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Scott Jamieson was the last man standing in a playoff at Royal Durban Golf Club in South Africa for the inaugural Nelson Mandela Championship, securing the first victory of the 2013-14 season and his first on the European Tour.

What was scheduled as a typical 72-hole event evolved into a 36-hole survival. Heavy rain and storms banged the first two days before organizers cut the event in half. Because of the moisture, the par-70 track was converted into a par 34-31=65. After Steve Webster and Eduardo de la Riva reached the clubhouse in 7-under 123, Jamieson crafted a bogey-free, 8-under 31-26=57 to join them. The trio returned to the 18th hole for the playoff. Jamieson earned the title with consecutive pars, eliminating de la Riva (bogey) on the first trip, and then Webster the second time around. "To get your name on any European trophy is a fantastic achievement," said Jamieson, who poured in eight birdies today, including five on his outward nine, "but it's a little more special when it's for someone like Nelson [Mandela]. At the start of the day I probably didn't think I would be standing here holding the trophy; but I knew I needed a fast start and I was lucky enough to get that."
Sun, Dec 9, 2012 12:05:00 PM

The second round of the Web.com Tour Championship was suspended for darkness.

Inclement weather delayed play for a time today. As a result, 20 golfers were stranded at Dye's Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass at nightfall, including first-round leader Zac Blair. He's 12-under through 33 holes and will return to complete the seventh hole on Saturday morning. James Nitties finished his second round and posted 6-under 66-68=134. That's good for a share of fourth place at the moment. The 31-year-old from Australia arrived for the finale of the four-event series ranked 42nd (or $13,816.67 outside the bubble) among the top 25 elbowing for PGA TOUR cards. Nitties hasn't played on the PGA TOUR since losing his card after a two-year stint in 2010.
Sep 19 - 9:18 PM

Tommy Gainey spun an 8-under-par 31-31=62 in his second round of the Web.com Tour Championship, establishing the course record at Dye's Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass.

Gainey split 12 (of 14) fairways and missed only one green in regulation en route to nine birdies and one bogey, that a 5 at the 15th hole. He birdied both par 3s on the back half of the track -- his front side today -- and both par 5s on the course. The likable native from South Carolina exhausted his PGA TOUR status earned when he won The McGladrey Classic in 2012. He finished the 2013-14 season ranked 156th in FedExCup points and 147th on the money list, and then opened the Web.com Tour Finals 0-for-3. So, even though he signed his card today sitting just inside the top 10 on the leaderboard, Gainey will need to keep the pedal down on the weekend to secure his return to the PGA TOUR.
Sep 19 - 2:14 PM

D.A. Points elected not to compete in this week's Web.com Tour Championship due to the concern among his brethren that he'd directly impact the final standings among the 25 chasing PGA TOUR cards for 2014-15.

Points is fully exempt on the PGA TOUR next season for winning the Shell Houston Open in 2013, but he wanted to sneak in some live action during his two-month break since he didn't qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs. However, because the Web.com Tour Finals is a four-event series and not a single tournament, the possibility exists that he could effectively reduce the earnings of a guy on the bubble for the top 25. Of course, his impact wouldn't be any different than any other golfer in the field, but the message is that Points doesn't need the money for a card. "I thought unless I finish in the top 4 or 5 it wouldn’t make a difference, but then guys were on me about it," he said. "I understand that and that’s not why I’m here. I’ve got a lot of friends who are playing in this. I’m not here to keep anybody from getting a job."
Sep 17 - 9:15 PM

Anthony Kim remains sidelined indefinitely and may be wrestling with a financial dilemma, according to Sports Illustrated's Alan Shipnuck, who wrote an article on the golfer for the Sept. 22 edition of the magazine.

Shipnuck wove new reporting with quotes from old interviews in an attempt to piece AK's mystery together. Injuries, a philosophical disconnect with the PGA TOUR and the absence of a fit socially among members all contribute to Kim's disappearance, but perhaps the most relevant issue concerns an insurance policy that would reportedly pay him nearly $20 million for never hitting another golf ball in sanctioned competition. None of Kim's quotes are recent, so all of these angles as it relates to Kim's mindset today amounts to aggregate conjecture. If he returns, he'll be armed with a Major Medical Extension with 16 starts to earn $613,550 and retain status, but those numbers are mere formalities when compared to the saga that has so many golf fans and gamers scratching their heads.
Source: Golf.com
Sep 17 - 3:07 PM

Tiger Woods is on pace to return to competition at his newly sponsored Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, Florida, on Dec. 4-7.

