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Arnold Palmer Invitational Preview

Event Name:   Arnold Palmer Invitational
Course: Bay Hill Club and Lodge
Where: Orlando, FL
Dates of the event: March 19-22
Course Yardage: 7,381
Par:      72
Defending Champ: Matt Every
Purse:  $6,200,000
Media Coverage: Golf Channel (Thursday & Friday)

NBC (Saturday & Sunday)


Last season, Matt Every was able to shoot a 70 in the final round to claim his first PGA title at Bay Hill. He will return to Orlando to attempt to repeat.

Tiger not teeing it up at Bay Hill. 

Players in the field:

Rory McIlroy Sang-Moon Bae Matt Every
Adam Scott John Senden Davis Love III
Webb Simpson Keegan Bradley Vijay Singh
Scott Stallings Hideki Matsuyama Angel Cabrera
Padraig Harrington Graeme McDowell Paul Casey
Kevin Streelman K.J. Choi Billy Horschel
Francesco Molinari Charles Howell III Kevin Na
Ryo Ishikawa Camilo Villegas Zach Johnson
Jason Day Matt Jones Bubba Watson
Ernie Els Harris English Gonzalo Fernandez- Castano
Rickie Fowler Martin Laird Ian Poulter
Gary Woodland Seung-Yul Noh Brandt Snedeker

Last Year’s Top 10:

Place Player Score
1 Matt Every -13
2 Keegan Bradley -12
3 Adam Scott -11
4 Jason Kokrak -10
T5 Henrik Stenson -9
  Erik Compton
  Francesco Molinari

Last Year’s Notable Finishers:

Place Player Score
T10 Graeme McDowell -6
T20 Gary Woodland -4
T26 Chesson Hadley -3
T35 Aaron Baddeley -1
T52 Patrick Reed +1
Cut Stuart Appleby
  Justin Rose
  Lee Westwood
  Jeff Overton

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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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Jason Day outduels J.B Holmes to win the Farmers

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The Farmers Insurance Open was nothing but exciting to the last stroke of the tournament.

It came down to the second playoff hole where Jason Day was able to par the 16th to clinch to the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

With the win he is now ranked fourth in the world. This was he fourth PGA Tour victory.

You can view next weeks AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am here. 

Day and Holmes were able to salvage birdie to force the second playoff and eliminate Scott Stallings and Harris English.

Jason Day nearly put his third shot on the par 5 18th in the drink. He was able to get up and down to shoot a 70.

Holmes couldn’t make his birdie putt on 18 to clinch the tourney.

Top 10:

Place Player Score
1 Jason Day -9
T2 J.B. Holmes -9
  Scott Stallings
  Harris English
T5 Charles Howell III -8
  Alex Prugh
T7 Nick Watney -7
  Jimmy Walker
  Martin Laird
  Shane Lowry

Notable Finishers:

Place Player Score
T11 Jhonattan Vegas -6
T19 Bill Haas -4
T41 Keegan Bradley E
T53 Angel Cabrera +3
T61 Rickie Fowler +4
Cut Justin Rose
Cut Jordan Spieth
Cut Dustin Johnson
Cut Luke Donald
Cut Phil Mickelson
WD Tiger Woods

FedEx Cup Standings

Place Player Score
1 Jimmy Walker 1039
2 Robert Streb 879
3 Bubba Watson 833
4 Charley Hoffman 756
5 Sang-Moon Bae 757

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Koepka wins the Waste Management Phoenix Open

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Brooks Koepka was able to shoot a 66 en route to winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open. It was his first tour victory.

Hideki Matsuyama had a chance to send the tourney to a playoff, but missed his left-to-right breaking putt. However, he did record a fairway eagle on the first.

Martin Laird was tied with Koepka after his birdie on the par 5 15th, but he stumbled into the clubhouse as he recorded a bogey on the drivable 17th and he doubled on the 18th after driving into the drink.

The shot of the tournament had to go to Francesco Molinari who recorded an ace on the signature 16th hole.

