Pampling Wins Shriners Open PDF Print E-mail


Rodney Pampling celebrates after clinching victory at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

Las Vegas, Nevada - The last time Aussie Rodney Pampling had won on the PGA Tour was

at "The King's" event at Bay Hill in 2006. His last professional win was the 2008 Australian

Masters, 5 years later he lost his Tour card after the 2013 season. On Sunday in Las Vegas,

the 47 year old ended the drought with an exclamation point, sealing the deal with a 30 foot

bomb on the last to regain his place in the winners circle. Pampling shot a final round 65 to

finish at 20 under par and a two stroke victory at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

The win brings Pampling an exemption until he turns 50 and is eligible to join the PGA

Champions Tour.


2009 U.S Open Champion Lucas Glover was in contention until bogeying the final two holes

(shooting 69), finishing two back at 18 under par. Recent USA Ryder Cup standout Brooks

Koepka finished 2nd just a shot back after firing a final round 67.



Pampling who had plummeted to No.451st in the OWGR, was excited and relieved: "It's

extremely rewarding," Pampling said. Winning Arnold Palmer's event is still on top . . .

but coming back from what we've had the last few years, to get a win under the belt, it's

phenomenal. Amazing."


The Shriners was Pampling's 3rd PGA Tour victory (2004 international, 2006 AP Invitational),

and will have the Aussie returning to the Masters for the first time since 2007.













Hideki Routs the Field at HSBC Champions PDF Print E-mail


Hideki Matsuyama poses with the Old Tom Morris Cup trophy after winning in Shanghai.

Shanghai, China - Twenty four year old Hideki Matsuyama of Japan became the

first Asian to win a World Golf Championship event in the eighteen year history

of the series, and he did it in grand fashion. Matsuyama shot a final round 66 to

finish at 23 under par (7 shots clear of Henrik Stenson and Daniel Berger who

finished tied for second -16). Matsuyama's 265 total was just one shot shy of

Dustin Johnson's record mark in 2015.

Matsuyama was so impressive at Sheshan International in the tournament that

is regarded as "Asia's Major", that after starting the final round leading by three,

he more than doubled the margin by the finish - where he saved par with an 18

foot putt on the par 5 last (despite going into the hazard on his second shot).

Hideki played the final 45 holes bogey free, carding rounds of 66-65-68-66.

With the win, Matsuyama moves to his highest spot in the Official World Golf

Ranking at No.6 and takes the lead in the Fedex Cup standings. Since finishing

fifth at East Lake, he won the Japan Open, finished runner up to Justin Thomas

last week in Malaysia and now has won the biggest international event in his career

at Sheshan.


Rory McIlroy and Bill Haas finished tied for fourth at 15 under par.








Justin Thomas Defends CIMB Classic PDF Print E-mail


Justin Thomas celebrates after defending his 2015 title at the CIMB Classic




Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Obviously Justin Thomas has something he loves about the course

at TPC Kuala Lumpur. He fired a bogey free final round 64 on Sunday to finish at 23 under par,

capturing his second PGA Tour title, and defending his victory at last years' CIMB Classic.


"This place obviously suits my eye, and I think the fact that there's a lot of wedges and

scoring clubs bodes well for me," Thomas said. "It was obviously a fun day. It couldn't

have happened if it wasn't for my finish yesterday. That was huge for me and put me in

a good position to have a chance to win today. I definitely owe a lot of it to that."


After a 3 hole stretch where Thomas went bogey - double bogey - bogey to start the inward

nine on Saturday, he finished the round with five straight birdies to get himself back into

contention, but perhaps more importantly it gave him the needed positive momentum going

into Sunday.


Starting the final round four shots behind Aniban Lahiri, Thomas caught fire . . . while Lahiri

faltered early with a quadruple bogey on the third hole when his tee shot never came out

a tree. The best he could do was battle back for even par 72 to finish at 19 under par - to

finish four strokes back of Thomas.


Hideki Matsuyama finished second 3 strokes back at 20 under par.













Brendan Steele Wins Season Opener at Safeway Open PDF Print E-mail


Brendan Steele celebrates in Napa after winning the Safeway Open at Silverado

Napa, California - They say revenge is sweet, and after Sunday at Silverado, Brendan Steele

knows it all too well. He led the Safeway Open after 54 holes in 2015, but a disappointing

back nine where he gave away the tournament with five bogeys in a span of seven holes left

the California native frustrated. In the 2016 edition, Steele had a strong kick down the home

stretch and finished birdie - birdie - birdie to shoot a final round 65 to finish at 18 under par -

Good enough for a one stroke win over Patton Kizzire.


"You don't often get that chance in life to redeem yourself in the same way at the same place,"

Steele said. "I think my putting coming down the stretch was really the most important thing

and definitely some wedge play. I've been working on some stuff with Dave Pelz that helped

me with the soft conditions taking spin off the ball and really controlling my numbers."


The event was plagued with heavy rain throughout the weekend, with the field playing lift

clean and place in the soggy turf at Silverado. The consistent rains caused a few delays but

wasn't bad enough to cancel a round or postpone the finish.


Finishing two strokes back was the quartet of Paul Casey, Michael Kim, Johnson Wagner

and Scott Piercy. Recent Ryder Cup hero and fan favorite Phil Mickelson finished tied for

eighth with Justin Thomas, Chris Kirk, Cody Gribble and Martin Laird.


The victory was Steele's 2nd Tour win and his first in nearly 5 years (2011 Valero Texas Open).

It was also Steele's first win since switching to the short putter after the anchoring ban began.
















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