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Tour Mash: Kisner wins Dean & Deluca, Langer sets senior major record

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Old Faithful erupted again on the Champions Tour, while a few fresh faces appeared on the podium at the LPGA, PGA and European Tour stops this week. Late May offers a bit of a lull between majors, but the golf was grand. Let’s mash it up and have a taste.

PGA Tour: Kisner wins close race at Dean & Deluca 

Kevin Kisner must have breathed a sigh of relief when birdie putts from Jordan Spieth and Jon Rahm failed to fall on the 18th hole at Colonial. The South Carolina native so far is a sure bet in PGA Tour playoffs … to lose. Kisner has gone to extra holes four times since 2015, and each time he left with second-place money.

Related: Kisner’s Winning WITB

Not so on Sunday, as six birdies through 15 holes staked him to a two-shot advantage on the field. Even a sloppy bogey on the 16th wasn’t enough to derail the express, and Kisner parred home for his second PGA Tour victory. The trio of runners-up included Spieth, Rahm and Sean O’Hair, who did birdie the difficult closing hole.

With his triumph, Kisner moved to No. 7 in the FedEx Cup race, while Spieth jumped two spots to No. 5. Rahm maintained his hold on the No. 4 spot in the season-long race.

BMW PGA Championship: Noren sets course record in victory

Alex Noren is the least-heralded name on the top-15 in the Official World Golf Ranking list… on the western side of the Atlantic, that is. This should change as the golf world turns its attention to the three remaining majors of 2017.

Noren was the most explosive of a number of final-round charges at Wentworth on Sunday. Nicolas Colsaerts and Dean Burmester closed with 65, but it didn’t matter. Francesco Molinari, Hideto Tanihara and Henrik Stenson signed for 68, but it wasn’t enough. Why? Noren capped an eight-birdie round with an eagle at the last for 62, securing a two-stroke victory over Molinari.

Noren has won on links and inland courses. He has five wins in the last 24 months on the European Tour — nine in total. For all that, he has a surprisingly poor record in the major championships. His only top-10 was a tie for 9th at the 2012 Open Championship. Expect that to change this year.

Senior PGA: Langer wins record-setting 9th senior major championship

It was just last week that we wrote about Bernhard Langer’s 8th senior major title. The one that tied him with Jack Nicklaus, you’ll recall. Time to change the ranking. Langer and Vijay Singh played hot potato with the lead all week long. When the last green was cleared, it was Langer by a putt for his first Senior PGA title and his 9th senior major, the most of all time.

A glance at the leaders’ scorecards revealed very little discrepancy. Langer had five birdies and a bogey for 68, while Singh had four birdies and two bogeys for 70. Billy Andrade began the day giving chase from the third position, but had far too many bogeys to figure in the outcome. Miguel Angel Jimenez snuck in with a 68 of his own to tie Andrade for third.

The most telling aspect of Langer’s success was his willingness to figure out a way to overcome the USGA’s ruling on anchored golf strokes. All other wielders of the long wand threw up their hands in defeat. The German developed a method that kept the broomstick in his bag and stayed within the tenets of the game.

LPGA: Shanshan Feng earns 7th LPGA Tour title in Michigan

Shanshan Feng has a little bit of everything in professional golf. She is an Olympic medalist (bronze at Rio in 2016), a major champion (Wegman’s LPGA in 2012) and now a seven-time winner on the LPGA Tour. Like Kevin Kisner, she’s not so good at extra holes (0-3 record), so her finish on Sunday had to leave her just a bit nervous.

Feng seemed to have a clear path to victory, but bogeys at Nos. 16 and 18 brought her back to 19-under. Minjee Lee and Sung Hyun Park smelled an opportunity, and each was able to make birdie near the end. Lee signed for 65 and Park counted 66 strokes on Sunday. Both came up one meager swing shy of a tie at the top.

Park and Lee moved inside the top-10 on the LPGA Tour money list, with Feng elevating all the way to 11th spot with her victory. The LPGA Tour moves to Atlantic City and the Seaview Resort this week for the ShopRite Classic, where Anna Nordqvist defends her title.

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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. Ben Armato

    Jun 20, 2017 at 1:40 am

    Congrats to Berhard BUT it took him almost 50 tries to get there while Jack did it in 10

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Tiger Woods fires second-round 76, will miss Genesis Open cut

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Tiger Woods’ trip to Los Angeles is over sooner than he’d hoped. Woods fired a 5-over 76 during the second round of the Genesis Open to miss the presumed cut at Riviera by four strokes (the second round won’t be completed until Saturday morning due to darkness).

