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Wyndham purse payout: Snedeker clears $1 million

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 20, 2018, 1:47 pm

Brandt Snedeker won his first PGA Tour title in two and a half years and finds himself now just shy of $35 million in career earnings. Here's how the purse was paid out at the Wyndham Championship:

1 Brandt Snedeker -21 $1,080,000.00
T2 C.T. Pan -18 $528,000.00
T2 Webb Simpson -18 $528,000.00
T4 Jim Furyk -17 $264,000.00
T4 D.A. Points -17 $264,000.00
T6 Brian Gay -16 $208,500.00
T6 Ryan Moore -16 $208,500.00
T8 Ryan Armour -15 $174,000.00
T8 David Hearn -15 $174,000.00
T8 Nick Taylor -15 $174,000.00
T11 Rafa Cabrera Bello -14 $112,000.00
T11 Harris English -14 $112,000.00
T11 Billy Horschel -14 $112,000.00
T11 Chris Kirk -14 $112,000.00
T11 Hideki Matsuyama -14 $112,000.00
T11 John Oda -14 $112,000.00
T11 Brett Stegmaier -14 $112,000.00
T11 Michael Thompson -14 $112,000.00
T11 Kevin Tway -14 $112,000.00
T20 Brice Garnett -13 $69,900.00
T20 Doug Ghim -13 $69,900.00
T20 Tom Hoge -13 $69,900.00
T20 Henrik Stenson -13 $69,900.00
T24 Abraham Ancer -12 $45,400.00
T24 Aaron Baddeley -12 $45,400.00
T24 Jonathan Byrd -12 $45,400.00
T24 Sergio Garcia -12 $45,400.00
T24 Danny Lee -12 $45,400.00
T24 Jamie Lovemark -12 $45,400.00
T24 Peter Malnati -12 $45,400.00
T24 Patrick Rodgers -12 $45,400.00
T24 Shawn Stefani -12 $45,400.00
T33 Joaquin Niemann -11 $33,900.00
T33 Cameron Percy -11 $33,900.00
T33 Johnson Wagner -11 $33,900.00
T36 Jonas Blixt -10 $28,260.00
T36 Matthew Fitzpatrick -10 $28,260.00
T36 Denny McCarthy -10 $28,260.00
T36 Dylan Meyer -10 $28,260.00
T36 Trey Mullinax -10 $28,260.00
T41 Blayne Barber -9 $22,800.00
T41 Billy Hurley III -9 $22,800.00
T41 Keith Mitchell -9 $22,800.00
T41 Julian Suri -9 $22,800.00
T45 Sangmoon Bae -8 $16,515.00
T45 Corey Conners -8 $16,515.00
T45 Bill Haas -8 $16,515.00
T45 Chesson Hadley -8 $16,515.00
T45 Martin Laird -8 $16,515.00
T45 Scott Piercy -8 $16,515.00
T45 Sam Ryder -8 $16,515.00
T45 Sam Saunders -8 $16,515.00
T53 Roberto Díaz -7 $13,890.00
T53 Sung Kang -7 $13,890.00
T53 Harold Varner III -7 $13,890.00
T53 Richy Werenski -7 $13,890.00
T57 Ryan Blaum -6 $13,140.00
T57 Scott Brown -6 $13,140.00
T57 Lanto Griffin -6 $13,140.00
T57 Jason Kokrak -6 $13,140.00
T57 Graeme McDowell -6 $13,140.00
T57 William McGirt -6 $13,140.00
T57 Rory Sabbatini -6 $13,140.00
T57 Ollie Schniederjans -6 $13,140.00
65 Martin Flores -5 $12,600.00
T66 Jason Dufner -4 $12,300.00
T66 Mackenzie Hughes -4 $12,300.00
T66 Conrad Shindler -4 $12,300.00
T66 Hudson Swafford -4 $12,300.00
T70 Ricky Barnes -3 $11,880.00
T70 Stephan Jaeger -3 $11,880.00
T70 Xinjun Zhang -3 $11,880.00
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Likely ROY Wise not looking past 'special' East Lake

By Rex HoggardSeptember 19, 2018, 8:05 pm

ATLANTA – Much like the PGA Tour Player of Year Award, voting for the Rookie of the Year Award is very much a rubber stamp this season.

Brooks Koepka is a lock to win the Jack Nicklaus Trophy after winning two majors - the U.S. Open and PGA Championship - despite missing a portion of the season with an injury. Similarly, Aaron Wise, who won the AT&T Byron Nelson, is the only rookie this year to advance to the Tour Championship, which is normally the threshold players use for voting for Rookie of the Year.

“I knew with the rookie class that we had it was going to be tough, and the players still have to vote but it’s definitely something that was important to me,” he said on Wednesday at East Lake. “My focus is just finishing strong this week and giving them a reason to vote for me.”

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For Wise, who had four top-10 finishes this season and begins the week 21st on the FedExCup point list, the chance to win the award is gratifying, but being among the best 30 players on Tour, and securing his spot in all four major championships next season, is an accomplishment worth savoring.

