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Monday, January 21, 2019
Mickelson ties for second . . .

  Adam Long knocked in a 13-foot putt for birdie on the 18th hole of the Stadium Course to win the Desert Classic by one stroke over Phil Mickelson and Adam Hadwin. Long posted a final-round 65 to finish 26 under par, while Mickelson, who had led from the start, made two costly bogeys and had to settle for 3-under for 69, his worst 18 of the week. Hadwin closed with 67 to catch Mickelson at the wire for the runner-up spot.

    Dominic Bozzelli, guest of the Caseys at Golden Hills several years ago, shot 66 Sunday for 226, 22 under, and finished all alone in fifth place. Seminole Daniel Berger tied for 12th at 17 under, closing with 68. 

Sunday, January 20, 2019
Phil is 22 under par . . .

    Phil Mickelson continued his mastery at La Quinta yesterday, posting another bogey-free round of 6-under 66, and he takes a two-stroke lead into today's finale of the Desert Classic. Phil birdied three holes on each side after opening with pars on the first five holes. He has a tournament-leading 22 birdies over the 54 holes, along with one eagle and one double bogey. Ironically, he hasn't made a bogey for three days. He had three twos on his card Saturday. 

    Adam Hadwin remained in contention, adding a 65 for 196, 20 under and good for second place. Adam Long shot 63 and is in third alone at 19 under, followed by veteran Steve Marino, who is 18 under in fourth as he fights to keep his playing privileges. 

    Mickelson has hit just 24 of 42 fairways but he's 42 for 54 in the greens in regulation column and he's sixth in scrambling. 

    Seminoles: Daniel Berger (67-67-69-203) is 13 under and is tied for 20th; rookie Hank Lebioda missed the cut (minus 9) by one with 70-70-68-208. Gator: Brian Gay - 71-72-69-212, 4 under, missed cut.

    Dominic Bozzelli, guest of the Casey family at Golden Hills during the FSGA event several years back, is tied for seventh at 16 under after shooting 64. Charlie Reiter, a freshman at USC, was 1 over after 36 holes, but shot a course-record 9-under 63 at the Stadium Course, missing the cut by a stroke.  

 

Saturday, January 19, 2019
Phil shoots 68 and is 16 under par . . .

    He couldn't come close to repeating Thursday's round, but Phil Mickelson played well enough - except for one hole - to retain his lead Friday in the Desert Classic played over three courses at La Quinta. 

    After making 10 birdies and an eagle in his round 1 60, Phil made six more birdies in round 2 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course. But a double bogey six on the par-4 ninth left him with a 4-under 68, a total of 16-under 128, and a two-stroke lead over Curtis Luck (64-66-130). Adam Hadwin (65-66-131) and Steve Marino (66-65-131) are deadlocked for third at 13 under. 

    There was no cut after 36 holes since every player must finish three rounds - one over each of the three courses in play - before half the field is sent to the sidelines. That comes after today's play, with Phil moving to the Stadium Course, where all those still standing will play on Sunday. 

    Gator: Brian Gay - 71-72-143, 1 under, tied for 127th and in trouble. Seminoles: Daniel Berger - 67-67-134, 10 under, tied for 11th; Hank Lebioda - 70-70-140, 4 under, tied for 90th. Dominic Bozzelli, who spent a week at the home of the Caseys at Golden Hills during the FSGA event several years ago, is 8 under and tied for 28th.  

    The Tour moves to San Diego for the $7.1 million Farmers Insurance Open next week and the field is loaded. Tiger Woods makes his return to Torrey Pines, one of his favorite venues, after a layoff since winning the Tour Championship, but Ted Potter will take another week off. 

    To pinpoint how difficult it is to retain one's exemption on the PGA Tour year after year, J. J. Henry is the third alternate. 

Friday, January 18, 2019
Phil shoots 12-under 60 for 3-stroke lead . . .

    Phil Mickelson turned in one of the greatest rounds of his long and storied career in the opening round of the Desert Classic in LaQuinta, California yesterday. The event is being played over three courses - the LaQuinta Country Club, the Stadium Course and the Nicklaus Tournament Course, with the Stadium Course acting as the host.

    Playing the LaQuinta Country Club Course, Phil posted a flawless 18 holes. He made putts from everywhere, chipped in on one hole, and made it up and down from several traps. It was the third time he has shot 60 in his PGA career, the other two coming at the Waste Management Open, where he went on to win both times. 

