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Hannah Green Goes Wire-to-Wire for First Win at KPMG Women's PGA Championship

Just two weeks after the first great female golfer from Australia went into the World Golf Hall of Fame, Hannah Green was followed in her final round by the greatest female Aussie golfer ever as she joined those two legends from Down Under as major winners, taking the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship on Sunday at Hazeltine National.

Green’s name now stands along side Jan Stephenson, the three-time major winner inducted June 10 into the WGHOF, and Karrie Webb, another WGHOF member who has seven major titles and who followed Green as she shot a gritty 72 in the final round. It was a satisfying sight for Webb who has mentored Green.

Green’s nine-under-par 279 was one stroke better than defending champion Sung Hyun Park. Fittingly, Green won it with an up-and-down out of the left greenside bunker on the final hole, making a 5-footer for par with the club that saved her time after time this week.

Park, playing in the group up ahead, made an 18-foot birdie putt on No. 18 while Green watched from the fairway. She tugged her hybrid into the left bunker from 182 yards but hit a solid sand shot and then made the putt, the tears of joy that followed belying the calm with which she delivered the winning stroke.

“I'm pretty much speechless,” Green said, tears interrupting her sentences.. “I was really nervous the last five holes and just really -- I made a clutch putt and that was kind of got me through another one. To make the one on the last is really is surreal.”

Mel Reid closed with a 65 to finish at six-under-par 282 along with Nelly Korda in a tie for third. Lizette Salas and Danielle Kang were at 283. Mirim Lee was at 284 with Inbee Park and Hyo Joo Kim. So Yeon Ryu, Lydia Ko, Megan Khang and Ariya Jutanugarn, who started the final round one stroke behind Green but closed with a 77, were at 285.

The PGA TOUR starts its new Midwest swing at the 2019 Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club. The tournament kicks off a three-week span in the Midwest of the United States, including the inaugural 3M Open in Minneapolis and the 49th playing of the John Deere Classic in Illinois.

The inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic will be contested at Detroit Golf Club. New U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland makes his return to competition hoping to climb into the world's top ten for the first time in his career. Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler are also in the field as they look to find some form ahead of The Open Championship next month.

In the 2019 Travelers Championship, Chez Reavie claimed his second victory on the PGA TOUR with rounds of 65-66-63-69 to finish at 17-under-par at TPC River Highlands.

Defending champion Bubba Watson returns to TPC River Highlands looking to join the late Billy Casper as the only four-time winner of the Travelers Championship. In 2018, Watson entered the final round six strokes off the lead, but a sensational 63 saw him go on to claim a three-stroke victory.

U.S. Open Champ Woodland Commits to WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational

Woodland duels Koepka in his breakthrough win, Woods' low of the week & Hovland breaks am record

U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland has committed to the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

Woodland won his first major after beating Brooks Koepka by three shots at Pebble Beach. Woodland is No. 5 in the FedExCup standings and 12th in the world ranking.

Woodland won his first major after beating Brooks Koepka by three shots at Pebble Beach. Woodland is No. 5 in the FedExCup standings and 12th in the world ranking.

The U.S. Open was Woodland’s fourth PGA TOUR victory. He also has two runners-up this season and has finished in the top-10 in eight of 18 starts.

Five of the top seven players in the FedExCup are now committed to the FedEx St. Jude Invitational, which will be played July 25-28 at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee.

Woodland shot a final-round 64 at TPC Southwind to finish T18 in the 2013 FedEx St. Jude Classic. It his best finish in four appearances in Memphis. His best finish in the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational is T17 last year at Firestone Golf Club in Akron, Ohio.

Sirak: KPMG Women's PGA Championship Set to Define Greatness

The words held most dear don’t live in isolation but gain meaning from the surrounding world. Love, beauty, freedom are among those concepts that lack singular definition but are determined relatively. It’s an eye-of-the-beholder thing. Greatness is another such concept. And the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship could go a long way in setting the context for that standard on the LPGA.

To say that women’s golf is awash in talent right now is an understatement. The great Mickey Wright said: “Every star needs a chorus line.” What the LPGA has is not a chorus line in lowercase letters but rather the uppercase cast from the musical “A Chorus Line” where star turns abound.

Sorting out the favorites at Hazeltine National, a venue that is a star in its own right, is simultaneously simple and difficult. Many among the 156 in the field are playing well enough to win, which makes settling on one or even a few nearly impossible.

Consider this: It’s been two years and 10 tournaments since the LPGA has had a repeat winner in a major. Through 15 events this year there have been 13 winners with Jin Young Ko and Brooke Henderson the only two-time champs.

And since June 12, 2017, six players have reached No. 1 in the Rolex Rankings with 10 lead changes, Ariya Jutanugarn and Sung Hyun Park each holding the top spot three times. So Yeon Ryu, Shanshan Feng, Inbee Park and current No. 1, Jin Young Ko, have all reached the top. The math shows that seven players could emerge this week as Rolex No. 1

Ko, who hit No. 1 after backing up her victory at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup by taking her first major at the ANA Inspiration, now carries the burden of notoriety.

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Gary Woodland no longer has to answer questions about an inability to close or win a major championship.

Entering Sunday’s final round of the 119th U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach Golf Links, the 35-year-old from Topeka, Kan., was 0-for-7 when holding a 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour, and he had never finished better than a tie for 23rd in eight previous U.S. Opens.

That’s now all in the past.

Woodland holed a 30-foot birdie putt on Pebble Beach’s iconic par-5 closing hole to punctuate a three-stroke victory over two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka, who was trying to become just the second player to win three consecutive U.S. Opens.

By carding a 2-under-par 69, Woodland became the fourth player to claim the U.S. Open title with four sub-70 rounds. He’s also the second Open winner at Pebble Beach to post a double-digit under-par score (13-under 271), joining Tiger Woods (12-under 272) who won the 2000 championship by a record 15 strokes.

“I just kept telling myself that records are meant to be broken,” said Woodland. “I’m [actually] more nervous right now than I was playing today.

“I didn't let myself get ahead at all today. Didn't ever let myself think the tournament was over.”

Four players – 2013 U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, Chez Reavie, Jon Rahm and Xander Schauffele – shared third at 7-under 277. Rose started the day one stroke behind Woodland, only to fade over the final 11 holes in carding a 74. Major champions Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen tied for seventh (278).