Spieth Falters, Danny Willet Wins the Masters PDF Print E-mail



Danny Willet Salutes the patrons at Augusta National after winning the 80th Masters


Augusta, Georgia - 63 holes into the 80th Masters it appeared that twenty two year old Texan

Jordan Spieth was about to put his stamp on his title defense. Birdies on both the 8th and 9th

had Spieth at 7 under par, but as is often said: The Masters doesn't start until the back nine on


After back to back bogeys to start the back nine, Spieth stepped up to the tee on the par 3

twelfth -"Golden Bell" and after some deliberation with caddie Michael Greller, Spieth miss hit

his tee shot and watched his lead roll into Rae's Creek. After taking a drop, Spieth then layed

the sod over what was his third shot (into the hazard again). After another drop, now hitting

his fifth - the World No.2 air mailed the green into the back bunker and made quadruple

bogey 7. It was tough to put the moment into perspective. After controlling the Masters for

the last 7 1/2 rounds, Spieth simply self destructed.


Spieth said afterward, "This one hurt, it'll take awhile."

Meanwhile, Englishman Danny Willet suddenly found himself on top of the leaderboard. Willet

birdied the 13th, 14th and after a clutch swing on the 16th, he rolled in his 7 footer to reach 5

under par.


A fantastic up and down from the left side of the par 4 seventeenth allowed the 28 year old

(ranked twelfth in the world) to play the 72nd hole without much tension. After a striped 3

wood onto the shortgrass, Willet hit 7 iron to within 12 feet. When he tapped in for his two

putt par for 67 (283 total), it was just a waiting game to see if anyone could challenge the

leader in the clubhouse. Dustin Johnson (-1) and Lee Westwood (-2) each mounted their

own rally, but dropped off coming down the stretch.

Spieth had battled back after the debacle at the twelfth with birdies at the thirteenth and

fifteenth. After he stiffed his 8 iron on the par 3 - 16th, he had a 6 foot left to right breaker

to inch another shot closer to Willet. When he failed to convert, the air came out of the

balloon and the title of Masters Champion belonged to Danny Willet. "I've won other events

around the world, said Willet . . . but this one is on another level."


Danny Willet is projected to move to ninth in the Official World Golf Ranking.














Jim Herman Wins Shell Houston Open PDF Print E-mail



Jim Herman celebrates winning his 1st PGA Tour titleat the Shell Houston Open.

Humble, Texas - 38 year old Jim Herman had a career winless record of O-for 105 starts

on the PGA Tour entering the Shell Houston Open. That all changed on Sunday evening

after Herman outlasted the field at the Golf Club of Houston.


Tied for the lead on the par 3 sixteenth, Herman pulled his tee shot left into the long

rough on the up slope beside the green, a must up and down for sure. Herman went

one better when he holed the chip for birdie to take a one shot lead over Henrik

Stenson at 15 under par. The journeyman showed the nerves of a multiple winner

on the tough 18th when he piped his drive 316 yards down the center and precisely

placed his approach onto the center of the green. Herman then lagged his first putt to

two feet and tapped in for a final round 68 and raised his arms in celebration of his first

PGA Tour victory.


In the lead up to Augusta, Dustin Johnson finished third at 13 under par. Rickie

Fowler finished T10 at -9, while Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth finished T13 at

8 under par.


With the victory Herman gains entry into the most prestigious events: The Masters,

Players, Hyundai TOC, PGA Championship and more. Herman was emotional after

his breakthrough, "Sorry for the tears, but I'm pretty happy," Herman said. "We

really did a good job keeping our game plan. We wanted to give ourselves as many

birdie chances as we could and keep it low stress . . . and geez, look what happened.

Never thought it was possible."








Jason Day Romps at Dell Match Play PDF Print E-mail


Jason Day holds the trophy two weeks in a row, this time it was at the WGC Dell Match Play

Austin, Texas - Early on in the week at the Dell Match Play, the story was about Jason Day's

painful lower back that he tweaked during his match with Graeme McDowell. By early Sunday,

it was about his mano a mano heavy horsepower semi final duel with World No.3 Rory McIlroy.

An epic duel it was, Rory led early on, but the Aussie surged ahead by two midway through the

back nine. In the end it came down to a 12 foot putt by Day on the 18th hole (on one of Pete Dye's

most challenging green complexes) to secure a 1up victory over the Northern Irishman.


By late Sunday in the final, Day was romping all over South African Louie Oosthuizen on his way

to a 5&4 win and his second straight victory (also winning last week at Arnold Palmer's Invitational).

By reaching the final, in combination with Jordan Spieth's loss to Louie Oosthuizen in the round of 16,

Jason Day took over the No.1 ranking in the world.


Earlier in the week through the urging of his team, it was thought that Day would withdraw after

tweaking his back, but the will to continue to compete in top form won out - both in his mind and

literally on the golf course. "I just want to win," Day said. "I wanted to win so bad, that I felt with

how I was playing, if I kept playing how I was doing, I would be holding the trophy at the end of the

week." Time and Time again it was Day's shortgame that impressed even more than his tremendous

power tee to green.


Louie Oosthuizen simply stated what the rest of his peers are thinking at the moment: "He's definitely

at the moment a few steps ahead of everyone."


McIlroy lost the consolation match to Rafael Cabrera-Bello 3&2


With the Masters looming in two weeks, two Aussies have won 4 of the last 5 PGA Tour events. Ponder

this - If I gave you JDay, Adam, Jordan, Bubba, and Phil versus the other 90+ players in field right now,

which way would you go? I know which way I'm leaning . . .



Match Play bracket results:









Jason Day Wins Arnold Palmer Invitational PDF Print E-mail


Jason Day celebrates after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bayhill

Windermere, Florida - Jason Day mentioned early in the week that he usually

struggles on the Florida Swing. Perhaps, but there's no way anyone could tell by

the week he just had at "The King's House" at Bayhill. Day's final round 70 capped

off a wire to wire victory, the first of it's kind since Day won the PGA Championship

last fall at Whistling Straits.


Known for his prodigious length off the tee, it's Jason Day's extraordinary touch

around the greens that often goes un-noticed . . . and it was what sealed the win

down the stretch. After a perfectly struck 5 iron on the 224 yard par 3-17th, it was

Day's silky putt for birdie and perfectly executed up and down from the back bunker

on the last, that impressed as much any shots all week. Day's 17 under par total

was just enough to eclipse Kevin Chappel, who held the lead in the clubhouse at -16.


Afterwards the Aussie was thrilled to get his 8th career PGA Tour victory at BayHill.

"I was able to walk up there and have a special moment with the King," Day said.

"That's something I've always wanted to do."


With the victory, Aussie's won 3 of the 4 events on the Florida Swing (Adam Scott

won the Honda Classic & WGC Cadillac at Doral). Jason Day's victory moves him

just a fraction of a point behind Jordan Spieth for No.1 in the Official World Golf












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