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Sony purse payouts: Kizzire earns $1.116 million

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 1:34 pm

Patton Kizzire defeated James Hahan in a six-hole playoff to capture the Sony Open in Hawaii. Here's a look at how the purse was paid out at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii.

P1 Patton Kizzire -17 $1,116,000
P2 James Hahn -17 $669,600
3 Tom Hoge -16 $421,600
T4 Brian Harman -15 $256,267
T4 Webb Simpson -15 $256,267
T4 Brian Stuard -15 $256,267
T7 Ben Martin -14 $193,233
T7 Ollie Schniederjans -14 $193,233
T7 Gary Woodland -14 $193,233
T10 Ryan Blaum -13 $148,800
T10 Chris Kirk -13 $148,800
T10 Russell Knox -13 $148,800
T10 Kyle Stanley -13 $148,800
T14 Daniel Berger -12 $108,500
T14 Zach Johnson -12 $108,500
T14 Jerry Kelly -12 $108,500
T14 Justin Thomas -12 $108,500
T18 Austin Cook -11 $75,463
T18 Jason Dufner -11 $75,463
T18 Talor Gooch -11 $75,463
T18 Daisuke Kataoka -11 $75,463
T18 Chez Reavie -11 $75,463
T18 Cameron Smith -11 $75,463
T18 Jordan Spieth -11 $75,463
T25 Jonathan Byrd -10 $46,323
T25 Brandon Harkins -10 $46,323
T25 Kevin Kisner -10 $46,323
T25 Keith Mitchell -10 $46,323
T25 Scott Piercy -10 $46,323
T25 Sam Saunders -10 $46,323
T25 Xinjun Zhang -10 $46,323
T32 Wesley Bryan -9 $33,569
T32 Stewart Cink -9 $33,569
T32 Tony Finau -9 $33,569
T32 Charles Howell III -9 $33,569
T32 Nicholas Lindheim -9 $33,569
T32 Rory Sabbatini -9 $33,569
T32 Xander Schauffele -9 $33,569
T39 Ryan Armour -8 $23,560
T39 Dominic Bozzelli -8 $23,560
T39 Keegan Bradley -8 $23,560
T39 Corey Conners -8 $23,560
T39 Matt Jones -8 $23,560
T39 Nate Lashley -8 $23,560
T39 Jonathan Randolph -8 $23,560
T39 Adam Schenk -8 $23,560
T47 Roberto Diaz -7 $15,925
T47 Emiliano Grillo -7 $15,925
T47 Jason Kokrak -7 $15,925
T47 Marc Leishman -7 $15,925
T47 John Peterson -7 $15,925
T47 Conrad Shindler -7 $15,925
T47 J.J. Spaun -7 $15,925
T54 Shugo Imahira -6 $14,198
T54 Stephan Jaeger -6 $14,198
T54 Seamus Power -6 $14,198
T54 Hudson Swafford -6 $14,198
T58 Brian Gay -5 $13,578
T58 Lanto Griffin -5 $13,578
T58 Si Woo Kim -5 $13,578
T58 Ryan Palmer -5 $13,578
T58 Sam Ryder -5 $13,578
T58 Tyrone Van Aswegen -5 $13,578
64 Harris English -4 $13,144
T65 Scott Brown -3 $12,958
T65 William McGirt -3 $12,958
T67 Blayne Barber -2 $12,710
T67 John Oda -2 $12,710
T69 Steve Allan -1 $12,338
T69 Colt Knost -1 $12,338
T69 Andrew Putnam -1 $12,338
T69 Kevin Tway -1 $12,338
T73 Joel Dahmen E $11,966
T73 D.A. Points E $11,966
75 Matt Every 1 $11,780
76 Vaughn Taylor 2 $11,656
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Winning on Kerr's mind this week and beyond

By Randall MellMarch 24, 2018, 2:11 am

Cristie Kerr moved into position Friday to do more than win the 21st LPGA title of her career.

