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Tiger Roars Again, Wins 5th Masters (15th major) PDF Print E-mail

 

For the first time since 2005, Tiger Woods is the Masters Champion




Augusta. Georgia - It was 3,955 days ago when Tiger Woods won the epic
playoff over Rocco Mediate at Torrey Pines to capture his fourteenth major
championship. On a rare Sunday a.m start (weather related), Tiger Woods
completed perhaps the greatest comeback in modern American sports history,
when he outlasted the stellar field at Augusta National for his first major
championship in 11 years (his 15th), and his first Masters title since 2005
(his 5th).

Woods no longer wins by hitting prodigious tee shots or holing every meaningful
putt, but he still has the sharpest mind in the game. He displayed his 15th club,
by patiently plodding along on Sunday, just waiting for things to break his way.
The perseverance paid off when 54 hole leader Francesco Molinari who had
been virtually mistake free for three rounds, started to show signs of cracking.
The Italian made his first bogey in 50 holes when he failed to get up and down
at the 7th, but he quickly bounced back with a birdie at the par 5 - 8th. He
seemed to be cruising along until he came up short at "Golden Bell" (the shortest
hole at ANGC - playing just over 150 yards), finding the water and resulting in
double bogey. And just like that, Tiger was tied for the lead. Challengers Brooks
Koepka and Ian Poulter suffered the same fate after rinsing their tee shots on
the same parcel of real estate that resides between the Hogan and Nelson bridges.
After birdies at 13th, 15th and 16th, Woods had a two stroke cushion as he
stood on the 18th tee. His left to right drive left him slightly blocked out
on the rightside, he punched his approach just short of the green where he
pitched on to 18 feet, needing just two putts for a score of 275 (13 under
par) to close out his 5th Masters title. He did just that, lagging to within a
foot, and the crowd raised to witness history as he tapped in for victory.
Woods took a second as if to realize what just happened, and raised his
arms in exaltation and roared - perhaps letting all know that doubted him
that he once again proved them wrong.

After notching his 81st career PGA Tour victory , Tiger discussed what it takes
to win on Dr.Alister Mackenzie's gem. "You have to know how to play this golf
course, if you do, you can beat anybody. More so than any other golf course
that we play, you have to miss the golf ball in the correct spots, and I kept
doing that time and time again," Woods said. "I told myself, 'just keep missing
it in the correct spots' and I did."


Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele all finished tied for
2nd at 12 under par. Molinari finished tied for 5th at -11.


The journey has been a long and trying one for Woods, he has overcome
scandal, divorce and four back surgeries, and yet here he is once again
on top of the golf world wearing a green jacket. It has been stated by those
that know him best, and the media that see him regularly, that this is a
different person - a mature, refined and thankful Eldrick "Tiger" Woods. He
fist bumps fans between holes, makes eye contact and shows a vulnerable
side during interviews now. Perhaps the picture that best defines Tiger today
was the image of him as he walked off the 18th green. In the past during
his prime, after victories nobody was waiting afterwards to congratulate him
(only Dad Earl and Mom Tida in the early days), but on Sunday at Augusta
there was nearly a dozen fellow tour players including 61 year old Bernhard
Langer, his Mom Tida and his two children Sam and Charlie. It wasn't just
another major or great sports story, this is a human being who has found
himself, and in turn has found his way back to where it all began 22 years
ago, as the Masters Champion.



 
Jennifer Kupcho Captures Inaugural Augusta National Womens Amateur PDF Print E-mail

 

By Jason Bruno

Jennifer Kupcho hoists the trophy after winning the inaugural ANWA



Augusta, Georgia - She hit the first tee shot of the inaugural Augusta

National Womens Amateur Championship, and she rolled in the final

putt to win in front of thousands on property and millions around the

world. Say what you will about the members of the most exclusive

golf club in the free world, but these days they are making progressive

strides of inclusion and growing the game - this was just another step

in the right direction.

 

As for the competition (that began at nearby Champions Retreat on

Wed), it was just about as thrilling as a Masters Sunday. Two of the

finest collegiate players - Jennifer Kupcho and Maria Fassi had separated

themselves from the field by the time they reached the back nine at

Augusta National. Battling a migraine headache midway through the

round, Kupcho the reigning NCAA Champion needed to steady the ship

after a bogey at the tenth left her two shots behind Fassi, who started

hot - playing the first eight holes in 4 under par.

