McIlroy Takes Race to Dubai, Kisner Wins RSM Classic PDF Print E-mail



Rory McIlroy celebrated winning the DP World Tour Championship and the Race To Dubai on Sunday

Dubai - By the fifteenth tee on Sunday at Jumierah Golf Estates, Rory McIlroy had seized the lead

of the DP World Tour Championship. After making birdie at the sixteenth, the lead was two. On the

par 3 seventeenth his tee shot was long and found the water hazard. After hitting his approach from

the drop zone, the 26 year old Ulsterman faced a 25 ft uphill putt to keep a one shot lead heading

into the last. As the putt climbed the hill, McIlroy raised his putter as if he knew its fate . . . indeed

he did. It was center cut, and he strode to the last as if he'd just added to his lead instead of stewing

over the bogey (perhaps taking a page out of Jordan Spieth's book - Sometimes in Championship golf

it's more about keeping momentum and limiting the damage than it is about perfect shots and style



In the end, the putt on the seventeenth proved to be the difference. McIlroy's final round 66 and 21

under par - 267 total score was enough for his third win of 2015 on the European Tour (eight top 10's

in twelve starts) and was his second at the DP World Tour Championship since it's inception in 2009.

"It means an awful lot, I had to play so well all weekend. Dubai has been a pretty sweet place for me."


Andy Sullivan who was attempting to go wire to wire week in Dubai, finished second and jumped from

21st to 8th in the final standings.


The official starter for the European Tour, Open Championship and Ryder Cup - Ivor Robson has retired

after over 40 years at the post. Farewell to the best in the biz . . .






Kisner Gets First win at Sea Island


Kevin Kisner breaks through at Sea Island

St.Simon's Island, Georgia - Kevin Kisner who contended on leaderboards throughout the 2015

season (but remained winless), was once again looking to notch his first Victory. In fact, the

University of Georgia product was leading by the three heading into Sunday's final round on Sea

Island's Seaside Course.


The 31 year old from South Carolina was so dominant over the weekend, that after posting his

third round 64, he posted 30 on the front nine Sunday (doubling his lead) . . . and cruised in with

another 64 - finishing at 22 under par, shattering the tournament record and six stroke victory

over Kevin Chappel (and seven over Graeme McDowell).


Earlier in the season, Kisner lost in playoffs at Hilton Head, TPC Sawgrass (The Players), and at

the Greenbrier. Just two weeks ago, he finished runner up in Shanghai at the HSBC Champions.


"I've just been playing so well all year," Kisner said. "I knew one day it was going to happen when

I was going to make all the putts. I did it on the front nine."















G-Mac Wins at Mayakoba in Playoff PDF Print E-mail


Graeme McDowell celebrates his victory at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico - Although rare, once again it was an unscheduled Monday finish

on the PGA Tour at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba (Sanderson Farms last week was also a

Monday finish because of inclement weather), 27 players resumed final round play at 7:55

a.m. Just 3 minutes later play was halted again because of heavy rain . . . but resumed

about 8:15 a.m.

At the start of Monday, Graeme McDowell and Russell Knox were tied at 19 under par thru

thirteen and twelve holes respectively. Jason Bohn was two shots back at 17 under par.

McDowell shot a final round 5 under par 66. Knox, last weeks winner in Shanghai at the HSBC

Champions also shot 66. Jason Bohn shot 68 to complete the three way tie at the end of

regulation at -18. On the first hole of the playoff (the 18th), the 36 year old Northern Irishman

hit perhaps the best 5 iron of his career, the ball settling within three feet of the cup. Knox

missed the green, and Bohn who had 18 feet for birdie, missed the putt. G-Mac rolled in the

birdie to win his third career PGA Tour title and prove to himself that all of the hard work after

a disappointing year had paid off. "You go through a year like this, and you think, 'Am I finished?

Am I not good enough?' You ask yourself the questions." He continued, "It's the game of golf,

and it's very difficult. I've been dreaming of this day and I said that I was going to appreciate it

when it came. So I'm going to appreciate this one, because this one has been a grind."


With the win, McDowell gains entry into many events that he may not have exemptions into -

such as: the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Masters, Players Championship, Memorial,

Quicken Loans National, and PGA Championship.







Russell Knox Wins HSBC Champions PDF Print E-mail

Russell Knox celebrates his first victory at the HSBC Champions.

Shanghai, China - Russell Knox beat a stellar field in Shanghai for the first win of his

career on either the PGA or European Tour. The 30 year old Scot - ranked 85th in the

world, made six birdies enroute to a final round 68 and 20 under par total at Sheshan

International Golf Club for a two stroke victory over American Kevin Kisner (-18).


Knox is the first Scottish player to ever win a World Golf Championship. The Inverness

native who attended Jacksonville University in Florida, had his previous best finish at

the 2014 Honda Classic where he lost in a four man playoff (won by Russell Henley).


Afterwards, Knox was still beaming. "I always thought I was going to win a big one as

my first one, but this is going to take a long time to sink in." The win gets Knox into the

Hyundai Tournament of Champions and the Masters.


England's Danny Willet tied the course record - shooting 62 and finishing tied for third

with Ross Fisher. World No.1 Jordan Spieth finished 5 shots back at -15. Rory McIlroy

was another shot back at -14.












Justin Thomas Wins CIMB Classic PDF Print E-mail



Justin Thomas celebrates his first PGA Tour victory in Malaysia at the CIMB Classic

Malaysia - Justin Thomas had been knocking on the door - contending numerous times during

his successful but winless rookie year. On Sunday in Malaysia at the CIMB Classic he kicked

the door in and notched win No.1 of his PGA Tour career. Thomas shot 66 in the final round for

a total of 26 under par (262 strokes), a new CIMB Classic tournament scoring record.


Thomas got a boost from an 28 foot putt for eagle at the tenth hole, then he hole out from the

bunker on the thirteenth . . . and it appeared that victory was inevitable. On the fourteenth, he

hit his short approach into the water hazard - making double bogey. Determined to not let this

one slip away, the Alabama Alum nearly holed his tee shot on the next hole (the par 3 fifteenth)

and went on to birdie holes holes sixteen and seventeen as well. Thomas tapped in from four feet

at the last for par, winning by one stroke over a hard charging Adam Scott, who rode 7 birdies

and an eagle to a final round 63.

The win qualifies Thomas into so many of the seasons largest and most prestigious events, but

it's not necessarily the one you'd think that has him most excited. "Obviously the Masters is a

great goal that I've had my whole career too, but the thing is, I could play my way into the Masters

with good play before April - and only had three more tries to make it to Hawaii."


















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