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By Scott MacLeod, via Flagstick Golf Magazine (www.flagstick.com)

He might have graced the 18th fairway at The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain in practice rounds but that was the last time Luke Donald would see the hole all week at the World Golf Championships – Accenture Match Play Championship.

Donald looked focused and fearless all week long as you mowed down one opponent after another. He even saved a little gas for the final where he faced down the new World #1 ranked player, Martin Kaymer, and disposed of him by a count of 3&2.

The Englishman kicked off his final day with an impressive opening run that saw him get to three up on his German opponent after just five holes.

“The Germanator” had no plans to lie down and by the time they had reached the turn the match was back to all square. That would be the extent of his fight though as he was not able to win another hole while Donald captured the 11th, 12th, and 15th to create enough of a lead to make the last two holes unnecessary.

Even after squandering the lead Donald showed great resolve from that point on. Asked what his mindset was as they drew even he responded, “I felt like even though I squandered a couple holes, three putting 6 and messing up 9 I never got behind. I still had that momentum that not one of my opponents had gotten ahead of me and I just wanted to make sure that stayed the same today. Making a couple birdies to finish it off was very satisfying.”

“I played nicely this week,” said Donald after the match in a huge understatement. He only required 73 holes total to win the championship, besting Tiger Woods’ previous mark of 77 holes.

In his march to the top spot Donald took down an impressive array of players including 2010 PGA Tour money leader Matt Kuchar. Donald won that match by a score of 6&5 after being 7up through ten holes. His other victims, in order, included Charley Hoffman, Eduardo Molinari, Matteo Mannasero, and Ryan Moore.

It is the first big win for Donald, a Northwestern grad who many figured would have multiple PGA Tour titles by now, and even a major or two. This was his first win in the United States in five years.

He now moves to the #3 spot in the Official World Golf Rankings. His previous high was the #6 position.

The action was a little tighter in the consolation final where Matt Kuchar took down Bubba Watson by a tally of 1up.

Meanwhile, down in Mexico, Johnson Wagner earned a PGA Tour title of his own.

The opposite field Mayakoba Golf Classic concluded with a one-hole playoff where Johnson defeated Spencer Levin with a par. Johnson’s only other Tour win was at the 2008 Shell Houston Open.

Champions Tour regular John Cook finished in third place alone.

This report provided to GolfWRX.com by Canada’s 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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