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Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Recap: Throwdown under the Towers

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Hitting the wall. These are the first words that spring forth in my mind as I recall the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia; the action seemingly following a pre-established plan that appeared as logical as can be, before tumbling over in a final round twist. The blueprint was simple: take the defending champion – resurgent South Korean Na Yeon Choi – add her fellow countrywoman who can do no wrong having finished on the podium six straight times – Inbee Park – to the mix and let the former run ahead as the latter assumes her role of paramount chaser. A mid-round burst and an unplayable lie, nevertheless, would net World No.5 Inbee Park her second victory on Tour this year.

Choi’s title defense begun like any golfer would envision it to, namely with a blemish-free round that still provided enough aggression to distance one’s self from the pack early. Despite the fact that the current World No.3’s four front-nine alone would have been enough to lodge her within the top-6, the always dangerous on the Oriental belt Karrie Webb was able to match her stride for stride late en route to a Thursday 65. Usually, this could have meant added pressure heading into the weekend, but the only one that seemed to climb was the barometric one as Choi used Webb’s proximity only seemed to spark the South Korean on Day 2.

Moving day was more of the same for Choi as a third-straight sub-70 round took her to 13-under, but more importantly, within arms reach of a second-straight Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. The kicker, though, was Park’s sudden push – a six-birdie scorcher that started on the 12th hole – after lurking around a few strokes back during the two previous rounds.

On Sunday, Choi seemed poised early on as her adversary strong debut – Park shaving off strokes on 2nd and 3rd – left her unfazed; the 2011 champion even answering with a pair of birdies of her own. The turn, however, made sure to earn its namesake; Choi’s blunder on 9th followed by Park’s highlights on 10th and 11th. From that point, with the tide shifting, one could picture the outcome rather easily. The final nail was struck when Choi’s tee shot on 17th not only found the front greenside bunker, but also dug itself right against the lip, leaving the South Korean no choice but to take an unplayable lie. Instead of two triumphs at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club for Choi, it was two victories in six tournaments for Inbee Park.

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Photos from the Web.com 2018 North Mississippi Classic

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GolfWRX is live today from the Web.com Tour’s 2018 North Mississippi Classic at the Country Club of Oxford.

Notables in the field this week include Stuart Appleby, Charlie Beljan, Zac Blair, Sam Burns, Roberto Castro, Erik Compton, Ken Duke, Tommy Gainey, Jason Gore, Ben Kohles, Dru Love, Daniel Summerhays, Willy Wilcox and more.

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10 interesting photos from Wednesday at the Valero Texas Open

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Welcome to 10 Interesting Photos (10IP? No? OK). It’s the final day of tune up ahead of the Valero Texas Open, which is, fun fact, the third longest-running (non major) tournament on the PGA Tour.

We got an in-hand look at The Tank, K.J. Choi’s weaponry, as well a four general galleries and some of the coolest custom stamped wedges you’ll see, c/o JT Poston.

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First up, some more love-em-or-hate-em Jordans from Keegan Bradley

Amid a pretty standard bag, an impressive Pingman putter cover

JT Poston, AKA, The Postman’s, 60 degree, ladies and gentlemen

Vintage X Hot sighting!

Kevin Chappell with the coveted Miura and Fourteen combo

K.J. Choi’s putter shaft! (AMI Stability?)

Scott Piercy remains the king of lead tape on Tour

K>J. Choi is gaming Ping G400 irons

And look at the face on (one of) his Ping putter(s)

Keith Mitchell’s Mizuno “MIZ” pom-pom headcover, though

 

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Wednesday’s Photos from the 2018 Valero Texas Open

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2018 Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks Course), which plays as a par-72 measuring 7,435 yards for the event.

Sergio Garcia acted as a consultant to Greg Norman for the course’s 2010 design, and he’ll play in the event for the first time in seven years. Joining Garcia in the field are a number of the game’s top players, including Wesley Bryan, Keegan Bradley, Kevin Chappell, Luke Donald, Harris English, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Retief Goosen, J.B. Holmes, Billy Horschel, Charley Hoffman, Beau Hossler, Zach Johnson, Martin Kaymer, Matt Kuchar, Pat Perez, Adam Scott, Brandt Snedeker, Jimmy Walker and more.

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Last year, Chappell holed an 8-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th to win by one stroke over Brooks Koepka to capture his first ever PGA Tour victory.

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