Sneds Waits, Gets the Win at Torrey PDF Print E-mail



Brandt Snedeker celebrates the win at Torrey Pines



La Jolla, California - For an area that is widely known to have the most desired weather conditions,

the San Diego area was anything but that during the weekend and into Monday's final round of the

Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. Strong winds and heavy rain brought large trees to the ground,

and players to their knees. Brandt Snedeker, who completed his improbable and amazing 69 on Sunday

(when the field averaged 77.9) was the only player under par for the final round - it was the highest non

-major final round scoring average since 1983. Snedeker's work was done, all he could do was sleep on

his position (one back of Jimmy Walker).

As Sneds paced his hotel on Monday waiting to see if his 6 under total would hold, the remaining players

continued the battle in the high winds. Jimmy Walker who had eight holes remaining, started the day one

shot clear, but the wind had switched directions Monday, making the closing stretch play much tougher.

Walker struggled in the conditions, making four pars and four bogeys coming in, finishing at -3 after a 77

(Tied 4th).

Although Snedeker made the cut on the number on Friday, his five under par (70-69) weekend was

enough to get the victory. The win was Snedeker's eighth of his career, and his fifth where he came

back from a deficit in the final round."It says that I don't give up, I keep grinding until the last putt goes

in and I take pride in that," Snedeker said. "And that's the only way I'm successful out here, because I

never give up, I realize there's always a chance."

K.J Choi shot with a final round 76 and finished solo 2nd at 5 under par.










Fowler Wins in Abu Dhabi, Dufner Takes Career Builder Challenge PDF Print E-mail



Rickie Fowler celebrates his victory at the HSBC Golf Championship with caddie Joe Skovron

Abu Dhabi - Rickie Fowler came into the HSBC Championship as an obvious player to watch,

perhaps even a contender, but he left the Middle East much more than that. With all of the

talk in the golf world centered around the new "Big Three" of Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and

Rory McIlroy, it's seems obvious that Fowler plays his best when he's overlooked. Jordan

Spieth and Rory McIlrory were the headliners for sure, but it was the guy wearing the high-top

Puma shoes that stole the spotlight.

Fowler's final round 69 included a chip in eagle at the eighth and another for birdie at the

seventeenth to reach -16. A tap in for par at the last was enough to hold off a hard charging

Thomas Pieters (-15) who barely missed his eagle putt on the 72nd hole. McIlroy made a

charge of his own at the last, pouring in a 30 footer at the last for eagle to reach 14 under

par and a tie for third with Henrik Stenson.


Fowler is eager to turn the "Big Three" into the "Big Four", "I'd like to jump in and be part of

that crew and see if we can continue to win some majors if I can jump in there, he said. "The

goal right now with where my game's at , the best it's been this early in the season in my career.

I'm working on getting ready for Augusta, and I'd like to have my shot at getting the Green

Jacket there. The ultimate goal this year this year is to go win a major and this is a step in the

right direction for sure." "It's nice to come out on top this week."


The win was Rickie Fowler's second European Tour victory (2015 Scottish Open) and moves

him to No.4 in Official World Golf Rankings. With his fourth worldwide win in the past 10

months it seems like a "Big Four" to me.







Dufner Takes Career Builder Challenge in Playoff


Jason Dufner celebrates his victory at the Career Builders Challenge

La Quinta, California - There were a few pars on Sunday that mattered when all was on the line

for Jason Dufner. An incredible chip from the rocks beside the 17th green was one, a clutch 12

footer to keep the playoff alive with David Lingmerth was number two, and his routine par on the

second playoff hole was the clincher. On a day where Dufner started the day leading Jamie Lovemark

by two and Adam Hadwin by three strokes, he shot a solid but unspectacular 70 to reach -25.

However it was not, Lovemark or Hadwin that challenged, it was Lingmerth (65), Andrew Loupe (68)

and fan favorite Phil Mickelson (68) who made it interesting. Loupe and Mickelson finished tied for

third at 21 under par (four shots back). The win was the fourth of Dufner's career and his first since

his PGA Championship victory at Oak Hill in 2013.


Dufner has had to overcome a very messy public divorce, and some health issues early last year

which prompted Dufner to lose over 30 lbs. A new putter coupled with some confidence on the

greens was an obvious difference in his game at PGA West this week.


Dufner seemed more relieved than excited as he was interviewed after his round:

"It's pretty tough, there's great players out here every week, playing great golf courses . . .

this is the best tour in the world - so for me to win this week, I feel like I'm one of the best

players in the world this week. It's not easy, but it feels good when you do it."











Gomez Outlasts Sneds at Sony Open PDF Print E-mail


Fabian Gomez hoists the trophy after winning the Sony Open

Honolulu, Hawaii - Fabian Gomez shot a final round 62 to reach 20 under par, but it wasn't

enough to win in regulation. He needed two extra holes to beat Brandt Snedeker at the Sony

Open at Waialae Country Club.


Gomez had a streak of seven birdies in a row during his ten birdie performance in Sunday's

final round. The win was the second of his PGA Tour career ('15 Fedex St.Jude Classic was

his 1st), and vaults Gomez to No.55 in the world . . . and more importantly to him is

Argentina's Olympic Golf Team standings. After the win, he's holding down the No.2 spot

for his country if the games were held today. "I'm really excited about being able to get in

the Olympics," he said. My main goal, I work hard to be able to win, but I know that by

winning I will be able to reach that."


Gomez honed his game playing against other caddies in Chaco, Argentina using the money

earned while looping. "They would go out there and make more money, but you have to

learn no matter what because have to win," Gomez said about his matches against the

other caddies.


Gomez is off to a hot start in 2016, he also finished tied for 6th at Kapalua. Snedeker left

Hawaii with a third at Kapalua and second at Sony.


Zach Blair shot 67 Sunday and finished third at 19 under par.











Different Year, Same Spieth - Wins Hyundai TOC PDF Print E-mail


Jordan Spieth starts 2016 as he ended 2015, on top (this time at Kapalua).


Maui, Hawaii - It's 2016, but if you watched the latest version of the Hyundai Tournament

of Champions, you'd think it was still 2015. Jordan Spieth shot 30 under par, and romped to

another victory, this time we were spared of any Sunday drama . . . a ho hum eight stroke

victory at Kapalua's par 73 Plantation course.


Rounds of 66-64-65-67 showed Spieth in mid-season form, holing putts and playing virtually

mistake free. The highlight was his near double eagle at the last on Saturday, that sent a

message to anyone in the field that had ideas of catching the 22 year old Texan.


"I'm very satisfied, we got down here early, Michael and I played a lot of golf on this course

ahead of time" Spieth said. "I felt comfortable the whole week, just felt like it was a short 3

week break over the holidays and then just tryin to continue exactly what we were doing last

year. That's the way I think I'm going to continue thinking about it, it did work this week, all

parts of the game were firing."


Patrick Reed shot a final round 69 to finish solo 2nd at 22 under par. Brandt Snedeker and

Brooks Koepka finished tied for 3rd another stroke back.


Up next: The Tour jumps over to Honolulu for next weeks Sony Open.











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