Henrik Stenson slammed the door on his victory at this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship by holing out from the bunker for birdie on the 17th hole, his 71st hole of play for the week. The bunker was the only one Stenson found himself in all week. Since 1992, only three other champions have found themselves in their only bunker for the tournament on the back nine of the final round and recorded a sandsave. But none have come as late in the round as Stenson’s was today. The closest to Stenson today; during his victory at the 1996 Bay Hill Invitational, Paul Goydos recorded his sandsave on the 15th hole of the final round.
During this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship, Henrik Stenson birdied TPC Boston’s par-4 fourth hole in every round. It’s the third time in Stenson’s PGA TOUR career that he has birdied a par-4 hole in each round of a TOUR event. This week’s effort joins the eighth hole at the PGA Championship earlier this year the eighteenth hole at the 2005 British Open.
Jordan Spieth shot a 2-under par 69 in the first round of The Open at Muirfield. Last year as an amateur, Spieth shot a 1-under 69 in the third round of the U.S. Open. Spieth, who turns 20 next Saturday, became just the third teenager in the last 30 years to record a round below par at both the U.S. and British Opens. The others were Ryo Ishikawa (2009 and 2010 British Opens, 2010 and 2011 U.S. Opens) and Matteo Manassero (2009 British Open, 2012 U.S. Open).
Matt Kuchar won the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, boosting his career record at the event to 15-3 (83%). That’s the highest winning percentage in the history of the event (minimum: 10 matches). Coming into the 2012 tournament, the top spot belonged to Geoff Ogilvy (20-5, 80%).
Zach Johnson lost 6 and 5 to Jason Day today, continuing his string of poor results at the WGC Match Play Championship. Johnson lost opening-round matches to Brian Gay in 2010, Justin Rose in 2011, and Hunter Mahan in 2012. In 2006, Johnson won four matches in a row to make the semifinals.
Wiht his lost to Day, Johnson became the seventh golfer to have recorded both a four-match winning streak and a four-match losing streak in this event. Darren Clarke, Ernie Els, Justin Leonard, Paul Casey, Steve Pate, and Stewart Cink have done that previously.
Sergio Garcia narrowly missed joining Johnson on that list, beating Thongchai Jaiedee in 20 holes to advance. Garcia had lost his three previous matches, coming directly on the heels of winning his first four matches in 2010.
Super Bowl XLVII will be the second Super Bowl in which each team had lost a conference title game the previous season. The only other Super Bowl in which each team had lost in the semifinals the previous year was Super Bowl XXX, in which Dallas defeated Pittsburgh after the 1995 season. (Dallas had lost to San Francisco and Pittsburgh to San Diego in the conference title games after the 1994 season.) Elias Says on ESPN.com