Justin Rose Wins at Colonial PDF Print E-mail


Justin Rose poses with the spoils of victory at Colonial.

Fort Worth, Texas - On a week when temperatures nearly hit triple digits

in central Texas, the only thing hotter at the Fort Worth Invitational was

the No.5 ranked player in the world - Justin Rose. The Englishman was

the 54 hole leader by four strokes (over U.S Open Champion Brooks

Koepka). After rounds of 66-64-66. The final round would pit the two U.S

Open Champions against each other on the course known as "Hogan's Alley"

(4-time U.S Open winner Ben Hogan called Colonial his home course for



Although Koepka served notice by firing another superb final round 63,

Rose did not buckle, matching his second round 64 to post 20 under par

- winning by 3 over Koepka (-17). The triumph marked the ninth PGA

Tour victory for Rose who chose to skip the European Tour's flagship

event - the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.


The win was Justin Rose's second of the season (HSBC Champions) and

moved him up to second in the Fedex Cup standings and No.3 in the OWGR.

"I'm delighted with the way that I played this week, obviously Hogans Alley,

I tried to channel a little bit of that," Rose said. "I haven't played this venue

in a while, but to win on this golf course, I couldn't be more proud."


Kevin Na matched the course record with a final round 61 to finish fourth

at -14.









Hammer and Barber Roll at U.S Amateur Four-Ball PDF Print E-mail


Tequesta, Florida - After four days of conditions that included nearly a

dozen inches of rain, the Sunshine State returned to blue skies for the

semi-final and finals of the USGA's 4th Annual U.S Amateur Four-Ball

Championship at Jupiter Hills Club. In the final match, 18 year olds

Cole Hammer and Garrett Barber were on a mission, making fairly

quick work of challengers Marc Dull and Chip Brooke - winning 4

and 3 and becoming first time USGA Champions. They never trailed

in the match after taking the lead with a birdie on the par 5 - 1st hole.

Cole Hammer, from Houston had recently committed to play at the

University of Texas Longhorns, while his partner Garrett Barber the

local from Stuart, Florida has signed on with the LSU Tigers. The duo

combined for 10 birdies and two eagles in their two matchplay victories

on Wednesday. They were 7 under par in the championship match over

Floridians - 32 year old Marc Dull from Winter Park and Chip Brooke,

42 from the north Orlando suburb of Altamonte Springs.

The signature par 3 ninth at Jupiter Hills

"Growing up watching U.S. Opens and U.S. Amateurs on TV, I just knew

being a USGA champion is something that I desperately wanted," said

Hammer. "And to finally do it, it feels incredible. It feels as good, if not

better, than I thought it would. And especially being able to do it with

Garrett. It's really cool to share this moment."

The courses and club at Jupiter Hills shined despite the bad weather

most of the week, for the club, this was their first time hosting a USGA

championship since the 1987 U.S Amateur won by Billy Mayfair.


Aaron Wise Wins Byron Nelson PDF Print E-mail



Aaron Wise celebrates after winning for the first time on the PGA Tour

Dallas, Texas - Aaron Wise shattered the tournament scoring record

after a 6 under par 65 on Sunday to win the Byron Nelson at Coore

and Crenshaw's links style par 71 layout at Trinity Forest. Wise's 23

under par total bested Aussie Marc Leishman by three strokes in soft

conditions. A four-hour rain delay pushed back starting times, but also

allowed Wise to be more aggressive once play resumed. "I felt like when

it rained today, I was really going to tear the course up just because it

allowed me to hit driver, which is my strength," Wise said. "I got a lot

of short irons in my hand and was able to make a lot of birdies."


The 21 year old Wise, who has been successful at every level of his pro

career - having won on both the Mackenzie Tour and Tour, can

now enjoy the spoils ($1.386 million) of winning at the highest level. "I

did a great job of staying focused on the present today, that was a big

key for me winning."



World No.3, and hometown star Jordan Spieth shot a final round 67 to

finish at 11 under par in a tie for 21st.


Adam Scott shot a final round 65 to tie for ninth, but needed a few spots

higher to keep from having to go through sectional qualifying for the U.S

Open. Scott hasn't missed a major championship in the last 17 years.















Webb Simpson Routs the Field at Players PDF Print E-mail


Webb Simpson celebrates after winning the Players at TPC Sawgrass.

Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida - Webb Simpson brought his "A Game" to

the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass for the first 3 rounds and held

on Sunday against the strongest field in golf - finishing at 18 under par

- winning the 2018 edition of the Players Championship.


Tied for the lead after an opening round 66, Simpson built the foundation

of his rout with a near flawless Friday 63 (tying the course record). With

6 birdies in a row, and a potential 59 on the table with two holes remaining,

a watery tee shot on the par 3 seventeenth ended the run. Pete Dye's

masterful design can sap the confidence of even the best players in the

world in a nanosecond, but Simpson shot 68 on Saturday and began

Sunday with a 7 shot lead. An uneventful final round 73 included a double

bogey at the last, but with a six shot lead at the time, there was enough

cushion to still win by 4 shots over Charl Schwartzel, Xander Schauffele and

Jimmy Walker.


A stacked group of challengers could never really make a threat, but for

awhile Tiger Woods did get to within four shots and looked every bit of

the 14-time major champion that we had watched for so long. He had

every shot in the repertoire from his prime: 350 yard bombed drives, the

280 yard bullet stinger and he rolled the ball as well as we've seen this

year. In fact, his Saturday, 65 was his lowest score ever at TPC Sawgrass.

It is becoming clear that Woods might just have another magical run left

in him.


"It's hard not to future cast and start thinking about 7 p.m and what might

happen," Simpson said. "But you do your best to not stay in that place, and

I kept reminding myself today that the only thing that matters is the next

shot. It's easy to do on Thursday; it's a lot harder to do today."


Tournament Notes:

Brooks Koepka tied the course record Sunday with a final round 63.


After finishing tied for 11th (at 11 under par), Justin Thomas became the

No.1 Player in the World, passing Dustin Johnson who finished another shot

back (tied for 17th) at 10 under par.










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