Jordan Spieth Rules the 79th Masters PDF Print E-mail


Bubba Watson puts the Green Jacket on new Masters Champion Jordan Spieth

Augusta, Georgia - When you're hot, you're hot . . . and Jordan Spieth is a 21 year

old inferno that's on top of the golfing world after going wire to wire at the 79th



Spieth fired rounds of 64-66-70-70 to tie the all time record at Augusta National of

18 under par. Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson posed the only serious challenge on

Sunday shooting 70 and 69 respectively, finishing tied for second at -14. Spieth

never really seemed to be seriously threatened at any point during the final round.

Six Birdies (at the first, third, eighth, tenth, thirteenth and fifteenth holes) offset

bogeys at the fifth, seventh, twelfth and eighteenth.


It's been quite a tear for the Texan, who won the Australian Open and Hero World

Challenge last winter, and now two wins and two runner up finishes in his last four

events has put World No.1 Rory McIlroy on notice.


Spieth's win was the first wire to wire performance at Augusta National since Ray

Floyd in 1976. Although the final round lacked the drama that most hoped for, the

young American breathed new life into golf fans everywhere . . . especially those still

clinging to the fading days of the Tiger/Phil era.


"It was very nerve wracking today," Spieth said. "I thought today might be a little easier

than yesterday, having played around with the lead, but it wasn't. I didn't sleep well last

night. I just got out here, and got a little rhythm, saw a putt going the first hole . . . and

we were off with two major champions right behind, I couldn't let up."


It's the most incredible week of my life," Spieth said. "This is as great as it gets in our sport.

This is a dream come true for me. I didn't break 70 last year, even having a chance to win,

where I got edged out by Bubba here . . . but to shoot some low rounds and to see some

putts go in out here and to hear the roars, it was remarkable."



Masters Records that were set by Spieth this week:

- Most birdies (28)

- Lowest 36 hole score (-14)

- Lowest 54 hole score (-16)

- Tied for Lowest Tournament Score (-18)












Who will win the 79th Masters? PDF Print E-mail


By Jason Bruno


The 79th playing of the Masters has many notable storylines:

Rory McIlroy goes for the career Grand Slam and his fifth major championship.

Bubba Watson attempts to win his third Jacket in the last four years.

Tiger Woods returns after a long absence from competition - can he contend?

Jordan Spieth nearly won the Masters last year, what lessons did he learn?

Phil Mickelson can tie Woods with 4 titles, is that enough motivation to bring out his best?

Adam Scott goes back to the anchored broomstick this week, can he do it again?


With the exception of Woods, who's making another return from injury and swing/

shortgame issues, the other five are legit contenders. Who else in the field has a legit

chance to wear green on Sunday evening?


Is there any Masters magic left for Phil & Tiger?




There are six others that are primed to grab their first Green Jacket come Sunday:


Jimmy Walker might be playing the best golf of anyone on the planet right now, and

Augusta National sets up perfect for his high right to left ball flight.


Dustin Johnson for the same reasons as Walker is on the radar of many this week.

The question for DJ is on the greens (he's perhaps the most talented ball striker in the



Rickie Fowler got a sniff in all four majors of 2014, but with a slow start this season

he's being overlooked - it's a bit of a gut call, but he has the goods to contend.


Henrik Stenson ranked #2 in the world, has done it all except win a major. The

Swede's game mimics that of Dustin Johnson - it's all about the flatstick for him.



Jason Day has been so close the last few years in majors, especially at Augusta

National. He's put in copious amounts of shortgame prep this year leading up to

this years Masters. I was able to spend sometime inside the ropes observing close

up at Bay Hill, he has all the shots and looks poised to break through. Only he

can get in his own way of one day winning his favorite event. The 27 year old

Aussie is our pick to win the 2015 Masters and bring another Green Jacket to the

people of Oz.



Under the Radar:

Brooks Koepka - Long hitting 24 year old playing in his first Masters.

Brandt Snedeker - Is his flatstick enough to compete with the bombers on what

likely will be a long wet track this week?

Keegan Bradley - He has the length, does he have the touch?

Sergio Garcia - Has all the physical skills, but does he believe?


Justin Rose - Tough start to 2015, but he's too good to not be a serious threat.











Holmes Wins Shell in Playoff, Lincicome Outlasts Lewis at ANA PDF Print E-mail
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JB Holmes won in a playoff over Johnson Wagner & Jordan Spieth Sunday in Houston.

Humble, Texas - Six shots back to start the final round at the Shell Houston Open,

J.B Holmes wasn't really thinking about winning on Sunday . . . but after five birdies

in a row to start the round, he knew he had a chance. Afterward he reflected: "I was

just trying to do the best I could do each hole and at the end of the round, then you

add it up.

