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Open champion Henrik Stenson feels the spirit of his late friend Michael Gerbich helped him claim the first major title of his career at Royal Troon on Sunday. Puma Rihanna Sko . Stenson produced a stunning final round to get his hands on the famous Claret Jug, fending off the challenge of Phil Mickelson and finishing with a score of 20 under par - the joint-lowest in major history, equalling Jason Days record from the 2015 PGA Championship.In the aftermath of his victory, Stenson dedicated his performance to the memory of Gerbich, who lost his battle with cancer on the eve of the tournament at the age of 74. Stenson says the desire to win for his close friend provided him with extra motivation.I felt he was out there with me. He was a really keen golfer and always followed us, not just me but some of the other tour players out in Dubai, the Swede told Sky Sports News HQ.He always sent me messages and I just felt he was out there with me. I was really trying an extra bit harder for him as well and it was really special to win, given that as well. The studio look back at the battle between Stenson and Phil Mickelson on an epic final day at Royal Troon Stensons stunning final round of 63 was the joint-lowest in major history, with his final score of 264 the lowest winning total for any 72-hole major championship.When asked what winning a major meant to him, Stenson added: Its to have your name with the greats and the past champions.Its something quite special to be the first male Swede to win a major championship and for it to be the icing on the cake for my career. Tom Watson believes Stensons duel with Mickelson was similar to his shoot out with Jack Nicklaus in 1977 I have won some nice trophies and tournaments all around the world, the FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai, but a major championship was missing. But I am holding it now, so I am very pleased.His battle with Mickelson also evoked memories of the Duel in the Sun between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus at Turnberry in 1977, and Stenson says he enjoyed every minute of it. He added: You always enjoy the punches, dont you? Better than Duel in the Sun? Jack Nicklaus has hailed Sundays final-round battle at The Open… It was kind of the same on Saturday, we were going head-to-head for the whole weekend and I think it just brought the best out of both players.We played some extraordinary golf and at the start yesterday there were birdies and eagles. I finished off with some great birdies on the way home, so it was a very memorable day for me on the golf course. Also See: Stunning Stenson wins Open I felt this was my time Monty staggered by Stenson The putt that won The Open Nike Free Rn Flyknit Herre .com) - Delon Wright made all 12 of his free throws and finished with 21 points and six assists as No. Nike Free Rn Flyknit Dame . Patrice Bergeron and Daniel Paille scored 20 seconds apart a few minutes after Stamkos was taken off the ice on a stretcher with a broken right leg, and the Bruins beat the Lightning 3-0 on Monday afternoon.BOSTON - As a Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster, Nomar Garciaparra watched Clayton Kershaw become the dominant pitcher in the National League, winning three of the last four NL Cy Young Awards — the last one unanimously.But when fans ask if hes ever witnessed anyone as good as the L.A. left-hander, Garciaparra stops them cold.Hang on, he says, I got to play with Pedro Martinez.The former Red Sox shortstop was already in Boston when the reigning NL Cy Young winner arrived from the Montreal Expos in 1997. And he saw the Dominican right-hander win the AL award twice with the Red Sox, in back-to-back seasons in 1999-2000 that established him as one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball history.In that two-year period — in the middle of a golden age of hitting — Martinez went 41-10 with a 1.90 ERA and 597 strikeouts. After that, all he did was anchor the staff that helped the Red Sox earn their cathartic World Series victory in 2004, ending an eight-decade drought.Martinez went on to pitch four seasons with the New York Mets, three of them injury-plagued, and returned to the World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2009 before retiring. Five years later, he is eligible for the baseball Hall of Fame and likely to be among the inductees announced Tuesday.Like Randy Johnson, who is also making his first appearance on the ballot, Martinez is a virtual certainty to be enshrined in July; each has a chance to break Tom Seavers record of 98.84 per cent of the ballots cast.Also like Johnson, Martinez was an imposing presence on the mound. But while the 6-foot-10 left-hander could intimidate with his size, Martinez accomplished as much with control that allowed him to use all parts of the plate — including the inside.When he came out of the bullpen in relief for the finale of a 1999 AL Division Series game against Cleveland, the Indians batters were visibly deflated. Martinez, who had left Game 1 with a back strain, pitched six innings of no-hit relief to finish off the series.I wanted to make my presence be felt, Martinez said this summer when he returned to Boston for induction into the franchise Hall of Fame. Every time I went out there, I wanted to make sure that you knew, that you were aware, that I wasnt kidding out there. That this was my job. That Im here and Im going to be responsible for it.In all, Martinez finished with a 219-100 record and a 2.93 ERA. He struck out 3,154 batters and walked 760 in 2,827 innings. Nike Free Rn Distance 2. He twice won 20 games, twice struck out more than 300 batters and twice posted an ERA below 2.00. He was an eight-time all-star, and five times he led the major leagues in ERA.In 1999, he went 23-4 with 313 strikeouts and a 2.07 ERA. He started the All-Star Game at Fenway park and struck out five of the six batters he faced, including fellow Hall of Fame candidates Larry Walker, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire and Jeff Bagwell, as well as Barry Larkin, who was inducted in 2012.On Sept. 10 of that season, he fanned 17 New York Yankees — no ones ever done that before or since — during a one-hitter in which he faced one batter over the minimum. (Martinez does not have an official no-hitter, though he did pitch nine perfect innings for Montreal in 1995 before giving up a double to lead off the 10th.)After dispatching the Indians in the first round of the 99 playoffs, Martinez pitched seven shutout innings in Game 3 of the ALCS to beat Roger Clemens and the rival Yankees. After the season, he was a unanimous choice as the leagues top pitcher and missed adding the AL MVP because two voters left him off their ballots entirely.He won his third Cy Young award the next year, going 18-6 with a 1.74 ERA that was half of the next-best mark in the AL, Clemens 3.70. Martinez allowed 0.74 walks and hits per inning pitched — the fewest for a full season in baseball history.But his pitching was perhaps secondary to the electricity he brought to Fenway, adding a multicultural flavour to a ballpark that had been famously colorless — the Red Sox were the last major-league team to integrate — in a city resistant to all forms of change.On days he pitched, Dominican flags fluttered in the stands and fans chanted his name while banging drums to a Latin beat. The Boston Globe began running its baseball stories in Spanish alongside the English ones.Martinez himself wasnt above partaking in the festivities — when he wasnt pitching. His antics during one game were so distracting that Garciaparra tied him to a dugout pole with athletic tape — saving the last piece to cover Martinezs mouth.I wanted to be loose on the days I dont pitch. In the same way, I wanted to keep my teammate loose, said Martinez, who is now a special assistant to Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington. The season is really long. If you dont have fun, especially on the days youre not performing, its going to be a long season out there. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ChinaCheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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