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Thomas Outlasts Koepka to Win WGC Fedex St.Jude PDF Print E-mail

 

Justin Thomas celebrates after his win in Memphis

 

 

Memphis, Tenn - Justin Thomas regained the world no.1 ranking from

Jon Rahm after capturing the World Golf Championships- FedEx St. Jude

Invitational at TPC Southwind. The win marked his 13th PGA Tour victory

(the third youngest in history behind Woods and Nicklaus), a bizarre finish

to a golf tournament of such magnitude.


Thomas birdied 16 and Koepka bogeyed 16. Then Koepka birdied No. 17,

sinking a 40-foot putt after hitting his tee shot into the trees. Koepka was

one shot back of Thomas, who had no idea what was happening because of

the lack of fans (reaction). Then, as Thomas surveyed a chip from off the

green on No. 18, Koepka hit his tee shot into the penalty area (water) to the

left of the 18th fairway. Game over.


Thomas became the second golfer in three years to use a win in Memphis

to rise up to No. 1 in the world rankings and did so with Jim "Bones"

Mackay filling in on the bag , playing in the same pairing as Phil Mickelson,

who previously had Mackay as his caddie for 25 years.


“I hope we can get back to something similar to last year as long as it’s

safe,” tournament director Darrell Smith said. “It feels like Thursday except

we have a champion. It usually crescendos with bigger crowds each day. It

almost feels like the tournament hasn’t started, and it’s ending.”


Now it's on to the San Francisco for the first fan-less major at Harding

Park for the PGA Championship.


Scores: https://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html


 

 

 

 

 

 
Thompson Wins 3M Open PDF Print E-mail


 

Michael Thompson hoists the crystal after winning the 3M Open

 

 

 


BLAINE, Minn. (AP) - Michael Thompson birdied two of the last

three holes Sunday for a 4-under 67 and a two-stroke victory in

the 3M Open, finishing off his second PGA Tour win seven years

after his first.


“An unbelievable day,” Thompson said. “I played really solid golf.

I think I only had three bogeys all week. Just really stuck to my

game, played Michael Thompson golf, allowed my putter to speak

volumes.” Thompson finished at 19-under 265 at TPC Twin Cities.


Adam Long was second after a 64. Richy Werenski, who shared

the lead with Thompson after both Friday and Saturday, had a

70 for his worst round of the tournament and settled for a nine-

way tie for third —- three strokes back.


Tony Finau finished in the third-place group, too, after a 68. He

was the only one among the five world top-30 players in the field

to reach the weekend, far outperforming fellow high-profile peers

Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey.


Nobody throughout the windy and muggy week in Minnesota

was steadier than Thompson, who entered the week 151st in the

FedEx Cup standings and rocketed up to 39th on the way to

Tennessee for the World Golf Championships event.


He deftly steered around the water danger on the 18th, landing

his approach on the back of the green within 15 feet. With Long

in the clubhouse, having played five groups ahead, Thompson

had two putts to win. He needed only one, bending backward

and thrusting both of his arms straight up in the air after the ball

dropped in the cup in a celebration subdued a bit by the absence

of spectators due to the pandemic.

Scores: https://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html


 

 

 

 

 


 
Rahm Wins Memorial, Becomes World No.1 PDF Print E-mail

 

Jon Rahm catures the Memorial and No.1 in the Official World Ranking.


 

 


DUBLIN, Ohio - The route was on, and then it became drama. Jon

Rahm was up by 8 shots early on, and then suddenly it was 3.

Striving to win the Memorial and become the No.1 player in the world,

the Spaniard dug deep. It wasn't the way he planned it, but in the end

he realized a dream that he had always imagined would be reality

someday, and he did it at Jack's house.


As the lead was dwindling early on the inward side, it all turned for the

positive (or so he thought) on the 16th hole, up 3 shots with 3 to play,

he hit what he called the greatest shot of his life - but it turned into a

bogey because of a penalty. Afterward, none if it mattered, Rahm won

by 3, joining his idol Seve Ballesteros as the only Spaniards to reach

No. 1 in the world ranking.


With a two-shot penalty for his ball moving slightly before his chip-in

behind the 16th green, Rahm finished with 3-over 75 (-9) for a 3-shot

victory over Ryan Palmer. Rahm grinded out up-and-downs on the final

4 holes, which made it feel even sweeter. “One of the best performances

of my life,” Rahm said. “Yesterday was probably one of the best rounds

of my life, and finished today with some clutch up-and-downs. As a

Spaniard, I’m kind of glad it happened that way. I still can’t believe it,

I’m not going to lie,” he told Jack Nicklaus off the 18th green.


Matthew Fitzpatrick finished 3rd after he fired the low score of the day,

a 68 to finish four shots back at 5 under par.

 

Scores: https://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Morikawa Rallies, Outduels Justin Thomas at Workday PDF Print E-mail

 

Collin Morikawa wins the Workday Charity Open at Muirfield Village

 

 

 

DUBLIN, Ohio — Collin Morikawa down by three strokes to Justin

Thomas with three holes to go seemed destined to come up short,

but the former Cal Golden Bear standout rallied to send the Workday

Charity Open to extra holes at the house that Jack built.

 

Morikawa fired a six under par 66 in regulation Sunday, but it was

the first hole of the sudden-death playoff that made this one an instant

classic. Thomas holed a 50-foot bomb from the back of the (18th) green

for birdie on the first extra hole (for what appeared to be the likely winning

putt), so with a must make 25-footer just to stay alive, Morikawa delivered.

Thomas had a 10-footer to win on the 18th on the second playoff hole

that just slid by, so they went to a third playoff hole (the tenth). It finally

ended when Thomas pitched out after an errant drive behind a tree and

failed to convert his par. Morikawa made a routine two-putt par for his

second career victory.

 

Thomas who shot a final round 69 (19-under 269 total), led by three

after the 15th hole but his bogey on the 72nd hole opened the door for

the playoff. For Morikawa, who missed the cut in his previous start, this

was validation that he just needed to reboot. It was his debut at Muirfield

Village, where the tour remains for the Memorial this week.

 

It was the second playoff since the PGA Tour resumed and Morikawa

was involved in both of them (he lost at Colonial to Daniel Berger).

 

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