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.















Russell Henley Wins Shell, Ryu Takes the Playoff at ANA PDF Print E-mail



Bruce Culpepper of Shell presents the trophy to Russell Henley




Humble, Texas - Ten birdies on a soggy Golf Club of Houston course on Sunday

lifted Russell Henley to a final round 65 and his first victory on the PGA Tour since

the 2014 Honda Classic. It was Henley's third PGA Tour title and just as importantly

gets him into Augusta this week for the Masters.

Inclement weather was the forecast, so the tour sent threesomes out off of both tees

hours ahead of schedule, the move paid off as play was uninterrupted despite some

strong winds.

Sung Kang who led for much of the week and was striving for his first victory on

tour stumbled to an even par 72 to finish second at 3 shots back at 17 under par.

Rickie Fowler and Luke List finished tied for third at -16.

"I just knew it was going to be hard," Henley said. Rickie has been there a lot and

Sung was leading by six after two days so obviously he was playing great, I didn't

really see him hit that bad of a shot the whole time. I just told myself to bear down

and it doesn't matter if I'm winning or losing, I'm just gonna go hard the whole time.

I feel like when you embrace the challenge it kind of calms you down a little bit too.

It's hard to believe but maybe it will sink in at some point."

Speaking on getting into the Masters, Henley was beaming:  "It gives me chills. I've

been trying not to think about it today but obviously it went through my head a lot."







So Yeon Ryu Wins ANA Inspiration

So Yeon Ryu celebrates after winning the ANA Inspiration.



Rancho Mirage, California - In perhaps the most controversial final round ruling (well,

since last years U.S Open gaffe) Lexi Thompson who led by two strokes after missing

a short par putt on the 12th green was notified of a four stroke penalty that she was

being assessed after a fan sent an email stating that Thompson had replaced her ball

improperly on the 17th green during Saturday's third round. Here is the official statement

from the LPGA:

After a full review, it was determined that Thompson breached Rule 20-7c (Playing From

Wrong Place), and received a two-stroke penalty under Rule 16-1b. She incurred an

additional two-stroke penalty under Rule 6-6d for returning an incorrect scorecard in

round three. She was immediately notified of the breach by LPGA Rules Committee in

between holes 12 and 13 of the final round.

Once the penalty was enforced, Thompson was two strokes off the lead. Fighting through

tears, Thompson poured in a 20 foot birdie on the 13th green. With the entire Twitter universe

supporting her, she made another birdie to retake the lead. What a story if she could pull it off.

She bogeyed the 16th to fall into a tie with Suzanne Pettersen and So Yeon Ryu. Ryu birdied the

last to reach 14 under par and a one shot lead. Thompson rifled her approach at the last to 12

feet for a chance at eagle and the win. She left the walk off putt just short and tapped in to

reach a playoff with Ryu (Pettersen failed to birdie the last and finished at -13).

In the playoff, Lexi had to lay up after her drive found the deep rough on the right. Ryu went

for the green and reached, but the ball ran through the green leaving a tough chip. Thompson's

approach settled about 25 feet away. Ryu chipped to 5 feet, putting all of the pressure back on

Lexi. After Thompson missed her birdie try, Ryu poured her putt in the center for her second

career major.

“Wasn't expecting that on whatever hole that was. I did not intentionally do that," Thompson

said about the penalty. "So to the officials, or whatever called in, that was not my purpose.

I didn't even realize I did that. My caddie helped me out tremendously. We have a great

relationship and he just said, ‘stay with it.’ You can still win and we can birdie this hole and

I just tried to gather myself before I hit that tee shot,” Thompson said after her round.

“Made a great putt there. But it's all to the fans. I mean, they helped me get through the

rest of the round which helped a lot.”












DJ Continues to Roll - Wins Dell Match Play PDF Print E-mail


Dustin Johnson Wins the Dell Match Play to capture his 3rd victory in a row.

Austin, Texas - It was the battle everyone was hoping for on Sunday morning at

Austin Country Club, Dustin Johnson vs Jon Rahm. The World No.1 in his absolute

prime vs the young 22 year old Spaniard from Arizona State. After jumping out to

a commanding 5up early lead, Johnson hung on for a 1up victory over Rahm at the

Dell Match Play Championship.

DJ, who now has won in his last 3 starts (Genesis Championship, WGC Mexico)

continues to show his peers and everyone else watching that the top spot in the

Official World Golf Ranking won't be a revolving door. Having played 112 holes

during the week, Johnson never trailed at any point. DJ has now won 5 career

World Golf Championships and is the only player to have the career slam of

all four WGC Championships. Even Tiger Woods with his 18 WGC titles had never

won all of the WGC events (the HSBC Shanghai Champions eluded him).


Afterward, Johnson reflected on the final match and the long 36 hole day: "I

feel like I didn't give him any holes except for 10, I three putted 10, it was tough

out there, the greens got really fast - the wind was affecting all of the putts. Jon

played really well, I just really didn't give him anything. I'm playing pretty well,

but today was a really tough day, a long day, this whole weekend was. I'm proud

of the way I played, the way that I stayed in there even though he made some

birdies on the back nine, and I just couldn't get any putts to drop, but I'm proud

of the way that I played."
















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