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Viktor Hovland pays the price for breaking putter at the Northern Trust



Viktor Hovland is known to be a very cool customer, which is why it came as a big surprise to golf fans when the Norwegian lost his temper walking off the eight green on Monday at Liberty National.

The 23-year-old slammed his putter against his bag when exiting the green having just double-bogeyed the 8th hole – and it turned out to be the last time the flat-stick saw the light of day during the final round at the Northern Trust.

Having bent the putter in his show of anger, Hovland was forced to use a wedge for the remainder of his round, and after another bogey on his next hole, his sole highlight came on the 10th when he rolled in a 9.5-foot putt for birdie.

However, Hovland’s magic with the wedge deserted him after the 10th, missing four ‘putts’ from inside 10 feet on his remaining eight holes, including a missed 2′ 7″ effort on the 11th.

The 23-year-old eventually signed for a round of 77 (6-over), but at 14th in the FedEx Cup standings, he still remains in good shape heading to the BMW Championship.


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How much each player won at the 2021 Northern Trust



Tony Finau landed his second win on the PGA Tour with a long overdue victory at Liberty National, with the win worth a cool $1,710,000 for the popular Utah Native.

The delayed Monday finish provided plenty of drama, and it was Cam Smith who pushed Finau all the way before faltering in the playoff. The Aussie’s runner-up finish earned him $1,035,500, while Jon Rahm’s late collapse sees the Spaniard collect $655,500.

With a total prize purse of $9.7 million up for grabs, here’s a look at how much each player won at the 2021 Northern Trust.

