RSM Classic. Kevin K Crushes the Opposition to Win.

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Kevin Kisner crushes the opposition to win the RSM Classic on Sea Island, his maiden PGA Tour victory.

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After a year of runner-up finishes Kevin Kisner finally won, at the RSM Classic on Sunday. He shot a final round -6 under par 64 on the Seaside Course, for a record breaking winning total of -22 under par. A whopping six shot margin over second place, and as he sunk the final putt on 18 his year-old daughter Katie ran over to greet him, smiling from ear to ear Kevin said to her;

“We did it!”

Kevin told reporters he knew it would happen sooner or later;

“I’ve just been playing so well all year.”

“I knew one day it was going to happen when I was going to make all the putts. I did it on the front nine.”

“I hope the floodgates are open.”

“You’ve got to believe you can win on Thursday. I hope that catapults me into believing that every week.”

“What a way to end the year, by far the greatest year of my life golf-wise.”

“To finish it that way, I couldn’t write it up any better.”

Kevin Chappell was second, six shots back at -16 under par, his final round -3 under par 67 never troubled Kevin K. He had this say afterwards;

“When he’s shooting 128 on the weekend, pretty tough to beat.”

Last weeks winner Graeme McDowell was third, at -15 under par, his final round was marred by an approach shot that buried itself deep into the face of the 16th bunker. He made a good five from there, but the momentum was gone.

Graeme said it was the first time he had played alongside Kevin K;

“First time I think I’ve ever played with him, didn’t realize just how steady he was.”

“He played really aggressive today for a guy who has never won a golf tournament.”

“I was thinking if I could get a couple under early on that I might have some sort of a shot. But he closed the door early on. And it was impressive.”

Rory Wins It All.

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Rory McIlroy wins it all, the DP World Tour Championship, and along with it The Race to Dubai, at the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

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Rory won the DP World Tour Championship with  a final round -6 under par 66 to give him a tournament total of -21 under, and a one shot victory. The win also gave him The Race to Dubai trophy, his nearest rival Danny Willett finished seven shots back at -13 under par, in a tie for fourth.

Rory beat Andy Sullivan by that one shot, but not without some drama, it came when Rory found water on the par thee 17th, and then had a 35 ft bogey putt, which he made, that gave him a one shot advantage playing the last;

“It’s definitely the longest putt I’ve ever made for a bogey.”

“I don’t think there’s been one that’s ever come at a better time, so definitely the best bogey of my career.”

“I guess if I had been tied playing the last, I would have backed myself with my length, but giving myself that one-shot cushion made a huge difference and I was able to just hang on.”

“I’ve played really good golf this week, 13 under par at the weekend, I couldn’t think of a better way to finish the season.”

“It means an awful lot, I had to play so well over the weekend. Dubai has been a pretty sweet place for me.”

Andy gave it his all, but in the end came up just short, the putts would not drop;

“Just to come up head-to-head with someone of Rory’s quality, it was absolutely awesome and something that will stick with me for a long time going forward.”

“I gave it everything on that front nine, I just couldn’t quite get the putts to drop on the back nine. I’ve got so much to take from this week, both the way I’ve played and how I’ve handled it.” 

“For me it’s about doing it on a more consistent basis and getting up there and trying to get in the last group with Rory more often.”

Branden Grace was third, he carded a final round -5 under 67, for a -15 under par total.

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Australian Masters. The Last Hurrah for the Broomstick Putter?

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56 year-old Peter Senior won the Australian Masters tournament in Melbourne, in what could be the last hurrah for the Broomstick putter.

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Peter shot a final round -3 under par 68 to win the Australian Masters with a -8 under par total.

This could be the last hurrah for the Broomstick putter, which is definitely an advantage in the windy conditions. Being able to anchor yourself to the putting surface, using the putter to lean on, so that the wind has less effect.

Sharing second place  was American amateur Bryson DeChambeau, a final round -4 under par 67 elevating him up the leaderboard, to claim second on his own,  -6 under par was a great result Bryson.

Joining Bryson on that score was John Senden -1 under 70 today, and Andrew Evans with an even par final round.

