Schauffele Wins at Greenbrier PDF Print E-mail


PGA Tour Rookie Xander Schauffele celebrates his win at the Greenbrier





White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia - PGA Tour rookie Xander Schauffele who

showed the golf world what he was capable of at Erin Hills (finishing in a tie for

fifth at the U.S Open three weeks earlier), made birdie on the 72nd Hole to capture

his first PGA Tour victory at C.B McDonald's Greenbrier Old White Course.


Schauffele's pitching wedge to 3 feet on the last got him into the clubhouse at 14

under par after a final round 67. Then all he could do is wait as Robert Streb (69)

and 54 hole leader Sebastian Munoz attempted to better or tie the mark. Streb

came the closest - finishing one shot back (notching his second straight runner

up finish on the Old White Course). Jamie Lovemark (69) and Munoz finished at 12

under par tied for third.


The 2017 event was truly a dedication to the people of West Virginia and their

remarkable recovery following last summer's catastrophic floods that devastated the

region and destroyed much of the resort and it's neighboring town of White Sulphur

Springs. As a result, the 2016 event was cancelled and it appeared unlikely that the

facility would be ready for this year, but Governor and Greenbrier owner Jim Justice

rallied the community and provided the necessary resources to get it done in time

for the world's best players.


In response to his final swing from 162 yards (wedge), the 23 year old former All-

American from San Diego State said: "That birdie on 18 is not one that's going to

come along very often, so I'm just very fortunate to do it."


Schauffele, Streb, Lovemark and Munoz all qualified for The Open Championship at

Royal Birkdale by virtue of their finish at the Greenbrier.












Kyle Stanley Wins Quicken Loans National in Playoff PDF Print E-mail


Kyle Stanley celebrates his first win on the PGA Tour in 5 years

Potomac, Maryland - At the conclusion of 72 holes at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm,

there were two players tied at 7 under par, and neither had won in a very long time.

Both Kyle Stanley and Charles Howell III finished Sunday with final round 66's to

reach a sudden death playoff in the 2017 edition of the Quicken Loans National.

(The winless spell had been since 2012 for Kyle Stanley at the Waste Management

Phoenix Open, and since 2007 at Riviera for Charles Howell III).


Before the playoff, Charles Howell had an 18 foot putt on the last to end his ten year

drought, and as it neared the cup, it looked as if it was perfect speed, but even the

desperation of a fruitless decade couldn't keep the ball from sliding just off to the left.

Once again playing the eighteenth (for the first hole of the playoff), Howell III missed his

approach just right of the green leaving what appeared to be a routine up and down

from about 50 feet to save par. Stanley's approach landed close to the hole, but just rolled

through the back of the green leaving a delicate 20 foot downhill chip. Howell's stab from

just off the green was less than mediocre, leaving himself about 16 feet for his par.

Meanwhile, Stanley pulled off a gem with his downhill flick - leaving himself all of 4 feet

for his par. Howell wasted no time, and once again hit what looked like a solid putt from

nearly the same position as the one at the end of regulation, but this attempt missed right.

When Stanley poured his in the heart, thus ending his own journey of futility - the emotions

began to flow.


"There was some doubt there for a little bit," a teary eyed Stanley said. "Yeah, I mean it's

no fun - You certainly question if you'll get back to, you know, and have a moment like this.

It makes this pretty special for sure."


Stanley moved to 14th in Fedex Cup standings and qualified for the 146 Open Championship

at Royal Birkdale. The second place finish marked the 16th runner up for Charles Howell III

in his career, but the silver lining is that he too earned a spot at Royal Birkdale . . .


Rickie Fowler who shot a final round 65, tied for third with Martin Laird at 5 under par.

















Spieth Wins Travelers with Playoff Dramatics PDF Print E-mail


Jordan Spieth celebrates after winning the Travelers Championship

Cromwell, Connecticut - Jordan Spieth showed up to the Travelers Championship

for the first time in his career, and left with a perfect winning percentage at TPC

River Highlands after perhaps the most dramatic shot on the PGA Tour this season.


After opening with a 7 under par 63 on the 6,841 yard par 70 layout on Thursday,

Spieth shot rounds of 69 and 66 in rounds two & three to share the 54 hole lead

with Boo Weekley. He struggled a bit on the poa greens on Sunday missing two

short putts, but when he needed a clutch up and down from the greenside bunker

on the 72nd hole (to reach a playoff with Daniel Berger - who already had posted

12 under par) he delivered the goods.

In the playoff (that began on the eighteenth), both players failed to pull off the

the attempted fade tee shot. Berger hitting first, pulled his drive into the tall tree

that guards the left edge of the fairway, but the ball went through and ended up

in the left rough - leaving him 155 yards. Spieth double-crossed his tee shot as well,

but it kicked out into the fairway leaving him a long 227 yard approach. His long iron

second shot came up just short, leaving him in the same front right bunker that he

had just gotten up n down from minutes earlier to reach the playoff. Berger then

gouged out his approach from the thick rough, it landed on the green but it trickled

just off the surface onto the fringe some 35 feet away.