    Phil birdied four holes on the front nine, and added an eagle three on the par-5 sixth hole for a 6-under 30. He was just as spectacular on the back, making six more birdies for another 30 and a total of 12-under 60. He finished the day three strokes ahead of Adam Long, who shot 9-under 63. 

    The field tore the three courses up, and a myriad of players were well under par. 

    Gator: Brian Gay shot 1-under 71. Seminoles: Daniel Berger, 5-under 67; rookie Hank Lebioda, 2-under 70.

Monday, January 14, 2019
Ted triples 13, finishes 13th at 13 under . . .

    What's the difference between making a par or taking a triple bogey? Ted Potter found out yesterday when a deadly triple on the 13th hole at the Sony Open in Hawaii caused him to finish in a tie for 13th at 13 under par, instead of a tie for seventh at 16 under. The difference? About $90,000.

    Ted rebounded from the disaster at 13 with birdies at 17 ( putt of 18 feet, 5 inches) and 18 (22 feet, 4 inches) and finished at 267 after his final-round 68. It could have been three straight birds to close out the round but he missed his putt on 16 after leaving his second just 7 feet, 8 inches from the hole. He wound up nine strokes behind winner Matt Kuchar, who was never threatened on Sunday, posting a 4-under 66 to hold everyone at bay at 22 under. Andrew Putnam played well and finished second at 18 under. 

    Ted earned $123,733 for his 13th-place finish and his earnings for the season jumped to $387,857. He moved from 69th to 53rd on the PGA Tour money list, while his 156 FedEx Cup points moved him from 76th to 55th on that list. After two weeks in Hawaii, one of them spent with his wife, Cheri, he'll take a well-deserved week off.

    Gator Brian Gay tied for 22nd at 10 under after a closing 66, and Seminole Hank Lebioda made his second cut since joining the tour as a rookie, finishing tied for 43rd at 7 under 273. Dominic Bozzelli, who spent a week at Golden Hills at the home of hosts Eric and Carrie Casey during the FSGA event a few years back, tied for 33rd at 8-under-par 272.  

    

 

Sunday, January 13, 2019
Ted is 7 behind Matt Kuchar . . .

    Ted Potter's chance for a $200,000-plus payday this evening remained in play after his 2-under-par round of 68 yesterday kept him in a tie for fifth at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

    Ted missed a birdie putt of 7 feet, 10 inches after blasting out of a trap on the par-5 18th hole which would have put him in fifth place by himself at 12 under par. By missing the putt, he's tied with 10 others at 11 under and the difference in all their checks with that many in the deadlock would be substantial. 

    At 11 under, the group that also includes Bryson DeChambeau, Davis Love III, Charles Howell III, Marc Leishman and Dominic Bozzelli, is seven strokes behind leader Matt Kuchar, who tacked on a 66 to his earlier pair of 63s for a 54-hole total of 192, 18 under par. Kuchar has a two-stroke lead over Andrew Putnam, and four over Chez Reavie and Keith Mitchell, who shot 63 yesterday.  

    There was a second cut after the round and it came at 2 under par, with 10 more players at 209 or worse heading for the sidelines in the MDF category. They won't get to finish, but all will receive a check.

    Ted tees off in today's finale at 11:50 Hawaii time, which is 4:50 here. He goes off the first tee with Hudson Swafford and Brian Stuard, who are also 11 under.

    Gator Brian Gay is still around at 6-under 204, tied for 40th, as is Seminole rookie Hank Lebiodo, who is tied for 48th at 5-under 205.  

Saturday, January 12, 2019
Ted shoots 5-under-par 65 in round 2 . . .

    Ted Potter's second round at the Sony Open in Hawaii pretty much resembled round one. However, instead of beginning with a bogey and following with five birdies as he did on Thursday, this time he opened with a double bogey, then followed with seven birdies.  

    The result was that Ted added a 5-under-par 65 to his opening 66 over the Waialae Country Club course and at 9 under par is tied for fifth place, five strokes behind leader Matt Kuchar and four behind Andrew Putnam for second. With nobody at 12 under or 11 under, Ted is just one stroke out of third place. 

