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Masters 2016: Danny Willett pips Jordan Spieth to Green Jacket at Augusta


Masters 2016: Danny Willett pips Jordan Spieth to Green Jacket at Augusta

By Jonathan Jurejko

BBC Sport

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Masters final leaderboard (US unless stated)

-5 D Willett (Eng) -2 L Westwood (Eng), J Spieth; -1 P Casey (Eng), JB Holmes, D Johnson; Level M Fitzpatrick (Eng), S Kjeldsen (Den), H Matsuyama (Jpn)

Selected others: +1 J Day (Aus), J Rose (Eng), R McIlroy (NI); +5 J Donaldson (Wal); +6 B Langer (Ger)

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Danny Willett claimed a shock Masters win with a superb five-under-par 67 as 2015 champion Jordan Spieth crumbled during a thrilling final round.
The Englishman, 28, won his first major by three shots on five under to become the first British victor in 20 years.
Overnight leader Spieth, 22, led by five shots as he approached the 10th at Augusta, but the American dramatically dropped six shots in three holes.
He ended with a one-over 73, tying for second with England’s Lee Westwood.
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Westwood’s three-under-par 69 gave him his second Masters runners-up finish on two under, with Paul Casey, another Englishman, one shot further back in a tie for fourth.
Spieth will be left ruing a remarkable collapse on the iconic par-three 12th, twice finding the water in front of the green as he carded a quadruple bogey seven – to follow successive bogeys on the 10th and 11th holes.
That catapulted Sheffield’s Willett, who was playing the par-five 15th, into the outright lead – one that he would not relinquish after signing for the joint-lowest round of the final day.
Willett’s rapid rise
Willett is one of the golf’s rising stars, having climbed from outside the top 100 to inside the top 10 in less than two years.
But few would have predicted a first major win in only his second appearance on the unforgiving Augusta course, especially because the Yorkshireman’s participation at the Masters had been in doubt, with his wife Nicole due to give birth on the final day.


Monday Finish: Day joins rotation of golf’s elite



Jason Day is the best player in the world.
Four weeks ago, Jordan Spieth was the best player in the world.
Four months ago, Rory McIlroy was the best player in the world. Four weeks from now, any of them could be. The top three players in the world rankings are turning golf into a weekly Mad Lib.
“This week _______ proved he’s the only player in the world who can _______.”
And that’s what’s beautiful. This is what the game of golf looks like today, Monday, August 31, 2015.
We’ve seen this coming for the past two years. Even if your Big Three looked a little different, you knew it was where we were headed. We have been told time and again that it’s tougher than ever to win on the PGA TOUR, that Tiger has pushed the next generation of golf to reach new heights. The cream still rises to the top (there’s just more cream) and this generation’s 10 best players was trimmed to five or six. This summer, we’ve seen it trimmed to three.
Since Woods’ dominant five-win campaign in 2013, we’ve seen these three players, Day, Spieth and McIlroy snatch up 14 PGA TOUR victories and five of nine majors. Compared to Tiger’s dominance, what we’re seeing is parity, but it’s not really. If you think the field is equal when any of these three are playing their best golf, you’re kidding yourself (unless your transmission has an extra gear like Dustin Johnson or Bubba Watson).
The best part of all of this is seeing what happens next, which is good news for the FedExCup Playoffs. For the next three events, we’ll see all three, Day, Spieth and McIlroy, in action. Spieth is coming off a missed cut, McIlroy is coming off an injury and Day is coming off a dominating six-shot victory.
The rankings, and the previous sentence, may say one thing, but make no mistake, there are no favorites among golf’s new Big Three. Just fill in your Mad Lib and enjoy.

Masters 2016: The five Ps that can win the Green Jacket at Augusta National


Article courtesy of TheGaurdian  
1: Precision

Accuracy from the tee is underrated, and has become more necessary over the years but with approach shots it is absolutely essential.
“If you’re off with your tee shots, then you’re going to have a really long day,” explains the 2013 champion, Adam Scott. “But if you’re off with your iron play from the fairway, you’re going to have a long day on the greens putting from 40ft and not giving yourself a lot of chances.
“There are great opportunities here at this course but if the mistakes are made in the wrong areas, there’s a disaster waiting to happen on every shot.”
2: Patience

You cannot force anything around Augusta National. Rather, it is a case of taking opportunities when they arrive. And they will only arrive with a calm mindset.

