Final Round 62 Lifts Noren to BMW Title, Kisner Wins at Colonial PDF Print E-mail


Alex Noren celebrates the biggest win of his career - the BMW Championship at Wentworth

Surrey, England - At the European Tour's flagship event, the BMW Championship

(at the revamped Wentworth West course), Sweden's Alex Noren came from seven

shots back - firing a blistering 62 Sunday to notch the biggest win of his career.

The BMW kicked off the tour's brand new Rolex Series of events.



Noren started the final round on fire, making the turn with a front nine 31 after

birdies at the first, second, fourth and seventh holes. He went on to birdie holes

twelve thru fourteen, sixteen and then capped off his career best round with an

impressive 5 iron approach to six feet at the par 5 finale. He sealed the deal

by holing the eagle putt to post 11 under par (leader in the clubhouse). Although

he finished well ahead of the final groups (and had to wait as they finished), it

seemed unlikely that any of the contenders would catch him especially since

rain became a factor as the challengers entered the toughest stretch on the back



"It feels amazing and crazy because I had no intention of trying to win this

morning," said Noren. "I didn't even think about it when I came off the course

quite angry yesterday after playing a good round and chipping it into the water

from the back of the green on 18. It's a great feeling now but it feels unreal.

It's a tough course mentally coming down the stretch. It's not super narrow

but it's just if you hit it a little bit wayward it can cost you. I putted probably

the best I ever putted."


Francesco Molinari shot a final round 68 to finish solo second at -9. Nicolas

Coalserts (65), Henrik Stenson (68) and Hideto Tanihara (68) all finished tied

for third at 8 under par.








Kevin Kisner poses with the trophy and tartan jacket at Colonial

Fort Worth, Texas - The big question at Colonial on Sunday was whether

Kevin Kisner could close the deal Sunday at Hogan's Alley or would he

add to his large number of recent runner up finishes.


Dean & Deluca Defending Champion Jordan Spieth, rookie sensation Jon

Rahm and a resurgent Sean O'Hair all put up furious charges to win but

it all came down to a par putt on the 72nd hole for Kisner. After going

long on his approach, the Aiken, South Carolina native chose "Texas Wedge"

from behind the green - after putting thru the "into the grain" fringe, he

left himself an uphill 7 footer for the win. Kisner calmly stepped up and

poured the winning putt into the center of the cup to finish with a final

round 66 (10 under par total) to win by a stroke - avoiding a four way

playoff and notching his second career tour victory (the RSM at Sea Island

in the fall series was his first).


Kisner had been trending at Colonial, in 2015 he finished fifth and last year

tied for tenth.


"Everybody was questioning if I was ever going to win, then I win and then

everybody questions if I was ever going to win again. So I knew the way I

was playing I was going to give myself a ton of chances to win. That's all

you ever dream about, is having a chance coming down the last five holes.

I've had that probably three or four times this year. Today I was just having

fun with it. I love the golf course and being in that position. I was just having

a great time."


Spieth (65), O'Hair (66) and Rahm (66) all finished tied for second at -9.

















Billy Horschel Beats Jason Day in Playoff at Nelson PDF Print E-mail


Billy Horschel celebrates with the trophy after defeating Jason Day at the AT&T Byron Nelson

Irving, Texas - The AT&T Byron Nelson has had it's fair share of playoffs to determine

a champion over the years (21 to be exact) and the 2017 version was no different.

On the final hole of regulation 54 hole leader James Hahn needed to hole out from the

fairway to reach -12 and join Jason Day and Billy Horschel in sudden death, and nearly

did - his wedge shot flew just past the cup, spun back and lipped out of the hole nearly

pulling off the unlikely feat . He finished third at -10 after a final round 71. Horschel

shot 69 Sunday playing in the same group with Hahn.



The playoff didn't last long. Horschel had a 17' 6'' downhill attempt for birdie that

came up just inches short, he tapped in and waited as Jason Day had a short 3' 9"

putt for his par. Either Day misread the break or made a poor stroke, but regardless

it missed left and suddenly Billy Horschel was a winner again (for the first time since

winning the Fedex Cup finale at East Lake in 2014.

"I never want to win when an opponent like Jason misses a short putt like that,"

Horschel said. Listen, I've missed a short putt not too long ago to lose a playoff.

I know the feeling. You always want to win with a birdie on the last hole. It's the

way the game of golf goes sometimes."