    If Ted can keep it up for two more rounds, a major paycheck in in store. First place in the $6.4 million event is worth more than $1.1 million, and fifth is worth approximately $255,000. Even 10th place brings home a check of more than $170,000. 

    After his double bogey on the par-4 first hole, Ted birdied 2, 3, 5, 8, and 9 on the front, and 12 and 14 on the back for a round of 32-33. He has hit just 17 of 28 fairways, but in a reverse of recent tournaments, has hit an excellent 30 of 36 greens in regulation. 

    Kuchar is on fire, posting a pair of 63s for 126, while Putnam shot 62-65-127. Gator Brian Gay (67-69-136) is 4 under par, and made the cut by two strokes. He's tied for 35th. 

    The tour has added another FSU player, Hank Lebioda, and he made the cut with rounds of 70-67-137, 3 under.  Hank, born and still living in Orlando, turns 25 on Monday and will celebrate his birthday with a good paycheck in the Sony. He's tied for 46th.

    In three previous events in the wrap-around season, Hank missed his first two cuts, then tied for 32nd at the RSM Classic, earning $36,224. On the Web.com Tour last year, he made 18 of 26 cuts, had one second and four top 10s, and earned $169,758.   

Friday, January 11, 2019
Ted makes string of five birdies . . .

    After taking a bogey on the par-3 11th hole at the Waialae Country Club, the second hole he played yesterday, Ted Potter went on a birdie spree and wound up shooting a 4-under-par 66 in the first round of the Sony Open In Hawaii. 

    Ted went on to birdie the 13th and 18th holes on the back nine, and added birdies on 2, 3 and 9 on the front to complete his round of 32-34, putting him in a deadlock for seventh place. 

    Adam Svennson took the early lead in the $6.4 million event with a 9-under-par 61, one stroke better than Andrew Putnam and two better than Matt Kuchar. Ted is tied with nine others at 66, and there are 12 tied at 3 under. Defending champ Patton Kizzire is in the 3-under group, as is Gator Brian Gay.

    The early projected cut is at 1 under 69.   

 

Monday, January 7, 2019
Heads for $6.4 million Sony . . .

    From Maui, Ted Potter makes the short hop to Honolulu this week for the Sony Open in Hawaii, with a check for $68,250 in the till. That's what he earned yesterday after posting a final-round, 1-under-par 72 in the Sentry Tournament of Champions.  

    Ted finished with 75-73-71-72-291, 1 under over the par-73 Plantation Course at Kapalua. He tied for 27th in the 33-man field that featured only players who won PGA Tour events in 2018. Ted has collected $264,124 in the five events he's played since the wrap-around season began. After missing the cut at the Safeway Open, he has now made four straight and is 26 under par over the 16 rounds. He earned 30 FedEx Cup points and with 99, is in 76th place in that category. He's also in 69th place on the PGA money list.

    Xander Schauffele came from out of the clouds to win Sunday, putting up a sensational 11-under-par 62 to finish at 23 under. Gary Woodland finished one stroke behind after leading from the start and appeared to be headed for an easy victory, especially after adding a 5-under 68 on Sunday to get it to 22 under. Justin Thomas was third at 18 under.

    Joining Ted at the $6.4 million Sony, to be played at the Waialae Country Club, will be defending champ Patton Kizzire and many other holdovers from the Sentry. Newcomers include Gator Brian Gay, Jimmy Walker, Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott, Brandt Snedeker, Hideki Matsuyama, Zach Johnson, Emiliano Grillo and from the Champions Tour, Davis Love III, Kenny Perry, Vijay Singh and Jerry Kelly.      

 

Sunday, January 6, 2019
Ted shoots 2-under 71 on Saturday . . .

    Ted Potter will just be playing to improve his position, his paycheck and his FedEx points after getting back to even par yesterday in the $6.5 million Sentry Tournament of Champions in Maui.

    Ted forged a 2-under-par 71 over the Plantation Course at Kapalua after his opening 75 and 73 over the par-73 layout. He heads into the finale at 219, a good 17 strokes behind runaway leader Gary Woodland, who has posted 67-67-68-202, 17 under. He has a three-stroke lead over Rory McIlroy (69-68-68) and four over Marc Leishman, who is 13 under.

