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Hahn get first PGA win

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For the second time in the last three weeks a PGA Tour event came down playoff holes. This time James Hahn was able to defeat Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey to win the 2015 Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club. This was his first Tour victory. He was able to make a putt on the third playoff hole to get the W.

Retief Goosen led after three rounds but crumbled on the last 18 holes. He shot 75 in the final round. He is still winless in the last six seasons.

Sergio Garcia went bogey, bogey on 17 and 18 to miss the playoff by one shot.

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Top 10:

Place Player Score
1 James Hahn -6
T2 Dustin Johnson -6
T2 Paul Casey
T4 Hideki Matsuyama -5
  Keegan Bradley
  Jordan Spieth
  Sergio Garcia
T8 Sang-Moon Bae -4
  Graham DeLaet
  Retief Goosen
  Kyle Reifers

Notable Finishers:

Place Player Score
T12 Vijay Singh -3
T14 Bubba Watson -2
T30 Charley Hoffman +1
T41 Jimmy Walker +3
74 Brandt Snedeker +15
CUT Luke Donald
  Davis Love III
  Ryo Ishikawa
  Ernie Els
WD Mike Weir

FedEx Cup Standings

Place Player Score
1 Jimmy Walker 1113
2 Bubba Watson 888
3 Robert Streb 879
4 Sang-Moon Bae 834
5 Jason Day 810

Photo By: Jeff Gross

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Honda Classic Preview

Event Name:   Honda Classic
Course: PGA National
Where: Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Dates of the event: February 26- March 1
Course Yardage: 7,241
Par:      70
Defending Champ: Russell Henley
Purse:  6,100,000
Media Coverage: Golf Channel (Thursday & Friday)

NBC (Saturday & Sunday)


Russell Henley will return to PGA National defend the title that he won last season in a four man playoff. One of the players, Rory McIlroy, will be making his first PGA Tour start of the 2015 season. He has been on the European Tour where he picked up a win at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic earlier this season.

Players in the field:

Rory McIlroy Phil Mickelson Justin Rose
Charl Schwartzel Martin Kaymer Brooks Koepka
Ernie Els Matt Every Stewart Cink
Keegan Bradley Luke Donald Rickie Fowler
Sergio Garcia Lucas Glover Ryo Ishikawa
Zach Johnson Hideki Matsuyama Francesco Molinari
Scott Stallings Boo Weekly Mark Wilson
Lee Westwood Jhonattan Vegas Vijay Singh
Patrick Reed Ian Poulter Billy Horschel
Russell Henley Harris English Paul Casey
Sang- Moon Bae Robert Allenby Jason Dufner

Last Year’s Top 10:

Place Player Score
1 Russell Henley -8
T2 Rory McIlroy
  Ryan Palmer
  Russell Knox
5 Billy Hurley -7

Last Year’s Notable Finishers:

Place Player Score
T8 Sergio Garcia -5
T12 Adam Scott -4
T33 Zach Johnson -2
T46 Lee Westwood E
CUT Phil Mickelson
CUT Martin Kaymer

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Sony Open in Hawaii Preview

Event Name:   Sony Open in Hawaii
Course: Waialae CC
Where: Honolulu, HI
Dates of the event: January 15-18, 2015
Course Yardage: 7044
Par:      70
Defending Champ: Jimmy Walker
Purse:  $5,600,000
Media Coverage: Golf Channel

The PGA Tour hula dances into the capital of Hawaii to partake in the Sony Open. This is the first full field in 2015. Jimmy Walker returns to the place where he shot a -7 63 on Sunday en route to the victory. It was his second career win. Nine of the last ten winners will return to Waialae CC. The last person to win back-to-back titles was “The Big Easy” Ernie Els in 2003 and 2004.

