Juniors selected to play Pure Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 5, 2017, 1:51 pm

The First Tee announced Wednesday the names of the 81 junior players competing in this year’s Pure Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach, Sept. 22-24.

The PGA Tour Champions event, which impacts The First Tee program, groups one senior player with one junior First Tee participant (age 15-18) and two fellow amateurs. This will mark the 14th edition of the tournament, which is contested at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course. Paul Broadhurst is the defending champion.


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Here's a list of the juniors selected to compete:

First Name

Last Name

Chapter

State

Evan

Griffith

The First Tee of Fort Smith

AR

Brinkley

Beever

The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas

AR

Kaitlynn

Criswell

The First Tee of Phoenix

AZ

Dalton

Marsh

The First Tee of Phoenix

AZ

Edward

Anaya

The First Tee of Contra Costa

CA

Jackielou

Caniete

The First Tee of Contra Costa

CA

Genevieve "Skye"

Mingming

The First Tee of Contra Costa

CA

Caitlin

Figura

The First Tee of Fresno

CA

Claire

Oetinger

The First Tee of Fresno

CA

Lauren

Parayno

The First Tee of Fresno

CA

Adrian

Chiu

The First Tee of Greater Pasadena

CA

Katelyn

Harris

The First Tee of Greater Sacramento

CA

Sienna

Lyford

The First Tee of Greater Sacramento

CA

Ryan

Parry

The First Tee of Greater Sacramento

CA

Hailey

Rietz

The First Tee of Greater Sacramento

CA

Emma

Sand

The First Tee of Greater Sacramento

CA

Jose

Calderon

The First Tee of Monterey County

CA

Anitra

Khoth

The First Tee of San Joaquin

CA

Dana

Condon

The First Tee of the Coachella Valley

CA

Madison

Rincon

The First Tee of the Coachella Valley

CA

Kevin

Thai

The First Tee of the East Bay

CA

Annika

Borrelli

The First Tee of the Tri-Valley

CA

Catherine

Phillips

The First Tee of the Tri-Valley

CA

Michael

Shaw

The First Tee of the Tri-Valley

CA

Cole

Drew

The First Tee of Denver

CO

Mateo

Manzanares

The First Tee of Denver

CO

Andrew

Maslar

The First Tee of Connecticut

CT

Matthew

Ariza

The First Tee of Naples/Collier

FL

Sam

Nunner

The First Tee of Naples/Collier

FL

Tyler

Aulger

The First Tee of Northwest Florida

FL

Nicholas

Dimitroff

The First Tee of Northwest Florida

FL

Meredith

Kiernan

The First Tee of St. Petersburg

FL

Carter

Harwell

The First Tee of Augusta

GA

Kambron

Taylor

The First Tee of Augusta

GA

Abdel

Raoul

The First Tee of Greater Chicago

IL

Jake

Huffaker

The First Tee of Salina

KS

Hallie

Boles

The First Tee of Pine Mountain

KY

Braxton

Caldwell

The First Tee of Pine Mountain

KY

Jared

Winiarz

The First Tee of Massachusetts

MA

Charles

Blount

The First Tee of Greater Baltimore

MD

Lauren

Artis

The First Tee of Greater Washington, D.C.

