Kizzire and Harman Win QBE at Tiburon PDF Print E-mail



Patton Kizzire and Brian Harman celebrate after winning the QBE Shootout

Naples, Florida - On a rain-soaked Sunday at Tiburon Golf Club at Ritz Carlton

Resort, Patton Kizzire and Brian Harman outlasted the 12 team field at Greg

Norman's QBE Shootout - posting a final round 61 (30 under par - 186 total)

to beat Emiliano Grillo and Graeme McDowell by a single stroke.



Kizzire drained a 15 foot eagle putt on the par 5 seventeenth propelling the

team to victory. Kizzire and Harman grew up playing junior and college golf

against each other. Harman from Savannah, Georgia and Kizzire from Tuscaloosa,

Alabama. Harman was a standout for the Georgis Bulldogs, while Kizzire

played for SEC rival Auburn, now as teammates, they proved to be a formidable

duo. "We knew we needed at least birdie and eagle was a bonus," Kizzire said.

"He had a great iron shot in there close and freed me up, and I hit a good one,

too. We both had looks at it. I putted first and made it. That was huge."











Rahm Wins Hero World Challenge PDF Print E-mail


Jon Rahm celebrates with tournament host Tiger Woods after winning at Albany

Nassau, Bahamas - Jon Rahm turned a potential final round shootout into

a four stroke drubbing of the field after his final round 65 (20 under par

total) at Albany Golf Club.


Starting Sunday's final round tied with Tony Finau and Henrik Stenson,

Rahm continued his domination on the par-5's, making birdie on all five

at Albany (he finished 13 under par for the week on the par-5's alone). The

biggest momentum shift of the final round came at the 291 yard drivable

par-4 fourteenth. Finau pulled his 3 wood tee shot into the sand, making

a mess of a very get-able hole (double-bogey), meanwhile Rahm capitalized,

making birdie for a three-stroke swing. He never looked back, it was Rahm's

3rd career PGA Tour win and his sixth global victory.


After a sloppy front nine 40, tournament host Tiger Woods righted the ship

slightly to shoot a final round 73 (finishing in 17th, one shot ahead of last

place finisher Hideki Matsuyama).


When Tony Finau's birdie putt at the last dropped to reach -16, it kept

Justin Rose from finishing tied for 2nd (and re-capturing the No.1 ranking)

after his 65 tied Rahm for the low round of the day.












Charles Howell III Wins RSM McGladrey PDF Print E-mail


Charles Howell celebrates after winning at Sea Island

St.Simons Island, Georgia - Charles Howell began Sunday with a one

stroke lead heading into the final round. It was Howell's sixth time

holding the 54 hole lead, where he was 0 for 5 in the previous attempts

to close the deal. It looked as if Sunday at the RSM McGladrey on Sea

Island would end the same way after Howell rinsed his tee shot right

on the 458 yard par 4 - second hole. He stood 3 back on the third tee

(after just making double-bogey 6) and wondered if he'd blown another

chance to close on the PGA Tour.



Then he birdied the fifth and sixth holes, followed by another at the

tenth. Howell got another on the par 5 fifteenth, followed by a lengthy

18 foot putt on the next. A stiff tee shot on the par 3 seventeenth

yielded yet another. The putt to reach 20 under par and the outright win

on the 72nd hole barely missed (finishing with a 3 under par 67 - 261

total) sending him into a playoff with Patrick Rodgers who also finished

at 19 under par (after firing a final round 8 under par 62). After both

players missed their birdie chances on the first playoff hole, Howell

made a 15 footer on the second sudden death hole to win again. It was

Charles Howell III's first triumph in over a decade, and to say he was

both elated and relieved would be an understatement. "Quite honestly,

I didn't know if I would ever win again," Howell said. "I had come up

short so many times."


After 529 PGA Tour events and 16 runner-up finishes Charles Howell III

has won for third time in his career. With the victory Howell jumped 61

spots into the lead in the Fedex Cup Standings.


Webb Simpson finished solo third at 18 under par after a Sunday 65 left

him one shot out of the playoff.















Kuchar Wins Mayakoba Classic PDF Print E-mail


Matt Kuchar shows off the hardware after winning the Mayakoba Golf Classic

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico - It had been a long drought for Matt Kuchar, in

fact his last victory came at the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town on April 20th,

2014. Four and a half years of near misses and close calls - none bigger than

the 2017 Open Championship where Kuchar was clipped by a vintage Jordan

Spieth performance at Royal Birkdale. 2018 was declared a disappointment

after Kuchar narrowly missed on qualifying for the Tour Championship and the

Ryder Cup in Paris. But after he rattled in his 3 ft putt on the 18th Sunday (for

a final round 69) some relief and redemption was felt by the 40 year-old tour

veteran. "It feels extra sweet having to kind of had to suffer through a year of

not playing great in 2018," Kuchar said. "Being four years removed since my

last victory, I realize how difficult it is to win on the PGA Tour."


Starting the day with a four-shot lead was essential, since closing the deal

proved tougher than Kuchar expected. After making bogey on holes 14 & 15

Kuchar made three straight pars to finish at 22 under par, one better than

Danny Lee who shot a final round 65 to finish a shot back.


Kuchar opened with rounds of 64-64-65 with local club caddie David

"Toucan" Ortiz on the bag (John Wood, Kuchar's regular tour looper was

attending a reunion). For Ortiz, who caddies regularly at El Camaleon Golf

Club, it was a dream come true - he was in tears as he was being inundated

with congratulations beside the 18th green as Kuchar signed the flag that

will commemorate their victorious week together.


The win gets Kuchar back to Kapalua in January for the Sentry Tournament

of Champions. The Tour heads east to Kuchar's neighborhood at Sea Island

this week for the RSM McGladdery Classic.













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