Lansing State Journal http://lansingstatejournal.sportstonews.com Golf Video, News, Scores and Updates Mon, 21 Jan 2019 03:36:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.12 Adam Long sinks 13-footer for birdie and win at Desert Classic http://lansingstatejournal.sportstonews.com/2019/01/21/adam-long-sinks-13-footer-for-birdie-and-win-at-desert-classic/ http://lansingstatejournal.sportstonews.com/2019/01/21/adam-long-sinks-13-footer-for-birdie-and-win-at-desert-classic/#respond Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:47:01 +0000 http://lansingstatejournal.sportstonews.com/2019/01/21/adam-long-sinks-13-footer-for-birdie-and-win-at-desert-classic/ In the final round of the 2019 Desert Classic, Adam Long rolls in a 13-foot putt to make birdie at the par-4 18th hole, giving him a one-stroke win over the field and 26-under.

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In the final round of the 2019 Desert Classic, Adam Long rolls in a 13-foot putt to make birdie at the par-4 18th hole, giving him a one-stroke win over the field and 26-under.

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Brooks Koepka, Justin Rose remain atop PGA Tour power rankings http://lansingstatejournal.sportstonews.com/2019/01/21/brooks-koepka-justin-rose-remain-atop-pga-tour-power-rankings/ http://lansingstatejournal.sportstonews.com/2019/01/21/brooks-koepka-justin-rose-remain-atop-pga-tour-power-rankings/#respond Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:29:28 +0000 http://lansingstatejournal.sportstonews.com/2019/01/21/brooks-koepka-justin-rose-remain-atop-pga-tour-power-rankings/ Brooks Koepka, Justin Rose remain atop PGA Tour golf power rankings for the week of Jan.

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Here are the exclusive Golfweek PGA Tour power rankings for the week of Jan. 21-26, 2019:

 

20. Charles Howell III

Another productive week and off to Torrey Pines after T-34 at Desert Classic.

19. Phil Mickelson

Said he felt rusty ahead of the Desert Classic and still finished T-2.

18. Webb Simpson

Next committed to play in Phoenix riding a streak of five consecutive top-5 finishes.

17. Patrick Reed

In the field this week after skipping Desert Classic for the first time since 2012.

16. Tony Finau

Will make 2019 debut this week coming off solo second at the Hero World Challenge.

15. Jason Day

Ready for Farmers Insurance Open title defense after 2018 playoff win.

14. Patrick Cantlay

Disappointing final round but another solid result after T-9 at Desert Classic.

13. Tiger Woods

Set for 2019 debut at Torrey Pines, where he’s already won eight times.

12. Rickie Fowler

Nothing worse than T-17 in his last seven starts and returns this week after T-5 at the Hero World Challenge.

11. Gary Woodland

Looking for fourth consecutive top-20 finish at Farmers Insurance Open.

10. Rory McIlroy

Playing Torrey Pines this week, then off until Genesis Open in mid-February.

9. Marc Leishman

Enters Torrey Pines with three top-5 finishes in four starts this season, including CIMB Classic win.

8. Matt Kuchar

Resting up after second win in three starts at Sony Open.

7. Jon Rahm

Desert Classic title defense came up just short with a solo sixth finish.

6. Bryson DeChambeau

Will be the top-ranked player in the field at this week’s Dubai Desert Classic.

5. Dustin Johnson

Finished T-16 in Abu Dhabi and will skip Torrey Pines for the second year in a row.

4. Justin Thomas

Off again this week and set to return at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

3. Xander Schauffele

Returns at Torrey Pines three weeks removed from Tournament of Champions victory.

2. Justin Rose

Easing into 2019 with a T-34 at the Desert Classic.

1. Brooks Koepka

Top American finisher at T-9 over the weekend in Abu Dhabi. Gwk

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Shane Lowry bounces back to claim Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship http://lansingstatejournal.sportstonews.com/2019/01/21/shane-lowry-bounces-back-to-claim-abu-dhabi-hsbc-championship/ http://lansingstatejournal.sportstonews.com/2019/01/21/shane-lowry-bounces-back-to-claim-abu-dhabi-hsbc-championship/#respond Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:10:16 +0000 http://lansingstatejournal.sportstonews.com/2019/01/21/shane-lowry-bounces-back-to-claim-abu-dhabi-hsbc-championship/ Shane Lowry bounces back to claim Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in Euro Tour golf.

