Jack 'disappointed' for Miami, 'delighted' for Mexico

By Golf Channel DigitalJune 1, 2016, 10:30 pm

The PGA Tour on Wednesday announced that it will take the World Golf Championship event traditionally played at Doral and move it to an as-yet-unnannounced venue in Mexico city.

Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth both spoke out in support of the move - McIlroy joking that players will "just jump over the wall" - while Doral owner Donald Trump criticized the Tour for putting "profit ahead of thousands of American jobs, millions of dollars in revenue for local communities and charities and the enjoyment of hundreds of thousands of fans who make the tournament an annual tradition."

This week's tournament host and 18-time major championship offered a statement of his own Wednesday afternoon:

"I am disappointed for Doral and the city of Miami. Both have been a staple on the PGA Tour schedule, as well as my own, since my rookie year in 1962."

"I have always believed that golf is a global game, and I have made it a lifelong mission to travel the world to introduce and grow the game by either playing it or designing golf courses. So I am delighted that an event with the significance of a World Golf Championship is coming to Mexico City, and I think it is a huge positive for the Tour and the game itself. My only hope is that golf played at its highest level will soon return to Miami and Trump Doral."

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Garcia leads as Valderrama Masters extends to Monday

By Will GrayOctober 21, 2021, 3:52 pm

Weather continues to be the enemy at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters, where Sergio Garcia remains in front as the tournament heads for a Monday finish.

European Tour officials had already ceded the fact that 72 holes would not be completed this week in Spain, but players were not even able to finish 54 holes before another set of thunderstorms rolled in Sunday afternoon to once again halt play. Garcia remains in front at 10 under, having played seven holes of the third round in even par, while Lee Westwood is alone in second at 7 under.

Officials had previously stated an intention to play at least 54 holes, even if that meant extending the tournament to Monday, given that this is the final chance for many players to earn Race to Dubai points in an effort to secure European Tour cards for 2019. Next week's WGC-HSBC Champions will be the final event of the regular season, followed by a three-event final series.

Full-field scores from the Andalucia Valderrama Masters

Garcia, who won the tournament last year, started the third round with a four-shot lead over Ashley Chesters. He balanced one birdie with one bogey and remains in position for his first worldwide victory since the Asian Tour's Singapore Open in January.

Westwood, who has his son Sam on the bag this week, made the biggest charge up the leaderboard with four birdies over his first eight holes. He'll have 10 holes to go when play resumes at 9:10 a.m. local time Monday as he looks to win for the first time since the 2015 Indonesian Masters.

Shane Lowry and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano are tied for third at 6 under, four shots behind Garcia with 10 holes to play, while Chesters made two double bogeys over his first four holes to drop into a tie for sixth.

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CJ Cup purse payout: Koepka gets PAID

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 22, 2018, 11:52 am

Brooks Koepka vaulted to world No. 1 with his victory at the CJ Cup. He also earned a lot of money. Here's how the purse was paid out in South Korea.

1 Brooks Koepka -21 $1,710,000
2 Gary Woodland -17 $1,026,000
T3 Ryan Palmer -15 $551,000
T3 Rafael Cabrera Bello -15 $551,000
T5 Jason Day -12 $361,000
T5 Scott Piercy -12 $361,000
T7 Pat Perez -11 $296,083
T7 Chez Reavie -11 $296,083
T7 Cameron Smith -11 $296,083
T10 Adam Hadwin -10 $228,000
T10 Adam Scott -10 $228,000
T10 J.J. Spaun -10 $228,000
T10 Ian Poulter -10 $228,000
T14 Tyrrell Hatton -9 $164,730
T14 Keith Mitchell -9 $164,730
T14 Brendan Steele -9 $164,730
T14 Ted Potter Jr. -9 $164,730
T18 Marc Leishman -8 $121,600
T18 Beau Hossler -8 $121,600
T18 Alexander Noren -8 $121,600
T18 Hideki Matsuyama -8 $121,600
T18 Paul Casey -8 $121,600
T23 Patton Kizzire -7 $79,895
T23 C.T. Pan -7 $79,895
T23 Danny Willett -7 $79,895
T23 J.B. Holmes -7 $79,895
T23 Si Woo Kim -7 $79,895
T23 Jamie Lovemark -7 $79,895
T29 Joel Dahmen -6 $56,824
T29 Andrew Putnam -6 $56,824
T29 Louis Oosthuizen -6 $56,824
T29 Sung Kang -6 $56,824
T29 Kevin Chappell -6 $56,824
T29 Jimmy Walker -6 $56,824
T29 Ryan Armour -6 $56,824
T36 Joaquin Niemann -5 $42,465
T36 Ernie Els -5 $42,465
T36 Justin Thomas -5 $42,465
T36 Brian Harman -5 $42,465
T36 Brandt Snedeker -5 $42,465
T41 Sung-jae Im -4 $30,970
T41 Dong Seop Maeng -4 $30,970
T41 Brice Garnett -4 $30,970
T41 Rod Pampling -4 $30,970
T41 Graeme McDowell -4 $30,970
T41 Austin Cook -4 $30,970
T41 Byeong Hun An -4 $30,970
T48 Charley Hoffman -3 $22,230
T48 Nick Watney -3 $22,230
T48 Branden Grace -3 $22,230
T48 Xander Schauffele -3 $22,230
T52 Kevin Tway -2 $20,140
T52 Kevin Na -2 $20,140
T52 Brian Stuard -2 $20,140
T55 Emiliano Grillo -1 $19,095
T55 Jason Dufner -1 $19,095
T55 Shubhankar Sharma -1 $19,095
T55 Peter Uihlein -1 $19,095
T55 Tae hee Lee -1 $19,095
T55 James Hahn -1 $19,095
T61 Brian Gay E $18,050
T61 Ryan Moore E $18,050
T61 Kyoung-Hoon Lee E $18,050
T61 Charles Howell III E $18,050
T61 Doyeob Mun E $18,050
66 Kyle Stanley 1 $17,480
T67 Billy Horschel 2 $17,100
T67 Sanghyun Park 2 $17,100
T67 Jason Kokrak 2 $17,100
T70 Charl Schwartzel 4 $16,625
T70 Stewart Cink 4 $16,625
72 Whee Kim 5 $16,340
T73 Abraham Ancer 6 $15,960
T73 Chesson Hadley 6 $15,960
T73 Hyungjoon Lee 6 $15,960
76 Michael Kim 9 $15,580
T77 Hyun-woo Ryu 13 $15,295
T77 Minchel Choi 13 $15,295
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Azinger to replace Miller as lead NBC golf analyst

