Jul 28

Power rankings: Quicken Loans National

The PGA Tour rolls into the national capital area this week for the Quicken Loan National. Tiger Woods' event has a new date and, this year, a new course in Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, former host of four of the first six Presidents Cup matches.

Defending champion Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler are two of just a handful of top 50 players in the field this week, so our weekly power rankings are pretty top heavy.

1. Rickie Fowler -- Fowler's the class of the field and a two-time worldwide winner this year. He's not the most consistent guy in the field, but he has the highest ceiling on an unknown course that commands an aggressive approach game.

2. Justin Rose -- It wouldn't be hard to make a case for Rose as the No. 1 guy in our ranking this week. He makes plenty of birdies per round, and he has to feel good coming off a T-6 effort at the Open heading into a title defense -- albeit at a new track.

3. Tony Finau -- This is just the kind of course where Finau could bust loose. He can use his massive length as an edge and parlay his aggressive style into a slew of birdies.

4. Will Wilcox -- Wilcox bailed on the Canadian Open last week to rest a nagging wrist problem, and it was a well-deserved vacation after securing his 2015-16 PGA Tour card at the Barbasol Championship. Playing free and loose should suit Wilcox well.

5. Pat Perez -- Perez has become a reliable player this year, snagging a T-18 finish at the Canadian Open. He hasn't been a threat to win but twice this year, but he's been a practical lock for four rounds and a good check.


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Jul 28

Robert Allenby’s ex-caddie doesn’t believe former boss’ Hawaii story

Robert Allenby's former caddie, Mick Middlemo, is speaking like a man liberated.

Middlemo, who split with Allenby halfway through the first round of last week's RBC Canadian Open, said in an Australian radio interview that he doesn't believe Allenby's story of being kidnapped and robbed on the night after missing the cut at the Sony Open in Hawaii in January.

“Do I think he got mugged and bashed and absolutely robbed? No, I don’t," Middlemo said to News Corp Australia. "That’s the story I told because that’s the story he told me to tell because I wasn’t there.

“Do I think he just fell over and cracked his head? Honestly I do … I think he fell over and someone picked up his wallet and had a great time with his credit card."

Middlemo accompanied Allenby for at least part of the night in question. Both player and caddie were at a Waikiki wine bar, where Allenby claims he was kidnapped after leaving, beaten, robbed and dropped off in a nearby park. Allenby said he only recalls waking up to being harassed by homeless people in the park and that he was without his credit cards.

A man, Owen Harbison, pleaded guilty in June to using Allenby's stolen credit cards. However, police did not further investigate how Allenby sustained his injuries.


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Jul 26

Day wins as Canadian drought continues in the Canadian Open

The Canadian drought in their national golf championship will extend to a 62nd year.

Canuck David Hearn, who carried a two-shot lead into the final round of the RBC Canadian Open, came up two shots shy of a maiden PGA Tour win and ending a winless Canadian streak dating back to Pat Fletcher in 1954.

Hearn's even-par 72 at Glen Abbey Golf Club paved the way for Jason Day to win for the second time in 2015, making birdies on the final three holes of the tournament to secure a one-stroke win over Bubba Watson, who himself birdied the final four holes. A 20-foot birdie putt on the par-5 finisher at the Jack Nicklaus-designed track completed a 4-under 68 to win in 17-under 271.

The win is Day's fourth on the PGA Tour and marks the first multi-win season of his career, backing up a playoff win earlier in the season at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Day has finished in the top 10 in each of the last two majors, including a T-4 finish on Monday at the British Open. Not that he wasn't already, but Day will now be considered even more highly as a contender for the PGA Championship in three weeks at Whistling Straits. When the Wisconsin venue last hosted the season's final major in 2010, Day finished tied for 10th place.


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Jul 26

U.S. Junior Amateur runner-up scores prom date with Fox Sports’ Holly Sonders

It was an up-and-down kind of weekend for 16-year-old Andrew Orischak.

The South Carolina teen blew a 5-up lead in the final of the U.S. Junior Amateur, losing in 37 holes to complete the largest collapse in the championship's history.

Then he locked up a prom date with Fox Sports host and former Golf Channel personality Holly Sonders.

Orischak, through his dad, made a deal with Sonders earlier in the tournament whereby she would agree to go to his Hilton Head-area high school prom if he won the championship on Saturday.

"I liked the kid’s confidence," Sonders wrote in a piece for Golf Digest.

When Orischak made the final match on Friday with a semifinal win, Sonders gave her phone number to his mom, as Sonders wrote, "show I was serious."

He obviously came up short, losing to Philip Barbaree. However, Sonders took to Twitter to tell Orischak that she would still escort him to prom next year.

That's not a bad deal for Orischak, who has already committed to the University of Virginia for his high school golf. While he missed out on holding the trophy at the biggest championship in junior golf, Orischak still came away a winner.


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Jul 26

Paula Creamer surprised by husband as pilot to Women’s British Open

Paula Creamer was boarding a plane headed for Scotland and this week's Ricoh Women's British Open when she got quite a surprise from the cockpit: her husband would be piloting her flight.

Paula Creamer and husband Derek Heath, who flies for United, in the cockpit of a flight to Scotland (via Paula Creamer/Instagram)

Creamer's husband, Derek Heath, is a former military pilot who now flies commercial jets for United Airlines. Knowing the date and location from where his wife would be flying toward Turnberry for the LPGA's fourth major of the year, Heath made arrangements to make the surprise plot a reality.

The 28-year-old, who turns 29 almost a week after the start of the British Open, is searching for a second major title to back up her 2010 U.S. Women's Open victory. It's a good event for Creamer; she has four career top-10 finishes.


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Jul 26

Boxing injury didn’t keep Lexi Thompson from Meijer LPGA win

Lexi Thompson has been dealing with an injury from inside the ring, but it didn't stop her from winning inside the ropes.

With a final-round, 6-under 65, Thompson overcame a four-shot deficit to win the Meijer LPGA Classic in Michigan. Entering the day, Thompson trailed 54-hole leader Lizette Salas by four shots. Thompson made five birdies on the front nine against one bogey, going out in 4-under 32. A pair of birdies after the turn got her to 6 under on the day, and she hung on from there to sweat out a one-shot win over Salas and Gerina Piller.

Thompson has been dealing with a right wrist injury that she suffered while showing off her boxing moves for a February Golf Digest photo shoot (the same edition of the magazine where she appeared draped only with a workout towel on the cover).

The deep bone bruise happened when Conde Nast Entertainment associate producer Tony Hernandez asked the 20-year-old if he could film an interview with her while she was sparring with him, according to Golf Channel. Thompson played this week with a taped-up wrist.

"Without the tape, it still hurts pretty bad," Thompson said. "I’m icing it a ton. So, we’ll see where it goes.”

Next stop is the Ricoh Women's British Open, an event where her best finish is T-17 (2012) in three prior starts.


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