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It’s All Rosy at Aronimink

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The critics of the PGA Tour have wanted for some time and now they have it – a player BESIDES Tiger Woods showing signs of domination on the world’s top professional golf tour. Everybody knew it COULD happen but if it did would anyone have thought Justin Rose would be THE guy?

Likely not, but that is the case as Sunday he swept to victory at the AT&T National courtesy of brilliant shot making and leaning hard on a white putter that is becoming legendary. No, it is no equal to Jack Nicklaus’ White Fang putter but it seems to be rolling the ball just as well.

Rose had a few stumbles Sunday at Aronimink but, unlike at the Travelers Championship, he did not falter to an excessive degree, and finished just far enough ahead to secure his 2nd PGA Tour title in three starts on Tour.

After winning at Memorial and holding the 54-hole lead at The Travelers, Rose had a lot of recent experience to draw on as he played the final round of the AT&T and ultimately it helped him close out the championship one stroke ahead of a surging Ryan Moore. Moore fired an impressive 65 on Sunday, almost enough to catch Rose who posted even par for his last trip around the storied layout. And helping Rose to get the job done was utilizing the experience in Hartford where a final round 75 gave away the tournament.

“I knew having not closed out last week it was important for me just for myself to do it today, but to do it in a way — I felt like I really did put into play the lessons I learned at Hartford. I played much slower and I really felt calm. I didn't feel like the nerves got the better of me at all the whole weekend, so was much better at that,” said Rose.

“Still never easy to close these things out, I'll tell you. Had it going nicely on the front nine today and probably got a little bit closer than I should have with two slack three-putts 10 and 11. But I knew today around level par would get the job done today. I was probably — maybe even by a couple but obviously Ryan put a great round together, birdieing 17 I think he did, so he was definitely putting the heat on,” he added.

The tricky greens had many players shaking their heads. High speeds and severe slopes tested the field with three to six foot second putts that not everyone handled well. Rose was able to convert almost all of them and that made the difference in the end. “Every two-putt felt like hard work coming in, I've got to tell you. It was good fun,” Rose stated. “I felt very much in control of my emotions and it's been a long week, but I'm very glad we've got to this point with a win.

With the win Rose not only moved to 2nd in the FedEx points list but he achieved another important goal – he won the top spot on the “mini money list” that qualifies him for the Open Championship in a couple weeks. After not playing in the United States Open he is very geared up to play the 150th Open Championship. His record of late and the fact he won the St. Andrew’s Links Trophy as an amateur at St. Andrews will make him a betting favorite.

This report provided to GolfWRX.com by Flagstick Golf Magazine (www.flagstick.com)

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10 interesting photos from Tuesday at the Zurich Classic

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana, where, among other things, a giant three-legged crocodile roams.

Now in it’s second year, the tournament’s unique two-man team format has attracted a wealth of top talent, including 10 of the top 14 golfers in the OWGR. We’re on the scene snapping bag pictures and have five galleries from TPC Louisiana’s range Tuesday. We also have a look inside Ryan Ruffels bag, a peek at Jimmy Walker’s putter, a look in Brooks Koepka’s bag, and more!

Let’s dig in.

Well, this certainly is interesting, Xinjun Zhang. Not sure about the context, but not something you traditionally see on a PGA Tour driving range…

Hard not to love Ryan Ruffels’ 009M

Look’s like Michael Greller is enjoying some well-earned relaxation

Ryan Palmer boldly going where few Tour pros dare to: serif font

Roman numeral loft stamping? Savage grind? We like your style, Bud Cauley

Is this a new Wilson Staff PMP wedge prototype or a one-off thing for Ricky Barnes?

Finally, Whitney comes to a wedge

Ham & egg!

Jimmy Walker’s silver Spider

Our Tour Photographer risking the wrath of Bubba (we assume he had permission)

 

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Detroit could be getting a PGA Tour event

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As a business based in the Detroit metro area, GolfWRX is happy to hear this: the Motor City could be getting a PGA Tour event.

With the PGA Tour’s 2019-2020 schedule expected in the weeks ahead, the Detroit News reports the Tour could announce (Detroit-based) Quicken Loans will sponsor an event at Detroit Golf Club. The company ceased sponsorship of the former Quicken Loans National in Washington, D.C. last year.

The Detroit News quotes a source with knowledge of the Tour’s scheduling discussions as saying an official announcement is near.

While the Tour, Quicken Loans, and Detroit Golf Club are mum on the matter, Quicken Loans’ statement to the paper last year made clear the company’s intention to bring a tournament to the city.

“As we look to the future, we remain interested in exploring ways to highlight the energy and revitalization taking place in Detroit…A prime golf event, featuring the world’s best players, is certainly something we would be interested in pursuing as a way to showcase our great American city.”

If the Detroit tournament takes the calendar spot of the The National, it would be contested in late June/early July. Additionally, with the PGA Championship’s move to may next year, there’s some speculation the Detroit event could be contested in August.

As mentioned, we know the PGA Championship is moving to May in 2019. Additionally, The Players will move to March, TPC Southwind will take over  WGC hosting duties from Firestone Country Club, and the FedEx Cup Playoffs will wrap before start of football season.

We’ll have to wait (eagerly) for official word on the Detroit event.

 

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Tuesday’s Photos from the 2018 Zurich Classic

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana (par 72; 7,425 yards), designed by Pete Dye with consultants Steve Elkington and Kelly Gibson.

The Zurich Classic is a unique event on the PGA Tour because it’s not an individual stroke-play event. Instead, the format consists of two-man teams playing best-ball on Thursday and Saturday, and alternate-shot on Friday and Sunday.

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Last year, Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt won the event after four playoff holes against Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown. The Smith/Blixt duo will be back to defend their title, and the Kisner/Brown pairing will be back avenging their loss.

Other notable pairings in the field include Daniel Berger/Gary Woodland, Wesley Bryan/Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed/Patrick Cantlay, John Daly/Rory Sabbatini, Jason Day/Ryan Ruffels, David Duval/Jim Furyk, Tony Finau/Daniel Summerhays, Sergio Garcia/Rafa Cabrera Bello, J.B. Holmes/Brand Snedeker, Matt Kuchar/Bubba Watson, Louis Oosthuizen/Charl Schwartzel, Sean O’Hair/Jimmy Walker, Pat Perez/Jason Dufner, Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth/Ryan Palmer, Justin Thomas/Bud Cauley and more!

Check out our photos from the event below!

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