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Tour Mash: Berger gets 1st PGA Tour win, Henderson’s major breakthrough

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Berger gets 1st Tour win at FedEx St. Jude

You know it’s true; there’s an uncanny facial resemblance between Sergio Garcia and Daniel Berger. On Sunday, Berger joined Garcia as a PGA Tour winner with a veteran-like performance at TPC Southwind. On the course where more balls find the water than any other, Berger watched as Dustin Johnson posted a score of 9-under par early, then watched some more as rain drops kept falling on his head … for three hours. Finally, back out on the fairways, Berger signed for 67, including birdies on Nos. 12, 14 and 15, to outdistance by three a trio of trailing tour winners like Brooks Koepka, Steve Stricker, Phil Mickelson…you get the idea.

Related: See the clubs Berger used to win

It was quite a win and a shot of confidence for Berger, as the world’s best head to Pittsburgh next week for the U.S. Open.

KPMG Women’s PGA goes to Brooke Henderson

So this PR gal tells Mike Whan, LPGA Tour Commish, “Listen, we’re going to play your marquee event at a really narrow, uber-treed Pacific Northwest course. Your three-time defending champion (who is going into your Hall of Fame that week, bee-tee-dubs) will be injured and not at her best. But your three most exciting players will battle it out down the stretch, with two having a shot at their first major titles, while the other is in search of her third consecutive one.” WHOOOO, now exhale!

And that’s exactly how it shook out at Sahalee Country Club in Washington state. Brooke Henderson and Lydia Ko tied for first place at 6-under after Henderson birdied the penultimate hole to forge that standoff. Ko had won the last two majors, while Henderson was in search of her first. And a shot behind them, just a shimmee away from a three-way playoff? Ariya Jutanugarn, three-time winner on the LPGA Tour IN MAY! Combined age of the three golfers? 57 years. We’ll save you the math (19 year average) and the details (Henderson made birdie from 3 feet on the first playoff hole) and say, welcome to the majors, Brooke, and welcome to a new Golden Age, LPGA!

Langer wins third-consecutive Senior Players

Brooke Henderson wasn’t the only walk-off putt on Sunday. The Champions Tour’s energizer bunny, aka Bernhard Langer, let everyone else back in the race with a Sunday  73 (ouch!), but said talk to the hand with a 12-foot putt for par on the final hole at Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Wiassahickon (say that three times fast) course. Dismissed were the world’s most interesting golfer, Miguel Angel Jimenez, and Joe Durant, one 12-foot putt shy of a tie and a playoff.

Langer made precisely zero birdies on Sunday, after making 10 the previous three days. Meanwhile, Jimenez and Durant made eight birdies between them to put serious pressure on the man who now has three wins and two majors in 2016. Langer was up to the challenge, though. As is his forte, he ground out par after par, gave himself a chance to win on No. 18, and closed the door on his 28th Champions Tour win (and 7th senior major).

Web.com Tour: Homa wins at Ivanhoe Club

Max Homa’s score kept dropping all week, from 71 to 69, to 68 then 67. That 5-under tally on Day 4 was Sunday’s low round, and got him thinking that he might have a shot, might make a playoff, might even win.

Homa trailed Josh Teater by seven after three rounds, but the leader stumbled hard on Sunday and gave the 2013 NCAA individual champ and Walker Cup team member a chance at his second Web.com Tour victory. When Teater’s attempt at par on the 72nd hole slid by, Homa had his win by one over Teater and John Mallinger. Mallinger had gone birdie-eagle on Nos. 14 and 15 to insert himself into the conversation. A wayward drive found a hazard on the last, but Mallinger was able to scramble for par to secure the runner-up spot.

News from the European Desk

Irish and British and Welsh and Scottish eyes were shining as eight young ladies took back the Curtis Cup from the U.S. on home Irish soil. Up 8-4 heading into Sunday’s singles match, the Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup side turned back a charge from Team USA to win by 11.5 to 8.5 at Dun Laoghaire (Celtic for Wissahickon) golf club in Dublin. Leona Maguire, the No. 2-ranked amateur golfer who was somehow left off the GBI side in 2014 after playing in 2010 and 2012, won 4 of 5 matches on the week to wrest the cup from the U.S.

On the European Tour, Ashun Wu began his final nine at Austria’s Lyoness Open double-bogey, bogey, but was still able to win by a stroke over Spain’s Adrian Otaegui (say it with me, oh-tah-AY-gey). Wu also won the Volvo China Open 14 months ago for his first European Tour win.

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Ronald Montesano writes for GolfWRX.com from western New York. He dabbles in coaching golf and teaching Spanish, in addition to scribbling columns on all aspects of golf, from apparel to architecture, from equipment to travel. Follow Ronald on Twitter at @buffalogolfer.

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  1. Ronald Montesano

    Jun 13, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    She’s 18. Most 18s fall for things like that.