Tournament favorite Adam Scott had another troubled round, -2 under, to finish at -4 under par, on his own in fifth position. The putter once again his Achilles heel, maybe he was wishing he had stuck with the Broomstick a little longer, (no pun intended) especially in these windy conditions.

You may remember that Adam was -7 under in the first round, and would not have had to do much more to win this tournament. Give us a call Adam, you have nothing to lose.



RSM Classic. Kevin K in Command.

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Kevin Kisner is in command of the RSM Classic after 54 holes at Sea Island. All matches were played on the Seaside Course.

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Kevin K carded three birdies in his last three holes today on the Seaside Course in the RSM Classic, to lead the tournament by three shots going into the final round tomorrow. His third round -6 under par 64 giving him a tournament total of -16 under par.

He said this is a whole new experience for him;

“I’m just looking forward to it, I haven’t been in this position all year, with a three-shot lead going into the final round, so it’s something new for me. I’m excited.”

“What I’ve learned is you just can’t hold back on this tour.”

“Any time you think you’re doing great, somebody else is, too. I’m just going to try to keep making birdies.”

“I’ll put a number of 20, 21 under in my head and see if they can catch that one.”

“Standing on 15, I was thinking it was going to be a dog fight all day tomorrow again, which it will.”

“But having a three-shot cushion was huge to finish that way.”

“Sixteen is not my favorite tee shot in the world, that left-to-right wind, so to have a  birdie there was clutch.”

Kevin Chappell is in second place, a third round -2 under par 68 no match for his playing partner. Kevin C now has a competition total of -13 under par, he knows he will need a low round tomorrow if he wants to take this title;

“He’s been in this situation a lot lately, and it will probably take a low one from me tomorrow to have a chance.”

Graeme McDowell holds third place on his own at -12 under par, he carded -5 under 65 today. Last weeks win has certainly rejuvenated him, he is now looking for back to back wins.

G-Mac made a glaring error today, on the first fairway, picking up his ball to clean it, there was no lift clean and place rule in operation on the day;

“They looked at me and I was thinking, oh my goodness, you absolute idiot, what are you doing?'”

 “When you do something as silly as that, it was the automatic pilot. That was one of the more automatic mistakes.”

“It’s a much better story if it has a happy ending. I was standing over that 10-footer saying, ‘This is going to be a better story with the lads in the bar if I make this and if not, I’m going to take a lot of abuse for it.'”

DP World Tour Championship. Andy Leads Rory.

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Andy Sullivan leads Rory McIlroy after 54 holes of the DP World Tour Championship at  Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai.

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Andy shot -4 under par 68 in the third round of the  DP World Tour Championship sit on top of the leaderboard with a -16 under par total.

Andy reckons he just needs to keep on putting well, and he will have a chance;

“If I keep putting the way I am and hitting the ball well, I can still do it. I believe in myself, so I’ll just see but it’s going to be a good day I think.”

“There’s no pressure on me. I’m not expected to win, am I? I can go out there and play golf. No one is going to expect me to beat him tomorrow.”

“So for me it’s a nice position to be in, one in front.”

“I felt pretty calm out there. I got a little bit frustrated through the middle part of the round, just not quite on point on the golf today. I felt like the putter really saved me the last few holes.”

“Sixty eight, the way I played, I was quite happy with that, really. Played a lot better yesterday and only shot two better.”

Rory made a charge today, -7 under par 65, and now has a great chance to win the Race to Dubai title, again, just one shot back at -15 under, but would like to win his third European Tour title for this year as well;

“It’s the only thing left this year.”

“It’s my last round of the year, last round of the season and I want to make the most of it.”

“It would have been nicer to be a shot better going into the last round but I’ve got one more round to go out and give it my all.”

“It would mean an awful lot just being able to go into the Christmas break on a bit of a high note winning The Race to Dubai, winning this tournament, just to get another tournament win.”

“I played fantastically well. I could have been five under through five easily. I hit the ball beautifully.”

“Everything was just firing today and that’s why I’m walking off the golf course a little bit disappointed because that 65 could have easily been a 62 or a 61.”

“But I’m still in a great position going into tomorrow.”

“At the end of the season, if I walk away with four wins, it’s still pretty good.”

“But a Race to Dubai title, even though it wasn’t the season that I wanted, it would just be huge to walk away here on a high tomorrow.”

