Henrik Stenson Wins Wyndham Championship PDF Print E-mail



Henrik Stenson celebrates his first win of 2017 at the Wyndham Championship

Greensboro, North Carolina - Henrik Stenson shot a final round 64 on the Donald

Ross gem at Sedgefield Country Club to get his first win of 2017. A red hot final

stretch saw the 2016 Open Champion reel off three straight birdies on holes 15

thru 17 to reach 22 under par and hold off an equally blistering Ollie Schneiderjans,

who also fired a final round 64 after making two dramatic birdies on both of the

final two holes to finish a stroke behind the Swede.


Needing to play the required 15 starts to keep his membership on the PGA Tour,

Stenson showed up at Sedgefield with a less than stellar record in Greensboro -

with two missed cuts and a WD in his last three starts. Carding four brilliant rounds

of 62-66-66-64, it appears that the "Ice Man" is hitting his stride just in time to

make a late season run.


With the win Stenson moved all the way up to 23rd in the Fedex cup standings,

just as the playoffs are about to begin at the Northern Trust. "It's certainly a good

time to start firing," Stenson said. We know the kind of damage you can do during

the playoffs when the points are up to 4 times the normal season. So if you get hot

and keep playing well, (you) certainly have a chance to challenge for the overall.


North Carolina resident Webb Simpson finished third at -18
















Justin Thomas Wins the PGA Championship PDF Print E-mail



Justin Thomas poses with the Wannamaker trophy after winning at Quail Hollow

Charlotte, North Carolina - Justin Thomas fired a final round 68 to win the 99th

PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his first career major championship. Entering

the final round two shots back, Thomas made a back nine run that started with his

birdie putt on the tenth that hung over the lip of the hole for just about 10 seconds

before it finally dropped. At the thirteenth, he chipped in from 13 yards away to

increase his lead to two shots. After a striped 7 iron on the par 3 - seventeenth,

he buried a 15 ft putt to reach 9 under par and all but put away the battle for the

Wannamaker. An errant drive at the last cost him a shot, but not the victory, he

finished at 8 under par winning by two shots.


Quail Hollow proved to be a stern test despite plenty of rain that made conditions

much softer tee to green than Kerry Haig and the PGA were looking for, but the new

greens at Quail Hollow that are equipped with Sub-Air, kept the putting surfaces firm

and and fast throughout the week. Finally, over the weekend the weather in the Queen

City cooperated and the field staff set up the course for some Sunday scoring (with

25 players shooting under par rounds, 15 of those were in the 60's).


Afterwards the new PGA Champion spoke to the media "I can't put into words,

I wish my Grandpa could be here for it, it's so special to get it done. I'm glad

we have a trophy now"


Challengers Hideki Matsuyama (who shot a final round 73), and 54 hole leader

Kevin Kisner (74) fell off the pace early on the back nine, but a new group of

players joined the fray late Sunday - Francesco Molinari and Patrick Reed both

fired 4 under par 67 to tie for second with Louis Oosthuizen who shot 70. The

runner up finish for Oosthuizen marked his fourth runner up finish in a each of

the 4 majors for his career, (he referred to it as the "Runner-up Grand Slam").


In winning the PGA Championship, Thomas became the eighth player in history

to do so as the son of a PGA Professional. Justin's father Mike is a PGA Master

Professional at Harmony Landing Golf Course in Goshen, Kentucky. His Grandfather

Paul, is a retired PGA Professional who has been a member since 1956.
















Matsuyama Fires Final Rd 61, Romps at Firestone PDF Print E-mail



Hideki Matsuyama celebrates his big win at the Bridgestone Invitational

Akron, Ohio - Hideki Matsuyama fired a final round 9 under par - 61 winning

the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in grand style.

The 25 year old from Japan started hot on Sunday and never let up, his clean

card included an eagle at the par 5 - 2nd, then birdies at the 3rd, 4th, 9th, 13th,

16th, 17th and 18th. Matsuyama began the day two strokes back, but won going

away with a decisive 5 shot margin - finishing at 16 under par.


Hideki's 61 tied the course record held by Jose Maria Olazabal (1999) and Tiger

Woods (who did it twice - first back in 2000 when the event was still the World

Series of Golf and then in 2013). Sergio Garcia was the last to do it in 2014. The

victory was Matsuyama's second WGC victory (he won the HSBC Champions last

fall in Shanghai, China). With the win, Matsuyama takes over the lead in the Fedex

Cup standings and looks to be one of the favorites going into the PGA Championship

this week at Quail Hollow.


In response to persistent expectations and pressure from a nation that is desperate

to have their first major champion, Matsuyama is well aware of Japan's hunger: "I

hope their expectations aren't too high," Matsuyama said. "But my expectations really

at the beginning of this week weren't that high either, and here we are."


Dustin Johnson and Matsuyama have now combined to win the last five WGC events.


54 hole leader Zach Johnson shot 68 to finish solo second at -11.









Vegas Goes Back to Back at RBC Canadian Open PDF Print E-mail



Jhonattan Vegas celebrates after defending his title at Glen Abbey

Oakville, Ontario - Jhonattan Vegas once again showed his affinity for the

layout at Glen Abbey, firing a final round 65 and defeating Charley Hoffman

in sudden death to capture back to back RBC Canadian Open titles (and his

third PGA Tour win).


Vegas watched as Charley Hoffman had a putt to win on the 72nd hole, but

it just slid by. All knotted at 21 under par, the duo returned to the 18th tee

box for sudden death. In the playoff, Charley Hoffman teed off first - blocking his

drive into the right fairway bunker. Vegas pulled his tee shot into the left sand,

but he had a much better angle to the green. Hoffman laid up into the first cut

on the left. Vegas went for the green, but the shot came in hot and ran through

the green, ending up just left about pin high in the rough approximately 30

feet away from the hole. Hoffman's wedge approach sailed deep into the back

greenside bunker. Vegas hit a superb chip to about a foot and tapped in for his

birdie. Needing to hole out to extend the playoff, Hoffman gave it a run, but came

up empty.


"I would say it has to be the sweetest victory out of the three. Just having

my family here, even my Mom and Dad - they were with me the first time

I won. But having my wife and daughter, especially my daughter, being with

my daughter for the first win, it's hard to compare that. It's hard to put into

words," said Vegas.


A resurgent Ian Poulter shot a final round 64 to finish third at 20 under par.


World No.1 Dustin Johnson finished tied for eighth after a final round 67 to

finish at -17.















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