Marathon LPGA Classic
Princeton, Kentucky native Emma Talley had a top five finish at the Marathon LPGA Classic played in Sylvania, Ohio on Sunday. The tournament was held August 6 through August 9 at Highland Meadows Golf Course. Par was 71 covering 6,555 yards. The purse was $1,700,000 with defending champion Sei Young Kim.
This will be Talley’s fourth time in her LPGA career to finish in the top five. She finished in a four-way tie playing 72 holes. Her scores were R1: 72 R2: 66 R3: 69 R4: 69.
On the heels of the passing of her life-long friend and fellow golfer Cullan Brown, it was an emotional week for Talley. Brown, also a Lyon County native, lost his battle with bone cancer earlier this past week. Talley had considered withdrawing from the tournament but ultimately decided to see it through.
She was mic’d up on Saturday and you could hear her thinking out loud. She was talking about being ‘just a little sad’ and ‘getting tired mentally.’ When one of her longer putts went in the hole, she whispered to her caddie, “That was a Cullan putt.”
The top-five finish earned Talley a portion of the purse totaling $54,244 and qualifies her to play in this year’s Women’s British Open that takes place August 20 - 23 in Troon, Scotland.
PGA Championship 2020
Collin Morikawa won the PGA Championship on Sunday at Harding Park finishing six under with a score of 64. Going into Sunday’s play, there were seven players tied for the lead. Morikawa took the lead when he chipped one in for birdie. Then, the dream shot. On a four par, he hit a driver within seven feet of the hole and sunk one in for an eagle.
At age 23, the California native had the lowest final round by a PGA Champion in 25 years. The purse for the championship event was $11 million and the Cal-Berkeley graduate took home $1.98 million.