Next year the AT&T Byron Nelson moves to the highly acclaimed new Coore/

Crenshaw design at Trinity Forest.













Si Woo Kim Becomes Youngest to Win PLAYERS PDF Print E-mail


2016 PLAYERS Champion Jason Day presents Si Woo Kim with the crystal trophy.

Ponte Vedra, Florida - 21 year old South Korean Si Woo Kim came of age on

Sunday, surviving the newly renovated Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, and

outlasting the best field in professional golf to become the youngest winner in

the 44 year history of The PLAYERS.


While many of the games' best struggled on Sunday, Kim played steady and

efficiently to eliminate any of the usual late final round drama that the PLAYERS

is known for. Kim's flawless bogey free 69 in the final round was the only of

its kind (and the first at the PLAYERS since Tim Clark pulled it off in 2010), and

resulted in a 10 under par total score and 3 stroke victory over Ian Poulter (71)

and Louie Oosthuizen (73).


Si Woo Kim with the victory takes away a whole lot more than just the $1.89

million first place winnings, perhaps even more valuable is the long list of

exemptions and invitations:


- 5 year PGA TOUR exemption

- 5 year exemption into the PLAYERS

- 2017 to 2019 U.S Open exemption

- 2017 to 2019 Open Championship exemption

- 2018 to 2020 Masters exemption

- 2018 Tournament of Champions

- 600 Fedex Cup points


"I am the youngest champion for this championship and I'm very honored to

be the champion for this amazing major event," Kim said. "Usually I'm very

nervous but last year I won, and with the 2 year (tour) exemption - because

of that, it allowed me to play aggressively and I wasn't that nervous."



There were many highlights throughout the week, with the Spaniards leading

the way. On Thursday, Masters Champion Sergio Garcia aced the famous par 3

seventeenth and on Sunday Rafael Cabrera Bello made an albatross on the par 5




Si Woo Kim's winning bag at THE PLAYERS


'17 M1 460 Driver / 8.5* / MCA Tensei Blue TX

'17 M1 Fairway / 15* / MCA Kuro Kage Dual TiNi 80TX

'17 M1 Fairway / 19* /Matrix Speed Rulz 80C TX

P750 Tour Proto Irons / 5-9 / KBS Tour-V 125

P770 Irons / 3-4 / KBS Tour-V 125











Brian Harmon Wins Wells fargo PDF Print E-mail


Brian Harman celebrates after winning the Wells Fargo Championship

Wilmington, North Carolina - World No.1 Dustin Johnson was charging up the

leaderboard looking for his fourth win in a row. Ryder Cup hero and 54 hole

leader Patrick Reed - otherwise known as "Captain America" was holding onto

his slim lead. Pat Perez was surging, grabbing a share of the lead at one point.

Rookie sensation Jon Rahm was moving into contention just two shots back and

Hall of Famer Phil Mickelson was looking to break his winless streak in North

Carolina. All of this was the story on the front nine, big names and great stories,

but it was another lefty that would steal the show at Eagle Point for this year's

edition of the Wells Fargo Championship (Quail Hollow the regular host venue

will have the PGA Championship in August)


Friday was a tough day for the players on the Fazio layout (most of which had

never seen before the week started) with winds whipping and temps colder than

normal. Harman did some of his best work on cut day, moving up the board

after carding a 3 under par 69.


After a final round 67, Dustin Johnson found himself tied for the lead in the

clubhouse and seeking his fourth straight victory. Harman needed birdie to upend

the games' best player and notch his second tour win. After going wayward on his

271 yard approach into 18, Harman needed to get up and down to win, but he hit a

less than mediocre chip and faced a 28 foot putt to close out DJ. Most would be

thinking about getting down in two and taking their chances in sudden death - but

not diminutive lefty. He poured the winning putt in the jar and erupted in celebration

with caddie Scott Tway.


It was Harman's first tour win in 3 years, "I knew it was going to be tough to birdie

those last couple," Harman said. "But I stuck to my game plan and just did it, did

the best I could." He finished with rounds of 71-69-70-68 (10 under par).


Johnson after making the cut on the number, shot 10 under for the weekend to

finish tied with Pat Perez at -9. The final grouping struggled mightily on Sunday,

Reed shot a back nine 40 for a 75 to finish out of the top 10. Alex Noren seeking

his first PGA Tour victory shot 77 on Sunday.













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