Rahm and Palmer Win Zurich Classic PDF Print E-mail


Ryan Palmer and Jon Rahm celebrate after winning the Zurich Classic

Avondale, Louisiana - 42 year old Ryan Palmer, winless on tour for the past

9 years and his partner 24 year old Jon Rahm captured the Zurich Classic of

New Orleans with rounds of 64-65-64-69 (26 under par total) for a 3 stroke

victory over Tommy Fleetwood and Sergio Garcia.


For Jon Rahm, it was his third win in 3 years on tour, and his seventh since

coming out of Arizona State as the best collegiate golfer. But it was Ryan Palmer

who stole the show on Sunday, making clutch putts with his relatively recent

change to the claw grip, but it hasn't always been so clutch on the greens for



Caddie James Edmonson (on Palmer's bag for the last 17 years) says that

Palmer "clearly had the yips" when things hit rock bottom a few years back.

Palmer won't quite say the word, but admitted "it was getting close to it".

By 2017, he had plummeted to 190th in putting on the PGA tour. The 2018

Farmers Insurance Open was the turning point, he finally started to see

some success with the new method - getting into a 3 way playoff, that Jason

Day eventually won. Recent success at the CJ Cup in Korea and a top 5 at the

Honda Classic were bringing confidence in the putting method. "I just kept

believing in what I was doing," Palmer said. "I knew my game was good



With the win Jon Rahm moves to 6th in the Fedex Cup standings, Palmer

moves up 31 spots from 50th to 19th.
















C.T Pan Wins RBC Heritage PDF Print E-mail


C.T Pan celebrates after winning the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town

Hilton Head, South Carolina - C.T Pan fired a final round 67 at the RBC

Heritage Classic as nearly every challenger struggled in the windy

conditions on Easter Sunday. 54 hole leader and World No.1 Dustin

Johnson had a disastrous final round finishing with a 6 over par 77 for

the day (and 4 under par total) plummeting all the way into a tie for 28th.


Pan was on the fence about whether to compete at Harbour Town, since

back home in Houston his first AJGA event was being held, but his wife

insisted that he go play. After finishing at 12 under par, and claiming his

first PGA Tour victory, Pan accepted his new plaid tartan jacket and 1.2

million in earnings, realizing a dream and a promise he had made to his

father who has since passed away. "I can remember all of the late nights

watching the Masters or watching the PGA Tour events, watching Tiger Woods

winning,"Pan said. And my Dad would tell me, hey, I want you one day to

do that for me. And Dad, finally we've done it."


Matt Kuchar finished a shot behind at 11 under par after making birdie at the

13th, 15th and 18th holes. Shane Lowry, Patrick Cantlay and Scott Piercy were

two shots back tied for 3rd at 10 under par.














Tiger Roars Again, Wins 5th Masters (15th major) PDF Print E-mail


For the first time since 2005, Tiger Woods is the Masters Champion

Augusta. Georgia - It was 3,955 days ago when Tiger Woods won the epic
playoff over Rocco Mediate at Torrey Pines to capture his fourteenth major
championship. On a rare Sunday a.m start (weather related), Tiger Woods
completed perhaps the greatest comeback in modern American sports history,
when he outlasted the stellar field at Augusta National for his first major
championship in 11 years (his 15th), and his first Masters title since 2005
(his 5th).

Woods no longer wins by hitting prodigious tee shots or holing every meaningful
putt, but he still has the sharpest mind in the game. He displayed his 15th club,
by patiently plodding along on Sunday, just waiting for things to break his way.
The perseverance paid off when 54 hole leader Francesco Molinari who had
been virtually mistake free for three rounds, started to show signs of cracking.
The Italian made his first bogey in 50 holes when he failed to get up and down
at the 7th, but he quickly bounced back with a birdie at the par 5 - 8th. He
seemed to be cruising along until he came up short at "Golden Bell" (the shortest
hole at ANGC - playing just over 150 yards), finding the water and resulting in
double bogey. And just like that, Tiger was tied for the lead. Challengers Brooks
Koepka and Ian Poulter suffered the same fate after rinsing their tee shots on
the same parcel of real estate that resides between the Hogan and Nelson bridges.
After birdies at 13th, 15th and 16th, Woods had a two stroke cushion as he
stood on the 18th tee. His left to right drive left him slightly blocked out
on the rightside, he punched his approach just short of the green where he
pitched on to 18 feet, needing just two putts for a score of 275 (13 under
par) to close out his 5th Masters title. He did just that, lagging to within a
foot, and the crowd raised to witness history as he tapped in for victory.
Woods took a second as if to realize what just happened, and raised his
arms in exaltation and roared - perhaps letting all know that doubted him
that he once again proved them wrong.

