Spieth Outlasts Reed & O'Hair in Playoff at Valspar PDF Print E-mail


Jordan Spieth celebrates his second PGA tour victory Sunday in Tampa


Palm Harbor, Florida - Jordan Spieth outlasted Patrick Reed and Sean O'Hair on Sunday at Innisbrook's

venerable Copperhead course. It was the 21 year old Texan's shortgame that impressed, getting up and

down over and over again - including a clutch putt on the 72nd hole of regulation to get into the playoff

at the Valspar Championship.


Ryan Moore held a slim lead for much of round 4, but a final round 72 (1 over par) had him finish at

8 under par (two strokes back). Tied at 10 under par at the end of regulation, Spieth shot 69, Reed 66

and O'Hair 67.


Spieth's 30 ft bomb dispatched his competitors on the third playoff hole, and capped off an exciting day

at Innisbrook Resort on one of the tour's toughest tests.

“OK, I like studying the game, historian of the game.” said Spieth. “It's really cool to have my

name, you know, go along side those. But right now currently and what I'm really focused on is

Rory McIlroy is No. 1 in the world. That's who everyone is trying to chase.

“That's our ultimate goal is to eventually, you know, be the best in the world and this is a great,

great stepping stone. But going into the four majors of the year, to have closed one out in this kind

of fashion is going to give me a lot of confidence.”

Spieth moves to seventh in the Fedex Cup standings, and is just the fourth player under the age of

22 to win twice since 1940.

Henrik Stenson finished fourth at -9.




Dustin Johnson Wins WGC at Trump Doral PDF Print E-mail


Dustin Johnson is back in the winners circle after outlasting the field at Trump Doral


Miami, Florida - It was a festive week at Trump's Miami retreat this week. Earlier in

the week Dustin Johnson shot hoops with Shane Battier, J.B Holmes threw footballs

with Ryan Tannehill and Sergio Garcia played Soccer with Alexi Lalas. There were

dedications (of the Arnold Palmer & Phil Mickelson villas), a fashion show and a concert

on Saturday night with Carlos Santana . . . but eventually it came down to a typical

Sunday on the PGA Tour - albeit the WGC Cadillac Championship.


Gil Hanse's redesign, now in it's second year still proved to be "The Blue Monster".

After JB Holmes posted an incredible 62 in round 1 (which was nearly 12 strokes better

than the field average on Thursday), the course showed its pedigree not only by the

scores, but also by the quality of ball strikers on the leaderboard. Holmes, Bubba Watson,

Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia were all on the board

during the weekend. It came down to the three bombers Watson, Holmes, and Johnson

late on Sunday.


J.B Holmes led Johnson and Watson by 5 strokes heading into Sunday, but numerous

miscues early had Holmes reeling on his way to final round 75 (finishing one back).

Johnson finished at 9 under par after a solid final round 69 - notching win #9 of his

career. It was another blustery South Florida afternoon, where patience and solid

ball striking was crucial. "It means everything," Johnson said. "It's been a tough road

but I played really good. It feels awesome to get that W. I played great today."


"Obviously, it's one of my biggest wins," Johnson said. "I've been working hard on my

game and been working hard on me, and so it means a great deal to have some

success right out of the gate. It gives me a lot of confidence, too."


It only took Johnson five starts after a six month leave of absence to extend his PGA

Tour winning streak to eight years in a row - presently, the longest such streak on the



Bubba Watson finished third 2 strokes back. World #1 Rory McIlroy finished tied for

ninth at -1.











Paddy Harrington Wins Honda in a Playoff PDF Print E-mail


Paddy Harrington poses with the trophy after winning on the second playoff hole on Monday.

Palm Beach Gardens - Padraig Harrington outlasted the field on a rare Monday finish

on the PGA Tour. The Honda Classic endured Tiger's absence, Rory missing the cut,

and some crazy bizarre storms that rolled through South Florida on Friday & Saturday.

The tournament might have finished a day late, but the Champion Course at PGA

National did not disappoint, producing the drama that it has become known for.

Harrington finished regulation with an even par 70 (-6 total), but standing on the 17th

tee with the solo lead, he fanned a three quarter 5 iron into the hazard. Needing birdie

on the last, he poured in the 16 foot birdie putt to bounce back and reach the playoff with

21 year old rookie Daniel Berger.


Berger posted 64 early on Monday, and waited around as the field crumbled through

the "Bear Trap". After both players made par on the first playoff hole (eighteenth), they

headed back to the par 3 seventeenth. Harrington stepped up and stiffed the 5 iron this

time to 4 feet. Berger feeling the heat, blocked his tee shot into the hazard and made

double bogey five. Harrington had three putts to win (and took two of them) to secure

his sixth PGA Tour Victory.


