Hideki Repeats at Waste Management Phoenix Open PDF Print E-mail


Hideki Matsuyama celebrates with the Thunderbirds at TPC Scottsdale

Scottsdale, Arizona - It took four extra holes against Webb Simpson in a

playoff but Hideki Matsuyama prevailed at the 17th hole, and in doing so

defended his title at the most rowdy setting in golf at TPC Scottsdale. His

final round 66 included 3 birdies and an eagle at the the par-5 third hole.

Matsuyama reached 17 under par with a clean bogey free final round, and

now the 24 year old star from Japan has won for the fifth time in nine

worldwide starts at Waste Management Phoenix Open.


Matsuyama is so dominant from a ball-striking stand point, these

stats from the PGA Tour tell the story - nearly 97% of his strokes gained

at TPC Scottsdale came from his tee-to green performance where he

dominated the field by a whopping +3.304 per round. The field average

was 5 under par on the par-5's, Hideki was 11 under par on the par-5's

for the week.


Crowd favorite Phil Mickelson surged early on reaching 14 under par

with a front nine 31, but faded coming in to finish with a back nine 40

(71) to end up tied for 16th (at 10 under par).


The win was Matsuyama's fourth PGA Tour title and now moves him

into the lead in the Fedex Cup standings, (last weeks points leader

Justin Thomas missed the cut in Phoenix).


54 hole leader Byeong Hun An shot a final round 73 to finish tied for 6th

at 14 under par.















Jon Rahm Rallies to Win Farmers at Torrey Pines PDF Print E-mail


Jon Rahm celebrates Tour victory numero uno at Torrey Pines

La Jolla, California - 22 year old Spaniard Jon Rahm broke loose from the

packed leaderboard on Sunday to capture his first career win at the Farmers

Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. Rahm's Sunday 65 was the lowest score of

the day (13 under par total), winning by a 3 stroke margin.


Rahm's back nine 30 absolutely blitzed the logjam of nearly a dozen players

who were stuck between 8-10 under par for most of the afternoon on Torrey

South. Rahm was on fire, going six under par over his final eight holes, including

a spectacular 61 foot downhill eagle putt at the last that just curled in on it's last

few revolutions - sending the SoCal crowd into a frenzy.


Rahm burst onto the scene last year as the tour rookie from Arizona State who

was the Jack Nicklaus award recipient for being the best player in Collegiate Golf.

After a flurry of good play last summer, Rahm was tabbed as a future European

Ryder Cup star in the making. The big win in San Diego on the storied on a U.S

Open layout only helps solidify his status moving forward.


After Rahm nearly won at Congressional last year (he finished 3rd), there was bitter

disappointment, but he learned: "Today the difference was inexperience, last year both

me and my caddie were complete rookies on the golf course. Today I was just focused

on making putts and hitting the right shots. To be honest, after the second shot on

thirteen (Rahm made eagle) - I was able to execute it so good, I was able to hit the

shots and think clearly."


Rahm ranked 1st in tee-to-green for the week (1st in putts per green-in-regulation

in the final rd, and 1st in proximity to the hole in the final rd). the former Sun Devil

has moved to sixth in the current Fedex Cup standings.


C.T Pan and Charles Howell III finished tied for second at 10 under par. Phil Mickelson

finished tied for 14th after shooting 68-70 on the weekend.


Rahm is all TaylorMade thru the bag:


Driver: M2 2017 (Aldila Tour Green 75TX shaft), 10.5 degrees

3-wood: M1 2017 (Aldila Tour Green 75TX shaft), 15 degrees

5-wood: M1 2017 (Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 8X shaft), 19 degrees

Irons: RSi UDI (4-iron) TaylorMade P750 (5-PW; TT Project X 6.5 shafts)

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56, 60 TT Project X 6.5 shafts)

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x













Swafford Wins Career Builder Challenge PDF Print E-mail



Hudson Swafford celebrates after winning the CareerBuilder Challenge at PGA West

La Quinta, California - In his 93rd PGA Tour event, former Georgia Bulldog standout

Hudson Swafford captured his first career win at PGA West. Birdies on holes 15 thru

17 were enough to give the Lakeland, Florida native the lead for good at the Career

Builders Challenge. After a routine par at the last, Swafford finished at 20 under par,

outlasting Canadian Adam Hadwin by a single stroke. Hadwin shot a third round 59

on Saturday, but could only muster 70 on Sunday (but Hadwin still achieved his

career best finish with a solo 2nd place finish). Brian Harman and Bud Cauley

finished tied for third at -18 (after both shot final round 69's).


Swafford who moved up to sixth in the Fedex Cup standings, was really satisfied

after breaking through: "Today, I stepped up there and hit some really good

shots on those holes, I knew the bad stuff on those two holes was gone. I had

already seen it, it had already happened and I just visualized really good shots."

With the victory, Swafford moved all the way up to sixth in the Fedex Cup



Tournament host Phil Mickelson returned after an off-season of two hernia

procedures to finish tied for 21st (at 11 under par).

















Justin Thomas Dominates at Sony - Sweeps Hawaii - PDF Print E-mail



Justin Thomas celebrates after sweeping both Tour events in Hawaii.

Honolulu, Hawaii - After a big win at the Tournament of Champions last week

at Kapalua, Justin Thomas picked up right where he left off. This time it was

on the island of Honolulu at Waialae Country Club, Thomas started off with an

eleven under par 59 to set the stage for an impressive wire to wire victory.

Thomas' 27 under par total of 253 set the PGA Tour 72 hole scoring record

topping Tommy Armour III's 254 total at the 2003 Texas Open. After his opening

59, Thomas shot rounds of 64-65-65).


The romp around Waialae amounted to a seven shot victory over Justin Rose

(-20) and eight over Jordan Spieth (who shot a final round 63 on Sunday).

Chez Reavie who finished tied for eighth at -16 shot a final round 61 on Sunday.


Afterward Thomas reflected on the week, "I played some great golf, I'm really

excited where my game is at and how comfortable I'm feeling while I'm out

there. This win meant a lot because of how I did it, my first wire to wire win.

I had a hard time getting focused today, I was nervous out there . . . first time

feeling like that in a longtime. To be able to handle it the way I did, I'm very

proud of."


The 23 year old Kentucky native has now moved ahead of the Fedex Cup

standings as the tour heads to California.











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