Jordan Spieth Wins at Royal Sydney, Hughes Takes RSM PDF Print E-mail



Jordan Spieth hoists the trophy after winning his second Australian Open title

Sydney, Australia - At the Emirates Australian Open on Sunday, 54 hole leader Geoff Ogilvy

faltered (shooting a final round 73) opening the door for 2014 Champion Jordan Spieth. Spieth

birdied holes twelve, Thirteen, Sixteen and made remarkable par saves on the final two holes

of regulation (69) to reach 12 under par, just enough to take on Queenslander Cameron Smith

and Victoria's Ashley Hall (who each shot final round 66's) to reach the sudden death playoff

at Royal Sydney.


After a solid hybrid off the tee, and 9 iron onto the green, Spieth made the winning putt that

eluded him in last year's edition of the Emirates Australian Open. "I had a chance last year on

18 and didn't hit a great putt, and this time I had that same chance with a very similar putt

in the playoff and capitalized, so I drew back a little on that and said 'this is our time to close

this one out'."


Spieth who earlier called Sydney "probably my favorite city I've ever traveled to", has made

the Australian Open a priority on his golf calendar: "I've cut out a lot of overseas travel this

year, but we still came here, because that's how important this event is to us and I haven't

gone anywhere else."


After Spieth's maiden victory down under in 2014, he went on a tear winning 5 times in 2015

including the Masters and U.S Open at Chambers Bay.



Geoff Ogilvy      T4 -10

Aaron Baddeley  T4 -10

Adam Scott       T14 -6


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Mackenzie Hughes Wins Playoff at RSM Classic


St.Simons, Georgia - Canadian Mackenzie Hughes stood just off the back of the green on

the par 3 - 17th hole early Monday at Sea Island's Seaside course - the third hole of a

sudden death playoff at the 2016 RSM Classic. Facing an 18ft putt for a must make par

(or so we all thought - with the three other competitors each facing par putts as well),

Hughes drained his putt, gave a hearty fist pump and watched as Camilo Villegas, Blayne

Barber and Henrik Norlander all missed their par attempts. Suddenly a dream was realized

- Mackenzie Hughes is now a winner on the PGA Tour.


“If I don’t make the putt, I’m probably done,” Hughes said. “I needed to flip things around.

Everybody had some work left (for par). If I make mine first, it makes everybody’s job

harder. “About a foot from the hole, I knew it was right in the heart. It was such a good



Billy Horschel was the fifth player at 17 under par, but was knocked out of the playoff

after a bogey on the first extra hole on Sunday.














Pat Perez Wins OHL Classic at Mayakoba PDF Print E-mail


Pat Perez celebrates after winning the OHL Classic at Mayakoba

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico - It had been a long 7 years since Pat Perez notched his first

tour win in 2009 at the Bobe Hope Classic, but in only his third start since returning from

shoulder surgery, Perez shot a final round 67 to notch victory #2 at the OHL Classic at

Mayakoba on Greg Norman's El Camaleon signature layout.


Perez shot a blistering third round 62 Saturday to pull within one stroke of 54 hole leader

Gary Woodland. On Sunday, the former ASU Sun Devil came out hot - making birdie on 5

of his first 8 holes . . . his only bogey of the day came on the par 4 twelfth. Perez's 263

total was good enough for a two stroke victory over Woodland who shot 70 on Sunday.


"I just saw the line, I thought I could make them all and I just had a confidence," Perez

said. "I had an entirely different attitude than I would have had a few years ago. It was

definitely a different win than last time. Last time, I was a little more scared coming

down the stretch. I didn't really believe and this and that. This time, I really had like this

calmness, kind of like a madness to get it done."


Scott Piercy (70), Chez Reavie (67) and Kevin Streelman (65) all finished at -17.


Russell Knox finished another shot back at 18 under par after a 66 Sunday.

















Pampling Wins Shriners Open PDF Print E-mail


Rodney Pampling celebrates after clinching victory at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

Las Vegas, Nevada - The last time Aussie Rodney Pampling had won on the PGA Tour was

at "The King's" event at Bay Hill in 2006. His last professional win was the 2008 Australian

Masters, 5 years later he lost his Tour card after the 2013 season. On Sunday in Las Vegas,

the 47 year old ended the drought with an exclamation point, sealing the deal with a 30 foot

bomb on the last to regain his place in the winners circle. Pampling shot a final round 65 to

finish at 20 under par and a two stroke victory at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

The win brings Pampling an exemption until he turns 50 and is eligible to join the PGA

Champions Tour.


2009 U.S Open Champion Lucas Glover was in contention until bogeying the final two holes

(shooting 69), finishing two back at 18 under par. Recent USA Ryder Cup standout Brooks

Koepka finished 2nd just a shot back after firing a final round 67.



Pampling who had plummeted to No.451st in the OWGR, was excited and relieved: "It's

extremely rewarding," Pampling said. Winning Arnold Palmer's event is still on top . . .

but coming back from what we've had the last few years, to get a win under the belt, it's

phenomenal. Amazing."


The Shriners was Pampling's 3rd PGA Tour victory (2004 international, 2006 AP Invitational),

and will have the Aussie returning to the Masters for the first time since 2007.













Hideki Routs the Field at HSBC Champions PDF Print E-mail


Hideki Matsuyama poses with the Old Tom Morris Cup trophy after winning in Shanghai.

Shanghai, China - Twenty four year old Hideki Matsuyama of Japan became the

first Asian to win a World Golf Championship event in the eighteen year history

of the series, and he did it in grand fashion. Matsuyama shot a final round 66 to

finish at 23 under par (7 shots clear of Henrik Stenson and Daniel Berger who

finished tied for second -16). Matsuyama's 265 total was just one shot shy of

Dustin Johnson's record mark in 2015.

Matsuyama was so impressive at Sheshan International in the tournament that

is regarded as "Asia's Major", that after starting the final round leading by three,

he more than doubled the margin by the finish - where he saved par with an 18

foot putt on the par 5 last (despite going into the hazard on his second shot).

Hideki played the final 45 holes bogey free, carding rounds of 66-65-68-66.

With the win, Matsuyama moves to his highest spot in the Official World Golf

Ranking at No.6 and takes the lead in the Fedex Cup standings. Since finishing

fifth at East Lake, he won the Japan Open, finished runner up to Justin Thomas

last week in Malaysia and now has won the biggest international event in his career

at Sheshan.


Rory McIlroy and Bill Haas finished tied for fourth at 15 under par.








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