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It wasn’t particularly pretty on Sunday, but Rickie Fowler picked up his fourth PGA Tour win at The Honda Classic.
For the first time in four tries in his PGA Tour career, Fowler converted a 54-hole lead, maintaining the four-shot edge he had to start the final round at PGA National’s Champion Course. In the end, Fowler bogeyed the final hole to shoot 1-over 71 at cap off the win at 12-under 268.
The final round didn’t get off to a great start for Fowler, who, after a birdie on the par-5 third then dropped a shot at the following hole. Two holes later, Fowler’s tee shot found the water hazard left and led to a double bogey. However, Fowler steadied the ship, managing to not drop another shot on the front side. A par at the 10th hole kept his edge at two.
Back-to-back birdies on the 12th and 13th holes were the sealing circles on the card, scored with a 39-foot putt followed by a 24-footer.
From there, Fowler simply had to finish dry. He did that, albeit with a bogey, ending a winless drought that went back to the 2015 Deutsche Bank Championship.
The victor credited his work over the first three rounds and his putter for getting him through a tough round in windy conditions.
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Jason Day has withdrawn from the WGC-Mexico Championship, pulling out on Sunday in citing dual ear infections and the flu.
“I’m truly disappointed to announce that I won’t be able to play in next week’s World Golf Championship-Mexico Championship,” Day said in a release through his agent, Bud Martin. “I have a double ear infection and the flu, which precludes me from preparing for and playing in the tournament. I have heard great things about the Mexico Championship and the golf course. I want to thank the Salinas family for their support of the event. I look forward to teeing it up there next year.”
Not only do the dual ear infections make the prospect of flying sound pretty miserable, but Day also has a history of vertigo, which is a function of the inner ear. Add in the flu, and there’s not much incentive for Day to travel to Mexico City to take on the first WGC-Mexico Championship.
The WGC-Mexico Championship essentially replaces the former WGC-Cadillac Championship, which had previously been held at Trump Doral, outside of Miami.
Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 1 day ago
Bryson DeChambeau ended 2016 looking for answers with his putting. He came up with the sidesaddle approach and stroke, believing it would be easier for him to make more putts.
After debuting the stroke and a self-fashioned putter at the Franklin Templeton Shootout in December, the transition has not been a fruitful one. Before this week, DeChambeau had missed three consecutive cuts, then suddenly withdrew from the Genesis Open, into which he was invited on a sponsor’s exemption, after just 28 holes and citing a hand injury. Fellow Web.com Tour graduate Grayson Murray called out DeChambeau for backing out at Riviera.
This week, DeChambeau came to PGA National putting conventionally. It didn’t work either, with DeChambeau missing the cut by four shots. DeChambeau, clearly frustrated, pointed the blame for his decision to abandon the sidesaddle style at the USGA, which had deemed one of the putters he submitted for approval with the intent of using it for sidesaddle putting as non-conforming, meaning he couldn’t use it.
On Sunday, DeChambeau walked back his comments on Twitter.
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Rickie Fowler will carry at least a share of the 54-hole lead into a PGA Tour final round for the fourth time in his career on Sunday at The Honda Classic. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that Fowler has never converted a 54-hole lead into a win.
Back on the good column, Fowler carries a four-shot edge into the Sunday finale at PGA National after a third-round, 5-under 65 brought him to 13-under 197. After the round, Fowler copped to his recent issues in finishing off the Saturday night lead on the PGA Tour, but he also didn’t seem discouraged by those defeats so much as resolved to give himself that opportunity more frequently.
“I definitely need to put myself in this position more often, which is just going to lead to me winning more often,” he said. “I’m not going to be able to take a 36- or 54-hole lead every time and win, but the more times you put yourself there, the more trophies I get to hold on Sunday.”
Rapidly rising Englishman Tyrrell Hatton is alone in second place and will play with Fowler in the final pairing.
Fowler, seeking his first PGA Tour win since the 2015 Deutsche Bank Championship, isn’t looking in the rear-view mirror.
In an effort to avoid making nothing at The Honda Classic, Shawn Stefani stripped down to almost nothing.
