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Justin Gets Second PGA Win in A Month!
Englishman Justin Rose won the AT&T National in Pennsylvania by one stroke on Sunday to clinch his second victory in three events on American soil.
Rose, who triumphed for the first time on the PGA Tour in Ohio last month, shot an even-par 70 to finish on 10 under and ahead of American Ryan Moore.
As a result the 29-year-old earns a spot at next week's Open Championship.
Tiger Woods' travails continued as he finished on four over par after a 71, tied for 46th overall.
Rose, who squandered a three-shot lead at the Travelers Championship a week earlier, parred the final seven holes to finish ahead of Moore.
Bubba Gets First PGA Win.
Justin Rose threw away a three-stroke overnight lead as Bubba Watson won his first US Tour title in a play-off at the Travelers Championship.
Englishman Rose shot a 75 to finish three shots off the 14-under totals of play-off contenders Watson (66), Corey Pavin (66) and Scott Verplank (64).
US Ryder Cup skipper Pavin dropped out after the first sudden death hole.
And Watson emerged victorious on the next when he held his nerve after Verplank had missed his par putt.
Seve Scraps Open Visit.
Seve Ballesteros has decided not to visit St Andrews for next month's 150th Open after medical advice.
53-year-old Seve has had health problems since suffering a brain tumour in 2008.
"I am aware that there might be people who have been preparing their trip to encourage and cheer me up," he said.
"I do not want to disappoint anyone at the last minute and after listening to the doctors I have taken the difficult decision not to travel to St Andrews."
Ballesteros won the second of his two Open titles at the Scottish course in 1984 and was one of 32 former champions invited to play a four-hole challenge the day before the tournament starts.
McDowell Wins The US Open!
Graeme McDowell became Europe's first US Open champion for 40 years when he clinched his maiden major title in impressive fashion at Pebble Beach.
The Northern Irishman won by one shot from France's Gregory Havret with Ernie Els two behind in third and Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods tied fourth.
McDowell, 30, came from three shots behind overnight as third-round leader Dustin Johnson imploded early on.
England's Tony Jacklin was the last European winner at Hazeltine in 1970.
"It's an absolute dream come true, I've dreamed about this all my life," said McDowell, who won his fifth European Tour title in Wales two weeks ago.
Woods Fires Himself Into Contention at The US Open!
Dustin Johnson will take a three-shot lead over Graeme McDowell into the final round of the US Open, although Tiger Woods provided arguably the story of day three at Pebble Beach as matched Johnson's 66 to fire himself back into contention.
Woods had started the day on four-over-par - seven shots behind overnight leader McDowell - and looked to be playing himself out of the championship with two bogeys in his first three holes.
But he got up a tremendous head of steam on the back nine, finishing with a hat-trick of birdies to leave himself within striking distance of the leading duo at one-under.
But as Woods blazed a trail, the majority of the chasing pack struggled to make any real headway.
Most notably Phil Mickelson failed to repeat his heroics of Friday, following his magical 66 with a 73 to end the day seven back of Johnson on one-over, while Ernie Els is just one shot better off after an up-and-down 72.
There was disappointment for the English contingent also with Paul Casey (77), Ian Poulter (77) and Lee Westwood (76) all going backwards on moving day, finishing on six-under, seven-under and eight-under respectively.
Brit Paul Casey will take a share of a one-shot lead into the second round of the US Open at Pebble Beach.
Paul Casey Leads The US Open!
Brit Paul Casey will take a share of a one-shot lead into the second round of the US Open at Pebble Beach.
Casey shot a two-under 69 along with American Shaun Micheel and Zimbabwe's Brendon de Jonge on a testing but absorbing day in California.
Ian Poulter is in a chasing pack of six at one under, with Luke Donald and Graeme McDowell at level par.
Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood ended three over with Phil Mickelson another shot adrift after a four-over 75.
Despite relatively benign conditions and kind pin positions, the 156-man field struggled to tame the iconic course on the Monterey Peninsula with only nine players shooting below par.
Casey, bidding to become the first European to win the US Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970, battled hard to make amends for a number of wayward tee shots with four birdies against two bogeys.
"My putting was really good today," he said. "It was a case of not making mistakes. I went out with low expectations. The ball striking hasn't been great, and nor was it today, but I kept the ball below the hole for the most part and saved myself a couple of times. I'm ecstatic with 69.".
Lee Westwood Wins The St. Jude Classic While Garrigus Meltsdown!
Lee Westwood hopes his St Jude Classic triumph will prove to be the perfect preparation for this week's US Open.
The 37-year-old claimed his first PGA Tour win for 12 years, beating Sweden's Robert Karlsson at the fourth hole of a sudden-death play-off in Memphis and will now attempt to go one better at the second major of the year following his runner-up finish to Phil Mickelson at the US Masters in April.
Westwood, who has already practised at Pebble Beach, said: "I like being competitive before a major championship, to be competitive at the tournament and boost my confidence."
