Haas Wins Humana Challenge PDF Print E-mail


Bill Haas is now a two time champion at the Humana Challenge

La Quinta, California - Although Bill Haas has had a history of success at the Humana

Challenge in the California dessert, he had very little confidence heading into the 2015

edition of Bob Hope's annual in Palm Springs. After it all was over on Sunday, Haas

proclaimed, "If you would have told me I would have done this last week, I would've

laughed at you."


Haas had fractured his left wrist back at the RBC Heritage in April, and after playing through

his 2014 schedule, he decided to shut it down after struggling at the HSBC in November.

The long layoff, brought the much needed rest for the his wrist, but also left some doubt

when it came to his form. After spending some time in Palm Springs with his Dad Jay, and

their swing instructor Billy Harmon, his mind and body hit the reset button. "Playing golf

with somebody you look up to like my Dad and Billy, and working on your game - but also

just having fun definitely gets you thinking, let's just go have fun, let's go play golf", Haas



Needing par at the last to secure his sixth career PGA Tour victory, he blocked his drive

on the par 5 eighteenth - leaving an awkward lie with the ball resting waist high just

outside the lip of the bunker. Standing in the sand rehearsing baseball like swings, Haas

was able to advance the ball down the fairway...setting up an 8 iron approach, where he

hit the the green and two putted for the much needed par to shoot 67 and finish at 22 under

par (winning by 1 stroke to avoid a six man playoff).


Bill Haas, also won 2010 Humana Challenge and finished second in 2011 (sixth in 2013).

The win was Haas' first since the Quicken Loans National in 2013.


Matt Kuchar, Steve Wheatcroft, Sung Joon Park, Brendan Steele, & Charley Hoffman finished

tied for second at 21 under par.












Jimmy Walker Defends at Sony PDF Print E-mail



Jimmy Walker wins again at Waialae Country Club



Honolulu - After his disappointing finish at Kapalua last week, Jimmy Walker bounced

back and dominated the field at the Sony Open at Waialae . . . with weekend rounds of

62 & 63, he lapped the field. Walker's back to back Sony Open victory Sunday was a mistake

free stroll in the park, (he finished at 23 under par). Just like last year at this point, Walker

is out front in the Fedex Cup standings.

“After Monday I was kind of wondering how things were going to go,” he said. “I came

in and just continued to do what I did last week, which was hit it really good, and I

putted even better this week.”

“I feel like all the hard work I've been doing is paying off,” he said. “I put in the time.

I feel like I've got good people around me, and I think that's really made the difference.

They've helped me believe that I can be better than I am.”

“Today was all about keeping the pedal down,” Walker said. “And that's kind of what I talked

about at the beginning of the week. If I got back to that position, could we really try to extend

the lead instead of just hang on.”


After going winless in his first 188 starts, Walker has now won 4 of his last 32, and has $1.67

million in earnings this season. Jimmy Walker led the field with 29 birdies for the week.

Scott Piercy finished second 9 shots back at -14. Harris English, Gary Woodland and Matt Kuchar

finished tied for third at 13 under par.










Patrick Reed Wins Hyundai Tournament of Champions PDF Print E-mail


Patrick Reed celebrates his win at Kapalua

Kapalua, Hawaii - Patrick Reed became just the fourth player in the last 20 years to win

four times before turning 25 years old (Tiger, Sergio, Rory are the others). 54 hole leader

Jimmy Walker couldn't hold off a blistering Patrick Reed down the stretch. Reed holed out for

eagle at the 16th (from 80 yds out), and birdied the par 5-eighteenth to tie Walker at -21. Walker

had his chance to win outright, but missed his 15 footer on the final hole in regulation.


Reed shot a six under par 67 in regulation, while Walker shot 69. In the playoff, Walker's

approach went long over the green. He chipped up leaving 6 feet for his par. Reed stepped up

and rolled in his 18 ft birdie to seal the victory



When referring to all of his recent success, Reed has his own view on the "How" and the "Why":

"I think it's just because I'm stubborn. I don't really care, I go out there and just kind of focus on

my golf game, and I don't really care what anyone else is doing or however anyone else hits the shot.

I just know how I can do it, and you know, what works for me and what makes me allows it to be

more consistent under pressure."


He also commented on his goals for 2015: "One of them is a multi-win year, and just to make that

percentage of top 10's better. It just seems like last year I had either played really, really well or I

didn't play very well. . . and it's just to get that consistency better, and those are things that we're

working on."


Jason Day, Russell Henley, and Hideki Matsuyama tie for third at -20.










Chalmers Wins Australian PGA in Playoff PDF Print E-mail

Story courtesy PGA Tour of Australia


Queensland, Australia- Starting the day seven shots off the lead Chalmers fired a final round 8-under 64 to end regulation play tied for the lead with Adam Scott and Wade Ormsby on 11-under 277.

"It was an epic day, I honestly didn't think I'd be sitting here at this point today with the quality of the guys leading the tournament and doing well," said Chalmers.

The trio headed down the 18th hole three times before South Australian Ormsby dropped out of the race.

It took another four holes before Chalmers emerged victorious with a par over

Scott who made bogey. "I just wasn't sure Scotty was ever going to hit a loose

shot," said Chalmers. "I was trying to drive it in the fairway; I kept driving it in

every bunker. I thought if I'm going to lose this, I want to lose to a birdie. It's a

shame sometimes that that doesn't work out that way, that someone makes birdie

and makes something spectacular but I'm very pleased to be the champion again."

The key for Chalmers in the playoff today was not to panic.

"My style of golf is never going to be an Adam Scott style of golf," added Chalmers.

"I hit it off line, I don't panic.  I'm going to hit it off line, I did it all week and I did

it sometimes today, but I have a short game that I hold in pretty decent regard."

"I thought just keep making someone win it and today it turns out that a mistake

was made and I'm on the trophy."

With his win Chalmers also sealed the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit earning

him starts in the World Golf Championship – Cadillac Championship, Nedbank Golf

Challenge and The Open Championship, which he was already exempt into.

The timing couldn't be better with Chalmers having only conditional status on the

PGA TOUR for 2015.

"I lost my status in the States this year, I don't have full status next year so I think

this, winning the Order of Merit in Australia helps me," added Chalmers.

"I like to come back because I love Australia and I'm conscious of the idea that every

career has a pathway. My pathway started right here. So I think it's somewhat, not an

obligation but just something, I think it's the right thing to do."

Adam Scott was disappointed to have finished the year without a win on home soil

acknowledging his failure to capitalise on his opportunities today. "I just didn't hit

good enough shots in the play-offs and it's frustrating to not win when I hit so many

good drives and had so many wedges and only made one birdie," said Scott. "I'm

ready for a break.  I'm certainly going to enjoy this one. Unfortunately not exactly

how I wanted to end the year, but you know, hopefully onto bigger and better things

next year."

The least experienced of the playoff trio, Ormsby looked at the positives in his round

including a brilliant chip in birdie on the last regulation hole to earn a place in the playoff.

"It was nice to get in the play-off there.  I didn't think I was going to get in and I got

myself in it but yeah, a little bit disappointed," said Ormsby.

For all final results from the Australian PGA Championship please click here.







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