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Mackenzie Hughes Wins RSM Classic At Sea Island, Georgia

The historic highlight reel will record that Mackenzie Hughes won his first PGA Tour title on Monday morning by draining an 18-foot par putt from the fringe, a clutch stroke that brought him the $1.08-million winner’s purse at the RSM Classic at Sea Island, Georgia.

But those who know Hughes will tell you it’s possible the most important moment of his career-changing weekend — one that earned him entry into The Masters and two-year membership on tour, among many other benefits — came in Saturday’s third round. Hughes, who shot an opening-round 61, had navigated the opening 46 holes of the tournament without making a bogey when he arrived at the Seaside course’s 11th hole. There, a wayward drive into a bunker and a questionable moment of decision-making gave him a triple-bogey 7.

Hughes’s lead had suddenly vanished. Given his history for youthful hot-headedness — and given this was just the fifth start of his rookie season on the PGA Tour — an immediate plummet down the leaderboard wouldn’t have come as a surprise.

The manner with which Hughes responded to the setback said a lot about why he became the first Canadian to win on tour since Nick Taylor in 2014. Instead of falling apart, Hughes birdied three of the next five holes to restore his lead and enter Sunday’s final round with a one-shot advantage. Instead of withering into also-ran status, he found himself in a five-man playoff from which he ultimately emerged as the victor.

Mackenzie Hughes stuns playoff competitors with putt from off the green, wins 1st PGA Tour title.

A Canadian has not won the Canadian Open since 1954! I will be watching Mackenzie at Oakville, Ont.’s Glen Abbey Golf Club July 24 – 30, 2017.

Danny Willett leads strong showing by Englishmen at the Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) – Well done, Englishmen.   Sheffield’s Danny Willett on Sunday joined three-time winner Nick Faldo as the only Englishmen to capture a Masters championship.

Danny Willett has become the first British golfer to win the US Masters for 20 years after Jordan Spieth imploded in the final round at Augusta. The 22 year old defending champion led by 5 shots as he approached the 10th hole but then dropped 6 shots in 3 holes allowing Willett to take advantage as he carded a superb 5 under par 67 final round to win by 3 shots from fellow Englishman Lee Westwood. Spieth eventually finished on 1 under alongside a cluster of players including Paul Casey and Dustin Johnson. Afterwards,Willett said that the victory had been “crazy”.

2016 Masters Golf Tee Off Times

Above is the guy I want to watch

Here are the tee times and pairings for Thursday’s round at the 2016 Masters tournament. With 89 players, it’s the smallest field at Augusta National since 2002.

Amateur player denoted by asterisk

8:05 AM – Arnold Palmer (Honorary Starter, Non-competing) Gary Player (Honorary Starter) Jack Nicklaus (Honorary Starter)