You can preview next weeks Farmers Insurance Open here.


Top 10:

Place Player Score
1 Brooks Koepka -15
T2 Bubba Watson -14
Ryan Palmer
Hideki Matsuyama
T5 Jon Rahm (a) -12
T5 Martin Laird

Notable Finishers:

Place Player Score
T10 Zach Johnson -10
T17 Keegan Bradley -8
T30 Boo Weekly -5
T40 Patrick Reed -4
76 Bill Haas +8
Tiger Woods CUT
Phil Mickelson CUT
Robert Allenby CUT
Sang-Moon Bae CUT
Jason Dufner CUT

FedEx Cup Standings

Place Player Score
1 Jimmy Walker 957
2 Robert Streb 879
3 Bubba Watson 833
4 Charley Hoffman 757
5 Sang-Moon Bae 721

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Haas shoots 67 to win the Humana Challenge

Bill Haas was able to shoot four rounds in the 60s en route to his sixth PGA Tour title.

He was able to hold off beat Charley Hoffman, Brendan Steele, Sung Joon Park, Steve Wheatcroft, and Matt Kuchar by one stroke.

Phil Mickelson could not recover from a first round 71. He finished at -15 tied for 24.

The Tour will move on to TPC Scottsdale. You can view the preview of next week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open here.

Top 10:

Player Place Score
Bill Haas 1 -22
Charley Hoffman T2 -21
Brendan Steele
Sung Joon Park
Steve Wheatcroft
Matt Kuchar
Webb Simpson T7 -20
Boo Weekly
Justin Thomas
Colt Knost T10 -19
Francesco Molinari
Ryan Palmer
Erik Compton

 

Notable Finishers:

Player Place Score
David Toms T24 -15
Patrick Reed
Harris English T30 -14
Billy Horschel T41 -13
Keegan Bradley T48 -12
Paul Casey CUT
Zach Johnson CUT
Ryo Ishikawa CUT

FedEx Cup Standings

Player Place Score
Jimmy Walker 1 957
Robert Streb 2 814
Charley Hoffman 3 575
Sang-Moon Bae 4 721
Ben Martin 5 655

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Waste Management Phoenix Open Preview

Event Name:   Waste Management Phoenix Open
Course: TPC Scottsdale
Where: Scottsdale, AZ
Dates of the event: 1/29-2/1
Course Yardage: 7,216
Par:      71
Defending Champ: Kevin Stadler
Purse:  $6,300,000
Media Coverage: Golf Channel

Tiger Woods will make his season debut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. This is his first time playing the course since 2001 when happened to ace the par-3 16th in the third round. The last time Tiger played in a competitive tournament was his Hero World Challenge where he came in tied for 17th. He has a new swing consultant and it will be very interesting to see how he performs in his first outing of 2015. Rickie Fowler is making his first start on the PGA Tour in Scottsdale. He played at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship earlier this month. He finished T66 2-under. Darius Rucker will be performing at the Coors Light Birds Nest He will both be performing on January 29th in Scottsdale. You can view the top 10 Darius Rucker songs here.


Players in the field:

Tiger Woods Jason Dufner Bill Haas
Jordan Spieth Keegan Bradley Brandt Snedeker
Phil Mickelson Bubba Watson Rickie Fowler
Matt Kuchar Patrick Reed Billy Horschel
Kevin Stadler Hunter Mahan Kevin Na
Geoff Ogilvy Hideki Matsuyama Zach Johnson
Gary Woodland John Senden Kyle Stanley
Robert Streb Kyle Stanley Mark Wilson
Kenny Perry J.B. Holmes Angel Cabrera
Retief Goosen David Toms Mike Weir
Padraig Harrington Ryan Moore Ryan Palmer
Sang-Moon Bae Aaron Baddeley Kevin Streelman
Martin Laird K.J. Choi Ben Crane
Matt Every Charley Hoffman Russell Henley
Carl Pettersson Scott Verplank Bo Van Pelt
Scott Stallings Boo Weekly Camilo Villegas
Seung-Yul Noh Ryo Ishikawa Charles Howell III
Stewart Cink Jhonattan Vegas Nick Watney