She moved into position to claim an LPGA Hall of Fame point this week.

Yes, winning is foremost on her mind at the Kia Classic, where she took the lead with an 8-under-par 64 in the second round, she’s on a larger quest, too.

After turning 40 last fall, Kerr was asked what her goals are.

“The Hall of Fame is attainable, if I stick with it,” she said.

Kerr is five shots ahead of Lizette Salas (67), In-Kyung Kim (69), Hee Young Park (70) and Caroline Hedwall (70).

It’s a good time for Kerr to get on a hot streak, with the year’s first major championship, the ANA Inspiration, next week. She has long been one of the best putters in the women’s game, but her ball-striking is impressive this week. She hit 17 greens in regulation Thursday, and she hit 16 on Friday.

“I like winning,” Kerr said. “I like challenging myself. Definitely doesn't get any easier as you get older, with the travel and recovery time. I got up this morning and I'm like, `Man, why does my hamstring hurt?’ From working around this hilly golf course.”

Kerr acknowledged Friday that her body is more vulnerable to time’s realities, but her mind isn’t.

Full-field scores from the Kia Classic

“The golf ball doesn't know an age,” Kerr said. “I've always said that. As long as I stay hungry, going to just keep playing.”

Kerr won two weeks after her 40th birthday last fall, boosting her LPGA Hall of Fame point total to 22. She is five points short of eligibility for induction. A player earns one point for an LPGA victory and two points for a major championship title. So there’s a lot of Hall of Fame ground to gain this week and next.

It’s a long-term goal that motivates Kerr to take care of her body.

“I don't think the golf changes,” Kerr said. “I think, physically, it gets harder as you get older. Like I said, I've got tape on my hamstring. I strained it, just a little bit yesterday, walking around this golf course. It's tough as you get older, just being fresh and rested. I put more focus into that as I've gotten older. I still practice, but off the course I try to get more rest.”

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Big names chasing Kerr into the weekend at Kia Classic

By Associated PressMarch 24, 2018, 1:55 am

CARLSBAD, Calif. - Cristie Kerr shot an 8-under 64 on Friday in the Kia Classic to take a five-stroke lead into the weekend.

The 40-year-old Kerr had eight birdies in her second straight bogey-free round to reach 13-under 131 at rain-softened Aviara.

''I like winning. I like challenging myself,'' Kerr said. ''Definitely doesn't get any easier as you get older with the travel and recovery time. I got up this morning and I'm like, 'Man, why does my hamstring hurt?' From working around this hilly golf course. The golf ball doesn't know an age. I've always said that. As long as I stay hungry, going to just keep playing.''

She has 20 LPGA victories, winning at Aviara in 2015. She won twice last year and helped the U.S. beat Europe in her ninth Solheim Cup appearance.

''It's tough as you get older just being fresh and rested,'' Kerr said. ''I put more focus into that as I've gotten older. I still practice, but off the course I try to get more rest.''

Lizette Salas, In-Kyung Kim, Hee Young Park and Caroline Hedwall were tied for second. Salas shot 67, Kim 69, and Park and Hedwall 70.

''I really like this golf course. I really like the environment,'' said Salas, the former University of Southern California player from Azusa. ''My family gets to come out. So much confidence at the beginning of the week, and definitely showed the first two days.

Jeong Eun Lee was 7 under after a 69, and defending ANA champion So Yeon Ryu had a 70 to get to 6 under.

Full-field scores from the Kia Classic

Ariya Jutanugarn (72), Brooke Henderson (70) and 2016 winner Lydia Ko (71) were 5 under. Shanshan Feng (68) was another stroke back, and Singapore winner Michelle Wie (72) was 1 under.

Lexi Thompson was 2 over after a 74, making the cut on the number in the final event before the major ANA Inspiration next week at Mission Hills.

