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Matsuyama Fires Final Rd 61, Romps at Firestone PDF Print E-mail

 

 

Hideki Matsuyama celebrates his big win at the Bridgestone Invitational




Akron, Ohio - Hideki Matsuyama fired a final round 9 under par - 61 winning

the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in grand style.

The 25 year old from Japan started hot on Sunday and never let up, his clean

card included an eagle at the par 5 - 2nd, then birdies at the 3rd, 4th, 9th, 13th,

16th, 17th and 18th. Matsuyama began the day two strokes back, but won going

away with a decisive 5 shot margin - finishing at 16 under par.

 

Hideki's 61 tied the course record held by Jose Maria Olazabal (1999) and Tiger

Woods (who did it twice - first back in 2000 when the event was still the World

Series of Golf and then in 2013). Sergio Garcia was the last to do it in 2014. The

victory was Matsuyama's second WGC victory (he won the HSBC Champions last

fall in Shanghai, China). With the win, Matsuyama takes over the lead in the Fedex

Cup standings and looks to be one of the favorites going into the PGA Championship

this week at Quail Hollow.

 

In response to persistent expectations and pressure from a nation that is desperate

to have their first major champion, Matsuyama is well aware of Japan's hunger: "I

hope their expectations aren't too high," Matsuyama said. "But my expectations really

at the beginning of this week weren't that high either, and here we are."

 

Dustin Johnson and Matsuyama have now combined to win the last five WGC events.

 

54 hole leader Zach Johnson shot 68 to finish solo second at -11.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Vegas Goes Back to Back at RBC Canadian Open PDF Print E-mail

 

 

Jhonattan Vegas celebrates after defending his title at Glen Abbey




Oakville, Ontario - Jhonattan Vegas once again showed his affinity for the

layout at Glen Abbey, firing a final round 65 and defeating Charley Hoffman

in sudden death to capture back to back RBC Canadian Open titles (and his

third PGA Tour win).

 

Vegas watched as Charley Hoffman had a putt to win on the 72nd hole, but

it just slid by. All knotted at 21 under par, the duo returned to the 18th tee

box for sudden death. In the playoff, Charley Hoffman teed off first - blocking his

drive into the right fairway bunker. Vegas pulled his tee shot into the left sand,

but he had a much better angle to the green. Hoffman laid up into the first cut

on the left. Vegas went for the green, but the shot came in hot and ran through

the green, ending up just left about pin high in the rough approximately 30

feet away from the hole. Hoffman's wedge approach sailed deep into the back

greenside bunker. Vegas hit a superb chip to about a foot and tapped in for his

birdie. Needing to hole out to extend the playoff, Hoffman gave it a run, but came

up empty.

 

"I would say it has to be the sweetest victory out of the three. Just having

my family here, even my Mom and Dad - they were with me the first time

I won. But having my wife and daughter, especially my daughter, being with

my daughter for the first win, it's hard to compare that. It's hard to put into

words," said Vegas.

 

A resurgent Ian Poulter shot a final round 64 to finish third at 20 under par.

 

World No.1 Dustin Johnson finished tied for eighth after a final round 67 to

finish at -17.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Jordan Spieth Wins the 146th Open Championship PDF Print E-mail

 

 

 

Jordan Spieth shows off the Claret Jug after winning the 146th Open Championship






Southport, England - As if last year's Open Championship at Royal Troon (where

Phil battled Henrik in an epic duel) wasn't an instant classic, we were once again

treated to high drama and a championship worthy of the game's best prize. This

was another edition of a special player doing extraordinary things to win a major

championship and re-write history. Leading since the opening round of the

146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, Jordan Spieth's path to win his

third career major championship seemed as if it was being forged by destiny.

But a brutal beginning to Game #39 tested Spieth's mettle, a bad bounce on

the opening tee shot prompted caddie Michael Greller to set the tone early

with a gut check to his boss telling him to "get over it". Despite the sage advice,

bogeys on 3 of the first 4 holes looked to be derailing destiny's plan. That and

Solid play by fellow American challenger Matt Kuchar brought the tilt to a dead

heat by the turn (at 8 under par).

 

What became a classic "mano a mano" duel on the English links remained knotted

until Spieth sprayed his tee shot 70 yards right of the fairway on the par 4 -

thirteenth requiring a bizarre unplayable situation that took nearly 20 minutes to

get settled. When the dust cleared, Spieth holed a 7 footer for a miracle bogey while

Kuchar made a routine par, and for the first time in the championship - had the lead.

