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With a birdie on the first hole of a three-way playoff, Miguel Angel Jiménez successfully defended his title at the Hong Kong Open in Fanling.

It was just over 12 months ago that the Spaniard established the European Tour record for oldest champion in any event. Just under two months shy of his 49th birthday at the time, Jiménez recorded a one-stroke victory at Hong Kong Golf Club. That he emerged again today really isn't a surprise despite his age as it marks the fourth time he's claimed victory on this course, also hoisting the trophy in 2005 and 2008. "I love this place, I love this golf course, I love the tournament," he said. "I played so well and I holed some putts, and the one in the play-off gave me victory." Stuart Manley of Wales and Thailand's Prom Meesawat also completed regulation in 12-under 268. Jiménez buried an 18-footer for the title while both of his opponents failed to reach the green in regulation and couldn't hole out to extend. This is MAJ's 20th Euro Tour victory and first since last year's edition. He's likely to climb inside the top 40 of the Official World Golf Ranking.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 11:23:00 AM

Bo Van Pelt smoked Ridgewood Country Club for a bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-33=65 in his opening round of The Barclays, good for outright possession of the overnight lead.

BVP sends seven with 66s into the annals as first-round also-rans. He split 10 (of 14) fairways and created 15 opportunities to break par. Quite simply, he performed early and late. He opened birdie-birdie-birdie on the front side, the longest conversion of that set measuring 22'9" at the par-3 second. He then strung together 12 consecutive pars, culminating with a save from 11'6" at the par-3 15th. After landing his second 16 yards from the cup at the par-5 17th, he then holed the chip that curled right to left with perfect speed. Van Pelt has everything to gain this week as he began the FedExCup Playoffs slotted 104th in points. Barring an absolute meltdown on Friday at Ridgewood, he'll be this close to punching his ticket into next week's second leg outside Boston.
Aug 21 - 6:08 PM

Rory McIlroy blew up for a 3-over-par 40-34=74 in his opening round of The Barclays.

And the walls came tumbling down. Anything McIlroy does right now will be hyper-analyzed, so be it, but he just had a rough day on a challenging golf course. He split just seven (of 14) fairways at Ridgewood, not indicative of his precision in recent weeks. However, he managed 12 greens in regulation, which is on par with many of the early contenders. Yet, the FedExCup points leader buried only two birdies and fanned on three tries inside 10 feet. He squared three bogeys and a double. Currently eight strokes off the clubhouse lead, McIlroy has no choice but to tighten the screws if he's going to win his fourth consecutive tournament.
Aug 21 - 1:37 PM

In a post-tournament interview at the PGA Championship on Aug. 10, Graeme McDowell laid out his schedule for the FedExCup Playoffs, which overlaps the timing of the scheduled birth of his first child.

We've known for months that G-Mac's wife was going to deliver in August, but the baby controls the schedule. For now, he's in the field at Ridgewood Country Club for The Barclays. "Boston week [Deutsche Bank Championship] we have the baby coming so I'm going to take Boston week off and then I'll be in Colorado [for the BMW Championship], hopefully in Atlanta [TOUR Championship] and hopefully Gleneagles [Ryder Cup], kind of the tentative schedule subject to change," he said at Valhalla 10 days ago. McDowell enters the Playoffs slotted 43rd in points. Assuming he skips the DBC, the pressure is on to make the cut at The Barclays. For example, Ken Duke opened the 2012 Playoffs as the 42-seed. He then went 0-for-2 to drop to 76th, so he didn't advance to the BMW. But back in 2009, Nathan Green started 41st, missed two cuts and dropped to only 65th. Regardless, expect a solid performance from the Ulsterman this week.
Aug 20 - 6:52 PM

Matt Kuchar declared himself healthy again in today's presser at The Barclays.

It turns out that the last champion at Ridgewood Country Club (in 2010) suffered discomfort in his back doing something with which many dads are familiar, albeit two days before the PGA Championship. "We were having a party at the house – a bunch of people over, a bunch of kids over," he said. "I was in charge of hooking up the Slip 'N Slide for the kids. Walked around, all of Target, all of Wal-Mart, couldn’t find one. Sat in the car for about an hour fighting traffic and when I got back, I thought, 'Boy, my back doesn’t feel very good right now.'" Kuchar withdrew from the major, but he's ready to go this week. "I feel like I’m 100 percent. It’s funny how little setbacks can feel so different to you."
Aug 19 - 3:22 PM

Steve Stricker is not planning to compete again until December, according to Gary D'Amato of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Stricker is one of three golfers eligible for the FedExCup Playoffs that isn't teeing it up at The Barclays. (Dustin Johnson is on personal leave while Jason Dufner is nursing bulging discs in his neck.) Stricker has been playing through a torn labrum in his left hip, but there's more to it. "Sounds like I've got a back and hip issue," Stricker told D'Amato in a text message. "Going to shut it down till December. Rest and rehab and then try to play and see how it goes." Stricker added that he's dealing with herniated discs in his neck and back. He's also known to have an elk hunting trip planned shortly, but he'll be at captain Tom Watson's side at the Ryder Cup in Scotland in five weeks.
Aug 19 - 12:15 AM

Gunn Yang defeated Corey Conners 2 and 1 in the championship match of the 114th U.S. Amateur Championship.

