Larrazabal Stuns Rory & Phil, Reed Holds On At Humana PDF Print E-mail


Pablo Larrazabal  celebrates his HSBC victory

Abu Dhabi - Pablo Larrazabal outlasted two of the games' giants who were

plagued by penalty strokes and miscues to win the HSBC Golf championship

at Abu Dhabi Golf Club. The Spaniard's final round 67 and 14 under par total

were just enough to hold off Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy (who played in the

same group with Larrazabal and Miguel Angel Jimenez).

McIlroy shot 68, and Mickelson 69 on Sunday. "I beat two of the three most

talented guys in my era," said Larrazábal, who compared his birdie putt on the

18th to the par putt holed by Martin Kaymer to retain the Ryder Cup at Medinah

in 2012.

"The first win in France my brother says was the win of talent. I had 100 putts

in 72 holes, not even the best Tiger Woods could have beaten me that week.

The second win in Munich (in a play-off with Sergio Garcia) was one of belief.

This is the win of hard work and team work. I worked so hard for the last two

years and over the winter and I beat two of the three most talented guys in my



McIlroy shot 68, and Mickelson 69 on Sunday, but each leave wondering what could've

been. McIlroy incurred a two stroke penalty after round 3 for an incorrect drop (and lost

by a single stroke), and Mickelson made triple bogey on the 13th after a double hit

occureed while attempting to play his errant tee shot from under a bush. He stormed all

the way back, needing to make his lengthy eagle attempt on the final hole to tie. When

his attempt went wide right, Pablo Larrazabal had the third win of his career.






Reed Holds On At Humana Challenge


Patrick Reed celebrates the win at the Humana Challenge


La Quinta - After three straight 63's in the first three rounds, Patrick Reed took a

commanding seven stroke lead entering Sunday's final round at the Palmer Private

Course at PGA West. Reed struggled to find the magic in round 4 that carried him

earlier in the week, but his final round 71 was enough to close the deal Sunday and

finish at -28 for a two stroke win.


"It was tough out there, Reed said. I started toward the end playing for par,

just because I knew pars weren't going to hurt me," Reed said. "I knew someone

was going to have to do something spectacular to catch me. To come out and

not have my full game and to have that much of a cushion to be able to just coast

in, that's a good feeling."


Ryan Palmer finished solo 2nd two shots back at -26, while Zach Johnson fired a

final round 62 to finish tied for 3rd with Justin Leonard at -25.

Reed 23, once known as the "Marvel" of the Monday Qualifiers from Augusta State -

will return to the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua in 2015.














Jimmy Walker Dynamite at Sony PDF Print E-mail


Jimmy Walker celebrates his win Sunday at Waialae Country Club




Honolulu - Jimmy Walker went 187 tournaments without a victory, and now after capturing the Sony

Open at Waialae Country Club, he's won twice already this season (he won the event in

October - the first of the new wrap around '13-'14 campaign). Walker's blistering final round seven

under par 63 was enough to overtake Harris English (who played the final four holes in 1 over par).

Walker's total score of 17 under par was good enough for a one stroke victory over Chris Kirk (who

carded a final round 66).


After a clutch par save on the 14th, Walker made three straight birdies to grab the lead. Par on the

final hole, made the victory celebration a touch in doubt . . . but once Chris Kirk failed to convert his

eagle attempt at the last, win #2 was in the books. "It took me a long time to do it," Walker said. "I

felt very calm and controlled. That's what you've got to feel and do when it's time to win. It's easy to

say, hard to do. But today was awesome. Really cool golf. "I've always felt like I belonged, and you

need affirmation every now and then," he said. "The other win was like, `Yeah, OK, I can do it.' I did it,

and I was supposed to be able to do it. Everybody told me I was supposed to do it, and I finally did it.

And then it's, `Well, are you going to be the guy that won that you never hear from again?' It's nice to

get it done and do it again today."


Although it's early in the PGA Tour's first wrap-around season, Walker leads both the Fedex Cup points

list and the Ryder Cup standings.


Veteran Jerry kelly finished solo third at -15, while world #2 Adam Scott finished tied for eighth at -10.













Zach Johnson Takes HTOC at Kapalua PDF Print E-mail
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Zach Johnson celebrates his 11th tour win at Kapalua



Kapalua, Hawaii - After taking down world number one (Tiger Woods) last month at Sherwood CC

in Southern California, Zach Johnson slayed the field of champions at Coore/Crenshaw's Plantation

Course at Kapalua.


Johnson surgically plotted his way around during Monday's final round, and seized control of the

tournament by hitting fairways and consistently sticking his wedges close. The final round 66

was a clinic on course management and precise ball striking. "Getting the ball in the fairway and

giving my wedges a chance was crucial," he said. "It's about plotting my way, putting myself in

a yardage spot that I know is going to give me an opportunity." Later he put it simply, "I just

picked it apart." Johnson finished at 19 under par.


