Kizzire Wins 6 Hole Playoff - Sony Open PDF Print E-mail



Patton Kizzire celebrates after winning the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club



Honolulu - As the sun was setting in Hawaii, Patton Kizzire was putting the finishing

touches on his 2nd win of the '17-'18 season (earlier in the fall Kizzire won the OHL

Mayacoba Classic). At the start of the day, it was Tom Hoge who entered the final

round with a slim one stroke lead and seemed poised to notch his first career victory,

but a late double bogey on Seth Raynor's design at Waialae Country Club derailed any

hopes. Hoge finished at -16 just one shot out of a tie for the lead and the chance to

compete in a playoff.


James Hahn had the hot hand, climbing the leaderboard all day on his way to posting

an impressive final round 62 to reach sudden death with Patton Kizzire. On the sixth

hole of the playoff Kizzire made par to get the win. Hahn, was visibly shaken by the

defeat and was blunt regarding his emotions, "I played good enough to win, but I

didn't. So for me, it's not how many birdies I make, if I'm not coming out of the room

with the trophy, it feels like I was defeated out there," Hahn said. He continued, "I'd

rather lose by a hundred than lose by one. I'd rather miss the cut than lose in a playoff.

It just doesn't sit well with me. I feel really defeated right now."


While Hahn was beating himself up for the defeat, Kizzire was on different trajectory

after the big win, "I'm just going to keep working hard, I want to get the 3rd win. The

first win was big, this one is even bigger."


Kizzire now holds a sizable 452 point lead over Pat Perez in the Fedex Cup standings.




















DJ Wins Sentry Tournament of Champions PDF Print E-mail



Dustin Johnson celebrates after winning at Kapalua


Maui - It's a new year, but the dominance continues for World No.1 Dustin

Johnson. Heading into the final round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions

with a two shot lead, Johnson's front nine 32 on Kapalua's Plantation course

extended the margin to six strokes and the rout was on. By the end, the margin

was eight as Johnson finished off the field with a brilliant 8 under par 65 and a

total of 24 under par.


DJ's ball striking, especially with the driver continues to amaze. In what may

go down in Kapalua lore for decades to come, his tee shot at the 430 yard par 4

twelfth finished 4 inches from the cup - perhaps the best shot ever hit on the 20

year old Coore/Crenshaw design. A tap in eagle that was nearly an ace from 430

yards! Afterwards, Johnson wasn't all that impressed by his feat, "I could see it

until it landed, but I knew it was on a good line. Obviously you have to get a nice

bounce. I know exactly where I want it to come down out of the air and it did,"

Johnson said.


The win marked Johnson's 17th tour victory (his second at Kapalua) and the 11th

consecutive year with a win.


Jon Rahm (who moved up to third in the Official World Golf Rankings) finished

solo 2nd at 16 under par.














Rickie Fowler Fires 61, Wins Hero World Challenge PDF Print E-mail



Rickie Fowler celebrates with tournament host Tiger Woods after winning at Albany

Bahamas - The big story all week was the return of tournament host and

14 time major winner Tiger Woods, but in the end it was Rickie Fowler who

captured the headlines.


Fowler fired a blistering course record 61 at Albany Golf Club (eclipsing the

previous mark of 62 by Justin Rose who calls Albany home). Starting the day

seven shots back, Fowler started out by making birdie on the first seven holes

in a row enroute to an 8 under par - front nine 28. A sub 60 round seemed

likely, but after reaching 10 under thru 13 holes, the 28 year old could only

manage one more birdie (which came at the par 5 - fifteenth) to finish at -18.


Meanwhile, 54 hole leader Charley Hoffman who started Sunday with a hefty

five shot lead, was treading water and could only manage an even par 72 to

finish four shots back 14 under par.


Although the win against the limited 18 man field is considered un-official,

Fowler knew that rounds like Sunday don't come around very often: "It's fun

when you get on birdie runs just to see how far you can go, Fowler said. "You

know it's not going to last forever."


Tournament host Tiger Woods who's been playing money games with Fowler

back home in Florida at the Medalist Club, finished off the week with a final

round 68 to finish 10 shots back at 8 under par (tied for 9th).


















Cameron Davis Takes Australian Open PDF Print E-mail



Cameron Davis celebrates after winning the Australian Open



Sydney, Australia - In one of the most improbable results in the 102 year history

of the Australian Open, Cameron Davis fired a final round 64 to finish at 11 under

par and come from six shots back on Sunday to capture the title by a single stroke.

Starting ahead of the final five groups, the 1494th ranked player in the Official World

Golf Rankings waited as it finally came down to Jonas Blixt and 2015 Australian

Open Champion Matt Jones - but neither could convert their attempts on the last

to force a playoff.



"Before the week started that was the aim, I wanted to play the weekend in the

Australian Open," Cameron Davis said. "It's the biggest tournament I've played

in, I just want to get over the cut and play all four days and soak up the entire

weekend. "I didn't even see the leaderboard before I hit that [birdie] putt on the

last hole. "I made that, and I thought, 'I'll be up around the top'. But to come into

the scorer's hut and see where I was at, I was kind of blown away. I had no idea

I was going to be there."

Davis finished with rounds of 63-72-74-64 (273 total) at The Australian Golf Club.

Jason Day entered Sunday primed to win his first Australian Open title but struggled

shooting 2 over par in round 4 and finished 3 shots back at -8. "It's disappointing

not come out and finish it," Day said. "But I've got to look at what I need to do better

next time because you can;t be perfect all the time. I played three terrific rounds and

I just didn't put it together on Sunday."

Jordan Spieth finished eighth at 6 under par after a final round 67.














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