Stefani’s drive on the sixth hole at PGA National found a water hazard, but the water was shallow enough for him to try to hit the ball and escape by avoiding a penalty stroke and subsequent drop. Stefani got down to his underwear, got in the ankle deep water and took a cut. He advanced the ball 45 yards out of the hazard, leaving a mid-iron up-and-down to make par.
This was a choice rooted in the odds.
“I was just trying to make the cut,” Stefani said. “If I had taken a drop, I would have had to do it in the rough, 20 or 30 yards back. I would have been hitting a long iron into a green where you can’t stop the ball.
“All I was trying to do was make the best decision, and I think it was the best play. I fought hard until the end. It’s a tough golf course, but I never quit. I never gave up.”
While he found the green with his third shot, he didn’t make the save from 10 feet. He finished at 2 over par, two shots outside the cut.
“Hopefully, my wife wasn’t disappointed,” Stefani said. “But I was out there fighting for my family. I was fighting to make the cut.”
Rory McIlroy took to Twitter on Friday to defend his decision to play golf with President Donald Trump on the prior Sunday.
McIlroy, who has been out of action since injuring a rib at the South African Open in January, got the invitation to play with President Trump at Trump International Golf Club in Palm Beach, Fla., late Saturday. The four-time major winner accepted the invitation to play with Trump and two others in an 18-hole round that White House staff originally billed as Trump playing just a few holes. Unbeknownst to McIlroy, in revealing his round with Trump to No Laying Up, he forced the Trump White House to revise their story.
However, McIlroy could well have known the backlash that was coming from those who do not support Trump, his policies or rhetoric. And, he got it in spades. After five days of hearing criticism that got personal and, in McIlroy’s view, went too far, he felt it important to explain his decision — and perhaps humanize it.
On this episode of “The 19th Hole Golf Show,” we dig into Pat Perez’s comments about Tiger Woods, why he was shouted down for having an opinion and the comparison in reaction to him voicing his views as opposed to the reaction to Steven Bowditch’s DUI arrest.
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PGA Tour winner Pat Perez is not a man who holds back on sharing his thoughts. In fact, over the years Double P has been the guy willing to say what other people are thinking.
He did that again on Thursday at The Honda Classic.
Perez, who won the OHL Classic last November for his second PGA Tour win, unleashed on Tiger Woods and his future.
“He knows it,” Perez said this week on his SiriusXM show “Out of Bounds.” “The guy shot 77 [in the first round in Dubai]. That guy can’t shoot 77. What does he do the next day? Ah, my back’s gone. He knows he can’t beat anybody! I told you!
“He’s not going to come out and play, and play poorly. I said this how many months ago? He’s not going to do it for a long time.”
Perez was skeptical about Woods’ ambitious schedule to start the year, which included four planned starts in five weeks. Of a possible total of 16 rounds, Woods will have played three.
Woods has not offered an update on his plans and future schedule.
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Thomas Pieters was co-champion of the B-flight on Sunday at the Genesis Open, finishing tied for second with Scott Brown and five shots behind new world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.
However, while the up-and-coming Belgian had a great week at Riviera, he didn’t hit every shot perfectly. In fact, one wayward shot could have gotten him in a little trouble on the homefront.
In the final round, Pieters hit a tee shot that wound up striking a fan…and that fan was his girlfriend. A spectator took footage of Pieters learning that he had hit his girlfriend.
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Yahoo Sports Staff at Devil Ball Golf 5 days ago
The Florida Swing kicks off this week at The Honda Classic, and you can catch the action live on Yahoo Sports.
Yahoo will be streaming PGA Tour Live’s featured holes coverage of all four rounds from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., on our Golf page. Coverage will run from 3-6 p.m. Eastern on Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Eastern on Saturday and Sunday.
Adam Scott, coming off a tie for 11th last week at the Genesis Open, has enjoyed much success on the Champion Course at PGA National and is back to defend his title. Other stars in The Honda Classic field include Rickie Fowler, last year’s runner-up Sergio Garcia, Zach Johnson, Justin Thomas and Luke Donald.