The match concluded when the duo exchanged pars at the par-3 17th hole on the Highlands Course at Atlanta Athletic Club. Yang had a look at a reasonably short birdie on the par-4 16th to end it, but lipped it out on the left side. At no point did he trail in the scheduled 36-hole finale. The 20-year-old sophomore at San Diego State University entered the week slotted No. 776 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. Among his victims was the world's top-ranked amateur, Ollie Schniederjans, who lost 1 down in the Round of 16. It was just a year ago that the native of South Korea had laser endoscopic spinal surgery. Included in the spoils of today's victory are exemptions into the first three majors of 2015 as long as he remains an amateur. Berths in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, RBC Heritage and Memorial are also traditionally extended.
Aug 17 - 7:31 PM

Martin Piller fired an 8-under-par 32-31=63 in the final round of the News Sentinel Open to win by two strokes at 22-under 262.

Piller's win came in wire-to-wire fashion, and moves him from 134th to 29th on the Web.com Tour money list. He circled seven birdies and an eagle to just one bogey on his lap around Fox Den CC for his third career win on the Web.com Tour. He landed 14 GIR, and the irons were the key to his week. He tied for sixth in GIR. He now has one more event in the regular season to move inside the top 25 on the money list for a 2014-15 PGA TOUR card. If he fails to accomplish that feat, he will have to successfully navigate the four tournaments in the Web.com Tour Finals.
Aug 17 - 6:34 PM

Camilo Villegas blitzed Sedgefield Country Club for a bogey-free, 7-under-par 29-34=63 in his final round of the Wyndham Championship to post 17-under 263, good for a one-stroke victory over Bill Haas and Freddie Jacobson.

Villegas came out swinging from the sixth-to-last pairing on Sunday, knocking off four birdies and an eagle on the opening nine holes. With the exception of his 46'8" birdie at the par-4 sixth, all of his circles occurred from inside nine feet. The ball-striking was exquisite as he split 11 (of 14) fairways and landed 15 greens in regulation. He also gained over two strokes with the putter in the finale. This is his fourth PGA TOUR title, but it's been over four years since his last (2010 Honda Classic). He skyrockets 68 spots in the FedExCup standings to 37th as the Playoffs commence on Thursday.
Aug 17 - 5:02 PM

Marc Warren parlayed his overnight share of the lead at the Made in Denmark into a two-stroke victory over fellow 54-hole co-leader Bradley Dredge.

Dredge also held a piece of the 18-hole lead an led outright at the midpoint, but closed with a 1-under-par 36-34=70 at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort in Aalborg. Warren turned in a 3-under 33-35=68 to post 9-under 275. This is the Scot's third European Tour victory and his first since 2007. England's Phillip Archer finished alone in third place five strokes back. One further back, Thomas Björn led his hosting countryman with a T4 at what was the first edition of the tournament.
Aug 17 - 12:52 PM

Cameron Tringale disqualified himself from last week's PGA Championship today after acknowledging that he signed an incorrect scorecard after his final round.

Tringale had originally turned in a 2-under-par 69, but that included a whiff during an attempted tap-in on the 11th hole. "On Sunday, I signed for a bogey 4 on the par-3 11th hole," he said. "While approaching the hole to tap in my three-inch bogey putt, the putter swung over the ball prior to tapping in. Realizing that there could be the slightest doubt that the swing over the ball should have been recorded as a stroke, I spoke with the PGA of America and shared with them my conclusion that the stroke should have been recorded." So, instead of a three-way T33 and $53,000, Tringale is credited with neither. Obviously, this is an unusual situation, so check with your league's provisions on how to address it. He's not competing in the Wyndham Championship, but at 58th in the FedExCup standings, we'll see him during the first two legs of the Playoffs.
Aug 16 - 3:52 PM

Kevin Sutherland authored a 13-under-par 28-31=59 in his second round of the Dick's Sporting Good Open on the Champions Tour to become the first to break 60 in the 35-year history of the circuit.

And he did so with a bogey at the par-4 18th hole to conclude his round. Sutherland turned 50 on the Fourth of July, so this week's stop in Endicott, New York, is just his third with the 50-and-older crowd. As the splits above indicate, he tore up the par-37 front nine at En-Joie Golf Club, recording seven birdies and an eagle. His only par occurred on the par-4 ninth. Sutherland got back to work immediately after the turn, with birdies at 10 and 11. After three more pars, he birdied 15, 16 and 17 to put 58 if not 57 into play. At 14-under 130 through 36 holes, he was four strokes clear of the field with plenty of golf remaining today with one round remaining on Sunday. There were nine 60s on the Champions Tour before Sutherland's breakthrough.
Aug 16 - 3:18 PM




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