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Tour Mash: Hatton breaks through for 1st win at St. Andrews

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As the golf world holds its breath and transitions from the passing of one great to the anticipated return to competition of another, there are some tour potatoes waiting to be mashed.

The LPGA and European tours competed in Asia, while the Champions Tour teed it up in California. Oh, and another European Tour event took place at the home of golf.

Grab a spoon and dig into this week’s Tour Mash.

Hatton breaks through for 1st win at Dunhill Links Championship

If you blink, you’ll miss the next great English golfer, and his name isn’t Willett, Sullivan or Rose, Wood or Fitzpatrick (wow, that’s quite a Murderors’ Row of names!).

Tyrrell Hatton quietly has had a stellar season in 2016. On Sunday, he capped it with a maiden victory at the home of golf. Hatton never wavered in his voyage across the links of Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and the Old Course, even as golfers named Fisher, Lagergren, Sterne and Noren attempted to chase him down.

Hatton made his mark on the majors in 2016, finishing T5 at the Open Championship and T10 at the PGA Championship. In Scotland, he surged into the lead with a 10-birdie 62 on Saturday, then posted seven birdies on Day 4 to assume a commanding lead over the field. A meaningless bogey on the Road Hole, his first since Day 2, followed by a par at Home, clinched a four-stroke victory over Ross Fisher and Richard Sterne.

Jang missed out on Olympics, but triumphed in Taiwan

Ha Na Jang of Korea stumbled just three times this week for bogey. Fortunately for her, she posted 20 birdies over the four rounds of the Taiwan Championship, including 10 in a 62 on Saturday. Despite those fireworks, Jang had to hang on to escape Taipei with a one-stroke victory over China’s fast-charging Shanshan Feng. Feng nearly holed a bunker blast at the final green to tie, but Jang was able to two-putt the last to win.

Jang made birdie on three of her first six holes on Sunday, then slipped with bogey on two of the next three. She parred out for 71 on the day and 17-under par for the week. Simultaneously, Feng rebounded from her only Sunday bogey with birdies on five of her closing 11 holes to just miss a playoff. In a distant tie for the third spot at 10-under were Brooke Henderson of Canada and Hyo Joo Kim of Korea.

Toshiba Classic goes to Haas in extra holes

Make it 18 wins on the Champions Tour for Jay Haas, twice as many tournaments as he won on the PGA Tour. Haas began the day well in front, but limped home with a 70 to open the door. Bart Bryant had a chance to win in regulation, but made an unbelievable bogey on the 510-yard, par-5 closing hole to hand opportunity back to Haas.

In the playoff, Bryant made a mess of things from the get-go. He tugged his tee ball left of the fairway and was forced to manufacture a shot over the trees. His hybrid sailed right of the green, and he was unable to hold the putting surface with his pitch. Haas, meanwhile, split the fairway with his drive and sailed a fairway metal off the green to the right. His pitch motored to tap-in distance, forcing Bryant to drop his birdie chip or shake hands. When the wee pitch lipped out, Haas became the 2nd-oldest winner in Champions Tour history at 62.

Billy Andrade also made a run on Sunday at Newport Beach Country Club before finishing T3 with Larry Mize at 14-under, two shots out of the lead.

Snedeker parlays Ryder Cup success into Euro Tour triumph at Fiji International

A glance at the leaderboard after Sunday’s final round suggested that Brandt Snedeker was matched against a team from Australia and New Zealand. Fourteen of the top-17 finishers hail from one or the other Antipodean nation. At day’s end, it was the Ryder Cup stalwart from the USA who came out on top, finishing 9 strokes clear of the runner-up.

Snedeker trailed Matthew Giles by one at the start of Round 3, but ended the day four strokes clear and in the lead. On Sunday, he erased any suggestion of a collapse with a rock-solid 68, eclipsed only by Max McCardle’s 66 for low round of the day.

Finishing second at 7-under was Michael Hendry, with a foursome of golfers one more stroke back at 6-under.

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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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Wedge Stamping Caviar: Have More Fun Edition

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Pop open a tin of the finest beluga, GolfWRXers… In all seriousness, it’s less jelly-like substance, more richness of intrigue than salt-cured roe at Wedge Stamping Caviar as we present to you some of the finest instances of hammer-and-stamp work on the PGA Tour.

In this initial serving, we’re mining photos from October and November at PGA Tour stops, including the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, the Cadence Bank Houston Open, and the RSM Classic.

So grab your mother-of-pearl spoon and dig in — with restraint, please.

The traditional K.I.S.S. stamping on a BV proto: first and last initial, demonstrated here by Andrew Landry. Bonus points for the bounce angle (8) stamp.

When your last name is something imposing/interesting, you’re definitely stamping it on your wedge as Cole Hammer has done here in a “University of Texas” colorway.

Simple, perfect stamping for Xuewen Luo. 

Patrick Cantlay is still rolling with a SM7. Ultimate K.I.S.S. to stick with a previous generation wedge with stamped initials. Bent loft (47 degrees) is a classy touch. 

Excellent #perspective on Kevin Roy’s 54-degree Vokey.

Anytime a custom grind wears off the loft number, it’s caviar. Lovely patina on Woodland’s Wilson, too. 

Another favorite motif: Tiny initials pattern (as demonstrated by Palmer Jackson). 

The Webb Simpson traditional. Maybe the longest-serving stamping on Tour. 

Not a stamping on Akshay Bhatia’s Jaws Raw, but we’ll serve it up anyway for reasons immediately discernible to the seasoned palate. 

 

 

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Photos from the 2022 RSM Classic

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GolfWRX was live this week from the RSM Classic in Sea Island, Georgia, for the last event of the 2022 calendar year.

We saw a few pros testing some 2023 prototypes — Jason Dufner in Cobra Aerojet woods — and got a look at a few potential new putters from Toulon.

We have: Eight general galleries. 12 WITBs — including some lefty love for Akshay Bhatia — and a ton of putters for your perusal.

Check out links to all our photos below!                                           

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Photos from the 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open

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GolfWRX was on site this week ahead of the 2022 Cadence Bank Houston Open at Memorial Park Golf Course.

The year is winding down, but the wraparound 2022-2023 season is just getting underway, so players are poised to do a bit of tinkering ahead of January equipment launches. To that end, we got an in-hand look at Justin Rose’s new prototype “JR” irons. We also spotted new shafts from KBS and Mitsubishi as well as new grips from SuperStroke.

Check out all of our photos below.

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WITB Albums

Pullout Albums

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