8:20 AM – Jim Herman, Steven Bowditch

8:31 AM – Trevor Immelman, Robert Streb, *Derek Bard

8:42 AM – Larry Mize, Victor Dubuisson, Kevin Streelman

8:53 AM – Sandy Lyle, Bernd Wiesberger, Vaughn Taylor

9:04 AM – Webb Simpson, Chris Wood, Thongchai Jaidee

9:15 AM – Tom Watson, Charley Hoffman, Lee Westwood

9:26 AM – Zach Johnson, Rickie Fowler, *Cheng Jin

9:37 AM – Louis Oosthuizen, Jason Dufner, Patrick Reed

9:48 AM – Jordan Spieth, Paul Casey, *Bryson DeChambeau

9:59 AM – Justin Thomas, Emiliano Grillo, Dustin Johnson

10:21 AM – Vijay Singh, Hideki Matsuyama, Chris Kirk

10:32 AM – Harris English, Andy Sullivan, Kevin Na

10:43 AM – Phil Mickelson, Marc Leishman, Henrik Stenson

10:54 AM – Justin Rose, Jamie Donaldson, Daniel Berger

11:05 AM – Adam Scott, Kevin Kisner, Brooks Koepka

11:16 AM – Mike Weir, Cameron Smith, *Sammy Schmitz

11:27 AM – Ian Woosnam, Troy Merritt, Byeong-Hun An

11:38 AM – Darren Clarke, Billy Horschel, Matthew Fitzpatrick

11:49 AM – Mark O’Meara, David Lingmerth, *Paul Chaplet

12:00 PM – Keegan Bradley, Brandt Snedeker, Kiradech Aphibarnrat

12:22 PM – Charl Schwartzel, Davis Love III, Rafael Cabrera-Bello

12:33 PM – Danny Lee, Russell Knox, Smylie Kaufman

12:44 PM – Bubba Watson, Branden Grace, Ian Poulter

12:55 PM – Bernhard Langer, Hunter Mahan, *Romain Langasque

1:06 PM – Jason Day, Matt Kuchar Ernie Els

1:17 PM – Graeme McDowell, Fabian Gomez, Scott Piercy

1:28 PM – Jimmy Walker, Soren Kjeldsen, Anirban Lahiri

1:39 PM – Danny Willett, Sergio Garcia, Ryan Moore

1:50 PM – Angel Cabrera, Shane Lowry, J. B. Holmes

2:01 PM – Martin Kaymer, Bill Haas, Rory McIlroy

2015 US Golf Open and Three New Courses Selected For Future Opens

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – In the realm of golf accomplishments, winning the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year is almost as rare as winning all four professional major championships in a career. That reflects both the feat itself and the players who have accomplished it.

With his dramatic victory at Chambers Bay, Jordan Spieth became only the sixth player to accomplish the former. Four of the others are icons, and all of them are Hall of Famers. To achieve what Craig Wood (1941), Ben Hogan (1951 and 1953), Arnold Palmer (1960), Jack Nicklaus (1972) and Tiger Woods (2002) did puts Spieth in select company. Only a slightly smaller club has accomplished the career Grand Slam: Gene Sarazen, Hogan, Gary Player, Nicklaus and Woods.

“Those names are the greatest that have ever played the game, and I don’t consider myself there,” Spieth said. “But certainly I’m off to the right start in order to make an impact on the history of the game.”

That is an understatement. Spieth, 21, of Dallas, is the youngest winner of the U.S. Open since Bob Jones in 1923. He is the first since Sarazen in 1922 to win two majors before turning 22.

To give credit to another golf legend, one other player since the Masters began in 1934 won the first two majors of the year. In 1949, Sam Snead won at Augusta National and then triumphed at the PGA Championship, which was held that season in late May, prior to the U.S. Open. Snead nearly made it three in a row in the U.S. Open at Medinah, losing to Cary Middlecoff by one.

Hogan is the only player to win the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open in the same year, pulling off the “Triple Crown” in 1953 in his only appearance in the British Open. He was not able to play in that year’s PGA Championship due to a scheduling conflict.

The British Open was not contested in 1941 due to World War II, denying Wood an opportunity had he chosen to play. However, Palmer and Nicklaus came tantalizingly close to winning a third major in succession.

In 1960, with the possibility of a modern Grand Slam being talked about widely for the first time, Palmer lost by a stroke to Kel Nagle in the British Open at St. Andrews. A dozen years later, it was Nicklaus’ turn at Muirfield. The Golden Bear, playing conservatively, trailed Lee Trevino by six strokes after 54 holes before an aggressive 66 in the final round. Nicklaus missed four putts of 15 feet or less on the final nine but still would have earned a spot in a playoff if not for Trevino’s chip-in for par on the 71st hole.

Woods didn’t come nearly as close at Muirfield when he had a chance after Masters and U.S. Open victories in 2002. He trailed by only two through 36 holes, but playing in some of the worst weather the Open has ever seen – a cold, windy, heavy rain – Woods shot an 81 in the third round to fall out of contention.  A closing 65 was too little, too late to resurrect Woods’ Grand Slam hopes.

Spieth will attempt to do what those greats couldn’t do at St. Andrews. He has played the Old Course once, with the USA Walker Cup Team in 2011 prior to the matches at Royal Aberdeen.

“I remember walking around the clubhouse. It’s one of my favorite places in the world,” Spieth said. “I [saw] paintings of royalty playing golf, and it was dated 1460-something. I’m thinking, ‘Our country was discovered in 1492, and they were playing golf here before anyone even knew that the Americas existed.’ And that really amazed me and helped me realize exactly how special that place is.”

Fifty-five years after Palmer crossed the Atlantic looking to go 3-for-3 in majors, Spieth will look to make history at a place that boasts so much of it.

“There are certainly things that I can improve on from this week,” Spieth said. “I can strike the ball better than I did this week. I can get more positive. I can improve in all aspects of my game, I believe that. It’s just about now looking to St. Andrews and everything prior. How are we going to best prepare for it and how are we going to fine-tune. It’s just fine-tuning, it’s nothing major.”

 

 

USGA announces three future sites for U.S. Open

 

The Country Club is getting its first U.S. Open in three decades, and Los Angeles Country Club is set to host its first major championship.

The USGA announced three sites for the U.S. Open on Wednesday, including a return to Pinehurst No. 2. It effectively alternates the U.S. Open between the East Coast and prime-time TV of California for at least a seven-year stretch.

