Maggert Wins St Jude Classic

By Sports NetworkMay 28, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 FedEx St. Jude ClassicMEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Jeff Maggert fired a 5-under 65 Sunday to pull away and win the FedEx St. Jude Classic at the TPC at Southwind. Maggert ended at 9-under-par 271.
Maggert, like last week's winner Tim Herron, hadn't won since the 1999 season. Maggert's last title came at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.
Ryan Armour in action during the second round of the Nationwide Tour 2006 LaSalle Bank Open at The Glen Club in Glenview, Illinois on June 9, 2006.Photo by Steve Grayson/
Jeff Maggert won for the first time since the 1999 WGC-Match Play Championship.
'Its been a strange career, but I've had a great time playing golf out here,' said Maggert, who collected $936,000 for his third tour win. 'I would have bet that I would have won more times, by now. But with five kids at home, I have a lot of other priorities that are important to me in my life.
'It's just great that I can come out here and do this for a living. I'm very fortunate that I can still come out here at the age of 42 and still win.'
Tom Pernice, Jr. closed with a 1-over 71 to end alone in second place at 6-under-par 274. John Cook (71) and Kris Cox (72) shared third at minus- four.
Zach Johnson ended with a 68 to finish alongside Daisuke Maruyama, Briny Baird and Jay Delsing in fifth place at minus-3.
Herron, who shared the third-round lead with Pernice, struggled to a seven- over 77 to tumble into a share of 16th at even-par 280.
Maggert began the final round three strokes behind the leaders. He opened with a birdie on the first, then two-putted for birdie at the par-5 third to move to 6 under.
The three-time winner on the PGA Tour tripped to a bogey on the par-4 fifth. Maggert parred his next five holes.
Maggert dropped his tee shot inside 10 feet at the par-3 11th and drained that putt for birdie to move back to 6 under and a share of the lead. He managed to stay there by sinking a key par putt from 14 feet out at 13.
The three-time American Ryder Cupper took control of the tournament with a 36- foot eagle putt on the par-five 16th. Maggert sank a 33-footer for birdie on 17 to extend his lead, before parring the last to end at minus-9.
'I've struggled a little bit this year. I played a little better than what my position has shown,' Maggert admitted. 'The putter has slowed me down this year, but today the putter got me through.'
Pernice was going for his first win since the 2001 International. He struggled to bogeys on the third and seventh to slip to 5 under.
The 46-year-old managed to get one of those strokes back with a birdie on the par-3 11th. However, Pernice bogeyed the 14th to drop back to 5 under. He birdied the par-5 16th to finish at minus-6.
'Today was a disappointment, obviously. I didn't make any putts,' Pernice said. 'You make one birdie on the final round, you're not going to win out here. Obviously Jeff had great round. I didn't know he went eagle, birdie at 16, 17.
'I made a mistake early at three, then I hit a great shot at four to about five feet for a birdie and missed it. That kind of put me off to a bad start. I battled the rest of the day and controlled the ball pretty good. I didn't have too many bad shots.'
John Senden carded his second straight round of even-par 70 to finish alone in ninth place at 2-under-par 278.
Brent Geiberger (67), Dudley Hart (68), Ryan Palmer (73), Brett Quigley (68), David Toms (71) and Tjaart van der Walt (69) were final players in red figures at minus-1.
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    Mickelson misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

    By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

    Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

    He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

    How rare is his missing the cut there?

    The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.

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    The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

    The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

    Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

    Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.

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    Defending champ Gana co-leads Latin America Amateur

    By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 11:20 pm

    Toto Gana moved into early position to try to win a return trip to the Masters Saturday by grabbing a share of the first-round lead at the Latin America Amateur Championship.

    The defending champ posted a 3-under-par 68 at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Chile, equaling the rounds of Argentina’s Mark Montenegro and Colombia’s Pablo Torres.

    They are one shot ahead of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz and Mario Carmona, Argentina’s Horacio Carbonetti and Jaime Lopez Rivarola and the Dominican Republic’s Rhadames Pena.

    It’s a bunched leaderboard, with 19 players within three shots of each at the top of the board in the 72-hole event.

    “I think I have my game under control,” said Gana, 20, a freshman at Lynn University. “I hit the ball very well, and I also putted very well. So, I am confident about tomorrow.”

    The LAAC’s champion will get more than a Masters invitation. He also will be exempt into the The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event he is eligible to play this year. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

    The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

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    LAAC returning to Casa de Campo in 2019

    By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 8:23 pm

    The Latin America Amateur Championship will return to Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic in 2019 (Jan. 17-20), event organizers announced Saturday in Chile, where this year’s championship is underway.

    The LAAC champion receives an invitation to play the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club every spring.

    The champion is also exempt into The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event for which he is eligible to compete. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

    The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

    The championship got its start in 2015 with Chile’s Matias Dominguez winning at Pilar Golf in Argentina. In 2016, Casa de Campo hosted, with Costa Rica’s Paul Chaplet winning. At 16, he became the first player from Central America to compete in the Masters. In 2017, Chile’s Toto Gana won the title at  Club de Golf de Panama.

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    Beef's beer goggles: Less drinks = more wins

    By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 6:07 pm

    An offseason spent soul searching is apparently paying quick dividends for Andrew “Beef” Johnston, who is in contention to win Sunday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Johnston acknowledged he was “burning the candle at both ends” last year, playing both the PGA Tour and the European Tour, but he told reporters Saturday that it wasn’t too much golf that hindered his efforts.

    It was too much “socializing.”

    “I'm a social person,” Johnston said. “If you go out with friends, or you get invited to something, I'll have a beer, please. But I probably had a few too many beers, I would say, to be honest. And it reflected in my golf, and I was disappointed looking back at it. I want to turn that around and have a good season.”

    Johnston posted a 6-under-par 66 Saturday, moving into a tie for sixth, three shots off the lead. He said he arrived in Abu Dhabi a week early to prepare for his first start of the new year. It’s paying off with a Sunday chance to win his second European Tour title.

    “Last year was crazy, and like getting distracted, and things like that,” Johnston said. “You don't know it's happened until you've finished the season. You’re off doing things and you're burning the candle at both ends. When I got back from last season, sort of had time to reflect on it, I sort of said to myself, 'You've got to keep quiet and keep disciplined and get on with your work.’”

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    Johnston finished 189th last year in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings. He was 116th in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai.

    Johnston’s fun-loving personality, his scruffy beard and his big-bodied shape quickly made him one of the most popular and entertaining players in the game when he earned his PGA Tour card before the 2016-17 season. Golf Digest called him a “quirky outlier,” and while he has had fun with that persona, Johnston is also intent on continuing to prove he belongs among the game’s best players.

    His plan for doing that?

    “Just put the work in,” he said. “I didn’t put enough work in last year. It’s simple. It showed. So, just get down, knuckle down and practice hard.”