Patrick Reed holds third place, with a -13 under par total, carding -4 under par 68 today.

Rory’s nearest challenger for the The Race to Dubai title, Danny Willett is now four shots behind, at -11 under, and it would seem that his race is done, but he still has some hope;

“It looks like we’re not going to be a ridiculous way behind. If you can keep it to two or three shots, anything can happen.”

Australian Masters. Matt Millar Leads

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Matt Millar leads the Australian Masters after the third round at Huntingdale Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia.

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Matt went round in -3 under par 68 in the third round of the Australian Masters tournament at Huntingdale Golf Club, for a -7 under par total.

Matt won the New Zealand PGA title and has been in the form of his life since;

“It’s been a great year, I always thought this tournament would be my best chance.”

“I’ll probably lay awake all night.”

“It comes down to my own game. It couldn’t be any further away to Adam Scott’s game. I just marvel at what he does.”

“The big goal was to come into these three and to try to win one.  I always thought this would be my best chance.”

“I think I’m going to have to play my best to win it, because no one’s going to hand it back to you.”

” You’ve got guys like John Senden, Pete Senior, he’s won a thousand titles.”

“This is probably a tournament that I’ve wanted to win. in terms of Australian golf for me, I’ve grown up watching it here at Huntingdale and listening to Jack and Sandy doing their thing.”

“There’s something about playing in Melbourne, playing in front of these crowds, playing these wonderful golf courses.  Yeah, it would mean a hell of a lot.” 

In second place is Andrew Evans, a -1 under 70 today, for a -6 under par total.

There are four players tied in third position at -5 under par, veteran Peter Senior, -3 under 68 today, Michael Sim, -3 under 68, John Senden, even par 71 and Matt Guyatt +2 over 73 in the third round.

George McNeill has 7th place to himself at -4 under par, a poor round +2 over 73 knocking back down the table.

The leaders at the start of play today, Adam Scott and Peter Wilson both turned in shockers for the third round. World #12 Adam, the tournament favorite, +6 over 77 today and Peter +9 over 80.

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U.S. Amateur champion, Bryson DeChambeau +1 over 72 today is T11 on -2 under par.

RSM Classic. Kevin Chappell Has 36 Hole Lead.

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Kevin Chappell has the 36 hole lead at the RSM Classic at Sea Island.

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Kevin added a second round -5 under par 65 on the Seaside Course, to add to yesterdays score of -6 on the Plantation Course for a RSM Classic total of -11 under par.

He holed a 45 yard bunker shot on the par five 15th for an Eagle;

“I took pitching wedge and said, let’s hit it harder than you want to.”

“It’s easy to hit that shot 25, 30 feet short of the hole which would’ve left a tough putt over a ridge.”

“It came out how I wanted to. Probably the shot of the year for me so far.”

“The wind’s blowing hard from one direction, so I have enough control of my ball right now that I know what shot’s going to come out.”

“I feel comfortable sending it up into the wind.”

“I really enjoy it here on the island, it puts me in a good place. I’m excited to be here and in the position I’m in.”

Freddie Jacobsen and Kevin Kisner share second place at -10 under. Freddie scored -5 under 67 on the Plantation, while Kevin K carded -3 under 67 on the Seaside Course.

Kevin K is still searching for his first Tour win, but he is having fun doing it;

“Man, I’m having a ball, playing good golf is always fun.”

“It felt better each time I’ve been in that position. Hitting shots both ways, my caddie said it’s almost like watching a video game.”

Kyle Stanley is alone in fourth position with a tournament total of -9 under par, he had a -3 under 67 on the Seaside Course today.

Young Love did not last long, Dru missed the cut, when he looked safe, then came  disaster, playing the final seven holes in +7 over, to card  76.

Dad Davis made it through at -2 under for the competition, but wished he had been on the bag for his son today;

“Today, I wish I was his caddie.”

“I was tempted to do something to disrupt him, because he pulled 2-iron on three (218 yards), and it was too much club.”

“He pulled it over the green into a bad place. If he’d have hit 4-iron there into the middle of the green, got out of there, he’d have been fine.”

“He bogeyed there, got mad, swung really hard at the next one (at the par-5 fourth) trying to knock it on in two, and after that he was rattled.”