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“You’ve always got to be patient when you’re playing major championships, and at Augusta in particular,” says Henrik Stenson. “It’s just that the margins for error are so small.
“I think the patience is even more necessary if you end up in trouble. You want to try and minimise it, make a bogey. Double bogeys are always hard to make up for in majors.
“And also, if you don’t get on a good run, you’ve just got to stay patient because you will have a good run at some point if you’re going to have anything to do with the final outcome.”
3: Pressure

With the greatest will in the world, not many kids grow up harbouring a dream of winning the US PGA Championship. The iconic status of the Masters, even the Green Jacket itself, places an inevitable mental burden upon those who find themselves in Sunday contention.
Jason Day has spoken of wanting the Masters too much, to his detriment. Sandy Lyle, who won in 1988, adds: “Trying to win any major is stomach-churning. I had a two shot lead at the turn here and I am thinking: ‘Here we go, it’s all over in the next two-and-a-half hours.’
“It’s being like in a waiting room at the dentist. Your stomach is turning over at the thought of knowing you are going to have a painful experience. That’s about as a good way I can explain it.”
4: Putting

Augusta’s greens are notoriously quick and sloping. As Rory McIlroy puts it: “Sometimes you have 5ft left and would be happy with a two-putt.”

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Being blunt, it is impossible to win without putting well over four days. When you putt brilliantly, as shown by Jordan Spieth last year, there is scope for seriously low scoring.
“On Masters week, there is a progression with the greens,” says the 2007 champion, Zach Johnson. “The roll-out becomes more and more. It may not be drastic but there is a couple of feet difference on roll-out of putts. Every year when I get here, my focus is on work on the greens; as it should be.”
5: Par fives

Holes 2, 8, 13 and 15 historically play as the easiest on Masters week. Taking advantage of the chances as presented here can define a player’s position.
“There are no longer any holes outside of the par fives that are easy birdies, other than the 3rd,” explains Phil Mickelson. “The par fours now are so long and tough, that you’re coming in with mid and long irons more often than short irons. We used to hit a lot of wedges in here and now we don’t.
“That’s why the par fives are such a critical element; they give you momentum and opportunities. They’re the only ones that you’re going to have easy putts for birdies. You’re going to have to make a lot of 20- to 40-footers to make birdies on the other holes. So you have to play them smart and effective to be able to shoot under par here.”

Leishman wins NGC by six shots



It was as precise an approach shot as you could hope to see, and even though he didn’t believe it at the time, it was the sign that Australia’s Marc Leishman would go on to march to a six-stroke victory on Sunday in the $6.5-million Nedbank Golf Challenge.
He used his long, languid swing to deposit a sand-wedge three metres past the 13th hole, and the ball spun back towards the flag as if being pulled by a piece of string. It stopped just a fraction from the hole, and the tap-in birdie was probably enough to snuff out any remaining faint chance Sweden’s Henrik Stenson had of chasing him down.
“I definitely didn’t think I clinched it then,” he said. “But you never know with golf. Probably when the putt went in on 16 – that’s when I knew that I’d have to do something really dumb to lose it from there.”
The victory brought a tumultuous 2015 to an end on an appropriately high note after things had threatened to become awful in April: His wife Audrey was hospitalised with toxic shock syndrome while he was preparing for the Masters.

Nedbank Golf Challenge 


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The Nedbank Golf Challenge – affectionately known as Africa’s Major – was first held at Sun City in 1981 when Johnny Miller bagged $500 000 for his 11-under par victory.
Back then the tournament didn’t enjoy official status and was held at the end of the PGA and European Tour seasons to allow the best players in the world to accept invitations to join the elite field of 12 during the South African summer.
Three things attracted big international stars to South Africa – exclusivity, the big prize money and the sunny weather. The tournament, however, has evolved over many years. There were the ‘Million Dollar’ days when the tournament boasted the biggest winners’ cheque in the world, and when other tournaments caught up the prize was upped to $2 million.
In 2013 the field was expanded to 30 players as the tournament joined the Sunshine Tour and European Tour calendars. This year, though, the tournament has been added to the European Tour Play-offs (The Race to Dubai) series of three tournaments – Turkish Airlines Open (won by Thorbjorn Oleson), Nedbank Golf Challenge and the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
The field has been expanded to 72 and will consist mostly of the top 64 available players from the current year Race to Dubai standings. The remainder of the field will consist of the defending champion, previous winners of the Sunshine Tour order of merit as well as tournament invitations.
Australia’s Marc Leishman is the defending champion after he defeated Henrik Stenson by six strokes for a 19-under par victory last year.
The tournament was last won by a South African in 2007 when Trevor Immelman lifted the coveted trophy. There are nine South Africans in the field this year: Thomas Aiken, George Coetzee, Retief Goosen, Brandon Grace, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Richard Sterne, Brandon Steone and Jaco van Zyl.
72 players from 22 different countries

