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RBC Heritage purse payout: Kodaira makes $1.2M

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 16, 2018, 12:27 pm

Satoshi Kodaira defeated Si Woo Kim in a playoff to win the RBC Heritage. Here's a look at how the purse was paid out at Harbour Town.

1 Satoshi Kodaira -12 $1,206,000
P2 Si Woo Kim -12 $723,600
T3 Bryson DeChambeau -11 $388,600
T3 Luke List -11 $388,600
T5 Billy Horschel -10 $254,600
T5 Webb Simpson -10 $254,600
T7 Byeong Hun An -9 $181,379
T7 Patrick Cantlay -9 $181,379
T7 Bill Haas -9 $181,379
T7 Chesson Hadley -9 $181,379
T7 Kevin Kisner -9 $181,379
T7 Ian Poulter -9 $181,379
T7 Kevin Streelman -9 $181,379
T14 Jonas Blixt -8 $123,950
T14 Matthew Fitzpatrick -8 $123,950
T16 Emiliano Grillo -7 $93,991
T16 J.J. Henry -7 $93,991
T16 Beau Hossler -7 $93,991
T16 Dustin Johnson -7 $93,991
T16 Ryan Moore -7 $93,991
T16 Scott Piercy -7 $93,991
T16 Ted Potter, Jr. -7 $93,991
T23 Bud Cauley -6 $53,823
T23 Brian Harman -6 $53,823
T23 Charley Hoffman -6 $53,823
T23 John Huh -6 $53,823
T23 Matt Kuchar -6 $53,823
T23 C.T. Pan -6 $53,823
T23 Rory Sabbatini -6 $53,823
T23 Brandt Snedeker -6 $53,823
T23 Tyrone Van Aswegen -6 $53,823
T32 Harris English -5 $35,510
T32 Dylan Frittelli -5 $35,510
T32 Lucas Glover -5 $35,510
T32 Martin Laird -5 $35,510
T32 Rod Pampling -5 $35,510
T32 Xander Schauffele -5 $35,510
T32 Cameron Smith -5 $35,510
T32 Nick Watney -5 $35,510
T40 Dominic Bozzelli -4 $28,140
T40 Russell Knox -4 $28,140
T42 Wesley Bryan -3 $22,148
T42 Stewart Cink -3 $22,148
T42 Brice Garnett -3 $22,148
T42 Zach Johnson -3 $22,148
T42 Andrew Landry -3 $22,148
T42 Ollie Schniederjans -3 $22,148
T42 Michael Thompson -3 $22,148
49 Francesco Molinari -2 $17,420
T50 Jonathan Byrd -1 $16,315
T50 Austin Cook -1 $16,315
T50 Fabian Gomez -1 $16,315
T50 Whee Kim -1 $16,315
T50 Doc Redman -1 $16,315
T55 Ryan Armour E $14,807
T55 Aaron Baddeley E $14,807
T55 K.J. Choi E $14,807
T55 Matt Every E $14,807
T55 Tom Hoge E $14,807
T55 Charles Howell III E $14,807
T55 Chris Kirk E $14,807
T55 Danny Lee E $14,807
T55 Ben Martin E $14,807
T55 Graeme McDowell E $14,807
T55 Keith Mitchell E $14,807
T55 Scott Stallings E $14,807
T67 Peter Malnati 1 $13,802
T67 Brian Stuard 1 $13,802
T67 Kevin Tway 1 $13,802
T70 Jim Furyk 2 $13,400
T70 Brian Gay 2 $13,400
T70 William McGirt 2 $13,400
73 Martin Kaymer 4 $13,132
T74 David Lingmerth 5 $12,931
T74 Davis Love III 5 $12,931
76 Ryan Palmer 6 $12,730
77 Michael Kim 8 $12,596
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Hammer in position (again) to co-medal at U.S. Am

By Ryan LavnerAugust 14, 2018, 10:37 pm

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Cole Hammer is in position to go for a rare sweep in this summer’s biggest events.

Two weeks ago, Hammer, an incoming freshman at Texas, was the co-medalist at the Western Amateur and went on to take the match-play portion, as well.

Here at the U.S. Amateur, Hammer shot rounds of 69-68 and was once again in position to earn co-medalist honors. At 6-under 137, he was tied with 19-year-old Daniel Hillier of New Zealand.

“It would mean a lot, especially after being medalist at the Western Am,” Hammer said afterward. “It’s pretty special.”

No stroke-play medalist has prevailed in the 64-man match-play bracket since Ryan Moore in 2004. Before that, Tiger Woods (1996) was the most recent medalist champion.  

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On the strength of his Western Am title, Hammer, 18, has soared to No. 18 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. He credited his work with swing coach Cameron McCormick and mental coach Bob Rotella.

“Just really started controlling my iron shots really well,” said Hammer, who has worked with McCormick since 2015, when he qualified for the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay as a 15-year-old.

“Distance control with my wedges and all my iron shots, playing different shots, has become really a strength in my game. I’ve really turned the putter on this year, and I’m seeing the lines and matching the line with the speed really well. I think that’s been the key to my summer.”

A two-time New Zealand Amateur champion, Hillier is ranked 27th in the world. He said that, entering the tournament, he would have been pleased just to make it to match play.

