Russell Knox Wins HSBC Champions PDF Print E-mail

Russell Knox celebrates his first victory at the HSBC Champions.

Shanghai, China - Russell Knox beat a stellar field in Shanghai for the first win of his

career on either the PGA or European Tour. The 30 year old Scot - ranked 85th in the

world, made six birdies enroute to a final round 68 and 20 under par total at Sheshan

International Golf Club for a two stroke victory over American Kevin Kisner (-18).


Knox is the first Scottish player to ever win a World Golf Championship. The Inverness

native who attended Jacksonville University in Florida, had his previous best finish at

the 2014 Honda Classic where he lost in a four man playoff (won by Russell Henley).


Afterwards, Knox was still beaming. "I always thought I was going to win a big one as

my first one, but this is going to take a long time to sink in." The win gets Knox into the

Hyundai Tournament of Champions and the Masters.


England's Danny Willet tied the course record - shooting 62 and finishing tied for third

with Ross Fisher. World No.1 Jordan Spieth finished 5 shots back at -15. Rory McIlroy

was another shot back at -14.












Justin Thomas Wins CIMB Classic PDF Print E-mail



Justin Thomas celebrates his first PGA Tour victory in Malaysia at the CIMB Classic

Malaysia - Justin Thomas had been knocking on the door - contending numerous times during

his successful but winless rookie year. On Sunday in Malaysia at the CIMB Classic he kicked

the door in and notched win No.1 of his PGA Tour career. Thomas shot 66 in the final round for

a total of 26 under par (262 strokes), a new CIMB Classic tournament scoring record.


Thomas got a boost from an 28 foot putt for eagle at the tenth hole, then he hole out from the

bunker on the thirteenth . . . and it appeared that victory was inevitable. On the fourteenth, he

hit his short approach into the water hazard - making double bogey. Determined to not let this

one slip away, the Alabama Alum nearly holed his tee shot on the next hole (the par 3 fifteenth)

and went on to birdie holes holes sixteen and seventeen as well. Thomas tapped in from four feet

at the last for par, winning by one stroke over a hard charging Adam Scott, who rode 7 birdies

and an eagle to a final round 63.

The win qualifies Thomas into so many of the seasons largest and most prestigious events, but

it's not necessarily the one you'd think that has him most excited. "Obviously the Masters is a

great goal that I've had my whole career too, but the thing is, I could play my way into the Masters

with good play before April - and only had three more tries to make it to Hawaii."


















Smylie Kaufman's 61 Takes Shriners Open PDF Print E-mail



Smylie Kaufman celebrates his victory at the Shriners for Children Open

Las Vegas - PGA Tour Rookie Smylie Kaufman started the day seven shots back, and

after being only 1 under thru his first seven holes of the final round at the Shriners for

Children Open, the former LSU Tiger shot 9 under the rest of the way. Kaufman's 61

(-16) was too much for the contenders who started the day atop the leaderboard. It

was nearly a two hour wait as the field finished, and no one was able to match the

posted number. At 23, Kaufman has realized his dream of being a PGA Tour winner.


Kaufman's final round featured four birdies in a row from holes eight thru twelve, an

eagle at the par 4 fifteenth, and birdies at the sixteenth and eighteenth capped off the

stellar performance.


"I was just hitting it so good the last few days and just wanted to give myself a chance

and post a number, and that's what it came down to," said Kaufman, seven strokes back

entering the round. "I dodged a lot of bullets coming down the stretch with guys coming

in. ... So much more stressful than on the course. So much worse. I felt like I was watching

an LSU football game. It's unbelievable, Kaufman said. "If you would have told me I had

a round at the Masters, if somebody was going to take me out and not completely with

the Masters, just to play Augusta National, I would have freaked out. But now that I'm

playing the Masters, it's a joke. It's unbelievable."














Grillo Wins in PGA Tour Debut at Frys PDF Print E-mail



Emiliano Grillo celebrates his win at the Open

Napa Valley, California - Earlier in 2015, Emiliano Grillo missed a short putt to win in Puerto Rico,

and lost in the playoff. On Sunday at Silverado he closed the deal with a final round 69, and a 9 foot

birdie putt on the second playoff hole to defeat Kevin Na .


Kevin Na shot a final round 70 to share the lead at the end of regulation at -15, but made bogey (on

the second playoff hole) after hitting driver off the deck from an uneven lie, leaving a near impossible

up n down.


Two weeks ago, Grillo rolled in a long putt to win the Tour Championship . . . and in his

first scheduled start on the PGA Tour he has already earned a trip to the Tournament of Champions,

Masters and has jumped to No.36 in the Official World Golf Rankings.


“You say Masters, I can’t believe it,” said Grillo. "This is awesome, there is no words to put in to

explain this. This is the greatest moment of my life golf-wise. I stayed positive, I learned a lot

from the one in Puerto Rico. My caddie asked me was I 100 percent and I said yes. I want to win

it. You know how they say it, third time is charm. Most important than the win was the putt on

the last hole. Made me believe that I can hole putts on the last hole. You know, I did it then; did

it twice today on the last hole basically.You know, makes you believe you can do it. That’s huge.”



Despite neither playing at Napa, Jason Day re-took Jordan Spieth as No.1 in the OWGR.















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