Watson Wins HSBC Champions PDF Print E-mail

Bubba Watson is the Champion of the 2014 WGC - HSBC Champions

Shanghai, China - Bubba Watson needed heroics on the 18th hole Sunday to reach a playoff at

Sheshan Golf Club with South African Tim Clark. Facing a long greenside bunker shot for eagle,

Watson blasted out and watched as his ball tracked nearly 30 feet like a putt - into the center of

the cup. After an up & down back nine, Watson closed out the final round with a two under par 70

to finish at 11 under par.

Standing in the greenside bunker on the 72nd hole, things looked bleak . . . but Watson

joked with his caddie (Ted Scott) about saving the day with a miracle shot: "You always

joke about holing it," Watson said. "And then it actually went in. I didn't know how to react

and so I just kind of screamed, and I lost my voice a little bit. It was one of those shots, a

one-in-a-lifetime kind of shot. And so it was pretty neat."

Clark missed his 25 foot putt for birdie on the first hole of the playoff (18th hole), Watson

was in the same greenside bunker in the playoff, blasted out to 20 feet and drained the putt.

Rickie Fowler, Hiroshi Iwata and Graeme McDowell tied for third at -10.

Watson moves to #3 in the the Official World Golf Rankings, the highest of any American player.

Bubba was elated over being able to win a road game, "Being able to win outside the U.S., I just want

to be able to travel and get through the jet lag, get through all the things and still perform at a high

level," Watson said. "So for me to win out here, this is very big. This is very special for me."











Ryan Moore Defends CIMB Classic PDF Print E-mail


Ryan Moore Defended his title at the CIMB Classic

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Ryan Moore is making a habit of getting off to fast starts.

Moore shot consecutive 5 under par 67's over the weekend to win the CIMB Classic

by three strokes over Sergio Garcia (69), Kevin Na (70), and Gary Woodland (67).

Moore shot rounds of 68-69-67-67 for a 271 total & 17 under par, has now won

three consecutive years during the Tour's Fall schedule.



"It was incredible to finish the way I did coming down those last few holes," Moore

said. "I like to tell myself all the time that 'I am a closer. Let's just do what we can,

hit good shots and let's close this thing' and I was able to do that."

Moore continues to search for the answer to lack of victories and inconsistent

finishes throughout an entire season.

"I've been thinking about that for a while trying to figure out why, maybe it's

because the end is near. I see that I'm going to have six or seven weeks off pretty

soon and it's like it's the home stretch, just play some good golf and finish off the

year. I've got to figure that out and try to approach every tournament that way."


Ryan Moore's Winning set up:

Driver: TaylorMade JetSpeed 9.5 degrees

3-wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 15 degrees

5-wood: TaylorMade RocketBallz 19 degrees

Hybrid: Adams Idea SUPER 9031 20 degrees

Irons: Miura PP-9003 Straight Neck (4-PW; True Temper DG Lite X-100 shafts)

Wedges: TaylorMade Tour Preferred (54 & 58 degrees)

Putter: Yes! C-Groove Sandy 12

Ball: Titleist ProV1X













Robert Streb Wins McGladrey PDF Print E-mail


Robert Streb celebrates his first win on Tour, the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island.


St.Simons Island, Georgia - Robert Streb started the week at Sea Island with a snipe hook

tee shot into a hedge on Thursday, resulting in double bogey. Streb's focus immediately

switched to making the cut . . . by Sunday evening he was holding the trophy as the

Champion of the McGladrey Classic. After rounds of 69-66-68, Streb started the final round

five shots behind, but after four straight birdies on holes 14-17, he left his birdie putt on the

72nd hole short. He finished the day at seven under par 63 (-14 total), then waited around

to see if it would hold up. "I honestly thought somebody would probably get to 15 (under)

and they didn't," Streb said. "But I was just trying to stay loose and not get too worried

about it."


Will MacKenzie & Brendon de Jonge also came in tied at 14 under par, shooting 68 & 65

respectively. MacKenzie was eliminated on the first hole of the three man playoff. On the

second playoff hole, the par 3 seventeenth, Streb fired his 8 iron right at the flag to 4 feet

and made the putt. When de Jonge couldn't match, Streb had his first Tour title. As a result,

his dream of playing Augusta National will become reality in April.


Streb is now atop the Fedex Cup standings.


Tournament host Davis Love III shot 66 Sunday to tie for 41st.








Martin Breaks through in Vegas, Ilonen Wins World Match Play PDF Print E-mail


Ben Martin celebrates his win at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

Las Vegas - Ben Martin fired a final round 68 to capture his first PGA Tour title on Sunday at

TPC Summerlin. Martin's 46 foot eagle putt on the par 5 sixteenth put him ahead for good, he

posted 20 under par for the week, finishing two strokes ahead of a hard charging Kevin Streelman.

Streelman caught fire on the back nine making five birdies in a six hole stretch (as he did earlier

in the year, when he birdied 7 in row to win the Travelers) . . . but his birdie attempt on the last

just slid by.


Holding the 54 hole lead entering Sunday, Martin started slow - he was 1 over par through the

first 14 holes Sunday . . . but played the final stretch in 4 under par, which he capped off with a nice

16 foot left to right slider on the home hole.


The win puts Ben Martin tied atop the Fedex Cup standings with Fry's winner Sang-Moon Bae, and

earns him his second trip to the Masters (he last played in 2010 as the U.S Amateur runner-up).


Russell Knox finished third at 16 under par. Jimmy Walker, Webb Simpson and Brooks Koepka

finished tied for fourth (five strokes off the pace at -15).









Miko Ilonen was victorious over Henrik Stenson in the final at the Volvo World Match Play

Kent, England - Miko Ilonen became the first Finnish player to win the Volvo World Match Play,

his bogey free final round at London Golf Club resulted in a 3&1 victory over top seeded and World

Ranked No.5 Henrik Stenson. The Swede fought hard on the back nine with birdies at the tenth,

twelfth and fifteenth holes, but Ilonen was not to be denied his second title of 2014 (he won the

Irish Open in June).


Afterward, he reflected on his triumph over his friend:


“I see Henrik as one of the world's top players obviously, but I see him as my friend. He didn't

intimidate me at all. We've played so much golf together over the years, so I felt quite

comfortable playing with him. It could have gone either way really. I had a better afternoon

than he did. (If) tomorrow morning we play, it might go the other way . . . but we were

obviously playing for the trophy as hard as we could, and I came out on top.”


Joost Luiten beat George Coetze in the consolation match for third place.














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