Kodaira Wins RBC Heritage in Playoff PDF Print E-mail



Satoshi Kodaira celebrates after winning at Harbour Town Golf Links.

Hilton Head, South Carolina - Si Woo Kim won't soon forget the 2018

RBC Heritage. After a bogey free 3 under par front nine, the tournament

was his - if only a putt inside 7 feet would've dropped. On his last four

holes Kim missed putts of 4, 5, 7 and 6 feet, any of which would have

given him the win. Instead he watched as Japan's Satoshi Kodaira drained

a 20 footer on the third playoff hole (par 3 - 17th) to capture his first PGA

Tour title. Teeing off an hour before the leaders, Kodaira wasn't thinking

about winning, but his five under par 66 (-12 total) in excessively windy

conditions vaulted him up the leaderboard.


Afterward, Kodaira was asked about his new tartan plaid jacket, "I will

probably not wear it regularly, but this is special."


54 hole leader Ian Poulter made the turn at 1 under par, but faltered on

the inward nine with 5 bogeys and a final round 75, to finish T7. Luke List

who continues to knock on the door of victory, had a chance to join the

playoff, but missed his 10 foot birdie putt on Harbour Town's iconic finisher.

List knows he's close, "I'm getting better with each opportunity, and I feel

like my game has risen to the point where I expect to contend every week.

So it's going to happen."


Bryson DeChambeau fired a final round 66 to tie for third with Luke List one

shot back at 11 under par.














Patrick Reed Wins the 82nd Masters PDF Print E-mail



Patrick Reed shows off his new hardware and Green Jacket at Augusta National.

Augusta, Georgia - He's known as "Captain America" for his ability to dominate

his foes in international team competition. Now after a truly gutsy final round

71 (15 under par total), the scrappy blue collar 27 year old who led Augusta

State (now known as Augusta University) to two NCAA titles is the Masters

Champion. Reed did just enough to hold off a leaderboard of top ten world

ranked twenty somethings that included of Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, Jon

Rahm and Rory McIlroy. Throw in two time Masters Champion Bubba Watson,

and a 42 year old Henrik Stenson, and you have a leaderboard that rivals any

in recent memory.


So many expected McIlroy to be the main challenge to Reed's 3 shot lead

to start Masters Sunday, but it was Jordan Spieth who began the charge with

an electric front nine 31. Then, with birdies on the inward side at the twelfth,

thirteenth and sixteenth, it appeared the greatest comeback in Masters history

was in the works. Reed had other ideas as he made a great birdie himself at

the par 3 twelfth, a huge break on the thirteenth  - where his approach landed

short of the green, but stayed on the bank (avoiding the penalty of going into

the tributary to Rae's Creek) enabled Reed to save par. A flushed approach

on the fourteenth led to birdie and 15 under par (and a one shot margin

over Spieth). Jordan Spieth only needed par to tie the course record 63 and

post 14 under par. The charge would fall short as Spieth's tee shot on the 18th

caught a tree branch (on the left side of the chute that guards the entry to

the fairway) leaving him scrambling to make par. When his five foot par putt

missed, his quest was over. Spieth posted 13 under par (and a final 64) to

finish solo third.


Meanwhile, Reed kept grinding, a marvelous 2 putt par on the seventeenth

was vital because Fowler had just finished off his own rally by birdieing the

last to post 14 under par after a final round 67.


Needing par on the last to win his first major, Reed put his tee shot safely in

play down the left side, his approach landed on the green leaving himself a

testy two putt from 16 feet above the hole. After a bold first attempt that ran

by 3 feet, he poured the winning putt in the heart to became the winner of

the 82nd Masters.


Reed reflected on his challengers performances on Sunday by simply saying

"I'm glad they ran out holes." When asked about what was different this week

from prior years at Augusta, "This week, I said, ‘Hey, it’s golf. Go play. Be you',

I was able to stay in that mindset the entire week.”















Who Will Win the 82nd Masters? 16 Players Have a Real Chance PDF Print E-mail


By Jason Bruno                                                                                                                          Posted 4/2/18 - 10:55 pm est.

