Patrick Cantlay Wins Shriners in Playoff PDF Print E-mail


Patrick Cantlay hoists the crystal after winning the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

Las Vegas - Five years ago Patrick Cantlay was the can't miss young gun before

Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas burst on the professional scene. Then came

the well documented path of Cantlay's life the past few years, which includes

serious injury and the tragic death of close friend and caddie Chris Roth. Cantlay's

long climb back up the world of professional golf reached its peak Sunday, winning

the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open after a two hole playoff with Whee Kim

and Alex Cejka. Cantlay struggled coming home down the stretch, making bogey

on the final two holes of regulation, but still managed to reach sudden death

after rounds of 67-71-70-67 to finish at 9 under par at TPC Summerlin. In the

playoff, all three players bogeyed the par 4 eighteenth the first go around, but

when Cantlay made par on the next attempt, the title was his.



In light of everything that Cantlay has dealt with, nobody would have thought

twice had he decided on a different life path, but his passion for the game

returned and eventually so did the form that had him ranked as the world's top

amateur for 55 weeks while leading the golf team at UCLA. Last season on the

PGA Tour, his comeback began at Pebble Beach and has steadily improved since.


Patrick Cantlay, now 3rd in the Fedex Cup standings reflected on his finish and

his emotions after getting his first PGA Tour victory. "It was a grind on the last

few holes," said Cantlay. "I've had so many lows, all of the hardwork that I did,

it's just so different from where I was, it's hard to describe the feeling."



High wind gusts in Las Vegas reached 30+ mph, wreaking havoc on scoring, in fact

the winning score of 9 under par is the highest since the event went to a single

course back in 2008.


















DJ Falters, Justin Rose Rallies for Big Comeback at HSBC Champions PDF Print E-mail


Justin Rose celebrates his big comeback victory at the HSBC Champions




Shanghai - Justin Rose started Sunday's final round of the HSBC Champions eight

shots behind World No.1 Dustin Johnson, and by his own account "I was playing for

second place." Rose's stellar back nine 31 resulted in a final round 5 under par 67

(14 under par total - 274) and a two stoke victory over the pack of "A list" challengers

that ran down DJ.


Johnson's horrendous day, a birdie-less 77 opened the door for the field to reel him

in and race on by, resulting in a brutal loss for what was the largest margin ever

squandered in the final round of a WGC event, "I just could never get anything going

and didn't hole any putts," Johnson said. "It was pretty simple." Only Paul Lawrie ('99

Open Championship) and Stewart Cink ('04 at Hilton Head) have comeback from deficits

as big as Rose did Sunday.


"It was the perfect type of weather conditions to make a comeback," Rose said. "This

is the type of day when you are playing with a lead, every hole seems difficult.

Obviously, someone is still capable of playing a special round of golf, and my back

nine was just amazing today."


Henrik Stenson (70) and Brooks Koepka (71) challenged briefly but could only manage

to finish in a tie for 2nd with Johnson at -12.


















Justin Thomas Keeps Rolling at CJ Cup PDF Print E-mail



Justin Thomas celebrates his victory at the inaugural CJ Cup.





Jeju Island, South Korea - After an incredible season that saw Justin Thomas win

the PGA Championship, Fedex Cup and Player of the Year honors, Thomas has kept

the hot hand rolling - wininng again, this time at the CJ Cup - South Korea's first

ever PGA Tour regular season event. The victory in sudden death over Australia's

Marc Leishman is the seventh of his young career.


After his ninth event in the last eleven weeks, an exhausted Thomas is looking

forward to getting home to Jupiter, "I'm so excited to not do anything," Thomas

declared. "I officially have nothing left in the tank at this moment."


Justin Thomas leaped out the gates in round 1 firing a 9 under 63, then shot

rounds of 74-70-72 under challenging conditions (with temps in the low 60's

and winds gusting around 25 mph on Jeju Island). Thomas birdied the last

to reach the playoff, then won on the 2nd sudden death hole after Leishman

missed a very makable birdie putt to win on the first sudden death hole.

Leishman knew that he missed a golden opportunity, "You give one of the best

players in the world a chance like that, and he's probably going to take it."



Last week's winner, Pat Perez finished tied for 5th after posting the low round

on Sunday with 68 and finishing at 5 under par.

















Pat Perez Wins CIMB Classic in Malaysia PDF Print E-mail




Pat Perez celebrates his dominant victory at the CIMB Classic

Malaysia - 41 year old California native Pat Perez just keeps getting better

despite the tour trend of young gun dominance. Perez blitzed the field at the

CIMB Classic firing rounds of 66-65-64-69 for a 24 under par total at TPC Kuala

Lumpur, for a four shot victory over Keegan Bradley, (who notched his best

finish since the 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational). After just one victory in his first

378 starts, he now has two wins in his last 25 starts.


After a torn labrum and surgery threatened to end his career 18 months ago,

Perez has taken his self proclaimed late to mature mantra to new heights.

Coming off of his finest season on the PGA Tour (Perez played in his first Tour

Championship - finishing 15th on the money list) it's highly unlikely to have

your best years on tour after age 40, and Perez is aware but not sure of exactly

why it's happening now. "I can't really explain it, it's been a lot of work and

dedication," Perez said. "I knew I had to stay on the gas here (today) because

these guys are playing so good, I was expecting someone to shoot 63 . . .

I'm just such a different person than I was seventeen years ago, even like five

years ago. I'm learning how to play the game and play my own game, staying

within myself. I'm a late bloomer. I'm not gonna change anything. I'm still not

going to work out, I'm still gonna have a bad diet and enjoy myself."


Rookie of the Year Xander Schauffele finished tied for third with Sung Kang seven

shots back at 17 under par.















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