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WGC-Mexico purse payout: Phil earns $1.7 million

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 5, 2018, 1:28 pm

Phil Mickelson ended his winless drought and took home a major first-place prize at the WGC-Mexico Championship. Here's how the purse was paid out:

P1 Phil Mickelson -16 $1,700,000
P2 Justin Thomas -16 $1,072,000
T3 Tyrrell Hatton -15 $510,000
T3 Rafael Cabrera Bello -15 $510,000
T5 Kiradech Aphibarnrat -13 $329,500
T5 Brian Harman -13 $329,500
T7 Dustin Johnson -12 $238,750
T7 Sergio Garcia -12 $238,750
T9 Shubhankar Sharma -10 $179,667
T9 Bubba Watson -10 $179,667
T9 Adam Hadwin -10 $179,667
T12 Patton Kizzire -9 $148,500
T12 Paul Casey -9 $148,500
T14 Tommy Fleetwood -8 $125,500
T14 Alex Noren -8 $125,500
T14 Daniel Berger -8 $125,500
T14 Jordan Spieth -8 $125,500
T18 Adam Bland -7 $113,500
T18 Xander Schauffele -7 $113,500
T20 Jon Rahm -6 $103,300
T20 Jhonattan Vegas -6 $103,300
T20 Brendan Steele -6 $103,300
T20 Charley Hoffman -6 $103,300
T20 Pat Perez -6 $103,300
T25 Francesco Molinari -5 $94,500
T25 Kyle Stanley -5 $94,500
T27 Jorge Campillo -4 $90,500
T27 Tony Finau -4 $90,500
29 Kevin Kisner -3 $87,500
T30 Louis Oosthuizen -2 $80,929
T30 Branden Grace -2 $80,929
T30 Matthew Fitzpatrick -2 $80,929
T30 Kevin Chappell -2 $80,929
T30 Bernd Wiesberger -2 $80,929
T30 Patrick Cantlay -2 $80,929
T30 Dean Burmester -2 $80,929
T37 Chris Paisley -1 $72,500
T37 Joost Luiten -1 $72,500
T37 Thomas Pieters -1 $72,500
T37 Rickie Fowler -1 $72,500
T37 Patrick Reed -1 $72,500
T37 Webb Simpson -1 $72,500
T37 Justin Rose -1 $72,500
T37 Peter Uihlein -1 $72,500
T37 Marc Leishman -1 $72,500
T46 Ross Fisher E $67,000
T46 Yuta Ikeda E $67,000
T48 Charl Schwartzel 1 $65,000
T48 David Lipsky 1 $65,000
T50 Wade Ormsby 2 $63,000
T50 Gary Woodland 2 $63,000
T52 Chez Reavie 3 $61,000
T52 Abraham Ancer 3 $61,000
54 Satoshi Kodaira 4 $59,500
T55 Jason Dufner 7 $57,500
T55 Dylan Frittelli 7 $57,500
T55 Paul Dunne 7 $57,500
T58 Russell Henley 8 $55,000
T58 Matt Kuchar 8 $55,000
T60 Brandon Stone 9 $53,000
T60 Yusaku Miyazato 9 $53,000
62 Brett Rumford 13 $52,000
63 Li HaoTong 14 $51,500
64 Gavin Kyle Green 15 $51,000
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Watch: Moore does impressions of Tiger, Poults, Bubba

By Grill Room TeamJuly 16, 2018, 10:36 pm
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Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 5:15 pm

Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.

Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.

Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.

Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:

12/1: Dustin Johnson

16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose

20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods

30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed

40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton

50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick

60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson

80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele

100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen

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Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 4:34 pm

If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.

Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.

Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.

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There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.

There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.

Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.

John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.

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Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense

By Rex HoggardJuly 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.

Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.

Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.

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“I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”

Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.

“I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”

But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.

“I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”