 

After both players parred both the eleventh and twelfth, Kupcho took on

the challenge at the par 5 thirteenth. From 211 yards out, she ripped a

towering 3 hybrid to within 6 feet. Fassi chose to lay up, and wedged to

10 feet away. Fassi barely missed her attempt at birdie, opening the door

for a two-stroke swing. When Kupcho poured the eagle into the center of

the cup, the patrons erupted and the event immediately took on a vibe all

its own. From there, with the score knotted at 7 under par, Kupcho went

on a blitz - making birdies at the fifteenth, sixteenth and appropriately

drained a bomb at the last to reach 10 under par and win by four over

Fassi. The NCAA Player of the Year from Arkansas, Fassi battled valiantly

but could do nothing but admire her friend's magnificent play in becoming

the events first champion. 'We joked at the beginning, we're like, "Let's

make a sure we put up a show for people,' and we did," Fassi said. I'm

extremely proud of what I did, and Jennifer for getting that win."

 

As for the winner, Jennifer Kupcho knew that what she did on that back

nine was special, but more importantly what the day at the National

meant for women and the sport of golf. "Coming out of it with Maria in

the final group with me, I think both of us kind of just wanted to send a

message that golf is about having friends, the Wake Forest standout said.

"To be out there with her, we were cheering each other on, and that's

kind of how golf is supposed to be. And to make it look fun, it is fun. So

to make it look that way for everyone watching, I hope it encourages

people to pick up a club and go play.

 

 

Scores: https://www.anwagolf.com/en_US/scores/index.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 
Kisner Wins WGC Dell Match Play PDF Print E-mail

Kevin Kisner celebrates after winning the WGC Dell Match Play



Austin, Texas - After reaching the finals of the WGC Dell Match Play

last year, Kevin Kisner made it back to the finals and was able to flip

the outcome in his favor in what he called "sweet revenge" (he was

routed by Bubba Watson 7&6 in '18). The final tally was a bit closer

this time, a 3&2 win over Matt Kuchar, for his third PGA Tour title.

 

The week at Austin Country Club started with a loss for the 35 year

old ex-Georgia Bulldog standout, but after six straight match wins,

Kisner was the lone survivor in the field of 64. Kisner, the 50th

ranked player in the world defeated a red-hot Francesco Molinari in

the semis, while Kuchar defeated Denmark's young upstart Lucas

Bjerregaard (who defeated Tiger Woods in the round of 8).

 

The death blow for the 24th ranked Kuchar came at the par 5-16th.

On in two but facing a lengthy eagle attempt, Kuchar left his putt

well short. With a chance to slam the door, Kisner drained his 20

footer for birdie to put an exclamation on a week that began with

64 of top 66 players (only Rickie Fowler and Adam Scott were no

shows) on the previous Wednesday.

 

Kisner who never trailed in the final was fatigued and elated after

the victory. "It was a long week," Kisner said. "I prevailed, and I'm

a World Golf Champion."

 

Kisner collected $1,745,000 and moved up to 13th in the Fedex Cup

Standings. Dell Match Play runner-up Matt Kuchar took over the points

lead just ahead of Rory McIlroy, who lost to Tiger Woods in the round

of 16.

 

In the consolation match for third place, Molinari ousted Bjerregaard

4&2.

 

Match Play Results: https://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 
Casey Goes Back to Back at Valspar PDF Print E-mail

 

Paul Casey celebrates at the Copperhead Course after winning back to back.




Palm Harbor, Florida - Entering Sunday with a one-stroke lead over World

No.1 Dustin Johnson, Paul Casey figured the pressure was not on him to

repeat because he was playing against the best in the game. Relishing the

underdog role despite sitting atop the leaderboard, Casey played a steady

plodding final round while the field struggled on perhaps the most arduous

track the Florida swing could provide. The Copperhead at Innisbrook Resort

has never been a pushover, proving year after year that if you can get to

double digits under par, you'll likely win. The 2019 edition at Innisbrook

resort proved no different, with Casey doing just enough on Sunday to

get the job done. His Sunday 72 (+1), and 8 under par total was enough

for a one stroke victory to become the first repeat winner in the history

of the Valspar Championship.

 

Dustin Johnson never put together a charge of any kind, in fact, he went

birdie-less in his 3 over par final round of 74.


Jason Kokrak looked like Casey's main competition on Sunday, but stumbled

coming home, bogeying the last to finish a shot back at 7 under par - finishing

in a tie for second with Louie Oosthuizen. Oosthuizen bogeyed the par 4 - 16th

all four rounds and lamented afterwards, " I would love to comeback next year

and see if I can make a par on that hole."

 

For Paul Casey who missed the cut just the week before at the Players,

this was validation and a sweeter taste then last year's title. "Today was a

very different attitude to maybe I had the last three, four years, and an

attitude that I had, and a comfort and relaxed approach - confidence in my

game. I still felt Dustin was the favorite, but it didn't mean I didn't think I

could beat him."

 

The victory was Casey's third PGA Tour career win and moves him to fourth

in the current Fedex Cup standings.

 

 

Valspar Championship Scores: https://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 
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