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Adam Scott Finds Victory at Nelson

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Whether deserved or not, Adam Scott has the reputation as a golfer who struggles to close out tournaments.

So when Scott began the final round with the 54 hole lead, many were anxious to see how he would finish. Earlier this season Scott won the European Tour’s Qatar Masters with a final round 61. Considering his strong play during today’s victory at the TPC Las Colinas, many will be reconsidering their view on the young Australian’s ability to close. With a cold front moving through the area, cooler temperatures and gusting winds made the difficult course play even harder.

Scott faltered early in the round, with a bogey on the first hole and a double on the par three fifth hole. Ryan Moore began the day among a tight group chasing Scott and quickly caught him after birdies on 7 and 8. For much of the day Scott and Moore remained tied. Scott looked to distance himself on the driveable par 4 11th. After crushing a drive just past the green he left himself a short chip for eagle. Scott would leave with a disappointing par after running his chip five feet past and failing to convert his birdie opportunity. Almost simultaneously Moore stumbled as well with bogies on 13 and 14 to give Scott a one shot lead. However, almost as quickly as he got the lead, Scott would lose it when Moore birdied 16 and 17. A final par on 18 and Moore posted a final score of -7 to lead Scott by one.

Scott stepped onto 18th tee and it looked like the self-fulfilling prophecy was once again coming true – another lead and another loss. However something was different about today. Earlier on 17 with the pin on the far right of the green, Scott pulled his tee shot to the left leaving himself a long, difficult putt that had to traverse several ridges. It would have been an easy three putt during a practice round but Scott was burdened with the pressure of a championship. But he hit an excellent lag putt for a relatively easy par. On 18, Scott’s drive found the fairway leaving himself a short iron in which finished just behind the hole leaving a realistic birdie putt to tie Moore. After reading his putt, he picked a line, hit it, and it dropped to the bottom of the cup. Scott said, I hit it, I had a look, and it felt like it was pretty high. But it did break in the end and went in the middle, too."

The playoff began on the 18th. Moore hit his drive just off the fairway into the right rough but his approach found the green pin high. Scott hit a huge drive in the middle of the fairway and with 94 yards to the pin, his approach finished just inside Moore’s. Both players would two putt and take the playoff to the 196 yard par 3 17th. On the 17th, it was Moore who pulled his tee shot this time and left himself with a very difficult two putt similar to the one Scott faced in regulation. Scott took a daring line on his tee shot and it just barely cleared the hazard and bounced to a realistic birdie opportunity. Moore hit a tremendous lag putt that traversed the green to finish close to the pin and managed to make par. Scott missed his birdie putt and the two went back to 18 continuing the playoff.

The scales seemed to tip in Moore’s favor when Scott’s tee shot found the edge of the bunker, leaving him with a difficult stance and the ball below his feet. Moore hit the fairway and sent his approach just past the pin to the back edge of the green. The tension built as Scott took his stance and hit his 105 yard approach shot that came up well short leaving him a difficult 48 foot putt. As Scott lined up his putt he had a good feeling, "I had a pretty good line on it. Sometimes you can just see them straight away, and I got a good grip on that one. I had Tony (my caddy) looking at every other putt for me in the playoff, and I didn’t have him look at that one. Not that he can’t read a putt (laughter), but I just had a good feeling," said Scott.

The crowd roared as Scott’s putt tracked right on the hole and disappeared in the bottom of the cup. Moore still had an opportunity to extend the playoff, but his putt barely hit the lip and darted out of the hole leaving Scott with his first PGA Tour victory of the 2008 season.

One of the criticisms faced by Scott and some of the other young players on PGA Tour is a lack of "killer instinct" especially compared with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Scott rationalized his calm demeanor on the course saying, "I struggle to bring that out to show people. I don’t play well if I get too pumped up, if I don’t bring myself back down to hit a shot. It doesn’t come out. I was grinding inside today. I was playing hard. I wasn’t going to let it slip. I felt like I worked hard all week." Indeed, with his tremendous performance to catch Ryan Moore in regulation and focus during the playoff, a lack of desire is one thing Scott will never have to prove again.