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 22, 2018, 11:00 am

Major champion and former U.S. Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger has been named lead golf analyst for NBC Sports beginning in 2019, replacing Johnny Miller, who announced his retirement last week.

Azinger, 58, will assume the role following Miller’s final event, the Jan. 31-Feb. 3 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Azinger’s playing career included 12 PGA Tour victories highlighted by his victory at the 1993 PGA Championship. He has worked since 2005 as an analyst for multiple television outlets, and in 2008 he successfully captained the U.S. Ryder Cup team to its first win in nine years.

Azinger will regularly appear during all four days of tournament coverage on Golf Channel and NBC when on assignment. His first event as lead analyst will be the WGC-Mexico Championship, played Feb. 21-24.

“I have great admiration for both the quality of NBC Sports’ coverage and commitment to great storytelling, as well as the network’s deep commitment to the game I love,” Azinger said. “It is a great honor to cover a tremendous slate of PGA Tour and marquee events, including The Players, The Open, Ryder Cup and Tokyo (2020) Olympics.”

In addition to offering his views from some of the biggest events of the year, Azinger will also contribute to various instructional, documentary and news platforms on Golf Channel. He will retain his current roles broadcasting the Masters for the BBC and the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open for Fox Sports.

Azinger was selected to replace Miller, 71, who last week announced plans to end an iconic career after nearly 30 years in the booth.

“Following Johnny Miller is a tall order,” said Golf Channel executive vice president Molly Solomon. “However, we’re confident in Paul’s ability to serve our viewers with candor and sharp insight, pulling from his decorated professional golf career and extensive broadcast experience.”

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Austin wins Champions tour's playoff opener

By Associated PressOctober 21, 2018, 9:35 pm

RICHMOND, Va. -- Woody Austin knew Bernhard Langer was lurking throughout the final nine holes, and he did just enough to hold him off.

Austin shot a 3-under 69 for a one-stroke victory Sunday in the PGA Tour Champions' playoff-opening Dominion Energy Charity Classic.

Langer, the defending tournament champion and series points leader, made the turn one shot off the lead, but eight straight pars kept him from ever gaining a share of the lead. Austin's birdie from 6 feet on the closing hole allowed him to hang on for the victory.

''It seemed like he couldn't quite get it over the hump,'' Austin said about Langer, who also birdied No. 18. ''I'm not going to feel bad for the guy. The guy's kind of had things go his way for the last 12 years. Now he sees what it's like to have it happen.''

The 54-year-old Austin finished with an 11-under total for three rounds at The Country Club of Virginia's James River Course. He won his fourth senior title and first since 2016, and said windy and cool conditions that made scoring difficult played to his advantage.

''I was happy to see it. I really enjoy a difficult test,'' he said. ''... I enjoy even par meaning something. That's my game.''

Langer closed with a 70. The winner last week in North Carolina, the 61-year-old German star made consecutive birdies to finish the front nine, but had several birdie putts slide by on the back.

Full-field scores from the Dominion Energy Charity Classic

''I made a couple important ones and then I missed a couple important ones, especially the one on 16,'' Langer said. ''I hit three really good shots and had about a 6-footer, something like that, and I just didn't hit it hard enough. It broke away.''

Austin dropped a stroke behind Jay Haas and Stephen Ames with a bogey on the par-3 14th. He got that back with a birdie from about 5 feet on the par-4 15th and then got some good fortune on the final hole when his firmly struck chip hit the flag and stopped about 6 feet away.

''I always say usually the person that wins gets a break on Sunday,'' he said. ''That was my break.''

The 64-year-old Haas, the second-round leader after a 65, had a 74 to tie for third with Fran Quinn (69) and Kent Jones (70) at 9 under. Haas was bidding to become the oldest winner in the history of the tour for players 50 and older.

''Disappointed, for sure,'' Haas said. ''Not going to get many more opportunities like this, but it gives me hope, too, that I can still do it.''

The top 72 players qualified for the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs opener. The top 54 move on to the Invesco QQQ Championship next week in Thousand Oaks, California, and the top 36 after that will advance to the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix.