Rahm wins, Fleetwood Takes Race to Dubai. Austin Cook Captures RSM PDF Print E-mail


Jon Rahm celebrates the win, while Tommy Fleetwood claims the Race to Dubai title.

Dubai - Just when it looked like Justin Rose would continue his winning ways

after a blistering front nine 32 at Jumierah Golf Estates, he stumbled on the

way in - making three bogeys enroute to a final round 70. Rose's misfortune

opened the way for Jon Rahm and his Sunday 67 (-19 total) to capture the

DP World Tour Championship by a stroke over Shane Lowry and Kiradech



Rose, who was in a battle with Tommy Fleetwood and Masters Champion Sergio

Garcia at the start of the week to take home the season long Race to Dubai title,

finished in a 4way tie for fourth at 17 under par along with Sergio Garcia, Dean

Burmester and Dylan Frittelli.


Meanwhile Tommy Fleetwood bogeyed the final two holes to finish in a tie for

21st after signing for a final round 74, seemingly losing the Race to Dubai. As

Rose continued to crumble on the inward nine, fate switched over to Fleetwood's

direction, and in the end he had just enough points by a razor thin margin to walk

away with the big prize. It actually came down to a one shot. Rose would have

claimed the title if it weren't for a single shot.


Jon Rahm had already won the Rookie of Year award earlier this week, and after

the victory he finished third in the Race to Dubai standings and leaped into 4th in

the Official World Golf Rankings. "I didn't plan on being here at the beginning of the

year," Rahm said. "And I sure didn't plan on winning it so it's an incredible feeling."








Cook Wins RSM Classic

Austin Cook celebrates after his first PGA Tour win.



St.Simons Island, Georgia - Austin Cook fired a final round 3 under par 67

to win by four strokes over J.J Spaun at Sea Island. Cook also held off a group

of proven PGA Tour winners including Brian Harman, Kevin Kisner, Chris Kirk

and Brian Gay. "I got off to a slow start, but I was able to keep my head level

and know there was a lot of golf to be played," Cook said. "With the wind and

those conditions, a lot can happen."


After his three shot lead dwindled to one over J.J Spaun, Cook birdied 3 of

his last 4 holes (including the 18th) to finish at 21 under par. J.J Spaun

shot 66 Sunday in chilly conditions to finish at -17.


Brian Gay finished another shot back in third place after making eagle from

161 yards on the par 4 -18th.
















Patton Kizzire Wins OHL Classic PDF Print E-mail




Patton Kizzire hoists the trophy after winning the OHL Classic

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico - In what was the most important day of Patton Kizzire's

career as a professional, he faced a 12 footer for bogey on the first hole of a marathon

36 hole day (due to weather) at the OHL Classic . When the 31 year old Sea Island

resident drained the putt, he let out a sigh of relief and began to roll - shooting rounds

of 66-67 to capture his first PGA Tour victory. "To make that putt and kind of calm

down and find my stride and start making birdies and get out front, you know that

felt really good," Kizzire said after the long day.


Kizzire's opening round 62 on the par 71 layout at Mayakoba's El Camaleon course

set up the journeyman to be in position to hold off fan favorite Rickie Fowler. Kizzire

had been trending up, after a tie for 10th at Sanderson Farms Championship and a

tie for 4th at the Shriners. His longtime caddie Joe Etter said, "The thing that led to

this is he made the cut on the number at Sanderson Farms, it's just been snowballing



The Alabama native finished at 19 under par, one stroke ahead of Fowler who was

optimistic about his season moving forward, despite finishing 2nd. "Great start to

the season, Fowler said. "Felt like I could have had a couple (of putts) go there before

the turn."

















Patrick Cantlay Wins Shriners in Playoff PDF Print E-mail


Patrick Cantlay hoists the crystal after winning the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

Las Vegas - Five years ago Patrick Cantlay was the can't miss young gun before

Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas burst on the professional scene. Then came

the well documented path of Cantlay's life the past few years, which includes

serious injury and the tragic death of close friend and caddie Chris Roth. Cantlay's

long climb back up the world of professional golf reached its peak Sunday, winning

the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open after a two hole playoff with Whee Kim

and Alex Cejka. Cantlay struggled coming home down the stretch, making bogey

on the final two holes of regulation, but still managed to reach sudden death

after rounds of 67-71-70-67 to finish at 9 under par at TPC Summerlin. In the

playoff, all three players bogeyed the par 4 eighteenth the first go around, but

when Cantlay made par on the next attempt, the title was his.



In light of everything that Cantlay has dealt with, nobody would have thought

twice had he decided on a different life path, but his passion for the game

returned and eventually so did the form that had him ranked as the world's top

amateur for 55 weeks while leading the golf team at UCLA. Last season on the

PGA Tour, his comeback began at Pebble Beach and has steadily improved since.


Patrick Cantlay, now 3rd in the Fedex Cup standings reflected on his finish and

his emotions after getting his first PGA Tour victory. "It was a grind on the last

few holes," said Cantlay. "I've had so many lows, all of the hardwork that I did,

it's just so different from where I was, it's hard to describe the feeling."



High wind gusts in Las Vegas reached 30+ mph, wreaking havoc on scoring, in fact

the winning score of 9 under par is the highest since the event went to a single

course back in 2008.


















DJ Falters, Justin Rose Rallies for Big Comeback at HSBC Champions PDF Print E-mail


Justin Rose celebrates his big comeback victory at the HSBC Champions




Shanghai - Justin Rose started Sunday's final round of the HSBC Champions eight

shots behind World No.1 Dustin Johnson, and by his own account "I was playing for

second place." Rose's stellar back nine 31 resulted in a final round 5 under par 67

(14 under par total - 274) and a two stoke victory over the pack of "A list" challengers

that ran down DJ.


Johnson's horrendous day, a birdie-less 77 opened the door for the field to reel him

in and race on by, resulting in a brutal loss for what was the largest margin ever

squandered in the final round of a WGC event, "I just could never get anything going

and didn't hole any putts," Johnson said. "It was pretty simple." Only Paul Lawrie ('99

Open Championship) and Stewart Cink ('04 at Hilton Head) have comeback from deficits

as big as Rose did Sunday.


"It was the perfect type of weather conditions to make a comeback," Rose said. "This

is the type of day when you are playing with a lead, every hole seems difficult.

Obviously, someone is still capable of playing a special round of golf, and my back

nine was just amazing today."


Henrik Stenson (70) and Brooks Koepka (71) challenged briefly but could only manage

to finish in a tie for 2nd with Johnson at -12.


















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