Brehm wins Web.com season finale, earns PGA Tour card

By Associated PressAugust 29, 2016, 3:39 am

NORTH PLAINS, Ore. – Ryan Brehm won the Web.com Tour's regular-season ending WinCo Foods Portland Open on Sunday to earn a PGA Tour card.

The 30-year-old former Michigan State coach made $144,000 to jump from 30th to fourth on the money list with $281,808 and earn a PGA Tour card as a top-25 finisher.

''It's been a wave of emotions all day,'' Brehm said. ''Everything from thinking 20 years in the future to trying to zone in to exactly what you're doing on the course. I'm just thrilled. I'm thrilled to be in this position. What a week! Wow!''

Tied for the lead with Taiwan's Cheng Tsung Pan entering the day, Brehm closed with a bogey for a 3-under 68 and his first Web.com Tour victory. He finished at 15-under 269 on Pumpkin Ridge's Witch Hollow course to beat Mark Anderson by a stroke.

''I looked up on the tee box on 18 and I had a two-shot lead,'' Brehm said. ''I couldn't believe it. Obviously, there's a lot of work to do after that, but it makes that tee shot easier.''

Anderson had 68. He also earned a PGA Tour card, making $86,400 to jump from 51st to 16th with $169,499.


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''It's an unbelievable feeling,'' Anderson said. ''It feels like I'm back at Q-School again the first year I was there trying to get my PGA Tour card. That was the hardest 1-2-footer I've ever made. It's just fantastic. What a great week.''

The four-event Web.com Tour Finals - offering another 25 PGA Tour cards - starts Sept. 8-11 with the DAP Championship in Beachwood, Ohio. The 25 card-earners from the regular season will have a chance to improve their status in the series.

Wesley Bryan won the money title with $449,392. He won three times this year to earn an in-season promotion to the PGA Tour. Richy Werenski was second at $351,770, and J.J. Spaun third at $350,832.

Joel Dahmen took the 25th and final card with $150,267, edging Xander Schauffele by $975. Dahmen missed the cut, and Schauffele tied for 38th.

Brehm, Anderson and Rick Lamb moved into the top 25 in the finale, while Kevin Tway, Stephan Jaeger and Andrew Svoboda dropped out after missing the cut. Lamb tied for 19th to move from 27th to 24th.

Zack Fischer was third Sunday at 13 under after a 68. He finished 46th on the money list.

Pan had a 71 to tie for fourth at 12 under, and finish 11th on the money list.

Zack Fischer (68), Reid Edstrom (69), Chris Baker (69), Rhein Gibson (69), Ted Potter Jr. (70), Jack Maguire (70) and Kyoung-Hoon Lee (70) also finished at 12 under. They all failed to break into the top 25.

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Three of world's top 5 MC; not 60-year-old Langer

By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 7:04 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Three of the top five players in the world missed the cut at The Open.

Bernhard Langer did not.

The 60-year-old, who is in the field via his victory in last year’s Senior Open Championship, shot even-par 71 on Friday. At 2 over through 36 holes, he safely made it under the plus-3 cut line.

"You know, I've played the Masters [this year], made the cut. I'm here and made the cut. I think it is an accomplishment," he said. "There's a lot of great players in the field, and I've beaten a lot of very good players that are a lot younger than me."

Langer had three birdies and three bogeys in the second round and said afterwards that he was “fighting myself” with his swing. He’s spent the last few days on the phone with his swing coach, Willy Hoffman, trying to find some comfort.


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Despite his score, and his made cut, Langer the perfectionist wasn’t satisfied with the way he went about achieving his results.

"I wasn't happy with my ball-striking. My putting was good, but I was unlucky. I had like four lip-outs, no lip-ins. That part was good. But the ball-striking, I wasn't really comfortable with my swing," he said. "Just, it's always tough trying stuff in the middle of a round."

Langer, a two-time Masters champion, has never won The Open. He does, however, have six top-3 finishes in 30 prior starts.

As for finishing higher than some of the top-ranked players in the world, the World Golf Hall of Famer is taking it in stride.

"I'm not going to look and say, 'Oh, I beat Justin Rose or beat whatever.' But it just shows it's not easy. When some of the top 10 or top 20 in the world don't make the cut, it just shows that the setup is not easy," Langer said. "So I got the better half of the draw maybe, too, right? It wasn't much fun playing in the rain, I guess, this morning for five hours. I had to practice in the rain, but I think once I teed off, we never used umbrellas. So that was a blessing."

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Kisner doubles 18, defends not laying up

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 6:42 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – It was only fitting that Jean Van de Velde was there working as an on-course reporter on Friday as Kevin Kisner struggled his way up Carnoustie’s 18th fairway.

Rolling along with a two-stroke lead, Kisner’s 8-iron approach shot from an awkward lie in the rough from 160 yards squirted right and bounced into Barry Burn, the winding creek where Van de Velde’s title chances at the 1999 Open Championship began to erode.

Unlike Van de Velde, who made a triple bogey-7 and lost The Open in a playoff, Kisner’s double bogey only cost him the solo lead and he still has 36 holes to make his closing miscue a distant memory. That’s probably why the 34-year-old seemed at ease with his plight.


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“It just came out like a high flop shot to the right. It was weird. I don't know if it caught something or what happened,” said Kisner, who was tied with Zach Johnson and Zander Lombard at 6 under par. “You never know out of that grass. It was in a different grass than usual. It was wet, green grass instead of the brown grass. So I hadn't really played from that too much.”

Like most in this week’s field Kisner also understands that rounds on what is widely considered the most difficult major championship venue can quickly unravel even with the most innocent of mistakes.

“To play 35 holes without a double I thought was pretty good,” he said. “I've kept the ball in play, done everything I wanted to do all the way up into that hole. Just one of those things that came out completely different than we expected. I'll live with that more than chipping out and laying up from 20 feet.”

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Wind, not rain more a weekend factor at Open

By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:39 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – After a half-day of rain in Round 2 of the 147th Open Championship, the weekend offers a much drier forecast.

Saturday at Carnoustie is projected to be mostly cloudy with a high of 62 degrees and only a 20 percent chance of rain.


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Sunday calls for much warmer conditions, with temperatures rising upwards of 73 degrees under mostly cloudy skies.

Wind might be the only element the players have to factor in over the final 36 holes. While the winds will be relatively calm on Saturday, expected around 10-15 mph, they could increase to 25 mph in the final round.

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Van Rooyen holes putt after ball-marker ruling

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 4:50 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Erik van Rooyen was surveying his 10-footer for par, trying to get a feel for the putt, when his putter slipped out of his hand and dropped onto his ball marker.

The question, then, was whether that accident caused his coin to move.

The rules official looked at various camera angles but none showed definitively whether his coin moved. The ruling was made to continue from where his coin was now positioned, with no penalty.


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This was part of the recent rules changes, ensuring there is no penalty if the ball or ball maker is accidently moved by the player. The little-used rule drew attention in 2010, when Ian Poulter accidentally dropped his ball on his marker in Dubai and wound up losing more than $400,000 in bonus and prize money.

After the delay to sort out his ruling Friday, van Rooyen steadied himself and made the putt for par, capping a day in which he shot even-par 71 and kept himself in the mix at The Open. He was at 4-under 138, just two shots off the clubhouse lead.

“I wanted to get going and get this 10-footer to save par, but I think having maybe just a couple minutes to calm me down, and then I actually got a different read when I sat down and looked at it again,” he said. “Good putt. Happy to finish that way.”