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Kuchar Wins RBC Heritage, Wie Wins in Hawaii PDF Print E-mail

 

Matt Kuchar grabbed the Tartan Jacket as the Champion of the RBC Heritage Classic.


 

Hilton Head, South Carolina - Matt Kuchar was in perfect shape standing on the 17th

tee Sunday at Harbour Town Golf Links, he had a one shot lead - and had just stiffed

his tee shot on the par 3 to four feet. In golf nothing is certain, and in an instant the

lead was gone . . . an unlikely three putt from 4 feet. All tied with Luke Donald. On

the iconic 18th hole, Kuchar's approach found the front bunker. Needing to get up

and down to stay tied with Donald . . . he did one better, holing out for birdie and

shooting a final round 64. Donald valiantly tried to match Kuch on 18, but just missed

on his attempt to chip in from short of the green.

 

Matt Kuchar moved up to #3 in the Fedex Cup standings, Luke Donald after shooting

69 and finishing solo second, moves up 41 spots to #30 in the standings.

 

"I told my caddie before that last shot, I'm about due to make one of these" Kuchar

said. "I knew it was atleast an easy par - bunker game is good, no problem. I went up

and took a good read, knew it would release and break right to left . . . played it just

right of the hole, watched it roll. I heard the crowd go crazy when the thing disappeared.

I went crazy myself. It was just an incredible feeling."

 

 

Scores - http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/rbc-heritage/leaderboard.html

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle Wie shows off the trophy after winning the LPGA Lotte Championship



Oahu, Hawaii - Michelle Wie started the final round four shots behind leader Angela

Stanford, but her closing 5 under par - 67 was enough to get her first win in four

years (79 event winless drought), and her first win on American soil. Wie scattered

six birdies and only one bogey at Ko Olina Golf Club to finish at -14, winning by two

shots.


I think the highlight really was just to come back home and ‑‑ there really wasn't

just one moment,” said Wie. “From the first tee shot that I hit until the last putt

that I made, the support that I felt from everyone was unbelievable. I really think

a lot of times they willed the ball in. I give a lot of credit to them this week.”


She had thought about winning for so long, that she even started thinking about

what her celebration would be like. “I was kind of thinking what I was going to do

after I made the putt,” said Wie. “Was I going to jump up and down. I made the

putt and I just froze. I completely just froze. I couldn't move my body. I was

about to cry - my friends out here are just amazing. I feel so much support

from them. I think we support each other through hard times and good times.

It's amazing they came. It's so awesome.”

 

Angela Stanford shot 73 finishing solo second at -12. In Bee Park shot a final

round 67 to finsh third at -11.

 

Scores: http://www.lpgascoring.com/public/Leaderboard.aspx

 

 


In other Tour related news:

 

Miguel Angel Jimenez won his Champions Tour debut at the Greater Gwinnett

Championship in Duluth Georgia, going wire to wire.


Lee Westwood broke a two year winless drought winning at the Maybank Malaysian

Open at Kuala Lumpur Golf Club by seven shots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Bubba Gets Green Jacket #2 PDF Print E-mail

 

 

2013 Champion Adam Scott slips the Jacket on Bubba Watson


Augusta, Ga - Early on in Sunday's final round, the kid gave him all he could handle. 20 year old first

timer at the Masters - Jordan Spieth looked primed to make history as the youngest champion in the

80 year history of Bobby Jones' Invitational at Augusta National Golf Club. It was apparent early on,

that this was a two man race between the young Texan and the Lefty Bomber who won the Green

Jacket in 2012.

 

Spieth started on fire, 3 under par thru the first 7 holes, including a hole out from the bunker on the

tough par 3 fourth. Watson made a great birdie of his own at the fourth, and the sixth as well. After

a two putt birdie at the eighth, Watson drilled his approach at the uphill ninth, and converted the

sidewinder for another birdie . . . all while Spieth was struggling. A three putt on the par 5 eighth,

and lip out for par on the ninth were momentum killers - a four stroke swing - Spieth never saw

the lead again - Ball Game.

 


In the end, it seemed Bubba's length and creativity overwhelmed the young Texan and the Augusta

National set up. Watson's Sunday 69 was good for 8 under par and a three stroke victory over both

Spieth and Sweden's Jonas Blixt at -5 (71). Blixt became only the second player in Masters history to

shoot all four rounds under par as a 1st time player in the event (1979 Champion Fuzzy Zoeller was

the other).


Watson talked about what it meant to win a second Green Jacket: "This one is a lot different," Bubba

said. "The first one for me it's almost like I lucked into it. This one was a lot of hard work,

dedication, and got back here. After giving away that jacket last year, kind of wanted it back."


When asked about what he'll remember from Bubba's round Sunday, Spieth said "His drive on 13,

I'll never forget." Spieth admitted the hurt after coming so close: "It stings right now, the only thing

I'm thinking about is when am I getting back next year."

