Chalmers Wins Australian PGA in Playoff PDF Print E-mail

Story courtesy PGA Tour of Australia


Queensland, Australia- Starting the day seven shots off the lead Chalmers fired a final round 8-under 64 to end regulation play tied for the lead with Adam Scott and Wade Ormsby on 11-under 277.

"It was an epic day, I honestly didn't think I'd be sitting here at this point today with the quality of the guys leading the tournament and doing well," said Chalmers.

The trio headed down the 18th hole three times before South Australian Ormsby dropped out of the race.

It took another four holes before Chalmers emerged victorious with a par over

Scott who made bogey. "I just wasn't sure Scotty was ever going to hit a loose

shot," said Chalmers. "I was trying to drive it in the fairway; I kept driving it in

every bunker. I thought if I'm going to lose this, I want to lose to a birdie. It's a

shame sometimes that that doesn't work out that way, that someone makes birdie

and makes something spectacular but I'm very pleased to be the champion again."

The key for Chalmers in the playoff today was not to panic.

"My style of golf is never going to be an Adam Scott style of golf," added Chalmers.

"I hit it off line, I don't panic.  I'm going to hit it off line, I did it all week and I did

it sometimes today, but I have a short game that I hold in pretty decent regard."

"I thought just keep making someone win it and today it turns out that a mistake

was made and I'm on the trophy."

With his win Chalmers also sealed the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit earning

him starts in the World Golf Championship – Cadillac Championship, Nedbank Golf

Challenge and The Open Championship, which he was already exempt into.

The timing couldn't be better with Chalmers having only conditional status on the

PGA TOUR for 2015.

"I lost my status in the States this year, I don't have full status next year so I think

this, winning the Order of Merit in Australia helps me," added Chalmers.

"I like to come back because I love Australia and I'm conscious of the idea that every

career has a pathway. My pathway started right here. So I think it's somewhat, not an

obligation but just something, I think it's the right thing to do."

Adam Scott was disappointed to have finished the year without a win on home soil

acknowledging his failure to capitalise on his opportunities today. "I just didn't hit

good enough shots in the play-offs and it's frustrating to not win when I hit so many

good drives and had so many wedges and only made one birdie," said Scott. "I'm

ready for a break.  I'm certainly going to enjoy this one. Unfortunately not exactly

how I wanted to end the year, but you know, hopefully onto bigger and better things

next year."

The least experienced of the playoff trio, Ormsby looked at the positives in his round

including a brilliant chip in birdie on the last regulation hole to earn a place in the playoff.

"It was nice to get in the play-off there.  I didn't think I was going to get in and I got

myself in it but yeah, a little bit disappointed," said Ormsby.

For all final results from the Australian PGA Championship please click here.







Spieth Continues to Roll - Wins Hero World Challenge PDF Print E-mail


Jordan Spieth goes wire to wire to win the Hero World Challenge at Isleworth

Windermere, Florida - After winning in Sydney, Australia just a week ago, the 21 year

old Texan destroyed the field at Tiger's old stomping grounds at Isleworth Golf &

Country Club.


During a week where all of the chatter was about Tiger's comeback and new swing,

Spieth flew across the globe and continued where he left off . . . dominating the

best players in the world. Spieth won by a whopping 10 strokes, his 26 under total

included a final round 66 . . . and at one point during the week, he had 43

consecutive holes without a bogey. When he made the turn ahead by 11 strokes, he

remembered a similar moment from his first college win - the 2011 Isleworth

Collegiate Invitational. "I remember looking at the scoreboard as I walked down

No.10, because I wanted to see how my teammates are doing. Seeing that I had I

think I was 6 or 7 shots at the time. Ended up being 8 at the end, and I did the

same thing today. It was deja vu looking over at the scoreboard. I believe it was 11

at the time, and ended up being I think 10, I'm not sure."


Spieth's 10 shot margin over the rest of the field was not only a tournament record,

but it was also the largest winning margin on the PGA Tour in 2014. Spieth, who also

won the Australian Open the week before, finally allowed himself to voice his

satisfaction: "Whether my emotions showed it or not I'm not sure, but inside we

were very pleased with the year and how it came to a close," Spieth said. This caps

off the best golfing year that I've ever had."