56 European Tour winners

12 Ryder Cup players

61 per cent of the field will be making their tournament debut

23 winners this season

42 of the top 50 in The Race to Dubai

4 former European Number Ones
Henrik Stenson (2013)

Martin Kaymer (2010)

Padraig Harrington (2006)

Retief Goosen (2001, 2002)

All 5 multiple winners this season
Henrik Stenson

Danny Willett

Charl Schwartzel

Jeunghun Wang

Alex Noren

4 former winners of the Nedbank Golf Challenge
Retief Goosen (2004)

Henrik Stenson (2008)

Martin Kaymer (2012)

Danny Willett (2014)

7 Major winners with 11 titles between them
Padraig Harrington (3)

Martin Kaymer, Retief Goosen (2 each)

Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Henrik Stenson, Danny Willett (1 each)

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Martin Kaymer

Schwartzel makes history with Alfred Dunhill victory



t took him two days short of two years, and when victory came again for Charl Schwartzel in the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club on Sunday, it was fitting that it came at his favourite golf course in the world.
He pieced together a workmanlike two-under-par 70 in the final round, giving him a four-stroke edge over runner-up Gregory Bourdy of France, with two other Frenchmen in third and fourth in Benjamin Hebert and the up-and-coming Sebastien Gros.
‘I was battling a lot of demons out there,’ said Schwartzel after he raised in arms in relief as much as in triumph when he made par on the island green on the 18th of a course where he has won four times and been runner-up on four other occasions – and that’s in 11 starts.
But he spent two years wondering if he was ever going to win again, and those were dark times for the 2011 Masters champion. ‘Sometimes I wasn’t sure it would ever turn around,’ he said. ‘If people realised the amount of work I have put in to the game over the last 18 months, they might understand why it means so much to me.
‘From playing while not seeing how I could ever win again to coming back while still fighting a lot of demons to get it done – I’m pleased to have worked hard and been able to have pulled this off.’
It’s one for the record books, too, in many ways: Schwartzel became the first South African to win the same European Tour tournament four times; he became the latest South African to win 10 European Tour titles after Ernie Els and Retief Goosen; and he now tops the list of South African winners on tournaments co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour and European Tour with seven wins, one more than Els.
‘I felt more comfortable today,’ said Schwartzel. ‘I didn’t play much better, but I chipped and putted well and that’s where scoring lies.’
He reached the turn at one-over for the round, and he was able to get things going on the back nine. ‘I needed to get at least two- or three-under on the two par-fives to give myself a really good chance of winning and I was very pleased to go three-under on the back,’ he said.
He made birdie on 11, and then back-to-back birdies on 13 and 14, and that catapulted him clear of the French pursuers and afforded him a degree of comfort coming home.
‘From a personal point of view, I think being able to win again and finding my feet slowly again – that’s been the biggest thing for me today,’ he said. – See more at: http://www.sascoc.co.za/2015/11/30/schwartzel-makes-history-with-alfred-dunhill-victory/#sthash.imct4QhO.dpuf

US Masters 2017 Day Three: Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose lead, Adam Scott in contention

US Masters 2017 Day Three: Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose lead, Adam Scott in contention
US Masters 2017 Day Three: Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose lead, Adam Scott in contention

US MASTERS: We are all set for a mouth-watering final day at Augusta as Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose lead the way, ahead of American young guns Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler. Australia’s Adam Scott is right in the hunt, too, just three shots back.
LEADERBOARD: -6 Justin Rose; Sergio Garcia -5 Rickie Fowler -4 Charley Hoffman, Ryan Moore, Jordan Spieth -3 Adam Scott -2 Charl Schwartzel; -1 Lee Westwood, Thomas Pieters; Others: +3 Day; +9 Leishman, Luck (A)

Kamte fights back to grab the lead in Zambia Open



James Kamte made the most of moving day at the 2016 Zambia Sugar Open by carding a sensational third round, eight-under-par 65 at Lusaka Golf Club on Saturday.

On 14-under-par, Kamte leads a cramped chasing pack going into Sunday by three strokes.

The 33-year-old South African’s round included 11 birdies, three bogeys and only three birdies and he was almost left speechless in his post-round interview.

‘It was a special round today. I think I got stuck more into my game plan today. It just was a perfect round, you know. You don’t get too many like this. 11 birdies and three bogeys, I mean I don’t know what to say. It was a good round.’

Unlike yesterday, Kamte managed to take advantage of the par-fives around Lusaka Golf Club, and birdied four of the five.

‘I played the par-fives badly yesterday. I was one-over on them yesterday. Today I just told myseld that I needed to focus until the last hole. It’s great to see that I’m up there and that I’ve given myself a chance.’