 

 

 

Bubba Watson                  -8

Jordan Spieth                   -5

Jonas Blixt                       -5

Miguel Angel Jimenez        -4

Matt Kuchar                     -2

Rickie Fowler                   -2

 

 

 

Final Masters Leaderboard: http://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Lexi Outduels Wie at Kraft, Matt Jones Stuns Kuchar PDF Print E-mail

Lexi Thompson - winner of the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship

 


Rancho Mirage, California - 19 year old Lexi Thompson started the final round of the 1st major

championship of 2014 in strong fashion - she made birdie at the first, and never trailed at any

point of the final round. The South Florida phenom shot 68 Sunday at Mission Hills, beating

Michelle Wie by three strokes at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Wie played solid shooting 71,

but chose a much more conservative strategy than Thompson, often hitting less than driver on

many of the par 4's at the Dinah Shore Tournament Course.

 

The much anticipated battle of young bombers never really materialized, Wie seemed content to

play a disciplined style, plotting her way around . . .  while Lexi choose the more modern bomb and

gouge. Wie now 24, played the role of savvy veteran - perhaps waiting for the young phenom to

have a train wreck somewhere along the way. The contrast in strategy showed itself clearly on the

tough par 3 seventeenth - playing 189 yards to a pin tucked back left, Wie bailed right choosing not

shortside herself (when she needed birdie). Lexi holding a 3 shot advantage, chose to go right at the

tucked flag, and pulled off the best shot of the day on that hole (which nobody birdied the entire day).

She lipped out the 6 foot birdie putt, but it was clearly a difference in strategy and confidence . . . or

maybe just the ignorance of youth. Either way, it was fitting that the teenager from Coral Springs would

get her first major playing against Michelle Wie - who was the child prodigy before her.

 

“It’s a great feeling. This is what I’ve worked so hard for,” Thompson said. “This was one of my goals

coming into the year, to win a major. I’ve always seen myself winning a Kraft Nabisco. It’s such a huge

honor with all the history behind the tournament. It’s just a dream come true.”

 

Lexi Thompson -14

Michelle Wie      -11

Stacy Lewis      -7

Christie Kerr     -6

Se Ri Pak         -6

 

Final Scores: http://www.lpgascoring.com/public/Leaderboard.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aussie Matt Jones - 2014 Shell Houston Champion

Humble, Texas - Matt Jones needed two unlikely and heroic shots to get to Magnolia Lane for

this weeks Masters, and he pulled them off. The first a 46 foot putt on the last hole of regulation.

The second was a 42 yard chip on the 1st hole (of a sudden death playoff with Matt Kuchar) that

he told his caddie, "I'm going to chip it in". He did just that, and with it became the champion of

the Shell Houston Open earning his right to play in the Masters.

 

Jones trailed 54 hole leader Matt Kuchar by six heading into Sunday's final round, but his 66 was

enough to tie at the end of regulation when Kuchar rinsed his approach into the 18th green. Kuchar

took his drop and made a clutch bogey save just to get into the playoff, but Jones' heroics were just

too much to overcome on this day. Now instead of heading home, he gets to drive down Magnolia Lane.

 

“I was going home to play with my 2-year-old and 3-week-old,” Jones said of his pre-victory

plans for Masters week. “So, bit of a change now that I think they’ll be on a plane to Augusta

as well.”

 

*Matt Jones          -15

Matt Kuchar          -15

Sergio Garcia        -13

Cameron Tringale  -12

Shawn Stefani      -10

 

 

Final Scores: http://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Bowditch Wins Valero Texas Open - Gains Masters Birth PDF Print E-mail

 

Steven Bowditch celebrates his first PGA Tour win Sunday at the Valero Texas Open.



San Antonio, Texas - Aussie Steven Bowditch overcame strong winds at TPC San Antonio to win

the Valero Texas Open and notch his spot in this years Masters. The 30 year old needed only to

two putt from short range on the 18th to seal the deal . . . and after a feeble attempt on the first,

he tapped in for his 1st PGA Tour victory (his final round 76 was the highest by a winner on tour

since Vijay Singh shot 76 to win the 2004 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits). Bowditch

finished at 8 under par and took home $1,116, 000.

 

Bowditch has spoken openly about his bouts with depression in the past, and has made great

strides recently to overcome the illness and become an advocate and supporter of those stricken.

Many of his peers on tour were happy to see him breakthrough, perhaps none more than fellow

Aussie John Senden, who waited around for an hour after his round to congratulate his friend:

"He's been a battler. He's gone through a lot in his life." Senden said. "I'm proud to be his mate."

 

Bowditch had noticed a great resurgence in Golf "Down Under" since Adam Scott won the Green

Jacket last year. He's looked at his Aussie mates recent success - notably Jason Day and Senden

(who recently won the Valspar in Tampa at Innisbrook) as source of inspiration. Elated after his

victory, he couldn't contain his joy: "I'm over the moon, I really can't believe it yet."

 

Bowditch moved up to 26th in the Fedex Cup standings and through his win has earned his first

trip down Magnolia Lane to play in this year's Masters.

 

Will MacKenzie (70) and Daniel Summerhays (71) tied for 2nd a shot back at -7. Matt Kuchar and

Andrew Loupe shot 75's and tied for 4th at -6.

 

Phil Mickelson withdrew on Saturday after injuring an oblique muscle.

 

Scores: http://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
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