We had a few top notch Spirit alumni win this weekend, Lexi Thompson (2009), Jason Day (2005) and Danny Willett (2007). Lexi won the LPGA Meijer Classic at Blythefield C.C. in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jason Day won the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, ON and Danny Willett won the Omega European Master at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Crans Montana, Switzerland.
Thompson, 20, shot a 6-under 65 on Sunday, beating out Gerina Piller and 54-hole leader Lizette Salas by one shot at Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids, Mich. Thompson made eight birdies on a day where she hit 13 greens in regulation and needed only 24 putts.
“I was just trying to be patient,” Thompson said after rallying from four shots back to win the event by a stroke Sunday. “Really, the whole day I was just trying to play my own game.”
Having seen 54-hole leads evaporate over the final rounds of last month’s U.S. Open and last week’s British Open, the 27-year-old Aussie used a different blueprint at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario, to win the RBC Canadian Open. He started the final round two behind the overwhelming crowd favorite, Canada’s David Hearn, but finished birdie, birdie, birdie to leave both Hearn and Bubba Watson heartbroken.
Oh, and in the process, Day helped exorcise whatever demons he may have brought across the Atlantic from last Monday’s finish at St. Andrews.
“The first thing I said (to myself) was, ‘I’ve got to get the ball to the hole,’ ” Day said, moments after his closing 68 produced a 17-under 271 to edge Watson (69) by a stroke.
Willett, 27, shot a final-round 5-under 65, beating out 20-year-old Matthew Fitzpatrick by one shot at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Crans Montana, Switzerland. Willett went bogey-free on the day, hitting 15 greens in regulation and separating himself on Nos. 13 through 15, where he made three straight birdies to reach 17 under, the winning mark.
“It was a great day,” said Willett in a release. “Yesterday was a bit disappointing, but today I played some really good golf. Matt was snapping at my heels all day, so I’m delighted to get the job done.