Piercy & Horschel Win Zurich Classic of New Orleans PDF Print E-mail


Scott Piercy and Billy Horschel celebrate after winning the Zurich Classic

New Orleans, La -  Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy each were battling

confidence issues heading into the events following the Masters. Piercy

with his putting and Horschel with his ball striking. At the Zurich Classic

of New Orleans, the two put it all together and captured the team title

at 22 under par, winning by a shot over Pat Perez and Jason Dufner.


A few weeks back at Hilton Head, Piercy convinced Horschel to simply

hit his stock shot - the draw, thus eliminating any doubt (and the dreaded

two-way miss). It worked. A fifth place at Harbour Town and a tie for

eleventh at Valero jump started Horschel's spring. The final piece of the

puzzle was returning to a shorter shafted putter. When he won the 2014

Fedex Cup he used a 33 1/2" ping putter, so this week he had his PXG

shortened to the same length - and putts were pouring in.


Piercy, had the opposite problem, he had been striking it well all season,

but was struggling mightily with the flatstick - ranked 172nd in strokes

gained putting. Perhaps Piercy and his putter just needed to see some

go down, he found his own rythym on the greens rolling in plenty of putts

over the weekend including the winner, that made a complete 360 before

dropping for the win. "Seeing his ball go in the hole time after time, it

gave me sort of an inner fire to want to do the same thing because I

haven't been doing that this year.


The win bolted Piercy up to 27th in the Fedex Cup Standings, Horschel

moved up to 33rd.


The team of Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel finished third at 20

under par.














Andrew Landry Wins Valero Texas Open PDF Print E-mail


Andrew Landry celebrates after outlasting the field at TPC San Antonio

San Antonio, Texas - In his 32nd start on the PGA Tour, Andrew Landry

broke through for his first tour win at the Valero Texas Open, outlasting

Trey Mullinax and Sean O'Hair at TPC San Antonio. Landry's final round

4 under par 68 started out with four birdies in the first six holes. The re-

maining twelve holes were a steady diet of pars (except for a lone bogey

at the eleventh), that was good enough to reach 17 under par for a two-

stroke victory in front of friends and family (just an hour from his home

in Austin).


The win was a longtime coming for Landry, who had many close calls in

recent years, most notably his brilliant run at the U.S Open at Oakmont

in 2016, and earlier this season at the Career Builder Challenge. He

credited both of those failings and an equipment change for what trans-

pired Sunday.


"Whenever I play good golf, I think that I can win out here. Obviously

I just showed that, so it's fun that I'm in this situation right now,"

Landry said. "I definitely think it's the best that I've hit the irons in

probably about 6 years - to be honest with you. I went to those new

shafts this week and it's just crazy how that's worked out."


Landry switched at Valero from 130 gram iron shafts to Nippon 105

gram models. With the win Andrew Landry has moved up to ninth in

the Fedex Cup Standings.











Kodaira Wins RBC Heritage in Playoff PDF Print E-mail



Satoshi Kodaira celebrates after winning at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Hilton Head, South Carolina - Si Woo Kim won't soon forget the 2018

RBC Heritage. After a bogey free 3 under par front nine, the tournament

was his - if only a putt inside 7 feet would've dropped. On his last four

holes Kim missed putts of 4, 5, 7 and 6 feet, any of which would have

given him the win. Instead he watched as Japan's Satoshi Kodaira drained

a 20 footer on the third playoff hole (par 3 - 17th) to capture his first PGA

Tour title. Teeing off an hour before the leaders, Kodaira wasn't thinking

about winning, but his five under par 66 (-12 total) in excessively windy

conditions vaulted him up the leaderboard.


Afterward, Kodaira was asked about his new tartan plaid jacket, "I will

probably not wear it regularly, but this is special."


54 hole leader Ian Poulter made the turn at 1 under par, but faltered on

the inward nine with 5 bogeys and a final round 75, to finish T7. Luke List

who continues to knock on the door of victory, had a chance to join the

playoff, but missed his 10 foot birdie putt on Harbour Town's iconic finisher.

List knows he's close, "I'm getting better with each opportunity, and I feel

like my game has risen to the point where I expect to contend every week.

So it's going to happen."


Bryson DeChambeau fired a final round 66 to tie for third with Luke List one

shot back at 11 under par.














Patrick Reed Wins the 82nd Masters PDF Print E-mail



Patrick Reed shows off his new hardware and Green Jacket at Augusta National.

Augusta, Georgia - He's known as "Captain America" for his ability to dominate

his foes in international team competition. Now after a truly gutsy final round

71 (15 under par total), the scrappy blue collar 27 year old who led Augusta

State (now known as Augusta University) to two NCAA titles is the Masters

Champion. Reed did just enough to hold off a leaderboard of top ten world

ranked twenty somethings that included of Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, Jon

Rahm and Rory McIlroy. Throw in two time Masters Champion Bubba Watson,

and a 42 year old Henrik Stenson, and you have a leaderboard that rivals any

in recent memory.


So many expected McIlroy to be the main challenge to Reed's 3 shot lead

to start Masters Sunday, but it was Jordan Spieth who began the charge with

an electric front nine 31. Then, with birdies on the inward side at the twelfth,

thirteenth and sixteenth, it appeared the greatest comeback in Masters history

was in the works. Reed had other ideas as he made a great birdie himself at

the par 3 twelfth, a huge break on the thirteenth  - where his approach landed

short of the green, but stayed on the bank (avoiding the penalty of going into

the tributary to Rae's Creek) enabled Reed to save par. A flushed approach

on the fourteenth led to birdie and 15 under par (and a one shot margin

over Spieth). Jordan Spieth only needed par to tie the course record 63 and

post 14 under par. The charge would fall short as Spieth's tee shot on the 18th

caught a tree branch (on the left side of the chute that guards the entry to

the fairway) leaving him scrambling to make par. When his five foot par putt

missed, his quest was over. Spieth posted 13 under par (and a final 64) to

finish solo third.


Meanwhile, Reed kept grinding, a marvelous 2 putt par on the seventeenth

was vital because Fowler had just finished off his own rally by birdieing the

last to post 14 under par after a final round 67.


Needing par on the last to win his first major, Reed put his tee shot safely in

play down the left side, his approach landed on the green leaving himself a

testy two putt from 16 feet above the hole. After a bold first attempt that ran

by 3 feet, he poured the winning putt in the heart to became the winner of

the 82nd Masters.


Reed reflected on his challengers performances on Sunday by simply saying

"I'm glad they ran out holes." When asked about what was different this week

from prior years at Augusta, "This week, I said, ‘Hey, it’s golf. Go play. Be you',

I was able to stay in that mindset the entire week.”















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