1: Tony Finau, -20, $1,710,000

P-2: Cameron Smith, -20, $1,035,500

3: Jon Rahm, -18, $655,500

T-4: Alex Noren, -15, $399,791.67

T-4: Tom Hoge, -15, $399,791.67

T-4: Justin Thomas, -15, $399,791.66

7: Erik van Rooyen, -14, $320,625

T-8: Corey Conners, 271/-13, $277,875

T-8: Keith Mitchell, 271/-13, $277,875

T-8: Kevin Na, 271/-13, $277,875

T-11: Keegan Bradley, 272/-12, $203,775

T-11: Patrick Cantlay, 272/-12, $203,775

T-11: Shane Lowry, 272/-12, $203,775

T-11: Hudson Swafford, 272/-12, $203,775

T-11: Harold Varner III, 272/-12, $203,775

T-16: Harry Higgs, 273/-11, $144,875

T-16: Sungjae Im, 273/-11, $144,875

T-16: Pat Perez, 273/-11, $144,875

T-16: Xander Schauffele, 273/-11, $144,875

T-16: Robert Streb, 273/-11, $144,875

T-21: Stewart Cink, 274/-10, $95,791.67

T-21: Charley Hoffman, 274/-10, $95,791.67

T-21: Sebastián Muñoz, 274/-10, $95,791.67

T-21: Aaron Wise, 274/-10, $95,791.67

T-21: Sam Burns, 274/-10, $95,791.66

T-21: Cameron Tringale, 274/-10, $95,791.66

T-27: Cameron Champ, 275/-9, $69,350

T-27: Mackenzie Hughes, 275/-9, $69,350

T-27: Maverick McNealy, 275/-9, $69,350

T-27: Lee Westwood, 275/-9, $69,350

T-31: Joel Dahmen, 276/-8, $48,925

T-31: Cam Davis, 276/-8, $48,925

T-31: Bryson DeChambeau, 276/-8, $48,925

T-31: Harris English, 276/-8, $48,925

T-31: Doug Ghim, 276/-8, $48,925

T-31: Talor Gooch, 276/-8, $48,925

T-31: Billy Horschel, 276/-8, $48,925

T-31: Brooks Koepka, 276/-8, $48,925

T-31: Ian Poulter, 276/-8, $48,925

T-31: Seamus Power, 276/-8, $48,925

T-31: Chez Reavie, 276/-8, $48,925

T-31: Adam Schenk, 276/-8, $48,925

T-43: Viktor Hovland, 277/-7, $32,775

T-43: Hideki Matsuyama, 277/-7, $32,775

T-43: Rory McIlroy, 277/-7, $32,775

T-43: Scottie Scheffler, 277/-7, $32,775

T-47: Zach Johnson, 278/-6, $24,330.56

T-47: K.H. Lee, 278/-6, $24,330.56

T-47: Joaquin Niemann, 278/-6, $24,330.56

T-47: Carlos Ortiz, 278/-6, $24,330.56

T-47: Brandt Snedeker, 278/-6, $24,330.56

T-47: Max Homa, 278/-6, $24,330.55

T-47: Marc Leishman, 278/-6, $24,330.55

T-47: Peter Malnati, 278/-6, $24,330.55

T-47: Webb Simpson, 278/-6, $24,330.55

T-56: Daniel Berger, 279/-5, $21,470

T-56: Dylan Frittelli, 279/-5, $21,470

T-56: Russell Henley, 279/-5, $21,470

T-56: Kramer Hickok, 279/-5, $21,470

T-56: Chris Kirk, 279/-5, $21,470

T-56: Patton Kizzire, 279/-5, $21,470

T-56: Anirban Lahiri, 279/-5, $21,470

T-56: Andrew Putnam, 279/-5, $21,470

T-64: Abraham Ancer, 280/-4, $20,140

T-64: Paul Casey, 280/-4, $20,140

T-64: Lanto Griffin, 280/-4, $20,140

T-64: Garrick Higgo, 280/-4, $20,140

T-64: Scott Piercy, 280/-4, $20,140

T-64: Kevin Streelman, 280/-4, $20,140

70: Luke List, 283/-1, $19,475

T-71: James Hahn, 284/E, $19,190

T-71: Denny McCarthy, 284/E, $19,190

73: Jordan Spieth, 285/+1, $18,905

74: Gary Woodland, 286/+2, $18,715

75: Brian Harman, 287/+3, $18,525


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Why Scottie Scheffler called a penalty on himself at Northern Trust



Rising star, Scottie Scheffler, displayed an admirable amount of integrity in his opening round of the Northern Trust.

Heading to the 15th hole, a reachable par-five protected by water, the former University of Texas standout was working on the finishing touches of a three-under par round. That’s where things got tricky.

Scheffler hit a wayward drive left of the fairway, forcing him to lay up short of the water with his second shot. However, due to a poor lie, the Ryder Cup hopeful was only able to advance his ball 100 yards ahead into even thicker rough. It took Scheffler, officials, and fans around five minutes before anyone was even able to identify his ball.

According to Rule 18.2 in the Rules of Golf, players are only allowed a three-minute search, which was changed from five minutes back in 2019 in an attempt to crack down on pace of play.

After consulting with PGA Tour rules official Gary Young, Scheffler played two balls to err on the side caution. He played his first from where it was found in the rough, and his second from his previous spot, with an additional penalty stroke for a lost ball, as his initial shot was not identified in the allotted three minute time period.

Scheffler hit the green with his second ball, but the penalty still resulted in a double-bogey seven. The 2020 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year carded a first round 70, and currently sits in a tie for 40th place, 10 strokes behind co-leaders Jon Rahm and Cameron Smith, ahead of Monday’s final round.


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Seagull affects play at Women’s Open…but Rules of Golf had us covered



In the final round of yesterday’s AIG Women’s British Open, Madelene Sagstrom began her round just two strokes off the lead. Her opening tee shot found the fairway on the par-four opening hole, but that’s where things got complicated.

As soon as the ball found the short grass, a seagull began its attempts to move Sagstrom’s shot farther away from the hole!

According to on-course reporter Kay Cockerill, the seagull successfully carried the ball 25 yards farther away from the hole.

Fortunately for Sagstrom, the Rules of Golf does actually address situations like this. Sagstrom was allowed to place her ball as close to the spot of where she believed her drive had come to rest.

The former Gainbridge LPGA winner was still able to manage a ‘routine’ par from there, and she went on to finish at 11-under par, just one stroke behind eventual winner Anna Nordqvist.

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