Spieth walked into the bunker and surveyed the 61 ft shot that he likely needed to

once again get up n down to survive. He splashed it up onto the green and watched

intensely as the ball took two bounces and rolled up the hill towards the target. The

ball appeared to be willed into the jar as it dove into the bottom cup with perfect

pace. Instantaneously, Spieth flung his club in celebration, ran out of the bunker and

leaped into a full on chest bump with Michael Grellar. Meanwhile, the New England

faithful had erupted with a roar that was more reminiscent of a Bruins goal at the

Boston Garden then a PGA Tour event. Certainly, it was unlike any other we've heard

this season. Even though Berger made a valiant attempt for a birdie of his own, it

wasn't to be. This was Jordan's world, and we were all just living in it. The 61 ft

walkoff was the stuff that legends are made of, and after notching his 10th PGA Tour

win - Spieth joined Tiger Woods as the only players to ever accomplish such a feat.

"Jordan does Jordan things," Berger said afterward.


In typical Jordan Spieth fashion, he was extremely humble and honest when assessing

the victory: "This is probably my luckiest win for sure, with all the breaks I got today."


Spieth moved to 4th in the Fedex Cup standings with the victory.


Berger shot a final round 67 to reach 12 under par. Charley Hoffman and Danny Lee

finished tied for third at -10.











Brooks Koepka Dominates at 117th U.S Open at Erin Hills PDF Print E-mail



Brooks Koepka poses with his new hardware after winning the 117th U.S Open



Erin, Wisconsin - The 117th U.S Open at Erin Hills had a bit of everything -

The drama of an aging legend still looking to complete the grand slam that

ended up missing the event because of his daughter's high school graduation,

fescue rough that early in the week had to be measured in feet not inches, weather

that didn't quite cooperate with the planned firm and fast links-like playing surface,

and by Friday evening the top 3 players (and 6 of the top 10) on the planet were

all trunk slammin. Also, a record tying 63 (or breaking - whichever way you choose

to look at it) was shot on Saturday by Justin Thomas. Oh, and how could I forget,

a tragic blimp crash as well. As a matter of fact the USGA media staff were handing

us memos in the press room stating their non-involvment before the privately owned

midwest Hindenburg even made touch down on farmland next to the golf course.

Otherwise it all went off as planned . . .


At 7,800 yards, the thought was a brutish linksy type layout with it's usual windy

conditions would punish the competitors in typical blue blazer/Far Hills, N.J style,

but when mother nature had other plans - dumping copious amounts of rain early

in the week, the course turned into a massive dart board. When you give the best

players in the world, soft playing conditions with very little wind (until Sunday) they

go low. And go low they (many of them) did.


Once the dust cleared from all of the above and the final round began on Sunday,

it was a certainty that someone would capture their first major (the top 16 on the

leaderboard at Erin Hills were all non-major winners).


By the back nine on Sunday, the competition had whittled the challengers down

to four players: Brian Harman (the 54 hole leader), Brooks Koepka (who was

leading the field in Greens Hit in Regulation), the Uk's Tommy Fleetwood and

Japanese superstar and World no.4 Hideki Matsuyama. Fan favorite Rickie Fowler

struggled all day and never seriously mounted a charge. Matsuyama, who was the

hottest player on the course finished an hour before the leaders with a final round

66 to post 12 under par in the clubhouse. Tommy Fleetwood, the slight Englishman

playing with Koepka, just couldn't match the horsepower and precision being

displayed by the 27 year old native of the 561 area code. The diminutive Harman

lasted the longest in the challenger role, but faltered on the back nine starting with

his bogey on the short par 4 twelfth.


Eventually Koepka just outlasted the field with his flawless ball striking, his only

bogey was a 3 putt at the 10th. He pulled away in vintage business-like Tiger Woods

fashion. After a great up and down save at the 13th, he rattled off 3 straight

birdies to grab command for good. Koepka's clutch bunker shot at the short par 4

- 15th was mighty impressive, and when he rolled in another at the 16th, it was time

to start engraving the trophy. Koepka's four shot victory is the first major of his

young career, his final round 67 to reach 16 under par was the stuff that legends are

made of. The 272 total score ties four players - Nicklaus, Janzen, Woods and Jim Furyk

for the third lowest total in U.S Open history. Only McIlroy's 268 at Congressional (2011)

and Martin Kaymer's 271 total at Pinehurst (2014) are lower. Koepka's -16 score in

relation to par ties McIlroy's mark from 2011.


Koepka, who is the first ever Florida born U.S Open Champion reflected afterward: "The

par save on 13, that built some confidence," Koepka said. "That was kind of the

changing point of the round for me."



This year's U.S Open also was the first time in the history of the championship that

any player other than the winner finished double digits under par, 7 players managed

the feat at Erin Hills:

Koepka       -16

Matsuyama  -12

Harman       -12

Fleetwood    -11

Schauffele   -10

Haas          -10

Fowler        -10

The design collaboration of Hurdzan/Fry/Whitten on central Wisconsin farmland

is only 11 years old, and similar to taking the U.S Open in 2015 to Chambers Bay,

this was another big gamble by Mike Davis and the USGA. To bring America's

National Championship to a venue with zero history showed a less than typical

conservative mindset from the folks of Far Hills, N.J. Given the conditions, the

course held up fine, and likely will return to a future Open as par 71 scorecard.


Brooks Koepka's key stats for the week:


62 of 72 Greens in Regulation = 1st

49 of 56 Fairways Hit = T4

322.1 Driving Distance = 7th

21 Birdies = T2

1.17 Putts Per Hole = T51




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