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Bill Haas wins the Northern Trust Open at Riviera


Pacific Palisades, Ca - In a spectacular finish in regulation, Phil Mickelson &

Keegan Bradley made monster putts on the 72nd hole of the Northern Trust

Open at Riviera to tie Bill Haas at -7.


The unlikely heroics by Keegan & Phil produced a three way playoff.The

three men went back to the 18th, where all three made par.On to the 312

yard driveable par 4-10th, all three missed the green wide.Phil shortsided

himself and his flop shot rolled into the greenside bunker, Haas choose to play

to the fat part of the green and play for par.Keegan Bradley's drive left him an

impossible up and down from the front left bunker, and he nearly pulled it off.

Looking like a two putt would advance Haas to another hole, he buried the 45

foot bomb to steal victory . . . an amazing finish to another crazy Sunday on

the PGA Tour. 


"To beat guys of that caliber is amazing, something I will never forget," Haas said


Final Scores:



Naples, Florida - Kenny Perry blitzed the field shooting 64-62-70 to win by

five strokes at the Ace Group Classic.His 36 hole total of -18 was a Champions

Tour record, (winning score of -20)


Bernhard Langer finished second at -15.






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Tiger congratulates Phil on his victory Sunday



Pebble Beach, Ca - In a Sunday showdown, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods started the

day trailing 54 hole leader Charlie Wi by six and four strokes respectively.The two golf

icons faced off for the tenth time on a Sunday afternoon, this edition was at the AT&T

Pebble Beach National Pro Am, on the legendary Pebble Beach Golf Links.


Mickelson started on fire, making birdies on the second, fourth, fifth, and an eagle on

the par 5 sixth.Meanwhile leader Charlie Wi was busy four putting the 1st for double

bogey.Tiger struggled throughout the day, especially with the putter, his ball striking

wasn't much better.What looked to be a battle royale, turned out to a clinic in all phases

from Mickelson, his Sunday 64 was 3 shots better than anybody else in the field by 3

shots, and 11 better than Tiger's 75.


It was Mickelson's 40th career victory (passing Watson and Cary Middlecoff for Ninth all

time).It was Lefty's fourth win at Pebble Beach, only trailing Mark O'Meara's five victories

on the Monterey Peninsula.


When asked about his recent success against Tiger, Mickelson was quick to point out that

overall Woods has gotten the best of their tilts.“Let’s not forget the big picture here, I’ve

been beat up,” Mickelson said. “But the last five years, I’ve been able to get some of my

best golf out when we play together.”







Boca Raton - Corey Pavin made a once in a lifetime par save to

keep his round going, and a birdie putt from 12 feet on the first

hole of a playoff with Peter Senior to win his first Champions Tour

event at The Allianz Championship on the Old Course at Broken



On the par 3 - 14th, Pavin had to chip his ball using a

turned upside down 8 iron left handed, since his ball rested

against a tree root.The execution was magical, to within 5

feet.The par putt dropped and Pavin had a feeling what was to



"That was a once-in-a-lifetime shot,'' Pavin said. "I can't think of

a better up-and-down I've had in my career. It's not like I practice

turning 8-irons over and hit them left-handed. When that

happens, you think you're going to win, but I had to get that

thought out of my head.''


Pavin's 71 was good enough to get him into the playoff, but Peter

Senior, who also shot 71 Sunday, couldn't help but think that he

let this one get away on the greens.


"I putted awful all day,'' Senior said. "I was happy to make the

last one to get into the playoff, but I don't think I've ever left so

many putts short in my life.''


Calcavecchia was in control until he bogeyed six of the last seven

holes to finish with a Sunday 73. 







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 Kyle Stanley Champion of the 2012 Waste Management Open


At the Waste Management Open at TPC Scottsdale, a reversal of fortune for Kyle Stanley

was underway after last Sundays tragedy at Torrey Pines (where he led by seven strokes

entering the final round).This week it was Spenser Levin who was the victim of a series of

unfortunate events on the back nine.


Levin the 54 hole leader, was still holding a two shot lead on the par 5 - 15th hole before

he rinsed his approach and made double bogie seven.Later Levin would admit that the result

of that shot rattled him.Stanley eight strokes back entering the final round, fired a final round

65 (-15) good enough to win his first Tour Event.Levin's 75 left him in third place at -13.


"I really feel for him, experiencing that," Stanley said."You don't want to wish that upon

anybody. He's a very good player. Way too good of a player to not bounce back or recover."

"You go from a very low point to a high point," Stanley said. "I'm not sure I expected to maybe

recover this quickly. ... I think the biggest challenge was seeing if I could put last week behind

me. I think I did."


Ben Crane shot 66 Sunday to finish solo second a shot back. 


Tiger Woods returns for his 2012 Debut on the PGA Tour next week at Pebble Beach.





 Paul Lawrie tees off at the Qatar Masters on Sunday


On the European Tour at The Qatar Masters, Paul Lawrie shot a closing 65, to reach -15

and beat Jason Day and Peter Hanson who tied for second at -11.John Daly finished fourth

at -9


The 43 year old Scot played himself into the Accenture Match Play with his win, and back

into the top 50 in the world.Less than a year ago he was ranked 272nd the Official World

Golf Ranking.


"I don't think I can play much better than that," he said after finishing with a 15 under par

total in an event cut to 54 holes because of Friday's strong winds.

"I've been playing well for a long, long time, but it's just nice to come out one ahead and

shoot seven under."








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Tiger Woods congratulates Robert Rock on his victory



Abu Dhabi - Robert Rock shot 70 and out played a struggling Tiger Woods in the Abu

Dhabi HSBC Golf Championships to claim his second career title.Woods struggled with

hisball striking all day, only hitting two fairways and six greens, his 72 was a

testament to his shortgame and competitive fire."I was just a touch off, But Robert

played great. He made a couple of key up-and-downs and a couple of beautiful iron

shots down the stretch."

Robert Rock (-13) was humbled by his own performance,"I really can't believe I have

done that today.I was just very happy to be playing with Tiger. That's a special

honor in itself.It's been a steady progression and I've worked hard, but I didn't think

this would happen," he said.

World #2 Rory McIlroy finished runner up for the second year in a row, if it weren't

for a two stroke penalty earlier in the tournament, he would have finished at -14 and

won by a stroke.

World #1 Luke Donald finished 48th, and World #3 Lee Westwood finished 17th.





2012 Champion of The farmers Insurance Open: Brandt Snedeker



The best way to describe the final moments of regulation in the latest installment

that is known as the PGA Tour is just quite simply this, Brandt Snedeker was the

beneficiary of the train wreck that was Kyle Stanley on Sunday at The Farmers

Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego.

Stanley's play was up and down all day for sure, but on the 72nd hole he was 77

yards away from his first tour victory, when the you know what hit the fan.Stanley's

precise wedge shot onto the 18th green looked perfect for a tap in for birdie and a four

stroke victory, only one problem . . . the ball spun all the way off the green and into

the hazard.After a triple bogey 8, the playoff began.


Both Players birdied the first playoff hole, which of course was the 18th, then on the

par 3 -16th it came down to a lag putt and a chip, and who could make a clutch five

footer.Snedeker poured his in and watched as Kyle Stanley's roll stayed on the edge

of the hole and refused to break.

Snedeker had won his third tour event, and Stanley was left to wonder what he had

to do to get his first.







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