Kuchar & English Win Franklin Templeton Shootout PDF Print E-mail



Naples, Florida - At Tiburon Golf Club, Matt Kuchar and Harris English blitzed the field

at Greg Norman's annual end of the year event - The Franklin Templeton Shootout.

Shooting a tournament record 34 under par, the duo posted a 58 on Sunday in the

events scramble round. Their dominance was exempt from format, posting 64 in the

modified alternate shot Friday, and 60 in Saturday's better ball.


"It was a fun week," Kuchar said. "This is one of my favorite events of the year. I

wish we could more team events. I realize during the year, that's difficult but to mix

up the formats and have a partner here is just a lot of fun. It's nice to perform well."

English, who replaced the injured Brandt Snedeker in the field was elated. "It's such

a relaxing event," Harris said. "It's really cool being part of this event."


Goosen and Freddy jacobson closed with weekend 61's to finish second seven shots

back at 27 under. The English Ryder Cup duo of Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood

finished third at -26.






Zach Johnson Steals World Challenge From Tiger PDF Print E-mail


Zach Johnson finally celebrates a victory at Sherwood Country Club



Thousand Oaks, California - Trailing by four with eight holes to play, it looked like

Zach Johnson would once again finish a runner up to the event host and world #1.


In it's 14th and final time hosting the NorthWestern Mutual World Challenge (the

event moves to Tiger Woods' old stomping grounds - Isleworth Country Club in

Orlando next year), Sherwood Country Club provided another drama filled final



After a birdie on the 17th by Johnson tied it up at 13 under par, the stage

was set on the 72nd hole. From the left rough, Tiger hit a mediocre approach that

landed just short and rolled back into the front right greenside bunker. With the door

open, Johnson hit his worst shot of the week, an 8 iron that had no chance of

clearing the water fronting the green. From the drop zone - Johnson faced a shot

of 58 yards, if he could get up and down for 5 he might still have a chance if Tiger

failed to convert his bunker save. Johnson nipped it perfectly, the ball bounced three

times and just as it passed the flag . . . it spun back and into the cup for a

miraculous par. As the crowd went berserk, Tiger settled himself and shrugged off

Zach's heroics splashing from the sand to 2 feet - finishing with a final round 70

(-13 total). The two were heading to a playoff.


In the playoff, Tiger was in the fairway this time on the 18th, but was between clubs

. . . he decided on an easy 7 iron, and once again found the front right bunker. Zach

Johnson reached the green in regulation and would face a downhill winding putt of 15

feet for his birdie. Tiger exploded his sand shot to just inside 5 feet (slightly above

the hole). Johnson's birdie attempt rolled over Tiger's mark and bobbled to tap in

range. Johnson was in with 4. Tiger's attempt to extend the match failed when his

putt lipped out on the left side. A shocking finish considering Woods held the 36 & 54

hole lead and had what seemed like commanding advantage well into the back nine.


Afterward, Woods quickly shifted to host mode (containing his disappointment) when

commenting on his gritty competitor, "Pretty impressive what he did, he got me."


For Zach Johnson, his Sunday 68 and dramatic triumph have catapulted him into the

top 10 in the world rankings for the first time in his career (#9), and after so many

close calls at Sherwood he seemed relieved as much as elated. "I feel very

fortunate, and a bit lucky," said Johnson. "A little too dramatic for me".






McIlroy Stuns Adam Scott At Australian Open PDF Print E-mail



Rory McIlroy gets his first win of 2013 at Royal Sydney



Sydney, Australia - Adam Scott was at the end of a month long victory tour and celebration down

under, and after winning both the Australian Masters & PGA, he was on track for the "Aussie Triple"

at the Emirates Australian Open, leading by four entering the final round, victory seemed to be a mere

formality for world #2, but Rory McIlroy who was paired with the Masters Champion for both weekend

rounds, had plans of his own.

McIlroy's front nine 32, which included a birdie on the 5th, an eagle at the par 5 seventh, and another

birdie on the eighth pulled the Ulsterman within one of the hometown hero. After both players matched

each other on holes 10 thru 16 (Adam Scott's birdie putt on the 16th lipped out), Scott still held a one

shot lead.

On the par 3 seventeenth, Scott hit it just inside 10 feet, McIlroy missed the green slightly left and had

a long lag putt from the fringe to salvage his par. He left his first putt 10 feet short, and grinded out the

saving putt to secure his 3. Adam Scott just missed his birdie on the low side . . . taking his narrow one

shot lead to the last. On 18, both players hit the fairway with irons, Scott's approach landed on the

back portion of the green and rolled off down a swale, leaving a brutal up and down attempt.

McIlroy hit his approach to 15 feet, setting up a putt to tie or win. Adam Scott's pitch from behind the

green carried too far leaving 50 feet for his par . . . he then lagged to a foot and tapped in for bogey.

McIlroy needed just two putts to take Scott to a playoff, and one for the win. He calmly stepped up and

poured in the putt for his first world wide victory of 2013, and in the process shocking the hometown

crowd. Adam Scott's closing 71 was good enough for a 17 under par total, a disappointing finish at the

end of an amazing run. For McIlroy, his final round 66 (-18 total) signals a return to winning ways and a

renewed confidence leading into the 2014 season.

"I knew his chip was tricky,'' said McIlroy. "I thought worst case scenario I'd have a putt for a playoff

and all of a sudden I have a putt for the win, and I didn't want to go extra holes. All I focused on was

my routine. I didn't think about whether it was a putt to win or to get the first win this year. I hit it inside

right and I hit it like I'd hit a putt on the putting green any other day. Thankfully it went in." McIlroy

continued, "Since the end of September I just felt in a better place,'' he said. "A better place mentally

with some things off the course, I definitely felt better with how my swing was, I just felt everything was

coming together the way I wanted it to. It's been a frustrating year but I've worked hard. It's been a

process, trying to get back to winning golf tournaments again. It was nice to be able to do it today.''

2006 Champion, John Senden was third at -11


Aussies Win World Cup, Jason Day Wins Individual Title PDF Print E-mail


Jason Day and Adam Scott celebrate their World Cup victory on home soil

Melbourne - Adam Scott holed his approach into the first on Sunday, and Jason Day did the same

at the sixth as the Aussies rolled at the ISPS Handa World Cup on home soil at Royal Melbourne.

Team Australia finished the competition at -17, ten strokes ahead of the American squad of Matt

Kuchar and Kevin Streelman. The last team to win the World Cup on home soil was the South African

team of Ernie Els and Wayne Westner at Cape Town in 1996. The victory was Australia's fifth World

Cup title.


Jason Day won the individual title, his first victory since the 2010 HP Byron Nelson Classic. It was

an emotional triumph for Day, who played down under with a heavy heart, losing 8 family members

in the typhoon that slammed into the Philippines just over a week ago. "It's just been an amazing

tournament for me," Day said. "My mother, my family, coming down to support me. I'm just so happy

the hard work has paid off, and I'm glad it happened in Melbourne. It would have been the easiest

thing for me to just go ahead and pull out of the tournament with what has been going on over the

last week. But I really wanted to come down here and play."


Day's final round 70 was enough for a 10 under par total, two strokes ahead of Thomas Bjorn (71),

who faltered down the stretch with two late bogeys. Adam Scott finished third at -7 shooting a final

round 66. "Scotty" goes for the Aussie "Triple Crown" next week at Royal Sydney.



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