Matsuyama Outlasts Fowler at WMO PDF Print E-mail


Hideki Matsuyama celebrates his win at TPC Scottsdale

Scottsdale, Arizona - It looked like the Waste Management Phoenix Open was all

Rickie Fowler's, that is until the 17th hole. Leading by two with two holes to play,

Fowler smashed his drive right on the perfect line, but it rolled thru the green and

into the water. Fowler failed to get up and down and made bogey. Matsuyama

meanwhile, made birdie - two stroke swing, tie game. On the 72nd hole, both

exchanged clutch birdies to reach -14 and extend the mano a mano duel to a playoff.


On the fourth playoff hole of sudden death, it was the 17th once again that bit Fowler.

This time his tee shot had too much right to left shape and bounced into the hazard

just short left of the green. Matsuyama played the hole in text book fashion - perfect

tee shot, and pitched to 7 feet throwing all the pressure back on the 27 year old world

No.4. When Fowler failed once again to get up and down for his par on the 17th, all

Hideki Matsuyama had to do was two putt for the victory. The win was Matsuyama's

second PGA Tour victory (2014 Memorial).


Fowler was reeling after the loss: "I mean, the hard part is having, you know, all my

friends and family and grandpa who haven't seen me win," he said, visibly shaken.

"But I will be able to hang with them tonight."


Harris English shot 66 Sunday and finished third at 12 under par.







Toledo Beats Andrade in Playoff at Allianz

Esteban Toledo poses with the trophy after winning the Allianz Championship




Boca Raton, Florida - At the windswept Allianz Championship at Broken Sound, it was

Billy Andrade who had command of the event standing on the 18th green on Sunday.

A 5 ft putt was all that stood between his fourth PGA Tour Champions title in the last 10

months, and a playoff. Andrade made his worst stroke of the week . . . and it cost him

- sending the event into extra holes. The challenger, after posting a final round 67 to

reach -11 was Esteban Toledo (who finished earlier and was the leader in the clubhouse).


In the playoff, on the third extra hole (the 17th), Andrade lipped out his 6 foot par attempt,

while Toledo converted his 4 footer for his fourth PGA Tour Champions title.


Three of Toledo's victories have come in playoffs, and all of those on the third hole of

the each playoff. "Being in a playoff isn't easy," said Toledo, who shot 68 on Sunday

to finish at -11 on the Old Course at Broken Sound. "There's a lot of stress and a lot

of nerves. sometimes I surprise myself how well I play in tough conditions."


Tom Byrum who had the round of the day, shooting 64 in the windy conditions - tied

for third with Jeff Sluman at 10 under par.











Sneds Waits, Gets the Win at Torrey PDF Print E-mail



Brandt Snedeker celebrates the win at Torrey Pines



La Jolla, California - For an area that is widely known to have the most desired weather conditions,

the San Diego area was anything but that during the weekend and into Monday's final round of the

Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. Strong winds and heavy rain brought large trees to the ground,

and players to their knees. Brandt Snedeker, who completed his improbable and amazing 69 on Sunday

(when the field averaged 77.9) was the only player under par for the final round - it was the highest non

-major final round scoring average since 1983. Snedeker's work was done, all he could do was sleep on

his position (one back of Jimmy Walker).

As Sneds paced his hotel on Monday waiting to see if his 6 under total would hold, the remaining players

continued the battle in the high winds. Jimmy Walker who had eight holes remaining, started the day one

shot clear, but the wind had switched directions Monday, making the closing stretch play much tougher.

Walker struggled in the conditions, making four pars and four bogeys coming in, finishing at -3 after a 77

(Tied 4th).

Although Snedeker made the cut on the number on Friday, his five under par (70-69) weekend was

enough to get the victory. The win was Snedeker's eighth of his career, and his fifth where he came

back from a deficit in the final round."It says that I don't give up, I keep grinding until the last putt goes

in and I take pride in that," Snedeker said. "And that's the only way I'm successful out here, because I

never give up, I realize there's always a chance."

K.J Choi shot with a final round 76 and finished solo 2nd at 5 under par.










