Adam Scott Wins Honda Classic PDF Print E-mail

Adam Scott hoists the Crystal after his victory at PGA National Resort


Palm Beach Gardens, Florida - If there was any doubt that one of the games best

ball striking talents could survive the putter anchoring ban, Adam Scott was on a

mission to end the doubt in just his 3rd start since the ban began. Finishing second

at Riviera just the week before, Scott outdueled Sergio Garcia and the rest of the

stellar field for the title at one of the tour's toughest tests at PGA National's

Champion Course.


The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort & Spa continues to build momentum as

one of the tour's most prestigious non-majors. The Champion course (that hosted

the '87 PGA Championship and '83 Ryder Cup) seems to be becoming one of those

venues where the star is the course, and that's saying a lot considering Adam Scott,

Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler entered the day atop the leaderboard. (I may be a bit

bias considering that this event is a home game for yours truly, but having covered

many, one can easily tell the difference between a normal PGA event and the buzz that

now exisits in Palm Beach over this event).

Rickie Fowler looked to be the man to beat thru 36 holes (with a pair of four under

par 66's), but faded on the weekend. In a day and age where the young guns have

dominated the tour, the weekend action belonged to the premier mid thirty somethings -

Adam Scott & Sergio Garcia.

They entered Sunday both tied at 9 under par, but after a birdie at the first on Sunday

- Scott took the solo lead. When the Aussie bogeyed both the 9th & 10th it was a tie game

again, but when Sergio missed a short putt on the eleventh and Scott stuffed his approach

on the 12th he was in command for good. Both players made bogey on the par 4 sixteenth

with shortgame miscues, and then Garcia bogeyed the par 3 seventeenth to give Scott a

two shot lead playing the last. Sergio closed with a birdie at the eighteenth, just enough

to make Adam pay extra attention to the two foot tap in to secure the "W". Scott's solid

opening and closing 70's rounds were bookends to spectacular rounds of 65-66 on Friday

& Saturday.


The 35 year old former World No.1 was beaming afterwards in his post round presser:

"It's was a sense of relief, but overall I'm thrilled with where my game is at, and to get

a victory is even more satisfying to just re-assure me that I'm working on all the right

things and that things are going in the right direction."

The win moves Adam Scott back to 9th in the OWGR. Garcia was solo second at -8 (71).

Blayne Barber and Justin Thomas finished tied for third at -5.













Bubba Watson Wins at Riviera PDF Print E-mail


Bubba Watson poses with the trophy after winning at Riviera on Sunday

Pacific Palisades, California - After the first hole on Sunday, it looked like Rory McIlroy

or Adam Scott were poised to battle for the title at the Northern Trust Open. Both former

No.1 ranked players rolled in lengthy eagle putts to start the round, but McIlroy quickly

faded - shooting a final round four over par 75 to finish at -6. Adam Scott on the other

hand looked to be in control - firing on all cylinders, but two short missed putts in the

middle of the back nine had him playing catch up, two shots behind leader Jason Kokrak

down the stretch.


54 hole leader Bubba Watson got a share of the lead with a big breaking putt that dropped

on the eleventh to reach 14 under par. After a two stroke swing on the thirteenth, Kokrak

once again led by two at -15. Kokrak bogeyed the fifteenth trimming his own lead by just a shot.

When Watson birdied both the par 3 sixteenth and the par 5 seventeenth, he took control of the

tournament. Both Kokrak and Adam Scott (who was in the clubhouse after birdieing the seventeenth

and chipped in for birdie at the last) stood a shot back at -14.


Watson slammed the door after hitting the fairway and his approach on the last to 10 feet. Watson

barely missed his birdie putt to finish at -15 for a one stroke victory over Kokrak and Scott.


The win was Watson's ninth career win and his second at Riviera. 6 of his 9 victories have come at

3 courses: Augusta National, TPC River Highlands (Travelers), and Riviera.





