OC alum Gibson holes pressure putt on 18, makes cut at British Open
It was the biggest putt of Rhein Gibson’s life — which is saying something for a guy who once shot a world-record 55 — and the Oklahoma Christian alum and Edmond resident responded the way he has so many times before.
A four-time NAIA All-American while at Oklahoma Christian University, Gibson made the 15-footer for a birdie on No. 18 as darkness descended at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, capping a 2-over-par 74 and allowing him to make the cut in the world’s most prestigious tournament.
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When the practice rounds began at the U.S. Senior Open July 7, the ramblings were almost non-stop.
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“The golf course is fantastic,” Oak Tree resident Bob Tway said on the first day of competition July 10. “It’s hard, but it’s fantastic.
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SLIDESHOW: Montgomerie takes U.S. Senior Open in playoff
In Saturday’s third round of the U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National, hole 16 helped to push upstart Gene Sauers to his 3-stroke lead over Bernhard Langer and Scott Dunlap.
But Sunday to close it out, it became his nemesis.
Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie had to make up 4 shots on Sauers to force a playoff and it was accomplished — with the help of hole 16. Montgomerie won the three-hole playoff by parring 18 to win the 2014 U.S. Senior Open championship.
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Colin Montgomerie won the U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National Sunday afternoon in a three-hole playoff over Gene Sauers.
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Not the blistering Oklahoma heat on a very difficult Oak Tree National course, nor slipping from a 54-hole lead of three strokes with a final 18 over par by two strokes on the final day. Not even the disappointing loss to Colin Montgomerie in the three-hole playoff.
None of these dismayed 51-year-old Gene Craig Sauers Sunday as he wore the runner-up medal for the U.S. Senior Open and accepted his runner-up check.
He’s suffered through a lot worse.
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Montgomerie, Oak Tree National both put on a good show
On the way out of the interview room Sunday afternoon at Oak Tree National, Gene Sauers said he wouldn’t be at Royal Porthcawl for the Senior Open Championship.
Maybe the guy who followed him behind the microphone can talk him into a trip across the pond.
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