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DJ Wins the 84th Masters PDF Print E-mail

 

Dustin Johnson celebrates after capturing the 84th Masters



Augusta, Ga - This was a different Masters, it was one without the buzz

of patrons, it was one without the echoing sounds of birdies and eagles

at Amen corner, it was one without the April azaleas blooming their

vibrant hues of pink and white - but to Dustin Johnson, this November

Masters was the one he had always dreamed of. The one where the 36

year-old native of Columbia, South Carolina would lead the tournament

wire to wire and set the tournament scoring record.

 

DJ's brilliant 20 under par 268 total eclipsed the previous mark set by

Tiger Woods in '97 and Jordan Spieth in 2015 by two shots. Rounds of

65-70-65-68 routed the field - his closest competitors, SungJae Im and

Cam Smith both fired final round 69's to finish five shots back to finish

at 15 under par (Cam Smith became the first player ever in the history

of the event to shoot all four rounds in the 60's).

 

In a rare show of emotion, Johnson struggled to speak in his post-round

interview with Amanda Balionis, "There were doubts in my mind, just

because I had been there. I'm in this position a lot of times, like when

am I going to have the lead and finish off the golf tournament or finish

off a major? For me it definitely proved that I can do it."

 

Johnson had a bit of a rocky start, needing to save par at the reachable

par 5 second, then bouncing back with birdie at the tricky 350 yard third,

then he made consecutive bogeys at two of the toughest holes at Augusta

National - the fourth and fifth. Johnson righted the ship at the par 3 sixth

flushing an 8 iron within 6 feet and pouring in the birdie, followed by a

clutch sand save at the seventh. He played four under par the rest of the

way in, including three birdies in a row beginning on the thirteenth.

 

The victory was Johnson's 2nd career major (Oakmont U.S Open 2016), and

was his 24th career PGA Tour win tying him with Gary Player. And for those

wondering, his Green Jacket is size 42 long.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Carlos Ortiz Wins in Houston PDF Print E-mail

 

Carlos Ortiz celebrates after winning in Houston




Houston, Texas - Carlos Ortiz began the final round at Memorial Park

just a stroke behind 54 hole leader Sam Burns. Ortiz fired a bogey-free

65 in the final round for a 13 under par total to hold off a red hot Hideki

Matsuyama (63) and World no.1 Dustin Johnson who shot 65 Sunday.

 

Ortiz needed a par at the last to secure victory, but went one better

when he poured in a 22-foot birdie to cap the victory in his 118th

career start on the PGA Tour. Ortiz became the third player from

Mexico to on the PGA Tour.

 

Talor Gooch finished solo fourth, matching Matsuyama for the round

of the day with a superb 7 under par 63 to finish at 9 under par.

Course design consultant Brooks Koepka finished fifth after posting

8 under par.

 

54 hole leader Sam Burns struggled on Sunday, posting a 2 over par

72 to finish tied for seventh at -7.

 

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Brian Gay Wins Bermuda Championship PDF Print E-mail

 

Brian Gay returned to winner's circle in Bermuda



Southhampton, Bermuda - It had been nearly 8 years since Brian Gay

won on the PGA Tour, but Sunday, he birdied the 1st hole of a sudden-

death playoff to beat Wyndham Clark at the Bermuda Championship at

Port Royal Golf Course.

 

The 48-year-old former Florida Gator becomes the oldest winner of a

PGA Tour event since Davis Love III at the '15 Wyndham Championship.

After dropping a shot at the par-5 17th, Gay birdied the 72nd hole

Sunday to fire a final round 64 to reach -15 and a playoff with Wyndham

Clark.

 

"I grew up in the south on bermudagrass, I love bermuda greens. Living

in Florida, the wind doesn't bother me. I think it's familiarity with the

bermudagrass," Gay said. "It's not a long golf course, it's a course where

I get a lot of short clubs and you can't really overpower the golf course.

It keeps the shorter hitters in the game, everybody has a chance here."

 

Wyndham Clark dropped a shot at the par-3 16th and missed an attempt

from 10ft for the win on the home hole. The victory was Brian Gay's first

since the 2013 Humana Challenge and his fifth career title on the PGA Tour.

 

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Cantlay Wins Zozo Championship PDF Print E-mail

 

Patrick Cantlay celebrates after winning at Sherwood Country Club

 

 

 

Thousand Oaks,Ca.(AP) - Patrick Cantlay felt his swing was good enough

to take on any shot, and then it was a matter of making putts. He did

both exceptionally well Sunday in the Zozo Championship at Sherwood

for a victory he felt was overdue.


Cantlay rallied from a four-shot deficit and surged into the lead with four

birdies in a five-hole stretch on the back nine. He closed with a 7-under

65 and held on for a one-shot victory over Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas.


It was the third victory of his career, and first in his home state of California.

All three required making up deficits of three shots or more in the final round.


“I put in a lot of work and try to do the right things all the time, so when

it all does come together, it’s really rewarding because it’s all that hard

work paying off,” Cantlay said.


He was looking to join what had been shaping up as a duel between Rahm

and Thomas, the Nos. 2 and 3 players in the world. Instead, Cantlay

surged past them with three straight birdies — a 3-wood to the fringe

on the par-5 13th that set up a simple two-putt, a 7-iron to 18 feet on

the next hole and the most exquisite shot of his final round on the par-3

15th.


With a three-quarter 7-iron to a front pin over a tiny rock-lined lagoon,

the ball landed next to the hole and rolled out to 10 feet for his ninth

birdie of the round, and only the fifth birdie at No. 15 on Sunday.


“That’s a hard hole and to make a birdie,” he said. “It was just one of

those swings where you make the swing exactly how you picture it in

your head.”


That gave him a three-shot cushion, and his challengers never caught

up. As much as Cantlay celebrated, Rahm and Thomas were left to rue

their mistakes.


Rahm took the lead with a birdie on the par-5 11th, only to drop shots

on each of the next two holes, including the par-5 13th. The Spaniard

had a chance to force a playoff, but narrowly missed from 15 feet on

the par-3 17th and from 20 feet on the final hole. He closed with a 68.

 

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