The Florida Swing begins this week at Palm Beach Gardens for the Honda Classic at PGA National









Vaughn Taylor Wins at Pebble Beach PDF Print E-mail



Vaughn Taylor holds the crystal after winning at Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach, California - Phil Mickelson entered the final round at Pebble Beach

with a two stroke lead after 54 holes at 16 under par. Vaughn Taylor entered

the day 6 back, but after a 7 under par 65 on Sunday, he was left to wait as the

leader in the clubhouse at -17.


Meanwhile, Mickelson was struggling and needed to birdie the last two to tie Taylor

and force a playoff. The first of two was accomplished on the 17th with a clutch 16ft

foot roll from just inside the fringe. After driving it into the fairway, the 45 year old

Hall of Famer reached just in front of the green on the par 5 eighteenth in two.

Mickelson only needing an up and down, hit a mediocre chip about 6 feet short of the

hole. Make it to reach a playoff, miss it to go home. Lefty lipped it out . . . sending

Vaughn Taylor back into the winners circle. The victory is Vaughn Taylor's first since

2005. "It's been a long time. I didn't think it was going to happen," Taylor said. "I

worked so hard. I kept getting knocked down, knocked down. I'm just at a loss for



Mickelson who was vying to win his first PGA Tour event since the 2013 Open

Championship, shot 72 to finish second at -16. Jonas Blixt finished third at -15.


Vaughn Taylor an Augusta, Georgia native will once again be headed home to

play in this years Masters.









Matsuyama Outlasts Fowler at WMO PDF Print E-mail


Hideki Matsuyama celebrates his win at TPC Scottsdale

Scottsdale, Arizona - It looked like the Waste Management Phoenix Open was all

Rickie Fowler's, that is until the 17th hole. Leading by two with two holes to play,

Fowler smashed his drive right on the perfect line, but it rolled thru the green and

into the water. Fowler failed to get up and down and made bogey. Matsuyama

meanwhile, made birdie - two stroke swing, tie game. On the 72nd hole, both

exchanged clutch birdies to reach -14 and extend the mano a mano duel to a playoff.


On the fourth playoff hole of sudden death, it was the 17th once again that bit Fowler.

This time his tee shot had too much right to left shape and bounced into the hazard

just short left of the green. Matsuyama played the hole in text book fashion - perfect

tee shot, and pitched to 7 feet throwing all the pressure back on the 27 year old world

No.4. When Fowler failed once again to get up and down for his par on the 17th, all

Hideki Matsuyama had to do was two putt for the victory. The win was Matsuyama's

second PGA Tour victory (2014 Memorial).


Fowler was reeling after the loss: "I mean, the hard part is having, you know, all my

friends and family and grandpa who haven't seen me win," he said, visibly shaken.

"But I will be able to hang with them tonight."


Harris English shot 66 Sunday and finished third at 12 under par.







Toledo Beats Andrade in Playoff at Allianz

Esteban Toledo poses with the trophy after winning the Allianz Championship




Boca Raton, Florida - At the windswept Allianz Championship at Broken Sound, it was

Billy Andrade who had command of the event standing on the 18th green on Sunday.

A 5 ft putt was all that stood between his fourth PGA Tour Champions title in the last 10

months, and a playoff. Andrade made his worst stroke of the week . . . and it cost him

- sending the event into extra holes. The challenger, after posting a final round 67 to

reach -11 was Esteban Toledo (who finished earlier and was the leader in the clubhouse).


In the playoff, on the third extra hole (the 17th), Andrade lipped out his 6 foot par attempt,

while Toledo converted his 4 footer for his fourth PGA Tour Champions title.


Three of Toledo's victories have come in playoffs, and all of those on the third hole of

the each playoff. "Being in a playoff isn't easy," said Toledo, who shot 68 on Sunday

to finish at -11 on the Old Course at Broken Sound. "There's a lot of stress and a lot

of nerves. sometimes I surprise myself how well I play in tough conditions."


Tom Byrum who had the round of the day, shooting 64 in the windy conditions - tied

for third with Jeff Sluman at 10 under par.











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