Spieth Shoots 63 - Captures Australian Open PDF Print E-mail


Jordan Spieth celebrates his win "Down Under" at the Austrlian Open

Sydney, Australia - In what he called the best round he's ever played, 21 year old Texan

Jordan Spieth blitzed the field at the Australian Golf Club - shooting a final round 63, to

win the Australian Open by six strokes (13 under par 271 total). Spieth is the first American

to win the Championship since Brad Faxon in 1993.


"It's the best round I have ever played, especially considering the conditions," Spieth said.

"It was just kind of one of those rounds when you're in the zone and you're not sure what

you're at. It's nice that it came on a Sunday."


Adam Scott finished fifth, 9 strokes back after a final round 71. World No.1 Rory McIlroy

finished 15 strokes back at +2 after shooting 72 on Sunday.



Afterwards McIlroy congratulated Spieth via Twitter with these remarks: You could give me

another 100 rounds today at The Australian and I wouldn't sniff 63.... Well done

@JordanSpieth very impressive!











Stenson Wins in Dubai, Ko Takes CME PDF Print E-mail

Henrik Stenson defended his title at the DP World Tour Championship

Dubai - During a week where the Race to Dubai Series had already

been won by Rory McIlroy, the golf itself took center stage at the DP

World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Needing only two putts from 10 ft on the 72nd hole, Stenson sank the birdie

for a final round 70, and a total score of 16 under par - a two stroke victory

over McIlroy (68), Justin Rose (69) and Victor Dubuisson (68) ) . . . but it

wasn't without some drama.

Stenson found some trouble on the back nine, hitting his tee shot

out of bounds on the 11th, that led to Spaniard Cabrera-Bello

holding a two-shot advantage, but a spectacular 5 iron on the

par 3 - 17th produced a tap-in birdie to once again seize the lead.

McIlroy and Rose both missed birdie putts on the last to post 15

under, failing to add any pressure to Stenson coming in. Dubuisson

made birdie to reach a tie with Rose & McIlroy after nearly holing out

from a greenside bunker.

Stenson seemed more relieved than anything afterwards:

"It feels great, I'm exhausted to say the least. It was hot out there

and tricky on the back nine. I did not play my best and had a shocking

hole on 11. I walked up to the tee with too much club in my hand and

instead of changing I tried to cut a two-iron but hit a push, slice, shank

straight into the buildings. That knocked me back but I did not give up.

I just had to dig in there and wait for something to happen. I had a couple

of close calls this year to get my win and it was not to be. It's been close

but eventually you get something if you stick around and I surely did that."

It was the Swede's first career title defense, and moves him to #2 in the Official

World Golf Rankings.

2012 & 2014 Race to Dubai Champion - Rory McIlroy







Lydia Ko celebrates a big day at the CME Tour Championship at Tiburon

Naples, Florida - 17 year old New Zealander, Lydia Ko won the richest event in LPGA

history at Tiburon. Ko's 4-under par 68 won the inaugural "Race to CME Globe" and

the $1 million bonus. When she won the Tour Championship with a par on the fourth

playoff hole - she earned another $500k.

"When I saw that $1 million in the box I was like, 'Wow, I wonder who the winner of

that will be?'" she said. "I've never see that much cash in one place before."

Ko knew before the playoff that the $1 million bonus was hers, but the playoff for the

Tour Championship was still to be decided between Ko, Carlota Ciganda of Spain and

Julieta Granada of Paraguay.

Granada was the first to be eliminated when she three putted from just off the 18th

green on the second playoff hole. On the fourth playoff hole, Ciganda pulled her

approach into the hazard, took her drop and chipped to 5 ft. Ko, only needing two putts

calmly did just that for her 5th victory before the age of 18, and a $1.5 million dollar










Koepka Wins in Turkey, Hoffman Takes Mayakoba PDF Print E-mail


Brooks Koepka broke through for his first win at the Turkish Airlines Open.

Turkey - It came down to a putt. Ian Poulter who led throughout the week, had six

feet for birdie to reach 17 under par and force a playoff with Brooks Koepka, who

was in the clubhouse after shooting a superb final round 65 on Colin Montgomerie's

Maxx Royal course. Lee Westwood (71) playing alongside Poulter on Sunday, had just

made his six footer from nearly the identical line . . . but the read failed to help his

Ryder Cup teammate - Poulter's putt broke off left at the last moment. "It was

probably a bad thing that I actually stood there and watched Westy's putt, because

I think he pushed it slightly and it fell in the right edge. I knew my putt was going to

break right to left. I hit it on what I thought was right edge on a decent pace and it

broke across the hole."

For Brooks Koepka, its been many close calls leading up to Sunday's victory: "It's

awesome," added Koepka. "I played well. This field is first class, some of the

best players in the world, and it's nice to get the win. I actually had a little vacation

last week, which was nice, kind of recharged the batteries, didn't touch a club. I

should take more vacations.To jump into the top 50 in the world (he started the

week 61st) and be in all the Majors and I guess some of the World Golf

Championships events, it will be special."

Henrik Stenson finished third at -14 after a final round 64. Victor Dubuisson also fired

a Sunday 64.

Koepka's victory ensured that Rory McIlroy is the 2014 Race to Dubai Champion.


Morgan Hoffman celebrates his win of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico - It had been over four years and 108 starts since Morgan

Hoffman's last PGA Tour victory, and this one wasn't without some drama coming

down the stretch.

Leading by one over playing partner Shawn Stefani, Hoffman yanked his tee shot left

- up against the trunk of a palm tree ... he had no shot. Advantage Stefani, but

Stefani had his own challenge, his tee shot came to rest just behind the lip of the

left fairway bunker. Stefani wedged himself out to within 50 yards for his par.

Hoffman hit out sideways into the fairway, then wedged his third to 30 feet. Stefani

had his chance, but chunked his pitch shot short of the green, all but ending his

hopes. Hoffman two putted for his bogey to secure his third career victory.

Hoffman's last win was before his daughter Claire was born, "It was really

nice to see them run out on the green and see the excitement on their face,"

Hoffman said. "We have been talking about it for a while. It's a little bit longer

than I anticipated, but it's nice to finally get it done."


Watson Wins HSBC Champions PDF Print E-mail

Bubba Watson is the Champion of the 2014 WGC - HSBC Champions

Shanghai, China - Bubba Watson needed heroics on the 18th hole Sunday to reach a playoff at

Sheshan Golf Club with South African Tim Clark. Facing a long greenside bunker shot for eagle,

Watson blasted out and watched as his ball tracked nearly 30 feet like a putt - into the center of

the cup. After an up & down back nine, Watson closed out the final round with a two under par 70

to finish at 11 under par.

Standing in the greenside bunker on the 72nd hole, things looked bleak . . . but Watson

joked with his caddie (Ted Scott) about saving the day with a miracle shot: "You always

joke about holing it," Watson said. "And then it actually went in. I didn't know how to react

and so I just kind of screamed, and I lost my voice a little bit. It was one of those shots, a

one-in-a-lifetime kind of shot. And so it was pretty neat."

Clark missed his 25 foot putt for birdie on the first hole of the playoff (18th hole), Watson

was in the same greenside bunker in the playoff, blasted out to 20 feet and drained the putt.

Rickie Fowler, Hiroshi Iwata and Graeme McDowell tied for third at -10.

Watson moves to #3 in the the Official World Golf Rankings, the highest of any American player.

Bubba was elated over being able to win a road game, "Being able to win outside the U.S., I just want

to be able to travel and get through the jet lag, get through all the things and still perform at a high

level," Watson said. "So for me to win out here, this is very big. This is very special for me."











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