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
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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
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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
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Brooks Wins The CJ Cup

Brooks Wins The CJ Cup

Jeju Island, South Korea – Brooks Koepka closed out the CJ Cup in grand style with a 29 on the inward side to finish off the field at Nine Bridges. His 8 under par 64 final round (21 under par total) capped off his third win of 2018 and put an exclamation to his Player of the Year award (he received just last week from Jack Nicklaus). With the win, Koepka has now taken over the revolving door otherwise known as World’s No.1 ranked player – supplanting fellow Jupiter resident Dustin Johnson.

Early on Sunday, the lead seemed up for grabs with Gary Woodland challenging Koepka. Woodland kept applying the pressure, tying Koepka again after a birdie on the sixteenth, but Koepka put the hammer down and took control. Brooks was making a mess of the sixteenth, but then chipped in for birdie, a huge momentum shift as Woodland missed a par putt on the seventeenth. Game Over. Woodland’s 63 was good enough for solo 2nd and 17 under par finish.

Ryan Palmer and Rafa Cabrera Bello finished tied for 3rd at -15. 

For Brooks Koepka, the win was his fifth PGA Tour victory and twelfth worldwide. It was his third title in his last eleven starts, enough to bring him the World No.1 ranking. “To be No.1 is something I’ve dreamed of as a kid,” Koepka said. “I don’t think this one is going to sink in. I’m so excited right now, you have no idea, I just can’t wait to go play again.”

Next up for Koepka is the HSBC Champions in China.

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


Jason  Bruno
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Leishman Wins the CIMB Classic

Leishman Wins the CIMB Classic

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – 34 year-old Aussie Marc Leishman notched his fourth career PGA Tour victory at the CIMB Classic, becoming the first non-American to win the event in its eighth edition.

Leishman’s final round 65 was fueled by a quick start, with four straight birdies from holes 2 thru 5. He also birdied holes 9 & 10 before dropping a shot at the thirteenth. Leishman left little doubt eliminating all would be challengers by birdieing holes 16 and 18 to finish at 26 under par for a five stroke victory over Emiliano Grillo, Chesson Hadley and Bronson Burgoon. His 262 total tied the tournament scoring record set by Justin Thomas’ in 2015. Thomas who was vying for a third straight victory in Malaysia, fired a final round 64 to finish in a tie for fifth.

It was a phenomenal performance by Leishman who had just 4 bogeys to go with 28 birdies and an eagle in his rounds of 68-62-67-65. “This is awesome. I knew that even though I got off to a good start today, I still needed to grind because there’s some tough holes out there,” Leishman said. “Managed to hit some good shots and this is the result. It’s great to get back in the winners circle and excited to be back in Malaysia leaving with this.”

Scores:

https://www.pgatour.com/competition/2019/cimb-classic/leaderboard.html

 


Jason  Bruno
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