Masters Tracker: Day 4 at Augusta National

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 10, 2016, 3:00 pm

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7:14PM: The final leaderboard. And that's all folks. Another incredible finish at the Masters.

7:06PM: Spieth finishes with a par. That's a second-nine 41 and a 1-over 73 total. Spieth ties for second with Westwood.

7:01PM: Spieth bogeys 17 and that's it. Danny Willett is the 2016 Masters champion.

6:51PM: Spieth finds a bunker on 17 from the fairway. Things are looking good for Willett ...

6:44PM: Spieth stuffs his approach on 16, but he misses the tricky birdie putt. Two behind Willett with two to play.

6:40PM: Incredible round by Willett.

6:36PM: Spieth birdies 15 to get back to 3 under. He's two behind Willett with three to play.

6:34PM: Ummm .... about DJ .... Makes double bogey on the par-4 17th, drops back to 1 under par. Now it's all down to Spieth.

6:29PM: Willett leaves birdie putt short on 18. Knocks in his par for a 5-under 67, and he currently leads DJ by two, and Spieth and Westwood by three. Spieth is in close for birdie on 15.

6:24PM: Willett in total control. Finds the fairway on 18, then sticks his approach to about 15 feet.

6:21PM: Spieth juuuuust misses his birdie on 14. Stays at 2 under, three behind Willett.

6:13PM: Willett goes long left on 17, but he hits an incredible chip shot and saves par to remain at 5 under par, two ahead of DJ, who makes par at 16.

6:05PM: Spieth bounces back with birdie at 13. He gets back to 2 under, three behind Willett.

6:02PM: DJ misses eagle putt on 15. Another birdie, though, and he's at 3 under, two behind Willett.

5:59PM: Another birdie for Willett. Stuffs his tee shot on the par-3 16th and makes the birdie putt. He's now 5 under par, three ahead of Westwood and DJ. Spieth is 1 under.

5:57PM: Spieth's nightmare quad at the 12th:

5:53PM: What a crazy turn of events:

5:49PM: Spieth makes a quad on No. 12. He's now 1 under par. Un ... real.

5:44PM: This is insane. Spieth chunks his third shot on 12 into the water. His fifth shot flies long into the back bunker.

5:40PM: Spieth finds the water on the par-3 12th. Unreal turn of events. And now we have ourselves a wide-open tournament.

5:36PM: Hooooooo boy. Spieth bogeys par-4 11th, he's back to 5 under par. Spieth started the second nine with a five-shot lead, and now it's only one over Willett.

5:34PM: DJ leaves eagle putt short on 13. But he makes birdie to reach 2 under par.

5:32PM: Willett (-4) birdies par-4 14th. That's two birdies in a row, and he's trimmed Spieth's lead to two strokes.

5:30PM: More trouble for Spieth. Has to punch out from trees on the par-4 11th. Meanwhile, Willett is in tight for birdie on 14.

5:26PM: DJ (-1) hits par-5 13th in two. Great look at eagle coming up.

5:22PM: Willett birdies par-5 13th. He's now 3 under, three behind Spieth.

5:21PM: Rose making a late run. Birdies 13, 15 and 16 to reach 1 under par.

5:20PM: Spieth bogeys par-4 10th. Can't get up-and-down from a bunker, and his lead is back to four over Willett.

5:17PM: DJ starts second nine with three straight pars. 1 under par, six back heading to the first of two par 5s.

5:12PM: Welp, this is incredible ...

5:10PM: Here's where we stand heading to the second nine.

5:03PM: Spieth birdies par-4 9th. Closes out the front nine with four straight birdies, and his lead is now five over Willett.

4:57PM: Spieth currently leads by four.

4:55PM: DJ misses a good look at birdie on 10. He remains at 1 under. Kjeldsen birdies par-3 12th to reach 1 under.

4:50PM: Spieth birdies the par-5 8th to reach 6 under. That's three birdies in a row, and the defending champ leads Willett by four.

4:47PM: Poulter weighs in ...

4:41PM: Westwood bogeys No. 10. Back to even par. He's five back ... for now. Spieth is in great shape at the par-5 eighth.

4:35PM: DJ birdies No. 9 He's in red numbers at 1 under, four off the pace.

4:28PM: Spieth makes his second consecutive birdie, at No. 7, to get to 5 under. His lead is now three shots over Willett. Kaufman is five back after another bogey.

4:27PM: Bryson DeChambeau will be low amateur. He closed in even-par 72 to finish at 5 over. DeChambeau will make his pro debut next week at the RBC Heritage.

4:24PM: Lee Westwood birdies three of his final four holes on the first nine to shoot 34 and reach 1 under par. He's three back. Playing alongside Westwood, countryman Willett makes a gutsy par at No. 9 to make the turn at 2 under.

4:18PM: Dustin Johnson had 11 feet for eagle at the par-5 eighth, cut couldn't convert. He made birdie. Day made birdie. Both are four back, at even par.

4:13PM: Putter. On. Fire. Spieth makes huge birdie at par-3 sixth, following that bogey on No. 5. He back to two up on Willett. Kaufman pars the fifth and is three back.

