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Walker Texas Ranger Gets It Done at Valero PDF Print E-mail

 

Jimmy Walker was all smiles after his round on Sunday.



San Antonio, Texas - It was a home game for the Fedex Cup points leader this past

week (Jimmy Walker lives just 27 miles away), and with the crowd behind him, the

local favorite ran up the score at the Valero Texas Open - finishing 11 under par.


After finishing off the field on the tough Greg Norman designed TPC San Antonio,

Walker let out a big sigh and smiled, finishing four strokes ahead of a hard charging

Jordan Spieth (who finished solo 2nd four shots back). Walker was 10.338 strokes

gained putting for the week, and 9.977 strokes gained tee to green for a whopping

20.315 strokes gained advantage on the field overall - an astounding margin. Both

Walker and Spieth shot 70 on Sunday.


Spieth, the winner just a few weeks previous at the Valspar Championship, made things

interesting down the stretch. The 21 year old birdied holes 14 thru 17 before Jimmy Walker

shut the door with birdies on the 16th and 17th holes himself .


Walker becomes the first multiple winner this year, and it's his fifth win in nearly 18

months. "I just tried to stay composed and not get ahead of myself," Walker said. "Out

here, no lead is safe and on this golf course a big number is right around the corner if

you're not careful."


Walker took a few weeks off after playing the WGC Cadillac Championship at Trump

Doral and seemed recharged for the run heading into Augusta (He's scheduled to

play a practice round at Augusta with Rickie Fowler on Monday). "I've been working

hard," Walker said. "Being home the last two weeks has helped. I needed a little

recharge after playing a pretty busy West Coast schedule . . . I just needed the rest."



Scores:http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/valero-texas-open/leaderboard.html





 

 

 

 

 



 
Every Repeats at Arnold Palmer Invitational PDF Print E-mail

 

Matt Every poses with Arnold Palmer after defending his title at Bay Hill



Orlando, Florida - Matt Every wasn't the favorite on Sunday to win the Arnold Palmer

Invitational, but then again he wasn't the odds on player last year either. Once more, a

clutch birdie at the last was too much for his competitors to handle. The former Florida

Gator started Sunday 3 shots behind 54 hole leader Henrik Stenson, but his final round

66 was enough to edge out the world's #3 by one stroke. At 19 under par, Every is only

the third player to defend at the Kings house (Loren Roberts, and Tiger Woods are the

others).


Just the week before, Every missed the cut at Innisbrook after a second round 79, but

he stuck around and worked on his game. Now a pupil of Sean Foley (there was an opening

in Foley's stable last year after Tiger departed to search for answers). Every was first for the

week in strokes gained Tee to Green, only Zach Johnson (who made a double eagle on the

sixteenth) matched Every's 66 on Sunday.


Stenson bobbled down the stretch with 3 putts on both the fifteenth & sixteenth holes,

needing birdie on the last to force a playoff, Stenson failed to convert his 18 ft putt -

shooting 70 (-18).


"I just found a way today," Every said. "Today it was emotional. The first one you worked

your whole life for, the second one, I worked like six months."


Matt Jones finished third at -17, while 36 hole leader Morgan Hoffman finished fourth at

-15.



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Spieth Outlasts Reed & O'Hair in Playoff at Valspar PDF Print E-mail

 

Jordan Spieth celebrates his second PGA tour victory Sunday in Tampa


 

Palm Harbor, Florida - Jordan Spieth outlasted Patrick Reed and Sean O'Hair on Sunday at Innisbrook's

venerable Copperhead course. It was the 21 year old Texan's shortgame that impressed, getting up and

down over and over again - including a clutch putt on the 72nd hole of regulation to get into the playoff

at the Valspar Championship.

 

Ryan Moore held a slim lead for much of round 4, but a final round 72 (1 over par) had him finish at

8 under par (two strokes back). Tied at 10 under par at the end of regulation, Spieth shot 69, Reed 66

and O'Hair 67.

 

Spieth's 30 ft bomb dispatched his competitors on the third playoff hole, and capped off an exciting day

at Innisbrook Resort on one of the tour's toughest tests.


“OK, I like studying the game, historian of the game.” said Spieth. “It's really cool to have my

name, you know, go along side those. But right now currently and what I'm really focused on is

Rory McIlroy is No. 1 in the world. That's who everyone is trying to chase.

“That's our ultimate goal is to eventually, you know, be the best in the world and this is a great,

great stepping stone. But going into the four majors of the year, to have closed one out in this kind

of fashion is going to give me a lot of confidence.”


Spieth moves to seventh in the Fedex Cup standings, and is just the fourth player under the age of

22 to win twice since 1940.


Henrik Stenson finished fourth at -9.


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

 

 





 
Dustin Johnson Wins WGC at Trump Doral PDF Print E-mail

 

Dustin Johnson is back in the winners circle after outlasting the field at Trump Doral


 


Miami, Florida - It was a festive week at Trump's Miami retreat this week. Earlier in

the week Dustin Johnson shot hoops with Shane Battier, J.B Holmes threw footballs

with Ryan Tannehill and Sergio Garcia played Soccer with Alexi Lalas. There were

dedications (of the Arnold Palmer & Phil Mickelson villas), a fashion show and a concert

on Saturday night with Carlos Santana . . . but eventually it came down to a typical

Sunday on the PGA Tour - albeit the WGC Cadillac Championship.

 

Gil Hanse's redesign, now in it's second year still proved to be "The Blue Monster".

After JB Holmes posted an incredible 62 in round 1 (which was nearly 12 strokes better

than the field average on Thursday), the course showed its pedigree not only by the

scores, but also by the quality of ball strikers on the leaderboard. Holmes, Bubba Watson,

Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia were all on the board

during the weekend. It came down to the three bombers Watson, Holmes, and Johnson

late on Sunday.

 

J.B Holmes led Johnson and Watson by 5 strokes heading into Sunday, but numerous

miscues early had Holmes reeling on his way to final round 75 (finishing one back).

Johnson finished at 9 under par after a solid final round 69 - notching win #9 of his

career. It was another blustery South Florida afternoon, where patience and solid

ball striking was crucial. "It means everything," Johnson said. "It's been a tough road

but I played really good. It feels awesome to get that W. I played great today."

 

"Obviously, it's one of my biggest wins," Johnson said. "I've been working hard on my

game and been working hard on me, and so it means a great deal to have some

success right out of the gate. It gives me a lot of confidence, too."

 

It only took Johnson five starts after a six month leave of absence to extend his PGA

Tour winning streak to eight years in a row - presently, the longest such streak on the

tour.

 

Bubba Watson finished third 2 strokes back. World #1 Rory McIlroy finished tied for

ninth at -1.

 

 

Scores:

http://www.worldgolfchampionships.com/cadillac-championship/leaderboard.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
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