The U.S. Open will go to The Country Club in 2022, the course outside Boston that was the scene of perhaps the most important golf championship in American history. It’s where Francis Ouimet won a playoff over British titans Harry Vardon and Ted Ray. The upset put golf on the front pages of newspapers.

Curtis Strange won the last U.S. Open in Brookline in 1988. The last big event there was the Ryder Cup in 1999 that featured the great American comeback under captain Ben Crenshaw.

The newcomer is an old classic — the North Course at Los Angeles Country Club, which gets the U.S. Open in 2023. It will be the first time the U.S. Open is held in Los Angeles since Ben Hogan won at Riviera in 1948.

L.A. North is on the other side of the 405 freeway near Beverly Hills. George C. Thomas redesigned the course in 1927, and Gil Hanse restored it five years ago.

“We’re in for a real treat,” USGA executive director Mike Davis said. “It will be a wide U.S. Open. The course will have generous fairways, and it will be firm and fast. And it will be great to take the U.S. Open to the second-largest city in the country.”

Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina gets its fourth U.S. Open in 2024 as it becomes a regular part of the U.S. Open rotation. Martin Kaymer won in 2014, and Michelle Wie won a week later when the USGA played the men’s and women’s Opens in back-to-back week. The USGA did not mention whether it will try another doubleheader.

The U.S. Open starts its East Coast-West Coast rotation in 2018 at Shinnecock Hills on Long Island. From there it goes to Pebble Beach in 2019, Winged Foot in New York in 2020, Torrey Pines in San Diego in 2021, The Country Club in 2022, Los Angeles in 2023 and Pinehurst in 2024.

That’s as far out as the U.S. Open is planned, and even nine years out is a long time for typical USGA planning.

Ahead of the U.S. Opens, Pinehurst No. 2 will host the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship in 2017 and the U.S. Amateur in 2019. LA North will have the Walker Cup in 2017.

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Bubba Watson wins Travellers Championship in sudden death playoff

CROMWELL, Connecticut: American Bubba Watson beat Englishman Paul Casey on the second playoff hole to win the PGA Tour’s Travellers Championship on Sunday.

Casey shot a final round five-under-par 65 to join Watson, who finished with a 67, for a 16-under-par total of 264. Both managed par on the first playoff hole.

He may not have been in the play-off had he taken the advice of a member of the gallery. On the second hole, Watson hooked his tee shot into the heavy rough. His 90-metre approach shot to the second hole was seemingly blocked by a tree and a spectator offered the advice of hitting a low four-iron under the tree and bump it up to the green.

Watson took the opposite approach. He pulled out his sand wedge and blasted the ball over the tree to about a metre from the hole. He then sought out the member of the public and joked: “That’s why you’re on that side of the ropes.”

He went on to birdie the hole.

The best placed Australian was Steven Bowditch who shot 66, his best round of the week, to finish in 15th spot. His nine-under-par total of 271 was seven shots behind Casey and Watson.

Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith finished three shots behind Bowditch for a tie for 39th, after shooting final rounds of 69 and 68 respectively.

After being eight-under par through three rounds, Aaron Baddeley saw his challenge evaporate with a final round three-over-par 73 to finish tied for 48th.

Professional Golf Roundup For June 16, 2015

In the final round of the 2015 FedEx St. Jude Classic, Fabian Gomez cards a 4-under 66 to secure his first PGA TOUR win.

In this  photo, the 16th hole of the Chambers Bay golf course is shown as a freight train passes at left in University Place, Wash. Next week the course, which opened in 2007, will become the youngest golf course to host the U.S. Open since Hazeltine in 1970.

The community and the course are ready. A true test that will produce a true champion. Chambers Bay will welcome the U.S. Open as it comes to the Pacific Northwest for the very first time in its history. With massive, rolling fairways, towering dunes, undulating greens and unpredictable coastal winds, the traditional linksland course will provide the world’s best with a test unlike anything played at a U.S. Open.

World number one Rory McIlroy has been paired with defending champion Martin Kaymer of Germany for the first two rounds of the US Open at Chambers Bay.

They will be joined by US amateur champion Gunn Yang of South Korea when the season’s second major gets under way near Seattle on Thursday.

Northern Irishman McIlroy, 26, won the title in 2011 and is the reigning PGA Championship and Open champion.

Tiger Woods, 39, will play alongside Rickie Fowler and Louis Oosthuizen.

Woods is aiming for a 15th major title and fourth US Open success, less than two weeks after shooting the worst round of his professional career at the Memorial Tournament in Ohio.