The win is Johnson's eleventh of his career, giving him the fourth most on tour since his rookie

campaign began in 2004 (Tiger, Phil, VJ), and the third victory in his last six starts - dating back

to last years Fedex Cup Playoff event just outside of Chicago. The win at the Hyundai Tournament

of Champions moves Zach Johnson to 7th in the Official World Golf Rankings, the highest ranking

of his career.


Jordan Spieth who held the lead with Webb Simpson and Dustin Johnson entering the final round,

had a 100 ft eagle putt to tie the lead on the 72nd hole, but came up short. He settled for birdie

and a final round 70 (-18).


Kevin Streelman (67) and Webb Simpson (70) finished T3 at -17.














Preview the Majors in 2014 . . . Will Tiger get #15? PDF Print E-mail



By Jason Bruno

Will he return to dominance in 2014?



2013 was an incredible year in professional golf, especially on the PGA Tour. The early story was Rory

McIlroy's defection from Titleist (after a dominant 2012 campaign) to a decade long deal with Nike for

over $200 million.


The other main story was (and still is) Tiger's ongoing drought in the major championships. Woods

has 0 major victories since his dramatic broken leg triumph over Rocco Mediate at Torrey Pines in 2008

(although TW did win 5 times in 2013). Will Rory bounce back, will Tiger get major #15 in 2014 and will

Phil finally capture the U.S Open after six runner ups? Once again, these are the lead topics on tour this

season. There are two particular players who look to be hitting full stride - just in time to deny the big

three of their quest. Adam Scott and Justin Rose.


Will Rose be content with one major? Not likely.




Tiger and Rory are two of the most talented for sure, but both of them have so many outside

distractions, it only evens the playing field for the leading contenders. Adam Scott and Justin Rose

both have consistent text book golf swings that require far less timing than the swings of Woods &

McIlroy. Add to that, the recent growth in confidence gained by Scott & Rose after their breakthrough

victories at Augusta National and Merion. Both are in the prime years of their playing careers (they turned

33 in July). It's not unlikely to expect both of these players to be a factor in each of the four majors in





Can Scotty do it again?



Other players that flood the list of impressive and trending up are: Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth, Phil

Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Zach Johnson, Jason Day and Sergio Garcia.


The wild card factor in the 2014 major season is the weekend putting of Woods, who hasn't been able

to "will" the ball in the cup in recent majors . . . especially when the Red shirt is donned. From 1997 thru

2008, TW was 61 under par on the weekends of the majors, since then +11. More recently, over the past

six majors Woods is 11 under in rounds 1 & 2 and 23 over par on the weekend. The numbers say putting

is the guilty party, Tiger has taken 28.3 putts per round (340 total) in the first two rounds. In Rounds 3

and 4, he has averaged 30.9 putts per round (371 total) that's a whopping 31 strokes difference . . . will

that trend end? Maybe, but as you near 40 things rarely trend in the up direction.


Let's look at the 2014 major venues.


Masters - Augusta National: Woods, Mickelson, McIlroy, Adam Scott and Jason Day are the five to watch



U.S Open - Pinehurst No.2: Mickelson will be the big story here, and is the obvious sentimental favorite.

Is it possible to want something too much (see Greg Norman-Masters)? Six runner ups and the career

Grand Slam might prove to be too much, but if anybody can defy the odds and pull off the incredible - it

might be Phil. With the removal of the rough throughout, the new No.2 requires a big bat and the short

game of a genius. This could be the epic Woods vs Phil duel we've all waited for.


Open Championship - Royal Liverpool: Tiger pulled off a strategic masterpiece here in 2006, keeping driver

in the bag and plodding around like vintage Nicklaus . . . but the Open Championship is very much a pot

luck event subject to the weather conditions. I'd take the field in this one over the favorites. Justin Rose

is a precision player who could get major #2 here, but it's another Brit that we fancy here in 2014.

PGA Championship - Valhalla: This is the one where I see #15 happening. The site of the 2000 duel with

Bob May is the lead up to the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. Talent is talent, the drought will end here at

a Nicklaus design that allows for Tiger to hit the occasional stray ball and recover.



Is this the year he gets #15 ? We like his chances at Valhalla.



Pre-Season Picks:

Masters: Adam Scott (Defends)

Runner up - Rory McIlroy


U.S Open: Phil Mickelson

Runner up - Tiger Woods

Open Championship: Ian Poulter

Runner Up - Justin Rose


PGA: Tiger Woods

Runner Up - Dustin Johnson


With no break in the playoff schedule in 2014, we like a young gun to capture the Fedex Cup

Champion: Rory McIlroy











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