“To win Rookie of the Year you have to have a solid season, but to make it to East Lake, so many guys don’t get this far. You really have to have a special season and this is really special,” Wise said.

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Stanford returns home to share Evian celebration

By Randall MellSeptember 19, 2018, 5:33 pm

Angela Stanford’s eyes welled with tears when her flight touched down at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in her return from winning the Evian Championship.

When she lands from the south, as she did Monday, she always looks for the towering grain elevators in her Saginaw hometown. She also always looks for downtown Fort Worth’s skyline.

She got teary with the replica of the Evian Championship trophy in her carry-on in the luggage bin above her seat, knowing she wasn’t bringing it home just for her.

But for her mother, Nan, who’s battling a second bout with breast cancer.

For her father, Steve, who got her started in the game.

For other family and friends.

For Shady Oaks, the club Ben Hogan made famous, where she is a member.

And for TCU, her alma mater.

She realized how empty she felt in so many returns from major championships.

She’s 40 now.

She won in her 76th try in a major.

For so long, Stanford believed she had what it took to win a major, but that only made the string of disappointments harder.

“So I remembered what it felt like coming home from so many disappointments, but not this time,” Stanford said. “This time I got to bring something home for everyone to see.”

When Stanford got off the plane, her parents were among a group of family and friends waiting to greet her. So was her TCU coach, Angie Larkin, who brought along the Horned Frogs mascot, Superfrog.

Tour pros Kristy McPherson, Dori Carter, Kendall Dye and Emory University coach and former tour pro Katie Futcher were all in Fort Worth helping Stanford celebrate.

“It was pretty cool,” Stanford said. “Of course, I asked them all if they wanted to see the trophy.”

She pulled it out of her carry-on and never put it back.

“It’s a heavy trophy, but I told them I’m carrying this everywhere,” Stanford said.

There was a celebration dinner with family and friends Monday night, and another celebration with friends on Tuesday.

“I think it’s just the start of many celebrations with more friends to see,” Stanford said.

Stanford went to work with a new swing coach about a year ago, Todd Kolb, from Sioux Falls, S.D. In her flight home, she thought about how grateful she was for all the help poured into her game, not just the good work Kolb is doing, but the foundation important figures in her life helped to lay. She thought about the lessons and wisdom Amy Fox, Mike Wright and Joe Hallett passed along.

“I’m still using things I learned from my first instructor,” Stanford said. “Amy Fox is a huge reason I’m playing on tour. Mike Wright is a huge reason why I’ve won on tour. Joe Hallett helped me navigate through a tough time in my career.

“They were all important to my winning Sunday. They all gave me building blocks, and they’ve all helped lay the foundation to what I’m learning now from Todd.”

Stanford said being able to share her gratefulness made her return home special.

“It’s been a whirlwind,” she said. “It’s been everything you could imagine it would be.”

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Finau plays with 'idol' Tiger, but don't get excited

By Rex HoggardSeptember 19, 2018, 5:05 pm

ATLANTA – This has been a season of firsts for Tony Finau.

He played his first Masters – after severely injuring his ankle, no less – and all four of the World Golf Championship events for the first time. He also made his first Ryder Cup team.

On Tuesday at East Lake there was another first. He played a nine-hole practice round with Tiger Woods.

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“It was pretty special for me because it's the first time I ever played with him in a practice round, tournament, whatever the case may be,” Finau said. “I've been on Tour four years now, and that's the first time I ever had the chance to play with him. Again, my golfing idol. That was a special day for me yesterday to play with him, pick his brain a little bit, and just get to know him a little bit better.”

Woods and Finau played with Bryson DeChambeau, who has become the popular choice to be a potential partner for Woods at next week’s Ryder Cup. Some have speculated that Finau could partner with Phil Mickelson in Paris, but Tuesday’s practice round created the scenario of another rookie possibly playing with Woods. Finau seemed to quickly dismissed that idea.

“I don't see a lot of potential playing with Tiger,” Finau said.

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Pros share condolences for slain Iowa State player

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 19, 2018, 5:01 pm

As details continue to emerge surrounding the murder of 22-year-old Celia Barquin Arozamena, multiple professional athletes took to Twitter to share their condolences for the former Iowa State star.

Arozamena was found dead Monday at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, Iowa, where she was playing a round of golf by herself when she was allegedly attacked by a nearby homeless man. Twenty-two-year-old Collin Daniel Richards is charged with first-degree murder after allegedly stabbing Arozamena and leaving her body in a pond on the golf course.

Arozamena was the 2018 Big XII champion and Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year, and she was a native of Spain. As the Iowa State community mourned her death, fellow Spanish athletes shared their thoughts, including former Masters champ Sergio Garcia and NBA star Pau Gasol:

Arozamena's amateur accomplishments extended beyond the collegiate setting, as she also won the European Amateur Championship in July. Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam tweeted a photo she took with Arozamena at a previous event, calling the incident "horrendous."

Iowa State is planning to honor Arozamena Saturday during their home football game against Akron, with the team wearing "CBA" decals bearing her initials.