MD

Mason

Dirlam

The First Tee of Benton Harbor

MI

Logan

Essig

The First Tee of Benton Harbor

MI

Cailey

Rooker

The First Tee of Benton Harbor

MI

Spencer

Faircloth

The First Tee of Brunswick County

NC

Jayla

Rogers

The First Tee of Brunswick County

NC

Gavin

Gwaltney

The First Tee of Greater Charlotte

NC

Mara

Hirtle

The First Tee of the Sandhills

NC

Blake

Brantley

The First Tee of the Triad

NC

Josh

Lendach

The First Tee of the Triangle

NC

Trey

Diehl

The First Tee of San Juan County, NM

NM

Tyler

Diehl

The First Tee of San Juan County, NM

NM

Tyler

Kim

The First Tee of Metropolitan New York

NY

Jake

Roach

The First Tee of Western New York

NY

Trace

Thomas

The First Tee of Greater Miami Valley

OH

Colby

Chrismon

The First Tee of Metropolitan Oklahoma City

OK

Hayden

Meiser

The First Tee of Metropolitan Oklahoma City

OK

Matthew

Popielec

The First Tee of Metropolitan Oklahoma City

OK

Mikaela

Rindermann

The First Tee of Metropolitan Oklahoma City

OK

Alyssa

Wilson

The First Tee of Metropolitan Oklahoma City

OK

Justin

Potwora

The First Tee of Greater Portland

OR

Shelby

Shumaker

The First Tee of Pittsburgh

PA

Andrew

Greene

The First Tee of Aiken

SC

Charlton

Hill

The First Tee of Aiken

SC

Lincoln

Haymaker

The First Tee of Middle Tennessee

TN

Kyle

Engelbert

The First Tee of Fort Worth

TX

Brendan

O'Connell

The First Tee of Fort Worth

TX

Zachary

Slayton

The First Tee of Greater Austin

TX

Taylor

Lewallen

The First Tee of Greater Dallas

TX

Matthew

Lewallen

The First Tee of Greater Dallas

TX

Eunice

Bao

The First Tee of Greater Houston

TX

James

LaRue

The First Tee of Greater Tyler

TX

Annaka

Watts

The First Tee of Greater Tyler

TX

Connor

Howard

The First Tee of The Piney Woods

TX

Dalton

Northcutt

The First Tee of The Piney Woods

TX

Alisa

Caraballo

The First Tee of Roanoke Valley

VA

John Hatcher

Ferguson

The First Tee of Roanoke Valley

VA

Grace

Huffman

The First Tee of Roanoke Valley

VA

Haley

Wong

The First Tee of Greater Seattle

WA

Bradley

Wong

The First Tee of Greater Seattle

WA

Drew

Halili

The First Tee of South Puget Sound

WA

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Fleetwood rallies to defend Abu Dhabi title

By Will GrayJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 pm

The 2018 European Tour season has begun just as the 2017 one ended: with Tommy Fleetwood's name atop the standings.

Facing the most difficult conditions of the week, Fleetwood charged down the stretch to shoot a 7-under 65 in the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, good enough for a two-shot win and a successful title defense.

Abu Dhabi was the start of Fleetwood's resurgence a year ago, the first of two European Tour victories en route to the season-long Race to Dubai title. This time around the Englishman started the final round two shots off the lead but rallied with six birdies over his final nine holes to reclaim the trophy.

Fleetwood was five shots behind countryman Ross Fisher when he made made the turn, but he birdied the par-5 10th and then added four birdies in a five-hole stretch from Nos. 12-16. The decisive shot came on the final hole, when his pitch from the left rough nestled within a few feet of the hole for a closing birdie.

Fleetwood's 22-under total left him two shots ahead of Fisher and four shots clear of Rory McIlroy and Matthew Fitzpatrick. After entering the week ranked No. 18, Fleetwood is expected to move to at least No. 12 in the world when the new rankings are published.

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Garcia cruises to five-shot win in Singapore

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:10 pm

SINGAPORE - Sergio Garcia played 27 holes on the last day without dropping a shot to win the Singapore Open by five strokes Sunday in an ominous display of his newfound self-belief as he prepares to defend his Masters title.

Still brimming with confidence after claiming his first major title at Augusta National last year, Garcia started his new season with a runaway victory at the Sentosa Golf Club, finishing at 14-under 270.

Returning to the course just after dawn to complete his third round after play was suspended on Saturday because of lightning strikes, Garcia finished his last nine holes in 4 under for a round of 66 to take a one-shot lead into the final round.

With organizers desperate to avert the constant threat of more bad weather and finish the tournament on time, Garcia promptly returned to the first tee shortly after and fired a flawless 3-under 68, cruising to victory with 10 straight pars as his rivals floundered in the stifling humidity.

''It may have looked easy, but it wasn't easy. You still have to hit a lot of good shots out there,'' Garcia said. ''It's always great to start with a win, to do it here at this golf course against a good field in Asia on conditions that weren't easy. Hopefully I can ride on this momentum.''

Garcia's closest rivals at the end were Japan's Satoshi Kodaira (71) and South African Shaun Norris (70). Both birdied the last hole to share second spot but neither was ever close enough on the last day to challenge the leader.


Full-field scores from the Singapore Open


''I could not reach Sergio. I was thinking, 12 or 13 under for the win, but he went beyond that,'' Kodaira said.

Jazz Janewattananond (71) and his fellow Thai Danthai Bonnma (73) finished equal fourth at 8 under, earning themselves a spot in this year's British Open, while American Sean Crocker, who was given an invitation to the event after turning pro late last year, also won a place at Carnoustie by finishing in a tie for sixth.

Garcia made just three bogeys in 72 holes and his victory provided the 38-year-old with the 33rd title of his professional career and his sixth on the Asian Tour.

He has also won three titles in the last 12 months, including the Masters, and his game looks to be in better shape now than it was a year ago.

He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for Augusta National because of the steamy conditions and the testing stop-start nature of the tournament, which is regularly stopped because of inclement weather.

Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore a year ago, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.

"I'm extremely happy with how the week went. It was a tough day and a tough week, with the stopping and going. Fortunately, the weather held on. Still, it was hard to play 27 holes under this heat and I can't wait to get a cold shower,'' Garcia said. ''I came with some good confidence and wishing that I will play well. I hit the ball solid the whole week and didn't miss many shots.''

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Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.


Full-field scores from the Mitsubishi Electric Championship


It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

“I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”


Full-field scores from the Career Builder Challenge

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The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

“The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.