Kirk Wins at Colonial PDF Print E-mail


Chris Kirk with the spoils of victory as champion of the 2015 Crown Plaza Invitational at Colonial


Fort Worth, Texas - Chris Kirk admitted afterward that he didn't have his best stuff on Sunday. He

wasn't bragging, in fact, he was surprised to come out on top of the Crown Plaza Invitational at

Colonial. Although his final round 4 under- 66 (268 -12 under total) seemed impressive, Kirk was

battling his driver and knew there was no way he was hitting the big stick on the eighteenth tee

(even though he needed par to win). He pulled his 3 wood left off the tee, then flew his 9 iron

approach over the green - chipped to 7 feet . . . and buried the putt. Later, reflecting on why he

didn't hit driver on the last, "I just didn't think I was going to hit it anywhere on the planet, to be

honest with you," Kirk said. Kirk's "B Game" was enough to hold off Jordan Spieth, Jason Bohn,

and Brandt Snedeker who all finished a shot behind at 11 under par.


On a day that started out with with a 3 hour weather delay (inch & half of rain) early Sunday

morning, the tour staff made the decision to play lift-clean & place through the green (anywhere

on the golf course).


Kirk continued to express his pleasure with gutting it out: "Kind of surprised that I'm sitting

here with y'all at the moment, Kirk told the golf media afterward. "Everyother time that I've

either won or been in this position, I really felt great about pretty much all aspects of my game.

To be able to do it when I didn't really feel like I, is a huge step for me."


Defending Champion Adam Scott finished T24 at 6 under par.


Kirk's prior wins all included an easy stroll and tap in on the last, at Colonial he took pleaseure

in knowing he needed to hole a clutch putt in the end to get the job done "Something I'll never

forget," he said. The win was Chris Kirk's fourth PGA Tour career title.









Rory Romps at Wells Fargo PDF Print E-mail


Rory McIlroy celebrates his 11th PGA Tour title Sunday at Quail Hollow

Charlotte, North Carolina - Another week of World No.1 domination. Rory McIlroy

shattered Anthony Kim's 2008 Wells Fargo tournament record by five strokes. The

Northern Irishman's 21 under par score included a blistering third round - breaking

his own course record shooting 61. Sunday's final round 69 around Quail Hollow

silenced any hopes by his challengers, who would have needed the 26 year old to

collapse to have any realistic chance at stealing the victory. McIlroy won his 11th

PGA Tour title by a whopping seven strokes.


In his last three starts on the PGA Tour, McIlroy has won the WGC Match Play

at Harding Park, finished T8 at the Players at TPC Sawgrass and now winning at

Quail Hollow (where he won his first ever PGA Tour event).


In the middle of a five week stretch, McIlroy plays at the BMW PGA Championship

(the European Tour's flagship event) this week, and then heads to his native

Northern Ireland for the Irish Open at Royal County Down. He will not play at

Jack Nicklaus' event at Muirfield Village the following week - in preparation for

the U.S Open at Chambers Bay.


"I feel like as the best player in the world, I want to go at it every week and,

not so much prove it but just show that," McIlroy said. The way I played

yesterday really set me up to go out there today, I was in control of the golf

tournament and I just needed to shoot a solid round and that was going to

get me over the line."


Patrick Rodgers and Quail Hollow member Webb Simpson tied for second at











Rickie Fowler Wins Players in Instant Classic PDF Print E-mail


Rickie Fowler celebrates his victory at the Players Sunday at TPC Sawgrass.

Ponte Vedra, Florida - In a week that started with conversations of world dominance by

Rory and Jordan Spieth, it was a disrespected young gun who won the most exciting Players

at TPC Sawgrass ever. This edition of the Players resembled a back nine at the Masters, with

Sergio Garcia, Kevin Kisner, Ben Martin, Bill Haas and Fowler all making a back nine charge

. . . it was electric. Fowler was clutch down the stretch, going six under for the final six holes

of regulation, shooting 67 Sunday and posting 12 under par while 7 groups remained on

the course .


Earlier in the week on the grounds and inside the media center at TPC Sawgrass there was

a controversy. released the results of their anonymous Tour Player poll - Rickie

Fowler and Ian Poulter were voted the most overrated players by their peers on tour. It

did seem to spur on Fowler, who stated earlier in the week that "I'll let my clubs do the


After a thrilling 72 holes of regulation, the battle continued in the first ever three hole

aggregate score playoff. Three men, Fowler, Garcia and Kevin Kisner continued the fight

in extra holes. After each parred the par-5 sixteenth, Kisner and Fowler once again birdied

the iconic par-3 island hole. Sergio two putted for his par.


On the tough finisher, all three made par, eliminating Sergio. Moving on to a sudden death

format on the seventeenth, Kisner hit another solid wedge right online, but it bounced hard

right off the collar rolling out to 14 feet. Fowler then stepped up and stiffed his tee shot to

4 feet. With the pressure on, Kisner narrowly missed - setting the stage for Fowler to quiet

his critics and win the biggest event of his career. He calmly drilled the 4 footer in the center

of the cup . . . Game Over.


After the most clutch performance on tour in recent memory - on the Tour's biggest stage,

it's doubtful that any of his peers on tour still see the 26 year old as overrated. Afterward

Fowler was both elated and relieved: "I was always looked at as only having one win on

Tour," Fowler said. "I always felt that I needed to put myself in position to win more often,

and I did that last year. I wasn't able to end up as the last guy standing. It feels good to be

in that position."


The Players victory is Rickie Fowler's 2nd PGA Tour title and moves him to No.9 in the

Official World Golf Ranking.













Rory Wins WGC Match Play PDF Print E-mail


World No.1 Rory McIlroy celebrates his Match Play victory at Harding Park

San Francisco, California - The world of Golf has been buzzing lately about Jordan

Spieth, and rightly so, but the World No.1 was taking notice and found motivation

from the young Texan's recent success. On his last day as a 25 year old, Rory McIlroy

once again showed the world who's in command.

After 121 holes in five days at Harding Park, McIlroy served notice to all challengers -

with victories vs Jason Dufner, Brandt Snedeker, Billy Horschel, Hideki Matsuyama,

Paul Casey, Jim Furyk and Gary Woodland (finals). Rory's lead in the OWGR is back to

where it was after his first WGC victory last August.



Earlier Sunday, McIlroy had un-finished business with Paul Casey, one hole later he

was on to the semi-finals against Jim Furyk. In what was likely the best match of the

week (the lead changed hands nine times), the Ulsterman needed a birdie-birdie-eagle

finish to dispatch of Furyk (1up).


In the Final against Gary Woodland there would be no such drama. It was a sloppy start

with Woodland struggling and McIlroy three putting the second & third holes. Rory then

flipped the switch, reeling off four holes straight (fourth thru the seventh), and never

looked back, winning 4 & 2.


"I think everyone, not just me, but everyone on tour was inspired seeing Jordan do what

he did at Augusta, McIlroy said. "This is the start of a nice little run of golf for me and I

wanted to come out and play well and increase my lead in the world rankings, which I've

done after this win, and keep it going . . . but it's always nice to have people pushing you,

and feel like he's one of the guys doing that right now."


Rory joins Jack and Tiger as the only players in the last 75 years to get 10 PGA Tour wins

before age 26.



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