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Blowing a four-shot lead in the 2016 U.S. Open helped Shane Lowry win the $7 million Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, even if the Irishman experienced déjà vu midway through the final round.

Lowry took a three-shot, 54-hole lead over South Africa’s Richard Sterne in the first Rolex Series tournament of the year. However, after 11 holes he was four behind after playing that stretch in 2 over compared to Sterne’s 5 under. It seemed like the 2016 U.S. Open all over again.

The 31-year-old had a four-shot lead through 54 holes at Oakmont. He crashed to 6-over 76 to finish second to Dustin Johnson. He lost his nerve on that occasion. Not this time.

Lowry, who began Abu Dhabi with a course-record-matching, 10-under 62, got back into contention thanks to birdies at 12 and 13, and Sterne dropping shots at 14 and 16. The pair came to the par-5 final hole tied at 17-under. Sterne carved his 3-wood approach right and didn’t get up and down for birdie. Lowry found the green with his 3-wood. His ensuing two-putt birdie helped him shoot 71.

Lowry’s 18-under 270 total gave him a one-shot victory over Sterne. Joost Luiten of The Netherlands finished third at 15 under. It is Lowry’s fourth European Tour win, and first since the 2015 WGC–Bridgestone Invitational.

“I slept OK last night, but it was a little bit nervy this morning, and breakfast and lunch didn’t go down as well as it has been the last few days,” Lowry said.

“But the one thing I got from Oakmont is I laid down and I didn’t show any fight or bottle (nerve). I did that today.

“I felt after the 11th hole I was getting myself in the same situation that I got myself in at Oakmont. But I kind of had a quick word with myself and told myself that, ‘you know, just kick on now and just see what I can do for the next six or seven holes.’”

Lowry earned a check for $1.16 million to move to the top of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai. Sterne was looking for his first win since the 2013 Joburg Open. The diminutive South African earned $776,000. Luiten took home $437,000.

Lowry reached a high of 17th in the Official World Golf Ranking in November 2015, but he arrived in the Middle East ranked 75th after reaching a low of 92nd after missing the cut in last year’s British Open. Nothing really pointed to him walking away with the winner’s check.

“I knew I had been playing all right in the last couple of weeks in my preseason, but I didn’t really envision this to be honest,” he said.

“I’m just over the moon to have won again. You look at Westy (Lee Westwood) and Danny Willett at the back end of last season and you see what they did and they came back (to win the Nedbank Golf Challenge and DP World Tour Championship, Dubai respectively). You don’t know when you’re going to win again. It’s so hard to win out here.”

As well as moving to the top of the Race to Dubai, Lowry moves back into the World top 50. It almost definitely means a place in the Masters after missing out last year. He also believes the victory will help him achieve his dream of playing for Padraig Harrington on the 2020 European Ryder Cup team.

“It should do. I still have a goal in my head I’m working towards every day. Just because I won this doesn’t mean I can take my foot off the gas,” he said.

“It’s a great steppingstone, no doubt, because I’m back in the big tournaments now for the foreseeable future. Hopefully I can kick on from here and move back up the world rankings where I feel like I really belong.” Gwk

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Phil Mickelson grabs share of the lead with birdie on No. 16 at Desert Classic http://lansingstatejournal.sportstonews.com/2019/01/21/phil-mickelson-grabs-share-of-the-lead-with-birdie-on-no-16-at-desert-classic/ http://lansingstatejournal.sportstonews.com/2019/01/21/phil-mickelson-grabs-share-of-the-lead-with-birdie-on-no-16-at-desert-classic/#respond Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:10:02 +0000 http://lansingstatejournal.sportstonews.com/2019/01/21/phil-mickelson-grabs-share-of-the-lead-with-birdie-on-no-16-at-desert-classic/ In the final round of the 2019 Desert Classic, Phil Mickelson makes birdie at the par-5 16th hole to grab a share of the lead with Adam Long and Adam Hadwin at 25-under.

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In the final round of the 2019 Desert Classic, Phil Mickelson makes birdie at the par-5 16th hole to grab a share of the lead with Adam Long and Adam Hadwin at 25-under.

