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Brown holds off final day charge to win Puerto Rico Open

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Scott Brown earned his first PGA Tour victory at the Puerto Rico Open with a one-shot win over Argentina’s Fabian Gomez and 19-year-old Jordan Speith at Trump International Golf Club. Brown set the Puerto Rico Open scoring record with a score of 20-under 268.

Down by one shot to Gomez on the par-5 No. 18, Brown had to flight a 3-iron below overhanging palms to get his ball just short of the green. Gomez, in perfect position off the tee, mishit his second shot and his ball ran through a bunker and into the rough short and left of the green. Gomez then attempted to flop the ball onto the green, but caught more of the ball than he anticipated and his ball sailed over the green into another bunker. When his 15-foot par putt fell low left, all he could do was watch as Brown finished off his four-foot birdie putt for the win.

It was Brown’s hot putter that kept him atop the leaderboard. After a par at No. 1, Brown dropped a 50-foot eagle putt at the par-5 No. 2. With a three-shot lead after his first five holes, Brown appeared to be in total control. But after bogeys at Nos. 8, 9 and 11, he found himself trailing Gomez and Speith by a shot. That’s when Brown’s putter struck again and he pulled back into a tie for the lead with a 30-foot birdie putt on No. 12. Brown then dropped another 15-foot par-saving putt on No. 14 to stay tied for the lead, and help him to hang around long enough to set up the drama on No. 18.

Former U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein shot a final round 67 with an eagle at No. 18 and tied for sixth place, earning him a spot in next week’s Tampa Bay Championship. Speith will also be in the field next week after his top 10 finish.

Playing on conditional status after finishing 148th on the money list in 2012, Brown made the most of his opportunity in Puerto Rico. For his victory, Brown earns $630,000 along with 300 FedEx Cup points, a two-year Tour exemption, an invite to the 2013 Players Championship and the 2014 Hyundai Tournament of Champions, and a spot in the PGA Championship in August. He will also spend the rest of the season playing on the Tour rather than the Web.com Tour.

Brown is the fourth first-time winner on Tour this year, following Russell Henley (Sony Open), John Merrick (Northern Trust) and Michael Thompson (Honda Classic). Brown’s win also continues the United States’ dominance on the Tour so far this season. With Tiger Woods winning the WGC-Cadillac Championship, an American has won every Tour event thus far in 2013.

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Grant Shafranski is the Program Director for the First Tee of Minneapolis and Head Teaching Professional at Hiawatha Golf Club in Minneapolis, MN. He is a Level 2 PGA Apprentice following a successful amateur career where he played collegiately at Division III University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN).

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  1. Sarah Morrisette

    Mar 11, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Well written article, can’t wait to read more from Grant Shafranski.

  2. Greg DeLaney

    Mar 11, 2013 at 2:06 am

    Best written golf article I’ve ever read. This Grant Shafranski kid did a great job. Well done!

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Pro golfer Hosung Choi has the most ridiculous golf swing you’ll ever see

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Professional golfer Hosung Choi, playing in the third round of the Kolon Korea Open at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club, has set the golf Internet on fire with his wildly entertaining golf swing. And while it may look ridiculous, he’s currently sitting at 8-under for the event through three rounds, only two shots back of the leader. It’s worth noting that the top two finishers in the Korea Open will earn a spot in the 2018 Open Championship at Carnoustie next month.

Enjoy the videos of his golf swing below!

Top-100 swing instructor and GolfWRX’s resident swing expert Tom Stickney has this to say about Choi’s golf swing: “The club goes up and away with a nice rerouting motion from the top into a perfect delivery and impact position. It’s obvious that this guy can play from those two positions, however, I’m not sure about the dismount. Nor can I even guess why he does it…I’m betting he was self-taught and made that move from day one. Great lesson to all the “golf swing” centric people playing today, why change it if it brings you to the dance?!?!”

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Marty Jertson, Ping’s Director of Product Development, qualified for the PGA Championship

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The top 20 professionals from the PGA Professional Championship–contested last weekend at Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Courses in Seaside, California–are heading to the PGA Championship later this year.

Perhaps you saw Ryan Vermeer, at 5 under, was the medalist. What you may not have seen however, is something particularly cool for golf equipment geeks: Ping’s Director of Product Development, Marty Jertson, qualified–and he did so in spectacular fashion: the 37-year-old birdied the last three holes to finish T9.

Not bad for an engineer!

Also noteworthy: Ping confirmed Jertson played the company’s yet-to-be announced i500 irons in his 3, 4, and 5-irons, which will reportedly be available mid-summer. Yes, they confirmed that the rumors are true; Ping’s new iron will be called i500.

Related: We did a podcast with Jertson at the PGA Show, we also interviewed him back in 2017.

 

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Reddit AMA alert: Anthony Taranto, Callaway’s wedge art maestro, on his favorite designs, WITB

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If you’ve been around GolfWRX for any period of time, you’ve seen Anthony Taranto’s work. The Callaway wedge specialist is tasked with designing some of the coolest wedge decorations in the game.

Taranto did a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) yesterday, and The Wedge Art Wizard (as he introduced himself) didn’t disappoint.

Here are a few highlights (edited for spelling)

Remoolg asked: How did you start working at Callaway and get into this specific position?

AT: Back in 1999 Callaway had a job fair for their new golf ball plant Mr. Callaway was opening. I made it though many layoffs and reorganization. I was good at building clubs and I was placed in the pro tour department about 12 years ago. About 4 1/2 years ago I discovered this technique for sandblasting art onto wedges and now here we are.

Loudshorts asked: What’s the most odd art request you’ve put on a wedge and what’s the most common?

AT: Most odd: Probably Michelle Wie’s Harry Potter-themed wedges

I didn’t know anything about Harry Potter at the time so I had to do some research. Accio birdies!
Most common would just be old fashioned stamping of players initials.

Bunny said: Billy Idol, never pictured him as a golfer. What kind of design did he want on his clubs?

AT: He asked for his logo, which is this cool crown with a lightning bolt:

Iamrobert_paulson asked: What wedges are in your bag? Can we see pics?

AT: I’m gaming MD4’s: 45° (46 bent to 45), 50°, 55° (54 bent to 55), and 60°. Design wise: Skull & Crossbones and lots of stars.

Dr. Troutman asked: What is your favorite custom set you’ve ever done?

AT: Putting me on the spot! It might be these that I just recently made. Figured out how to evolve the sand blasting technique and start doing layers. Really happy with how these came out:

You can check out the full AMA here.

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