Patton Kizzire wins Sony Open

Patton Kizzire wins Sony Open

Patton KizzireHonolulu – As the sun was setting in Hawaii, Patton Kizzire was putting the finishing touches on his 2nd win of the ’17-’18 season (earlier in the fall Kizzire won the OHL Mayacoba Classic). At the start of the day, it was Tom Hoge who entered the final round with a slim one stroke lead and seemed poised to notch his first career victory, but a late double bogey on Seth Raynor’s design at Waialae Country Club derailed any hopes. Hoge finished at -16 just one shot out of a tie for the lead and the chance to compete in a playoff.

James Hahn had the hot hand, climbing the leaderboard all day on his way to posting an impressive final round 62 to reach sudden death with Patton Kizzire. On the sixth hole of the playoff Kizzire made par to get the win. Hahn, was visibly shaken by the defeat and was blunt regarding his emotions, “I played good enough to win, but I didn’t. So for me, it’s not how many birdies I make, if I’m not coming out of the room with the trophy, it feels like I was defeated out there,” Hahn said. He continued, “I’d rather lose by a hundred than lose by one. I’d rather miss the cut than lose in a playoff. It just doesn’t sit well with me. I feel really defeated right now.”

While Hahn was beating himself up for the defeat, Kizzire was on different trajectory after the big win, “I’m just going to keep working hard, I want to get the 3rd win. The first win was big, this one is even bigger.”

Kizzire now holds a sizable 452 point lead over Pat Perez in the Fedex Cup standings.

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Dustin Johnson wins Sentry Tournament of Champions

Dustin Johnson wins Sentry Tournament of Champions

Dustin JohnsonMaui – It’s a new year, but the dominance continues for World No.1 Dustin Johnson. Heading into the final round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions with a two shot lead, Johnson’s front nine 32 on Kapalua’s Plantation course extended the margin to six strokes and the rout was on. By the end, the margin was eight as Johnson finished off the field with a brilliant 8 under par 65 and a total of 24 under par.

DJ’s ball striking, especially with the driver continues to amaze. In what may go down in Kapalua lore for decades to come, his tee shot at the 430 yard par 4 twelfth finished 4 inches from the cup, perhaps the best shot ever hit on the 20  year old Coore/Crenshaw design. A tap in eagle that was nearly an ace from 430 yards! Afterwards, Johnson wasn’t all that impressed by his feat, “I could see it until it landed, but I knew it was on a good line. Obviously you have to get a nice bounce. I know exactly where I want it to come down out of the air and it did,” Johnson said.

The win marked Johnson’s 17th tour victory (his second at Kapalua) and the 11th consecutive year with a win.

Jon Rahm (who moved up to third in the Official World Golf Rankings) finished solo 2nd at 16 under par.

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Rickie Fowler wins Hero World Challenge

Rickie Fowler wins Hero World Challenge

Rickie FowlerBahamas – The big story all week was the return of tournament host and 14 time major winner Tiger Woods, but in the end it was Rickie Fowler who captured the headlines.

Fowler fired a blistering course record 61 at Albany Golf Club (eclipsing the previous mark of 62 by Justin Rose who calls Albany home). Starting the day seven shots back, Fowler started out by making birdie on the first seven holes in a row enroute to an 8 under par – front nine 28. A sub 60 round seemed likely, but after reaching 10 under thru 13 holes, the 28 year old could only manage one more birdie (which came at the par 5 – fifteenth) to finish at -18.

Meanwhile, 54 hole leader Charley Hoffman who started Sunday with a hefty five shot lead, was treading water and could only manage an even par 72 to finish four shots back 14 under par.

Although the win against the limited 18 man field is considered un-official, Fowler knew that rounds like Sunday don’t come around very often: “It’s fun when you get on birdie runs just to see how far you can go, Fowler said. “You know it’s not going to last forever.”

Tournament host Tiger Woods who’s been playing money games with Fowler back home in Florida at the Medalist Club, finished off the week with a final round 68 to finish 10 shots back at 8 under par (tied for 9th).

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Cameron Davis wins Australian Open

Cameron Davis wins Australian Open

 

Cameron DavisSydney, Australia – In one of the most improbable results in the 102 year history
of the Australian Open, Cameron Davis fired a final round 64 to finish at 11 under
par and come from six shots back on Sunday to capture the title by a single stroke.
Starting ahead of the final five groups, the 1494th ranked player in the Official World
Golf Rankings waited as it finally came down to Jonas Blixt and 2015 Australian
Open Champion Matt Jones – but neither could convert their attempts on the last
to force a playoff.