    Ted began Saturday with a solid, 3-under front nine for 33, but was unable to keep it going. On the back, he made three bogeys and two birdies for 38. He tees off at 3:20 EST today with Brooks Koepka, whose 76-70-73-219 is tied with Ted for 29th. Gator Billy Horschel is one stroke better, with 72-75-71-218, 1 under par.  

Friday, January 4, 2019
Kevin Tway leads with 66 . . .

    Despite enjoying a perfect day with his driver, Ted Potter posted a 2-over-par 75 in the first round of the $6.5 million Sentry Tournament of Champions in Maui, and he sits in a tie for 28th place among 34 of the world's best players.

    Even though he found every fairway off the tee, Ted sprayed several attempts at the greens and hit just 13, making only two birdies. He also had two bogeys and one disastrous double and will have to put it another gear today to close the gap on leader Kevin Tway, who shot 7-under 66 on the par-73 Plantation Course at Kapalua. He holds a one-stroke lead over Gary Woodland, Justin Thomas and defending champ Dustin Johnson. 

    The lone Gator, Billy Horschel, shot 1-under 72, and the only Seminole, Player of the Year Brooks Koepka, shot a disappointing 3-over 76.   

 

Tuesday, January 1, 2019
One of 34 in Tournament of Champions . . .

    There are 34 players, including Ted Potter, set to tee off in Maui Thursday in the Sentry Tournament of Champions, first PGA Tour event of 2019. Ted qualified as winner of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and will partner with Scott Piercy, teeing off at 10:30 a. m.

    Ted has played in just four events in the new season, and is in 85th place on the PGA Tour money list with earnings of $195,874. With the small, elite field playing for $6.5 million in the T of C, he has an excellent chance for a major payday

    The two giants not playing at the Plantation Course at Kapalua are Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. But the rest of the marquee names will be there, including Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy and the other winners of PGA events during the wrap-around 2017-2018 season. Dustin won it last year and took $1,260,000 home to celebrate with Paulina Gretzky. 

    Included in the mix are one Gator - Billy Horschel - and one Seminole - Brooks Koepka. Horschel goes at 12:30 with Justin Thomas, while Player of the Year Koepka tees off 10 minutes earlier with Keegan Bradley. Brooks leads the current money list with $1,826,000 in the bank.   

    


Thursday, December 27, 2018
Ted Potter one of 38 . . .

TOURNAMENT -------------- WINNER

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Sentry Tournament of Champions - Dustin Johnson

Sony Open in Hawaii - Patton Kizzire

CareerBuilder Challenge - Jon Rahm

Farmers Insurance Open - Jason Day

Waste Management Phoenix Open - Gary Woodland

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am - Ted Potter Jr.

Genesis Open - Bubba Watson

The Honda Classic - Justin Thomas

WGC-Mexico Championship - Phil Mickelson

Valspar Championship - Paul Casey

Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard - Rory McIlroy

WGC- Dell Technologies Match Play - Bubba Watson

Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship - Brice Garnett

Houston Open - Ian Poulter

Masters Tournament - Patrick Reed

RBC Heritage - Satoshi Kodaira

Valero Texas Open - Andrew Landry

Zurich Classic of New Orleans - Billy Horschel, Scott Piercy

Wells Fargo Championship - Jason Day

THE PLAYERS Championship - Webb Simpson

AT&T Byron Nelson  - Aaron Wise

Fort Worth Invitational - Justin Rose

The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide - Bryson DeChambeau

FedEx St. Jude Classic - Dustin Johnson

U.S. Open - Brooks Koepka

Travelers Championship - Bubba Watson

The National - Francesco Molinari

A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier - Kevin Na

John Deere Classic - Michael Kim

Barbasol Championship - Troy Merritt

The Open Championship - Francesco Molinari

RBC Canadian Open - Dustin Johnson

Barracuda Championship - Andrew Putnam

WGC-Bridgestone Invitational - Justin Thomas

PGA Championship - Brooks Koepka

Wyndham Championship - Brandt Snedeker

The Northern Trust  - Bryson Dechambeau

Dell Technologies Championship - Bryson Dechambeau

BMW Championship - Keegan Bradley

TOUR Championship - Tiger Woods

Safeway Open - Kevin Tway

CIMB Classic - Marc Leishman

THE CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges - Brooks Koepka

WGC-HSBC Champions - Xander Schauffele

Sanderson Farms Championship - Cameron Champ

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open - Bryson Dechambeau

The Mayakoba Golf Classic - Matt Kuchar

The RSM Classic - Charles Howell III







  • Sony Open in Hawaii

    Patton Kizzire

    CareerBuilder Challenge

    Jon Rahm

    Farmers Insurance Open

    Jason Day

    Waste Management Phoenix Open

    Gary Woodland

    AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

    Ted Potter Jr.