Predicting any professional golf tournament can be futile, and major

championships can be downright impossible to prognosticate. The

Masters offers the rare exception because of the golf course and smaller



When we analyze the field of the 82nd Masters, there are likely less than

two dozen players with a realistic chance of wearing green when Sunday

evening rolls around. Out of the field of 87, we narrowed the likely 2018

Masters Champion to a select sweet 16. Negating 71 players in the field

can be tricky, but with past champions, amateurs and first timers - the

true contenders are just a fraction of the entire field. First, let's go through

the process of elimination.




Past Champions that still play but are no longer true contenders to

win whether it be because of age, length, inactivity or just being off form:


  • 1 - Jose Maria Olazabal
  • 2 - Bernhard Langer
  • 3 - Mike Weir
  • 4 - Angel Cabrera  (off form)
  • 5 - Sandy Lyle
  • 6 - Ian Woosnam
  • 7 - Fred Couples
  • 8 - Trevor Immelman
  • 9 - Larry Mize
  • 10 - Mark O’Meara
  • 11 - Vijay Singh
  • 12 - Danny Willet  (off form)




Active players who struggle at Augusta National due primarily

to length, or low ball flight :

  • 13 - Matt Kuchar
  • 14 - Brendan Grace
  • 15 - Brian Harman
  • 16 - Webb Simpson
  • 17 - Adam Hadwin
  • 18 - Brian Harman
  • 19 - Russell Henley
  • 20 - Kevin Kisner
  • 21Ryan Moore
  • 22 - Ted Potter, Jr.
  • 23 - Jason Dufner
  • 24 - Chez Reavie
  • 25 - Webb Simpson
  • 26 - Si Woo Kim
  • 27 - Cameron Smith





First Time Players to the Masters:

  • 28 - Tony Finau
  • 29 - Wesley Bryan
  • 30 - Austin Cook
  • 31 - Harry Ellis (a)
  • 32 - Dylan Frittelli
  • 33 - Doug Ghim (a)
  • 34 - Patton Kizzire
  • 35 - Satoshin Kodaira
  • 36 - Haotong Li
  • 37 - Yuxin Lin (a)
  • 38 - Yusaku Miyazato
  • 39 - Joaquin Niemann (a)
  • 40 - Matt Parziale (a)
  • 41 - Xander Schauffele
  • 42 - Shubhankar Sharma
  • 43 - Doc Redman



Past results or lack there of at Augusta:

  • 44 - Jhonattan Vegas
  • 45 - Tyrell Hatton
  • 46 - Yuta Ikeda
  • 47 - Martin Kaymer
  • 48 - Ian Poulter





Mid-Long Iron proximity at the Masters is essential, these players

have not been proficient in this category this season:

  • 49 - Ross Fisher
  • 50 - Billy Horschel
  • 51 - Francesco Molinari
  • 52 - Kiradech Aphibarnrat
  • 53 - Brendan Steele
  • 54 - Bernd Wiesberger
  • 55 - Matthew Fitzpatrick
  • 56 - Patrick Cantlay




After eliminating 55 players, that leaves 32. It gets way tougher from

here to narrow it down. After closer inspection of some of the games'

best known players, Augusta National doesn't fit everyone's game:

  • 57 - Pat Perez
  • 58 - Jimmy Walker
  • 59 - Kevin Chappel
  • 60 - Ian Poulter
  • 61 - Bryson DeChambeau
  • 62 - Gary Woodland
  • 63 - Henrik Stenson





That leaves 24. Any of these players normally would be considered

legit contenders, but it's time to eliminate eight of these elite based

on combined factors:


  • 64 - Rafa Cabrera-Bello (In two appearances at Masters - only has one round under par)
  • 65 - Adam Scott (199th strokes gained putting)
  • 66 - Louis Oosthuizen (182nd strokes gained putting)
  • 67 - Charley Hoffman (124th strokes gained putting)
  • 68 - Sergio Garcia (129th strokes gained putting, equipment switch)
  • 69 - Charl Schwartzel (117th strokes gained putting)
  • 70 - Thomas Pieters (116th strokes gained putting)
  • 71 - Alex Noren (missed cut at only Masters appearance)



