Different Year, Same Spieth - Wins Hyundai TOC PDF Print E-mail


Jordan Spieth starts 2016 as he ended 2015, on top (this time at Kapalua).


Maui, Hawaii - It's 2016, but if you watched the latest version of the Hyundai Tournament

of Champions, you'd think it was still 2015. Jordan Spieth shot 30 under par, and romped to

another victory, this time we were spared of any Sunday drama . . . a ho hum eight stroke

victory at Kapalua's par 73 Plantation course.


Rounds of 66-64-65-67 showed Spieth in mid-season form, holing putts and playing virtually

mistake free. The highlight was his near double eagle at the last on Saturday, that sent a

message to anyone in the field that had ideas of catching the 22 year old Texan.


"I'm very satisfied, we got down here early, Michael and I played a lot of golf on this course

ahead of time" Spieth said. "I felt comfortable the whole week, just felt like it was a short 3

week break over the holidays and then just tryin to continue exactly what we were doing last

year. That's the way I think I'm going to continue thinking about it, it did work this week, all

parts of the game were firing."


Patrick Reed shot a final round 69 to finish solo 2nd at 22 under par. Brandt Snedeker and

Brooks Koepka finished tied for 3rd another stroke back.


Up next: The Tour jumps over to Honolulu for next weeks Sony Open.











Bubba Wins Hero World Challenge PDF Print E-mail


Bubba Watson celebrates his victory Sunday at the Hero World Challenge



Bahamas - Bubba Watson made easy work of the limited field at Albany Golf Club

for the latest edition of the Hero World Challenge hosted by Tiger Woods. Watson's 66

on Sunday was good enough for a total of 25 under par and a three stroke victory over

Patrick Reed. Rickie Fowler shot 64 in the final round to finish 3rd.


It looked like things might become interesting early on with Fowler going out in 30, but

Watson slammed the door Sunday with birdies at the second & third, and then the first two

holes on the back, taking away any hope the challengers may have had. Watson had previously

turned down his invite to the event based on a passport issue with his newly adopted daughter

Dakota, and changed his mind after Jason Day backed out (to be with his with family after

the recent birth of his daughter).


Watson didn't make a bogey all weekend until the last, where he played conservatively to

ensure the win. At a time when many players are shutting it down for the year, Watson is

jetting off to Asia for the Thailand Open. The win for Bubba solidifies his position at No.4

in the Official World Golf Rankings into 2016, meanwhile, Patrick Reed's solo second place

moved him up to No.10 for the first time in his career.


World No.1 Jordan Spieth shot 67 Sunday to finish at 20 under par (solo 4th). The Masters

and U.S Open Champion won't tee it up again on tour until the Hyundai Tournament of

Champions at Kapalua in January. Albany residents Adam Scott and Justin Rose never

challenged, but Rose set the course record on Sunday shooting 62 (finishing solo 13th),

while Scott finished tied for 10th at 16 under par.

















Matt Jones Holds On at Australian Open PDF Print E-mail




Matt Jones celebrates his victory at the Australian Open

Sydney, Australia - Aussie Matt Jones held a three stroke leading heading into the final round of

the Australian Open being held at the Jack Nicklaus designed Australian Golf Club.

Jones struggled from the start on Sunday, and found himself 3 over par thru two holes after

making bogey at the first, and double on the par 3 second hole. After a triple bogey at the ninth,

it looked like Jones had botched his chance to win his National Open. He turned in 39 and shared

the lead with fellow Aussie Rod Pampling, who had scorched the par 71 Nicklaus routing for a new

course record 61 earlier in the day. The turning point came at the twelfth, where Jones saved par

with a holed bunker shot that turned the momentum back in his direction. Matt Jones shot 34

coming in for a final round 73 (8 under par total), good enough for a narrow one shot victory over

World No.1 Jordan Spieth (71) and a hard charging Adam Scott (65).


"I got the job done, but there was a lot of stress and anxious moments," Jones said. "A lip-in putt on

the last to get the win. That bunker shot on twelve was probably the biggest thing because I knew I

had some birdies left."


Spieth was impressed with how Jones hung tough, "I just told him that was one of the best-fought wins

I've ever seen, to come through what he did on 2, and 9 and then that par on twelve," Spieth said.

"Twelve was by far the tipping point in the round. We're the ones who had the most holes remaining so

we control it, and for him to go back to whatever he was, one or two up on me at the time there, was

really kind of a game changer."




















McIlroy Takes Race to Dubai, Kisner Wins RSM Classic PDF Print E-mail



Rory McIlroy celebrated winning the DP World Tour Championship and the Race To Dubai on Sunday

Dubai - By the fifteenth tee on Sunday at Jumierah Golf Estates, Rory McIlroy had seized the lead

of the DP World Tour Championship. After making birdie at the sixteenth, the lead was two. On the

par 3 seventeenth his tee shot was long and found the water hazard. After hitting his approach from

the drop zone, the 26 year old Ulsterman faced a 25 ft uphill putt to keep a one shot lead heading

into the last. As the putt climbed the hill, McIlroy raised his putter as if he knew its fate . . . indeed

he did. It was center cut, and he strode to the last as if he'd just added to his lead instead of stewing

over the bogey (perhaps taking a page out of Jordan Spieth's book - Sometimes in Championship golf

it's more about keeping momentum and limiting the damage than it is about perfect shots and style



In the end, the putt on the seventeenth proved to be the difference. McIlroy's final round 66 and 21

under par - 267 total score was enough for his third win of 2015 on the European Tour (eight top 10's

in twelve starts) and was his second at the DP World Tour Championship since it's inception in 2009.

"It means an awful lot, I had to play so well all weekend. Dubai has been a pretty sweet place for me."


Andy Sullivan who was attempting to go wire to wire week in Dubai, finished second and jumped from

21st to 8th in the final standings.


The official starter for the European Tour, Open Championship and Ryder Cup - Ivor Robson has retired

after over 40 years at the post. Farewell to the best in the biz . . .






Kisner Gets First win at Sea Island


Kevin Kisner breaks through at Sea Island

St.Simon's Island, Georgia - Kevin Kisner who contended on leaderboards throughout the 2015

season (but remained winless), was once again looking to notch his first Victory. In fact, the

University of Georgia product was leading by the three heading into Sunday's final round on Sea

Island's Seaside Course.


The 31 year old from South Carolina was so dominant over the weekend, that after posting his

third round 64, he posted 30 on the front nine Sunday (doubling his lead) . . . and cruised in with

another 64 - finishing at 22 under par, shattering the tournament record and six stroke victory

over Kevin Chappel (and seven over Graeme McDowell).


Earlier in the season, Kisner lost in playoffs at Hilton Head, TPC Sawgrass (The Players), and at

the Greenbrier. Just two weeks ago, he finished runner up in Shanghai at the HSBC Champions.


"I've just been playing so well all year," Kisner said. "I knew one day it was going to happen when

I was going to make all the putts. I did it on the front nine."















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