Webb Simpson Routs the Field at Players PDF Print E-mail


Webb Simpson celebrates after winning the Players at TPC Sawgrass.

Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida - Webb Simpson brought his "A Game" to

the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass for the first 3 rounds and held

on Sunday against the strongest field in golf - finishing at 18 under par

- winning the 2018 edition of the Players Championship.


Tied for the lead after an opening round 66, Simpson built the foundation

of his rout with a near flawless Friday 63 (tying the course record). With

6 birdies in a row, and a potential 59 on the table with two holes remaining,

a watery tee shot on the par 3 seventeenth ended the run. Pete Dye's

masterful design can sap the confidence of even the best players in the

world in a nanosecond, but Simpson shot 68 on Saturday and began

Sunday with a 7 shot lead. An uneventful final round 73 included a double

bogey at the last, but with a six shot lead at the time, there was enough

cushion to still win by 4 shots over Charl Schwartzel, Xander Schauffele and

Jimmy Walker.


A stacked group of challengers could never really make a threat, but for

awhile Tiger Woods did get to within four shots and looked every bit of

the 14-time major champion that we had watched for so long. He had

every shot in the repertoire from his prime: 350 yard bombed drives, the

280 yard bullet stinger and he rolled the ball as well as we've seen this

year. In fact, his Saturday, 65 was his lowest score ever at TPC Sawgrass.

It is becoming clear that Woods might just have another magical run left

in him.


"It's hard not to future cast and start thinking about 7 p.m and what might

happen," Simpson said. "But you do your best to not stay in that place, and

I kept reminding myself today that the only thing that matters is the next

shot. It's easy to do on Thursday; it's a lot harder to do today."


Tournament Notes:

Brooks Koepka tied the course record Sunday with a final round 63.


After finishing tied for 11th (at 11 under par), Justin Thomas became the

No.1 Player in the World, passing Dustin Johnson who finished another shot

back (tied for 17th) at 10 under par.










Jason Day Wins Wells Fargo PDF Print E-mail



Jason Day celebrates his second win of the season at Quail Hollow Sunday.




Charlotte, North Carolina - Jason Day didn't win the PGA Championship

last August, but at this year's Wells Fargo Championship, he managed to

hold off young Aaron Wise and a resurgent Nick Watney to get the win at

Quail Hollow.


Day who started the final round with a two-stroke lead, had his share

of ups and downs on Sunday. He birdied the second hole, bogeyed the

fifth & sixth and then proceeded to run off three birdies in the next four

holes. On the inward nine, he saw his lead disappear with back to back

bogeys at the thirteenth & fourteenth holes. Then, when he needed it

most, Day showed his pedigree - playing the brutish "Green Mile" in two

under par to finish off the stellar leaderboard of challengers that included

Wise, Watney, Mickelson, DeChambeau, Casey, Reed, McIlroy and Rickie



Afterwards Day reflected on his performance, "I didn't have the best day

off the tee and even into the greens, but I had a really good day on the

greens and around the greens."


The victory for Day was his second of the season, and his 12th career

PGA Tour title. He is the only Australian to hold the distinction of having

that many PGA Tour wins and a major championship by age 30. Day

moves into 2nd in the Fedex Cup standings behind Justin Thomas.















Piercy & Horschel Win Zurich Classic of New Orleans PDF Print E-mail


Scott Piercy and Billy Horschel celebrate after winning the Zurich Classic

New Orleans, La -  Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy each were battling

confidence issues heading into the events following the Masters. Piercy

with his putting and Horschel with his ball striking. At the Zurich Classic

of New Orleans, the two put it all together and captured the team title

at 22 under par, winning by a shot over Pat Perez and Jason Dufner.


A few weeks back at Hilton Head, Piercy convinced Horschel to simply

hit his stock shot - the draw, thus eliminating any doubt (and the dreaded

two-way miss). It worked. A fifth place at Harbour Town and a tie for

eleventh at Valero jump started Horschel's spring. The final piece of the

puzzle was returning to a shorter shafted putter. When he won the 2014

Fedex Cup he used a 33 1/2" ping putter, so this week he had his PXG

shortened to the same length - and putts were pouring in.


Piercy, had the opposite problem, he had been striking it well all season,

but was struggling mightily with the flatstick - ranked 172nd in strokes

gained putting. Perhaps Piercy and his putter just needed to see some

go down, he found his own rythym on the greens rolling in plenty of putts

over the weekend including the winner, that made a complete 360 before

dropping for the win. "Seeing his ball go in the hole time after time, it

gave me sort of an inner fire to want to do the same thing because I

haven't been doing that this year.


The win bolted Piercy up to 27th in the Fedex Cup Standings, Horschel

moved up to 33rd.


The team of Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel finished third at 20

under par.














Andrew Landry Wins Valero Texas Open PDF Print E-mail


Andrew Landry celebrates after outlasting the field at TPC San Antonio

San Antonio, Texas - In his 32nd start on the PGA Tour, Andrew Landry

broke through for his first tour win at the Valero Texas Open, outlasting

Trey Mullinax and Sean O'Hair at TPC San Antonio. Landry's final round

4 under par 68 started out with four birdies in the first six holes. The re-

maining twelve holes were a steady diet of pars (except for a lone bogey

at the eleventh), that was good enough to reach 17 under par for a two-

stroke victory in front of friends and family (just an hour from his home

in Austin).


The win was a longtime coming for Landry, who had many close calls in

recent years, most notably his brilliant run at the U.S Open at Oakmont

in 2016, and earlier this season at the Career Builder Challenge. He

credited both of those failings and an equipment change for what trans-

pired Sunday.


"Whenever I play good golf, I think that I can win out here. Obviously

I just showed that, so it's fun that I'm in this situation right now,"

Landry said. "I definitely think it's the best that I've hit the irons in

probably about 6 years - to be honest with you. I went to those new

shafts this week and it's just crazy how that's worked out."


Landry switched at Valero from 130 gram iron shafts to Nippon 105

gram models. With the win Andrew Landry has moved up to ninth in

the Fedex Cup Standings.











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