JT Prevails in Playoff at Sentry Tournament of Champions PDF Print E-mail


Justin Thomas celebrates after winning at the Sentry Tournament of Champion.

Maui - In such a short period of time, Justin Thomas has solidified his

place in the upper echelon of the game, but all of that meant nothing

as he unraveled on the 72nd hole on Kapalua's Plantation course. Holding

a one shot lead from the fairway, JT pull hooked his fairway wood approach

into the tall native grasses that run the entire length along the left side of

the home hole. It was the type of shot you'd expect to see from a high

handicapper in the Wednesday Pro-Am. For the number 4 ranked player

on earth it was about as egregious a mental lapse since a certain Frenchman

coughed up the Claret Jug. After all, there's about a 100 yard wide fairway

and ample safety zone all the way down the right side. Why not lay up with

an iron while holding the lead?


Miraculously, minutes later Thomas was granted a mulligan when challenger

Xander Schauffele (one shot back and grouped with Thomas) now only needing

a routine two putt to defend his title, three jacked his eagle attempt. Both Thomas

and Schauffele finished tied at the end of regulation. Sitting inside the clubhouse

observing the carnage unfold was Patrick Reed, who an hour earlier made a

lengthy putt on the last to reach 14 under par, as it turned out that putt was

enough to reach extra holes. The three man playoff began on 18. Schauffele

once again three putted, while JT and Xander made birdie - moving on. On

the second playoff hole Thomas wedged his third to close range while Reed

left himself 12 feet for his birdie. Reed missed, JT poured his in the heart -

overcoming the earlier gaffe. Afterwards the 12 time PGA Tour winner felt

fortunate, "The emotions and how I was winning and then I was barely winning

and then I barely got in a playoff - that takes a lot out of you," Thomas said. "I

probably don't seem as elated as I might be or as I would hope to be."


The win put Thomas in elite company historically, he joins Tiger Woods, Jack

Nicklaus as the only players to notch 12 or more PGA Tour wins before age 27

since 1960.

















Team USA Storms Back, Wins Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne PDF Print E-mail


Team USA celebrates after winning the Presidents Cup in Australia

Melbourne, Australia - Trailing 10-8 heading into the Sunday singles,

Team USA Captain Tiger Woods chose to put himself out first and then

remarked, "I trust my guys." The stars n stripes rallied behind their

captain - prevailing 16 pts - 14 pts at Royal Melbourne.

Woods took on Abraham Ancer and set the tone for his squad by

dispatching of his opponent 3 & 2 in Match 1. In Singles Match 2,

Tony Finau overcame a 4 down deficit to gain a halve in his match

with Hideki Matsuyama.


Patrick Reed overcame another week of drama and along with Dustin

Johnson, they both made quick work out of C.T Pan and Haotong Li

winning 4&3 in each match. DeChambeau halved with Canadian Adam

Hadwin while Sungjae Im slayed U.S Open Champion Gary Woodland.

Cantlay, Schauffele and Webb Simpson also earned points with singles

victories. Aussie Cam Smith took down America's leading point man

Justin Thomas.


In the anchor matches, Louis Oosthuizen and Matt Kuchar tied (but it

was Kuchar's guaranteed half point on the 17th that secured the Cup

for Team USA), Rickie Fowler and Australian Marc Leishman also tied.


Perhaps the true star of the week was Alister MacKenzie's composite

layout at Royal Melbourne. Playing at just over 7000 yards, the firm/fast

conditions and exquisite bunkering of this golden age classic made viewing

the event as interesting as any in recent memory. Tiger Woods summed

it up perfectly, "It's like an Open Championship with Augusta Greens."


Match Results:












Stenson Wins Hero World Challenge PDF Print E-mail



Henrik Stenson poses with Tiger Woods after winning the Hero World Challenge

Bahamas - Henrik Stenson snapped a two-year victory drought with a one-shot victory

in the Hero World Challenge. Stenson's last title was the Wyndham Championship in

the summmer of 2017, his closing 66 was enough to beat Jon Rahm by a shot - finishing

at 18 under par.

Rahm, was the defending champion in the 18-man event which raises funds for the

Tiger Woods Foundation. Stenson had three birdies in his first eight holes but made

bogey at the par five ninth. Birdies at the 10th, 13th and a brilliant approach to

the par 5 - 15th set-up an eagle that effectively sealed the title.


"I found some good momentum and sometimes its just keep on working hard and

grinding it out," Stenson said. "I made some crucial par saves on the back nine,

I'm pleased with the way I finished on the back nine today." Rahm rallied coming in

with birdie at the 14th, eagle at the 15th and another birdie on 16 for a closing 66.

Tournament host Woods threatened to challenge for a sixth win in this event when

he carded four birdies in his first 11 holes, but he bogeyed the 14th and had no

other birdies to finish fourth on 14 under after a 69.













Duncan Wins RSM Classic in Playoff PDF Print E-mail


Tyler Duncan celebrates after capturing the RSM Classic



St.Simons Island, Georgia - Tyler Duncan was this week's edition of the

"Cinderella Story" on the PGA Tour on Sunday at Sea Island. After making

a 25 foot putt at the end of regulation to shoot a final round 65, Duncan

rolled in a 12 footer on the 2nd hole of a sudden death playoff with Webb

Simpson - to capture his first career win on the PGA Tour.


The 30 year-old has now earned his way into the Tournament of Champions

at Kapalua and the 2020 Masters, and he knew it immediately afterwards. "I'm

just so happy to be here playing and to come out here and win is just unbelievable,"

Duncan said.


Webb Simpson (67) made a run at the title, making birdie on 15 & 16 along with

two pars to finish regulation and tie Duncan at 19 under par - setting up the

sudden death playoff.


Brendan Todd was looking to get his third straight win after taking the 54 hole lead,

but he clearly had nothing left in the tank after a final round 72.










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