Blixt and Smith Win Zurich Classic PDF Print E-mail



Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith pose with their tag team belts after winning the Zurich Classic

Avondale, Lousiana - It took 5 days and 76 holes of golf, but Jonas Blixt

and young Aussie Cam Smith outlasted Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown to

win the Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana on Monday.

As sunlight was vanishing on the 72nd hole Sunday evening, there was very

little chance that a Monday playoff was even possible, but an epic walkoff

shot by Kevin Kisner brought the house to its feet in an instant. Trailing

by a stroke from the fairway on the par 5 - 18th, Kisner faced a must make

35 yard downhill chip shot for eagle that had to go in to stay alive -

he took dead aim and as the ball trundled down the slope towards the target,

it looked like it was coming in awfully hot. The ball skidded and rolled smashing

directly into the flagstick and down for the hole out eagle. Easily the clutch shot

of the year on tour. New life for Kisner/Brown after a final round 60 to tie the

lead at 27 under par, but with sunlight done for the day, the playoff would start

at 9am on Monday.

The playoff failed to reach the drama of the previous night, with very few

spectators and both teams missing makeable winning putts on the first three

playoff holes. Finally, on the fourth playoff hole (18th again) Cam Smith

stuffed his approach and sank the short putt to finish off Kisner/Brown who

missed an 8 foot birdie putt to stay alive.

The victory is the first for the 23 year old Smith who now gets into the Players,

Memorial and the PGA Championship. Blixt, the 33 year old Swede gets his 3rd

career PGA Tour victory and called "This one the most fun."

Popular powerhouse teams like Rose/Stenson and Day/Fowler missed the cut.













Chappel Wins Valero Texas Open PDF Print E-mail


Kevin Chappel and caddie Joe Greiner celebrate after the winning putt

San Antonio, Texas - Kevin Chappel was 0 for 179 for his career entering the

Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio. That is until he sank an 8 foot putt on

the 72nd hole to finally become a champion on the PGA Tour.


"I felt like I had some unfinished business here," Chappell said. "A lot of hard

work went into this, and I don't think I would have had it any other way. Those

people that know me (know) I do everything the hard way . . . and 180 starts

later, that's pretty hard."


Chappel's final round 68 was good enough for -12, the target score that he and

caddie Joe Greiner had predicted they'd need to win. Brooks Koepka fired a final

round 65 to reach 11 under to tie Chappel who still had three holes remaining.

Koepka waited on the range to see if a playoff was in the works, then Chappel

sank the winning putt. Koepka praised Chappel: "It's kind of amazing that he

hasn't won, how good he's played."


Kevin Tway and Tony Finau finished tied for third at -9.

















Wesley Bryan Wins RBC Heritage PDF Print E-mail


Wesley Bryan celebrates his first win on the PGA Tour at Harbour Town.

Hilton Head, South Carolina - In the 49 year history of the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town

Golf Links no native of South Carolina had ever won the event - until Sunday. Wesley

Bryan, the 27 year old known for his trick shot prowess, is now a PGA Tour Champion.

Bryan started the day 4 shots back, but his final round 67 that included a mistake free

inward nine with birdies on holes 13 and 15 (to reach -13) was just enough to hold off

five time RBC runner up Luke Donald who once again came close but finished a shot back

at 12 under par.


After a bogey at the third, it wasn't looking like it would be his day, but four consecutive

birdies on holes 4 thru 7 got him right back into contention. "I knew if I could get off to a

hot start I'd be able to put a little pressure on the leaders," Bryan said. "I didn't get off to

a hot start, and honestly there were doubts, but I turned it around and made those four

birdies in a row and was right back in it. Honestly I got a little lucky that the leaders

didn't keep going a little bit deeper, and (they) stalled out. Luckily I was able to make a

couple on the back nine coming in."


Wesley and his brother George known as the Bryan Bros Trick Shot artists on YouTube,

had gained quite the following, but with Wesley's success on Golf Channel's "Big Break

Palm Beach" and then 3 wins on the Tour last year, his competitive game was

taking off. Now living in Augusta, Georgia (where he attended the Masters as a patron

just over a week ago), he has earned himself a ride down Magnolia lane to play in the

2018 edition of the Masters.


