Keith Mitchell Walkoff Putt Defeats Koepka & Fowler at Honda Classic PDF Print E-mail



Keith Mitchell hoists the crystal trophy after winning the Honda Classic


Palm Beach Gardens, Fl - So the Florida Swing is officially underway.

Coming down the 72nd hole at PGA National's Champion course on

Sunday, Keith Mitchell found a calmness in knowing that a birdie would

be good enough to notch his first win on the big stage at the Honda

Classic, but as he looked up at the leaderboard, he had seen that the

cream had risen to the top. Local residents Brooks Koepka and Rickie

Fowler (the two highest ranked players in the field) were tied with him

atop the leaderboard at 8 under par and were waiting in the clubhouse.

Mitchell pulled his tee shot on the par 5 eighteenth into the left fairway

bunker, and with no chance of reaching the green in two, it was looking

like a playoff with two of game's best was inevitable, but the former

University of Georgia standout settled himself. After a safe lay up,

Mitchell hit his approach to 15 feet below the hole, perhaps the best

location to make a bold putt to win. He didn't take long, and confidently

poured the putt into the cup for his 1st PGA Tour victory, in grand Walk-

off style.


Afterward, in his press conference Keith Mitchell discussed what it was

like to have that experience and the thought process leading up to the

clutch stroke, "I've dreamed of having a putt like that to win a big

tournament, and I had that today. Fortunately, I was able to capitalize

on it," Mitchell said. "Thankfully, I knew what I was doing before I even

got there (to the ball), all of the grain on that green goes left to right,

and it was a little uphill. I didn't have much of a question in my read

and speed, so I was able to be confident in what I was doing - which

is huge. I did a great job from the fairway leaving myself below the

hole. I think I might have early looked that putt (in), it looked so good

so early. It was the best putt I've ever hit under the circumstances,

hands down. To have it fall is too cool."


Keith Mitchell finished with rounds of 68-66-70-67 to finish at -9 (271



Mitchell's prior career achievements will give hope and inspiration to

thousands striving to make it - his last win prior to the Honda Classic

was a 2016 mini-tour event in North Carolina. He lost in a playoff on

the Latin American Tour, and never won on the Tour. In his

winning press conference, Mitchell discussed working diligently on

controlling his emotions and managing himself to be calmer when

it mattered. The reward - $1,224,000 and a chance to play in his first

major championship, a trip down Magnolia Lane in his home state

come April.


Brooks Koepka fired a final round 66 including birdies on 2 of his last 3

holes to tie for second with Rickie Fowler who birdied 3 of his last 4 to

shoot 67 and finish at 8 under par. Lucas Glover shot a final round 66

and Ryan Palmer had the round of the day shooting 63 to tie for fourth.















Dustin Johnson Gets 20th Career Win at WGC Mexico PDF Print E-mail



Dustin Johnson celebrates after winning his sixth World Golf Championship

Mexico City - Dustin Johnson put the switch on cruise control and dusted the

best players in the world at the WGC Mexico Championship. Johnson's final

round 66 at Club de Golf Chapultepec was good enough for a 21 under par

total and a five stroke victory over fellow Jupiter resident Rory McIlroy (who

shot 67 on Sunday for a score of 16 under par).


Johnson's 20th career PGA Tour victory marks 12 consecutive years

with a win, the longest active streak in golf. It was also DJ's second win

in the event since it moved to Mexico (he also won in 2017).


"I'm definitely very proud of myself for that," Johnson said. "It's a big

accomplishment, it's tough enough to get one win out here and to win

every year I've been on Tour is, yeah - it's something that I work hard

on and I want to do. I want to keep it going as long as I can, but it's been

a lot of hard work and it's paying off right now."


The win moves Johnson to 8th in the Fedex Cup standings and just

fractions of a point behind Justin Rose in the Official World Golf Ranking.


Paul Casey, Ian Poulter and Kiradech Aphibarnrat finished tied for third

10 shots back at -11.












J.B Holmes Outlasts the Conditions, Wins Genesis PDF Print E-mail



J.B Holmes celebrates after winning at Riviera.

Pacific Palisades, California - The Genesis Open was mired with inclement

weather all week, and Sunday was no different in Southern California

with temps in the low 40's and winds of 30+ mph. Many of the game's

best struggled, but J.B Holmes wasn't one of those that did, finishing with

rounds of 63-69-68-70 (-14 - 270 total) to win by one stroke over Justin

Thomas at famed Riviera Country Club.


