DJ Continues to Roll - Wins Dell Match Play PDF Print E-mail


Dustin Johnson Wins the Dell Match Play to capture his 3rd victory in a row.

Austin, Texas - It was the battle everyone was hoping for on Sunday morning at

Austin Country Club, Dustin Johnson vs Jon Rahm. The World No.1 in his absolute

prime vs the young 22 year old Spaniard from Arizona State. After jumping out to

a commanding 5up early lead, Johnson hung on for a 1up victory over Rahm at the

Dell Match Play Championship.

DJ, who now has won in his last 3 starts (Genesis Championship, WGC Mexico)

continues to show his peers and everyone else watching that the top spot in the

Official World Golf Ranking won't be a revolving door. Having played 112 holes

during the week, Johnson never trailed at any point. DJ has now won 5 career

World Golf Championships and is the only player to have the career slam of

all four WGC Championships. Even Tiger Woods with his 18 WGC titles had never

won all of the WGC events (the HSBC Shanghai Champions eluded him).


Afterward, Johnson reflected on the final match and the long 36 hole day: "I

feel like I didn't give him any holes except for 10, I three putted 10, it was tough

out there, the greens got really fast - the wind was affecting all of the putts. Jon

played really well, I just really didn't give him anything. I'm playing pretty well,

but today was a really tough day, a long day, this whole weekend was. I'm proud

of the way I played, the way that I stayed in there even though he made some

birdies on the back nine, and I just couldn't get any putts to drop, but I'm proud

of the way that I played."
















Leishman Wins the Arnold Palmer Invitational PDF Print E-mail


Marc Leishman celebrates at the King's house after winning at Bayhill


Orlando, Florida - It was a bittersweet week at Bayhill, the first ever Arnold

Palmer Invitational without America's Golf Hero was conducted and came

off just as The King would have wanted. This was perhaps the one week on

the PGA Tour schedule this season where who won was far less important

than the message of "A Life Well Played" by Golf's most beloved icon.


Tributes were everywhere (and in Bruno's Blog later this week we'll dedicate

our latest edition with images from the week at the Arnie's Bayhill Resort)

and rightly so. From the new 13 ft (1390 lb) statue that now sits behind

the first tee, to the thousands of patrons who wore Arnie's Army attire,

it was a complete celebration of the man that we all admired - not because

of his golf accomplishments, but with the way that he touched so many

through his caring and generosity of his time. Kindness was in the air all

week at Bayhill with Mr.Palmer's presence being felt throughout the grounds.



As far as the golf, it was exciting as it usually is on Arnie's course, which

was in by far the best shape that we've seen it in the 10 years or so that

we've been around Bayhill. On the back nine Sunday it looked like Kevin

Kisner might walk away with the title, but Charley Hoffman, Rory McIlroy

and Adam Hadwin all were challenging. Aussie Marc Leishman's name was

never really in the conversation, but just as Kisner started to falter Leishman

holed a 51 ft bomb on the par 5 sixteenth to take the lead at 11 under par.

As Kisner and Hoffman continued to struggle, McIlroy looked like he could

post a number to create some more late pressure on the leaders. After

making a brilliant up and down on the sixteenth for birdie, Rory missed his

attempt for another on the par 3 seventeenth, then 3 putted from 20 feet at

the last to end any hopes for victory. Leishman made a fantastic up and down

from short of the green on the 72nd hole to finish off a final round 69 (-11 total)

and close out the bumbling final group of Kisner and Hoffman (both shot 73

on Sunday) to take home Arnie's classic red cardigan sweater (that now replaces

the navy blazer that the champion used to wear in the past).


After a severe respiratory and toxic shock illness nearly took the life of Marc's

wife Audrey back in 2015, the family is healthy and together this week in Orlando,

and that wasn't lost on Marc after winning Sunday: "There's a lot of reasons that I

wanted to play good," Leishman said. "My family is here, it's just a special day and

couldn't have worked out better."


