It's a wrap: Golf Channel Am Tour 2013 National Championships

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 28, 2013, 7:34 pm

LA QUINTA, Calif. -- The 2013 Golf Channel Am Tour National Championships have come to an end, staged this year at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif. This year's event was the largest ever on Am Tour with nearly 1,200 players competing in the Nationals and Seniors divisions.

New to the 2013 rotation of golf courses was PGA West's Arnold Palmer Private Course, a host venue for the PGA TOUR's Humana Challenge. Also in the four-course rotation was the infamous Stadium Course at PGA West, the Nicklaus Course and Norman Course.

The National Championships were held Sept. 22-25th, while the Senior Championships were held Sept. 28-Oct. 1. Over 6,500 members nationally competed all season long for the right to qualify for nationals, and each division crowned winners in six different flights. 

Here's a look at the winners and some of the action during the events: 

Senior National Championships

Senior winners: Championship and Snead flights: Bob Brooks and Jim Allard captured 2013 Senior National Championship trophies in their respective flights at PGA West.

Senior winners: Sarazen and Jones flights: Richard Stein and John Scott won their respective flights in the 2013 Am Tour Senior National Championships at PGA West.

Seniors winners: Hogan and Palmer flights: Randy Hodges and Ray Henry capped great seasons with victories in their flights in the Golf Channel Am Tour Senior National Championships at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif.

In Photos: Senior National Championships

Seniors Day 4: Elder Statesman: Joe Strong, 81, doesn’t mind being called “the old guy” of the 2013 Golf Channel Am Tour Senior National Championship at PGA West.

Seniors Day 3: Family moment: Mike Knox enjoyed watching his son, Russell, qualify for the PGA TOUR following his round at PGA West. Also, the week's first ace was recorded. 

Seniors Day 2: Quality family time: For these Am Tour competitors, competing this week gives them a chance to spend quality time competing with family. 

Seniors Day 1: It's go time: Terry Gannon and Roger Maltbie offered some words of wisdom, while trying to take a little of the edge off Am Tour competitors getting ready for Day 1. 

National Championships

Day 5: Playoff pressure: The Championship and Sarazen flight's were decided in sudden death playoffs at PGA West. 

Day 5: Runaway winners: In morning action at PGA West, the Snead and Jones flights wrapped up with two runaway winners. 

Day 5: All Capps: Kevin Capps won the Hogan flight by five shots, while the Palmer flight proved to be the most competitive of the six flights at Nationals in 2013. 

In Photos: View the action from PGA West

Day 4: A round with the king: Scores are low on the Palmer Private course, the newest addition to the National Championships at La Quinta. Also, a 68 puts one player back in the mix in the championship flight. 

Day 3: Stadium Survival: Pete Dye's Stadium Course takes no prisoners. Survive without a big number and you may find yourself atop the leaderboard. 

Day 3: Backing up the talk: PGA Tour Radio host Brian Katrek finds himself in the hunt of the Championship Flight. 

Day 2: A Small feat: How busy was your golf season this year? Snead flight Nationals competitor David Small played in 54 Am Tour events. 

Day 2: The Puerto Rico seven: The Puerto Rico tour is a tight-knit bunch, and seven players made the long trip to PGA West to compete in Nationals this week.

Day 1: New courses, some familiar faces at La Quinta in 2013: Kelly Tilghman and David Feherty welcomed Am Tour competitors with some tales from inside the PGA Tour. 

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Aiken, Waring tied at Nordea; Olesen three back

By Associated PressAugust 18, 2018, 5:45 pm

MOLNDAL, Sweden – Paul Waring of England and Thomas Aiken of South Africa share the lead, three shots clear of their rivals, after the third round of the Nordea Masters on the European Tour on Saturday.

Waring was tied for first place with Scott Jamieson after the second round and shot a 1-under 69.

While Jamieson (75) slipped down the leaderboard, Aiken caught up Waring after shooting 67 - despite three straight bogeys from No. 15. He bounced back by making birdie at the last.

Thorbjorn Olesen (67) and Marc Warren (66) are tied for third.

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Koepka: 'Surreal' Woods waited to say congrats at PGA

By Randall MellAugust 18, 2018, 3:47 pm

Brooks Koepka was moved by the respect shown when Tiger Woods waited for a half hour at scoring last Sunday to congratulate Koepka for his PGA Championship victory at Bellerive.