With the win, Jordan Spieth moves up to No.9 in the official World Golf Ranking


Henrik Stenson finished second at -16. Keegan Bradley and Patrick Reed finished

tied for third at -15. Tournament host Tiger Woods finished T17 at even par.













Spieth Shoots 63 - Captures Australian Open PDF Print E-mail


Jordan Spieth celebrates his win "Down Under" at the Austrlian Open

Sydney, Australia - In what he called the best round he's ever played, 21 year old Texan

Jordan Spieth blitzed the field at the Australian Golf Club - shooting a final round 63, to

win the Australian Open by six strokes (13 under par 271 total). Spieth is the first American

to win the Championship since Brad Faxon in 1993.


"It's the best round I have ever played, especially considering the conditions," Spieth said.

"It was just kind of one of those rounds when you're in the zone and you're not sure what

you're at. It's nice that it came on a Sunday."


Adam Scott finished fifth, 9 strokes back after a final round 71. World No.1 Rory McIlroy

finished 15 strokes back at +2 after shooting 72 on Sunday.



Afterwards McIlroy congratulated Spieth via Twitter with these remarks: You could give me

another 100 rounds today at The Australian and I wouldn't sniff 63.... Well done

@JordanSpieth very impressive!











Stenson Wins in Dubai, Ko Takes CME PDF Print E-mail

Henrik Stenson defended his title at the DP World Tour Championship

Dubai - During a week where the Race to Dubai Series had already

been won by Rory McIlroy, the golf itself took center stage at the DP

World Tour Championship at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Needing only two putts from 10 ft on the 72nd hole, Stenson sank the birdie

for a final round 70, and a total score of 16 under par - a two stroke victory

over McIlroy (68), Justin Rose (69) and Victor Dubuisson (68) ) . . . but it

wasn't without some drama.

Stenson found some trouble on the back nine, hitting his tee shot

out of bounds on the 11th, that led to Spaniard Cabrera-Bello

holding a two-shot advantage, but a spectacular 5 iron on the

par 3 - 17th produced a tap-in birdie to once again seize the lead.

McIlroy and Rose both missed birdie putts on the last to post 15

under, failing to add any pressure to Stenson coming in. Dubuisson

made birdie to reach a tie with Rose & McIlroy after nearly holing out

from a greenside bunker.

Stenson seemed more relieved than anything afterwards:

"It feels great, I'm exhausted to say the least. It was hot out there

and tricky on the back nine. I did not play my best and had a shocking

hole on 11. I walked up to the tee with too much club in my hand and

instead of changing I tried to cut a two-iron but hit a push, slice, shank

straight into the buildings. That knocked me back but I did not give up.

I just had to dig in there and wait for something to happen. I had a couple

of close calls this year to get my win and it was not to be. It's been close

but eventually you get something if you stick around and I surely did that."

It was the Swede's first career title defense, and moves him to #2 in the Official

World Golf Rankings.

2012 & 2014 Race to Dubai Champion - Rory McIlroy







Lydia Ko celebrates a big day at the CME Tour Championship at Tiburon

Naples, Florida - 17 year old New Zealander, Lydia Ko won the richest event in LPGA

history at Tiburon. Ko's 4-under par 68 won the inaugural "Race to CME Globe" and

the $1 million bonus. When she won the Tour Championship with a par on the fourth

playoff hole - she earned another $500k.

"When I saw that $1 million in the box I was like, 'Wow, I wonder who the winner of

that will be?'" she said. "I've never see that much cash in one place before."

Ko knew before the playoff that the $1 million bonus was hers, but the playoff for the

Tour Championship was still to be decided between Ko, Carlota Ciganda of Spain and

Julieta Granada of Paraguay.

Granada was the first to be eliminated when she three putted from just off the 18th

green on the second playoff hole. On the fourth playoff hole, Ciganda pulled her

approach into the hazard, took her drop and chipped to 5 ft. Ko, only needing two putts

calmly did just that for her 5th victory before the age of 18, and a $1.5 million dollar










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