DJ Outduels Jordan Spieth at Northern Trust PDF Print E-mail



Dustin Johnson celebrates after winning the Northern Trust at Glen Oaks Club.

Old Westbury, N.Y - World No.1 Dustin Johnson entered the day 3

shots behind Jordan Spieth at Glen Oaks Club, but after shooting 66

in regulation Sunday, it took one extra hole in Long Island to win the

Northern Trust Champion and leave New York atop the Fedex Cup

Playoff Standings.


After two early birdies, Spieth opened his lead up to 5 strokes and it

appeared a rout might be on, but a double bogey on the par 3 sixth

opened the door for DJ to climb back in it. When Johnson birdied the

tenth the two golf titans were tied. They traded birdies at the par 5

thirteenth, then Spieth rolled in an 8 footer to retake the lead at the

fourteenth. DJ countered with a 17 foot putt of his own on the fifteenth

to once again knot things up.


Both players failed to find the green on the par 3 seventeenth, each in

the right greenside bunker. DJ excavated his sand shot to just 4 feet

away, while Spieth faced nearly 20 feet after a his explosion ran out.

In typical Jordan Spieth style, he made the lengthy par putt that sent

the crowd into a frenzy, they knew they were seeing an epic duel.

Johnson made his par and the pair went to the last still tied.


Spieth piped his tee shot down the middle, but Johnson missed his

drive badly in right rough and then began the process of why and how:

"What am I doing?" Johnson said, "I hit myself in the worst possible

spot that I could. Even if I aim left and cut it and it goes in the bunker,

a much better position than I am in the right rough with 210 yards to the

hole. I mean, I've got no chance."


They each faced challenges once reaching the green. After DJ layed up

to a preferred yardage, he wedged to 17 ft away for his third. Meanwhile,

Jordan was 76 feet away after a mediocre approach. Spieth lagged to 3 ft

just about assuring his par. Johnson faced 17 feet for his par and to stay

alive and force a playoff. The putt caught the lip and circled the cup before

diving in, sending the New York crowd into bedlam. The first playoff event

was about to go into a sudden death playoff with two of the games

biggest stars (that finished regulation at 13 under par).


In the playoff, once again playing the eighteenth, the wind shifted to the

directions to helping variety, and Spieth once again split the fairway. Johnson

realizing the wind was to his back took a much more aggressive line over the

water and blasted the best drive all week - 341 yards. Spieth faced 174 yards,

while DJ had just 95 yards. Spieth's 7 iron hit just about pin high and released

to the back edge of the green some 25 feet away. Johnson hit his 60 degree

wedge to 4 feet - serving notice to the "Golden Child" that he would need to

make another bomb just to keep this battle alive. Spieth missed, and DJ

poured his dead in the center to end what was a classic duel.


With his 16th career PGA Tour victory, Johnson now is in prime position to

capture his first Fedex Cup next month at East Lake.


Jon Rahm (68) and Jhonattan Vegas (65) finished third at 9 under par.















Henrik Stenson Wins Wyndham Championship PDF Print E-mail



Henrik Stenson celebrates his first win of 2017 at the Wyndham Championship

Greensboro, North Carolina - Henrik Stenson shot a final round 64 on the Donald

Ross gem at Sedgefield Country Club to get his first win of 2017. A red hot final

stretch saw the 2016 Open Champion reel off three straight birdies on holes 15

thru 17 to reach 22 under par and hold off an equally blistering Ollie Schneiderjans,

who also fired a final round 64 after making two dramatic birdies on both of the

final two holes to finish a stroke behind the Swede.


Needing to play the required 15 starts to keep his membership on the PGA Tour,

Stenson showed up at Sedgefield with a less than stellar record in Greensboro -

with two missed cuts and a WD in his last three starts. Carding four brilliant rounds

of 62-66-66-64, it appears that the "Ice Man" is hitting his stride just in time to

make a late season run.


With the win Stenson moved all the way up to 23rd in the Fedex cup standings,

just as the playoffs are about to begin at the Northern Trust. "It's certainly a good

time to start firing," Stenson said. We know the kind of damage you can do during

the playoffs when the points are up to 4 times the normal season. So if you get hot

and keep playing well, (you) certainly have a chance to challenge for the overall.


North Carolina resident Webb Simpson finished third at -18
















Justin Thomas Wins the PGA Championship PDF Print E-mail



Justin Thomas poses with the Wannamaker trophy after winning at Quail Hollow

Charlotte, North Carolina - Justin Thomas fired a final round 68 to win the 99th

PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his first career major championship. Entering

the final round two shots back, Thomas made a back nine run that started with his

birdie putt on the tenth that hung over the lip of the hole for just about 10 seconds

before it finally dropped. At the thirteenth, he chipped in from 13 yards away to

increase his lead to two shots. After a striped 7 iron on the par 3 - seventeenth,

he buried a 15 ft putt to reach 9 under par and all but put away the battle for the

Wannamaker. An errant drive at the last cost him a shot, but not the victory, he

finished at 8 under par winning by two shots.


Quail Hollow proved to be a stern test despite plenty of rain that made conditions

much softer tee to green than Kerry Haig and the PGA were looking for, but the new

greens at Quail Hollow that are equipped with Sub-Air, kept the putting surfaces firm

and and fast throughout the week. Finally, over the weekend the weather in the Queen

City cooperated and the field staff set up the course for some Sunday scoring (with

25 players shooting under par rounds, 15 of those were in the 60's).


Afterwards the new PGA Champion spoke to the media "I can't put into words,

I wish my Grandpa could be here for it, it's so special to get it done. I'm glad

we have a trophy now"


Challengers Hideki Matsuyama (who shot a final round 73), and 54 hole leader

Kevin Kisner (74) fell off the pace early on the back nine, but a new group of

players joined the fray late Sunday - Francesco Molinari and Patrick Reed both

fired 4 under par 67 to tie for second with Louis Oosthuizen who shot 70. The

runner up finish for Oosthuizen marked his fourth runner up finish in a each of

the 4 majors for his career, (he referred to it as the "Runner-up Grand Slam").


In winning the PGA Championship, Thomas became the eighth player in history

to do so as the son of a PGA Professional. Justin's father Mike is a PGA Master

Professional at Harmony Landing Golf Course in Goshen, Kentucky. His Grandfather

Paul, is a retired PGA Professional who has been a member since 1956.
















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.









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