Jason Day Wins Arnold Palmer Invitational PDF Print E-mail


Jason Day celebrates after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bayhill

Windermere, Florida - Jason Day mentioned early in the week that he usually

struggles on the Florida Swing. Perhaps, but there's no way anyone could tell by

the week he just had at "The King's House" at Bayhill. Day's final round 70 capped

off a wire to wire victory, the first of it's kind since Day won the PGA Championship

last fall at Whistling Straits.


Known for his prodigious length off the tee, it's Jason Day's extraordinary touch

around the greens that often goes un-noticed . . . and it was what sealed the win

down the stretch. After a perfectly struck 5 iron on the 224 yard par 3-17th, it was

Day's silky putt for birdie and perfectly executed up and down from the back bunker

on the last, that impressed as much any shots all week. Day's 17 under par total

was just enough to eclipse Kevin Chappel, who held the lead in the clubhouse at -16.


Afterwards the Aussie was thrilled to get his 8th career PGA Tour victory at BayHill.

"I was able to walk up there and have a special moment with the King," Day said.

"That's something I've always wanted to do."


With the victory, Aussie's won 3 of the 4 events on the Florida Swing (Adam Scott

won the Honda Classic & WGC Cadillac at Doral). Jason Day's victory moves him

just a fraction of a point behind Jordan Spieth for No.1 in the Official World Golf












Charl Schwartzel Wins Valspar Over Haas in Playoff PDF Print E-mail


Charl Schwartzel celebrates after winning on the first playoff at Innisbrook's Copperhead course

Palm Harbor, Florida - Charl Schwartzel entered the day five shots behind 54 hole leader Bill

Haas on Sunday at the Valspar Championship . . . he left with the title.


The 2011 Masters Champion had been winless on the PGA Tour since his Green Jacket triumph

nearly 5 years ago, and after some lost confidence, he sought out his only swing coach back

in South Africa - his Dad. "He gave me all old feelings and sort of things that we used to work on

that I had forgotten to work on again, and made it very simple," Schwartzel said. The change for

him came at the President's Cup in Korea last fall. "I started trusting it and I started to believe

it," he said.


Although the windy conditions in the Tampa area were tough all week, Schwartzel had the low

round on Sunday with a 67, that was highlighted by a 64 foot birdie at the par 3 - thirteenth,

and a clutch 23 foot birdie putt at the par 3 - seventeenth to reach -7. When Haas failed to make

his par putt at the last, it was playoff time. Once again Haas struggled on the finisher, needing

yet another lengthy par putt to stay alive, he failed to convert. Schwartzel had an easy two putt,

and tapped in for his second career win on the PGA Tour.


Amateur Lee McCoy who grew up playing at Innisbrook Resort's Copperhead course, played the

final round on Sunday with the world No.1 Jordan Spieth. McCoy went on to shoot 69 and finish

tied for 4th (at -4). Spieth shot 73 Sunday to finish at even par for the week (tied for 18th).















Adam Scott Goes Two for Two in Florida Swing PDF Print E-mail


Adam Scott celebrates with the Gene Sarazen Cup after winning the WGC Cadillac Championship

Miami, Florida - With all of the talk about the "Big Three" and Rickie Fowler to start the year,

there's a former World No.1 who has made an early statement. After a near miss (second place)

at Riviera, and a win the following week at the Honda Classic, Adam Scott has now won back to

back on two of the toughest courses on the PGA Tour (PGA National & Trump Doral's Blue course) . . .

leaving no doubt as to who is playing the best golf on the planet right now. Scott's final round 69

(-12 total) was just enough for a one stroke victory over Bubba Watson who shot 68 and finished

at 11 under par.


"Scotty" as he's called by his peers on tour, needed a bit of good fortune to finish off the Blue Monster.

The Aussie's pulled approach at the last looked destined to be in the water, but somehow hung up on

the bank just inside the hazard line. Facing a must up and down to secure his second win in as many

weeks, the 2013 Masters Champion hit a superb flop shot to 6ft. When he buried the putt, he celebrated

with a rare burst of emotion in the form of an uppercut fist pump.


Afterward, the new Fedex Cup points leader talked about what happened on the eighteenth hole and

the victory: "That's winner's luck, really," Scott said. "Those things even out over a long period of time

- where at some point, I would have hit that shot and it's bounced back in and you don't win, and other

times it stays up and you do. To take advantage of it feels really good."


Danny Willet and 54 hole leader Rory McIlroy who struggled on Sunday (shooting 74) finished tied for

third at 10 under par. McIlroy, who also struggled at Riviera with a final round lead (where he shot a

final round 75) was disappointed after another failed opportunity: "To not get the job done in either of

those instances is very frustrating, I just need to figure it out what I'm doing in these final rounds and

try to rectify it."











Adam Scott Wins Honda Classic PDF Print E-mail

Adam Scott hoists the Crystal after his victory at PGA National Resort


Palm Beach Gardens, Florida - If there was any doubt that one of the games best

ball striking talents could survive the putter anchoring ban, Adam Scott was on a

mission to end the doubt in just his 3rd start since the ban began. Finishing second

at Riviera just the week before, Scott outdueled Sergio Garcia and the rest of the

stellar field for the title at one of the tour's toughest tests at PGA National's

Champion Course.


The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort & Spa continues to build momentum as

one of the tour's most prestigious non-majors. The Champion course (that hosted

the '87 PGA Championship and '83 Ryder Cup) seems to be becoming one of those

venues where the star is the course, and that's saying a lot considering Adam Scott,

Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler entered the day atop the leaderboard. (I may be a bit

bias considering that this event is a home game for yours truly, but having covered

many, one can easily tell the difference between a normal PGA event and the buzz that

now exisits in Palm Beach over this event).

Rickie Fowler looked to be the man to beat thru 36 holes (with a pair of four under

par 66's), but faded on the weekend. In a day and age where the young guns have

dominated the tour, the weekend action belonged to the premier mid thirty somethings -

Adam Scott & Sergio Garcia.

They entered Sunday both tied at 9 under par, but after a birdie at the first on Sunday

- Scott took the solo lead. When the Aussie bogeyed both the 9th & 10th it was a tie game

again, but when Sergio missed a short putt on the eleventh and Scott stuffed his approach

on the 12th he was in command for good. Both players made bogey on the par 4 sixteenth

with shortgame miscues, and then Garcia bogeyed the par 3 seventeenth to give Scott a

two shot lead playing the last. Sergio closed with a birdie at the eighteenth, just enough

to make Adam pay extra attention to the two foot tap in to secure the "W". Scott's solid

opening and closing 70's rounds were bookends to spectacular rounds of 65-66 on Friday

& Saturday.


The 35 year old former World No.1 was beaming afterwards in his post round presser:

"It's was a sense of relief, but overall I'm thrilled with where my game is at, and to get

a victory is even more satisfying to just re-assure me that I'm working on all the right

things and that things are going in the right direction."

The win moves Adam Scott back to 9th in the OWGR. Garcia was solo second at -8 (71).

Blayne Barber and Justin Thomas finished tied for third at -5.













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