Sungjae Im Conquers the Bear Trap Wins Honda PDF Print E-mail


Sungjae Im hoists the crystal after taming the Bear Trap at PGA National

Palm Beach Gardens - Sungjae Im began the day 3 shots behind 54 hole

leader and world No.12 Tommy Fleetwood, as he entered the toughest 3

hole stretch on tour, he knew he was striking it well, so he decided to go

flag hunting. Im played the Bear Trap in two under par, making birdie

at the par 3 15th and 17th. A solid par from the fairway sand on 16, and

a clutch par save from the bunker on the last got Im into the clubhouse

holding a one shot lead (at 6 under par) after his final round 66.

54 hole leader Tommy Fleetwood struggled to make putts all day, and

found himself two back after bogeys at the 6th, 8th and 13th holes.

Finally, the Englishman poured one in on the 17th to give himself a

chance as he walked to the 18th tee just one back. Fleetwood smoked

his tee shot on 18, setting up the perfect scenario to claim his first PGA

Tour title - birdie to tie (and head to a playoff with Im) or an eagle to

outright win. Fleetwood went for the heroic shot, a high fade 5 wood to

the back right hole location, but he blocked it right into the water - Game

Over. 21 year old South Korean Sungjae Im had won the 2020 Honda Classic.

You live or die by the shots you hit, Fleetwood said. "I had a chance on

the last, the swing wasn't there all day and I had a few iffy shots in me.

I didn't get anything out of the round until 17. It was such a great moment,

I felt great walking to the last and hit a great tee shot."

Im was proud after the victory, "I've been in this spot many times and

just gaining the experience throughout the weeks and that really helped

me stay in the moment," Im explained through his interpreter.

Fleetwood finished third at -4, Mackenzie Hughes fired a Sunday 66 to

finish solo second at 5 under par.













Reed Outlasts the Field at WGC Mexico PDF Print E-mail


Reed celebrates after capturing the WGC Mexico Championship



Mexico City - Patrick Reed bogeyed the 72nd hole, but not before making

3 consecutive birdies to finish 18 under par, one shot clear of Bryson

DeChambeau to claim victory at the WGC Mexico Championship. The newly

bulked up DeChambeau, who led after 36 holes missed a 19 foot birdie

putt at the last to fire a final round 65 for 17 under par.

Reed added a bit of drama at the last, taking iron off the tee and pushing

the shot right (into the trees) where he took three to reach the green.

Needing only two putts to win, he converted to win his second WGC Mexico

title (his first was when the event was previously played at Doral's Blue

Monster - known as the WGC Cadillac Championship).


"It's very rewarding," Reed said after the victory. "My team and I have

worked so hard through the end of last year and the beginning of this

year. We feel like we were playing some good golf and we weren't quite

able to get over that hump. At the end of the day, just putting yourself

in these positions on Sunday is unbelievable and it's a great feeling. I can't

wait to get home to celebrate with the little ones and my wife and bring

home the trophy."

Rahm and Van Rooyen finished 3 shots back at 15 under par, Rory McIlroy

shot a final round 68 to finish at 14 under par.















Adam Scott Triumphs at Riviera PDF Print E-mail


Adam Scott celebrates after winning the Genesis Invitational at Riviera

Pacific Palisades, California - It was all lined up, the two most aesthetic

swings in the world were finally playing in a final group on Sunday. World

No.1 Rory McIlroy, and the sweet swinging Aussie Adam Scott were all tied

at 10 under par with Matt Kuchar entering the final round of the Genesis

Invitational at famed Riviera.


Scott birdied two of his first three holes to take the solo lead, but a 3 putt

at the fourth had him in a tie once again with Rory at -11. It seemed as if

an epic duel on a classic layout was in store, but on the fifth things unraveled,

especially for the Ulsterman who made triple bogey. Then followed with

another dropped shot at the quirky par 3 sixth. Although Scott made

double himself at the fifth, he righted the ship and got one back with a

stellar 5 iron and a downhill roll into the cup. Six straight pars followed,

and a birdie at the thirteenth provided a slim one shot lead entering the

finishing stretch. A clutch birdie at the seventeenth provided the cushion

he needed to play the last tension free. The duel with McIlroy never quite

materialized, but the goal was accomplished, he finished off the best field

of the year. Scott finished at -11 and accepted the trophy from 15 time

major champion and tournament host Tiger Woods.


Adam cited inspiration from the Presidents Cup and his Aussie mates Marc

Leishman and Cameron Smith who have won in recent weeks on the PGA

Tour. Turning 40 this summer has also served as form of inspiration to get

going, "Everyone tells me I'm turning 40 this year, I don't know if they're

insinuating that's kind of the beginning of the end," Scott said. "There's no

doubt, the age of guys peaking is getting younger. There's far fewer dominant

players in their 40s today than there was before.


The tour moves on to the WGC Mexico Championship where several top players

are skipping the event, including: Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka, Rickie Fowler,

Justin Rose, Jason Day, Patrick Cantlay and Henrik Stenson.


Kuchar, Kang and Brown finished tied for 2nd at -9. McIlroy finished tied for

5th with Matsuyama, DeChambeau, Homa and Joel Dahmen.












Nick Taylor Wins at Pebble Beach PDF Print E-mail


Nick Taylor celebrates after winning the AT&T Pro Am at Pebble Beach

Monterey, California - Canadian Nick Taylor knew that he wasn't the crowd

favorite on Sunday on the Monterey Peninsula. Defending Champion and

native Californian Phil Mickelson was only a shot behind Taylor's 54 hole

lead entering the final round.


Mickelson showed off his mighty shortgame in rd3, but it was the thirty

-one year old journeyman who holed the key shots on Sunday to earn

$1.404 million. Entering Pebble, Taylor was ranked 229th in the world,

but in the heavy winds on Sunday, it was he who looked like the short

game wizard with a hole-out from the bunker at the par 5 sixth for

eagle and again at the par 4 fifteenth for birdie (that all but sealed the



Taylor's final round 70 had him finish at 19 under par (268 total) for

a four stroke victory over Kevin Streelman who shot 68. Mickelson,

seeking a sixth win at Pebble Beach faded to a final round 74. "It's

disappointing, certainly, to have not won," Mickelson said. "But I got

outplayed. I mean, Nick played better than I did. He holed a couple

of great shots."


Streelman and Larry Fitzgerald won the Pro-Am portion of the event.












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