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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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10 interesting photos from Monday at the Zurich Classic

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana, were, 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 WITB looks at Matt Jones and Roberto Diaz, in addition to a general gallery from the TPC Louisiana range.

Let’s dig in.

Matt Jones doesn’t need his name embroidered on his headcovers: tape and a marker will do just fine, thanks

Last week, Faaaabel the Goat. This week, someone who would eat Faaabel

Roberto Diaz: Brand agnostic

Wesley Bryan’s Taco Bell(t) lives

Homemade putting aid or soon to be seen on a Golf Channel infomercial (or both)?

UDI with a side of lead

Shaft bags: Assemble!

Roberto Diaz Fourteen RM wedge

What more do you need in life?

A bouquet of Circle T putter covers

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Monday’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.

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!

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Tour Rundown: Moriya Jutanugarn and Andrew Landry win their first titles

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It was a week of firsts on two of the world’s major professional tours. Moriya Jutanugarn claimed her first LPGA title in an impressive manner, while 2016 U.S. Open surprise Andrew Landry seized control in Houston to inscribe his name on the winner’s trophy for an initial time. Elsewhere, a pair of underdogs upset the favorites at the Champions Tour’s Missouri affair, while two veterans added additional titles to their resumes in Europe and on the Web.Com tour. It’s an interesting brew in this week’s cauldron, so let’s give it a stir and see what we taste in this week’s Tour Rundown.

Landry holds off resurgent trio to claim Houston Open

Andrew Landry led that U.S. Open at Oakmont after day one, and hung around the top of the leader board until the fourth day. When his name resurfaced at this week’s Tour stop, few were certain he could hold off a resurgent Zach Johnson, the two-time major winner. Well, few other than Zach Johnson thought Landry might pull it off.

How Landry locked in

From the 10th hole on Friday, through the same hole on Sunday, Landry made zero bogeys. He had 13 birdies in that stretch, on a course that gives a few up, but not in buckets. That 36 hole run of brilliance, including birdies on Sunday’s first three holes, staked Landry to an advantage that he would not relinquish. For the entire week, only four bogeys dotted his scorecards, and two of those came on Thursday. Landry’s putter was hot all week, and his driving game was laser-accurate. The sum total: welcome to the winner’s circle, Mr. Landry.

Click here to see the clubs Landry used to win the 2018 Valero Texas Open

Who made a run?

It wasn’t Johnson. Iowa’s favorite son hasn’t won since the 2015 British Open, although his game has shown its old fire of late. Johnson couldn’t find a groove on day 4, making as many bogeys in that round as Landry did all week. In the end, Johnson had a top-5 finish, amid signs that another victory may not be far in the offing. Sean O’Hair had the low round (66) of the day, and that magic was enough to boost him to a second-place tie with young Trey Mullinax, who followed a Saturday 62 with a notable 69 to rock steady. Jimmy Walker, finally recovered from a bout of illness, had the day’s 2nd-lowest score of 67, and he moved all the way to 4th spot.

Mighty Moriya holds off Korean trio for first tour title

Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand has been close before. She has seen little sister Ariya hoist victory awards before. On Sunday, it was her turn. Jutanugarn and Marina Alex were two of the leader with no title to their credit, heading into the closing 18 holes. While the key to victory still eludes the young American, it was Jutanugarn’s turn to triumph.

What Moriya discovered on Sunday

Actually, she dug deepest on Saturday. The older sibling opened round three with a double bogey, stood 3-over on the day after six holes, and appeared to be sinking. The ship’s wheel steadied with two birdies and hole-out eagle coming home, and then it began the final day with four birdies and no bogeys in the first 15 holes. A late bogey served only to add faux drama, as Jutanugarn calmly closed the deal for victory the first.

Park, Young and Yeon can’t win this case

Reading a bit like a law firm, Inbee Park, Jin Young Ko and So Yeon Ryu made their runs at Moriya. Inbee had a bogey at the turn, and needed perfection on Sunday. She didn’t get it, so a tie for second was in the offing. Ko might have had the best opportunity at day’s start, but a 2-over outward nine took her too far off pace for a 3-under inward half, to provide recovery. She also came second, at 10-under. Ryu put an opening bogey behind with four birdies through 12 holes, but could not go deeper over the closing stretch. Her fourth-place finish was her best of 2018.

Levy wins for third consecutive year on European Tour

France’s Alexander Levy nearly has a five-year win streak. His first two tour titles came in 2014. He skipped 2015, but hasn’t missed in the subsequent years. His work in Morocco this week added up to a one-shot win over a literal blast from the past, Spain’s Alvaro Quiros. Eight golfers finished within three strokes of the top spot, adding drama to the finish at Royal Dar-Es-Salaam.

Nothing spectacular leads Levy to win

There were no great streaks of brilliance, no runs of multiple birdies, for the 28-year old. All that he did, efficiently, was make enough birdies to stay ahead of his pursuers. After bogey at the antepenultimate hole on Sunday, Levy responded with a dart at the par-three 17th, to re-establish his lead. The win was the fifth of his career.

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Oh so close for Oh so many

Let’s begin with Quiros. The Spaniard, compared with Dustin Johnson (for his length off the tee) in his early years, has been adrift. Sunday was his best chance in forever to secure a tour title. His first 16 holes were a tangle of bogeys and a pair of birdies. The Iberian closed admirably, with birdies at the final pair, to claim solo second, one back of Levy. Also close were Mikko Illonen (tied for third with three others at 7-under) and England’s Andy Sullivan, one more back at 6-under, in a tie for seventh.

Two more for the road: Axley wins on Web, while Broadhurst/Triplett claim Legends

Eric Axley would have preferred to win his 3rd professional event in glorious fashion. He’ll take a rain-shortened title at the North Mississippi Classic, his second career Web.Com title and his first title of any sort in 12 years. Waaaay back in 2006, Axley won the very same Houston Open (see above) contested this week on the PGA Tour, and a bit of success was predicted for the left-hander. Success, as we know, doesn’t come to all hands, and Axley was able to birdie his final two holes on Saturday to stake a one-shot advantage. Tied for second were the USA’s Willy Wilcox, Columbia’s Sebastian Munoz, and Korea’s K.H. Lee.

Triplett and Broadhurst birdie 1st playoff hole for victory

The rules for the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf are slightly simpler than those of field hockey, which means that they aren’t very simple. Both courses in use boast par-3 holes alone, but each has a different number of holes, so numbers on the scoreboard are meaningless. With the two Spaniards (Olazabal and Jimenez), the defending champs (Franco and Singh) and two major champions (Lehman and Langer) in the mix, the undervalued pairing of Kirk Triplett (he of the hat) and Paul Broadhurst (he of the …) were not anyone’s favorites to emerge. And here we are.

No one seemed bent on making any heroic moves on Sunday, so it came down to which teams would find their way. Lehman/Langer joined the eventual winners at the 9th hole. Triplett played the hole to perfection: tee shot into bunker, bunker shot into hole, thank you very much. No birdie putts were holed, and the title belonged to the unlikely pairing of Kirk and Paul.

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