4:08PM: Willett taps in for birdie at the par-5 eighth. He's now one off the lead.

4:04PM: Spieth drops a shot. Jordan bogeys No. 5 to drop to 3 under. His lead is two, over Kaufman, Kjeldsen and Willett.

4:01PM: None of the big-name pursuers are doing any actual pursuing. Matsuyama just made a double at No. 6 to fall off the map.

3:53PM: Westwood birdies No. 7, his second straight birdie, to get back to even par. Matsuyama bogeys No. 5 to drop to 1 over.

3:47PM: Spieth's putter is on fire. Despite a poor tee shot, Spieth makes a 12-footer for par at the fourth to remain at 4 under. Meanwhile, Kaufman makes his second consecutive bogey and falls to 1 under. Spieth's lead is now 3.

3:46PM: McIlroy update: After a birdie at No. 7, Rory had a 10-footer for eagle at the eighth ... but he missed it. The birdie gets him back to 2 over, six back.

3:40PM: Major disappointments early on Sunday: Day bogeys No. 5 to fall to 1 over. DJ makes double and drops to 2 over.

3:36PM: Danny Willett joins red figures with a birdie at the sixth. As it stands now: Spieth (-4), Kaufman (-2), Kjeldsen (-1), Matsuyama (-1), Willett (-1)

3:34PM: Kaufman bogeys the third to drop to 2 under. Spieth saves par. Spieth is two up.

3:30PM: After four years without a Masters ace, we have two today. Davis Love III holed out with a 7-iron. Coincidentally, both Love and Lowry shot 41 on the first nine today.

3:23PM: Langer makes double bogey at the third He's dropped three shots in three holes and is down to 2 over, six back.

3:22PM: Expert analysis from 2008 Masters champion Trevor Immelman.

3:20PM: Soren Kjeldsen makes a huge putt at the fifth hole for birdie. He's at 1 under.

3:18PM: Spieth hits a crazy good curler at the par-5 second and eventually converts a 3-footer for birdie. Kaufman hit a great approach shot to 5 feet and made it for birdie. Spieth remains one up, at 4 under.

3:14PM: McIlroy update. There may not be another one for a long while (like when he putts out on 18).

3:12PM: Check out this shot from Billy Horschel. Wind can't blow the ball off the green if it's in the hole.

3:11PM: DJ drove through the green at No. 3 and hit a brilliant pitch to within 4 feet of the hole. But he missed the birdie putt. He and playing competitor Jason Day remain at even par.

3:08PM: Matsuyama birdies the second. He moves to 1 under, two off the lead.

3:04PM: Shane Lowry just aced the par-3 16th with an 8-iron.

3:01PM: Day and DJ both parred the par-5 second. They are part of a six-man group at even par.

2:57PM: Kaufman misses a 4-footer for birdie at the first. A little too far left, little too much speed. He makes a 3-footer for par to remain one back of Spieth, who also parred the first.

2:54PM: McIlroy finds his original ball in the right trees on No. 4. He hits an amazing pitch out of the jungle and onto the green, but misses the par putt and drops back to 3 over.

2:52PM: Oh, Smylie! Kaufman nearly jars his approach shot at the first. He's got a few feet left for birdie.

2:51PM: Langer and Matsuyama bogey the first. Spieth and Kaufman are currently the only players under par.

2:46PM: Spieth finds the fairway and Kaufman's tee shot lands just outside the right fairway bunker, but may not give him much of a stance.

2:42PM: McIlroy hit a provisional on the par-3 fourth. Those aren't good.

2:39PM: Rut-roh

2:37PM: Langer and Matsuyama are off. Just one group remains.

2:32PM: McIlroy settles for a two-putt birdie at the third and is five back.

2:32PM: Does this make Jordan Spieth David Sims?

2:30PM: After a par at the par-5 second, McIlroy drives the green at the par-4 third. He's got 16 feet for eagle.

2:28PM: It's a bogey at the first for Lee Westwood, too He drops to 2 over par and is now five back.

2:20PM: Check out this Tiger-esque chip-in.

2:12PM: The 1-overs are now on the course. That group includes Soren Kjeldsen, Brandt Snedeker and Lee Westwood. Then we have the even-par players, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Danny Willett.

2:07PM: McIlroy's Sunday Masters run may have ended right out of the gates. He bogeyed the first and is now six back.

2:03PM: For three days, Bernhard Langer has looked like he was wearing a Little League hat from Target. That blank space on the front will be filled on Masters Sunday, though.

2:01PM: And don't forget! The top 12 and ties earn an invite back next year. Bryson DeChambeau is currently tied for 18th, two shots off that cut line.

1:51PM: Lots of red on the board compared to yesterday. Ten players are currently under par for the day. Matthew Fitzpatrick is two under through three, 3 over for the event.

1:42PM: Rory McIlroy is about to tee off. He starts the day at 2 over par, three off the lead. A victory today would secure the career Grand Slam.

1:31PM: Two amateurs made the cut. France's Romain Langasque followed his third-round 83 with a closing 68. He finished at 10 over par. The other amateur, Bryson DeChambeau, is currently at 4 over par through four holes.