Last Year’s Top 10:

Player Place Score
Kevin Stadler 1 -16
Graham Delaet T2 -15
Bubba Watson
Hunter Mahan T4 -14
Hideki Matsuyama
Charles Howell III T6 -13
Brandon Steele
Harris English 9 -12
Webb Simpson 10 -11

Last Year’s Notable Finishers:

Player Place Score
Matt Jones T12 -9
Kevin Na T19 -7
Gary Woodland T37 -4
Phil Mickelson T42 -3
Martin Kaymer T53 -1
Vijay Singh 77 8
Lee Westwood CUT
Rickie Fowler CUT
Keegan Bradley CUT

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Humana Challenge Preview

Event Name:   Humana Challenge
Courses: Arnold Palmer at PGA West- Host Course

Jack Nicklaus at PGA West

La Quinta Country Club

Where: La Quinta, CA
Dates of the event: 1/22-1/25
Course Yardage: Palmer: 6,950

Nicklaus: 6,924

La Quinta: 7,060

Par:      All three courses are par 72
Defending Champ: Patrick Reed
Purse:  $5,700,000
Media Coverage: Golf Channel

Welcome back Lefty! Phil Mickelson is making his first appearance of the season at the Humana Challenge. This is his first start since the Ryder Cup. He will be looking to get off to a hot start in 2015 because his 2014 season was awful. Lefty had twelve top 25 finishes. The highest finish he had was second at the PGA Championship to Rory McIlory.

Defending champ, Patrick Reed will look to become the first repeat champion since Johnny Miller did it in 1975-76. At this event last season he became the third player to win this event wire-to-wire.

Players in the field:

Phil Mickelson

Patrick Reed

JJ Henry

Kevin Streelman

Keegan Bradley

Jason Dufner

Billy Horschel

Matt Kutcher

Francesco Molinari

Tim Clark

Ben Crane

Charley Hoffman

Kevin Na

Jhonattan Vegas

Scott Stallings

Luke Donald

D.J. Trahan

Paul Casey

Chad Campbell

Stewart Cink

John Daly

Ryo Ishikawa

Ryan Moore

Sung Joon Park

Rory Sabbatini

Mark Wilson

Scott Piercy

Ryan Palmer

Retief Goosen

Lucas Glover

Mike Weir

Scott Verplank

Brandt Snedeker

David Toms

Bo Van Pelt

Nick Watney

Jerry Kelly

Charles Howell III

Bill Haas

Jeff Overton

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño


Last Year’s Top 10:

Player Place Score
Patrick Reed 1 -28
Ryan Palmer 2 -26
Zach Johnson T3 -25
Justin Leonard T3
Brian Stuard 5 -24
Bill Haas T6 -23
Brendon Todd T6
Chad Collins 8 -22
Stuart Appleby T9 -21
Charlie Beljan
Ben Crane
Charley Hoffman

Last Year’s Notable Finishers:

Player Place Score
Jerry Kelly T13 -20
Keegan Bradley T18 -19
Webb Simpson T23 -18
Ryo Ishikawa T25 -17
Rickie Fowler T44 -16
Kevin Na T48 -14
J.J Henry T82 -7

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Spieth wins by 10; Woods last

Jordan Spieth won the 2014 Hero World Challenge by ten shots at the Isleworth Golf and Country Club.

Spieth shot 66 en route to his wire-to-wire victory. This is only the second win of his young career. The other came at the John Deere Classic in 2013.

Tiger Woods finished at even par for the tournament. He may have lost by twenty-six strokes, but Woods battled through awful shots and sickness to secure T-17. There’s a bright side for Tiger, however. He said that he could now hit the golf ball as hard as he wants and not feel any pain.

Other Notables who played in the tournament:

Henrik Stenson           -16

Keegan Bradley          -15

Jason Day                   -14

Rickie Fowler              -11

Justin Rose                 -11

Zach Johnson             – 9