Lydia Ko Rolls on - Wins Down Under, Hahn Gets 1st Win at Riviera PDF Print E-mail


World No.1 Lydia Ko wins the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open


Melbourne Australia - The seventeen year old phenom known these days as the world #1, just keeps

rolling on. This episode was on the famed Royal Melbourne composite course. Lydia Ko's Sunday 71,

was enough to outlast the stellar field at the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open on Dr.Alister

MacKenzie's sand belt classic design, finishing at 9 under par.


Ko struggled early on, but righted the ship with a pitch in for eagle on the par 4 - third. "The first two

holes I three putted and you don't want to start on that kind of note, especially on the final day when

you know you need to play really well. That third hole really kicked off well. I couldn't really see the

ball drop in the hole but people were clapping and it was getting louder as the ball was getting closer,"

Ko said. "It was great and it really helped my round."


Amy Yang was Ko's biggest challenger Sunday, but she faltered down the stretch with bogey's on the 15th

and 17th holes to finish two shots back after a final round 72, Ariya Jutanugarn finished third at 4 under


The victory was Lydia Ko's sixth career LPGA Tour Title.









James Hahn celebrates his first career PGA Tour victory at Riviera

Pacific Palisades, California - On a cold rainy Sunday in Southern California, James Hahn brought

his own sunshine to the famous George Thomas layout just off Sunset Blvd in the City of Angels.

Trailing by 4 heading into the final round, Hahn hung in there on a day when most (including 54

hole leader Retief Goosen) fell to the wayside. At the end of regulation, three players remained tied for

the Northern Trust Open title at Riviera at -6: Dustin Johnson (69), a resurgent Paul Casey (68),

and James Hahn (69).


Hahn ranked #297 in the world coming in to Hogan's Alley, was clearly the underdog in the playoff.

After all three players made par on the 1st sudden death hole, next up was the driveable par 4-tenth.

Highly regarded as the best short par 4 on tour, it was the perfect stage for the moment. All three

players hit their tee shots left of the green with Casey having the best angle into the elongated putting

surface - where the hole location was positioned back right. Casey went first from the shortgrass, his

pitch settled about 18 feet short of the hole. Next up was Hahn who hit a marvelous flop from the rough

over the back bunker to about 11 feet (considering the moment and the tough wet lie, it was a great

shot). DJ had an even tougher shot from the cabbage, with very little green between the bunker and the

flag. The recently transplanted resident of L.A hit the shot of the week, a flop shot out the wet Kikuyu turf

that not only landed within a few feet of the hole, it also spun as if it were a dry lie from the shortgrass.


Casey just missed his putt on the low side, then Hahn, knowing he had to have his, drained it

dead center. DJ tapped in for his birdie, with Casey eliminated, the two marched on to the par 3 -

fourteenth. Johnson hit his tee shot to 10 ft, and Hahn almost matched him - his ball finishing about

16 feet from the cup. Hahn casually stepped up and drained his putt. Johnson seemed shaken by Hahn's

clutch roll when his feeble attempt came up short... and just like that James Hahn had won his first PGA

Tour event (and a birth to the Masters).


It wasn't the Masters that Hahn was thinking about after his victory, it was the upcoming birth of

his daughter. "That, to me kind of humbles myself and kind of brings me down to reality that, you

know, I'm going to be a Dad here in like three weeks," Hahn said. "I couldn't be more excited, and more

nervous that we don't have a name picked out yet. I'm going to have to talk to my wife about Riviera.

I think that's a good name."


We couldn't agree more.


54 hole leader Retief Goosen struggled on the back nine Sunday and shot 75 finishing two shots

out of the playoff at -4.











Rukket Sports - Golf Nets PDF Print E-mail


By Jason Bruno

If you're like me, practicing is a passion. The desire to stay competitive and continue improving

is never ending. Getting to the course or the range is often the biggest challenge for so many with

busy schedules...that's where Rukket Sports factors in. We first noticed the "Haack Net" (designed

by college coach Chris Haack) at the PGA Show in Orlando a few weeks back. Their golf nets are

really easy to construct, within minutes of unpacking the box, I was hitting golf shots.


One of the things rarely mentioned when considering purchasing a golf net for your personal

use is the amount of money saved on range balls (I only use premium urethane golf balls like

Pro V1's when I'm practicing at home) and the convenience of having it all outside your doorstep

. . . Rain or shine, indoor or out you can practice as much as you'd like. The Haack golf net is

constructed of five ply - 3/4 inch netting, steel and fiberglass frame. I especially liked the side

nets, keeps golf balls from rebounding away from the hitting area.




