Rose Takes Torrey, Bryson Routs the Field in Dubai PDF Print E-mail



Justin Rose celebrates his first win of 2019 at Torrey Pines

La Jolla, California - World No.1 Justin Rose entered the final round

of the Farmer's Insurance Open at Torrey Pines with a comfortable 3

stroke lead over Adam Scott (four shots ahead of Defending Champion

Jon Rahm). The trend he was facing was the fate of the last five players

that held the 54 hole lead, failed to convert their lead to victory.


Rose started out pretty wobbly on the brutish South Course at Torrey

Pines, making 3 sloppy bogeys in the first five holes. With his lead down

to one, Rose gave himself a pep talk, "I said, 'alright, we build from this

moment on.'" The self motivation worked, Rose went on to birdie 3 of the

next 4 holes.


While Rose grinded on the inward nine, Adam Scott surged making four

straight birdies to finish at 19 under par - but it wasn't enough. The 38

year-old Englishman playing with new Honma equipment throughout the

bag, and without regular caddie Mark Fulcher (who had recently undergone

heart surgery) birdied the 16th and 18th to shoot a final round 69 and set

the tournament record at 21 under par - winning by two over Adam Scott.

Rose was the first to shoot all for rounds in 60's at Torrey Pines since Peter

Jacobsen turned the trick back in 1995.


"Everything has worked out better than I had hoped," Rose said afterward.


Talor Gooch and Hideki Matsuyama finished solo 3rd at 16 under par. Tiger

Woods finished at 10 under par after a final round 67.






DeChambeau Gets 1st European Tour Victory in Dubai

Bryson Dechambeau won his first career European Tour event Sunday in Dubai

United Arab Emirates, Dubai - Bryson DeChambeau eliminated any drama

on Sunday at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. He came out firing, making

birdie on his first three holes on his way to blitzing the field for a 7 shot win.

Dechambeau carded an eagle, seven birdies and only one bogey en route

to his final round 64 to set the tournament record of 24 under par (previously

set last year at 23 under par by Haotong Li).


"Today I was happy with my game," the 25 year-old from Clovis, California

said. "I executed a lot of great shots. Today was a pleasure, it was obviously

a lot of fun to be able to finally hoist an international trophy. I'm so happy

about that."

At World No.5, DeChambeau has now won four times in his last 9 worldwide

starts and hasn't finished outside the top 20 in any of those 9 events. The win

was his seventh career professional victory.


Matt Wallace finished solo second at 17 under par after a closing 68.

Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Paul Waring finished tied for third at












Adam Long Makes Walk Off at Desert Classic PDF Print E-mail



Adam Long Celebrates after getting his first career win at the Desert Classic.

La Quinta, California - In just his sixth start on the PGA Tour, Adam Long

poured in a 15 foot walk-off putt on the 72nd hole to take down Phil Mickelson

and Adam Hadwin to win the Desert Classic. The 31 year-old rookie blistered

the Stadium course at PGA West, firing a final round 65 to finish at 26 under



Mickelson, who had the first shot at reaching 26 under par, faced a lengthy

putt of close to 40 ft at the last, he barely missed as the putt broke off at the

last moment. Hadwin faced a likely make or go home scenario himself, needing

to hole out his greenside bunker shot - and nearly did. Long then calmly stepped

up and poured in the clincher.


Long's shortgame was on fire, going a perfect 6 for 6 scrambling on Sunday

with two chip-ins. He also led the field in putts, with 98 for the week. Clearly

he relished the underdog role, "I just kept plugging away and it was kind of

the Phil and Adam Hadwin show for most of the way," Long said. "Everyone

was chanting Phil's name most of the way and there are a lot of Canadians

down here. I was just in the background."


Previously an alternate for Torrey Pines this week, Adam Long now has full

exempt status. He bolted to 12th in the Fedex Cup Standings and now can

plan a schedule that includes the Masters, Players, PGA Championship and

next year's Sentry Tournament of Champions.


Tiger Woods starts his season this week at the Farmers Insurance Open.












Kuchar Wins Sony Open PDF Print E-mail


Matt Kuchar celebrates after winning the Sony Open at Waialae



Honolulu - The final round of the Sony Open didn't quite start out the way

54 hole leader Matt Kuchar had hoped. Frustrated after making 3 bogeys in

his first five holes, Kuchar found himself one down at the turn. But a back

nine 30 (5 under par) was the type of rally he needed to right the ship and

win pulling away. After a sloppy front side, Kuchar was mistake free the rest

of the way. In fact, the 40 year-old former Georgia Tech standout gave himself

looks at birdie on the remaining 13 holes, closing with a final round 66 to

finish at 22 under par (four shots clear of runner up Andrew Putnam). The

win was Kuchar's ninth career title on the PGA Tour.

With the victory, Kuchar became the first multiple winner on tour this season.

He won earlier in the fall at the Mayacoba Golf Classic in Mexico back in

November. (After Saturday's third round, a story began to emerge regarding

Kuchar's alleged paltry payout to a local caddie after the victory in Mexico.

Tour player Tom Gillis accused Kuchar of paying the caddie known as "El Tucan"

the sum of $3,000 after winning $1.296 million. Kuchar denied the allegation

saying, "It wasn't 10 percent, but it wasn't $3,000 either. It's a not a story.")

Andrew Putnam, who briefly took the lead when Kuchar faltered on the front

nine couldn't help but feel like an opportunity slipped by after finishing

with a final round 2 under par 68. "I'm feeling a little let down right now,"

Putnam said. "I'm sure when I think about it, a lot of good things happened.

Just needed to make some better swings. Kuch was making birdies and played

great coming down the stretch. I just couldn't keep up with him."

Marc Leishman, Hudson Swafford, Chez Reavie and Corey Conners all finished

tied for third at 17 under par. 54 year old Davis Love lll fired a final round 65

to finish solo seventh at -16.

















Schauffele Ties Course Record - Edges Woodland at Sentry PDF Print E-mail



Xander Schauffele celebrates after winning at Kapalua

Maui, Hawaii - It took a course record tying 62 to get it done at the PGA Tour's

season opening event at Kapalua, and it was Xander Schauffele who pulled it

off to edge out 54 hole leader Gary Woodland by a single stroke at the Sentry

Tournament of Champions.


Woodland started out the day with a three stroke cushion over Rory McIlroy,

but it was Schauffele who stole the show on the par 73 Plantation Course. An

11 under par performance (23 under par - 269 total) that was as impressive

as it sounds.


Xander Schauffele started the final round five back, and after an opening bogey,

winning seemed highly unlikely. Things changed quickly from there, Schauffele

ran off three straight birdies and pitched in for eagle at the 9th, then he holed

out from 107 yards on the 12th. He stayed hot coming in, making birdies on the

14th, 15th, 17th and 18th to tie four other players who had previously shot

62 (on Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw's first ever design endeavor). 54 hole leader

Gary Woodland stood just short of the 18th green only needing to get up &

down to force a playoff, but his chip came up about 12 feet short. When his putt

to tie broke away from the cup on the low side, it was over. Despite his final

round 68, and being the only player in the field to shoot all four rounds in the

60's, Woodland was a stroke short. "This one will sting," Woodland said.

For Schauffele it was an epic round, and his fourth PGA Tour win of his career.

He now leads the Fedex Cup standings and afterward, he realized what it all

meant. "It means I get to come back, which is even better."


Defending Champion Justin Thomas finished third at 18 under par.














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