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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, September 8, 2014
NEW YORK --- For their 100th tournament title,
the Bryan brothers broke out a new victory cele-
Not that they planned it this way. The twins were
so excited to win their first Grand Slam championship
in more than a year that they botched their signature
chest bump at yesterday s US Open final.
Mike wound up leaping into Bob s arms after they
beat 11th-seeded Spaniards Marcel Granollers and
Marc Lopez 6-3, 6-4.
"I don t think we have ever done this kind of Dirty
Dancing swan dive," said Mike, who faulted his
brother for not lifting off. "That was a first."
"You felt light as a feather," Bob teased him.
Nothing was going to faze them after they tied a
record with their fifth US Open men s doubles title.
Richard Sears and James Dwight also won five ---
way back in the 1880s.
The Bryans now own the Open-era mark, moving
ahead of Bob Lutz and Stan Smith. It s also the broth-
ers 16th major championship, extending their record.
"I was having flashbacks to my whole career
towards the end of that match," Bob said. "It was
wild. I was thinking juniors, college."
They played their first tournament at age 6 in
Agoura Hills, California, when they met in the novice
singles final and won the doubles. The trophies have
piled up since: NCAA championships, Olympic gold
But the top-ranked Bryans hadn t celebrated one
of these Grand Slam titles since 2013 Wimbledon,
an eternity by their standards. They were in danger
of finishing a year without a major championship
for the first time since 2004.
Back at their home Grand Slam event, the 36-
year-old Americans ended the drought.
Asked if they believed in karma, Mike joked, "We
pick up trash when we see litter on the street."
CRANS-MONTANA --- An American golfer won the
European Masters yesterday to put himself atop
the Asian Tour money list.
David Lipsky s unorthodox par-4 on the first extra
hole to beat Englishman Graeme Storm was an appro-
priate way for the 26-year-old Korean speaker from
Los Angeles to earn a career-best €383,330
(US$497,000) payday in the sunbathed Swiss Alps.
With the event co-sanctioned by the European
and Asian tours since 2008, the winner s prize lifted
Lipsky clear in the money list.
"It feels great," said Lipsky, the first winner here
from Asia s tour and the first American winner since
Craig Stadler in 1985. "I ve played well the last couple
of weeks and to put it all together is really something
His difficult route to the 18th green went via a
fairway bunker and thick rough well short of the
putting surface. An exceptional chip shot left a 2-
foot putt for victory.
That strategy came after Storm, the overnight
leader, sliced his tee shot wide right and could only
chip out sideways before making a bogey-5.
Still, Lipsky had already played the 18th perfectly
in regulation to earn the playoff chance.
His wedge approach shot left a tap-in to complete
a final-round 65, playing in the second-last group.
Storm missed a 30-foot putt for victory on the
final hole and carded 68. Both had 18-under totals
of 262 on the 6,848-yard (6,262-metre) Severiano
Ballesteros would surely have approved of Lipsky s
adventurous 65 that included an eagle-2, six birdies
and three bogeys, with a couple of 3-putts thrown
in the mix.
Lipsky has taken a path less traveled in his own
career, via Northwestern University, Illinois, to the
Asian tour where he first won in 2012 in the Cam-
Victory also took Lipsky into the top 150 of the
world rankings, from No 369, and earned a European
Tour exemption through 2016.
Lipsky is European Master
Bryan brothers make it five in New York
After tough three-set victories in their
past two matches, they controlled play
against Granollers and Lopez, who beat
them in the French Open quarters en
route to the Spaniards first Grand Slam
"It was kind of our best match of the
tournament against a really tough team
that posed a lot of challenges," Mike said.
About the only thing that went wrong
yesterday was during their post-match
news conference, when Mike tried to
beckon to Bob s 2-year-old daughter
Micaela to join them on the podium. She
took a few hesitant steps forward then
burst into tears while her little brother,
Bobby Jr, babbled away.
Their dad and uncle have long said
they plan to play through the 2016
Olympics, though they won t promise
they ll retire then.
"No exit strategy," Mike said.
They already owned by far the most
tournament titles of the Open era, which
started in 1968. Now they ve achieved a
nice round number.
"It s always sweet winning a Grand
Slam," Mike said. "This just adds some
extra whip cream and cherries and nuts
Bob Bryan, right, and brother Mike Bryan celebrate
after winning the Men's Doubles championship
match of the 2014 US Open tennis tournament,
yesterday, in New York. AP PHOTO
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