Six-time runner-up Phil Mickelson, who needs to win the US Open to complete the career Grand Slam having already won three Masters titles, one Open and one US PGA Championship, has been paired with 2007 winner Angel Cabrera and Bubba Watson, twice Masters champion.

Jordan Spieth, who won the Masters in April, will tee off alongside 2013 US Open winner Justin Rose and twice runner-up Jason Day on a course hosting the tournament for the first time.

Lingmerth outduels Rose for first TOUR win at Memorial

DUBLIN, Ohio – David Lingmerth had lost his previous two playoffs and was hoping that trend would end at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide. It did, but only after Justin Rose’s scrambling ways came to an end.

Lingmerth earned his first PGA TOUR title at the tournament hosted by the greatest player in the game’s history, Jack Nicklaus. Lingmerth lifted the trophy after a three-hole, sudden-death playoff defined by improbable par saves.

“I’ve been in a few playoffs. You win some, you lose some,” Lingmerth said. “But I didn’t feel that it was my turn to lose this time.”

The three-hole playoff was the longest in Memorial history. Lingmerth, 27, started the week at No. 212 in the Official World Golf Ranking and No. 100 in the FedExCup. He’s now 28th in the FedExCup.

Lingmerth was born in Sweden before coming to the United States to play college golf. He played for West Florida before transferring to Arkansas, where he helped the Razorbacks to a runner-up finish in the 2009 NCAA Championship. Jack Nicklaus video-chatted with Lingmerth’s parents in Sweden after their son’s victory.

“It’s an honor being here, and winning is surreal,” Lingmerth said.

He has a slight tie to the state where he won his first TOUR title. Lingmerth’s uncle, Goran, appeared in one game for the Cleveland Browns in 1987. Goran Lingmerth, a placekicker, set the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision record with eight field goals in a single game while at Northern Arizona University. Goran is now a PING rep and gave David his first set of clubs when David was 12.

“If I didn’t have him, I might not even have played golf,” David said. “He’s pushed me and tried to get me to the mindset that I can do whatever I set my mind to.”

David had to overcome a three-shot deficit at the start of the day.

Rose led the field by three at the start of the day, but shot 72 in the final round. Rose was seeking his second Memorial win – he also won in 2010 – and second victory in his past five TOUR starts. His next start will be the U.S. Open, a tournament he won in 2013.

Lingmerth is scheduled to play a 36-hole U.S. Open qualifier Monday.

This was Lingmerth’s 68th PGA TOUR start. He lost a playoff at the 2013 Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, the same season he was runner-up to Tiger Woods in THE PLAYERS Championship. Lingmerth also lost a playoff on the Web.com Tour in 2012.

Lingmerth missed a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole of regulation, but it still looked like he’d win the title outright when Justin Rose shanked his approach shot from a fairway bunker. He hit his 56-yard pitch shot to 3 feet, though, to force a playoff. Rose had made a 12-foot birdie putt on the previous hole.

The drama continued in the playoff. Rose holed a 20-foot par putt, but Lingmerth matched him with a 10-footer.

“When I made that putt on the first extra hole, I thought, ‘Wow, I’m going to steal this one.’ But it wasn’t to be,” Rose said. “I think I made too many mistakes out there.”

Lingmerth got up-and-down from a bunker on the second extra hole. He won with par on the next hole, the par-4 10th, after Rose’s tee shot came to rest behind trees.

“Playoffs are exciting and my heart was beating, but I think I handled it pretty well,” Lingmerth said.

He did.

Steve Bowditch Wins AT&T Byron Nelson By Four Shots

Don’t beat yourself up, fantasy players. Steven Bowditch didn’t see this coming either.

Dating back to mid January, Bowditch had missed nine of 13 cuts before stepping on the gas Sunday and claiming a four-shot win at the AT&T Byron Nelson. Without so much as a top-10 finish in that stretch, he wasn’t exactly trending coming into this week, a fact he won’t argue.

Asked if he changed anything coming into this week, he laughed: “No. Run out of money.

“It’s basically the way my career has been my whole life,” he said. “You know, I guess when it’s good, it’s good and when it’s not, I’m just trying to hang on and make some cuts.”

But to be fair, he didn’t see it coming last time either and he still claimed a one-shot win at last year’s Valero Texas Open. Don’t think having a victory under his belt made him more comfortable on Sunday.

“I wasn’t really at ease,” Bowditch said. “I was more like a duck on a pond.  My insides were moving a mile a minute.  Just cruising on the surface.”

 

Chris Kirk edges Jordan Spieth to win Crowne Plaza Invitational At Colonial In Fort Worth

With a closing 4-under 66, Chris Kirk finished one shot ahead of Masters champion Jordan Spieth, playing partner Brandt Snedeker and Jason Bohn.