After notching his 81st career PGA Tour victory , Tiger discussed what it takes
to win on Dr.Alister Mackenzie's gem. "You have to know how to play this golf
course, if you do, you can beat anybody. More so than any other golf course
that we play, you have to miss the golf ball in the correct spots, and I kept
doing that time and time again," Woods said. "I told myself, 'just keep missing
it in the correct spots' and I did."

Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele all finished tied for
2nd at 12 under par. Molinari finished tied for 5th at -11.

The journey has been a long and trying one for Woods, he has overcome
scandal, divorce and four back surgeries, and yet here he is once again
on top of the golf world wearing a green jacket. It has been stated by those
that know him best, and the media that see him regularly, that this is a
different person - a mature, refined and thankful Eldrick "Tiger" Woods. He
fist bumps fans between holes, makes eye contact and shows a vulnerable
side during interviews now. Perhaps the picture that best defines Tiger today
was the image of him as he walked off the 18th green. In the past during
his prime, after victories nobody was waiting afterwards to congratulate him
(only Dad Earl and Mom Tida in the early days), but on Sunday at Augusta
there was nearly a dozen fellow tour players including 61 year old Bernhard
Langer, his Mom Tida and his two children Sam and Charlie. It wasn't just
another major or great sports story, this is a human being who has found
himself, and in turn has found his way back to where it all began 22 years
ago, as the Masters Champion.

Jennifer Kupcho Captures Inaugural Augusta National Womens Amateur PDF Print E-mail


By Jason Bruno

Jennifer Kupcho hoists the trophy after winning the inaugural ANWA

Augusta, Georgia - She hit the first tee shot of the inaugural Augusta

National Womens Amateur Championship, and she rolled in the final

putt to win in front of thousands on property and millions around the

world. Say what you will about the members of the most exclusive

golf club in the free world, but these days they are making progressive

strides of inclusion and growing the game - this was just another step

in the right direction.


As for the competition (that began at nearby Champions Retreat on

Wed), it was just about as thrilling as a Masters Sunday. Two of the

finest collegiate players - Jennifer Kupcho and Maria Fassi had separated

themselves from the field by the time they reached the back nine at

Augusta National. Battling a migraine headache midway through the

round, Kupcho the reigning NCAA Champion needed to steady the ship

after a bogey at the tenth left her two shots behind Fassi, who started

hot - playing the first eight holes in 4 under par.


After both players parred both the eleventh and twelfth, Kupcho took on

the challenge at the par 5 thirteenth. From 211 yards out, she ripped a

towering 3 hybrid to within 6 feet. Fassi chose to lay up, and wedged to

10 feet away. Fassi barely missed her attempt at birdie, opening the door

for a two-stroke swing. When Kupcho poured the eagle into the center of

the cup, the patrons erupted and the event immediately took on a vibe all

its own. From there, with the score knotted at 7 under par, Kupcho went

on a blitz - making birdies at the fifteenth, sixteenth and appropriately

drained a bomb at the last to reach 10 under par and win by four over

Fassi. The NCAA Player of the Year from Arkansas, Fassi battled valiantly

but could do nothing but admire her friend's magnificent play in becoming

the events first champion. 'We joked at the beginning, we're like, "Let's

make a sure we put up a show for people,' and we did," Fassi said. I'm

extremely proud of what I did, and Jennifer for getting that win."


As for the winner, Jennifer Kupcho knew that what she did on that back

nine was special, but more importantly what the day at the National

meant for women and the sport of golf. "Coming out of it with Maria in

the final group with me, I think both of us kind of just wanted to send a

message that golf is about having friends, the Wake Forest standout said.

"To be out there with her, we were cheering each other on, and that's

kind of how golf is supposed to be. And to make it look fun, it is fun. So

to make it look that way for everyone watching, I hope it encourages

people to pick up a club and go play.















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