Stadler Wins Waste Management, Gallagher Defends in Dubai PDF Print E-mail



Victory at last for Kevin Stadler - 2014 Champion Waste Management Phoenix Open

Scottsdale, Arizona - After 9 years and 239 starts, Kevin Stadler joined his father Craig as a

winner on the PGA Tour. At TPC Scottsdale, the younger Stadler shot a final round 68 to finish

at -16, good enough for a one stroke victory over Bubba Watson and Graham DeLaet. Once

again the Waste Management Phoenix Open set attendance records, and the stadium 16th was

as raucous as ever.


In the end it came down to a five footer on the 72nd hole for Bubba Watson to stay tied and

send it to extra holes, but the putt never had a chance missing left. Stadler seemed relieved

and stunned at the same time. "It was a little weird way to win a golf tournament, I fully

expected him to make the putt. I would have rather made mine to win it."


Craig & Kevin Stadler are only the ninth Father/Son duo to win on the PGA Tour. In 2004, the

duo won on the same week - Kevin was on the Tour and Craig on the Champions

Tour. Kevin Stadler defeated a lanky left hander that week named Bubba Watson.


Craig Stadler 61, will play in his final Masters this April, and this time his son will be walking the

fairways by his side.


Defending Champion Phil Mickelson finished T42 at 3 under par.







Stephen Gallagher celebrates his title defense in Dubai

Dubai - Stephen Gallagher made four closing birdies after a sloppy front nine to shoot a final round

72 (-16) and defend his title at the Dubai Desert Classic. Birdies on the 11th, 13th, 16th, and 17th

were just what was needed as the (54 hole) leaders all seemed to struggle on Sunday.

Afterward, Gallagher reflected on the week:

“I never really played the front nine that well all week. I don't know, it was a carbon copy of yesterday

apart from I holed a couple of putts for par and got a bit lucky yesterday but today I was in bushes

and trees and stuff. I just kept saying to myself, ‘stay patient’. I played the back nine well and no one

was really running away with it at the time. To win it on the 25th anniversary, it was a good field with

all the champions playing, makes it even more special.”

The victory moves Gallagher into the top 40 in the world, which gains him entry into the upcoming WGC

Accenture Match Play & WGC Cadillac Championship at Trump Doral.

Rory McIlroy struggled Sunday, shooting 74 and finishing tied for ninth. Brooks Koepka finished tied for

third at -14. Tiger Woods finished tied 41st at 6 under par.












Sergio Wins In Qatar, Stallings Takes Torrey PDF Print E-mail



Sergio celebrates winning the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters

Qatar - A flawless final round 65 put Sergio Garcia into a sudden death playoff against

Finland's Mikko Illonen, but not before he missed a birdie putt from 8 feet on the 72nd hole

which would have given the Spaniard the outright win in regulation (Garcia & Illonen both

finished at -16). Illonen birdied the 16th and 18th holes to shoot 66 in the final round.


On the third playoff hole, Garcia reached the par 5 in two and two putted for birdie . . .

meanwhile Illonen could not get up and down from the greenside bunker, giving Sergio

Garcia his 11th European Tour title.

In his eight appearances at Qatar, Garcia has never finished outside of the top 25.

"I have always said it's a golf course that I enjoy and I am very pleased to finally be

able to get my hands on the trophy. We've been coming here for eight years and have

been quite close to winning before."

The victory moves Garcia inside the top ten in the World Rankings.


Rafael Cabrera-Bello was T3 with Thorbjorn Olesen at -15.









Scott Stalling hoists the trophy at Torrey Pines

La Jolla, California - It appeared a U.S Open broke out at Torrey Pines this week, with gnarly thick

rough and rock hard greens keeping the scores down (and eliminating Tiger and Phil from finishing

play), it came down to someone needing to step up to win the Farmers Insurance Open. With a

crowded leaderboard and no one taking charge down the stretch, enter Scott Stallings.


Stallings not known for good starts early in the season, made a big move in the off-season, he

and his wife Jennifer moved to Scottsdale for the winter in an effort to change his early season

form. It didn't take long for him to reap the rewards. On the 18th hole Sunday, Stallings faced 222

yds over the water that fronts the finisher at Torrey Pines South . . . Stallings recalled being challenged

by his looper, "My caddie said, lets see what you've got",  Stallings striped 4 iron just reached the front

of the green, where he two putted for his birdie to break the log jam at 8 under par and win for the third

time on the PGA Tour. Stallings final round 68 (he finished at -9 total) was among the lowest scores of

the day (only K.J Choi's 66 and Charley Hoffman's 67 were lower).