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10 interesting photos from the Albertsons Boise Open

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GolfWRX bypassed the PGA Tour’s Tour Championship in the early part of the week (we made it there Thursday!) for the road less traveled this week: The Korn Ferry Tour. Specifically, we have a full buffet of photos from the range at the Albertsons Boise Open, including a full plate of WITB looks.

Here are 10 interesting photos from the Albertsons Boise Open.

This spread of Scotty Cameron Circle T putter covers will have enthusiasts drooling

Is this tee marker edible?

Name a better-dressed pro than Morgan Hoffmann…

Brandon Crick’s Pingman-stamped Glide wedge

The TaylorMade Boise Open headcover features a Boise St. blue turf background

D.J. Trahan’s Grateful Dead dancing bear headcovers are money

J-Gore! Cheers to the 2002 champ!

Sweet orange paintfill on Kevin Doughtery’s PXG 0311T 4-iron

Idaho (potato) fries aplenty on Scotty Cameron’s superb Boise Open headcover

I was unaware Will Zalatoris nickname was Beavis. But a look at this wedge and a look at this photo have me pretty convinced it is

All our galleries from the Boise Open

General galleries

WITB, special galleries

 

 

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Morning 9: Rory offers simple slow play fix, isn’t sure about TC format | Brooks favors the Euro plan | Sunjae Im!

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By Ben Alberstadt (ben.alberstadt@golfwrx.com; @benalberstadt on Instagram)

August 22, 2019

Good Thursday morning, golf fans.
1. Rory’s simple slow play fix
Golf Channel’s Rex Hoggard reporting...”The Northern Irishman has always been one of the most outspoken players when it comes to pace of play on the PGA Tour but enough is enough.”
  • “I saw [the European Tour] released a four-point plan, but I only read the headline. I didn’t go deeper into it. I’ve had enough of the slow play stuff,” McIlroy said. “I had two hours of it last week at the [player advisory council] meeting, and that came to nothing.”
  • “Although he didn’t know the details of the new European pace of play policy, McIlroy did offer a solution for slow play when he pointed out that pace of play won’t be an issue at this week’s 30-man Tour Championship.”
  • “Seriously, it’s like traffic, right? You get 156 in the field, and it’s hard to get those guys around quickly. Even last week, 70, there was no mention of pace of play,” McIlroy said. “I’m in a privileged position that I can say that because I’m going to get into a field of 30 or 70. Obviously, guys that are not quite in my position would disagree with that. [But] if you want to speed up play, cut the field sizes.”

Full piece.

2. Rory unsure regarding new Tour Championship format 
ESPN’s Bob Harig…”While saying Wednesday that he understands many of the reasons for the new format, he also said “come back to me Monday and I’ll tell you whether it’s worked or not.”
  • …”If we’re at the PGA Tour trying to do the season of championships, where it starts at the Players in March and goes through the four majors and culminates with the FedEx Cup in the end, if the FedEx Cup really wants to have this legacy in the game, like some of these other championships do, is people starting the tournament on different numbers the best way to do it?” McIlroy said Wednesday at East Lake Golf Club.”
  • “That’s my only thing. I get it from a fan experience point of view. I get it from giving guys that have played better throughout the year an advantage. But at the same time, it will make it sweeter for a guy that starts at even or 1-under par and goes all the way through the field and wins. Or if Justin Thomas shoots the tied low score of the week and doesn’t end up winning. … I don’t know.”

Full piece.

3. JT wants the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup
Good to hear he didn’t endorse finishing third if it’ll secure the cup…JT isn’t keen for a repeat of 2017
  • AP report…”Justin Thomas lived it two years ago when he capped off his best year by capturing the FedEx Cup with a runner-up finish in the Tour Championship. Thomas was thrilled to win the cup and its $10 million prize, but felt like a loser in the immediate aftermath because he was second in the Tour Championship to Xander Schauffele.”
  • “As the No. 1 seed, he starts Thursday at 10-under par with a two-shot lead under the staggered start. It’s possible that Thomas could finish the most under par and win the FedEx Cup, even though he doesn’t have the lowest 72-hole score.”
  • “And yes, he will be paying attention…“You guys probably won’t believe me, but, yeah, it will irk me,” Thomas said of such a scenario. “I want to beat everybody every week I play.”

Full piece.

