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Morikawa Wins WGC at Concession PDF Print E-mail

 

Collin Morikawa celebrates after winning at the Concession Club

 


BRADENTON, Fla. - Collin Morikawa showed poise and a steady

temperament in his final round 3-under 69 for a 3-shot victory (18

under par 270 total) at the WGC Workday Championship in Bradenton.

Morikawa won by 3 over Billy Horschel, Brooks Koepka (who both

shot 70 on Sunday), and Viktor Hovland who fired a final round 67.

 

The Concession, a collaboration of Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin is

often referred by its members as "the Concussion" for its toughness

and resistance to scoring, especially around the greens. In truth, the

layout was well received by the players and made for some very

interesting viewing over the weekend.


Morikawa gleaned some shortgame knowledge from longtime Concession

member Paul Azinger on chipping and from two-time major winner Mark

O'Meara on a new putting grip (a few weeks back in Las Vegas) that helped

around the tight Bermuda grass lies and greens at Concession. Morikawa

became the 24th player to win a major Championship and a World Golf

Championship, joining Woods as the only players to accomplish the feat

before the age of 25.


In his winning post game interview, the Southern California native and

former Cal Bear standout, expressed his gratitude for his grandfather

(who passed away a month earlier) and childhood golf idol-Tiger Woods

(who is recovering from a near fatal collision in Los Angeles), "We don't

say `Thank you' enough," Morikawa said.

 

Scores: https://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html

 

 

 

 

 

 
Homa Wins Playoff Over Finau at Riviera PDF Print E-mail

 

Max Homa celebrates after winning in his hometown at Riviera.

 

 

 

Pacific Palisades - Max Homa missed a 3ft 4 inch putt on the home

hole in front of his idol (and tournament host) Tiger Woods that

would have sealed the win at storied Riviera, instead he needed

two sudden-death playoff holes to dispatch Tony Finau for the

Genesis Championship title.


Finau, seeking his first win since 2016, had his own chance to clinch

the victory with a 6 ft birdie putt on George Thomas' masterpiece,

the drivable tenth. Both players finished regulation at 12 under par -

Finau fired a final round 64, while Homa shot a bogey free 66.


Sam Burns began Sunday’s final round at with a two-shot lead, looking

to notch his first PGA Tour win. He came out hot - making birdie on two

of his first three holes out of the gate, then two more at the seventh and

ninth producing an opening nine 31. In command, Burns faltered on the

inward side, making bogeys at the 12th, 14th and 15th to fall out of the

lead. The 24 year-old former former LSU Tiger standout finished a shot

short of the playoff with a final round 69 - solo third.

 

"I don't know if I could ever do anything cooler in golf than this," said

Homa, who closed with a 5-under 66 and played his final 26 holes at

Riviera without a bogey. "Tiger Woods is handing us a trophy, that's a

pretty crazy thought. We grew up idolizing him, idolizing Riviera Country

Club, idolizing the golf tournament. To get it done, it's almost shocking.

It feels like it just can't be topped for me."

 

World No.1 Dustin Johnson finished tied for 8th (-6 total) after a final

round 72.

 

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Berger Wins at Pebble Beach PDF Print E-mail

 

Daniel Berger hoists the crystal at Pebble Beach

 

 


(AP) Pebble Beach, California - For all the stunning views at Pebble Beach

that can be so soothing, Daniel Berger couldn't escape the tension when

he arrived at the final hole Sunday in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He

was tied for the lead, needing a birdie on the par-5 18th to win. Off to his

right was out-of-bounds markers below a row of hedges, where Berger hit

his drive on Saturday that led to double bogey. To his left was the Pacific

Ocean. "I was going to go down swinging," he said. Two of the best swings

of his career, a driver into the fairway and a 3-wood from 250 yards away

in the cool air at sea level, left him 30 feet and two putts away. Berger

capped it off with an eagle putt for a 7-under 65 and a two-shot victory

over Maverick McNealy.


"To step up there and hit a great drive and then one of the best 3-woods

I've ever hit in my life, and then to make that putt is just as good as it

gets for me," Berger said. He finished at 18-under 270 for his fourth

career PGA TOUR victory.


Berger started his final round with a 4-iron to 20 feet for eagle on the

par-5 second hole to catch up to Jordan Spieth in no time at all. And

while the cast of contenders kept changing, Berger was never out of

the mix until he had the final say with one last eagle, his fourth of the

week. He won for the second time since the PGA TOUR returned to golf

in June from the COVID-19 pandemic, starting with a playoff victory at

Colonial, where a half-dozen players had a chance to win over the final

hour. This wasn't much different. Spieth went from leading to lagging

behind. He started with a two-shot lead and was three shots behind after

six holes, wasting the scoring stretch at Pebble Beach. He finished with

two birdies for a 70 and tied for third with Patrick Cantlay (68), who

made all his putts at Pebble on Thursday. He had 10 birdies in the

opening round when he tied the course record with a 62. He made

seven birdies and an eagle in two weekend rounds.


"I wanted to win the golf tournament. I didn't want to lose it on the

last," Berger said. "I just wanted to go out there and try to hit the best

shot that I could and I wasn't going to be conservative on the 3-wood

coming in." The eagle putt was fast and broke both ways and Berger only

wanted a two-putt birdie with no stress. That it fell for eagle was a bonus

he was all too happy to take.


Maverick McNealy finished solo second at 16 under par.

 

 

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Koepka Regains Form, Rallies to Win WM Phoenix Open PDF Print E-mail

 

Brooks Koepka celebrates after winning at TPC Scottsdale

 

 

 

Scottsdale, Arizona - Brooks Koepka started Super Bowl Sunday five

shots off the 54 hole lead held by Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffelle

at 18 under par. After missing his last three cuts, he was in a better place

mentally, but could he make up that much ground with a stacked leaderboard?

 

When Spieth and Xander both struggled on the front nine, Koepka kept

moving up the board. By the time he reached the 17th tee, he was one

shot back of the lead. He blocked his 3 wood tee shot short right of the

green - and faced a 32 yard short sided pitch to a back right flag. An up

and down birdie would get him a share of the lead, but instead the 31

year old former No.1 chipped in for eagle (his second of the day) and

nabbing the outright lead at 19 under par. His challengers all failed to

match him, his final round 65 defeated Xander Schauffelle and K.H Lee

by a single shot. Jordan Spieth (who vaulted up the leaderboard on

Saturday with an electric 61), Carlos Ortiz and Steve Stricker all finished

tied for 4th at 17 under par.


Afterward Koepka reflected on overcoming his injuries, "I went through it

mentally," Koepka said. "I think that's probably the toughest thing, where

you don't know if you're ever going to be the same competitor that you were.

You go through some real dark places, and it's not a fun place to be."

 

The win was Brooks Koepka's 8th career PGA Tour victory and moves

him to 12th in the Fedex Cup standings.

 

 

Scores: https://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html?cid=USAT_top5LB_FTW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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