Andrew Landry made a clutch birdie on the 72nd hole to track down Jon Rahm and force a playoff at the CareerBuilder Challenge. The pair traded pars for four holes before Jon Rahm ended things with a birdie. The win moves Rahm up to number two in the world rankings and now has four wins in 43 professional starts. Full scores
Rahm started the day two shots back and put on a ball-striking exhibition, shooting a five-under-par 67 despite not birdieing any of PGA West's par 5s. Rahm will now set his sights on Dustin Johnson and the top spot in the world rankings and his first career title defense at next week's Farmers.
After a disappointing rookie campaign on the PGA Tour in 2016, Landry had to go back to the Web.com Tour. Landry put together a stellar campaign, finishing 3rd on the money list. Landry now has two top-five finishes and another top ten in seven starts on the season. Landry can roll the rock and is a strong driver of the golf ball. You may remember him from the 2016 U.S. Open when he played in the final group on Sunday.
For the third straight year, Adam Hadwin finished in the top ten at the CareerBuilder, notching a t3rd finish.
Rookie Austin Cook held the 54-hole lead, looking for his second win of the young season, but struggled to a 3-over 75 on Sunday and a t14th finish.
Phil Mickelson missed the cut for the first time in 24 years at the CareerBuilder.
The playoff trend continued making it 16 playoffs at the CareerBuilder in the last 27 tournaments.
Eight Web.com Tour grads finished T-17 or better, five of which were part of the top 25 on the season-long money list.
The Yolk with Doak: Episode 4: Streamsong
The latest podcast with golf course architect Tom Doak is up. In this episode, we discuss the building of the Florida golf mecca, Streamsong. The building of Tom's Blue course and Coore & Crenshaw's Red course was one of the most unique and collaborative in the history of golf. For this podcast, we put together a lot of photos and video footage to accompany the podcast on our website. I would recommend checking this out.
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A star is born
For the second consecutive year, Tommy Fleetwood won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. The 27-year-old fended off a star-studded leaderboard with a final round 65 aided by a back nine 30. Fleetwood's birdie at the final hole gave him a two-shot edge over Ross Fisher and a four-shot cushion on Rory McIlroy and Matt Fitzpatrick. The win was Fleetwood's third in the last 53 weeks, and he has now finished in the top 25 in his last nine starts. 2017 was a breakout season for Fleetwood; he captured the European Tour's season-long Race to Dubai and became one of the top 20 players in the world. His recent form, confidence and all-around game scream top five players in the world. Full scores
After a 15 week layoff to nurse the lingering rib injury that hampered his 2017 campaign Rory McIlroy posted a t3rd finish. McIlroy appeared healthy and in fine form.
Belgian and former University of Illinois stars Thomas Pieters (t5th), and Thomas Detry (t9th) posted top ten finishes. Pieters will look to get back in the winner's circle, after notching two wins in 2015 and another in 2016, Pieters went winless in 2017. After a solid rookie campaign, Detry could be a potential sleeper for the European Ryder Cup team. The 24-year-old was two-time All-American in college and should become a fixture on European Tour leaderboards.
After notching a blowout win in Kapalua, world number one Dustin Johnson finished in a tie for 9th.
After winning for the first time at last week's South African Open, Chris Paisley notched a t5th in Abu Dhabi.
New course brewing for Kohler
Last week, Herb Kohler cleared an important hurdle in the development of a new golf course at his ritzy Wisconsin resort. The plans call for a fifth course at the Kohler Resorts and another lakefront venue. Will Knights broke down the details of Kohler's latest project.