Brendan Steele Defends at Safeway PDF Print E-mail



Brendan Steele celebrates at Silverado after defending his title at the Safeway Open

Napa, California - They often say "Horses for Courses" when discussing a certain

players knack for winning on certain venues. This past week in the global game of

golf, that phrase held true. Earlier in the day, Tyrell Hatton defended his Alfred

Dunhill Links Championship with a blistering 24 under par total in chilly conditions

at the home of golf in St.Andrews. In the Golden State, it was Brendan Steele that

turned the trick half a world away at Johnny Miller's Silverado Resort in Napa.


With Phil Mickelson and Tony Finau pushing the pedal down on the back nine,

Steele finished off his challengers with a combination of superb ball striking and a

soft touch down the stretch birdieing both the 16th & 18th holes coming in. After

starting the day two shots back, Steele had one of only seven rounds in the 60's

on Sunday, his final round 69 was good enough for 15 under par and a two stroke

victory over Tony Finau. Mickelson, who was determined in his quest to win for the

first time since the 2013 Open at Muirfield, bogeyed the par 4 seventeenth to finish

another back at 12 under par in a tie with Chesson Hadley for third.


Afterward, Steele reflected on his lackluster finish to last season, entering the playoffs

in the 16th position he failed to make it to East Lake, finishing 33rd in points, "I wasn't

trying to win. I wasn't trying to play my best. I was just trying to get whatever points

I could . . . and I played right to that level where you could barely miss.


As for Phil, who seems to be trending in the right direction but is still searching for

the elusive next victory - "I'm going to keep giving myself good chances, and it will

happen," Lefty said. "I get on a course like Sheshan (referring to his next start in

China) where I'm very comfortable, I know the greens. I know the course well. I

think I'll have a good week there."

















Team USA Dominates Presidents Cup at Liberty National PDF Print E-mail




Jersey City, N.J - The 2017 edition of the Presidents Cup was lopsided in

favor of the Red, White & Blue from the outset on Thursday, with the focus

shifting quickly to just how dominant the U.S victory would be, rather than

the competition with the Internationals.


The setting at Liberty National Golf Club which is loaded with panoramic

views of Manhattan and iconic American landmarks like Ellis Island and the

Statue of Liberty set the tone for a very patriotic atmosphere for the biennial

matches. Although a rout of epic proportions was on, the Internationals did

show their pride on Sunday, winning the singles competition by a tally of

7 1/2 to 4 1/2. Only Phil Mickelson, Daniel Berger and Rickie Fowler won their

singles matches on the way to an 8 point triumph, USA 19 - Internationals 11.


It was Berger who clinched the winning point and the Presidents Cup for the

United States by defeating Si Woo Kim 2&1, which was the 4th singles match

out on Sunday (making it the second fastest clinch in the events history).





Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler celebrate with fans on Saturday afternoon.




Three Americans were undefeated for the week: Dustin Johnson 4.5 points, Phil

Mickelson 3.5 points and Kevin Kisner 3 points. The only player on Team USA

with a losing record was Charley Hoffman.


USA Team Captain Steve Stricker reflected on the week, "It's been a great ride,

it's been a lot of hardwork from everybody involved - the players, the assistant

captains, it was just a great group of guys who played so well together, said

Stricker. "They came in here riding a ton of momentum, a ton of confidence

and it was just about getting out of their way."


In the end, the only star that shined brighter than "Team Stars and Stripes"

was the New York City skyline, Lady Liberty and the club at Liberty National.

Kudos to the PGA Tour, and Presidents Cup Chairman Charlie Zink for bringing

the event to such a memorable venue.


The win was the seventh straight Presidents Cup for the Americans. It was the

third and final captains appearance for Nick Price of the International squad.

The 2019 matches will take place at Royal Melbourne in Australia.












Thomas Wins Fedex Cup, Schauffele Wins Tour Championship PDF Print E-mail



Justin Thomas celebrates with the Fedex Cup, while Xander Shauffele shows off

the Bobby Jones "Calamity Jane" replica putter for winning the Tour Championship

Atlanta, Georgia - Sunday at East Lake saw the leaders in the final pairing struggle.

Paul Casey and Kevin Kisner could only manage 73 and 70 respectively. Fedex front

runner Justin Thomas was looking to grab the season long title and began charging

up the board after starting the day five shots back. Rookie Xander Schauffele who

started the day just two shots back, made the the turn at even for the round, but

after birdies at the thirteenth and eighteenth he found himself at 12 under par -

walking away with the victory at the Tour Championship and most certainly will take

Rookie of the Year honors. Jordan Spieth, who for most of the playoffs held the pole

position could only manage a tie for seventh after shooting 67 on Sunday.


Justin Thomas came out on a mission Sunday, included in his five birdies were the

two he made at the sixteenth & seventeenth that sealed the deal as Fedex Cup Playoff

Champion and the $10 million payday that comes with winning the season long title.

Thomas finished solo second at East Lake after a final round 66 that saw his birdie putt

on the last just slip by, but it was a dream season for the 24 year old from Goshen,



At his post round press conference he took out his cell phone and showed the media

his personal set of goals for the year. Winning the Fedex Cup wasn't on his list because

he realized the difficulty of the task, but when did he know that the season could be

a special one? "After Sony is when I felt like it had the chance because of the three

different ways that I won," Thomas said. "I was able to experience three things that

I hadn't experienced before."


Sure to be named Player of the Year honors, his season included:

- Led the PGA Tour with 5 wins, including the PGA Championship

- 4th player in last 57 years to win 5 times in a season including a major

(Nicklaus, Woods, Spieth)

- Lowest round to par in U.S Open history.

- Lowest 72 hole score in PGA Tour history

- 7th player in PGA Tour history to shoot sub 60 round

- Fedex Cup Champion









Leishman Goes Wire to Wire at BMW PDF Print E-mail


Marc Leishman celebrates at Conway Farms after winning the BMW Championship

Chicago, Illinois - After a tough finish in Boston a few weeks earlier at the Dell

Technologies Championship, Marc Leishman was intent on finishing off what he

had started at the BMW Championship at Conway Farms. The 33 year old Aussie

did just that, with a virtuoso performance - going wire to wire and dominating

the field of top 70 in the Fedex Cup Standings.


With rounds of 62-64-68-67 (23 under par) Marc Leishman eclipsed Tiger Woods

tournament scoring record and really never allowed a challenger to get close on

Sunday. Justin Rose briefly got to within two shots midway thru the final round,

but Leishman answered with birdies at the eighth, fifteenth, sixteenth and just

for style a nice 15 footer on the last for the five stroke victory over Rose (who shot

a final round 65). "I had a few scars from a few weeks ago," Leishman said. "I was

just really, really determined to not let that happen again. Got it done."


Perhaps a much more meaningful story as it relates to the Leishman family is not

golf related. Along with his wife Audrey, (who nearly died of sepsis just two years

ago), the couple has led the cause for National Sepsis Month to spread awareness

about a disease that is estimated to kill nearly quarter of a million people each year

in the United States. Their Begin Again Foundation, helps families affected by sepsis

and toxic shock syndrome. In July, Audrey gave birth to the couple’s third child, Eva,

whom they call their “miracle baby.”



With his final round 65 and a tie for 7th, Jordan Spieth retains his lead atop the

Fedex Cup standings heading into East Lake for the Tour Championship.


Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Leishman and Jon Rahm round out the top 5

players who will automatically win the Fedex Cup with a win in Atlanta.















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