1:24PM: The first player to post a final score is Kevin Na. Na shot even-par 72 to finish at 15 over par. That's 13 strokes better than his Saturday 85.

1:19PM: If this doesn't get you jacked up for what may lie ahead, nothing will.

1:09PM: The 4-overs are now teeing off. That group includes Casey, Grillo, Horschel, Kuchar, Oosthuizen, Wood and Walker.

1:02PM: Some more Langer facts:

12:51PM: Call off the Adam Scott watch. He made bogey at No. 4 and is only 1 under today, now nine back of Spieth.

12:47PM: Mouth. Watering.

12:37PM: Of the 31 players on-course right now, eight players are under par on the day,

12:34PM: MA! The meatloaf!

12:30PM: Where would a Bernhard Langer win rank?

12:23PM: Is that why it's called tWITter?

12:16PM: 2 under through 2 holes. Look out, Adam Scott is on the move and now only(!) eight shots back.

12:09PM: Trouble in paradise? Brandel Chamblee is a believer of self-correcting.

12:04PM: Your 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott makes birdie at No. 1 today. He's one of only four players under par on the course Sunday (others: Henrik Stenson, Kevin Na, Cameron Smith).

11:59AM: For more on the ageless wonder that is Bernhard Langer, check out senior writer Ryan Lavner's column from Saturday night.

11:55AM: Wonder who she's rooting for.

11:52AM: Fact.

11:44AM: Calmer winds means low numbers are out there. Kevin Na is finding them early on Sunday.

11:34AM: Past and present. No, I'm not talking about Bernhard Langer and Jordan Spieth. Here's a look at Sunday hole locations at Augusta this year and last,

11:25AM: Don't mind if we do.

11:21AM: Something to nibble on this morning. Ya know, in addition to your pimento cheese sandwich.

11:12AM: Doesn't quite have the same ring to it as "Arnie's Army," but we appreciate the enthusiasm.

11:07AM: Snedeker begins the day four shots back, and on Twitter, apparently.

11:04AM: Some players going low already, including Kevin Na.

11:00AM: Hello, friends. Welcome to the Sunday Masters tracker. First, a look at the leaderboard through 54 holes.

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McCoy earns medalist honors at Q-School

By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 am

One year after his budding career was derailed by a car accident, Lee McCoy got back on track by earning medalist honors at the final stage of Tour Q-School.

McCoy shot a final-round 65 at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., to finish the 72-hole event at 28 under. That total left him two shots ahead of Sung-Jae Im and guaranteed him fully-exempt status on the developmental circuit in 2018.

It's an impressive turnaround for the former University of Georgia standout who finished fourth at the 2016 Valspar Championship as an amateur while playing alongside Jordan Spieth in the final round. But he broke his wrist in a car accident the day before second stage of Q-School last year, leaving him without status on any major tour to begin the year.

McCoy was not the only player who left Arizona smiling. Everyone in the top 10 and ties will be exempt through the first 12 events of the new Tour season, a group that includes former amateur standouts Curtis Luck (T-3), Sam Burns (T-10) and Maverick McNealy (T-10).

Players who finished outside the top 10 but inside the top 45 and ties earned exemptions into the first eight events of 2018. That group includes Cameron Champ (T-16), who led the field in driving at this year's U.S. Open as an amateur, and Wyndham Clark (T-23).

Everyone who advanced to the final stage of Q-School will have at least conditional Tour status in 2018. Among those who failed to secure guaranteed starts this week were Robby Shelton, Rico Hoey, Jordan Niebrugge, Joaquin Niemann and Kevin Hall.

Els honored with Heisman Humanitarian Award

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 11:41 pm

The annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony is one of the biggest moments in any football season, but there was a touching non-football moment as well on Saturday night as Ernie Els received the Heisman Humanitarian Award.

The award, which had been announced in August, recognized Els' ongoing efforts on behalf of his Els for Autism foundation. Els received the award at Manhattan's PlayStation Theater, where Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.

Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.

The Heisman Humanitarian Award has been given out since 2006. Past recipients include NBA center David Robinson, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, soccer star Mia Hamm and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

A native of South Africa, Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and The Open in 2002 and 2012. He has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Monday finish for Joburg Open; Sharma leads by 4

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 8:57 pm

Rain, lightning and hail pushed the Joburg Open to a Monday finish, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma holding a four-stroke lead with 11 holes to play in Johannesburg.

Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.

South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen will have a 3-foot putt for birdie to move within three shots of Sharma wen play resumes at the Randpark Golf Club. Sarma is at 22 under par.

Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and James Morrison of England are tied for third at 14 under. Pulkkanen has 10 holes remaining, Morrison 11.

The top three finishers who are not already exempt, will get spots in next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.



Stricker, O'Hair team to win QBE Shootout

By Will GrayDecember 10, 2017, 8:55 pm

It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.

Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.

Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.

"We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."

Full-field scores from the QBE Shootout

Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.

Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished alone in third, four shots behind Stricker and O'Hair. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau, the lone co-ed pairing in the 12-team event, finished among a tie for fourth.