"I think I found that mental edge that I've been lacking the last couple of years," Harrington

said. “The one good thing for me … when I get into contention I can hit the shots. The problem

has been when I starting the week with middle-of-the-road shots, easy shots, I’m just not

hitting them.  When I’ve got tough shots I can hit them.  So, I wasn’t afraid once I got myself

- like the last nine holes I felt like a different person to when I was nine under par.”

“There’s no doubt on your way back down it’s a lot different, but hopefully this isn’t an isolated

win. I hope not.  I really do believe in myself.  I think I really found that mental edge that has

been lacking  the last number of years and, hopefully, I can stick with that going forward and

be consistently contending. Because I know if I am contending I can win.”


Patrick Reed and Phil Mickelson each finished with 73's and faded down the stretch. Reed

rinsed his tee shot at the par 3 fifteenth (making double bogey) and also bogeyed the

sixteenth finishing at -3. Mickelson's putting cost him again, starting with his opening putt

for par on the ninth to start the day (he finished at even par for the week).

It appeared that Englishman Ian Poulter had the tournament in hand early on Monday,

but a series of miscues including a double bogey on the par 4 - eleventh, and a triple bogey

on the par 4 - fourteenth all but ended his hopes. He did finish with birdies on the last two

holes to finish one stroke back at -5.


The win was Harrington's sixth of his PGA Tour career (first since 2008). He has moved up

from in 297th in the world to 80th, and gets the Irishman back to the Masters.












Lydia Ko Rolls on - Wins Down Under, Hahn Gets 1st Win at Riviera PDF Print E-mail


World No.1 Lydia Ko wins the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open


Melbourne Australia - The seventeen year old phenom known these days as the world #1, just keeps

rolling on. This episode was on the famed Royal Melbourne composite course. Lydia Ko's Sunday 71,

was enough to outlast the stellar field at the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open on Dr.Alister

MacKenzie's sand belt classic design, finishing at 9 under par.


Ko struggled early on, but righted the ship with a pitch in for eagle on the par 4 - third. "The first two

holes I three putted and you don't want to start on that kind of note, especially on the final day when

you know you need to play really well. That third hole really kicked off well. I couldn't really see the

ball drop in the hole but people were clapping and it was getting louder as the ball was getting closer,"

Ko said. "It was great and it really helped my round."


Amy Yang was Ko's biggest challenger Sunday, but she faltered down the stretch with bogey's on the 15th

and 17th holes to finish two shots back after a final round 72, Ariya Jutanugarn finished third at 4 under


The victory was Lydia Ko's sixth career LPGA Tour Title.









James Hahn celebrates his first career PGA Tour victory at Riviera

Pacific Palisades, California - On a cold rainy Sunday in Southern California, James Hahn brought

his own sunshine to the famous George Thomas layout just off Sunset Blvd in the City of Angels.

Trailing by 4 heading into the final round, Hahn hung in there on a day when most (including 54

hole leader Retief Goosen) fell to the wayside. At the end of regulation, three players remained tied for

the Northern Trust Open title at Riviera at -6: Dustin Johnson (69), a resurgent Paul Casey (68),

and James Hahn (69).


Hahn ranked #297 in the world coming in to Hogan's Alley, was clearly the underdog in the playoff.

After all three players made par on the 1st sudden death hole, next up was the driveable par 4-tenth.

Highly regarded as the best short par 4 on tour, it was the perfect stage for the moment. All three

players hit their tee shots left of the green with Casey having the best angle into the elongated putting

surface - where the hole location was positioned back right. Casey went first from the shortgrass, his

pitch settled about 18 feet short of the hole. Next up was Hahn who hit a marvelous flop from the rough

over the back bunker to about 11 feet (considering the moment and the tough wet lie, it was a great

shot). DJ had an even tougher shot from the cabbage, with very little green between the bunker and the

flag. The recently transplanted resident of L.A hit the shot of the week, a flop shot out the wet Kikuyu turf

that not only landed within a few feet of the hole, it also spun as if it were a dry lie from the shortgrass.


Casey just missed his putt on the low side, then Hahn, knowing he had to have his, drained it

dead center. DJ tapped in for his birdie, with Casey eliminated, the two marched on to the par 3 -

fourteenth. Johnson hit his tee shot to 10 ft, and Hahn almost matched him - his ball finishing about

16 feet from the cup. Hahn casually stepped up and drained his putt. Johnson seemed shaken by Hahn's

clutch roll when his feeble attempt came up short... and just like that James Hahn had won his first PGA

Tour event (and a birth to the Masters).


It wasn't the Masters that Hahn was thinking about after his victory, it was the upcoming birth of

his daughter. "That, to me kind of humbles myself and kind of brings me down to reality that, you

know, I'm going to be a Dad here in like three weeks," Hahn said. "I couldn't be more excited, and more

nervous that we don't have a name picked out yet. I'm going to have to talk to my wife about Riviera.

I think that's a good name."


We couldn't agree more.


54 hole leader Retief Goosen struggled on the back nine Sunday and shot 75 finishing two shots

out of the playoff at -4.











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