Hansen Survives Four-Man Playoff in Ireland

By Sports NetworkJune 30, 2002, 4:00 pm
CORK, Ireland -- Soren Hansen survived a four-hole playoff Sunday to win the Murphy's Irish Open. Hansen outlasted Darren Fichardt, Niclas Fasth and Richard Bland to earn his first career victory on the European Tour.
 
It all came down to the 72nd hole during regulation at Fota Island Golf Club Sunday. Hansen was two shots behind Fichardt, who was in the clubhouse at 14-under-par 270. After a booming drive at the par-5 last, Hansen knocked his second shot inside five feet for eagle to join Fichardt atop the leaderboard.
 
Bland trailed by one stroke and also had an eagle try at the last. The Englishman's putt stopped short of the hole en route to a birdie and a share of the lead. Fasth was the last to join the logjam with a two-putt birdie of his own as the group returned to the 18th tee to begin the extra session.
 
Hansen talks more about his close win.
 
Fichardt was the only one to find the fairway off the tee as the other players left themselves with difficult second shots behind and underneath trees. Hansen's hopes seemed to shatter as the Dane went for the green from the rough and watched as his ball rolled into the water next to the putting surface.
 
After Fasth knocked his ball back onto the fairway, the Swede landed his third shot on the green. Fichardt reached the green in two and had a legitimate eagle try for the win.
 
Hanson took the drop and chipped his fourth shot onto the putting surface within eight feet of the hole. He saved par as his competitors failed to capitalize.
 
Fichardt three-putted for par while Fasth rolled his birdie try passed the hole. Fasth made the par coming back to match Bland, whose short birdie try horseshoed out.
 
'I thought it was all over at the first playoff hole but Darren and Richard both missed and I then grabbed my chance,' said Hansen.
 
The players returned to the tee to play a second extra hole. Each had better success than their previous tries except for Bland, who was eliminated after he failed to convert on a long birdie try.
 
Fichardt, Fasth and Hansen moved on to the first tee to continue the playoff. All three players two-putted the green for par as the trio went on to play the par-3 17th.
 
Fichardt landed his tee shot onto the putting surface, as did Hansen. Fasth, however, missed the green off the tee and put his hope on Fichardt and Hansen failing to convert their birdie attempts.
 
Fichardt played first and ran his putt just right of the hole. He tapped in for par and watched as Hansen drained the 12-foot putt for the win.
 
'I played well the first two days but in the third and fourth rounds I was struggling but hanging in there and got the birdies at the right time,' said Hansen, who shot a 3-under 68 in the final round. 'I played some crackling shots from the 15th and knew I needed an eagle on the last.'
 
Hansen held a share of the overnight lead but struggled out of the gate with a bogey at the first. He reached 12-under after back-to-back birdies from the fifth before running into trouble with a bogey at the seventh.
 
At the very next hole, Hansen chipped in for birdie to remain within one shot of the lead.
 
The 28-year-old bogeyed the 12th but got the shot back with a birdie at the 14th. He parred the next three holes before making the crucial eagle at the last.
 
One month ago, fellow Dane Anders Hansen earned his first career victory at the Volvo PGA Championship.
 
'It is strange to follow Anders,' Soren said of his close friend. 'It was always me doing something and Anders catching up afterwards. The last few weeks I have been playing so well I thought it was just a matter of time.'
 
Fellow Dane Thomas Bjorn was almost a part of the playoff but his long eagle try at the 18th was no good. Bjorn also missed the birdie try for a round of 70 and a fifth place finish at 12-under-par 272.
 
Full-field scores from the Murphy's Irish Open
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CareerBuilder purse payouts: Rahm wins $1.062 million

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 12:50 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry on the fourth hole of sudden death to win the CareerBuilder Challenger. Here's a look at how the purse was paid out in La Quinta, Calif.:

1 Jon Rahm -22 $1,062,000
2 Andrew Landry -22 $637,200
T3 Adam Hadwin -20 $306,800
T3 John Huh -20 $306,800
T3 Martin Piller -20 $306,800
T6 Kevin Chappell -19 $205,025
T6 Scott Piercy -19 $205,025
T8 Brandon Harkins -18 $171,100
T8 Jason Kokrak -18 $171,100
T8 Sam Saunders -18 $171,100
T11 Harris English -17 $135,700
T11 Seamus Power -17 $135,700
T11 Jhonattan Vegas -17 $135,700
T14 Bud Cauley -16 $106,200
T14 Austin Cook -16 $106,200
T14 Grayson Murray -16 $106,200
T17 Andrew Putnam -15 $88,500
T17 Peter Uihlein -15 $88,500
T17 Aaron Wise -15 $88,500
T20 Ricky Barnes -14 $57,754
T20 Stewart Cink -14 $57,754
T20 Brian Harman -14 $57,754
T20 Beau Hossler -14 $57,754
T20 Charles Howell III -14 $57,754
T20 Zach Johnson -14 $57,754
T20 Ryan Palmer -14 $57,754
T20 Brendan Steele -14 $57,754
T20 Nick Taylor -14 $57,754
T29 Lucas Glover -13 $36,706
T29 Russell Knox -13 $36,706
T29 Nate Lashley -13 $36,706
T29 Tom Lovelady -13 $36,706
T29 Kevin Streelman -13 $36,706
T29 Hudson Swafford -13 $36,706
T29 Richy Werenski -13 $36,706
T36 Jason Dufner -12 $27,189
T36 Derek Fathauer -12 $27,189
T36 James Hahn -12 $27,189
T36 Chez Reavie -12 $27,189
T36 Webb Simpson -12 $27,189
T36 Tyrone Van Aswegen -12 $27,189
T42 Bronson Burgoon -11 $18,983
T42 Ben Crane -11 $18,983
T42 Brian Gay -11 $18,983
T42 Chesson Hadley -11 $18,983
T42 Patton Kizzire -11 $18,983
T42 Hunter Mahan -11 $18,983
T42 Kevin Na -11 $18,983
T42 Rob Oppenheim -11 $18,983
T50 Alex Cejka -10 $14,025
T50 Corey Conners -10 $14,025
T50 Michael Kim -10 $14,025
T50 Kevin Kisner -10 $14,025
T50 Sean O'Hair -10 $14,025
T50 Sam Ryder -10 $14,025
T50 Nick Watney -10 $14,025
T57 Robert Garrigus -9 $13,039
T57 Tom Hoge -9 $13,039
T57 David Lingmerth -9 $13,039
T57 Ben Martin -9 $13,039
T57 Trey Mullinax -9 $13,039
T57 Brett Stegmaier -9 $13,039
T63 Scott Brown -8 $12,449
T63 Wesley Bryan -8 $12,449
T63 Brice Garnett -8 $12,449
T63 Sung Kang -8 $12,449
T67 Talor Gooch -7 $12,095
T67 Tom Whitney -7 $12,095
T69 Matt Every -6 $11,623
T69 Billy Hurley III -6 $11,623
T69 Smylie Kaufman -6 $11,623
T69 Keith Mitchell -6 $11,623
T69 Rory Sabbatini -6 $11,623
T69 Chris Stroud -6 $11,623
75 John Peterson -5 $11,210
76 Abraham Ancer -4 $11,092
77 Ben Silverman 4 $10,974
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After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard


On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

He picked up one more No. 2, too.

The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

“It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

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Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

“I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.

Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.