    Genesis Open

    Bubba Watson

    The Honda Classic

    Justin Thomas

    WGC-Mexico Championship

    Phil Mickelson

    Valspar Championship

    Paul Casey

    Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard

    Rory McIlroy

    WGC- Dell Technologies Match Play

    Bubba Watson

    Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship

    Brice Garnett

    Houston Open

    Ian Poulter

    Masters Tournament

    Patrick Reed

    RBC Heritage

    Satoshi Kodaira

    Valero Texas Open

    Andrew Landry

    Zurich Classic of New Orleans

    Billy Horschel

     

    Scott Piercy

    Wells Fargo Championship

    Jason Day

    THE PLAYERS Championship

    Webb Simpson

    AT&T Byron Nelson 

    Aaron Wise

    Fort Worth Invitational

    Justin Rose

    the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide

    Bryson DeChambeau

    FedEx St. Jude Classic

    Dustin Johnson

    U.S. Open

    Brooks Koepka

    Travelers Championship

    Bubba Watson

    The National

    Francesco Molinari

    A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier

    Kevin Na

    John Deere Classic

    Michael Kim

    Barbasol Championship

    Troy Merritt

    The Open Championship

    Francesco Molinari

    RBC Canadian Open

    Dustin Johnson

    Barracuda Championship

    Andrew Putnam

    WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

    Justin Thomas

    PGA Championship

    Brooks Koepka

    Wyndham Championship

    Brandt Snedeker

    THE NORTHERN TRUST

    Bryson Dechambeau

    Dell Technologies Championship

    Bryson Dechambeau

    BMW Championship

    Keegan Bradley

    TOUR Championship

    Tiger Woods

    Safeway Open

    Kevin Tway

    CIMB Classic

    Marc Leishman

    THE CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges

    Brooks Koepka

    WGC-HSBC Champions

    Xander Schauffele

    Sanderson Farms Championship

    Cameron Champ

    Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

    Bryson Dechambeau

    The Mayakoba Golf Classic

    Matt Kuchar

    The RSM Classic

    Charles Howell III

     

     

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  • Sony Open in Hawaii

    Patton Kizzire

    CareerBuilder Challenge

    Jon Rahm

    Farmers Insurance Open

    Jason Day

    Waste Management Phoenix Open

    Gary Woodland

    AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

    Ted Potter Jr.

    Genesis Open

    Bubba Watson

    The Honda Classic

    Justin Thomas

    WGC-Mexico Championship

    Phil Mickelson

    Valspar Championship

    Paul Casey

    Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard

    Rory McIlroy

    WGC- Dell Technologies Match Play

    Bubba Watson

    Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship

    Brice Garnett

    Houston Open

    Ian Poulter

    Masters Tournament

    Patrick Reed

    RBC Heritage

    Satoshi Kodaira

    Valero Texas Open

    Andrew Landry

    Zurich Classic of New Orleans

    Billy Horschel

     

    Scott Piercy

    Wells Fargo Championship

    Jason Day

    THE PLAYERS Championship

    Webb Simpson

    AT&T Byron Nelson 

    Aaron Wise

    Fort Worth Invitational

    Justin Rose

    the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide

    Bryson DeChambeau

    FedEx St. Jude Classic

    Dustin Johnson

    U.S. Open

    Brooks Koepka

    Travelers Championship

    Bubba Watson

    The National

    Francesco Molinari

    A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier

    Kevin Na

    John Deere Classic

    Michael Kim

    Barbasol Championship

    Troy Merritt

    The Open Championship

    Francesco Molinari

    RBC Canadian Open

    Dustin Johnson

    Barracuda Championship

    Andrew Putnam

    WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

    Justin Thomas

    PGA Championship

    Brooks Koepka

    Wyndham Championship

    Brandt Snedeker

    THE NORTHERN TRUST

    Bryson Dechambeau

    Dell Technologies Championship

    Bryson Dechambeau

    BMW Championship

    Keegan Bradley

    TOUR Championship

    Tiger Woods

    Safeway Open

    Kevin Tway

    CIMB Classic

    Marc Leishman

    THE CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges

    Brooks Koepka

    WGC-HSBC Champions

    Xander Schauffele

    Sanderson Farms Championship

    Cameron Champ

    Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

    Bryson Dechambeau

    The Mayakoba Golf Classic

    Matt Kuchar

    The RSM Classic

    Charles Howell III

     

     

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Monday, December 17, 2018
Rain causes event to be cut to 27 holes . . .

