Justin Rose won the Fort Worth Invitational by 3 shots for his 9th PGA Tour victory. Rose never let up on the gas pedal at Colonial CC, firing rounds of 66-64-66-64 on his way to the winner’s circle. The Englishman led the field in strokes gained approaching the green this week, consistently giving himself good looks at birdie. This is Rose’s second win of the 2017-2018 season, with his first coming in October at the WGC-HSBC Champions. Full Leaderboard
Koepka, More like Second-uh
Finishing second to Rose was Brooks Koepka. In only his 4th start since coming back from injury, Koepka put up two 63s on his way to a runner-up finish. Going toe to toe with Rose in the final round, Brooks made 8 birdies but was unable to catch the lead. Koepka has played much better in his last two events with a T-11 at the PLAYERS Championship and a runner-up finish this week. His strong play is going to suit him well as he aims to defend his U.S. Open title next month.
Best of the Rest
Rounding out the top 5 of the Fort Worth Invitational are Emiliano Grillo, Kevin Na, Louis Oosthuizen, John Rahm and Kevin Tway. Na shot an opening-round 62 and a closing-round 61 but sandwiched them with two lackluster rounds on his way to a 4th place finish. Grillo’s solo 3rd finish was his highest PGA Tour finish since the 2016 Barclays.
Rookie Joaquin Niemann finished T-8 at Colonial for his second top-10 finish of the season. This means he will get into next week’s FedEx St. Jude Classic without having to burn a sponsor’s exemption. Niemann currently has earned 180 FedEx Cup Points and will need another 365 to earn a Special Temporary membership on the PGA Tour. The last player to do so was Jon Rahm in 2016. The former #1 amateur has been extremely impressive in his first months on the PGA Tour and is a superstar in training.
Fran the Man
Across the pond, Francesco Molinari held on to win the BMW PGA Championship by 2 shots over Rory McIlroy. Molinari has been incredibly consistent this season, notching top 25 finishes nearly every time out. He now finds himself in solid position to make the European Ryder Cup team.
Rory had run up to a sizable lead through the first two rounds but was unable to close out the tournament. He now has runner-up finishes in Dubai and the BMW this season to go along with his win at Bay Hill. Coming off a disappointing 2017 season, Rory has shown much better form this season. Assuming he is able to put together better final rounds, don’t be surprised to see him win multiple times this summer. Full Leaderboard
NCAA Championship Update
The field has been cut to the top 15 teams for the men’s NCAA Championship. Duke leads the team competition through three rounds with #1 Oklahoma State close behind. On Monday, the individual champion will be determined as well as the 8 teams that will be moving on to match play. Follow live scores HERE
Bang for Your Buck, Wisconsin Edition
The second edition of Bang for Your Buck is on the site! This time, we cover the up-and-coming golf state of Wisconsin. The article covers the best deals in the cheese state and identifies some affordable architectural gems. Full article