Chris Kirk was prepared to need a putt for a playoff at the Crowne Plaza Invitational Colonial.

No extra holes were necessary Sunday for Kirk to get his fourth PGA Tour victory.

Kirk made up for an errant tee shot at No. 18 with a par-saving and winning 7-foot putt after playing partner Brandt Snedeker’s birdie try slid by the hole.

“My first three wins on tour have all been little tap-ins on the last hole,” Kirk said. “So to step up and make a putt that I knew was to win is something I’ll never forget.”

With his closing 4-under 66, Kirk got to 12-under 268, one ahead of Snedeker, local Masters champion Jordan Spieth and Jason Bohn.

Bohn had a 63 that included six consecutive birdies on the front nine. Spieth shot 65, with a near-birdie that became a bogey at the par-3 16th hole.

When Kirk got in trouble at No. 18, Bohn and Spieth went to the nearby No. 1 tee and were hitting balls in preparation for a potential playoff. Spieth was already back near the green when Kirk got ready to putt.

Kirk hooked his tee shot at No. 18 into the left rough, then hit his approach from 155 yards over the green. A nice chip set up the winning putt after Snedeker’s miss from 12 feet after a similar tee shot to finish a 67.

 

Rory McIlroy Conquers Quail Hollow, Wins Wells-Fargo Golf

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Rory McIlroy was more methodical than electrifying Sunday.

It was still effective.

Always in control, the top-ranked McIlroy became the first two-time winner in the Wells Fargo Championship with a seven-shot victory over Webb Simpson and Patrick Rodgers.

McIlory closed with a 3-under 69 to finish at 21-under 267, shattering the tournament record by five strokes. He entered the day with a four-stroke lead over Simpson after a course-record 61 on Saturday.

“Everything is firing on all cylinders for me,” McIlroy said.

McIlroy also won the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play this month in San Francisco two weeks ago. Today’s win marks his 11th PGA TOUR title. He has six top-10 finishes in his last eight PGA TOUR starts.

McIlroy also won at Quail Hollow in 2010 for his first PGA TOUR title, shooting 15 under. Anthony Kim set the previous tournament record of 16 under in 2008.

“The golf course just sets up really well for me,” McIlroy said.

Phil Mickelson called McIlroy’s performance this week “impressive.”

Rodgers, playing on a sponsor exemption, was the only player to mount a serious challenge, getting within three shots after a birdie at No. 15. He played the final two holes in 3-over and finished with a 68. Simpson shot a 72.

McIlroy got off to a shaky start with a three-putt bogey on No. 2 — his first in 167 holes — but quickly pulled it together. He didn’t have another bogey until the 17th hole, when he had built a seven-stroke lead and outcome was already decided.

Simpson failed to capitalize on McIlroy’s early mistake, shooting 37 on the front nine that included a double bogey on the par-3 sixth when he three-putted from 8 feet. That dropped the Charlotte resident six shots back and he was never in contention again.

“He’s our best player right now and I wish more than anything I could have shot a couple under on the front to make it more exciting,” Simpson said. “Just didn’t have it today.”

McIlroy reached 20 under on No. 12 when he knocked his approach shot from 132 yards to 2 feet of the cup for a tap-in birdie and it looked as if he might coast the rest of the way.

But Rodgers, who earned his first top-25 finish on the PGA TOUR, made it interesting when he played a seven-hole stretch in 6-under par, sparked by an eagle on the par-5 10th hole. But McIlroy didn’t flinch when Rodgers drained a 15-foot putt on No. 15 to pull within three shots of the lead.

Instead, McIlroy countered by rolling in a birdie putt on his own on No. 14, moving to 21 under and regaining a four-shot cushion.

McIlroy then put an exclamation point on the win by drilling his approach shot from 145 yards to 3 feet on No. 16 for his tournament-record 27th birdie.

“I had a goal to go out there and birdie the par 5s and the two drivable par 4s and I knew if I made six birdies there was pretty much no chance that anybody could catch me,” McIlroy said. “With my length and the way I’m driving it, it’s a big advantage around here and it showed this week.”

Rodgers ran out of gas when he dunked his tee shot in the water on the pesky par-3 17th and took a double bogey to fall seven shots back. Still, it was a solid finish for Rodgers, who earned an automatic berth in the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial next week by virtue of his top-10 finish.

“It has given me a lot of confidence moving forward,” Rodgers said.

Mickelson finished in a three-way tie for fourth place at 12 under with Gary Woodland and Robert Streb.