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Scott Wins In Playoff Fashion
Adam Scott made a clutch 9-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to force a playoff, then drained a 48-footer playing it again on the third playoff hole to win the EDS Byron Nelson Championship on Sunday. Playing the par four 18th hole for the third time in less than an hour, the second time in the playoff, Scott hit his tee shot into a fairway bunker to the right. He got his approach to the front of the green, then rolled the putt over two ridges and into the cup for his sixth career PGA Tour victory. Scott wore the DryJoys Traditional with the stability PODS™ outsole during the dramatic final round.
Playing conditions at the redesigned TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas, which reopened for play just this week, changed drastically again after rain overnight combined with blustery conditions Sunday. It was an unseasonable cool day with temperatures barely reaching 60 degrees, with wind gusting to 30 mph making it feel even cooler. The winning score of 7-under 273 was the highest since the EDS Byron Nelson Championship moved to the Las Colinas venue in 1983.
It was the 16th playoff at the EDS Byron Nelson Championship since 1968, more than any other tournament on the PGA TOUR.
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Boo Defends in Hilton Head
Boo Weekley successfully defended his Verizon Heritage title and captured his second career PGA Tour event at Harbour Town Golf Links on Sunday. Weekley, who wore a StaSof glove and all-black ReelFit shoes during the final round and MyJoys with a new camo leather print during the early rounds, shot an even-par 71 for a three-shot victory.Among the highlights for Boo…he escaped trouble on the 10th by holing a difficult pitch over a bunker to go up by five shots. He did it again four holes later, slam dunking a 30-footer for birdie from the fringe that if it didn’t hit the cup might have rolled into the water off the edge of the peninsula green.
Weekley’s the first player with consecutive victories in Hilton Head since fellow FootJoy loyalist, and five-time Heritage winner, Davis Love III went back-to-back in 1991 and 1992.
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Ochoa wins fourth straight title
World No. 1 Lorena Ochoa became the first U.S. LPGA Tour
player in 45 years to win four LPGA tournaments in consecutive
weeks on Sunday, firing a final round 3-under 69 to win the Ginn Open. Ochoa, who has now won five of her first six events to begin the season, finished with a 19-under 269 total to shatter the tournament’s 72-hole scoring record by seven on her way to a three shot victory.
Ochoa, who wore her trademark white custom Classics each of the four rounds, began the day with a one shot lead but was trailing after narrowly missing birdie putts on Nos. 5, 6, and 7. She finally grabbed the lead with a 10-foot birdie putt on No. 8, then followed with two more on the next two holes to grab the lead for good.She will look to tie the LPGA record of five consecutive victories in two weeks at the SemGroup Championship (May 1-4) in Oklahoma.
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Hall of Fame Performance
FootJoy player Lorena Ochoa dominated once again, closing with a final round 4-under 69 Sunday to win the Corona Championship in her native Mexico. Ochoa fired four rounds in the 60’s (66-66-66-69) to finish with a 25-under 267 total for a convincing 11 shot victory. She has now won three tournaments in a row and four of her first five to begin the year. During those four victories, Ochoa has won twice by 11 shots (also at the HSBC Women’s Champions) and three times has shot all four rounds in the 60’s. The victory was also her second in three years at this event and 21st of her career.
With the win, Lorena qualifies for the LPGA Hall of Fame, becoming the second youngest player to do so, although she still must be a tour member for 10 years (in her case, 2012) to become eligible for induction.
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Big Splash for Ochoa
Lorena Ochoa fired a bogey-free final round 5-under 67 to earn her second career major title with a five-shot victory at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Ochoa, who also won last year’s RICOH Women’s British Open, finished the week with an 11-under 277 total, and has now won two consecutive majors and three of her first four tournaments this year.
Beginning the day with a slim one shot lead, Ochoa charged out of the gate with birdies on her first two holes on a difficult Mission Hills course. After a string of pars, she rattled off three more birdies on holes 8-10 to build what would amount to an insurmountable five-shot lead.
Ochoa earned $300,000 for her 20th victory, and the 26-year old is already just one point away from the performance criteria of the World Golf Hall of Fame. She could get that next week when the LPGA visits her home country of Mexico for the Corona Championship.Link to this entry
Major Win for Wagner
Tour rookie Johnson Wagner earned his first PGA Tour victory, and his first invitation to the Masters, with a wire-to-wire win at the Shell Houston Open. Wagner wore Classics Tour golf shoes and a SciFlex glove on his way to victory.
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