While Koepka stands as an example of the new athletes Woods has attracted to the game, he laughs hearing people compare his body to an NFL player’s.

Those were among the observations Koepka shared Friday on "The Dan Patrick Show."

“That was surreal,” Koepka said of Woods waiting to congratulate him. “To hang around on 18, I wasn’t expecting it. It was probably the coolest gesture he could have done.”

Koepka credits Woods for drawing him to the game.

“He’s the reason I am playing,” Koepka said.

Koepka said playing with Woods in contention was a noisy experience that went beyond the roars Woods created making birdies in front of him.

“Even when he makes contact, you know what shot he’s hitting,” Koepka said. “That’s how loud people are.

“When they are putting [his score] up on the leaderboard, you hear it three holes away.”

About those NFL player comparisons, Koepka said his parents wouldn’t let him play football when he was growing up.

“I wasn’t big enough,” he said.

Koepka said he marveled meeting former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

“To be compared to them, it makes me laugh,” Koepka said. “I’m about the size of a cornerback, maybe a free safety.”

Koepka said he’s just over 6 feet tall and weighs 208 pounds.

“I saw Brian Urlacher give an interview,” Koepka said. “It was kind of funny. He said he was impressed at how big I wasn’t ... If I stand next to Justin Thomas, I’m going to look big. Golf doesn’t really have many big guys.”

Koepka told Patrick he is impressed at the athletes just now coming into golf.

“I see the young guys coming out of college,” Koepka said. “They are bombing it past me. They hit it so far, they are leaving me in the dust. It’s hard to think of, because I’ve been one of the longest hitters on tour.”

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McIlroy skipping first FedExCup playoff event

By Randall MellAugust 18, 2018, 3:19 pm

Rory McIlroy committed to playing the FedExCup Playoffs opener at The Northern Trust, the PGA Tour announced after The Open Championship last month.

But McIlroy left the PGA Championship last week saying he might need to skip the opener to regroup, and that’s just what he is doing.

McIlroy wasn’t on The Northern Trust field list published Friday on the PGA Tour’s website.

“I need to assess where I'm at,” McIlroy said leaving Bellerive last week. “I think the best thing for me to do right now is just sort of take a couple days off, reflect on what I need to do going forward.

“The best thing might be to take that first FedExCup week off and work on my game and come back, hopefully, in a better place for Boston.”

McIlroy also skipped the FedExCup opener in 2015, choosing to make his start in the playoffs at Boston that year. It appears he will do the same this year.

“Historically, the first FedEx playoff event hasn't been my best event of the four,” McIlroy said. “I've played well in Boston. I've played pretty well in the other two.”

McIlroy left Bellerive saying he would do some work on his game and see if he felt ready for the playoffs opener as part of a run of big events leading into the Ryder Cup.

“There's a lot of room for improvement,” McIlroy said. “My swing really hasn't been where I want it to be. It was pretty good at the start of the year. I had a couple of months to work on it, but it's just sort of regressed as the season went on and you start to play tournaments, you start to fall back into some of the habits that you don't want to fall back into."

McIlroy has won once over the last two seasons – at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last March – but he has given himself other chances this year with some frustrating finishes. Overall, he has five finishes of third or better in 2018. He got himself in the final pairing with Patrick Reed at the Masters but stumbled to a T-5 finish. He tied for second at The Open last month.

“Inconsistency with the swing has been the big area,” McIlroy said. “If you look at my statistics, especially with approach play on my irons, and even my driving, even though it's been OK, there's been a two-way miss, with sort of everything throughout the bag, and that obviously isn't a good thing. So that's something I need to work on.”

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Watch: Wagner saves season with walk-off eagle dunk

By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 18, 2018, 2:45 am

Johnson Wagner kept his FedExCup Playoff hopes alive on Friday at the Wyndham Championship ... and he did it in dramatic fashion.

Needing a birdie on his final hole of the day to make the cut on the number, Johnson used a 9-iron from 153 yards out to dunk his approach for eagle to get inside the cut line.

Johnson's eagle at the last gave him a 66 for the day and earned him two more rounds to try and get inside the FedExCup top 125 for next week's start of the postseason, The Northern Trust.