"I'm really looking forward to it, I'll get to sleep in my own bed," Bryan said. "


Ollie Schniederjans, Will McGirt and Patrick Cantlay all finished tied for third at -11.













An Instant Classic - Sergio Wins Playoff, Becomes Masters Champion PDF Print E-mail


Sergio Garcia becomes a major champion at last after winning the 81st Masters

Augusta, Georgia - The year's first major rarely disappoints, and the 2017 edition wasn't

the exception. On a brilliant Masters Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club, the roars on

the back nine were there and so were the stars of the game. Only this time, it was one

that was long overdue that shined brightest.


At 37 years old and riding an 0 for 73 drought since his first major as a profesional in 1999,

it was Sergio Garcia that showed off his new positive attitude - overcoming past failures

and a few hiccups early on the back nine Sunday to become a major champion for the first

time in his career defeating Justin Rose on the 1st hole of a sudden death playoff (after both

players finished regulation at 9 under par with final round 69's).


Asked afterwards what he was most proud of from the long battle with Justin Rose? "The

demonstration of my character and mentality," Sergio said. "How positive I stayed even

when things weren't going that well on ten and eleven. That is something that I did very well

the whole week and it's something that I need to keep improving and keep getting better at."

Sergio credited friends, family and his fiancee - American Angela Akins for all of the positive

notes during the week.



In case you were in a coma or took a leave of earth for the day, here's a brief summary of

the back nine at Augusta National on Sunday:

Knotted up at 8 under par after nine holes, the back nine was set up for high Masters drama.

After an errant approach at the tenth brought bogey, and a pulled drive at the eleventh

brought another, Garcia dropped two shots behind Rose. Another pulled tee shot on thirteen

left him in an unplayable situation, and it was looking like familiar territory. In prior failed

attempts to win a major, Garcia proclaimed, "the golf gods are against me", and "I'm just

not good enough", but this was a different Sergio. After taking his drop and hitting his

recovery short of Rae's Creek he hit a fantastic wedge to about 8 feet and made the putt for

par. When Rose three putted for his par, Garcia had new life. After a birdie at fourteen &

two bigtime shots on the par 5 fifteenth produced eagle, it was all tied and the roars from the

patrons were at classic Sunday Augusta volume. After both players stiffed approaches on

the sixteenth, Rose made his uphill right to left putt, while Garcia left his left to right putt just

short. Rose up 1 again. After Rose bogeyed seventeen and Sergio made a routine par, the two

were tied standing on the 72nd tee.


After good tee shots, Rose hit first and received a great bounce off the greenside mound on

the right and the ball trickled into very makeable birdie range - about 9 feet away. Garcia

flushed his approach to about 5 feet setting up an epic finish. Without giving all of the

horrific details, both players missed their putts to win in regulation, and the tilt carried on

to sudden death. Back on the eighteenth for the playoff, Garcia again striped his tee ball

while Rose blocked his short right into the trees, but got a fortunate kick back towards play -

but remained in the pine straw obstructed by a large Magnolia tree. Rose punched out. Sergio

once again took dead aim and hit it to about 11 feet for birdie. Rose hit his third to about

12 feet and then missed his par putt. Sergio needing two putts to win, drained it on the first

and the Augusta faithful erupted in jubilation chanting SERGIO! SERGIO! SERGIO! - knowing

they had just witnessed an instant classic.



After the final putt dropped, pure elation of a long overdue victory came out.





Rose said afterward, "If I had anybody to lose to, it would be Sergio. He's had his fair share

of heartbreaks."


Garcia came to realize that if it was meant to be his time it would happen, "A lot of things

were going through my mind, everybody that has supported me through my moments, some

(in the past) that hadn't gone the way that I wanted, and some of the moments out here at

Augusta that I maybe haven't enjoyed so much and how stupid I really was trying to fight

against something that you can't fight, and how proud I was of accepting things. This week

I've done it better than I ever had and because of that I've looked at the course in a different



After all, the stars and planets were aligned, Sergio's boyhood idol Seve Ballesteros would

have been 60 years old Sunday. When Sergio's last putt neared the hole it did look as if it

was a bit off the mark until perhaps it got a friendly nudge, Just sayin . . .


The penultimate group of American favorites Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth fizzled with

rounds of 76 and 75 respectively to finish at -1 in a tie for 11th.















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