“Before the week started that was the aim, I wanted to play the weekend in the
Australian Open,” Cameron Davis said. “It’s the biggest tournament I’ve played in, I just want to get over the cut and play all four days and soak up the entire weekend. “I didn’t even see the leaderboard before I hit that [birdie] putt on the last hole. “I made that, and I thought, ‘I’ll be up around the top’. But to come into the scorer’s hut and see where I was at, I was kind of blown away. I had no idea
I was going to be there.”

Davis finished with rounds of 63-72-74-64 (273 total) at The Australian Golf Club.

Jason Day entered Sunday primed to win his first Australian Open title but struggled shooting 2 over par in round 4 and finished 3 shots back at -8. “It’s disappointing not come out and finish it,” Day said. “But I’ve got to look at what I need to do better next time because you can;t be perfect all the time. I played three terrific rounds and I just didn’t put it together on Sunday.”

Jordan Spieth finished eighth at 6 under par after a final round 67.

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Jon Rahm wins the DP World Tour Championship

Jon Rahm wins the DP World Tour Championship

Jon RahmDubai – Just when it looked like Justin Rose would continue his winning ways after a blistering front nine 32 at Jumierah Golf Estates, he stumbled on the way in – making three bogeys enroute to a final round 70. Rose’s misfortune opened the way for Jon Rahm and his Sunday 67 (-19 total) to capture the DP World Tour Championship by a stroke over Shane Lowry and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

Rose, who was in a battle with Tommy Fleetwood and Masters Champion Sergio Garcia at the start of the week to take home the season long Race to Dubai title, finished in a 4way tie for fourth at 17 under par along with Sergio Garcia, Dean Burmester and Dylan Frittelli.

Meanwhile Tommy Fleetwood bogeyed the final two holes to finish in a tie for 21st after signing for a final round 74, seemingly losing the Race to Dubai. As Rose continued to crumble on the inward nine, fate switched over to Fleetwood’s direction, and in the end he had just enough points by a razor thin margin to walk away with the big prize. It actually came down to a one shot. Rose would have claimed the title if it weren’t for a single shot.

Jon Rahm had already won the Rookie of Year award earlier this week, and after the victory he finished third in the Race to Dubai standings and leaped into 4th in the Official World Golf Rankings. “I didn’t plan on being here at the beginning of the year,” Rahm said. “And I sure didn’t plan on winning it so it’s an incredible feeling.”

Scores:

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Austin CookSt.Simons Island, Georgia – Austin Cook fired a final round 3 under par 67 to win by four strokes over J.J Spaun at Sea Island. Cook also held off a group of proven PGA Tour winners including Brian Harman, Kevin Kisner, Chris Kirk and Brian Gay. “I got off to a slow start, but I was able to keep my head level and know there was a lot of golf to be played,” Cook said. “With the wind and those conditions, a lot can happen.”

After his three shot lead dwindled to one over J.J Spaun, Cook birdied 3 of his last 4 holes (including the 18th) to finish at 21 under par. J.J Spaun shot 66 Sunday in chilly conditions to finish at -17.

Brian Gay finished another shot back in third place after making eagle from 161 yards on the par 4 -18th.

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Patton Kizzire wins the OHL Classic

Patton Kizzire wins the OHL Classic

Patton KizzirePlaya Del Carmen, Mexico – In what was the most important day of Patton Kizzire’s career as a professional, he faced a 12 footer for bogey on the first hole of a marathon 36 hole day (due to weather) at the OHL Classic . When the 31 year old Sea Island resident drained the putt, he let out a sigh of relief and began to roll – shooting rounds of 66-67 to capture his first PGA Tour victory. “To make that putt and kind of calm down and find my stride and start making birdies and get out front, you know that felt really good,” Kizzire said after the long day.

Kizzire’s opening round 62 on the par 71 layout at Mayakoba’s El Chameleon course set up the journeyman to be in position to hold off fan favorite Rickie Fowler. Kizzire had been trending up, after a tie for 10th at Sanderson Farms Championship and a tie for 4th at the Shriners. His longtime caddie Joe Etter said, “The thing that led to this is he made the cut on the number at Sanderson Farms, it’s just been snowballing since.”

The Alabama native finished at 19 under par, one stroke ahead of Fowler who was optimistic about his season moving forward, despite finishing 2nd. “Great start to the season, Fowler said. “Felt like I could have had a couple (of putts) go there before the turn.”

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