Jason Day Goes Wire to Wire at Players PDF Print E-mail


Defending Champion Rickie Fowler passes on the trophy to Jason Day

Ponte Vedra, Florida - The 2016 edition of the PGA Tour's flagship event wasn't the drama

filled event of last year when Rickie Fowler battled Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner in a

playoff. In fact, there was basically no threat to the best in the game at Pete Dye's signature

layout. This was a wire to wire display by the World No.1, capturing his seventh victory

since last July. In fact it was Day's second wire to wire win this season.


Day, shot rounds of 63-66-73-71 at TPC Sawgrass to finish at 15 under par for a four shot

win over Kevin Chappel who shot 69 on Sunday. The round of the day belonged to Justin

Thomas, who fired a seven under par - 65 that included a rare birdie on the tough par 4 -




Jason Day continues to sound more and more like a man who is comfortable on top of the sport:

"It was very difficult for me to actually do what I did and play the way I did this week. I think

not only did that give me an extra bit of motivation (seeing that on TV), being the number 1

player in the world and kind of not being one of the guys to look at. To win the tournament,

I think it's more for myself and all of the hard work that I've put into my game coming into

this week and especially the year. Coming off two wins earlier this year and feeling good about

my game, I just had to get in there and try to want it more than anyone else, they said 14 under

was the average (winning) score, and I ended up beating it by one which was nice...and I'm just

very pleased to be the Players Champion."
















James Hahn Wins Wells Fargo PDF Print E-mail


James Hahn celebrates his second PGA Tour title at Quail Hollow

Charlotte, North Carolina - James Hahn was in a spiral of doubt. Having missed eight consecutive

cuts on the PGA Tour, his confidence was at an all-time low. After 54 holes of the Wells Fargo

Championship at Quail Hollow, the 2015 Northern Trust Open Champion produced rounds of 70-71

-68, Hahn was finally in contention.


Coming down the closing "Green Mile" it was a two man race between Hahn and Roberto Castro.

Needing a two putt to finish at 10 under par and set the clubhouse lead, Hahn three putted the last

and went to the clubhouse at -9 after his final round 70. Castro meanwhile, was struggling coming

in down the closing stretch with bogeys at the 16th and 17th. After reaching the green in regulation

at the last, Castro faced a lengthy par putt after leaving his lag putt woefully short. Needing to hole

the putt to reach the playoff, Castro calmly stepped up and poured it in.


The first hole of the playoff returned the players to the 18th hole. After Castro hit a low hook into

the creek, Hahn piped his best of day 300 yards down the fairway. Castro recovered nicely but Hahn

hit his approach into the middle of the green needing just a two putt for the win. Hahn once again

left his birdie attempt on the 18th green far short of a tap in. Castro, needing to hole another lengthy

putt to stay alive, once again managed to make a big putt - this time for bogey. Hahn had a seven

footer to end the week's tilt and overcome his recent slump. . . and did just that, GAME OVER.


When it was over Hahn was as relieved as he was excited. "Missing eight straight cuts is tough. You

start questioning yourself, wonder if you're good enough, and you look into the future and wonder

if you have to sell shoes again . . . but I have a great team around me and kept believing."


54 hole leader Rickie Fowler shot 74 on Sunday and finished tied for fourth with Phil Mickelson (66),

Rory McIlroy (66) and Andrew Loupe (71) . Justin Rose (71) finished solo third at 8 under par.














Brian Stuard Wins Zurich Classic PDF Print E-mail


Brian Stuard celebrates his victory at TPC Louisiana after a two hole playoff

New Orleans, Louisana - The Zurich Classic was shortened to 54 holes and a Monday finish

because of inclement weather that enveloped the gulf region. For Journeyman Brian Stuard

(winless on Tour for his career), a birdie was needed at the last to keep the dream alive and

reach a playoff. From the shortgrass, the 129 yd approach landed pin high and skidded to a halt

some 7 feet away. Stuard, looking calm and composed, poured in the left to right slider to reach

15 under par and a playoff versus Jamie Lovemark and Byeong-Hun An.

After Ben An was knocked out of the playoff on the 1st playoff hole, it was Lovemark vs Stuard.

With Lovemark struggling on the 2nd playoff hole (both playoff holes were played on the 568 yd

- 18th), Stuard stepped up and stiffed his 7 iron approach to 2ft 3 inches. Game Over. The 33 year

old Stuard had finally broke the ice and won on the PGA Tour. Stuard was flawless on the greens

at TPC Louisiana - making an unbelievable 46 of 46 putts inside 10 feet thru the 54 holes of regulation

play. Stuard was quick to give credit to the new flatstick he picked up last week at the Valero Texas


"I picked it up off the putting green last week in San Antonio, and it just felt good in my hands,"

said Stuard. " I felt like I was seeing the lines well, and they were going in." Stuard then summed up

the emotions of the day: "It's overwhelming, I feel very fortunate . . . very happy and very pleased."

















Charley Hoffman Wins Valero Texas Open PDF Print E-mail



Charley Hoffman celebrates after winning Valero Texas Open

San Antonio, Texas - For Charley Hoffman, it all came down to 9 feet 2 inches. He could

have missed and still been alive to face Patrick Reed in a playoff . . . but let's be honest,

nobody wants to face Patrick Reed in a playoff. So Hoffman rolled his rock into the bottom

of the cup to seal the deal on his final round 69 and his fourth career PGA Tour victory.

Hoffman shot rounds of 66-71-70-69 at the AT&T Oaks Course to finish at 12 under par.


Hoffman who has been in contention in several tournaments over the last two months,

only to blow up on each Sunday was relieved afterward: "It's been a rough month and a

half, That's where 'It's about time' (expression) came from. Obviously I had good feelings

coming into this week and knew I needed to close the door. To be able to go through that

period in the last month and a half and close the door like I did . . . it's a very good gratifying



Patrick Reed, who also shot a final round 69 playing in the same group with Hoffman,

knew he had missed some chances coming in but was quick to point out that Hoffman

was ripe for a win. "To make him have to make that 9 footer on the last, he did so," Reed

said. "He won the golf tournament. When you're one up going into the last hole hole and

you have to hit a drive down the middle of the fairway and hit those two golf shots and the

bunker shot and to make that putt just shows that he was ready to win a golf tournament.


Journeyman Tom Hoge had the low round of the day with a 65 to finish tied for 9th.












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