Fowler Wins in Abu Dhabi, Dufner Takes Career Builder Challenge PDF Print E-mail



Rickie Fowler celebrates his victory at the HSBC Golf Championship with caddie Joe Skovron

Abu Dhabi - Rickie Fowler came into the HSBC Championship as an obvious player to watch,

perhaps even a contender, but he left the Middle East much more than that. With all of the

talk in the golf world centered around the new "Big Three" of Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and

Rory McIlroy, it's seems obvious that Fowler plays his best when he's overlooked. Jordan

Spieth and Rory McIlrory were the headliners for sure, but it was the guy wearing the high-top

Puma shoes that stole the spotlight.

Fowler's final round 69 included a chip in eagle at the eighth and another for birdie at the

seventeenth to reach -16. A tap in for par at the last was enough to hold off a hard charging

Thomas Pieters (-15) who barely missed his eagle putt on the 72nd hole. McIlroy made a

charge of his own at the last, pouring in a 30 footer at the last for eagle to reach 14 under

par and a tie for third with Henrik Stenson.


Fowler is eager to turn the "Big Three" into the "Big Four", "I'd like to jump in and be part of

that crew and see if we can continue to win some majors if I can jump in there, he said. "The

goal right now with where my game's at , the best it's been this early in the season in my career.

I'm working on getting ready for Augusta, and I'd like to have my shot at getting the Green

Jacket there. The ultimate goal this year this year is to go win a major and this is a step in the

right direction for sure." "It's nice to come out on top this week."


The win was Rickie Fowler's second European Tour victory (2015 Scottish Open) and moves

him to No.4 in Official World Golf Rankings. With his fourth worldwide win in the past 10

months it seems like a "Big Four" to me.







Dufner Takes Career Builder Challenge in Playoff


Jason Dufner celebrates his victory at the Career Builders Challenge

La Quinta, California - There were a few pars on Sunday that mattered when all was on the line

for Jason Dufner. An incredible chip from the rocks beside the 17th green was one, a clutch 12

footer to keep the playoff alive with David Lingmerth was number two, and his routine par on the

second playoff hole was the clincher. On a day where Dufner started the day leading Jamie Lovemark

by two and Adam Hadwin by three strokes, he shot a solid but unspectacular 70 to reach -25.

However it was not, Lovemark or Hadwin that challenged, it was Lingmerth (65), Andrew Loupe (68)

and fan favorite Phil Mickelson (68) who made it interesting. Loupe and Mickelson finished tied for

third at 21 under par (four shots back). The win was the fourth of Dufner's career and his first since

his PGA Championship victory at Oak Hill in 2013.


Dufner has had to overcome a very messy public divorce, and some health issues early last year

which prompted Dufner to lose over 30 lbs. A new putter coupled with some confidence on the

greens was an obvious difference in his game at PGA West this week.


Dufner seemed more relieved than excited as he was interviewed after his round:

"It's pretty tough, there's great players out here every week, playing great golf courses . . .

this is the best tour in the world - so for me to win this week, I feel like I'm one of the best

players in the world this week. It's not easy, but it feels good when you do it."











Gomez Outlasts Sneds at Sony Open PDF Print E-mail


Fabian Gomez hoists the trophy after winning the Sony Open

Honolulu, Hawaii - Fabian Gomez shot a final round 62 to reach 20 under par, but it wasn't

enough to win in regulation. He needed two extra holes to beat Brandt Snedeker at the Sony

Open at Waialae Country Club.


Gomez had a streak of seven birdies in a row during his ten birdie performance in Sunday's

final round. The win was the second of his PGA Tour career ('15 Fedex St.Jude Classic was

his 1st), and vaults Gomez to No.55 in the world . . . and more importantly to him is

Argentina's Olympic Golf Team standings. After the win, he's holding down the No.2 spot

for his country if the games were held today. "I'm really excited about being able to get in

the Olympics," he said. My main goal, I work hard to be able to win, but I know that by

winning I will be able to reach that."


Gomez honed his game playing against other caddies in Chaco, Argentina using the money

earned while looping. "They would go out there and make more money, but you have to

learn no matter what because have to win," Gomez said about his matches against the

other caddies.


Gomez is off to a hot start in 2016, he also finished tied for 6th at Kapalua. Snedeker left

Hawaii with a third at Kapalua and second at Sony.


Zach Blair shot 67 Sunday and finished third at 19 under par.











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