4. Can anyone really win the FedEx Cup? 
Shane Ryan investigates…
  • “…a player starting at even par has to overcome a 10-shot deficit against the top player, but he also has to overcome a variety of smaller deficits against 25 other players. That compounds the problem, but one way we can try to answer the question is by examining other big comebacks in PGA Tour history. A look at final-round comebacks shows us that one player, Paul Lawrie, managed to take back 10 strokes in a single round, though it did require Jean Van de Velde’s infamous collapse at the 1999 Open Championship”
  • “…But Stewart Cink also roared back from nine shots down, and eight players have managed the feat on Sunday from eight shots back. In some respects, the task facing the “start-at-even” crew in the Tour Championship this weekend is much easier. First, they have 72 holes, not 18, to overcome a 10-stroke deficit. Second, the competition is 29 players, not the 70-or-so who typically make the cut at a “normal” event. They have a longer time to beat a smaller number of players, and by that reckoning, chipping off 2.5 shots per round seems far from impossible.”

 

5. In case you missed it: U.S. Prez Cup team top 8 set
Brooks Koepka
Justin Thomas
Dustin Johnson
Patrick Cantlay
Xander Schauffele
Webb Simpson
Matt Kuchar
Bryson DeChambeau
6. Olesen pleads not guilty
BBC report…”Danish golfer Thorbjorn Olesen has appeared in court charged with sexual assault and being drunk on an aircraft.”
  • “The 29-year-old Ryder Cup winner has also been charged with assault by beating…He indicated he would plead not guilty when he appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.”

Full piece.

7. Brooks favors the European plan? 
Golfweek’s Eamon Lynch…“Koepka has been an outspoken critic of slow play, calling for stiff penalties against lallygagging PGA Tour players. He was asked about a policy announced this week by the European Tour that cracks down on idlers by imposing stroke penalties, not the meaningless fines used this side of the Atlantic.”
  • “Perfect. We should adopt it,” Koepka replied. Then came the surgical insertion of the needle.
  • “I think you’ll see some urgency to play. It doesn’t matter how quick you walk. It doesn’t matter how quick you do anything.”
  • “The “quick walk” argument – that hoofing it to one’s ball faster excuses taking more time than permitted to execute the next shot – is the flaccid defense of Bryson DeChambeau, a notorious laggard and someone with whom Koepka has sparred on the issue.”

Full piece.

8. Cole Hammer time…for you to win the McCormack medal
Golf Digest’s Ryan Herrington…“On Wednesday, the USGA and R&A announced that Hammer remained the No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, and thus had secured the Mark H. McCormack Medal as the leading men’s player at the end of the summer.”
  • “With the honor comes exemptions into the 2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot and the 2020 Open Championship at Royal St. George’s, so long as Hammer remains an amateur when playing in the majors.”

Full piece.

9. Alone in anonymity?
Sungjae Im has hardly gotten the recognition he deserves this season…
  • Golf Digest’s Joel Beall…“One of the tour’s premier talents walked East Lake in anonymity Wednesday afternoon. Hard to do, given there are just 30 players at this shindig. When he passed a group of fans, necks strained to see the name on the bag, followed by a common chorus of whispers. Who’s that? … that’s not Hideki, right … wow, pretty nice shot. The man would nod as he made his way through, paying no heed to their ignorance. He doesn’t even blame them.”
  • “Hey, I’m surprised I’m here too,” Sungjae Im says with a laugh.
  • “In the Year of Young Guns, from Cameron Champ’s auspicious start to the torrid summers of Collin Morikawa, Matthew Wolff and Viktor Hovland, only one-Im-is standing at the Tour Championship.”
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Thorbjorn Olesen pleads not guilty to sexual assault; will face trial next month

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On Wednesday, Thorbjorn Olesen indicated that he would plead not guilty to the charges of sexual assault, being drunk on an aircraft, and assault by beating, and he will now face trial in September.

Sky Sports broke the news that the Dane appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday where he confirmed his name, address, date of birth and nationality as well as his not guilty plea, and he has since been released on unconditional bail.

Olesen will now face trial at Isleworth Crown Court on 18th September which is the day before the European Tour’s Flagship event – the BMW Championship at Wentworth.

The 29-year-old was arrested on 29th July at Heathrow Airport and released upon investigation after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman and urinating in the aisle of a first-class cabin.

Olesen is currently suspended from the European Tour while the case is ongoing.

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