_CHAMPIONSHIP_DIVISION_


1 Joe Locker Brent Dorman 98
2 Hunter Wade Jeff Scott 99
T3 Justin Lloyd Jay King 100
T3 Gray Albright Hunter Ditty 100
T5 Seth Wright Nathanial Wright 101
T5 Brandon Hughes Daniel Meadows 101
T5 Steve Albright Jimmy Letterly 101
8 Drew Ditty Joe Donnelly 102
T9 Jeff Conn Tyler Wade 103
T9 Rob Hess Billy Hess 103
11 Josh Waring Daniel Adkins 104
12 Miles Albright Riley Owen 105
13 Mike Hinkle Brian Hinkle 107
14 Bill Wright Chase Fifner 109
15 Tyler Tippett Keith Tippett 111
16 Anthony Zito Cody Phillips 113
17 Sean Peters Steve Welsh 115

SENIOR DIVISION


1 Randy Elliott Jack Jackson 97
2 Richard Weber Pete Gillette 100
T3 Mike Armino Daryl Case 101
T3 Larry Cotten David Mears 101
5 Jeff Morley Bobby Johnson 102
6 Scott Hancock Jimmy Williams 103
7 James Starnes Ed Kelly 104
T8 Kevin Macy Ted Speltz 105
T8 Randy Briggs Berger Warner 105
T8 Greg Mirabile Bill Meyer 105
T8 Roger Karsnitz Mark Plummer 105
12 Dan Ogen Greg Johnson 107
T13 Ron Russo Bill Zylstra 108
T13 Mike Kemp Gary Berg 108
T15 Tom Stephenson Ed Cambias 109
T15 John McLeod Duncan Wright 109
17 David McLeod R. David Arnold 110
18 Mike Roth Wayne Dukes 115
19 Ben Heatherly Tom DiCillo 117

Friday, December 14, 2018
Father-Son Challenge has interesting mix . . .

    The Father-Son Challenge at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando tomorrow features an interesting mix of current Champions Tour players and four who are heading that way. There are 20 teams entered and they include a trio from three of the past greats of the game who aren't too active anymore - the Nicklaus family, the Norman family and the Trevino family. 

    Matt Kuchar is the youngest of the 20 pros, followed by Stewart Cink (45), Jim Furyk (48) and Retief Goosen (49). 

    

 

Monday, December 10, 2018
Walker medals at Q-School . . .

    The end-of-the -year event that few care about - the QBE Shootout at Tiburon Golf Club - wound up in Naples yesterday and Patton Kizzire and Brian Harman won it at 30 under par. The duo shot 59-66-61-186, to edge out Graeme McDowell and Emiliano Grillo by one stroke. There were three teams tied for third at 28 under.

    Gator Billy Horschel and partner Brandt Snedeker tied for eighth in the 12-team field at 22 under. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau tied for seventh at 23 under. 

WALKER WINS WEB.COM QUALIFIER

    At the Web.com Tour qualifying event in Chandler, Arizona, Danny Walker was the medalist at 27 under par, and he earned a check for $50,000. He shot a final-round 63, 9 under, and is now fully exempt for the PGA Tour for 2019. 

    The second through 10th qualifiers (and ties) are guaranteed at least 12 starts, and 11 made it. Numbers 11-40 are guaranteed at least eight starts, in this case 12-49. It took 18-under 270 to make that final group. 

    Cody Bick was the big story of the day after his clubs were stolen out of the garage of the house he was staying in prior to the final round. Borrowing various clubs from the pro shop, the course superintendent at the Whirlwind Golf Club, and several others, Bick made the grade after posting a 9-under-par 63.     