But somehow it wasn't the 39 year old who had the mojo, it was Jordan Spieth

that re-gained the momentum and a mental edge. You could practically sense what

was coming next. Kuchar safely hit the green on the par 3 fourteenth, but faced

a lengthy putt, Spieth seized the moment and nearly aced his 6 iron, leaving nothing

more than a tap in. Kuchar made his par, while Spieth converted the birdie and

once again shared a piece of the lead. On the par 5 fifteenth, Jordan made two of

his best swings of the day reaching the green in two, then draining the 45 foot bomb

for eagle (Kuchar made birdie) - once again gainied his grasp on the Claret Jug. He

never let Kuch back up for air, that 3 hole stretch of made putts was the haymaker.

In fact, the 23 year old Texan played that stretch of four holes (14-17) in 5 under par

to end Kuchar's major championship dream. Spieth's -12 (268 total) was good

enough for a three shot victory (Kuchar bogeyed the last to finish at 9 under par).

 

Afterward, a tired "Champion Golfer of the Year" reflected on the crazy drama filled

day at Royal Birkdale: "That was eventful, seventeen pars and a birdie would have

been fine too. There's a lot of roads to get there, and today I was put in a tough one

early on and showed some resiliency," Spieth said. "I owe a lot of credit to my guy on

the bag for that because as you can imagine thoughts come in from the last scenario

from when I was leading a major on Sunday." In the middle of his his winners press

conference he sighed and said "That round took as much out of me as any day that I've

ever played golf."

 

Jack Nicklaus is the only other player in history to win his third major championship

before the age of 24 (Spieth turns 24 on Wednesday).

 

China's Haotong Li shot 63 on Sunday to finish solo third. Rory McIlroy showed signs

of improved form with rounds of 71-68-69-67 to finish fourth at 5 under par. Branden

Grace shot 62 on Saturday breaking the all-time scoring record for a round in a major

championship, he finished tied for sixth at 4 under par.

 

Jordan Spieth goes to Quail Hollow in three weeks attempting to win the career Grand

Slam (a feat only accomplished by Nicklaus, Hogan, Sarazen, Player and Woods).

 

 

Scores: https://www.theopen.com/Leaderboard#!/traditional

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Bryson DeChambeau Gets 1st Win at John Deere PDF Print E-mail

 

 

Bryson DeChambeau celebrates after winning the John Deere Classic


 



Silvis, Illinois - He's been called all kinds of things by his doubters and detractors

over the last few years (for his scientific methods and highly analytical approach

to the game) since gaining notoriety after winning the NCAA individual title and

the U.S Amateur in 2015, but now he will be known as a PGA Tour winner after

a thrilling back nine Sunday charge at TPC Deere Run.

 

When Patrick Rodgers birdied the par 4 - 15th, he seemed poised to notch win

No.1 of his own, but he struggled coming down the stretch just as DeChambeau

was putting the finishing touches on a ferocious back nine charge. Needing birdie

on the last two holes (or so he thought) to likely reach a playoff, the 23 year old

former SMU standout hit an incredible 3 wood from an awkward lie in the rough

from 270 yards out - reaching the putting surface and two putting for his birdie

on the penultimate hole. On the last, he admitted to pulling his 7 iron approach

slightly but a great result left him 14 feet behind the cup. The putt curled in on

what seemed like its last revolution - causing the crowd surrounding the green to

erupt. A closing back nine 30, for a final round 65 to reach 18 under par - not bad

for an unorthodox kid from Clovis, California

 

Rodgers bogeyed the par 5 - 17th just as the "Mad Scientist" made his final charge.

Then needing birdie at the last, he failed to hit the fairway or the green. His chip to

tie settled just a few inches away - coming up one stroke shy of his former college

rival.

 


DeChambeau moved to 34th in the Fedex Cup standings with the victory, but perhaps

more importantly, is the schedule of tournaments he will now be exempt for - starting

immediately with a flight across the pond for entry into the 146th Open Championship

at Royal Birkdale.

 

 

Dechambeau is a big admirer of the late Payne Stewart and reflected afterward about

having something in common with the iconic individual who won three major champion-

ships: "It feels like it has been a long time coming even though I'm only 23. It's pretty

special to win here at the John Deere, didn't know that Payne Stewart's first win was

here and that broke me - It was pretty special. So God bless him, he's done some

amazing things for the game of golf and I hope I can do something similar down the

road."

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
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