Hopes were high Woods would continue to build on a T-23 finish at the Farmers Insurance Open. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case, as the driving woes that plagued him at Torrey Pines followed him to the Riv, despite changing shafts in his TaylorMade M3.

RELATED: Tiger Woods WITB

Wayward off the tee, Woods made eight bogeys Friday, unable to grind out a decent score as he did with his opening-round 1-over 72. He was unable to rely on his putter the way did in this first round, three-putting back-to-back holes (No. 11 and 12). A stretch of three straight bogeys sunk Woods’ hopes of hanging around for the weekend.

(c/o PGATour.com)

We won’t have to wait long to see the Big Cat back in action, however, as Woods committed to next week’s Honda Classic at PGA National in Florida. Woods most recently put a peg in the ground at the course in 2014, where he ultimately withdrew due to back spasms.

The 79-time PGA Tour winner hasn’t teed it in back-to-back weeks since 2015, so while fans may not be encouraged by his play, at least he continues to be free from any issues with his surgically repaired back.

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Tiger Woods shoots an opening-round 72 (1-over) at the 2018 Genesis Open

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After hitting just 17 fairways all week at the 2018 Farmers Insurance Open, where he finished T23, Tiger Woods switched driver shafts and added 0.75 degrees of loft in his TaylorMade M3 driver ahead of the 2018 Genesis Open this week. He went from using a Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 70TX shaft, to a Matrix TP6HDe shaft — he used a TP7HDe shaft back in 2015.

So how did the switch work out for him at Riviera CC on Thursday?

Well, he hit driver 9 times during his round of 72 strokes; four went right — one of which got lost in a tree and he had to re-tee — one went left, and four found the fairway. He hit 8-of-14 fairways in total; no Fred Funk, but an improvement. Woods’ bigger issue on Thursday, actually, was that he hit only 7 greens in regulation, leaving himself a few tricky up-and-downs. Despite hitting only 38 percent of greens, Woods managed to make 5 birdies, and he continues displaying prowess on the greens (1.784 Strokes Gained Putting, and 82 feet worth of putts made).

He also showed some flashes of old Tiger with Arnie-esque follow through.

Of course, that means he missed the fairway way right, and he did go onto bogey the hole, but the shot made for some excitement on golf twitter, at least.

According to @RandallMellGC, Tiger described his round in a post-round interview: “I fought hard. I made a few simple, silly mistakes, bad shots here and there, missed on the wrong side, made a few birdies as well. 1-over’s not bad.”

Yea, that’s about right.

Tiger currently sits at T66, and six shots off the leader. Lots of golf to play, but he’ll likely be contending with the cutline come Friday afternoon. How do you think Tiger will finish this week at the 2018 Genesis Open?

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Bill Haas injured in fatal car crash in Los Angeles

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Bill Haas was involved in a fatal car crash in Pacific Palisades, Calif., site of the Genesis Open, Tuesday night.

The 35-year-old was riding in the passenger seat of a Ferrari driven by a member of the family with whom Haas is staying this week. According to LA County fire officials, the Ferrari collided with a BMW driven by a 50-year-old woman. Haas and the driver of the BMW were transported to a local hospital. The 71-year-old male driver of the Ferrari was pronounced dead on the scene.

The Ferrari also reportedly “clipped” a vehicle driven by actor Luke Wilson prior to the rollover. Wilson was not injured, per a police report.

Per PGATour.com, Bill Haas’ manager, Allen Hobbs of Players Group Management, released the following statement Wednesday morning.

“Last night in Pacific Palisades, California, Bill Haas was involved in a serious car accident in which the driver—a member of the family with whom Haas and his family were staying for the Genesis Open—was killed. While Bill escaped serious injuries and has been released from the hospital, he is understandably shaken up and—more importantly—his deepest condolences go out to the host family during this tragic and difficult time.“

“Bill will withdraw from the Genesis Open and plans to head home to Greenville to recover. He appreciates the support of friends, family and the golf world as a whole, and he has asked for privacy as he processes what has happened.“

Geoff Shackelford tweeted this video of the KTLA coverage of the crash.

Bill Haas’ father, Jay, spoke with Todd Lewis on Golf Channel’s morning drive earlier in the day, saying his son was “very fortunate.” Beyond swelling in one of his legs and pain, Haas sustained no serious injuries, according to his father.

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