He added: "Obviously, this week is a little bit draining with the temperature it gets to here but, because I've been to Pebble Beach and done most of my preparation, I can take it easy with that for the next three days and build up my fitness and stamina for when the tournaments kicks off on Thursday."
Westwood played two practise rounds at the US Open venue last week, telling his website, www.leewestwood.com: "The course was in spectacular condition. A real demand and test. It's going to be tough."
The Worksop golfer finished fifth the last time the US Open was at Pebble Beach in 2000 and he is bound to get plenty of attention when the tournament starts having been paired with Tiger Woods and Ernie Els.
Westwood also has reason to believe the luck could be with him.
American Robert Garrigus looked certain to triumph in Memphis when he led by three shots heading to the last but a triple bogey sparked a three-way play-off, and he was eliminated at the first extra hole.
In the years following his New Orleans triumph in 1998, Westwood has so often been the nearly man, and he was relieved to end his American drought.
"It's definitely nice to win again," he added. "Nobody likes negative questions when you try to be positive all the time. You get into contention, sometimes you don't finish it off. It's nice to now say 12 years for my second one."
Justin Fails To Qualify For US Open Despite First Win!.
England's Justin Rose will not compete at the US Open after failing to finish in the top 15 in qualifying in Ohio.
The 29-year-old, who was looking to build on his first PGA Tour victory at The Memorial at the weekend, finished the 36-hole event tied for 31st on four under par.
American Eric Axley won the event with a 17-under par total while US major champions Tom Lehman, Davis Love III and Ben Curtis also qualified.
The US Open starts on 17 June at Pebble Beach in California.
Rose was in contention after a four-under par 68 in the first round, which included four birdies on the back nine, to be tied for 12th, but he slipped down the leaderboard in the afternoon with a level par second round of 72 to miss out by three shots.
He moved up from 66th to 33rd in the world after winning the Memorial Tournament on Sunday, his first victory on the PGA Tour in 162 attempts, but the cut-off for qualifying for the year's second major through ranking was two weeks ago.
That deadline was imposed to allow the US Golf Association time to determine how many of the 156 places at the year's second major would be available to qualifiers.
Luke Donald Wins The Madrid Masters.
Luke Donald fended off Welshman Rhys Davies to win the Madrid Masters by one shot for his first title in four years.
The pair shared a two-shot overnight lead and went to the last hole with Englishman Donald one in front.
Both made par as Donald's 67, which included an eagle on the 16th, gave him a winning total of 21 under par.
Francesco Molinari fired a 68 to finish three shots off the lead, with Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell another stroke back after an eight-birdie 65.
Donald's composure on the back nine will have made up for his final-round display at last week's PGA Championship at Wentworth when a double bogey on the penultimate hole put paid to his chances of winning his first European Tour title in six years.
The 32-year-old's last victory came at the 2006 Honda Classic on the PGA Tour. He had two European Tour wins in 2004 and also clinched the southern Farm Bureau Classic in the US in 2002.
"It's been a while since I won and to put last week behind me makes me very proud," said Donald who jumps from 13th to ninth in the world rankings.
Adam Scott Wins the Texas Open.
Australia's Adam Scott secured his first PGA Tour title since 2008 with a one-shot victory in the Texas Open.
A tornado warning and heavy rain washed out Friday's play, leaving 36 holes to be played on Sunday and Scott, 29, responded with rounds of 66 and 67.
Scott's 14-under-par total left him one clear of Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson, who missed a 16-foot birdie putt on the last that would have forced a play-off.
Aaron Baddeley, Ernie Els and Jimmy Walker were one stroke back in third.
South African Els began Sunday two shots off the lead and carded rounds of 68 and 69 as he attempted to win his third title of the season.
But it was Scott who charged through the field, with 12 birdies and an eagle in his final 36 holes to move past JB Holmes, who had led after the third round.
Tim Clark won the Players Championship by one shot from Robert Allenby as overnight leader Lee Westwood's challenge faltered on the back nine.
South African Clark overtook Westwood with his sixth birdie of the day at 12 on his way to a 67 and a two-shot lead on 16 at Sawgrass.
Westwood double-bogeyed the 17th to finish four back and joint fourth.
World number one Tiger Woods retired after seven holes of his final round because of a neck injury.
By then, the 34-year-old was out of the running after firing in two over for the day, leaving him on two under overall.
But few would have banked on Westwood to be out of the frame too when he made his way on to the 18th on the famous Florida course.
Having led the event from the second round, the 37-year-old looked set to land his first title in the United States since 1998.
Westwood remained in the hunt on the outward nine, having shot one under for the day, but it all went wrong for the Worksop player coming in.
He only managed a bogey on the 14th and arriving on the short 17th, Europe's top player needed a birdie-birdie finish to force a play-off.
But his hopes faded when he hit a wedge into the water and consequently double-bogeyed, which resulted in him dropping to joint fourth.
A top-three finish would have pushed Westwood up to world number three for the first time in his career.
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