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Author: Keri Schmit

2017 Quicken Loans National

Kyle Stanley triumphs in the final round winning his second career PGA Tour win at the Quicken Loans National with a par on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff with Charles Howell III.
INSIGHTS:

  1. Kyle Stanley moved from 38th to 14th in the FedEx Cup standings, ranking inside the top-15 in the standings for the 24th week in his career.
  2. Stanley becomes the fifth player to rank first in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee and go on to win this season. He outperformed the field by +1.467 strokes per round.
  3. Stanley was able to overcome an average putting performance to win. He ranked 52nd in Strokes Gained: Putting losing -0.276 strokes per round to the field. It marks just the second time this season a player has lost strokes in SG: Putting and gone on to win.
  4. Rickie Fowler’s nine birdies in the final round represented a career high, and his T3 finish was his seventh top-10 finish of the season, including his win at The Honda Classic. It was also his third top-five finish in his last four starts.
  5. Reigning U.S. Amateur champion Curtis Luck finished in an eight-way tie for fifth, marking his first top-10 finish in six professional starts on TOUR. It gets him into next week’s Greenbrier Classic.

38th U.S. Senior Open

Kenny Perry wins U.S. Senior Open at Salem Country Club by setting scoring record for 4th major title. Perry took home his 4th major victory and a $720,000 check with a 2-under 68 in the final round. Perry finished at 16 under for the week, beat Kirk Triplett by two and set the scoring record for this tournament with a 264 total over four days.

Perry is no stranger to winning senior major championships. He had three of them (including a U.S. Senior Open) coming into Sunday’s showdown. Perry birdied the first and sixth as Triplett made four bogeys in first nine holes and three birdies on the back to get within two.

“I felt ready to go today,” Perry said about his early birdies. “I felt good. I had a good warm-up session.”
Perry more or less ended the fight on the 15th hole. After a pulled tee shot on the par 3, he fist-pumped a 30-foot par save. “It was huge,” Perry said of the save. “I putted that putt in the practice round. I hit a good putt, and it went right in the middle.”

Triplett opened the tournament with an eight-under 62, holding a 1-shot lead but that ended quickly when Perry birdied the opening hole.

Triplett never regained the lead when he fell 1 back after he missed that short putt on No. 5.

On a funnier note, not even Kirk Triplett could help from laughing after discovering his tee shot on the 18th hole landed in a flower pot.
“I misread it twice,” Triplett said. “It didn’t break left, but I putted it up from the bottom tier, and then I stood over the next one and hit it on the right edge, thinking it was going to break left. Maybe if I’d gotten behind the hole and looked at it, and I’d have realized the green was coming off that front bunker slope. Certainly, after I missed it, I realized, oh, man, I played that putt in the complete wrong spot.”

This is Triplett’s second second-place finish in a senior major and his 11th top-10 finish in a major tournament since joining the circuit.

Although I had planned on watching the Quicken Loans National it was the US Senior Open that had my attention. The final round on Sunday was exciting and had me on my toes.