G-Mac Wins at Mayakoba in Playoff PDF Print E-mail


Graeme McDowell celebrates his victory at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico - Although rare, once again it was an unscheduled Monday finish

on the PGA Tour at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba (Sanderson Farms last week was also a

Monday finish because of inclement weather), 27 players resumed final round play at 7:55

a.m. Just 3 minutes later play was halted again because of heavy rain . . . but resumed

about 8:15 a.m.

At the start of Monday, Graeme McDowell and Russell Knox were tied at 19 under par thru

thirteen and twelve holes respectively. Jason Bohn was two shots back at 17 under par.

McDowell shot a final round 5 under par 66. Knox, last weeks winner in Shanghai at the HSBC

Champions also shot 66. Jason Bohn shot 68 to complete the three way tie at the end of

regulation at -18. On the first hole of the playoff (the 18th), the 36 year old Northern Irishman

hit perhaps the best 5 iron of his career, the ball settling within three feet of the cup. Knox

missed the green, and Bohn who had 18 feet for birdie, missed the putt. G-Mac rolled in the

birdie to win his third career PGA Tour title and prove to himself that all of the hard work after

a disappointing year had paid off. "You go through a year like this, and you think, 'Am I finished?

Am I not good enough?' You ask yourself the questions." He continued, "It's the game of golf,

and it's very difficult. I've been dreaming of this day and I said that I was going to appreciate it

when it came. So I'm going to appreciate this one, because this one has been a grind."


With the win, McDowell gains entry into many events that he may not have exemptions into -

such as: the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Masters, Players Championship, Memorial,

Quicken Loans National, and PGA Championship.







Russell Knox Wins HSBC Champions PDF Print E-mail

Russell Knox celebrates his first victory at the HSBC Champions.

Shanghai, China - Russell Knox beat a stellar field in Shanghai for the first win of his

career on either the PGA or European Tour. The 30 year old Scot - ranked 85th in the

world, made six birdies enroute to a final round 68 and 20 under par total at Sheshan

International Golf Club for a two stroke victory over American Kevin Kisner (-18).


Knox is the first Scottish player to ever win a World Golf Championship. The Inverness

native who attended Jacksonville University in Florida, had his previous best finish at

the 2014 Honda Classic where he lost in a four man playoff (won by Russell Henley).


Afterwards, Knox was still beaming. "I always thought I was going to win a big one as

my first one, but this is going to take a long time to sink in." The win gets Knox into the

Hyundai Tournament of Champions and the Masters.


England's Danny Willet tied the course record - shooting 62 and finishing tied for third

with Ross Fisher. World No.1 Jordan Spieth finished 5 shots back at -15. Rory McIlroy

was another shot back at -14.












Justin Thomas Wins CIMB Classic PDF Print E-mail



Justin Thomas celebrates his first PGA Tour victory in Malaysia at the CIMB Classic

Malaysia - Justin Thomas had been knocking on the door - contending numerous times during

his successful but winless rookie year. On Sunday in Malaysia at the CIMB Classic he kicked

the door in and notched win No.1 of his PGA Tour career. Thomas shot 66 in the final round for

a total of 26 under par (262 strokes), a new CIMB Classic tournament scoring record.


Thomas got a boost from an 28 foot putt for eagle at the tenth hole, then he hole out from the

bunker on the thirteenth . . . and it appeared that victory was inevitable. On the fourteenth, he

hit his short approach into the water hazard - making double bogey. Determined to not let this

one slip away, the Alabama Alum nearly holed his tee shot on the next hole (the par 3 fifteenth)

and went on to birdie holes holes sixteen and seventeen as well. Thomas tapped in from four feet

at the last for par, winning by one stroke over a hard charging Adam Scott, who rode 7 birdies

and an eagle to a final round 63.

The win qualifies Thomas into so many of the seasons largest and most prestigious events, but

it's not necessarily the one you'd think that has him most excited. "Obviously the Masters is a

great goal that I've had my whole career too, but the thing is, I could play my way into the Masters

with good play before April - and only had three more tries to make it to Hawaii."


















Smylie Kaufman's 61 Takes Shriners Open PDF Print E-mail



Smylie Kaufman celebrates his victory at the Shriners for Children Open

Las Vegas - PGA Tour Rookie Smylie Kaufman started the day seven shots back, and

after being only 1 under thru his first seven holes of the final round at the Shriners for

Children Open, the former LSU Tiger shot 9 under the rest of the way. Kaufman's 61

(-16) was too much for the contenders who started the day atop the leaderboard. It

was nearly a two hour wait as the field finished, and no one was able to match the

posted number. At 23, Kaufman has realized his dream of being a PGA Tour winner.


Kaufman's final round featured four birdies in a row from holes eight thru twelve, an

eagle at the par 4 fifteenth, and birdies at the sixteenth and eighteenth capped off the

stellar performance.


"I was just hitting it so good the last few days and just wanted to give myself a chance

and post a number, and that's what it came down to," said Kaufman, seven strokes back

entering the round. "I dodged a lot of bullets coming down the stretch with guys coming

in. ... So much more stressful than on the course. So much worse. I felt like I was watching

an LSU football game. It's unbelievable, Kaufman said. "If you would have told me I had

a round at the Masters, if somebody was going to take me out and not completely with

the Masters, just to play Augusta National, I would have freaked out. But now that I'm

playing the Masters, it's a joke. It's unbelievable."














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