Kerr opened with birdies on the par-5 10th and par-3 11th, added birdies on the par-4 16th, 18th and second, and ran off three in a row on the par-3 sixth, par-4 seventh and par-5 eighth.

''I don't think you can fall asleep on one shot,'' Kerr said. ''It's a really good golf course. I think I play better on courses that demand the focus, so I think that's why I've played well here in the past. ... I'm trying not to put limits on myself right now. I've got some good things going on with my swing.''

She has long been one best putters and green-readers in the world.

''I can see the subtleties that a lot of people can't,'' Kerr said. ''It's a gift from God being able to do that. I've always had that, so I'm lucky.''

Laura Davies withdrew after an opening 82. The 54-year-old Davies tied for second last week in the Founders Cup in Phoenix, playing through painful left Achilles and calf problems.

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DJ hits 489-yard drive, but it doesn't count for history

By Rex HoggardMarch 24, 2018, 12:22 am

AUSTIN, Texas – Dustin Johnson is no stranger to big drives, but even for DJ this one was impressive.

Trailing in his Day 3 match at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Johnson launched a drive at the par-5 12th hole that traveled 489 yards, but that number comes with an asterisk.

“He got lucky it hit the road,” smiled Kevin Kisner, who was leading the world No. 1, 3 up, at the time. “I thought he would make an eagle for sure, he only had 80 yards [to the hole]. He didn’t hit a very good putt.”

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Johnson’s drive, which was 139 yards past Kisner’s tee shot, is the longest recorded on the PGA Tour in the ShotLink era, surpassing Davis Love III’s drive of 476 yards in 2004 at the Tournament of Champions.

The drive will not go into the record books, however, because the Tour doesn’t count statistics from the Match Play.

It should also be noted, Kisner halved the 12th hole with a birdie and won the match, 4 and 3, to advance to the round of 16.

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Durant leads Champions event in Mississippi

By Associated PressMarch 24, 2018, 12:21 am

BILOXI, Miss. - Joe Durant had three straight birdies in a back-nine burst and a shot 6-under 66 on Friday to take the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' Rapiscan Systems Classic.

Durant birdied the par-4 11th and 12th and par-5 13th in the bogey-free round at breezy and rain-softened Fallen Oak. Because of the wet conditions, players were allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls in the fairway.

''It just sets up nice to my eye,'' Durant said. ''It's a beautiful golf course and it's very challenging. The tee shots seem to set up well for me, but the greens are maybe as quick as I've ever seen them here. You really have to put the ball in the right spots. I played very nice today. With the wind swirling like it was, I'm really happy.''

He won the Chubb Classic last month in Naples, Florida, for his third victory on the 50-and-over tour.

Full-field scores from the Rapiscan Systems Classic

''Done this long enough, Friday's just one day,'' Durant said. ''Especially in a three-day tournament, you've got to go out and shoot three good numbers. Fortunate to put one on the board, but I know I have to back it up with a couple of good days because you can get passed very quickly out here.''

Mark Calcavecchia was a stroke back. He won last month in Boca Raton, Florida

''It's probably my best round I've ever had here and it was a tough day to play,'' Calcavecchia said. ''The greens are just lightning fast. They're pretty slopey greens, so very difficult to putt.''

Steve Stricker was third at 68. He took the Tucson, Arizona, event three weeks ago for his first senior victory.

''Just getting it around and managing my game I think like I always do,'' Stricker said. ''You get in the wrong position here with the greens being so fast and you're going to be in trouble. I did that a couple times today.''

Billy Mayfair, Billy Andrade and David McKenzie shot 69. Jerry Kelly, the winner of the season-opening event in Hawaii, was at 70 with Wes Short Jr., Glen Day, Gene Sauers and Jesper Parnevik.

Bernhard Langer opened with a 71, and two-time defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez had a 72.

Vijay Singh, coming off his first senior victory two weeks ago in Newport Beach, California, had a 73.