Monday, April 2, 2012

Mahan Wins for Second Time This Season

Hunter Mahan won the Shell Houston Open this weekend largely in part to his magnificent putting on Saturday.

Mahan sank 173 feet of putts Saturday to shoot 65only two shots behind the leader Loius Oosthuizen. On Sunday it only took a 1-under, 71, performance to take the tournament from Oosthuizen who shot a 3-over, 75.

Mahan held off Karl Peterson by one shot to seal the victory. He looks to use the momentum from the tournament this weekend to carry over into next weekend's Masters Tournament.

“I’m playing good. I’m glad I’m going to Augusta, it’s really a special place and I’m looking forward to going there," Mahan said.

Many legends are born at the Masterswhere one shot can propel you into the history books, and one shot can ruin your dreams. Look for the Masters in 2012 to be a special tournament.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Tiger Woods Wins First Tournament since 2009

Tiger Woods' drought from winning a PGA event is over.

Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational for the seventh time in his career.

Walking up to the 18th green Woods was applauded by an enormous crowd all anxious to witness Tiger's triumphant return to the level everyone has grown to expect. Wearing his Sunday red shirt, Tiger gave a fist pump and shed the burden of not winning on tour for nearly two and a half years.

"It does feel good," Woods said. "It feels really good. A lot of hard work."

 The victory vaulted Woods back into the world's 10 top-ranked players for the first time in almost a year. Many oddsmakers have listed Woods as their odds-on favorite to win the Masters Tournament in two weeks.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Luke Donald Regains World Number One

In a round where it appeared that everyone wanted to win the event, it seemed most of the field was in contention closing out the day, but it was Luke Donald, however, who won in a four-way playoff between himself, Jim Furyk, Bae Sang-Moon and Robert Garrigus.

With Donald's victory, it proped him back into the No. 1 spot in the World Rankings.

"I was a lot more nervous the first time [about becoming the No. 1 golfer in the world]," Donald said, "That certainly wasn't my focus. I was just focused on trying to win the tournament, and it worked out."

A big story on the day was Ernie Els, who needs a win before the Masters tournament to be eligible to enter the tournament.

Els was a par away from making the final playoff a five-way playoff. Els failed to convert a 4-foot par save and bogeyed the hole to fall one shot short of the playoff. Els will have to win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational or the Shell Houston Open to qualify for the Masters.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Justin Rose Wins at the WGC Cadillac Championship

In a day filled with drama, it was Justin Rose who came out victorious.

Rose shot a final round 70 which was good enough to surpass Bubba Watson who had an unpredictable round. Rose finished 16-under and had to wait for Watson to finish his round to determine if he was victorious.

Watson blasted a great shot from the rough on the 18th hole to give him a birdie putt inside of 10 feet. However, Watson failed to make the birdie putt to force a playoff and Rose was victorious.

In Rory McIlroy's first tournament as the World's No. 1 finished in third place behind Rose and Watson.

Rose is now looking to win his first major.

“If you look at the tournaments I’ve won and now a World Golf Championship, the progression is really, really nice. The only thing that really is the next level up is a major,” Rose said.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Rory McIlroy Wins, Becomes New World No. One

Only a week removed from a defeat by Hunter Mahan, Rory McIlroy won the Honda Classic at PGA National. The win moved McIlroy No. 1 in the World Rankings.

The final round included brilliant performances from Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood. Woods would shoot a 62 while Westwood shot a 63. Woods started the day 9 back of McIlroy but came storming up the leaderboard to land in a tie for second.

Rory McIlroy on Tiger's move up the leaderboard:

“I wasn’t really paying much attention until he made that eagle on 18, I heard the huge roar. And it definitely wasn’t a birdie roar. That’s when I knew that he probably got to 10.”

Being 10-under par and only 2 shots behind McIlroy who still had not come to the most difficult three-hole stretch (15, 16, 17) the PGA Tour has to offer. Known as the "Bear Trap," this section of PGA National plays more than a stroke over par for the three-hole stretch.

Getting out of those three holes only one over is something to be proud of. McIlroy entered the 15th hole with a two-shot lead, he would walk off the 18th green with the same. He was only one-under on his final round, but he handled the pressure of becoming the world No. 1 with ease. Former No. 1, Tiger Woods, didn't help make his cause any easier.