There's quite a bit of time between now and then, but the absence of a setback is a positive. "I've been busting my butt in the gym," he said at media day for the tournament today. "It's nice to be able to shut it down and get stronger." Getting physically fit is only part of the equation for the 14-time major champion that will turn 39 years old at the end of December, but he's only occasionally acknowledged that he needs to let his golf game evolve with his age and against the younger (and longer) competition. Assuming he's healthy, Woods is planning a "very full" schedule in 2015. Because he qualifies as a Life Member, he doesn't need to meet the membership minimum of 15 starts, but it would be a surprise if he doesn't eclipse that given today's expectation.
Sep 15 - 1:56 PM

Justin Thomas signed for a 1-under-par 35-35=70 in the final round of the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship to secure his first Web.com Tour win.

Thomas completed 72 holes at 6-under 278 and found himself tied with Richard Sterne. Thomas birdies the first hole of sudden death to clinch the title. In regulation, he circled three birdies to just two bogeys at The Ohio State University's Scarlet Course. The University of Alabama product ranked inside the top six in driving accuracy, driving distance, greens in regulation and putting average for the week. He ended the regular season safely inside the top 25 to clinch a 2014-15 PGA TOUR card, bagging five top-five finishes, but was never able to close the deal. With the confidence of this win in the Web.com Tour Finals in his back pocket, expect him to make an immediate impact on the PGA TOUR next season.
Sep 14 - 7:56 PM

Billy Horschel remained unfazed on his way to a 2-under-par 33-35=68 in the final round of the TOUR Championship, securing his second consecutive victory and the FedExCup title.

Playing in the final pairing, Horschel got the best of his playing partner, Rory McIlroy. After McIlroy faded in the middle of the round, Horschel didn't get lackadaisical and kept the pedal to the metal. With Jim Furyk nipping at his heels, Horschel put a nail in the coffin with a 30'9" par save on the par-4 16th hole. Off the radar for most gamers entering the Playoffs, the champ turned up the heat starting at the Deutsche Bank Championship and rattled off 12 straight rounds in the 60s to finish the season playing the best golf of his career. In addition to the $1.44 million payout for winning the tournament, Horschel will receive a $10 million bonus as the eighth winner of the FedExCup.
Sep 14 - 5:45 PM

Greg Norman suffered an injury to his left hand while trimming branches with a chainsaw at his home in Florida on Saturday.

Norman was the first to report the incident on Instagram and was already home today. The Associated Press tracked down the Hall of Famer for details this morning. Apparently, the weight of a branch forced his left hand into the chainsaw's blade. "Thank God the blade wasn't running full speed or it would have taken my hand off," he said. "I handled everything as calmly as I could. There is no major damage. There is nerve damage, but no muscular damage. They fixed me up and here I am." Norman added that there is some tingling in his fingers and quipped, "At least I can still play tennis."
Sep 14 - 12:28 PM

Paul Casey came from behind at Kennemer Golf & Country Club in Zandvoort, The Netherlands, to win the KLM Open by one stroke over fellow Englishman Simon Dyson.

The champ began the day four shots back of Frenchman Romain Wattel, who would close with a 4-over-par 37-37=74 and settle for T5. Poised for a strike after his course-record-tying 62 in the third round, Casey carded a 4-under 32-34=66 today to steal the title. It's his 13th victory on the European Tour and his first as a father. His fiancée gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy, on Sept. 1. "I’m a bit emotional to be honest," he said. "It was very carefree for three-and-a-half days, because if I played well or poorly I was going to go home to see my baby, and then I got to the last three holes and I thought I really want this -- not that he is old enough to understand. ... Just having my first child was a great distraction. I had no expectations coming into the week and I did very little pratice. ... I’m absolutely over the moon." Andy Sullivan of England finished alone in third place two swings adrift. His Sunday 67 included a hole-in-one at the par-3 15th.
Sep 14 - 11:48 AM

Rory McIlroy carded a 3-under-par 33-34=67 in his third round of the TOUR Championship to arrive at the 54-hole mark with a piece of the lead.

McIlroy trailed for most of round before evening the score at the par-5 15th with a clutch eagle hole out from just off the green. Prior to that point, the Ulsterman had circled three birdies but had also given two back. His only highlight on the putting surface came from 20'11" for birdie on the par-4 third hole. With a share of the lead at 9-under 201, McIlroy will be looking to finish off his fantastic season with a bang.
Sep 13 - 6:29 PM

Billy Horschel conjured up a 1-under-par 32-37=69 in the third round of the TOUR Championship, reaching the 54-hole mark with a share of the lead with Rory McIlroy.

The overnight leader got off to a hot start, playing the front nine at 3-under before looking shaky at times on his back nine coming in. The highlight of the round came at the par-3 second, where he tracked in a 50'3" birdie bomb. Horschel continues to hold true to his reputation of being a streaky player. Starting the week inside the top five, and now sitting at 9-under 201, Horschel will control his own destiny on Sunday as the stakes are risen.
Sep 13 - 6:18 PM




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