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Berger Wins at Pebble Beach PDF Print E-mail

 

Daniel Berger hoists the crystal at Pebble Beach

 

 


(AP) Pebble Beach, California - For all the stunning views at Pebble Beach

that can be so soothing, Daniel Berger couldn't escape the tension when

he arrived at the final hole Sunday in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He

was tied for the lead, needing a birdie on the par-5 18th to win. Off to his

right was out-of-bounds markers below a row of hedges, where Berger hit

his drive on Saturday that led to double bogey. To his left was the Pacific

Ocean. "I was going to go down swinging," he said. Two of the best swings

of his career, a driver into the fairway and a 3-wood from 250 yards away

in the cool air at sea level, left him 30 feet and two putts away. Berger

capped it off with an eagle putt for a 7-under 65 and a two-shot victory

over Maverick McNealy.


"To step up there and hit a great drive and then one of the best 3-woods

I've ever hit in my life, and then to make that putt is just as good as it

gets for me," Berger said. He finished at 18-under 270 for his fourth

career PGA TOUR victory.


Berger started his final round with a 4-iron to 20 feet for eagle on the

par-5 second hole to catch up to Jordan Spieth in no time at all. And

while the cast of contenders kept changing, Berger was never out of

the mix until he had the final say with one last eagle, his fourth of the

week. He won for the second time since the PGA TOUR returned to golf

in June from the COVID-19 pandemic, starting with a playoff victory at

Colonial, where a half-dozen players had a chance to win over the final

hour. This wasn't much different. Spieth went from leading to lagging

behind. He started with a two-shot lead and was three shots behind after

six holes, wasting the scoring stretch at Pebble Beach. He finished with

two birdies for a 70 and tied for third with Patrick Cantlay (68), who

made all his putts at Pebble on Thursday. He had 10 birdies in the

opening round when he tied the course record with a 62. He made

seven birdies and an eagle in two weekend rounds.


"I wanted to win the golf tournament. I didn't want to lose it on the

last," Berger said. "I just wanted to go out there and try to hit the best

shot that I could and I wasn't going to be conservative on the 3-wood

coming in." The eagle putt was fast and broke both ways and Berger only

wanted a two-putt birdie with no stress. That it fell for eagle was a bonus

he was all too happy to take.


Maverick McNealy finished solo second at 16 under par.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 
Koepka Regains Form, Rallies to Win WM Phoenix Open PDF Print E-mail

 

Brooks Koepka celebrates after winning at TPC Scottsdale

 

 

 

Scottsdale, Arizona - Brooks Koepka started Super Bowl Sunday five

shots off the 54 hole lead held by Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffelle

at 18 under par. After missing his last three cuts, he was in a better place

mentally, but could he make up that much ground with a stacked leaderboard?

 

When Spieth and Xander both struggled on the front nine, Koepka kept

moving up the board. By the time he reached the 17th tee, he was one

shot back of the lead. He blocked his 3 wood tee shot short right of the

green - and faced a 32 yard short sided pitch to a back right flag. An up

and down birdie would get him a share of the lead, but instead the 31

year old former No.1 chipped in for eagle (his second of the day) and

nabbing the outright lead at 19 under par. His challengers all failed to

match him, his final round 65 defeated Xander Schauffelle and K.H Lee

by a single shot. Jordan Spieth (who vaulted up the leaderboard on

Saturday with an electric 61), Carlos Ortiz and Steve Stricker all finished

tied for 4th at 17 under par.


Afterward Koepka reflected on overcoming his injuries, "I went through it

mentally," Koepka said. "I think that's probably the toughest thing, where

you don't know if you're ever going to be the same competitor that you were.

You go through some real dark places, and it's not a fun place to be."

 

The win was Brooks Koepka's 8th career PGA Tour victory and moves

him to 12th in the Fedex Cup standings.

 

 

Scores: https://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html?cid=USAT_top5LB_FTW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Reed Overcomes Controversy, Wins at Torrey Pines PDF Print E-mail

 

 

 

Patrick Reed celebrates after his five stroke victory at Torrey Pines South


 

 

La Jolla, California - Patrick Reed shot a final round 68 Sunday to overcome

another rules controversy and win the Farmers Insurance Open by five

strokes at Torrey Pines.


Reed and Carlos Ortiz shared a two-stroke lead over Jon Rahm

and Viktor Hovland thru 54 holes.


Ortiz bogeyed the first and never recovered - stumbling to 6-over-par

78, falling into a tie for 29th at 4-under-par. Hovland briefly made a

run, tying the lead after birdies on the seventh and ninth, but Reed

took command when he drained a 45ft eagle putt on the par-5 sixth

(the same hole where he sank a 40 ft bomb for eagle in rd 3 Saturday).

Reed ran a string of 8 straight pars on the back nine before finishing

off the field with an exclamation point birdie at the last to finish at 14

under par total of 274.


Reed's victory was overshadowed by the embedded ball controversy

that took place during Saturday's third round. The PGA Tour rules

officials declared on Sunday that Reed followed the proper procedure,

but many tour players past and present felt that Reed manipulated

the rules by picking up and moving his ball away from the it's original

location prior to the rules official arriving on the scene. Perhaps the

biggest part of the drama that infuriated so many, was the fact that

the ball bounced prior to supposedly becoming embedded - and lack

of transparency while he removed the ball from the ground were issues

cited by many that felt Reed's reputation from past violations removes

any benefit of the doubt that many other PGA tour players would seem

to receive in similar circumstances.


Reed declined to speak about the matter after the win, staying positive.

“I knew coming into today was going to be a grind, especially with that

leaderboard and seeing how many big names were right around there

at the top." Hovland, Finau, Schauffelle, Norlander and Palmer finished

tied for second at 9 under par.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Hatton Wins in Abu Dhabi PDF Print E-mail

 

Tyrrell Hatton celebrates after winning the HSBC Championship




Abu Dhabi - Tyrrell Hatton notched his sixth European Tour title in

winning the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Sunday. Hatton

began the day a stroke behind 54 hole-leader Rory McIlroy, which

set the stage for an eventful final round clash. Hatton started fast,

making three birdies on the outward nine to gain momentum over

the Ulsterman.


The back nine failed to deliver the highly anticipated drama, as

McIlroy faltered bogeying the 16th, Hatton surged - making 3

more birdies on the inward side to seize command of the HSBC

Championship.


The Englishman carded a bogey-free six-under-par 66 for a total

score of 18 under par, four-shots ahead of the Aussie Jason Scrivener,

who finished solo second, while McIlroy finished a further stroke back

with his final-round 72.

 

Scores: https://www.europeantour.com/european-tour/abu-dhabi-hsbc-championship-2021/results?round=4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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