Justin Thomas Keeps Rolling at CJ Cup PDF Print E-mail



Justin Thomas celebrates his victory at the inaugural CJ Cup.





Jeju Island, South Korea - After an incredible season that saw Justin Thomas win

the PGA Championship, Fedex Cup and Player of the Year honors, Thomas has kept

the hot hand rolling - wininng again, this time at the CJ Cup - South Korea's first

ever PGA Tour regular season event. The victory in sudden death over Australia's

Marc Leishman is the seventh of his young career.


After his ninth event in the last eleven weeks, an exhausted Thomas is looking

forward to getting home to Jupiter, "I'm so excited to not do anything," Thomas

declared. "I officially have nothing left in the tank at this moment."


Justin Thomas leaped out the gates in round 1 firing a 9 under 63, then shot

rounds of 74-70-72 under challenging conditions (with temps in the low 60's

and winds gusting around 25 mph on Jeju Island). Thomas birdied the last

to reach the playoff, then won on the 2nd sudden death hole after Leishman

missed a very makable birdie putt to win on the first sudden death hole.

Leishman knew that he missed a golden opportunity, "You give one of the best

players in the world a chance like that, and he's probably going to take it."



Last week's winner, Pat Perez finished tied for 5th after posting the low round

on Sunday with 68 and finishing at 5 under par.

















Pat Perez Wins CIMB Classic in Malaysia PDF Print E-mail




Pat Perez celebrates his dominant victory at the CIMB Classic

Malaysia - 41 year old California native Pat Perez just keeps getting better

despite the tour trend of young gun dominance. Perez blitzed the field at the

CIMB Classic firing rounds of 66-65-64-69 for a 24 under par total at TPC Kuala

Lumpur, for a four shot victory over Keegan Bradley, (who notched his best

finish since the 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational). After just one victory in his first

378 starts, he now has two wins in his last 25 starts.


After a torn labrum and surgery threatened to end his career 18 months ago,

Perez has taken his self proclaimed late to mature mantra to new heights.

Coming off of his finest season on the PGA Tour (Perez played in his first Tour

Championship - finishing 15th on the money list) it's highly unlikely to have

your best years on tour after age 40, and Perez is aware but not sure of exactly

why it's happening now. "I can't really explain it, it's been a lot of work and

dedication," Perez said. "I knew I had to stay on the gas here (today) because

these guys are playing so good, I was expecting someone to shoot 63 . . .

I'm just such a different person than I was seventeen years ago, even like five

years ago. I'm learning how to play the game and play my own game, staying

within myself. I'm a late bloomer. I'm not gonna change anything. I'm still not

going to work out, I'm still gonna have a bad diet and enjoy myself."


Rookie of the Year Xander Schauffele finished tied for third with Sung Kang seven

shots back at 17 under par.















Brendan Steele Defends at Safeway PDF Print E-mail



Brendan Steele celebrates at Silverado after defending his title at the Safeway Open

Napa, California - They often say "Horses for Courses" when discussing a certain

players knack for winning on certain venues. This past week in the global game of

golf, that phrase held true. Earlier in the day, Tyrell Hatton defended his Alfred

Dunhill Links Championship with a blistering 24 under par total in chilly conditions

at the home of golf in St.Andrews. In the Golden State, it was Brendan Steele that

turned the trick half a world away at Johnny Miller's Silverado Resort in Napa.


With Phil Mickelson and Tony Finau pushing the pedal down on the back nine,

Steele finished off his challengers with a combination of superb ball striking and a

soft touch down the stretch birdieing both the 16th & 18th holes coming in. After

starting the day two shots back, Steele had one of only seven rounds in the 60's

on Sunday, his final round 69 was good enough for 15 under par and a two stroke

victory over Tony Finau. Mickelson, who was determined in his quest to win for the

first time since the 2013 Open at Muirfield, bogeyed the par 4 seventeenth to finish

another back at 12 under par in a tie with Chesson Hadley for third.


Afterward, Steele reflected on his lackluster finish to last season, entering the playoffs

in the 16th position he failed to make it to East Lake, finishing 33rd in points, "I wasn't

trying to win. I wasn't trying to play my best. I was just trying to get whatever points

I could . . . and I played right to that level where you could barely miss.


As for Phil, who seems to be trending in the right direction but is still searching for

the elusive next victory - "I'm going to keep giving myself good chances, and it will

happen," Lefty said. "I get on a course like Sheshan (referring to his next start in

China) where I'm very comfortable, I know the greens. I know the course well. I

think I'll have a good week there."

















Team USA Dominates Presidents Cup at Liberty National PDF Print E-mail




Jersey City, N.J - The 2017 edition of the Presidents Cup was lopsided in

favor of the Red, White & Blue from the outset on Thursday, with the focus

shifting quickly to just how dominant the U.S victory would be, rather than

the competition with the Internationals.


The setting at Liberty National Golf Club which is loaded with panoramic

views of Manhattan and iconic American landmarks like Ellis Island and the

Statue of Liberty set the tone for a very patriotic atmosphere for the biennial

matches. Although a rout of epic proportions was on, the Internationals did

show their pride on Sunday, winning the singles competition by a tally of

7 1/2 to 4 1/2. Only Phil Mickelson, Daniel Berger and Rickie Fowler won their

singles matches on the way to an 8 point triumph, USA 19 - Internationals 11.


It was Berger who clinched the winning point and the Presidents Cup for the

United States by defeating Si Woo Kim 2&1, which was the 4th singles match

out on Sunday (making it the second fastest clinch in the events history).





Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler celebrate with fans on Saturday afternoon.




Three Americans were undefeated for the week: Dustin Johnson 4.5 points, Phil

Mickelson 3.5 points and Kevin Kisner 3 points. The only player on Team USA

with a losing record was Charley Hoffman.


USA Team Captain Steve Stricker reflected on the week, "It's been a great ride,

it's been a lot of hardwork from everybody involved - the players, the assistant

captains, it was just a great group of guys who played so well together, said

Stricker. "They came in here riding a ton of momentum, a ton of confidence

and it was just about getting out of their way."


In the end, the only star that shined brighter than "Team Stars and Stripes"

was the New York City skyline, Lady Liberty and the club at Liberty National.

Kudos to the PGA Tour, and Presidents Cup Chairman Charlie Zink for bringing

the event to such a memorable venue.


The win was the seventh straight Presidents Cup for the Americans. It was the

third and final captains appearance for Nick Price of the International squad.

The 2019 matches will take place at Royal Melbourne in Australia.












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