DJ Falters, Justin Rose Rallies for Big Comeback at HSBC Champions PDF Print E-mail


Justin Rose celebrates his big comeback victory at the HSBC Champions




Shanghai - Justin Rose started Sunday's final round of the HSBC Champions eight

shots behind World No.1 Dustin Johnson, and by his own account "I was playing for

second place." Rose's stellar back nine 31 resulted in a final round 5 under par 67

(14 under par total - 274) and a two stoke victory over the pack of "A list" challengers

that ran down DJ.


Johnson's horrendous day, a birdie-less 77 opened the door for the field to reel him

in and race on by, resulting in a brutal loss for what was the largest margin ever

squandered in the final round of a WGC event, "I just could never get anything going

and didn't hole any putts," Johnson said. "It was pretty simple." Only Paul Lawrie ('99

Open Championship) and Stewart Cink ('04 at Hilton Head) have comeback from deficits

as big as Rose did Sunday.


"It was the perfect type of weather conditions to make a comeback," Rose said. "This

is the type of day when you are playing with a lead, every hole seems difficult.

Obviously, someone is still capable of playing a special round of golf, and my back

nine was just amazing today."


Henrik Stenson (70) and Brooks Koepka (71) challenged briefly but could only manage

to finish in a tie for 2nd with Johnson at -12.


















Justin Thomas Keeps Rolling at CJ Cup PDF Print E-mail



Justin Thomas celebrates his victory at the inaugural CJ Cup.





Jeju Island, South Korea - After an incredible season that saw Justin Thomas win

the PGA Championship, Fedex Cup and Player of the Year honors, Thomas has kept

the hot hand rolling - wininng again, this time at the CJ Cup - South Korea's first

ever PGA Tour regular season event. The victory in sudden death over Australia's

Marc Leishman is the seventh of his young career.


After his ninth event in the last eleven weeks, an exhausted Thomas is looking

forward to getting home to Jupiter, "I'm so excited to not do anything," Thomas

declared. "I officially have nothing left in the tank at this moment."


Justin Thomas leaped out the gates in round 1 firing a 9 under 63, then shot

rounds of 74-70-72 under challenging conditions (with temps in the low 60's

and winds gusting around 25 mph on Jeju Island). Thomas birdied the last

to reach the playoff, then won on the 2nd sudden death hole after Leishman

missed a very makable birdie putt to win on the first sudden death hole.

Leishman knew that he missed a golden opportunity, "You give one of the best

players in the world a chance like that, and he's probably going to take it."



Last week's winner, Pat Perez finished tied for 5th after posting the low round

on Sunday with 68 and finishing at 5 under par.

















Pat Perez Wins CIMB Classic in Malaysia PDF Print E-mail




Pat Perez celebrates his dominant victory at the CIMB Classic

Malaysia - 41 year old California native Pat Perez just keeps getting better

despite the tour trend of young gun dominance. Perez blitzed the field at the

CIMB Classic firing rounds of 66-65-64-69 for a 24 under par total at TPC Kuala

Lumpur, for a four shot victory over Keegan Bradley, (who notched his best

finish since the 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational). After just one victory in his first

378 starts, he now has two wins in his last 25 starts.


After a torn labrum and surgery threatened to end his career 18 months ago,

Perez has taken his self proclaimed late to mature mantra to new heights.

Coming off of his finest season on the PGA Tour (Perez played in his first Tour

Championship - finishing 15th on the money list) it's highly unlikely to have

your best years on tour after age 40, and Perez is aware but not sure of exactly

why it's happening now. "I can't really explain it, it's been a lot of work and

dedication," Perez said. "I knew I had to stay on the gas here (today) because

these guys are playing so good, I was expecting someone to shoot 63 . . .

I'm just such a different person than I was seventeen years ago, even like five

years ago. I'm learning how to play the game and play my own game, staying

within myself. I'm a late bloomer. I'm not gonna change anything. I'm still not

going to work out, I'm still gonna have a bad diet and enjoy myself."


Rookie of the Year Xander Schauffele finished tied for third with Sung Kang seven

shots back at 17 under par.















Brendan Steele Defends at Safeway PDF Print E-mail



Brendan Steele celebrates at Silverado after defending his title at the Safeway Open

Napa, California - They often say "Horses for Courses" when discussing a certain

players knack for winning on certain venues. This past week in the global game of

golf, that phrase held true. Earlier in the day, Tyrell Hatton defended his Alfred

Dunhill Links Championship with a blistering 24 under par total in chilly conditions

at the home of golf in St.Andrews. In the Golden State, it was Brendan Steele that

turned the trick half a world away at Johnny Miller's Silverado Resort in Napa.


With Phil Mickelson and Tony Finau pushing the pedal down on the back nine,

Steele finished off his challengers with a combination of superb ball striking and a

soft touch down the stretch birdieing both the 16th & 18th holes coming in. After

starting the day two shots back, Steele had one of only seven rounds in the 60's

on Sunday, his final round 69 was good enough for 15 under par and a two stroke

victory over Tony Finau. Mickelson, who was determined in his quest to win for the

first time since the 2013 Open at Muirfield, bogeyed the par 4 seventeenth to finish

another back at 12 under par in a tie with Chesson Hadley for third.


Afterward, Steele reflected on his lackluster finish to last season, entering the playoffs

in the 16th position he failed to make it to East Lake, finishing 33rd in points, "I wasn't

trying to win. I wasn't trying to play my best. I was just trying to get whatever points

I could . . . and I played right to that level where you could barely miss.


As for Phil, who seems to be trending in the right direction but is still searching for

the elusive next victory - "I'm going to keep giving myself good chances, and it will

happen," Lefty said. "I get on a course like Sheshan (referring to his next start in

China) where I'm very comfortable, I know the greens. I know the course well. I

think I'll have a good week there."

















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