2010 Ryder Cup team - Celtic Manor no less:

    Dufner Does it His Way

    In 2011, Dufner was in the driver seat late Sunday at the PGA Championship. His lead was so large, he nearly grasped the Wanamaker at Atlanta Athletic Club.  But, a rocky finish placed Dufner in a playoff, which he eventually lost.  That playoff loss seemed to have fueled Dufner throughout the 2012 Season, accumulating two wins and laying down a stellar Ryder Cup performance; however, the major that he let slip away in 2011 still eluded him.   Two years removed from a major heartbreak, Dufner was poised again to take home the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, NY.  Beginning the day one stroke off the 54 hole lead, thanks to a second round course record setting 63, Dufner came out on Sunday striping down the narrow tree lined corridors Oak Hill calls fairways and knocking down flags on the small historic greens.   Consecutive birdies on four and five from kick-in range gave Dufner the outright lead.  In typical Dufner-fashion, sauntering around the course showing little emotion, Dufner made the turn in 32 strokes. He was, again, in control late at the PGA Championship.  Continuing to play smart, solid golf, Dufner made another birdie from tap-in range at the par four 16th hole to keep his lead at two strokes.  Dufner kept his lead at two over the final two holes to close out the PGA Championship as a major winner.   "I decided I was going to be confident and put my best foot forward and play aggressive and try to win this thing," Dufner said in his usual casual manner. "I wasn't going to play scared or soft. It's a big step for my career."   This is the third win of Jason's career and first of the 2013 season.   PGA Championship Shoe Count

    FJ - 53%   Nearest Comp - 19%

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    Lewis Bags The British Open

    Stacy Lewis closed with a pair of birdies on The Old Course at St Andrews to secure her second major championship - The Ricoh Women’s British Open.

    Playing in the sixth to last group, the world number 2, wearing DryJoys® fired a final round of 72 to set the target at 208, eight-under-par for the championship.

    Lewis played the first 36 holes of the championship in five-under-par and the second 36, through testing windy conditions, in three-under-par. This culminated in a birdie at the difficult Road Hole, the 17th, where she played a beautiful 5-iron shot that saw her ball finish around three feet from the hole. She then holed a long putt of around 20 feet on 18 to sign off in style.

    The American then had a teasing wait to see if this was good enough and practised her putting, while keeping an eye on the leader board. Her competitors, however, couldn’t match her closing score giving her the victory.

    The home of golf has been a happy hunting ground for Lewis, who was undefeated in the 2008 Curtis Cup, when she posted a 5-0 record and she said that it felt like destiny that she would claim the title.

    “I felt so comfortable out there, I almost felt like it was meant to be,” said the world number 2, who ends a run of 10 women’s major championships won by Asian players. She was also the last non-Asian player to win a major when she won the Kraft Nabisco Championship in 2011.

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    Austin Powers Home to End Drought.

    *** Austin birdied the first playoff hole to win the Sanderson Farms Championship at Annandale Golf Club, ending a six-year victory drought.

    Austin (DryJoys Tour & SciFlex) last won in 2007, at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis and he has had a difficult few seasons struggling with form. Having played in just three PGA TOUR events this season, missing the cut in each, it looked like this could have been another season of disappointment for the 49 year old.

    However, that all changed on Sunday as he rolled in his birdie putt on the first hole of a play-off to win.

    “It’s been a long road and a long time,” said Austin. “This is only my fourth event, so I’m really ecstatic. Now I’ve got a job again.”

    Austin caught fire on Saturday, shooting a combined 11 under par while completing his second round and then firing a 5-under par 67 in the third round, during the storm-plagued event.

    He continued his solid play on Sunday, hitting 13 of the last 14 greens in regulation on the way to another 67, to finish on 20 under par after 72 holes.

    In the playoff, Austin reached the par-5 18th in two shots and two-putted from 85 feet, rolling in an 8-footer for birdie.

    Austin, who turns 50 in January, is the eighth-oldest PGA TOUR winner and oldest since Fred Funk won the Mayakoba Golf Classic at age 50 in 2007.

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    The Open Has Landed!

    What a week we have in store at Muirfield this week - There is huge excitement in anticipation for the tournament to get underway and here's a sneak peek: