Webb Wins Playoff, Defeats Finau at Waste Management Open PDF Print E-mail


Webb Simpson celebrates after winning at TPC Scottsdale.



Scottsdale, Arizona - Standing on the drivable par-4 17th tee box

it appeared that Tony Finau was in prime position to claim victory at

TPC Scottsdale, but then the unlikely occurred. Finau's 3 wood off the

tee found the fairway bunker leaving a very tough 68 yard approach.

Meanwhile, Webb Simpson made the aggressive play, driving the green

leaving himself a lengthy eagle attempt. Finau did manage to hit the

green and make par to stay at 17 under par, but Simpson two-putted

for birdie. The lead was now an uncomfortable one stroke. Both hit solid

drives on the last with Webb hitting 3 wood leaving just a gap wedge

approach that he executed decently to 15 feet below the flag. Finau

had only 83 yards for his approach and stuck it to 7 feet. Advantage

Finau. Webb, needing to make his to have any hope, stepped up and

and drained the birdie. Now tied, Finau had his putt to close the deal,

but when his putt slid by, the pair both finished at -17 and went to

extra holes.


In the playoff, Simpson duplicated the 72nd hole, making quick work

of Finau when he canned another medium length putt to win his sixth

PGA Tour title.


"It's just a reminder for me to take care of the little things," Simpson

said. "And the big things seem to take care of themselves."


Finau, who was unsuccessful in his quest to win his second title on

tour was disappointed but admired his friend's performance. "He got

the upper hand this time, Finau said. "I love the guy, and that's one

hell of a finish. If you're going to birdie 18 a couple of times, you're

probably going to win."










Leishman Wins Farmers PDF Print E-mail


Marc Leishman celebrates after winning at Torrey Pines

SAN DIEGO — Aussie Marc Leishman who started the day four shots

behind the lead Sunday, fired a 7-under 65 to hold off Jon Rahm by

a stroke to capture the Farmers Insurance Open. Leishman rolled in

putts from just about everywhere to keep the momentum going

throughout the final round enroute to a final round 65 to finish at

-15 under par.

Leishman ripped off five birdies to shoot a front nine 31, taking charge

early on Sunday, while the lead group of Rahm, McIlroy and Ryan Palmer

struggled out of the gates. Several clutch par saving putts deep into the

back nine proved to be the difference for Leishman, along with another

6-foot birdie roll at the last. The victory was Leishman's fifth on the PGA

Tour and appropriately it came on Australian Day.

Rahm was 4 over through five holes, but made a charge when his eagle

on the par-5 13th dropped, then birdie on the next. After bogey on the

15th, the fiery Spaniard knocked it stiff on 16 & 17 for birdies. Needing

eagle at the 72nd hole to force a playoff, his attempt from 50+ feet came

up just short. Rahm's final round 2 under par - 70, had him finish at 14

under par.

McIlroy, who needed a win to reclaim world no.1, shot a final round 69 to

tie for third with Brandt Snedeker (68).  Tiger Woods finished six shots

back after a final round 70.














Westwood Wins Abu Dhabi Championship PDF Print E-mail


Lee Westwood celebrates after coming out on top in Abu Dhabi

UAE - Lee Westwood captured the Abu Dhabi Championship defeating a

stellar field for his 25th career triumph on the European Tour. Westwood

finished at 19 under par, two strokes clear of Tommy Fleetwood, Victor

Perez and Matthew Fitzpatrick.

Westwood's final round 67 at Abu Dhabi was the 46 year old's maiden

victory at the event. "I had a little slip at 16 but I hit some good shots

coming in," said Westwood. "It's been a good week, I'm just really happy

the way I controlled myself. I wasn't paying attention to other people, I

was just trying to control my emotions."

The win puts the Ryder Cup back into focus after missing out on playing

in 2018. "It's just nice proving I can still do it. It was good watching last

time, but if there is a chance to get on the team I will obviously go for it."

The 2020 Ryder Cup will be held in Kohler, Wisconsin at Whistling straits.

World No.1 Brooks Koepka finished tied for 34th at 8 under par.












Cam smith Prevails in Playoff at Sony Open PDF Print E-mail


Cam Smith celebrates after winning the Sony Open

Honolulu - It was far from ideal conditions on Sunday at Waialae

Country Club, and it seemed for awhile that nobody wanted to take

home the Sony Open title. After starting out Thursday's opening round

bogey/triple bogey, it seemed like a long shot that Cam Smith would

even be around for the weekend, but the Aussie rallied to finish the

opening round at even par 70, then a blistering 2nd round 65. In round

3, Smith shot 66 to bolt up the leaderboard into contention.


Meanwhile, Californian Brendan Steele who led most of the final two

rounds (and took a three stroke lead into Sunday) was struggling

coming down the stretch. After missing the green and failing to get up

and down on the par 3 seventeenth, his lead was cut to one when Cam

Smith two putted for par. On 18, Steele was safely in the fairway but

pulled his approach into the grandstands, but managed to make par.

Smith faced a 9 foot birdie putt to tie Steele at 11 under par and send

the event to sudden death. When he calmly rolled in the birdie, the duo

went to overtime.


On the first extra hole, Smith recovered from a blocked tee shot with

a superb recovery to 10 feet. With the pressure clearly mounting, Steele

flew his approach over the green and failed to save par. Smith in routine

like fashion, two putted for his first individual PGA Tour title of his career

(he won the Zurich Classic two-man team event with Jonas Blixt in 2017).


"I've been out here four or five years now and to say that I have finally

won an event by myself is pretty good," Smith said. When discussing the

crisis his countrymen face back home in Australia with the tragic bush fires

he said, "We're a tight knit family and it kind of hit everyone pretty hard. It's

good to do something good, and hopefully puts a smile on their face."


Smith pledged to donate $500 for every birdie and $1000 for every eagle

he made at the Sony Open.















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