  2. TCJ

    Jun 13, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Congratulations Brooke! GO CANADA!

    • Ronald Montesano

      Jun 13, 2016 at 6:54 pm

      I did not think she would have it in her to win a major this early, especially vs. Lydia Ko. Kudos to her for overcoming any doubts. If Ariya can nab one this year, the question might be Which Tour Has The Real Big 3?

      • Ne

        Jun 14, 2016 at 2:31 am

        I couldn’t believe Lydia blew that shortish birdie putt on 17

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WRX Retrospective: Interesting photos from the 2019 Masters

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As of now, we know the 2020 Masters is going to have to wait until November. The tournament will be as exciting as it will be interesting since it will be the first modern glimpse into Augusta National beyond April.

It has also given us the great opportunity to look back with hindsight 20/20 (that was very much an unintended pun) at our pictures from 2019 to showcase some of the most noteworthy and interesting, including some potential foreshadowing of the week that was to come.

2007 Masters champion Zach Johnson isn’t one to change putters too often, but he must have been searching for something last year when testing out this TaylorMade Spider.

This was Viktor Hovland’s last Masters as an amateur. He won low amateur honors and went on to capture the same distinction at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

TaylorMade always does a wonderful job with major-themed accessories and bags. 2019 was no exception.

Little did we know at the time this was taken, this man would be leading heading into Sunday’s final round. How the tables turned so quickly.

Callaway’s collab with Seamus Golf lead to these flower-themed headcovers.

We can’t forget that Tuesday practice day was rained out and the course was closed at 10 a.m. to both players and spectators. It wasn’t the warm spring kickoff many had hoped for!

Although it was short-lived, it was a rainy Tuesday for all, including caddies.

The weather broke on Wednesday and the view up the 10th hole never gets old.

Did you realize two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson’s Flightscope has a custom pink paint job?

Inexpensive snacks and beverages are always a highlight of any Master’s visit.

The 2019 Masters featured pre-bulked Bryson, who also happened to have a custom FlightScope X3. He looks like a veritable stick!

They say a picture says 1,000 words, but in the case of Tiger Woods, we had no idea how many words would be written come Sunday.

A peek into the bag of Gary Woodland, who would go on to become the U.S. Open Champion only a few months later.

Special shoutout to Gary Woodland’s caddy Brennan Little, who hails from St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, and is obviously a big Toronto Blue Jays fan. He was also on the bag for Mike Wier’s win in 2003.

Although the relationship was short-lived, Sergio used some very cool custom Toulon putters while on staff with Callaway Golf.

The eighth green is one of the most interesting and mounded on the course, there’s not a bunker to be found but danger lurks everywhere.

Undulations at No. 1 are a sight to be seen at ground level.

The iconic, understated clubhouse of ANGC.

The tucked-away first tee spike cleaner is something every course should have.

And of course, the iconic 12th, where so much would be decided come Sunday.

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10 interesting photos from the 2020 Players Championship

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2020 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

The field this week featured the best golfers in the world, including Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, and more.

Rory McIlroy enters the tournament as the defending champion, looking hoist the crystal again.

Check out all our galleries below, along with highlights from TPC Sawgrass.

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Bettinardi’s St. Patrick’s Day covers  

Brand-new Srixon 745 in Keegan’s bag

Roger Sloan’s custom Cameron

Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal irons spotted in Nick Watney’s bag 

Joel Dahmen with a battle-worn hybrid

Fresh eggs for Patrick Reed…

Justin Rose continues to tweak his equipment

Carlos Ortiz looks to be picking up some supplies to mark the end of his driveway…

Jordan Spieth with a Vokey WedgeWorks Proto 60T in the bag

Kiradech Aphibarnrat with lead tape and stamping on cavity-back irons. Solid! 

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GolfWRX Spotted: Justin Rose with mixed bag at Arnold Palmer Invitational

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It’s not very often we get breaking equipment news this time of year on the PGA Tour schedule, but this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, one of the highest-profile players on tour, Justin Rose, was spotted testing multiple brands of clubs throughout his entire bag.

It started last week at the Honda Classic when Rose put a TaylorMade SIM driver with Mitsubishi Kuro Kage in play. As of today’s first round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Rose has a mixed set including TaylorMade, Cobra, and Titleist clubs, along with an Axis1 putter.

Here are the details of Rose’s equipment:

Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 degrees @ 8.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 70 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 80 TX

5-wood: Cobra SpeedZone Tour (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 X

Irons: TaylorMade P730 (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (52, 56 degrees), Titleist Vokey Design Prototype K Grind (60 degrees)
Shafts: Project X 6.5 (52, 56), Proto Hi-Rev 135X (60)

Putter: Axis1 Rose
Grip: Flat Cat Svelte

Ball: TaylorMade TP5 ‘19 (No. 1)

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