Jon Rahm Wins Career Builder Moves to World No,2 PDF Print E-mail



Jon Rahm celebrates winning the CareerBuilder Challenge at PGA West

La Quinta, California - Jon Rahm started the day two shots off the lead, but

his 67 for a 22 under par total (266) was enough to reach a playoff with

Andrew Landry (68). Landry made an 11ft birdie at the last to force the extra

session, but it was Rahm who prevailed in the four holes of extended play.


In the playoff, Rahm had a clear opportunity on the first to end it, but his

9 footer refused to drop. three holes later, as the sun made it's way on the

horizon, Rahm buried a 12 footer to end it - and get the win.


"I would like to win one on the PGA Tour the old-fasioned way, and not stress

out on the last few holes," Rahm said. To be honest I couldn't have dreamed

of a better way to do it. Tournaments like this build character. I did not want

to come back the next day and play. After Andrew hit his shot, I had a good

angle and a good lie in the rough, so I decided to take dead aim and hope for

the best."


The win vaulted Rahm into 2nd in the Official World Golf Ranking (just ahead

of Jordan Spieth).













Kizzire Wins 6 Hole Playoff - Sony Open PDF Print E-mail



Patton Kizzire celebrates after winning the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club



Honolulu - As the sun was setting in Hawaii, Patton Kizzire was putting the finishing

touches on his 2nd win of the '17-'18 season (earlier in the fall Kizzire won the OHL

Mayacoba Classic). At the start of the day, it was Tom Hoge who entered the final

round with a slim one stroke lead and seemed poised to notch his first career victory,

but a late double bogey on Seth Raynor's design at Waialae Country Club derailed any

hopes. Hoge finished at -16 just one shot out of a tie for the lead and the chance to

compete in a playoff.


James Hahn had the hot hand, climbing the leaderboard all day on his way to posting

an impressive final round 62 to reach sudden death with Patton Kizzire. On the sixth

hole of the playoff Kizzire made par to get the win. Hahn, was visibly shaken by the

defeat and was blunt regarding his emotions, "I played good enough to win, but I

didn't. So for me, it's not how many birdies I make, if I'm not coming out of the room

with the trophy, it feels like I was defeated out there," Hahn said. He continued, "I'd

rather lose by a hundred than lose by one. I'd rather miss the cut than lose in a playoff.

It just doesn't sit well with me. I feel really defeated right now."


While Hahn was beating himself up for the defeat, Kizzire was on different trajectory

after the big win, "I'm just going to keep working hard, I want to get the 3rd win. The

first win was big, this one is even bigger."


Kizzire now holds a sizable 452 point lead over Pat Perez in the Fedex Cup standings.




















DJ Wins Sentry Tournament of Champions PDF Print E-mail



Dustin Johnson celebrates after winning at Kapalua


Maui - It's a new year, but the dominance continues for World No.1 Dustin

Johnson. Heading into the final round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions

with a two shot lead, Johnson's front nine 32 on Kapalua's Plantation course

extended the margin to six strokes and the rout was on. By the end, the margin

was eight as Johnson finished off the field with a brilliant 8 under par 65 and a

total of 24 under par.


DJ's ball striking, especially with the driver continues to amaze. In what may

go down in Kapalua lore for decades to come, his tee shot at the 430 yard par 4

twelfth finished 4 inches from the cup - perhaps the best shot ever hit on the 20

year old Coore/Crenshaw design. A tap in eagle that was nearly an ace from 430

yards! Afterwards, Johnson wasn't all that impressed by his feat, "I could see it

until it landed, but I knew it was on a good line. Obviously you have to get a nice

bounce. I know exactly where I want it to come down out of the air and it did,"

Johnson said.


The win marked Johnson's 17th tour victory (his second at Kapalua) and the 11th

consecutive year with a win.


Jon Rahm (who moved up to third in the Official World Golf Rankings) finished

solo 2nd at 16 under par.














Rickie Fowler Fires 61, Wins Hero World Challenge PDF Print E-mail



Rickie Fowler celebrates with tournament host Tiger Woods after winning at Albany

Bahamas - The big story all week was the return of tournament host and

14 time major winner Tiger Woods, but in the end it was Rickie Fowler who

captured the headlines.


Fowler fired a blistering course record 61 at Albany Golf Club (eclipsing the

previous mark of 62 by Justin Rose who calls Albany home). Starting the day

seven shots back, Fowler started out by making birdie on the first seven holes

in a row enroute to an 8 under par - front nine 28. A sub 60 round seemed

likely, but after reaching 10 under thru 13 holes, the 28 year old could only

manage one more birdie (which came at the par 5 - fifteenth) to finish at -18.


Meanwhile, 54 hole leader Charley Hoffman who started Sunday with a hefty

five shot lead, was treading water and could only manage an even par 72 to

finish four shots back 14 under par.


Although the win against the limited 18 man field is considered un-official,

Fowler knew that rounds like Sunday don't come around very often: "It's fun

when you get on birdie runs just to see how far you can go, Fowler said. "You

know it's not going to last forever."


Tournament host Tiger Woods who's been playing money games with Fowler

back home in Florida at the Medalist Club, finished off the week with a final

round 68 to finish 10 shots back at 8 under par (tied for 9th).


















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