Four players are three strokes further back, with Krugersdorp native Ruan de Smit making the biggest move of out of the bunch.

De Smit said: ‘I got off to a slow start, but played really nicely from there. I hit my driver the worst all week, but I think I had 10 putts on the back-nine which definitely helps a lot.’

De Smit was questioned about what it will take to take home with the trophy on Sunday and said,’Go low on the back-nine. Just take advantage of the four par-fives on the back-nine and hopefully it’s enough to beat the guys out there.’

Jan Hugo and Ulrich van den Berg join de Smit in second position on 11-under-par for the tournament. Hugo brought the gathering crowd to their feet on the 18th green with a chip-in eagle to card a back-nine of five-under-par 33.

‘It’s always nice to finish like that. It gives you a little boost for tomorrow. It shows you that you should never give up. That’s probably the motto for the week; you know “Anything can happen”. I’ll take that into tomorrow and we’ll see what happens.’

In typical moving day fashion, Merrick Bremner shot up the leaderboard froma share of 23rd to sole possession of sixth place. His third round six-under-par 66 leaves him four shots off the lead on 10-under-par. ‘I’m really pleased. I set it alight a bit on the back-nine and hit a few shots really close. I drove the ball well and gave myself a lot of opportunities.’

Round two leader Andrew Georgiou finds himself five shots off the pace after an unfortunate triple-bogey eight on the par-five 10th hole.

With an abundance of birdie and eagle opportunities on the back-nine, it will be a fascinating Sunday in Lusaka, and Kamte knows he will need to keep his cool to take home the trophy.

I’ve got one hand on the trophy now. I need to just keep my head and just keep going.’


205 – James Kamte (RSA) 66 74 65

208 – Ruan de Smidt (RSA) 70 70 68, Jean Hugo (RSA) 69 70 69, Ulrich van den Berg (RSA) 67 71 70, CJ du Plessis (RSA) 70 67 71

209 – Merrick Bremner (RSA) 73 70 66

210 – Jean-Paul Strydom (RSA) 71 72 67, Chris Swanepoel (RSA) 71 68 71, Andrew Georgiou (CYP) 69 66 75

211 – Jacques Kruyswijk (RSA) 73 71 67, Colin Nel (RSA) 69 72 70, Erik van Rooyen (RSA) 71 69 71

212 – JC Ritchie (RSA) 76 67 69, Louis de Jager (RSA) 70 72 70, Zander Lombard (RSA) 73 69 70, Doug McGuigan (SCO) 70 69 73

213 – Bryce Easton (RSA) 74 71 68, Teboho Sefatsa (RSA) 73 72 68, Jaco Prinsloo (RSA) 70 74 69, Christofer Blomstrand (SWE) 73 71 69, Lindani Ndwandwe (RSA) 72 70 71,Scott Vincent (ZIM) 71 70 72

214 – MJ Viljoen (RSA) 73 73 68, Tyrone Mordt (RSA) 74 72 68, JJ Senekal (RSA) 76 69 69, Ryan Tipping (RSA) 70 74 70, Keenan Davidse (RSA) 73 70 71,Steve Surry (ENG) 71 72 71, Morne Buys (RSA) 68 75 71, Ryan Cairns (ZIM) 72 69 73, Russel Franz (RSA) 71 70 73, Jonathan Agren (SWE) 71 70 73

215 – Rourke van der Spuy (RSA) 78 67 70, Le Roux Ferreira (RSA) 75 69 71, Calvin Pearson (RSA) 69 70 76

216 – Jaco Ahlers (RSA) 70 75 71, Danie van Tonder (RSA) 73 72 71, Oliver Bekker (RSA) 71 73 72, Madalitso Muthiya (ZAM) 70 73 73, Alexander Knappe (GER) 73 70 73,Stephen Ferreira (POR) 73 70 73, Jason Froneman (RSA) 69 73 74, Allan Versfeld (RSA) 68 73 75

217 – Andrew Curlewis (RSA) 74 71 72, Bradford Vaughan (RSA) 74 71 72, Etienne Bond (RSA) 73 72 72, Wallie Coetsee (RSA) 72 72 73, Lyle Rowe (RSA) 74 70 73
218 – Teaghan Gauche (RSA) 67 76 75, TC Charamba (ZIM) 75 67 76

219 – Jack Harrison (ENG) 68 70 81

220 – Lean Boezaart (RSA) 74 73 73, Jeff Hopkins (IRL) 73 73 74, Justin Harding (RSA) 74 72 74, Neil Schietekat (RSA) 69 76 75, Breyten Meyer (RSA) 73 71 76