At last years Humana in the final round, Stallings faced a similar situation on the 72nd hole with a chance

to win, and dumped his approach into the water. This time he executed and was relieved “You don't get

very many opportunities to win golf tournaments on this TOUR,” said Stallings. “As a player, all you ever

want is chances. Humana was unfortunate last year hitting it in the water on the 18th hole and missing

out on an opportunity to win, but I was playing to win.”


This time he got the job done. With the win Scott Stallings moves up to 10th in the Fedex Cup standings.














Larrazabal Stuns Rory & Phil, Reed Holds On At Humana PDF Print E-mail


Pablo Larrazabal  celebrates his HSBC victory

Abu Dhabi - Pablo Larrazabal outlasted two of the games' giants who were

plagued by penalty strokes and miscues to win the HSBC Golf championship

at Abu Dhabi Golf Club. The Spaniard's final round 67 and 14 under par total

were just enough to hold off Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy (who played in the

same group with Larrazabal and Miguel Angel Jimenez).

McIlroy shot 68, and Mickelson 69 on Sunday. "I beat two of the three most

talented guys in my era," said Larrazábal, who compared his birdie putt on the

18th to the par putt holed by Martin Kaymer to retain the Ryder Cup at Medinah

in 2012.

"The first win in France my brother says was the win of talent. I had 100 putts

in 72 holes, not even the best Tiger Woods could have beaten me that week.

The second win in Munich (in a play-off with Sergio Garcia) was one of belief.

This is the win of hard work and team work. I worked so hard for the last two

years and over the winter and I beat two of the three most talented guys in my



McIlroy shot 68, and Mickelson 69 on Sunday, but each leave wondering what could've

been. McIlroy incurred a two stroke penalty after round 3 for an incorrect drop (and lost

by a single stroke), and Mickelson made triple bogey on the 13th after a double hit

occureed while attempting to play his errant tee shot from under a bush. He stormed all

the way back, needing to make his lengthy eagle attempt on the final hole to tie. When

his attempt went wide right, Pablo Larrazabal had the third win of his career.






Reed Holds On At Humana Challenge


Patrick Reed celebrates the win at the Humana Challenge


La Quinta - After three straight 63's in the first three rounds, Patrick Reed took a

commanding seven stroke lead entering Sunday's final round at the Palmer Private

Course at PGA West. Reed struggled to find the magic in round 4 that carried him

earlier in the week, but his final round 71 was enough to close the deal Sunday and

finish at -28 for a two stroke win.


"It was tough out there, Reed said. I started toward the end playing for par,

just because I knew pars weren't going to hurt me," Reed said. "I knew someone

was going to have to do something spectacular to catch me. To come out and

not have my full game and to have that much of a cushion to be able to just coast

in, that's a good feeling."


Ryan Palmer finished solo 2nd two shots back at -26, while Zach Johnson fired a

final round 62 to finish tied for 3rd with Justin Leonard at -25.

Reed 23, once known as the "Marvel" of the Monday Qualifiers from Augusta State -

will return to the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua in 2015.














Jimmy Walker Dynamite at Sony PDF Print E-mail


Jimmy Walker celebrates his win Sunday at Waialae Country Club




Honolulu - Jimmy Walker went 187 tournaments without a victory, and now after capturing the Sony

Open at Waialae Country Club, he's won twice already this season (he won the event in

October - the first of the new wrap around '13-'14 campaign). Walker's blistering final round seven

under par 63 was enough to overtake Harris English (who played the final four holes in 1 over par).

Walker's total score of 17 under par was good enough for a one stroke victory over Chris Kirk (who

carded a final round 66).


After a clutch par save on the 14th, Walker made three straight birdies to grab the lead. Par on the

final hole, made the victory celebration a touch in doubt . . . but once Chris Kirk failed to convert his

eagle attempt at the last, win #2 was in the books. "It took me a long time to do it," Walker said. "I

felt very calm and controlled. That's what you've got to feel and do when it's time to win. It's easy to

say, hard to do. But today was awesome. Really cool golf. "I've always felt like I belonged, and you

need affirmation every now and then," he said. "The other win was like, `Yeah, OK, I can do it.' I did it,

and I was supposed to be able to do it. Everybody told me I was supposed to do it, and I finally did it.

And then it's, `Well, are you going to be the guy that won that you never hear from again?' It's nice to

get it done and do it again today."


Although it's early in the PGA Tour's first wrap-around season, Walker leads both the Fedex Cup points

list and the Ryder Cup standings.


Veteran Jerry kelly finished solo third at -15, while world #2 Adam Scott finished tied for eighth at -10.













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