Justin Thomas Defends CIMB Classic PDF Print E-mail


Justin Thomas celebrates after defending his 2015 title at the CIMB Classic




Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Obviously Justin Thomas has something he loves about the course

at TPC Kuala Lumpur. He fired a bogey free final round 64 on Sunday to finish at 23 under par,

capturing his second PGA Tour title, and defending his victory at last years' CIMB Classic.


"This place obviously suits my eye, and I think the fact that there's a lot of wedges and

scoring clubs bodes well for me," Thomas said. "It was obviously a fun day. It couldn't

have happened if it wasn't for my finish yesterday. That was huge for me and put me in

a good position to have a chance to win today. I definitely owe a lot of it to that."


After a 3 hole stretch where Thomas went bogey - double bogey - bogey to start the inward

nine on Saturday, he finished the round with five straight birdies to get himself back into

contention, but perhaps more importantly it gave him the needed positive momentum going

into Sunday.


Starting the final round four shots behind Aniban Lahiri, Thomas caught fire . . . while Lahiri

faltered early with a quadruple bogey on the third hole when his tee shot never came out

a tree. The best he could do was battle back for even par 72 to finish at 19 under par - to

finish four strokes back of Thomas.


Hideki Matsuyama finished second 3 strokes back at 20 under par.













Brendan Steele Wins Season Opener at Safeway Open PDF Print E-mail


Brendan Steele celebrates in Napa after winning the Safeway Open at Silverado

Napa, California - They say revenge is sweet, and after Sunday at Silverado, Brendan Steele

knows it all too well. He led the Safeway Open after 54 holes in 2015, but a disappointing

back nine where he gave away the tournament with five bogeys in a span of seven holes left

the California native frustrated. In the 2016 edition, Steele had a strong kick down the home

stretch and finished birdie - birdie - birdie to shoot a final round 65 to finish at 18 under par -

Good enough for a one stroke win over Patton Kizzire.


"You don't often get that chance in life to redeem yourself in the same way at the same place,"

Steele said. "I think my putting coming down the stretch was really the most important thing

and definitely some wedge play. I've been working on some stuff with Dave Pelz that helped

me with the soft conditions taking spin off the ball and really controlling my numbers."


The event was plagued with heavy rain throughout the weekend, with the field playing lift

clean and place in the soggy turf at Silverado. The consistent rains caused a few delays but

wasn't bad enough to cancel a round or postpone the finish.


Finishing two strokes back was the quartet of Paul Casey, Michael Kim, Johnson Wagner

and Scott Piercy. Recent Ryder Cup hero and fan favorite Phil Mickelson finished tied for

eighth with Justin Thomas, Chris Kirk, Cody Gribble and Martin Laird.


The victory was Steele's 2nd Tour win and his first in nearly 5 years (2011 Valero Texas Open).

It was also Steele's first win since switching to the short putter after the anchoring ban began.
















Reed Shines as Team USA Wins the 41st Ryder Cup PDF Print E-mail



Team USA Celebrates after winning the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine




Chaska, Minnesota - In the 41st edition of the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National, Team USA

was in desperate need of a victory. A Task Force, 5 vice captains, the inspiration of The

King and a young hero culminated in a decisive 17-11 victory over Team Europe.


That young hero was Patrick Reed, playing in the first match out of the gates on Sunday

this would be perhaps the most epic singles match in Ryder Cup history. Birdie were

abound in this duel where putts dropped from everywhere in a "what you can do, I can

do better" type of tilt, each continued to top each other and the volume reached a fevered

pitch among the Minnesota faithful. The match came down to the last with Rory in tight

for birdie. Reed had a must make to take down Europe's giant, and poured in the final

roll to take down the road team's alpha and seal the momentum going forward throughout

Sunday. In doing so, Reed upped his Ryder Cup record to 6-1-2 and 2-0 in singles for his

career (The team of Reed/Spieth also improved their Ryder Cup career mark to 4-1-2).


Another match that will one day become legend was the Mickelson vs Sergio Garcia.

Each player made clutch putts down the stretch to shoot 63 and gain a halve - 19 birdies

in all. Mickelson who played with perhaps more pressure than anyone this week, showed

up big with a 2-1-1 record. For Captain Davis Love III it was sweet redemption for Medinah

in 2012, where the biggest lead was lost in a Seve inspired performance by the Europeans.


After the matches, Spieth summed up the thoughts of many calling his playing partner

Patrick Reed an "American Hero" this week . . . and that's exactly what Team USA

needed. Just as the Euro's channeled Seve at Medinah, The Yanks were fueled by the

memory of Arnold Palmer.


The 2018 Ryder Cup Matches will be resume at Le Golf Nacional in Paris, France.



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Ryder Cup 2016 - Team U.S.A Looking for a Hero PDF Print E-mail


By Jason Bruno


Chaska, Minnesota - It's won't be long before the 41st Ryder Cup matches begin at Hazeltine Golf Club.

There is no better drama in golf and perhaps in sports than these matches between the United States

and Europe. If you're an American pulling for the stars and stripes you've been disappointed in the

result of 8 of the last 10 editions of Samuel Ryder's creation that started out as a friendly exhibition

between America and Great Britain. In 1953, Ireland and it's players were included in an effort to

make the matches more evenly contested, but the addition of the republic had virtually no impact

on the result. America continued it's winning ways.


During those years, the results were already known before the first tee shot was struck. When the

rest of continental Europe and it's players came into the fold in 1979, it all changed. In the 18

matches since European golfers have taken part, Europe has won 10, U.S 7 and one match was tied.


So how does America shift the momentum and reverse the recent trend in this the 2016 edition? The

new "task force" is the start to an era of continuity, something the Euro's have had since Tony Jacklin

and Bernard Gallacher pulled the strings for the Blue & Gold. Winning Captains like Seve, Langer,

Montgomerie and McGinley were all groomed from the European Tour as vice captains in past cup

matches. It won't be easy for Team USA to overcome the successful formula that Europe has created,

but if they are to get it done in Minnesota this week - look to the younger generation of Spieth, Reed,

Koepka and Fowler to take charge. Gone are the scarred run out of gas geritol set of Furyk and

Stricker (now Vice Captains). If the young guns do their thing, 12th man Ryan Moore continues his

solid play, and DJ can dominate as usual - then vets Mickelson, Kuchar, Snedeker, and Zach Johnson

may only need to be the supporting cast. All big ifs for sure. Can having Tiger, Furyk, Stricker,

Lehman and Bubba as Vice Captains make a difference? Perhaps, but I see the Euro's as much more

formidable than most do. Don't sleep on the Europeans, they have the Masters Champ (Willet), Open

Champ (Stenson), Olympic Champion (Rose) and Fedex Cup Champion (McIlroy).



Captain Davis Love and the task force would take anyone that steps forward and leads the charge,

but I suspect once again it will likely come down to a clutch putt down the stretch. Who will be that

hero for the stars and stripes when it's all on the line?


Prediction: Europe 14  USA 14 (Europe retains the Cup).



Here's to another Ryder Cup, every other year it's the best week in sports.













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