My personal set up at the compound sits beside my synthetic putting green. I use it to work

on fundamentals (I often use in junction with Zepp technology, that keeps track of swing plane,

swing speed, and tempo) and just the overall process without constantly getting hung up on

results. I prefer to start testing drivers here first to get a sense for how each feels before taking

to the course for further testing. The Rukket net is sturdier than the previous set up I had

installed previously, the only factor of concern is how well the frame will hold up to the South

Florida elements as compared to the PVC unit I used previously.


If you want to practice on your terms, Rukket Sports has a variety of golf nets and accessories

to help you set up your very own practice station.







Snedeker Dominates at Pebble Beach PDF Print E-mail



Brandt Snedeker celebrates his victory Sunday at Pebble Beach

Monterey, California - Brandt Snedeker had recently fallen out of the top 50 in the

official world ranking, keeping him from gaining entry into the biggest events

on the PGA Tour schedule, including his favorite - The Masters. Snedeker was

practically mistake free all week, making only one bogey on his way to a Sunday 67

and an AT&T National Pro Am tournament record 22 under par. Snedeker's performance

was a testimony to the work he's done with Butch Harmon since last year's U.S Open.


"For me to play one bogey in 72 holes, I've never thought that was possible. He (Butch)

did a great job of kind of helping me understand how I swing the club, what I need to do

to be successful, " Snedeker said. "The great thing about Butch is he's not technical at all.

He instills confidence in you when you don't realize he's doing it. We might have a three

hour practice session and he might say one thing about my swing and 15 things about

the mental side of it or what you should be thinking in certain situations or what he learned

from Seve or Tiger or anybody else. He's got all these little nuggets that are great that

come in handy on days like today."


Snedeker was ranked 63rd when play began Sunday, but after dominating at Monterey

Peninsula Golf Club, Spyglass and Pebble . . . he'll once again play the WGC events, including

Doral, Match Play and his favorite - The Masters.


Nick Watney finished solo second at -19. 54 hole leader Jim Furyk finished tied for seventh

after struggling Sunday shooting a final round 74.





Jason Day Wins at Torrey, Goydos Takes Allianz PDF Print E-mail


Jason Day celebrates his win Sunday at Torrey Pines

San Diego, California - Jason Day got off to a hot start in 2014, winning the WGC Accenture

Match Play, but then a thumb injury lingered throughout the year and derailed his year.

Healthy in 2015, Day is once again looking to climb the world rankings. On Sunday it was Day

who (after shooting a final rd 70) prevailed in a four man playoff to win the Farmers Insurance

Open and capture his third PGA Tour title on Sunday over J.B Holmes, Harris English and Defending

Champion Scott Stallings (who were all tied at 9 under par after 72 holes of regulation).


After Day and Holmes made birdies on the first playoff hole (the 18th hole), Stallings and

English were eliminated. The par 3 sixteenth (the second playoff hole) was where it all ended

when J.B Holmes couldn't manage to make par. Day after hitting his tee shot to 15 ft, had a

routine two putt par to close the deal.


Day reflected afterwards: "I visualized myself winning and holding the trophy before this week.

I was in palm Springs thinking about it, just trying to visualize over and over in my head.

Obviously I need to go out and play good golf, but that's kind of what I did at the Match Play

and that's what I did here this week. So obviously that tells me that I need to start doing that

a lot more and really wanting to get to that No.1 spot."








Paul Goydos celebrates his career Champions Tour title Sunday at Broken Sound

Boca Raton, Florida - On a day at Broken Sound where nine players had a share of the lead at

one point, it was not one of the big named legends that outlasted the field . . . it was longtime

journeyman Paul Goydos. Tied for the lead on the last at -11, Goydos' approach on the par 5

finished just over the back of the green. Goydos hit a superb bump and run chip down the slope

to within a foot and tapped in for birdie and the victory at the Allianz Championship.


Goydos' scrappy 3 under par 69 was good enough to reach -12, and get the job done by one

shot over Gene Sauers. Afterward Goydos acknowledged just that, "It was a shootout without

great scores, the course played tough today." The win was the second Champions Tour title for

Paul Goydos.

Sauers birdied the final two holes for a final round 67 (-11), it was his forth Champions Tour

runner-up finish. Fred Funk, Michael Allen and John Huston all finished tied for third at -10.













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