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.”

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.'”

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.”

The McGladrey Classic. Captain Kirk, Beam Me Up Scotty.

Chris Kirk won the McGladery Classic at Sea Island, his local knowledge proved to be the deciding factor.

Triumphant return

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Chris was tied  for the lead with Briny Baird in The McGladrey Classic coming down the 18th fairway. Briny was in a fairway bunker, while Chris was on the opposite side of the fairway, lining up a shot to the green and a possible birdie chance to win the tournament.

As he watched, Briny topped his 4 iron escape shot, the ball then rolled into a hazard. Chris then changed his plan and played for par, closing out his competition with a 4-under par 66, a tournament total of -14 under par and a one-shot victory. He is also the first player from Sea Island to win The McGladrey Classic.

The victory for Chris also means that he has a place in The Masters, for the first time;

“To come here to Sea Island, which is a place that I love and cherish so much, and Davis’s tournament, it just an unbelievable thing. Davis was kind of my guy when I was 12 and 13, really starting to play golf. He was my favorite player, and he’s turned from being my idol to sort of a mentor and good friend. So I’m a very lucky person to be in that situation, and to win his tournament really means a lot to me.”

Briny, who finished tied in second place with Tim Clark at -13 under par spoke of the hurt, and said he did not feel comfortable on the 18th;

” You mix that with nerves, and it’s a recipe for disaster. It hurt to do what I did on the last hole. It’s not all about winning, I’ve said that, but this hurts. This really does. This is very disappointing.”

This was the sixth time in his career Briny has been runner-up. He has gone the longest without winning, among players who have their PGA TOUR cards, sadly he is now 0-for-365 tournaments. Maybe its something to do with that hat.

McGladrey Classic, Jim and Davis Share Lead after 54 Holes


SEA ISLAND, GA - OCTOBER 20:  Jim Furyk (L) and Davis Love III speak on the 18th hole during the third round of The McGladrey Classic at Sea Island's Seaside Course on October 20, 2012 in Sea Island, Georgia.

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Jim Furyk and Davis Love 111 share the lead at the McGladrey Classic at the 54 hole stage at the Seaside Course, Sea Island, Georgia. Both Jim and Davis had third rounds of -4 under par 66 to share the tournament total of -13 under par.

Jim said a win here at the McGladrey Classic could not erase the memories of his abject  failure to hold leads at the U.S. Open in June, the World Golf Championships,Bridgestone Invitational in August, and a 1 up lead over Sergio Garcia, with just two holes left to play in the Ryder Cup;

“I’m tougher on myself, I promise,  than anyone else is. So I’ve kicked myself 100 times already, and I’ve gotten over it. I can put it behind me and move on. There’s nothing I can do to change it. And nothing I do in the future is going to change it. I’m excited for this season to be over, only for the fact that I can turn the page and we can start talking about the future. If I looked at tomorrow as another chance to be judged in case I failed, you know, it’s been a tough year, but I could never look at it that way. It’s an opportunity for me to go out and win a golf tournament, and I’m not trying to make up for the rest of the year. What happened, happened. It’s over with. I can’t change it. I’m never going to feel good about what happened, but it’s done with. It’s an opportunity tomorrow to win a golf tournament, that’s the way I’m going to look at it.” 

Davis spoke about being able to separate his disappointment at the Ryder Cup result and playing his own golf, and also stopping Jim beating him;

“I can separate a lot of things, separate the Ryder Cup with its own experience. People were surprised I played the three weeks after, but I’d had some time off. I was ready to play. I haven’t played enough tournaments, so it’s nice to be back in the swing of things.  I’d love to keep him from it, we’re both very competitive. That’s why I picked him for the Ryder Cup team. He competes hard every time he goes out there and he gives you everything he’s got. I think it would mean a lot to both of us. It would be a pretty close tie.”

Tied in third place are D.J. Trahan and Arjun Atwal, two shots adrift of the lead after rounds of -4 under par 66, and -1 under par 69, respectively, for their -11 under par tournament totals.

Bud Cauley is alone in fifth spot after his third round of -2 under par, 68, and a tournament total of -10 under par.

It will be interesting to see if Jim and Davis spend too  much time looking at each other, and not noticing someone racing up behind them.


The McGladrey Classic Round 1

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Bud Cauley shares the lead at the McGladrey Classic on the Seaside Course, Sea Island, Georgia, after the opening round, with fellow American Marco Dawson. Both players took advantage of the course to fire in rounds of -8 under par, 62.

Bud has already earned $1.7 million dollars this year and has moved up to position 55 in the World Golf Rankings, all achieved without a win. He hopes this tournament will change the zero in the win column;

”Obviously, I’ve thought about winning every tournament I’ve teed up in this year. ‘It’s been a long year, and although I’ve played a lot this year, I haven’t won. It’s still a goal of mine, but I’m not thinking about that while I’m out there, or putting any more pressure on myself this week. The season is kind of winding down. It would be great to win here.”

Marco Dawson is in a totally different position, this tournament it is the penultimate PGA Tour event on the schedule that counts toward the money list, with Marco way down at No. 216 on the list and with only $62,026 in his 20 tournaments this year. Realistically Marco has to win The McGladrey Classic to avoid a return to Q-school, his year has gone so awry that  he doesn’t even look at the money list anymore.

”I’m so far away from it that the only thing I can do is just try and play well. And when I am playing well, just to keep it going instead of kind of messing it up like I have during the year.”

Boo Weekly is one of three players tied for third place with rounds of  -6 under par 64. Boo has changed to a new thicker putter grip, something that we at White Dragon Golf always recommend, and it has dramatically altered his putting stats, sinking putts from 14, 7, 15, 8, and 7 feet. Boo is currently at 121 on the money list, and is aware of the danger;

“I’m pretty aware of it, The last two weeks I’ve actually played pretty good but I just seem to get nothing out of my round. It just gets more frustrating. The more frustrated you get out here you start getting negative, you start talking trash to yourself saying, ‘You ain’t gonna make the cut because you can’t make this 5-footer. You missed three already the first five holes.’ It just kind of wears on your mind.  It’s been a long time coming, finally started making some putts. I’ve been hitting the ball pretty good the last few weeks and finally today the putts showed up. It just felt good, started making some putts and that started building some confidence.”

The other two players tied at third with Boo are, England’s Greg Owen and Rod Pampling from Australia.