Last Year’s Top 10:

Player Place Score
Jimmy Walker 1 -17
Chris Kirk 2 -16
Jerry Kelly 3 -15
Harris English 4 -14
Marc Leishman 5 -13
Brian Stuard 6 -12
Jeff Overton 7 -11
Charles Howell III T8 -10
Adam Scott
Matt Kuchar
Kevin Na
Matt Every
Hudson Swafford
Ryan Palmer
Zach Johnson
Hideto Tanihara
Retief Goosen
Pat Perez
Will Wilcox

Last Year’s Notable Finishers:

Player Place Score
Stewart Cink T20 -9
K.J. Choi T20 -9
Jason Dufner T32 -8
Sang-Moon Bae T32 -7
Mark Wilson T51 -4
Jordan Spieth CUT

Players in the field:

Jimmy Walker

Jason Day

Angel Cabrera

Tim Clark

Luke Donald

Zach Johnson

Webb Simpson

Kevin Streelman

Sang-Moon Bae

Paul Casey

Stewart Cink

K.J. Choi

Fred Funk

Lucas Glover

Matt Every

J.J. Henry

Davis Love III

Hideki Matsuyama

Kevin Na

Geoff Ogilvy

Chris Kirk

Jerry Kelly

Francesco Molinari

Carl Pettersson

Vijay Singh

Brendon Todd

Camilo Villegas

Jhonattan Vegas

Mark Wilson

Boo Weekly

JB Holmes

Scott Piercy

Yusaku Miyazato

Gary Woodland

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Tiger Who?

TIger Woods swinging his driver.
TIger Woods swinging his golf club.

The 2013 PGA Tour season concluded Sunday at East Lake Golf Course.  Henrik Stenson fired four rounds in the 60s en route to the victory.  With the win Stenson also won the $10 million Fed Ex Cup prize.  He had a great year, but the story is not about him.

This year, Eldrick ”Tiger” Woods won five big tournaments at courses that the previously played well at.  Woods always plays well at Torrey Pines, TPC Sawgrass, Firestone Country Club, TPC Blue Monster at Doral, and Bay Hill Club & Lodge.  Yes, the five wins are remarkable and they still may win him the 2013 Player of the Year Award.  Tiger Woods, however, has made it no secret that he only cares about major championships.  Since Tiger was a child he has always had a dream of surpassing Jack Nicklaus record of 18 majors.  With 14 majors it appears that Tiger may not catch Jack.

Why has Tiger not passed Jack?

Is it because of Tiger’s alleged cheating scandal?

NO! Tiger won tournaments prior to getting married, and he has won after the divorce, but he has still yet to win a major.    He has moved on to Lindsey Vonn.  Woods has appears to be happy with his relationship with Vonn.  He has been smiling.  Too much, well that’s a different story.

Is he to likable now?

Tiger used to be this intimidating figure that scared his opponents.  Those days are long gone.  Tiger now walks alongside his playing partners and have conversations.  Tiger is now a good friend of Rory McIlory, the future of the PGA Tour.  He never did this with Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, Ernie Els, or even Sergio Garcia.  No one is afraid of him.

Did the talent surpass Tiger?

Maybe.  Yes, players are better.  However, no one can match Tiger.

So, what is the missing piece to the Woods puzzle?

The only thing that makes sense is Steve Williams, Tiger’s former caddie.   Steve Williams carried Tiger’s golf clubs from 1999- 2011.  In that span Tiger Woods won 14 major championships, which is more than anyone else in that span.

In 2011, Tiger and Steve decided to go there separate ways.  It may not be obvious, but Tiger is missing Stevie.  Williams kept Tiger focused.  He didn’t let Tiger self-destruct.  He was the only guy Tiger spoke to on the course.

TIger Woods major championship total according to tigerwoods.com.
TIger Woods major championship total according to tigerwoods.com.

Who is Tiger Woods?  That is a question that is being debated by every fan he has.  Is he this adulterer that won major after major.  He was hated by some, but loved by many because he won a lot.  Is Tiger this guy that wants to be liked on the course because his skill set is dwindling?  Is he a sex addict that is not being truthful to himself?  Maybe he needs “extra attention”.   If that is who he is would the real Tiger Woods please stand up.  If not, Eldrick Woods can go home.