Senden Ends Long drought at Valspar Championship PDF Print E-mail


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John Senden celebrates his first win in 7 years - at the 2014 Valspar Championship

Palm Harbor, Florida - Aussie John Senden is widely regarded as one of the best ball strikers on

the PGA Tour, and on a ball strikers paradise - the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook, it would

stand to reason the layout would suit his strengths . . . but it wasn't Senden's Tee to Green

prowess at the Valspar Championship that made the difference. Senden's final round 70 was

highlighted by his shortgame, the 42 year old chipped in for birdie on the par 4 - 16th, then

drained a 21 foot putt for birdie on the 17th to reach 7 under par and a one stroke victory.


Senden was really proud of his work around the greens: "The shortgame came through. It's been

pretty good, I guess, from the last 18 months and that has been the difference in my scoring ability."

Senden also credited his strong showing at the Australian Open in December "Third place behind

Rory and Scotty, two of the top players in the world . . . I took that confidence into the new year."


Kevin Na shot a final round 72 to finish one shot back. Scott Langley who shot a final round 70

(-5) finishing solo third, was impressed by Senden, "What a great finish, to play those three holes

in two under on Sunday, you've got to hand it to him."


54 hole leader Robert Garrigus struggled, his final round 75 left him 3 shots back at -4, tied with

Luke Donald (70) and Will Mackenzie (69).


Valspar Championship:

1.   J.Senden -7

2.   K.Na -6

3.   S.Langley -5

T4. L. Donald -4

R. Garrigus -4

W.Mackenzie -4



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Reed Goes Wire to Wire at WGC - Trump Doral PDF Print E-mail


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Patrick Reed celebrates his wire to wire victory at the WGC Cadillac Championship at Trump Doral




Miami - In a week where all of the top 50 players in the world were competing at the WGC Cadillac

Championship, it was Gil Hanse's new "Blue Monster" design that was the true star. Trump Doral

dazzled and challenged the world's best, in fact the event had the feel of a major championship

(with tropical flavor), and if that seems a bit overstated - check the the scores.


Patrick Reed showed he had no equal on Donald Trump's new Miami beauty, going wire to wire.

Reed's even par 72 on Sunday (-4 total) was enough to clip Bubba Watson and Jaime Donaldson

(who bogeyed the 72nd hole). Reed arrived on the famed 18th with a two shot lead. Reed hit iron

off the tee, two more irons in and two putted to close it out.


“I was hitting the ball so good this week, I felt like, and you know, my putting was just

outstanding. Whenever you’re able to come to an event and feel very comfortable with your

putting it allows you to let a lot of the pressure on your full swing kind of come off your shoulders.

Around a golf course like this you have to be confident and I felt like I’ve done that really well.

To come out in a field like this and to hold one wire-to-wire like that, I feel I’ve proven myself.”


Reed's win was his 3rd PGA Tour victory in his last 14 starts, making him the youngest to ever

win a World Golf Championship at 23 years 7 months and 4 days. The win moves Patrick Reed to

third in the Fedex Cup standings


After winning at both Torrey Pines & Doral in 2013, Tiger Woods has struggled at both venues

this season . . . his 78 in Sunday's final round marked his worst final round as a professional.


WGC Cadillac - Top 5 finishers
Patrick Reed                             68-75-69-72—284 (-4)
Bubba Watson                          73-72-72-68—285 (-3)
Jamie Donaldson                      74-70-71-70—285 (-3)
Richard Sterne                          74-73-70-71—288 (E)
Dustin Johnson                         69-74-73-72—288 (E)











Rory Falters - Henley Wins Honda in Playoff PDF Print E-mail


Russell Henley is the Champion of the 2014 Honda Classic




Palm Beach Gardens, Fl - Russell Henley wasn't the player they came out to see on Sunday, that

mantle belonged to two newly transplanted locals - former world #1 Rory McIlroy and current OWGR

holder: Tiger Woods. However, it was Henley who birdied the first hole of a four man playoff to win

the drama filled 2014 Honda Classic.

McIlroy struggled most of Sunday shooting 74, but when he had to have it on the 72nd hole, he did.

The towering 5 wood from 236 yards out on the 549 yard par 5 - 18th landed softly on the green,

leaving 12 ft for eagle . . . incredibly clutch. The shot gave him a chance to win outright, but

his putt slid just right of the cup. He tapped in for birdie and finished regulation tied for the lead

at -8.

In the playoff, it was Henley who reached the green of the par 5 (18th hole) in two and easily two

putted for his birdie. That left Rory McIlroy, Russell Knox, and Ryan Palmer all needing to get up

& down to continue on. None of them managed to do so, and with that, Russell Henley had his 2nd

career PGA Tour victory.

"This isn't going to sink in for awhile," Henley said.


McIlroy was not pleased with his play, "I was fortunate I was in the playoff" McIlroy said. "74 wasn't

good enough to get the job done. To go out with a two shot lead, you have to play well enough to

win the thing. If I had won today, I would have counted myself as lucky. I'll pick myself up, get back

at it, try to get back at it at Doral and try to get the job done."


As for World #1 Tiger Woods, he withdrew after 13 holes citing back spasms.





Jason Day Wins Match Play - Epic Battle with Dubuisson PDF Print E-mail



Marana, Arizona - After dispatching Rickie Fowler in one of the two morning semi-finals,

Jason Day locked up with Frenchman Victor Dubuisson (who eliminated Ernie Els in his semi)

in the final of the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain.


After holding a commanding 3 up lead early on the back nine, Jason Day would see his lead

dwindle against the Frenchman . . . Dubuisson mounted a comeback. Down two with two to

play, Dubuisson won the last two holes in regulation, and forced extra holes.


On holes 19 & 20 Dubuisson pulled off consecutive "Houdini like" escapes from the desert,

the second of which drew a shrug of the shoulders and a big laugh from Jason Day. Finally

on the fifth extra hole - the drivable par 4 fifteenth, Day prevailed when Dubuisson failed to

get up and down for birdie.


The win is Day's second of his PGA Tour career, and moves him to 11th in the Fedex Cup

standings. Victor Dubuisson now has enough points as a non-member to join as a special

Temporary Member for the rest of the year.


"I'm disappointed because I made some terrible shots," Dubuisson said. "I just played it like

I had nothing to lose." Jason Day showed his respect for the Frenchman, "Vic, man, he has

a lot of guts," Day said. He has a great short game . . . straight out of the cactus twice. For

a 23 yr old, he's got alot of game. We're going to see alot of him for years to come."



Rickie Fowler won the consolation match in 19 holes over Ernie Els.



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