“But to come out on top, it’s amazing,” Hillier said. “Cole is a really good golfer and has been playing well lately. So, yeah, I’m in good company.”

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Tee times, TV schedule, stats for Wyndham Championship

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 14, 2018, 9:55 pm

It's the last tournament of the PGA Tour's regular season as the top 125 in the FedExCup points list advance to next week's playoff event. Here's the key info for the Wyndham Championship. (Click here for tee times)

How to watch:

Thursday, Rd. 1: Golf Channel, 3-6PM ET; live stream:

Friday, Rd. 2: Golf Channel, 3-6PM ET; live stream:

Saturday, Rd. 3: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream:; CBS, 3-6 p.m.

Sunday, Rd. 4: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream:; CBS, 3-6 p.m.

Purse: $6 million

Course: Sedgefield Country Club (par 70, 7,127 yards)

Defending champion: Henrik Stenson. Last year he defeated Ollie Schniederjans by one stroke to earn his sixth career PGA Tour win.

Notables in the field

Henrik Stenson at the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Henrik Stenson

• Missed the cut last week at the PGA Championship

• Six top-10 finishes this year, including T-5 at the Masters and T-6 at the U.S. Open

Sergio Garcia

• Eight missed cuts in last 10 PGA Tour starts

• Currently 131 in FedExCup standings (33 points back of 125th)

Webb Simpson

• Five top-10 finishes in this event since 2010 (won in 2011)

• 56 under par in last five years in this event (best of any player in that span)

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Faldo: Woods told fellow Masters champ 'I'm done' in '17

By Will GrayAugust 14, 2018, 7:42 pm

Fresh off his runner-up finish at the PGA Championship, it's easy to get caught up in the recent success and ebullient optimism surrounding Tiger Woods. But it was not that long ago that Woods even hitting another competitive shot was very much in doubt.

Six-time major champ Sir Nick Faldo shed light on those darker times during a recent appearance on the Dan Patrick Show when he relayed a story from the 2017 Masters champions' dinner. The annual meal is one of golf's most exclusive fraternities, as only the chairman of Augusta National Golf Club is allowed to dine with the men who have each donned a green jacket.

Last spring Woods had not yet undergone spinal fusion surgery, and Faldo explained that Woods at one point turned to an unnamed Masters champ and grimly assessed his future playing chances.

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"I know he whispered to another Masters champion, two Masters dinners ago, 'I'm done. I won't play golf again,'" Faldo said. "He said, 'I'm done. I'm done, my back is done.' He was in agony. He was in pain. His leg, the pain down his legs, there was nothing enjoyable. He couldn't move. If you watched footage of him, he couldn't even get in and out of the golf cart at the (2016) Ryder Cup when he was a vice captain."

But Woods opted for fusion surgery a few weeks later, and after a lengthy rehab process he returned to competition in December. His 2018 campaign has been nothing short of remarkable, with a pair of runner-up finishes to go along with a T-6 result at The Open when he held the outright lead on the back nine on Sunday.

After apparently even counting himself out, Woods is back up to 26th in the latest world rankings and appears in line to be added as a captain's pick for the Ryder Cup next month.

"What he's been able to do is unbelievable," Faldo said. "To turn this aruond, to get this spine fusion, it's completely taken away the pain. To have this mobility is absolutely amazing. Great on him, and great for golf."

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McDowell needs Wyndham result to maintain status

By Will GrayAugust 14, 2018, 5:56 pm

For the first time in nearly three years, Graeme McDowell heads into an event with his PGA Tour status hanging in the balance.

The Ulsterman joined the Tour in 2006, and he has had nearly uninterrupted status since winning the 2010 U.S. Open. But McDowell's two-season exemption for winning the 2015 OHL Classic at Mayakoba only extends through this week, where he will start the Wyndham Championship at No. 143 in the season-long points race.

McDowell tied for fifth at Sedgefield Country Club in 2016, and he will likely need a similar result to crack the top 125 in the standings and retain his fully exempt status for the 2019 season. While he finished T-10 in Las Vegas in November, that remains his lone top-10 finish of the Tour season. The veteran's best results this year have come in Europe, where he tied for fifth at the Italian Open and finished T-12 at the BMW PGA Championship.

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"I'm trying not to put too much pressure on myself. I feel like it's not a do-or-die scenario for me," McDowell told reporters earlier this month at the Barracuda Championship. "I feel if I was 25 years old without a European Tour card to fall back on, it would be a do-or-die scenario. Certainly trying to put the pressure off, if I don't get myself into the top 125 it's not the end of the world for me. I still feel like I can play a great schedule next season."

By finishing Nos. 126-150 in points after this week, McDowell would retain conditional status that would likely ensure him at least 12-15 starts next season. He would also still have privileges as a past tournament champion.

But he's not the only winner from the 2015-16 season whose two-year exemption is on the verge of running out. Fabian Gomez (160th), Peter Malnati (164th) and Billy Hurley III (202nd) all need big results in Greensboro to keep their cards, while Shane Lowry, David Lingmerth and Matt Every all earned three-year exemptions for victories in 2015 but currently sit Nos. 139, 140 and 184 in points, respectively.

Last year four players moved into the top 125 thanks to strong play at Wyndham, with the biggest jump coming from Rory Sabbatini, who went from No. 148 to No. 122 after tying for fourth place.