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Adam Hadwin spends day with Toronto Blue Jays http://lansingstatejournal.sportstonews.com/2019/01/21/adam-hadwin-spends-day-with-toronto-blue-jays/ http://lansingstatejournal.sportstonews.com/2019/01/21/adam-hadwin-spends-day-with-toronto-blue-jays/#respond Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:09:02 +0000 http://lansingstatejournal.sportstonews.com/2019/01/21/adam-hadwin-spends-day-with-toronto-blue-jays/ During Adam Hadwin's 2018 Valspar Championship media day, the defending champ traded his golf clubs for a baseball bat at the Toronto Blue Jays' spring training facility.

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During Adam Hadwin’s 2018 Valspar Championship media day, the defending champ traded his golf clubs for a baseball bat at the Toronto Blue Jays’ spring training facility. Hadwin returned the favor with a round of golf at Innisbrook Resort (Copperhead) with Blue Jays’ Luke Maile and Josh Donaldson, along with former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Ronde Barber.

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Adam Long drains birdie putt to stun Phil Mickelson, win Desert Classic http://lansingstatejournal.sportstonews.com/2019/01/20/adam-long-drains-birdie-putt-to-stun-phil-mickelson-win-desert-classic/ http://lansingstatejournal.sportstonews.com/2019/01/20/adam-long-drains-birdie-putt-to-stun-phil-mickelson-win-desert-classic/#respond Sun, 20 Jan 2019 23:55:35 +0000 http://lansingstatejournal.sportstonews.com/2019/01/20/adam-long-drains-birdie-putt-to-stun-phil-mickelson-win-desert-classic/ Adam Long, 31, earns his first PGA Tour title by defeating Phil Mickelson (and Adam Hadwin) at the Desert Classic.

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Here’s a recap of the final round of the Desert Classic in La Quinta, Calif.

WINNER: Golf is a funny game. That showed again Sunday when a man with barely any PGA Tour experience beat a legend.

Adam Long drained a 14-footer for birdie on the 72nd hole to win by a single shot over Phil Mickelson and Adam Hadwin. That clutch putt punctuated a 7-under 65 and a 26-under total.

Mickelson, who began the day with a two-shot lead and looked in line for a wire-to-wire win, already owned 43 PGA Tour titles. This tournament marked Long’s sixth career PGA Tour start.

He had played on the Web.com Tour, Mackenzie Tour and PGA Tour Latinoamerica and didn’t win on any of those circuits. Yet, he’s now quickly got his first win on the PGA Tour.

Amazing.

The 31-year-old Duke grad began the day birdie-birdie and made four more before reaching the 18th. He came to the 72nd hole tied with Mickelson and Hadwin. A missed drive right left Long an awkward second shot that he played brilliantly 14 feet under the hole.

Hadwin missed the green and could only scramble for par. Mickelson’s 38-footer for birdie just finished low of the cup. (He also barely missed a 30-footer for birdie and the outright lead at the 71st hole.)

That left Long his big opportunity and he took advantage.

The PGA Tour rookie opened his 2018-19 campaign with a T-63 at the Safeway Open but followed up with three straight missed cuts. So this win was totally out of nowhere.

This game never ceases to amaze.

JUST MISSED: An agonizing miss for Mickelson, a two-time winner at this event. He started his 2019 opener in 12-under 60 and seemed destined for a wire-to-wire triumph. He settled for T-2 at 25 under instead with a closing 3-under 69. Hadwin, who shot 59 at this tournament two years ago, actually had the lead going to the back nine after an opening 31. But he made just one birdie and one bogey on his final nine as he also tied for second.

SHOT OF THE DAY: Do you really need to ask what this one will be?

SHORT SHOTS: Talor Gooch played his first 11 holes of the round in 7 under and ultimately fired an 8-under 64 to finish at 24 under. That was good for solo fourth. … Jon Rahm offered a solid title defense as he placed sixth at 21 under. … Justin Rose tied for 34th at 14 under. … Curtis Luck finished the week 76-75 to go from solo second after 36 holes to a T-70 showing.

UP NEXT: The PGA Tour stays in California, going to Torrey Pines for the Farmers Insurance Open. Follow all the action live on Golfweek.com and our Facebook and Twitter feeds.