221 – Kevin Rundle (RSA) 71 76 74, Stefan Engell Andersen (KEN) 73 74 74, Dayne Moore (ZAM) 70 77 74, Drikus van der Walt (RSA) 72 70 79

222 – Nemanja Savic (SRB) 71 76 75, Dwayne Basson (RSA) 71 76 75, Henry Featherstone (ENG) 73 73 76, Vaughn Groenewald (RSA) 72 73 77,Thanda Mavundla (RSA) 75 70 77, Heinrich Bruiners (RSA) 76 68 78

223 – Michael Hollick (RSA) 71 76 76, Steven Ferreira (RSA) 75 71 7

224 – Jared Harvey (RSA) 72 72 80

– See more at: http://www.sascoc.co.za/2016/04/24/kamte-fights-back-to-grab-the-lead-in-zambia-open/#sthash.S9gpR3rI.dpuf

BREAKING – Rory McIlroy withdraws from the Rio Olympics over Zika virus fears




 Cormac Byrne

22/06/2016 | 09:36

Rory McIlroy has announced that he will not compete for Ireland at the Rio Olympics this summer over the threat of the Zika virus.
McIlroy was set to represent Ireland in Rio as golf returns to the Games for the first time since 1904, but revealed last month he was monitoring the situation in Brazil following his engagement to Erica Stoll and Zika’s links to defects in newborn babies.
In a statement released today, McIlroy confirmed that he would not be competing: “After much thought and deliberation, I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero. 

Nedbank Golf Challenge


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Course: Gary Player Golf Course

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BREAKING: Sergio Garcia wins Masters 2017 

BREAKING: Sergio Garcia wins Masters 2017 
BREAKING: Sergio Garcia wins Masters 2017 

Sergio Garcia beat Justin Rose on the 1st play-off hole to clinch TheMasters  after both ended on 9-under at Augusta 

Garcia secured his 1st major title after 73 attempts & joins Jose Maria Olazabal & Seve Ballesteros as the only Spanish winners TheMasters 

Tiger Woods: Injuries and operations mean I’ll never feel great


Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods’ last major championship win was the US Open in 2008

Fourteen-time major winner Tiger Woods says he will “never feel great” again because of the number of injuries suffered during his career.
Woods, 41, pulled out of the Dubai Desert Classic before the second round this month because of a back spasm.
He only returned to action in December after two back operations.
“There were a lot of times I didn’t think I was going to make it back. It was tough, it was more than brutal,” Woods told Dubai magazine Vision.
Woods’ first return to competitive action after a 15-month lay-off came in December at the Hero World Challenge – an 18-man tournament in the Bahamas – and he finished 15th at the PGA Tour event.
He hopes to compete in the Masters at Augusta from 6-9 April.
“There have been plenty of times when I thought I would never play the game again at the elite level,” added Woods, who has won 79 titles on the PGA Tour.
“It was tough, it was more than brutal. There were times I needed help just to get out of bed.
“I feel good, not great. I don’t think I will ever feel great because it’s three back surgeries, four knee operations.
“I’m always going to be a little bit sore. As long as I can function, I’m fine with that.”
Woods has not won a tournament anywhere since 2013, while his title drought in major championships dates back to 2008.
“There is a changing of the guard,” he said. “My generation is getting older but if I’m teeing up then the goal is to win.”

Woods looks ‘very healthy’ says Nicklaus


(Reuters) – Tiger Woods seemed “very healthy” when he attended a dinner party at the home of Jack Nicklaus, the 18-times major champion said on Sunday.
Nicklaus and wife Barbara hosted the gathering for United States Ryder Cup hopefuls at their Florida home on Thursday, while the players were in town for the PGA Tour Honda Classic.
Woods, who has not played competitively since August, was there in his capacity as a Ryder Cup assistant captain. “He looked very good,” the 76-year-old Nicklaus told reporters on Sunday.
“He looked very healthy and he really misses playing. So that’s good. “He says he was feeling great, and he was able to stand over a putt and chip now without having any leg pain and so forth. We didn’t really talk a whole lot about it.”

Despite the upbeat comments, Nicklaus said a return to competition was not imminent for Woods, who underwent back surgery in September and had a follow-up procedure the following month.
There was a media report recently that Woods had suffered a setback from his most recent surgeries, and could not move well.
Woods responded by sending out a video that showed him smoothly swinging a nine-iron in a golf simulator. “He doesn’t have a timetable for returning or anything,” Nicklaus said.
Woods, 40, has won 14 major championships, second only to Nicklaus.
(Reporting by Tim Wharnsby in Toronto; Editing by Andrew Both)