     

Monday, December 3, 2018
Wins World Challenge by 4 . . .

    Hideki Matsuyama finished 18th and last at even par 288 in the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. He's the only one Tiger beat.

    Tiger's 287, 1 under par, left him in 17th place, but it wasn't quite as bad as it may seem. He took a triple bogey in the first round and doubles in the second and third, going 7 over par for the trio. He played the other 69 holes in 8 under. 

    Jon Rahm closed with 65 for 268 (20 under par) to win the event by four strokes over Tony Finau and five over Justin Rose, who also closed with 65. 

    This week's event is the $3.4 million QBE Shootout at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples. The next event is the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii on Jan 3, and Ted Potter is eligible due to his victory in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. They will remain in Hawaii for the next week for the first full field event, the Sony Open.      

Saturday, December 1, 2018
Double bogey on final hole derails good round . . .

    Everybody is under par after two rounds of the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas - Tiger's event that the press crucified him for several years ago, when he won and they called it a "hand-picked field." Yes, it was hand-picked, and it still is, with 18 of the top players in the world competing at the par-72 course in Albany, Providence. There are no marginal players in this one.

    Tiger, however, wound up 36 holes eight strokes behind leaders Jon Rahm (71-63-134, 10 under par) and Henrik Stenson (68-66-134). 

    Tiger shot 1-over 73 in round 1, plagued by a triple-bogey 6 on the par-3 12th hole. Without that, he would have had a 2-under 70 and still been in contention. He made four birdies during the round. 

    Yesterday, he finally had it going, making five birdies and no bogeys for 17 holes, until he hit it under a bush on No. 18. When he tried to chip it out on the fairway, he barely made progress, and a controversy arose when officials tried to determine if he had hit the ball twice. TV slow-mo was inconclusive and he wasn't assessed a penalty, but he took a double-bogey 6 and a 67 quickly turned into 69.

    At 2 under, Tiger would have to go crazy to approach the leaders, but Jason Day is even worse - at 1 under.   

Monday, November 19, 2018
Ted takes home $16,864 . . .

    Ted Potter finally solved the Seaside course at Sea Island on Sunday, but even though his 4-under-par 66 in the finale lifted him to 9 under, the rest of the field in the RSM Classic shot the lights out and prevented him from cashing a major check.

    Scores were so good that Ted was only able to muster up a tie for 46th, and the resultant check was $16,864. Still, not a bad payday for four days in an event so close to home. It boosted his earnings for the new season to $195,874, and he dropped from 80th to 85th on the PGA Tour money list. He also dropped from 93rd on the FedEx points list to 99th.

    Ted began on the back nine and promptly birdied 10 and 11. He added birdies at 14 and 15, but bogeys at 12 and 17 kept him at 2 under. On the front nine, he birdied No. 4 with a putt of 10 feet, 6 inches to get it to 3 under, but he missed a 10-footer for birdie on No. 7 and another of 10 feet, 8 inches on 8 to remain at 3 under for the day.

    On the final hole, however, Ted's second shot on the par 4 came to rest 38 feet, 6 inches from the hole - and he canned it to complete his 4-under round. 

     Charles Howell, who had led from the start, didn't finish strongly and had to settle for a deadlock for first with Patrick Rodgers at 19 under. On the playoff hole, the par-4 18th, both made par on the first go-around, and Howell won it with a birdie the second time. 

    Successful Gators: Matt Every continued on his comeback with 69-69-65-66, 13 under, and tied for 15th. Brian Gay shot 69-67-65-69, 12 under, and tied for 23rd.   

     

Sunday, November 18, 2018
Ted's best round came at Plantation . . .

     Ted Potter posted a 1-under-par 69 in round 3 of the RSM Classic at Sea Island, and dropped into a tie for 56th heading into today's finale. Ted made just three birdies, adding a pair of bogeys, and will have to handle the Seaside course again today. His best round, a 4-under 68, came in the opener on the Plantation course, which is used just once over four days. 

    Charles Howell III has been in front from the outset, although his daylight 36-hole margin narrowed to just one stroke yesterday. Howell is 16 under par, and Jason Gore and Cameron Champ are right on his tail at 15 under. 

    Gators: Brian Gay, 69-67-65, 11 under, tied for 7th; Matt Every, 69-69-65, 9 under, tied for 19th.