Rahm Wins Hero World Challenge

Rahm Wins Hero World Challenge

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Nassau, Bahamas – Jon Rahm turned a potential final round shootout into a four stroke drubbing of the field after his final round 65 (20 under par total) at Albany Golf Club for the Hero World Challenge.

Starting Sunday’s final round tied with Tony Finau and Henrik Stenson, Rahm continued his domination on the par-5’s, making birdie on all five at the Hero World Challenge (he finished 13 under par for the week on the par-5’s alone). The biggest momentum shift of the final round came at the 291 yard drivable par-4 fourteenth. Finau pulled his 3 wood tee shot into the sand, making a mess of a very get-able hole (double-bogey), meanwhile Rahm capitalized, making birdie for a three-stroke swing. He never looked back, it was Rahm’s 3rd career PGA Tour win and his sixth global victory.

After a sloppy front nine 40, Hero World Challenge host Tiger Woods righted the ship slightly to shoot a final round 73 (finishing in 17th, one shot ahead of last place finisher Hideki Matsuyama).

When Tony Finau’s birdie putt at the last dropped to reach -16, it kept Justin Rose from finishing tied for 2nd (and re-capturing the No.1 ranking) after his 65 tied Rahm for the low round of the day.

Scores: https://www.pga.com/news/golf-leaderboard/pga-tour-leaderboard


Jason  Bruno
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Charles Howell III Wins RSM

Charles Howell III Wins RSM

Charles Howell III

St.Simons Island, Georgia – Charles Howell III began Sunday with a one stroke lead heading into the final round. It was Howell’s sixth time holding the 54 hole lead, where he was 0 for 5 in the previous attempts to close the deal. It looked as if Sunday at the RSM McGladrey on Sea Island would end the same way after Howell rinsed his tee shot right on the 458 yard par 4 – second hole. He stood 3 back on the third tee (after just making double-bogey 6) and wondered if he’d blown another chance to close on the PGA Tour.

Then Charles Howell III birdied the fifth and sixth holes, followed by another at the tenth. Howell got another on the par 5 fifteenth, followed by a lengthy 18 foot putt on the next. A stiff tee shot on the par 3 seventeenth yielded yet another. The putt to reach 20 under par and the outright win on the 72nd hole barely missed (finishing with a 3 under par 67 – 261 total) sending him into a playoff with Patrick Rodgers who also finished at 19 under par (after firing a final round 8 under par 62). After both players missed their birdie chances on the first playoff hole, Howell made a 15 footer on the second sudden death hole to win again. It was Charles Howell III’s first triumph in over a decade, and to say he was both elated and relieved would be an understatement. “Quite honestly, I didn’t know if I would ever win again,” Howell said. “I had come up short so many times.”

After 529 PGA Tour events and 16 runner-up finishes Charles Howell III has won for third time in his career. With the victory, Howell jumped 61 spots into the lead in the Fedex Cup Standings.

Webb Simpson finished solo third at 18 under par after a Sunday 65 left him one shot out of the playoff.

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


Jason  Bruno
GolfLife Tour Coverage

 

Kuchar – Mayakoba Golf Classic

Kuchar – Mayakoba Golf Classic

Playa Del Carmen, Mexico – It had been a long drought for Matt Kuchar, in fact his last victory came at the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town on April 20th, 2014. Four and a half years of near misses and close calls – none bigger than the 2017 Open Championship where Kuchar was clipped by a vintage Jordan Spieth performance at Royal Birkdale. 2018 was declared a disappointment after Kuchar narrowly missed on qualifying for the Tour Championship and the Ryder Cup in Paris. But after he rattled in his 3 ft putt on the 18th Sunday (for a final round 69) some relief and redemption was felt by the 40 year-old tour veteran at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. “It feels extra sweet having to kind of had to suffer through a year of not playing great in 2018,” Kuchar said. “Being four years removed since my last victory, I realize how difficult it is to win on the PGA Tour.”

Starting the final day at the Mayakoba Golf Classic with a four-shot lead was essential, since closing the deal proved tougher than Kuchar expected. After making bogey on holes 14 & 15 Kuchar made three straight pars to finish at 22 under par, one better than Danny Lee who shot a final round 65 to finish a shot back.

