Given his well-documented Sunday struggles (only 1 PGA Tour win since the 2008 Players Championship), few thought Sergio Garcia would be the player to deliver clutch shots down the stretch on Sunday to catch Brooks Koepka who had opened up a 3 shot lead on the back 9. Garcia was able to overcome two penalties in his final round to shoot a 68 (-2) and tie Koepka, whose back-to-back bogeys on 14 and 15 allowed Garcia back into the game.
In the playoff, Garcia piped his tee shot while Koepka found the water, losing his hopes of winning the AT&T Byron Nelson. The title brings Garcia to a tie with his idol, Seve Ballesteros, for the most PGA Tour wins by a Spanish player, each having now 9 PGA Tour wins.
Playing in front of the Dallas crowd, Jordan Spieth started the tournament hot, hitting 33 of 36 greens in the first two rounds. Spieth entered the weekend as a co-leader but lost the ball-striking that got him there, leading to weekend rounds of (67-74). A hot putter on Saturday kept him in it with over 100’ of putts, but the putter went ice cold on Sunday with a mere 35’ of putts and a ballooning score.
World number 3 Rory McIlroy was also playing in front of a home crowd at this week’s DDF Irish Open at the K Club. Rory entered Sunday with a 3-shot lead, but a late surge from Russell Knox put the title in question as Knox pulled ahead of McIlroy with 3 holes remaining.
After a brief hail delay (yes, a hail delay), McIlroy showed what makes him one of the best to ever play, closing birdie-par-eagle to win his national championship for the first time. McIlroy stuck second shot 3-woods on both the par 5 16th and 18th. These were shots that only a few of his peers would attempt and even fewer if any would pull off.
These must have put McIlroy in a giving mood. After the event, he announced he would be donating his entire winner’s check of $750,000 to charity. Bravo!
Dapper or Damper: Fashion at the DDF Irish Open
Read along as our newest contributor, Chris Byrne, chimes in on the best and worst dressed of the
On Thursday, news broke (to nobody’s surprise) that Phil Mickelson was involved in an insider trading case where the golf star netted $931,000 from an inside tip about Dean Foods. Mickelson’s punishment? Nada. The golf star was able to skate by due to the government’s iffy insider trading policies by offering to pay back his profits with interest.
A Big Break
Former Big Break champion Richy Werenski entered this week’s Web.com BMW Pro-Am having come close to the winner’s circle with 2nd place finishes in 8 starts, a great beginning to the pro’s first year on the tour. This week, Werenski found the winning recipe, firing 65-65 on the weekend to win by 2 shots and secure his spot on the PGA Tour next year.
US Four Ball
This weekend, Winged Foot hosted the Four-Ball, the newest USGA Championship. 2-man amateur teams that had already qualified through local events competed for 32 match play spots (play starts today).
At the event, there was no story better than Mike Fastert, whose partner Glenn Pryzbylski was unable to make the trip due to a recent back injury. The USGA does not allow you to sub another partner in, so Mike was forced to play alone at the challenging setup. He ended up shooting rounds of 76-70 and beating several teams. View the full results here.
Congratulations to the members of the fried egg who competed!
Jason Buffone, Todd Mitchell (2nd place in medal play), Andy Roderique, Mike Fastert and Glenn Pryzbylski
Chris Kirk’s SB2K16 is more our speed.
2 in a row, Ariya Jutanugarn wins again.
Albin Choi’s front 9 27.
Bernhard goes back to the Champions Tour, notches another win.