Thomas seemed to have it all under control as his third round 65 came

to a conclusion early on Sunday. When round 4 began in the afternoon

it was a different story, his four-stroke lead to begin the final round

evaporated quickly when he bogeyed the 2nd, 4th, 5th, 10th, doubled

the 13th and made another bogey on 14 en route to a 75. "I really

struggled putting in that wind out there," JT said. "It's something that

I've needed to get better at and it unfortunately just kind of showed

a flaw in my game."

For Holmes, putting had the opposite result - coming into Riviera his

Strokes Gained Putting rank was a paltry 202nd, and after some work

on the Poa greens with coach Matt Killen he finished the week ranked

1st at +2.043 strokes gained. "I putted for several hours throughout the

week - we changed our routine and we had a string and a mirror and

just made sure that everything was dialed in, and then I could trust it

and go out there and make confident strokes."


The West Coast swing concluded with its share of weather issues. The

WMPO endured a rainy final round, while Pebble Beach suffered from

several weather delays, during the entire week at Riviera it seemed

highly unlikely that 72 holes could be completed by Sunday.


Jordan Spieth struggled the most in the tough conditions, shooting a

final round 81 that included a double, triple and quadruple bogey.




















Phil Gets 44th at Pebble Beach, Langer Wins Oasis PDF Print E-mail



Phil Mickelson celebrates his 44th career PGA Tour victory after a Monday finish.

Monterey, California - It took an extra day. Just the evening earlier, Phil Mickelson

wanted to finish it off in the dark, but challenger Paul Casey was having none of it.

Casey decided to stop play with 4 feet remaining for par on sixteenth. Lefty was

outwardly agitated by the decision to put off the finish until Monday morning, he

was in the zone and insistent on trying to get it in. For Mickelson it all worked out,

just 14 hours later he did indeed finish it off, getting his 44th career title and 5th

win at Pebble Beach.


Before play on the final two holes commenced, he needed to make sure he

righted the situation. "I apologized to Paul Casey this morning because I realized

that I wasn't seeing the big picture," Mickelson said. "Paul was protecting both

of us, and the field - he did the right thing by having us finish this morning."


Starting Monday three shots clear, Mickelson and Casey both safely hit the

par 3 - 17th leaving makeable birdie putts. Each player missed their attempts

and walked to the famous tee at the par 5 finisher on Pebble Beach with no

blood being drawn. With the result likely no longer in doubt, Mickelson hit iron

off the tee, while Casey took the aggressive approach. Phil layed up to wedge

range, and from 245 out Casey nearly reached the front left edge of the green.

Phil wedged to 7 feet and Casey got up and down for his birdie, securing solo

second at 16 under par (71). Lefty rolled in his putt for a final round 65, and

the exclamation on win No.44 (and his 5th at Pebble Beach - tying the record

previously set by Mark O'meara).


So does the new "Prince of Pebble" see this win as a springboard to winning

the long coveted U.S Open at Pebble in June? "No, it's a totally different golf

course, the greens will be firm, the rough will be high - here I'm trying to hit

the ball as far as I can, not worry too much about the rough. The ball's are

plugging and we're able to clean it and so there's really no carryover," Phil

said." Other than that, I just really enjoy this place and seem to play some

of my best golf here and that's probably about it."








Langer Keeps Rolling, Wins Oasis Championship at Broken Sound

Bernhard Langer celebrates after winning his home town event in Boca Raton.

Boca Raton, Florida - Bernhard Langer came out and blitzed the field at

the Old Course at Broken sound Sunday, making five birdies in the first

seven holes enroute to a final round 65 - romping to a five shot victory

at the Oasis Championship.


Langer set the tournament record with a three round total of 197 - 19

under par. The Boca Raton resident (The Langer's live 3 miles away at

Woodfield Country Club) was thrilled after his 39th career PGA Tour

Champions victory (just six shy of Hale Irwin's record 45 wins on the

senior circuit), "It was an amazing start, one of my best starts ever,"

Langer said. "In these conditions, as windy as it was today, it was very,

very good, especially my shortgame. I made the putts I had to make, and

didn't put myself into any great trouble."


Langer's daughter Jackie finally nabbed a win as caddie for her father,

after two near wins last season, this one was sweet for both father and

daughter. "It means a great deal to win in front of family and friends,"

Langer said. "Winning at home is always special."


Marco Dawson finished strong, birdieing the final two holes to finish solo

second at 14 under par (202 total).














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