Billy Horschel Beats Jason Day in Playoff at Nelson PDF Print E-mail


Billy Horschel celebrates with the trophy after defeating Jason Day at the AT&T Byron Nelson

Irving, Texas - The AT&T Byron Nelson has had it's fair share of playoffs to determine

a champion over the years (21 to be exact) and the 2017 version was no different.

On the final hole of regulation 54 hole leader James Hahn needed to hole out from the

fairway to reach -12 and join Jason Day and Billy Horschel in sudden death, and nearly

did - his wedge shot flew just past the cup, spun back and lipped out of the hole nearly

pulling off the unlikely feat . He finished third at -10 after a final round 71. Horschel

shot 69 Sunday playing in the same group with Hahn.



The playoff didn't last long. Horschel had a 17' 6'' downhill attempt for birdie that

came up just inches short, he tapped in and waited as Jason Day had a short 3' 9"

putt for his par. Either Day misread the break or made a poor stroke, but regardless

it missed left and suddenly Billy Horschel was a winner again (for the first time since

winning the Fedex Cup finale at East Lake in 2014.

"I never want to win when an opponent like Jason misses a short putt like that,"

Horschel said. Listen, I've missed a short putt not too long ago to lose a playoff.

I know the feeling. You always want to win with a birdie on the last hole. It's the

way the game of golf goes sometimes."


Next year the AT&T Byron Nelson moves to the highly acclaimed new Coore/

Crenshaw design at Trinity Forest.













Si Woo Kim Becomes Youngest to Win PLAYERS PDF Print E-mail


2016 PLAYERS Champion Jason Day presents Si Woo Kim with the crystal trophy.

Ponte Vedra, Florida - 21 year old South Korean Si Woo Kim came of age on

Sunday, surviving the newly renovated Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, and

outlasting the best field in professional golf to become the youngest winner in

the 44 year history of The PLAYERS.


While many of the games' best struggled on Sunday, Kim played steady and

efficiently to eliminate any of the usual late final round drama that the PLAYERS

is known for. Kim's flawless bogey free 69 in the final round was the only of

its kind (and the first at the PLAYERS since Tim Clark pulled it off in 2010), and

resulted in a 10 under par total score and 3 stroke victory over Ian Poulter (71)

and Louie Oosthuizen (73).


Si Woo Kim with the victory takes away a whole lot more than just the $1.89

million first place winnings, perhaps even more valuable is the long list of

exemptions and invitations:


- 5 year PGA TOUR exemption

- 5 year exemption into the PLAYERS

- 2017 to 2019 U.S Open exemption

- 2017 to 2019 Open Championship exemption

- 2018 to 2020 Masters exemption

- 2018 Tournament of Champions

- 600 Fedex Cup points


"I am the youngest champion for this championship and I'm very honored to

be the champion for this amazing major event," Kim said. "Usually I'm very

nervous but last year I won, and with the 2 year (tour) exemption - because

of that, it allowed me to play aggressively and I wasn't that nervous."



There were many highlights throughout the week, with the Spaniards leading

the way. On Thursday, Masters Champion Sergio Garcia aced the famous par 3

seventeenth and on Sunday Rafael Cabrera Bello made an albatross on the par 5




Si Woo Kim's winning bag at THE PLAYERS


'17 M1 460 Driver / 8.5* / MCA Tensei Blue TX

'17 M1 Fairway / 15* / MCA Kuro Kage Dual TiNi 80TX

'17 M1 Fairway / 19* /Matrix Speed Rulz 80C TX

P750 Tour Proto Irons / 5-9 / KBS Tour-V 125

P770 Irons / 3-4 / KBS Tour-V 125











Brian Harmon Wins Wells fargo PDF Print E-mail


Brian Harman celebrates after winning the Wells Fargo Championship

Wilmington, North Carolina - World No.1 Dustin Johnson was charging up the

leaderboard looking for his fourth win in a row. Ryder Cup hero and 54 hole

leader Patrick Reed - otherwise known as "Captain America" was holding onto

his slim lead. Pat Perez was surging, grabbing a share of the lead at one point.

Rookie sensation Jon Rahm was moving into contention just two shots back and

Hall of Famer Phil Mickelson was looking to break his winless streak in North

Carolina. All of this was the story on the front nine, big names and great stories,

but it was another lefty that would steal the show at Eagle Point for this year's

edition of the Wells Fargo Championship (Quail Hollow the regular host venue

will have the PGA Championship in August)


Friday was a tough day for the players on the Fazio layout (most of which had

never seen before the week started) with winds whipping and temps colder than

normal. Harman did some of his best work on cut day, moving up the board

after carding a 3 under par 69.


After a final round 67, Dustin Johnson found himself tied for the lead in the

clubhouse and seeking his fourth straight victory. Harman needed birdie to upend

the games' best player and notch his second tour win. After going wayward on his

271 yard approach into 18, Harman needed to get up and down to win, but he hit a

less than mediocre chip and faced a 28 foot putt to close out DJ. Most would be

thinking about getting down in two and taking their chances in sudden death - but

not diminutive lefty. He poured the winning putt in the jar and erupted in celebration

with caddie Scott Tway.


It was Harman's first tour win in 3 years, "I knew it was going to be tough to birdie

those last couple," Harman said. "But I stuck to my game plan and just did it, did

the best I could." He finished with rounds of 71-69-70-68 (10 under par).


Johnson after making the cut on the number, shot 10 under for the weekend to

finish tied with Pat Perez at -9. The final grouping struggled mightily on Sunday,

Reed shot a back nine 40 for a 75 to finish out of the top 10. Alex Noren seeking

his first PGA Tour victory shot 77 on Sunday.













Blixt and Smith Win Zurich Classic PDF Print E-mail



Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith pose with their tag team belts after winning the Zurich Classic

Avondale, Lousiana - It took 5 days and 76 holes of golf, but Jonas Blixt

and young Aussie Cam Smith outlasted Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown to

win the Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana on Monday.

As sunlight was vanishing on the 72nd hole Sunday evening, there was very

little chance that a Monday playoff was even possible, but an epic walkoff

shot by Kevin Kisner brought the house to its feet in an instant. Trailing

by a stroke from the fairway on the par 5 - 18th, Kisner faced a must make

35 yard downhill chip shot for eagle that had to go in to stay alive -

he took dead aim and as the ball trundled down the slope towards the target,

it looked like it was coming in awfully hot. The ball skidded and rolled smashing

directly into the flagstick and down for the hole out eagle. Easily the clutch shot

of the year on tour. New life for Kisner/Brown after a final round 60 to tie the

lead at 27 under par, but with sunlight done for the day, the playoff would start

at 9am on Monday.

The playoff failed to reach the drama of the previous night, with very few

spectators and both teams missing makeable winning putts on the first three

playoff holes. Finally, on the fourth playoff hole (18th again) Cam Smith

stuffed his approach and sank the short putt to finish off Kisner/Brown who

missed an 8 foot birdie putt to stay alive.

The victory is the first for the 23 year old Smith who now gets into the Players,

Memorial and the PGA Championship. Blixt, the 33 year old Swede gets his 3rd

career PGA Tour victory and called "This one the most fun."

Popular powerhouse teams like Rose/Stenson and Day/Fowler missed the cut.













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