Adam Scott Triumphs at Riviera PDF Print E-mail


Adam Scott celebrates after winning the Genesis Invitational at Riviera

Pacific Palisades, California - It was all lined up, the two most aesthetic

swings in the world were finally playing in a final group on Sunday. World

No.1 Rory McIlroy, and the sweet swinging Aussie Adam Scott were all tied

at 10 under par with Matt Kuchar entering the final round of the Genesis

Invitational at famed Riviera.


Scott birdied two of his first three holes to take the solo lead, but a 3 putt

at the fourth had him in a tie once again with Rory at -11. It seemed as if

an epic duel on a classic layout was in store, but on the fifth things unraveled,

especially for the Ulsterman who made triple bogey. Then followed with

another dropped shot at the quirky par 3 sixth. Although Scott made

double himself at the fifth, he righted the ship and got one back with a

stellar 5 iron and a downhill roll into the cup. Six straight pars followed,

and a birdie at the thirteenth provided a slim one shot lead entering the

finishing stretch. A clutch birdie at the seventeenth provided the cushion

he needed to play the last tension free. The duel with McIlroy never quite

materialized, but the goal was accomplished, he finished off the best field

of the year. Scott finished at -11 and accepted the trophy from 15 time

major champion and tournament host Tiger Woods.


Adam cited inspiration from the Presidents Cup and his Aussie mates Marc

Leishman and Cameron Smith who have won in recent weeks on the PGA

Tour. Turning 40 this summer has also served as form of inspiration to get

going, "Everyone tells me I'm turning 40 this year, I don't know if they're

insinuating that's kind of the beginning of the end," Scott said. "There's no

doubt, the age of guys peaking is getting younger. There's far fewer dominant

players in their 40s today than there was before.


The tour moves on to the WGC Mexico Championship where several top players

are skipping the event, including: Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka, Rickie Fowler,

Justin Rose, Jason Day, Patrick Cantlay and Henrik Stenson.


Kuchar, Kang and Brown finished tied for 2nd at -9. McIlroy finished tied for

5th with Matsuyama, DeChambeau, Homa and Joel Dahmen.












Nick Taylor Wins at Pebble Beach PDF Print E-mail


Nick Taylor celebrates after winning the AT&T Pro Am at Pebble Beach

Monterey, California - Canadian Nick Taylor knew that he wasn't the crowd

favorite on Sunday on the Monterey Peninsula. Defending Champion and

native Californian Phil Mickelson was only a shot behind Taylor's 54 hole

lead entering the final round.


Mickelson showed off his mighty shortgame in rd3, but it was the thirty

-one year old journeyman who holed the key shots on Sunday to earn

$1.404 million. Entering Pebble, Taylor was ranked 229th in the world,

but in the heavy winds on Sunday, it was he who looked like the short

game wizard with a hole-out from the bunker at the par 5 sixth for

eagle and again at the par 4 fifteenth for birdie (that all but sealed the



Taylor's final round 70 had him finish at 19 under par (268 total) for

a four stroke victory over Kevin Streelman who shot 68. Mickelson,

seeking a sixth win at Pebble Beach faded to a final round 74. "It's

disappointing, certainly, to have not won," Mickelson said. "But I got

outplayed. I mean, Nick played better than I did. He holed a couple

of great shots."


Streelman and Larry Fitzgerald won the Pro-Am portion of the event.












Webb Wins Playoff, Defeats Finau at Waste Management Open PDF Print E-mail


Webb Simpson celebrates after winning at TPC Scottsdale.



Scottsdale, Arizona - Standing on the drivable par-4 17th tee box

it appeared that Tony Finau was in prime position to claim victory at

TPC Scottsdale, but then the unlikely occurred. Finau's 3 wood off the

tee found the fairway bunker leaving a very tough 68 yard approach.

Meanwhile, Webb Simpson made the aggressive play, driving the green

leaving himself a lengthy eagle attempt. Finau did manage to hit the

green and make par to stay at 17 under par, but Simpson two-putted

for birdie. The lead was now an uncomfortable one stroke. Both hit solid

drives on the last with Webb hitting 3 wood leaving just a gap wedge

approach that he executed decently to 15 feet below the flag. Finau

had only 83 yards for his approach and stuck it to 7 feet. Advantage

Finau. Webb, needing to make his to have any hope, stepped up and

and drained the birdie. Now tied, Finau had his putt to close the deal,

but when his putt slid by, the pair both finished at -17 and went to

extra holes.


In the playoff, Simpson duplicated the 72nd hole, making quick work

of Finau when he canned another medium length putt to win his sixth

PGA Tour title.


"It's just a reminder for me to take care of the little things," Simpson

said. "And the big things seem to take care of themselves."


Finau, who was unsuccessful in his quest to win his second title on

tour was disappointed but admired his friend's performance. "He got

the upper hand this time, Finau said. "I love the guy, and that's one

hell of a finish. If you're going to birdie 18 a couple of times, you're

probably going to win."










Leishman Wins Farmers PDF Print E-mail


Marc Leishman celebrates after winning at Torrey Pines

SAN DIEGO — Aussie Marc Leishman who started the day four shots

behind the lead Sunday, fired a 7-under 65 to hold off Jon Rahm by

a stroke to capture the Farmers Insurance Open. Leishman rolled in

putts from just about everywhere to keep the momentum going

throughout the final round enroute to a final round 65 to finish at

-15 under par.

Leishman ripped off five birdies to shoot a front nine 31, taking charge

early on Sunday, while the lead group of Rahm, McIlroy and Ryan Palmer

struggled out of the gates. Several clutch par saving putts deep into the

back nine proved to be the difference for Leishman, along with another

6-foot birdie roll at the last. The victory was Leishman's fifth on the PGA

Tour and appropriately it came on Australian Day.

Rahm was 4 over through five holes, but made a charge when his eagle

on the par-5 13th dropped, then birdie on the next. After bogey on the

15th, the fiery Spaniard knocked it stiff on 16 & 17 for birdies. Needing

eagle at the 72nd hole to force a playoff, his attempt from 50+ feet came

up just short. Rahm's final round 2 under par - 70, had him finish at 14

under par.

McIlroy, who needed a win to reclaim world no.1, shot a final round 69 to

tie for third with Brandt Snedeker (68).  Tiger Woods finished six shots

back after a final round 70.














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