Justin Thomas Wins CJ Cup PDF Print E-mail


Justin Thomas celebrates his triumph in South Korea at the CJ Cup.

JeJu Island, S. Korea (AP) - Justin Thomas won his 11th PGA Tour event

and his second in South Korea in three years with a final round 5-under

67 and a two stroke victory over South Korean born New Zealander Danny

Lee. Thomas and Lee made it mostly a two man show Sunday at the CJ

Cup at Nine Bridges. They entered the final round tied and stayed that

way through the front nine.


Thomas and Lee made it mostly a two-man show Sunday, they entered

the final round tied and stayed that way through the front nine. Thomas

birdied the 14th to take a one stroke lead, then went up by two when Lee

bogeyed the 15th after missing a 10 foot par putt and Thomas made a two

footer for par. After going from greenside bunker to bunker on the 16th, Lee

bogeyed again and fell three behind. But Thomas bogeyed the 17th after his

12 footer for par lipped out, reducing the deficit to two strokes.


Thomas and Lee both birdied the 18th, with Lee lipping out on his eagle putt

to finish with a 69. Thomas finished with a 72-hole total of 20-under 268 at

Nine Bridge, Lee was two strokes back at 18 under par.


"It was a very, very tough day," Thomas said. "Danny made it extremely difficult.

He really made a lot of putts, a lot of unbelievable up and downs to kind of keep

me from getting all of the momentum."












Lanto Griffin Captures Houston Open PDF Print E-mail


Lanto Griffin celebrates after winning the Houston Open

Houstn, Texas - Lanto Griffin took a 54 hole lead into Sunday and gave zero

indication that he was in uncharted territory. An untimely stumble at the fourth

gave brief cause for concern, but he righted the ship with birdie at the fifth and

another at the eighth to turn in 33.


The 31 year-old Korn Ferry graduate stumbled again at the eleventh, but made

a lengthy putt at the sixteenth. A routine two-putt par at the seventeenth put

him in position for glory coming down the final hole. His lag from nearly 60 feet

was aggressive, finishing six feet past. He canned the comebacker to complete

his final round 69 (14 under par total) to capture a narrow one-stroke win over

Mark Hubbard and Scott Harrington.


For Lanto Griffin things didn't come easy, his father and golf mentor Michael passed

away from a brain tumor when Lanto was just 12. Lanto's coach Steven Prater stepped

up and got Lanto a membership at Blacksburg Country Club. After struggling to make

it as a touring professional, Griffin nearly quit the game. At the Golf Club of Houston

on Sunday, he realized his dream and now will get into so many select events in 2020

- including Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. It wasn't lost on him afterwards,

"I get to go to Hawaii for two weeks now!?" Griffin said. It's mind boggling."










Na Wins Shriners Playoff Over Cantlay PDF Print E-mail


Kevin Na hoists the crystal after winning the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open




Las Vegas - Kevin Na notched his fourth career PGA Tour win and his

second Shriners title after defeating Patrick Cantlay on the second playoff

hole at TPC Summerlin.

Na fired rounds of 68-62-61-70 to finish at 23 under par.  It was his

performance on the greens that was so remarkable - holing 558 feet of putts

during the 72 holes of regulation, but it was the four-footer in the playoff

for par that sealed the deal. He was an incredible +14.263 in strokes gained

putting for the week.

“I feel like I'm a pretty good putter. I'm a player that I feel like I get better

as I get closer to the greens. That's a strength of my game, a part of my

game that gets stronger," Na said. “Putter got hot this week. Tends to do

that sometimes, and when it does, if I'm hitting it halfway decent I feel

like I can win.”

Both Cantlay and Na shared pars at the 72nd hole to take the match into

extra holes. Na rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt on the first trip back up the

18th to match Cantlay's birdie. On the next trip up the 18th, Cantlay three-

putted, opening the door for Na to claim his second victory of the 2019.

Pat Perez finished solo third at 21 under par after a final round 68. Adam

Hadwin and Bryson Dechambeau were tied for fourth at -20 after each carded

final rounds of 63.
















An Emotional Cameron Champ Wins Safeway Open PDF Print E-mail


Cameron Champ celebrates after caturing the Safeway Open at Silverado

Napa, California - Cameron Champ captured his second PGA Tour title at

the Safeway Open at Silverado Resort after a final round 69 to finish at

17 under par. Champ's 369 yard smash off the tee on the par 5 finisher

led to an 8 iron approach and a clutch up n down birdie on the 72nd hole

- just enough to hold off Adam Hadwin (67) by a stroke.


Champ took a 3 stroke lead after 54 holes after carding a bogey free 67

on Saturday, but it was Aussie Marc Leishman who made the biggest push

up the leaderboard on Sunday, finishing solo 3rd after a final round 65 to

finish at -14.


Afterward, Champ dedicated the win to his Grandfather Mack who is in

hospice with stage IV stomach cancer in Sacramento, California. "If I win

no more tournaments, this will be the greatest win of my golfing career

for sure."

Justin Thomas (69) and Charles Howell III (68) finished tied for 4th at

13 under par.












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