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Phil Mickelson birdies No. 15 at Desert Classic http://lansingstatejournal.sportstonews.com/2019/01/20/phil-mickelson-birdies-no-15-at-desert-classic/ http://lansingstatejournal.sportstonews.com/2019/01/20/phil-mickelson-birdies-no-15-at-desert-classic/#respond Sun, 20 Jan 2019 23:48:02 +0000 http://lansingstatejournal.sportstonews.com/2019/01/20/phil-mickelson-birdies-no-15-at-desert-classic/ In the final round of the 2019 Desert Classic, Phil Mickelson lands his 141-yard approach within 6 feet of the cup at the par-4 15th hole.

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In the final round of the 2019 Desert Classic, Phil Mickelson lands his 141-yard approach within 6 feet of the cup at the par-4 15th hole. He would make the putt for birdie to get within one stroke of the lead.

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Jon Rahm sinks lengthy birdie putt at Desert Classic http://lansingstatejournal.sportstonews.com/2019/01/20/jon-rahm-sinks-lengthy-birdie-putt-at-desert-classic/ http://lansingstatejournal.sportstonews.com/2019/01/20/jon-rahm-sinks-lengthy-birdie-putt-at-desert-classic/#respond Sun, 20 Jan 2019 23:47:02 +0000 http://lansingstatejournal.sportstonews.com/2019/01/20/jon-rahm-sinks-lengthy-birdie-putt-at-desert-classic/ In the final round of the 2019 Desert Classic, Jon Rahm rolls in a 32-foot putt to make birdie at the par-3 17th hole.

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Tiger Woods announced last week that he would start his 2019 campaign at the Farmers Insurance Open. The first two rounds will take place on the North and South Courses at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif., with the last two rounds scheduled exclusively on the South Course.

Saying that Woods has a good track record at Torrey Pines is like saying the Golden State Warriors have been pretty good at basketball for the last four years.

Woods first appeared in this event in 1998, when it was still the Buick Classic, and he finished tied for third. The following year he won, and since then, he’s played 15 more times and won six more of those tournaments. His average finishing position coming into the 2019 event is seventh and, in case you had forgotten his one-legged performance, Woods also won the 2008 U.S. Open in a 19-hole playoff over Rocco Mediate on the South Course at Torrey Pines.

Everyone is always in interested in how Woods plays, but having won last season’s Tour Championship at East Lake to earn his first PGA Tour title since 2015, expectations are going to be high for him to have a strong showing at the Farmers Insurance Open. But what do the numbers say about his chances of winning for the ninth time as a professional at Torrey Pines?

The 2018-19 PGA Tour season started in October, but this is Woods’ first event, so we have no data from this season to study. But we do have last season’s numbers and can compare them to his season-ending stats in the years before his Torrey Pines wins.

As you can see, in previous years before winning at Torrey Pines – a facility that rests on cliffs above the Pacific Ocean and typically is cloaked in cool, thick air – Woods had a more significant driving advantage over the field than he enjoyed last season.

At 43, he’s still longer than the average Tour player. But statistically he could be considered a Tour-average driver because his strokes gained off the tee average was 0.061. That means Woods typically earned a 0.061-shot edge over the average player per round based on the quality of his tee shots. Before some previous wins at Torrey Pines, that edge was more than half a shot, which translates to two strokes through a 72-hole event.

Woods led the PGA Tour in strokes gained approach the green last season with a 0.883 average. But as the table also reveals, that number pales in comparison to his 2007, 2008 and 2009 standards. While there is reason to think Woods will be as good as anyone from the fairway at this season’s Farmers Insurance Open, and better than most, his iron game probably will not give him the edge it once did over the field.

On a positive note, Woods’ short game last season was better than it was a season before any of his wins at Torrey Pines.

The chart below shows Woods’ strokes gained by category in each of his ShotLink-era wins at Torrey Pines

Woods’ recipe for winning at Torrey Pines has been to beat the course (and his competition) into submission using his irons. In his five ShotLink-Era wins, his combined strokes gained approach the green average has been 1.64. He also has feasted on the par 5s, averaging 9.8 birdies or better in each event.

What helped Woods separate himself from the field in previous wins at Torrey Pines is what he did best on the PGA Tour last season – hit quality iron shots. Assuming his iron game remains sharp and he can drive the ball slightly better than he did last season, there is no reason to think Woods can’t win for the ninth time as a pro at Torrey. Gwk

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In the final round of the 2019 Desert Classic, Phil Mickelson gets up-and-down from the greenside rough to make birdie at the par-5 5th hole.

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