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Charley Hoffman celebrates after winning Valero Texas Open



San Antonio, Texas - For Charley Hoffman, it all came down to 9 feet 2 inches. He could

have missed and still been alive to face Patrick Reed in a playoff . . . but let's be honest,

nobody wants to face Patrick Reed in a playoff. So Hoffman rolled his rock into the bottom

of the cup to seal the deal on his final round 69 and his fourth career PGA Tour victory.

Hoffman shot rounds of 66-71-70-69 at the AT&T Oaks Course to finish at 12 under par.

 

Hoffman who has been in contention in several tournaments over the last two months,

only to blow up on each Sunday was relieved afterward: "It's been a rough month and a

half, That's where 'It's about time' (expression) came from. Obviously I had good feelings

coming into this week and knew I needed to close the door. To be able to go through that

period in the last month and a half and close the door like I did . . . it's a very good gratifying

feeling."

 

Patrick Reed, who also shot a final round 69 playing in the same group with Hoffman,

knew he had missed some chances coming in but was quick to point out that Hoffman

was ripe for a win. "To make him have to make that 9 footer on the last, he did so," Reed

said. "He won the golf tournament. When you're one up going into the last hole hole and

you have to hit a drive down the middle of the fairway and hit those two golf shots and the

bunker shot and to make that putt just shows that he was ready to win a golf tournament.

 

Journeyman Tom Hoge had the low round of the day with a 65 to finish tied for 9th.

 

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Grace Wins RBC Heritage at Harbour Town PDF Print E-mail

 

Branden Grace dons the Tartan Jacket after winning at Harbour Town Golf Links



Hilton Head, South Carolina - RBC Heritage week started out with the debut of a 22 year old phenom,

and it finished as the first victory on U.S soil for a South African rising star. For some time now,

Branden Grace has been knocking on the door to get a win on the PGA Tour. The door flew open at

Harbour Town Golf Links Sunday when Grace kicked it in - shooting a stellar five under par 66 to

overtake the leaders and win by two over 54 hole leader Luke Donald.

 

Branden Grace started the day three back, but after a hot start of 4 birdies in his first 6 holes - Grace

jumped atop the leaderboard and never looked back. When Grace reached 9 under par after birdies at

the 12th & 13th, the South African stood three clear of Luke Donald. For the Englisman who shot 71

Sunday, it was the third time in his career that he took the 54 hole lead at Harbour Town and failed to

convert (Donald has finished second four times and third twice in his last eight appearances in Hilton

Head). "Yeah, it's unbelievable!" Grace said. "The last couple of weeks, or the last couple of months

it's been tough - I've been playing some good golf, but just not finishing it off. I like this golf course,

I like the way it plays . . . and the type of golf you have to play around here. The plan worked out and

I'm super stoked."

 

Russell Knox who shot 67 to also finish at 7 under par (tied with Luke Donald). World No.1 Jason Day

bounced back from his third round 79, shooting 68 on Sunday to finish T23 - 1 under par.

 

Bryson DeChambeau who embarked on his professional career at Harbour Town and signed an

endorsment deal with Cobra/Puma on Tuesday, finished tied for 4th at 5 under par after a final

round 68. To read our Q&A with Bryson DeChambeau click the link below:

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Spieth Falters, Danny Willet Wins the Masters PDF Print E-mail

 

 

Danny Willet Salutes the patrons at Augusta National after winning the 80th Masters



 

Augusta, Georgia - 63 holes into the 80th Masters it appeared that twenty two year old Texan

Jordan Spieth was about to put his stamp on his title defense. Birdies on both the 8th and 9th

had Spieth at 7 under par, but as is often said: The Masters doesn't start until the back nine on

Sunday.


After back to back bogeys to start the back nine, Spieth stepped up to the tee on the par 3

twelfth -"Golden Bell" and after some deliberation with caddie Michael Greller, Spieth miss hit

his tee shot and watched his lead roll into Rae's Creek. After taking a drop, Spieth then layed

the sod over what was his third shot (into the hazard again). After another drop, now hitting

his fifth - the World No.2 air mailed the green into the back bunker and made quadruple

bogey 7. It was tough to put the moment into perspective. After controlling the Masters for

the last 7 1/2 rounds, Spieth simply self destructed.

 

Spieth said afterward, "This one hurt, it'll take awhile."


Meanwhile, Englishman Danny Willet suddenly found himself on top of the leaderboard. Willet

birdied the 13th, 14th and after a clutch swing on the 16th, he rolled in his 7 footer to reach 5

under par.

 

A fantastic up and down from the left side of the par 4 seventeenth allowed the 28 year old

(ranked twelfth in the world) to play the 72nd hole without much tension. After a striped 3

wood onto the shortgrass, Willet hit 7 iron to within 12 feet. When he tapped in for his two

putt par for 67 (283 total), it was just a waiting game to see if anyone could challenge the

leader in the clubhouse. Dustin Johnson (-1) and Lee Westwood (-2) each mounted their

own rally, but dropped off coming down the stretch.


Spieth had battled back after the debacle at the twelfth with birdies at the thirteenth and

fifteenth. After he stiffed his 8 iron on the par 3 - 16th, he had a 6 foot left to right breaker

to inch another shot closer to Willet. When he failed to convert, the air came out of the

balloon and the title of Masters Champion belonged to Danny Willet. "I've won other events

around the world, said Willet . . . but this one is on another level."

 

Danny Willet is projected to move to ninth in the Official World Golf Ranking.

 

 

 

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Jim Herman Wins Shell Houston Open PDF Print E-mail

 

 

Jim Herman celebrates winning his 1st PGA Tour titleat the Shell Houston Open.



Humble, Texas - 38 year old Jim Herman had a career winless record of O-for 105 starts

on the PGA Tour entering the Shell Houston Open. That all changed on Sunday evening

after Herman outlasted the field at the Golf Club of Houston.

 

Tied for the lead on the par 3 sixteenth, Herman pulled his tee shot left into the long

rough on the up slope beside the green, a must up and down for sure. Herman went

one better when he holed the chip for birdie to take a one shot lead over Henrik

Stenson at 15 under par. The journeyman showed the nerves of a multiple winner

on the tough 18th when he piped his drive 316 yards down the center and precisely

placed his approach onto the center of the green. Herman then lagged his first putt to

two feet and tapped in for a final round 68 and raised his arms in celebration of his first

PGA Tour victory.

 

In the lead up to Augusta, Dustin Johnson finished third at 13 under par. Rickie

Fowler finished T10 at -9, while Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth finished T13 at

8 under par.

 

With the victory Herman gains entry into the most prestigious events: The Masters,

Players, Hyundai TOC, PGA Championship and more. Herman was emotional after

his breakthrough, "Sorry for the tears, but I'm pretty happy," Herman said. "We

really did a good job keeping our game plan. We wanted to give ourselves as many

birdie chances as we could and keep it low stress . . . and geez, look what happened.

Never thought it was possible."


 

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