Rickie Fowler Wins Big at The Honda Classic PDF Print E-mail


Rickie Fowler raises his arms in victory after winning the Honda Classic.



Palm Beach Gardens, Florida - On a windswept but chamber of commerce

afternoon in the Palm Beaches, Rickie Fowler had to overcome the field,

Jack Nicklaus' Bear Trap and a history of not closing the deal (0-4 when

leading after 54 holes) to notch his fourth career PGA Tour victory at the

Honda Classic.


Using a new 43 1/2 inch driver to emphasize accuracy, and a hot flatstick

(Fowler was 57 for 57 on putts inside 7 feet for the week), Fowler made clutch

birdies at the twelfth, thirteenth and sixteenth that provided enough cushion

to keep his challengers in the rear view mirror. Even after bogeys on the final

two holes (finishing at -12 with rounds of 66-66-65-71), the winning margin

was by four shots over Morgan Hoffman and Gary Woodland. Playing partner

Tyrrell Hatton of England struggled early on Sunday with bogeys at the first,

fourth and seventh holes to fall out of contention, he finished tied for fourth

at 7 under par.


Although a native of California, Fowler 28, has called the Palm Beach/Jupiter

area home since playing in PGA Tour Q-school at nearby Bear Lakes Country

Club in 2010. Motivated by the recent success of his pals Justin Thomas and

Jordan Spieth, Fowler seemed as relieved as he was jubilant after notching

the hometown win. Butch Harmon had expressed earlier in the week that

Fowler had worked hard in the off season to re-gain his form and was peaking

at the right time.


"I started with a four-shot lead and I still won by four, so I didn't play great,

it wasn't a pretty round, but we got the job done," Fowler said. "I guess I can

plan for Hawaii next year."


Fowler has moved to ninth in the Official World Golf Rankings, and tenth in the

Fedex Cup standings.


Jhonattan Vegas made a Hole n One on the par 3 -15th on Sunday.















Dustin Johnson Dominates Riviera - Takes Over OWGR No.1 PDF Print E-mail

Dustin Johnson jumps to No.1 in the World after his rout at Riviera

Pacific Palisades, California - With rounds of 66-66-64-71, Dustin Johnson blitzed the

field by five strokes to win the Genesis Open at Riviera, and in the process took over

as the No.1 player in the Official World Golf Rankings. Johnson led the field in driving

distance at Riviera, which was no surprise (in fact in round 4 he averaged a whopping

321 yards off the tee), but DJ also gained 1.84 strokes over the field on the greens at

"Hogan's Alley" enroute to finishing at 17 under par.


It was a 36 hole Sunday with the third round being played Sunday morning (because

of storms that hit the Los Angeles area washing out Friday's play). Things got sloppy

on the back nine, but with such a big lead he only needed to get into the house. DJ

seemed relieved when it was over, "I didn't finish the last 10 holes the way I'd like to,

but I had a pretty good lead. I was on cruise control".


After a 47 week run at the top, Jason Day made way for Dustin Johnson - who's the 20th

player to take over as World No.1 since Bernhard Langer was the first in 1986. Johnson

joins Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only players who turned professional since

1960 to have won a PGA Tour event in their first 10 seasons on tour.


Scott Brown and Thomas Pieters finished tied for second at -12.
















Spieth Wins at Pebble Beach, McCarron Takes Allianz PDF Print E-mail


Jordan Spieth celebrates the win at Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach, California - Although heavy rains and wind plagued the beginning

of the week at the Pebble Beach AT&T Pro Am, it was a perfectly beautiful chamber

of commerce weekend on the Monterey Peninsula for the 2017 edition of "The

Crosby Clambake" (as it was once known). Jordan Spieth, who started the day

with a six stroke advantage, executed a workman like final round to close

out his ninth PGA Tour victory. Hitting 16 of 18 greens, Spieth shot a final round

70 to finish at 19 under par and a four stroke triumph over Kelly Kraft (who shot

67 on Sunday to finish at -15).


Spieth did his best to keep the excitement to a minimum (his only birdies were

a two putt on the par-5 2nd hole & a 30 foot bomb on the iconic par-3 17th).

"We Played a lot of boring golf today, Spieth said. "In fact that was the game plan,

Micheal kept saying all day, 'Just keep playing boring golf'."


Clearly Spieth knows the history of the place, as he continues to show his

pedigree not only as a world class player, but also with his maturity: "This

is a bucket-list place to win - here, Augusta National, St.Andrews, there's

only a few in the world. It feels really special. It was amazing walking up

the 18th green knowing we were going to win. It's such a unique position,

I tried to soak it in."


The only player in history to have more wins than Jordan Spieth before turning

24 years old is Tiger Woods who won 15 times before turning 24 on December

30, 1999.

Spieth vaulted to third in the Fedex Cup standings behind Hideki Matsuyama

and Justin Thomas.


Dustin Johnson finished solo 3rd at 14 under par after a final round 68.









Allianz Championship

Scott McCarron hoists the trophy at Broken Sound Club's Old Course



BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Allianz Championship was good to the last shot.

Scott McCarron eagled the par-5 18th hole Sunday, making a 6-foot putt

after a brilliant approach, to win the Allianz Championship by a shot over

Kenny Perry and Carlos Franco.

McCarron used his length, needing just a 7-iron from 179 yards after a

booming drive, to finish off a 5-under 67 that left him at 17-under 199

after three trips around The Old Course at Broken Sound.

McCarron, who was second on the PGA TOUR Champions last year with

15 eagles, made a 100-foot putt at the seventh hole for an eagle to move

him into the lead. After a bogey at 16 dropped him one back, McCarron

thrilled the crowd at the final hole with his shot that cleared the front

bunker and stopped below the hole "I figured, why not make another

eagle?" said McCarron, who earned $262,500 for this third win on the

PGA TOUR Champions. "I couldn't see the shot because we were right

into the sun, but it felt good. I knew it was good."












Hideki Repeats at Waste Management Phoenix Open PDF Print E-mail


Hideki Matsuyama celebrates with the Thunderbirds at TPC Scottsdale

Scottsdale, Arizona - It took four extra holes against Webb Simpson in a

playoff but Hideki Matsuyama prevailed at the 17th hole, and in doing so

defended his title at the most rowdy setting in golf at TPC Scottsdale. His

final round 66 included 3 birdies and an eagle at the the par-5 third hole.

Matsuyama reached 17 under par with a clean bogey free final round, and

now the 24 year old star from Japan has won for the fifth time in nine

worldwide starts at Waste Management Phoenix Open.


Matsuyama is so dominant from a ball-striking stand point, these

stats from the PGA Tour tell the story - nearly 97% of his strokes gained

at TPC Scottsdale came from his tee-to green performance where he

dominated the field by a whopping +3.304 per round. The field average

was 5 under par on the par-5's, Hideki was 11 under par on the par-5's

for the week.


Crowd favorite Phil Mickelson surged early on reaching 14 under par

with a front nine 31, but faded coming in to finish with a back nine 40

(71) to end up tied for 16th (at 10 under par).


The win was Matsuyama's fourth PGA Tour title and now moves him

into the lead in the Fedex Cup standings, (last weeks points leader

Justin Thomas missed the cut in Phoenix).


54 hole leader Byeong Hun An shot a final round 73 to finish tied for 6th

at 14 under par.















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