Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Weekly Golf Review: Senior PGA Championship, BMW PGA Championship, and the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial

Another great week in golf has come and gone.  With one of the flagship events on the European Tour, the first Champions Tour major of the year, and another great finish on the PGA Tour, this week definitely lived up to the billing.

Champions Tour

In Benton Harbor, Michigan at the Harbor Shores Golf Course, Roger Chapman won his first career event on the Champions Tour and earned exempt status at the Senior PGA Championship.  Leading from start to finish, Chapman took a 9-stroke lead early in the final round and was able to coast to the victory.  But it got interesting as Chapman bogeyed 3 of the final five holes to win by 2-strokes over John Cook and three shots over Hale Irwin.  The only win of Chapman's professional career prior to the Senior PGA Championship was a win on the European Tour in Brazil.  Chapman jumped to number 2 in the Charles Schwab Cup standings.

European Tour

At Wentworth in England, Luke Donald won his second straight BMW PGA Championship, becoming only the second ever player to do so.  Finishing at 15-under par, Donald won by 4 strokes over Justin Rose and Paul Lawrie.  With the win, Donald regained the #1 World Ranking after Rory McIlroy failed to make the cut after shooting a 74-79.  Donald has now won 6 times in the last 15 months.

PGA Tour

Zach Johnson won his 8th career PGA Tour event in Texas at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial by 1 stroke over Jason Dufner.  Dufner had won the past week and looked in control late Saturday, until he struggled to finish 1 behind Johnson.  However, the one shot was closer than it should have been as Johnson was penalized 2 strokes for failing to replace his ball marker on the final hole and putted from an incorrect spot.

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