On his play Sunday, "Around here things can change so quick. You don't have to

hit that bad of a shot to make bogeys out there . . . I holed some putts there on

the last few holes. They all went in the middle of the hole, which was nice.

Obviously the putter was there with me all week."


The win was the second PGA Tour title for Leishman (In 2012 he won the

Travelers), he now has a 3 year exemption, and entry to the Masters in two

weeks. For the week, Leishman was 2nd in strokes gained putting and made

140 ft of putts Sunday.













Hadwin Gets 1st Tour Win at Innisbrook - Valspar Championship PDF Print E-mail



Adam Hadwin and fiancee Jessica Kippenberger celebrate at Innisbrook's Copperhead


Tarpon Springs, Florida - It was a longtime in the making for Adam Hadwin, but

he came through at the end - holding off Patrick Cantlay on the 72nd hole of the

Copperhead course at Innisbrook to win the Valspar Championship to get his first

PGA Tour win and secure his entry into the Masters in April.


Tied at -14 on the last, Cantlay found the greenside bunker with his approach,

while Hadwin's second shot wound up just through the green up against the

fringe. Cantlay's mediocre recovery from the sand left his ball about 20 feet

out for his par attempt, giving the clear advantage to Hadwin. The lie he had

was anything but easy, so he decided to putt the ball with the blade of his wedge.

Only needing two putts to likely secure the win, the 29 year old Canadian from

Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan nudged his Chrome Soft X down to tap in range

assuring his par. When Cantlay missed his par putt, it was done. Adam Hadwin,

had won for the first time on the PGA Tour after contending so many

times previously...


Afterward, Hadwin still seemed surprised by the result: "I fully expected

Patrick to make that putt, I said yesterday all I wanted was a chance to win

coming up the last, and I had that chance and thought we were going to have

to make birdie to win it, but I'm just lucky that 1 footer wasn't 1 1/2 feet."


Cantlay might have been the story of the week and perhaps the season. He

had missed 28 months out with both injury and the tragic death of his best

friend and caddie Chris Roth, shot 68 on Sunday and already has made enough

earnings in two events to retain his PGA Tour card.


Jim Herman and Dominic Bozzelli finished tied for third at -12.














Dustin Johnson Wins WGC Mexico Championship PDF Print E-mail



Dustin Johnson celebrates after winning the WGC Mexico Championship

Mexico City, Mexico - The final round at Chapultepec Golf Club was shaping

up as a Battle Royale with a star studded leaderboard, but many of the

games' top players struggled on Sunday. Justin Thomas started the day as

the 54 hole leader, but could only muster a 1 over par 72 on Sunday. Dustin

Johnson once again did not disappoint, showing his peers and the rest of the

golfing world that he is the legit present day Numero Uno.


Coming off a win in his last start at the Genesis Open at Riviera, Johnson

opened up a four stroke lead at the turn on Sunday and held on to win by

a stroke over Tommy Fleetwood at the WGC Mexico Championship.


The biggest challenges on Sunday came from Jon Rahm and Tommy

Fleetwood, but Rahm had consecutive 3 putts late to end his charge.

Fleetwood made a 40 ft bomb on the 72nd green to post 13 under par

in the clubhouse, a shot behind DJ. The newly minted top ranked player

only needed par at the last to secure his 14th career PGA Tour victory,

but his tee shot found the left fairway bunker which left an awkward

stance outside the sand. DJ nipped the 122 yd wedge shot perfectly pin

high to about 18 feet away. He lagged the putt and tapped in for his 4th

career WGC title and an exclamation point to his World No.1 ranking.


"I came out and played really well, I felt like I hit the ball well all week."

Johnson said. "I played just well enough I guess because I won by one."


Johnson became just the fifth player to win his first start after becoming

ranked No.1, Adam Scott was the last to do so at Colonial in 2014.


Ross Fisher and Jon Rahm finished at -12, tied for 3rd two shots back.

Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson each finished with even par 71's on Sunday,

finishing tied for 7th.















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