Teeing off over 90 minutes before the leaders, Holmes posted 64 and held the

clubhouse lead at 16 under par (272 total), and waited to see what dramatics would

unfold for the leaders coming down the stretch.


Johnson Wagner, playing on a sponsors exemption needed to make birdie at the last

to tie Holmes. Wagner's approach of 209 yds settled pin high 25 ft right of the hole.

When his birdie attempt dove into the cup, the crowd erupted and so did Wagner -

jumping around and fist pumping (it was one of only three birdies on the hole Sunday).

The 18th played nearly a full stroke over par in the final round . Next up was Jordan

Spieth, his approach at the last ended up in a tough lie on a downslope just outside the

right bunker. Spieth's pitch ran 12 ft passed the hole, leaving him a left to right breaker

for par to make the playoff with Wagner and Holmes. Calm and collected like a 10 year

veteran, the 21 year old Texan poured it in the jar to save his par and reach extra holes.


Unfortunately for Spieth, an errant approach on the first playoff hole proved too much.

He failed to get up & down from the right bunker. Wagner and Holmes tied the hole

with pars, and headed back to the 18th again for the third time on Sunday. After both

players found the fairway, Wagner hit a mediocre approach to 45 ft. Holmes went pin

hunting and stuffed it to 7 ft. Wagner's lag/birdie attempt ran 6 ft long and left, leaving

the door open for Holmes. Holmes just missed his attempt to end it and tapped in for par.

Needing to make his 6 footer to extend the playoff, Wagner pushed his putt wide right -

giving J.B Holmes the victory.


It was an Easter Sunday that exceeded Holmes' expectations: "I didn't tee off expecting

to win today, but you know, it's a nice surprise."


J.B Holmes moves up to third in the Fedex Cup standings.





LPGA - ANA Inspiration

Brittany Lincicome celebrates with her caddie Sunday at the ANA Inspiration

Palm Springs, California - Sometimes you lose the ones you think are yours, and

sometimes you steal the ones that don't seem likely. Sunday's ANA Inspiration was

the latter of the two for Brittany Lincicome.


In a "deja vu" moment, reminiscent of her heroic approach on the same hole 6 years ago,

Lincicome eagled the 18th on Sunday to shoot 69 and force a playoff with Stacy Lewis.

On the third playoff hole, Lincicome needed only par to seal her second major victory, and

second ANA Inspiration title. Lewis had three good chances to win it outright with very

makeable putts on the 18th, but each time just barely missing the putt to seal it. On the

third playoff hole Lewis' lay up found its way into a nasty divot, that led to a miscue on

the approach and resulted in bogey.


It was less than a year ago that Lincicome all but had the LPGA Championship locked up,

and let it get away at the very end (Inbee Park won). To say she was ecstatic with the

way things unfolded Sunday would be an understatement:


"I mean, to make an eagle on any hole is pretty incredible, and then to do it on

Sunday at a major, at this major where I did it in 2009," Lincicome said, "it's really

surreal. I feel like if you would have bet me all the money in the world  to see how

many times you could do it, if I went back to the fairway now I probably couldn't hit

that shot again. So like I said earlier, today was my day. Somebody was looking out

for me today."


World No.1 Lydia Ko finished tied for 51st.











Walker Texas Ranger Gets It Done at Valero PDF Print E-mail


Jimmy Walker was all smiles after his round on Sunday.

San Antonio, Texas - It was a home game for the Fedex Cup points leader this past

week (Jimmy Walker lives just 27 miles away), and with the crowd behind him, the

local favorite ran up the score at the Valero Texas Open - finishing 11 under par.

After finishing off the field on the tough Greg Norman designed TPC San Antonio,

Walker let out a big sigh and smiled, finishing four strokes ahead of a hard charging

Jordan Spieth (who finished solo 2nd four shots back). Walker was 10.338 strokes

gained putting for the week, and 9.977 strokes gained tee to green for a whopping

20.315 strokes gained advantage on the field overall - an astounding margin. Both

Walker and Spieth shot 70 on Sunday.

Spieth, the winner just a few weeks previous at the Valspar Championship, made things

interesting down the stretch. The 21 year old birdied holes 14 thru 17 before Jimmy Walker

shut the door with birdies on the 16th and 17th holes himself .

Walker becomes the first multiple winner this year, and it's his fifth win in nearly 18

months. "I just tried to stay composed and not get ahead of myself," Walker said. "Out

here, no lead is safe and on this golf course a big number is right around the corner if

you're not careful."

Walker took a few weeks off after playing the WGC Cadillac Championship at Trump

Doral and seemed recharged for the run heading into Augusta (He's scheduled to

play a practice round at Augusta with Rickie Fowler on Monday). "I've been working

hard," Walker said. "Being home the last two weeks has helped. I needed a little

recharge after playing a pretty busy West Coast schedule . . . I just needed the rest."







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