Xander Shauffele Wins HSBC Champions PDF Print E-mail


Xander Schauffele celebrates after winning the WGC-HSBC Champions in China

Shanghai, China - Starting the final round 3 shots behind 54 hole leader Tony

Finau at the World Golf Championships HSBC Champions, Xander Schauffele

fired a final round 68, getting hot down the stretch making 3 straight birdies

(two to finish regulation and a third on the first hole of the playoff) to defeat

Finau in Shanghai.


At just 25, the start of Scauffele's career has been overshadowed by the

success of Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas, but as a rookie he challenged

last June at Erin Hills during the U.S Open (finishing 5th), then qualified for

the Tour Championship and beat the field of top 30 (in the Fedex Cup standings)

at East Lake. In season two, Schauffele was winless, but he did contend at

TPC Sawgrass and finished fifth at the Open Championship at Carnoustie.


With rounds of 66-71-69-68 (-14) Schauffele (and Finau) finished four shots

ahead of defending Champion Justin Rose who was solo third after posting

a final round 72.


"I was definitely in sort of an attack mode, and I was hitting good shots

all day, making good putts. I was doing everything that I needed to do,"

Schauffele said. "It was a finish we needed, and it feels good to clutch

up when necessary."















Brooks Koepka Wins CJ Cup - Becomes World No.1 PDF Print E-mail



Brooks Koepka celebrates after winning the CJ Cup and becoming No.1 in the World.

Jeju Island, South Korea - Brooks Koepka closed out the CJ Cup in grand

style with a 29 on the inward side to finish off the field at Nine Bridges. His

8 under par 64 final round (21 under par total) capped off his third win of 2018

and put an exclamation to his Player of the Year award (he received just last

week from Jack Nicklaus). With the win, Koepka has now taken over the

revolving door otherwise known as World's No.1 ranked player - supplanting

fellow Jupiter resident Dustin Johnson.

Early on Sunday, the lead seemed up for grabs with Gary Woodland

challenging Koepka. Woodland kept applying the pressure, tying Koepka

again after a birdie on the sixteenth, but Koepka put the hammer down

and took control. Koepka was making a mess of the sixteenth, but then he

chipped in for birdie, a huge momentum shift as Woodland missed a par

putt on the seventeenth - game over. Woodland's 63 was good enough for

solo 2nd and 17 under par finish.

Ryan Palmer and Rafa Cabrera Bello finished tied for 3rd at -15.

For Brooks Koepka, the win was his fifth PGA Tour victory and twelfth

worldwide. It was his third title in his last eleven starts, enough to bring

him the World No.1 ranking. "To be No.1 is something I've dreamed of as a

kid," Koepka said. "I don't think this one is going to sink in. I'm so excited

right now, you have no idea, I just can't wait to go play again."

Next up for Koepka is the HSBC Champions in China.















Leishman Wins CIMB Classic PDF Print E-mail


Marc Leishman hoists the trophy after winning the CIMB Classic

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - 34 year-old Aussie Marc Leishman notched his

fourth career PGA Tour victory at the CIMB Classic, becoming the first

non-American to win the event in its eighth edition.


Leishman's final round 65 was fueled by a quick start, with four straight

birdies from holes 2 thru 5. He also birdied holes 9 & 10 before dropping

a shot at the thirteenth. Leishman left little doubt eliminating all would be

challengers by birdieing holes 16 and 18 to finish at 26 under par for a

five stroke victory over Emiliano Grillo, Chesson Hadley and Bronson

Burgoon. His 262 total tied the tournament scoring record set by Justin

Thomas' in 2015. Thomas who was vying for a third straight victory in

Malaysia, fired a final round 64 to finish in a tie for fifth.


It was a phenomenal performance by Leishman who had just 4 bogeys to

go with 28 birdies and an eagle in his rounds of 68-62-67-65. "This is

awesome. I knew that even though I got off to a good start today, I still

needed to grind because there's some tough holes out there," Leishman said.

"Managed to hit some good shots and this is the result. It's great to get back

in the winners circle and excited to be back in Malaysia leaving with this."
















Kevin Tway Wins Safeway Open PDF Print E-mail




Kevin Tway celebrates in Napa after winning the Safeway Open

Napa, California - Thirty-year-old Kevin Tway walked out from behind

the shadow of his father Sunday at Silverado. Bob Tway watched from

home in Oklahoma as his son outlasted Ryan Moore and Brandt Snedeker

in overtime, winning after his third straight birdie in a playoff to capture

victory for the first time on the PGA Tour.


Being the son of 8 time PGA Tour winner Bob Tway had it's challenges,

but when Kevin finally beat his Dad at age 16, it was a hurdle that had

great significance. "I remember it because leading up to that, when we

were pretty close, he'd look over and be like "You know I'm going to birdie

the last two holes to beat you," said Kevin. "And he would, every single

time. I'd go home pissed, crying, going, 'Mom, Dad did it again.' "

Snedeker looked to be in control, but finished regulation bogey-par to

Tway (playing in the same group) who made up the 3 stroke deficit

going birdie-birdie to finish tied at 14 under par after a final round 71.

Ryan Moore fired a final round 67 to also make the playoff, birdied the

first two holes in sudden death, but could not match Tway's run (which

reached five in a row - 17 & 18 in regulation, followed by 3 straight in

the playoff). Snedeker shot 74 in regulation and then made par on the

first hole of sudden death to be eliminated.


After being in contention thru two rounds, Phil Mickelson faded to a tie

for 17th after rounds of 74-72 on the weekend to finish at 8 under par.















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