Kuchar opened with rounds of 64-64-65 with local club caddie David “Toucan” Ortiz on the bag (John Wood, Kuchar’s regular tour looper was attending a reunion). For Ortiz, who caddies regularly at El Camaleon Golf Club, it was a dream come true – he was in tears as he was being inundated with congratulations beside the 18th green as Kuchar signed the flag that will commemorate their victorious week together.

The win gets Kuchar back to Kapalua in January for the Sentry Tournament of Champions. The Tour heads east to Kuchar’s neighborhood at Sea Island this week for the RSM McGladdery Classic.

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


Jason  Bruno
GolfLife Tour Coverage

 

DeChambeau Wins Shriners Open

DeChambeau Wins Shriners Open

Las Vegas – Saturday night holding a share of the 54 hole lead at the Shriners for Children Open, Bryson DeChambeau was rooting on the Las Vegas Knights hockey team, cranking up their famous air horn – whipping the crowd into a frenzy. By Sunday evening, it was the same Vegas faithful that cheered on DeChambeau’s victory. The win was his fifth career title and his third in five starts on the PGA Tour (it was his fourth since June when he captured Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial at Muirfield Village).

Dealing with a blister that tore open Saturday night, DeChambeau locked in his focus (after having the training staff tape it up before the final round). His final round 66 included an eagle on the pivotal par 5 sixteenth propelling him to -21, winning by a single stroke over defending champion Patrick Cantlay.

For those still doubting his unorthodox methods, DeChambeau offered this: “Everybody is unique. Everybody does it in a different way. I believe I found a way that works really, really well for me and it allows me to be super consistent week in and week out.”

Sam Ryder finished solo third (-19) after a final round 62. Rickie Fowler finished four shots back after firing a Sunday 63 to finish in a tie for fourth with Abraham Ancer and Robert Streb.

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


Jason  Bruno
GolfLife Tour Coverage

Five Golf Swing Thoughts

Five Golf Swing Thoughts

SIMPLE PGA GOLF SWING TIPS

If you want to improve your golf swing, you have to master the basics. Forget complex golf swing theories; try these simple five golf swing thoughts to get your game in shape for the new season.

#1. Golf Grip PGA Tips

Make sure the left hand is turned round enough into what is known as a strong grip. Most golfers have the left hand in a ‘weak’ position’ which stops the left arm from swinging correctly when the swing starts. As a reference point, when a golfer looks down at their grip, they should be able to see three knuckles of the left hand. If they can only see is one or two they must twist the left forearm clockwise to the right to the left-hand moves into the correct position.

It’s much better to have a strong grip than a ‘weak’ grip as it gives the best possible chance of a good takeaway. Try the rest of the five golf swing thoughts to better your game.

#2. Head Position in the Golf Stance

This aspect of the swing is incredibly important yet most amateur golfers fail to appreciate its relevance. The head position at address dictates how well the shoulders will be able to turn during the swing. If the head is at the wrong angle when the shoulders start to turn they become restricted by the head which leads to a reverse pivot and narrow swing where the left arm bends. This has a massive effect on clubhead speed at the ball.

The head must be turned to the right so it does not get in the way of the shoulders as they turn.

 

#3. One Piece Takeaway

With a good grip, and with the headset to the right, a golfer is in position to start the swing correctly. This must be done with a one-piece takeaway where the club, hands, arms, and shoulders all work together to move the club away from the ball. This helps create the widest possible swing arc which means greater accuracy and power. It is vital the hands do not independently swish the club back on their own.

Imagine a pile of leaves lying behind the ball and with the golf club, you have to sweep them out of the way as you start the swing.

 

#4. Pause at the Top of the Backswing

The top of the backswing is where the golfer has the last chance of making adjustments to the swing if it has gone wrong – this is carried out subconsciously. With a slight pause at the top, a golfer is given that extra bit of time to compute the necessary changes that have to be made during the first part of the downswing.

Try counting one-and-two during the golf swing. One being the backswing – and being the pause at the top – two being the downswing.

 

#5. Swing to a Finish

If a reasonable position has been found at the top of the backswing and the golfer has made a smooth unhurried start to the downswing, the most important thing to concentrate on is swinging to a full finish. To make sure the weight has shifted correctly onto the left side for longer drives and crisper irons, simply make sure the right foot rotates into the correct position as seen in any photo of a good player.

A well-balanced finish with the right foot turned into the correct position is a good indicator of a good swing.

Brian Jame

Golf Life Contributor

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