Sergio is certainly worthy of defending, but we don't fancy his chances

to contend this year due to an extremely busy off-season in his personal

life, equipment changes through the bag and lackluster putting so far this






16 Players with the best chance to Win the 82nd Masters -

the players we like in order (thoughts):


  • 1 - Justin Rose (Best stats at Masters since '12, primed for "GREEN")
  • 2 - Rory McIlroy (Career slam/legend status awaits, putter is key)
  • 3 - Bubba Watson (Red hot, creative shot shaper)
  • 4 - Phil Mickelson (Hot putter could produce fourth jacket)
  • 5 - Justin Thomas (Playing as well as anyone in the world)
  • 6 - Jordan Spieth (Can he re-gain putter form, avoid water on 12th?)
  • 7 - Tiger Woods (Is he completely back? 15th major looks inevitable)
  • 8 - Tommy Fleetwood (Our darkhorse, supreme Euro ball striker)
  • 9 - Rickie Fowler (Hot starts, struggling on weekends)
  • 10 - Hideki Matsuyama (Japan's major?)
  • 11 - Jon Rahm (Will require patience, not his strength)
  • 12 - Patrick Reed (Can Captain America wear green?)
  • 13 - Mark Leishman (Next Aussie champ?)
  • 14 - Jason Day (New irons in the bag, hasn't played much in '18)
  • 15 - Paul Casey (Win at Valspar shows worthiness)
  • 16 - Dustin Johnson (huge talent, but isn't playing his best golf)





With so many storylines, this Masters has the makings to be an instant classic .

Woods returning to the game and showing signs that he may still have another

run at greatness, Mickelson coming off of a an impressive WGC win (and playing

better than he has in 5 years). Garcia defending. Bubba Watson with two wins

in 2018 looks ready for another Green Jacket. Can Spieth re-gain his putting

form in time for the back nine on Sunday? Perhaps the biggest story (that's

somewhat under the radar with all of the noise that Tiger's presence is creating),

is Rory McIlroy once again going for the career Grand Slam this week - fresh

off a big win and confidence boost from the phenomenal final round 64 at the

Arnold Palmer Invitational. Despite all of those great stories, Justin Rose is our

pick to get it done. Buckle up and enjoy the best week in sports, it's the Masters . . .












Poulter Earns Masters Birth with Houston Open Win PDF Print E-mail



Ian Poulter punched his ticket to Magnolia Lane with his win in Houston

Humble, Texas - Everybody knew the scenerio coming into the week,

Ian Poulter needed a win to get into the Masters. Having never won a

stroke play event in the states, it seemed like a longshot for Poulter to

get to Magnolia Lane. In fact, early in the week at the Golf Club of

Houston, the Englishman decided he needed a putter change to jump-

start his game. He summoned up the services of an old reliable flatstick

that served him well at the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah. When asked

about the putter (an Odyssey #7), he simply said "I just know I can't

blame this putter, it has gotten the job done so many times before."


Standing on the 72nd hole facing a must make 20 foot birdie putt to

stay alive (and force a playoff with Beau Hossler), he summoned up

the magic with his old blade once again. As the ball dropped, Poulter

pounded his chest in celebration (as if to show the world how much

heart he has). Both Players finished tied at -19 at the end of regulation.


Ian Poulter celebrates after nailing the must make putt to tie in regulation.



In the playoff, Hossler drove into the right fairway bunker while Poulter

was safely in the first cut. Hossler blocked his approach into the right

greenside bunker, and Poulter reached the green safely some 30 feet

away. Beau Hossler flew his sand shot over the green into the water

hazard - and it was over just like that. Poulter two putted and shouted

in exaltation as the winner of the Houston Open. It was his first victory

since the 2012 HSBC Champions, and his first in the U.S since the 2010

Match Play at Dove Mountain.


After starting Thursday with a 73, Poulter was packed to head home to

Orlando on Friday. After a bounce back 64 in round 2, the desperate

42 year old shot 65 -67 to get the job done - realizing suddenly that he

had just accomplished the unthinkable. "Last week was painful," Poulter

said. "To come here this week, I was tired, I was frustrated on Thursday.

I was patient. I waited my time, and this is amazing."

Jordan Spieth (66) tied for third with Emiliano Grillo (68) at 16 under par.














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