Z. Johnson fires 67 for early World Challenge lead

By Will GrayDecember 5, 2013, 11:32 pm

After a frost delay pushed back tee times Thursday morning, the limited field of 18 participants was finally able to begin play at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge. Here's how things look after the first round, where Zach Johnson set the early pace with a 5-under 67:

Leaderboard: Zach Johnson (-5), Matt Kuchar (-4), Bubba Watson (-2), Hunter Mahan (-2), Tiger Woods (-1), Graeme McDowell (Even)

What it means: Despite a closing bogey, Johnson was able to distance himself somewhat from the pack and will take a one-shot lead into the second round. A runner-up at this event in 2011, Johnson is no stranger to success at Sherwood Country Club, and it showed during an opening round that included seven birdies.

Round of the day: Johnson began his round with a pair of birdies, but then stalled somewhat across the balance of the front nine and was just 1 under when he made the turn. From there, though, the former Masters champion caught fire with five birdies across his next seven holes to break out from a logjam atop the leaderboard. Though he dropped a shot at the closing hole, his 67 was still good enough to set the pace after the first round.

Best of the rest: Kuchar's round was more turbulent than most, but at the end of the day it added up to a 4-under 68 that will have him in the final pairing Friday. The former Players champion carded five birdies in his opener, and saw his round highlighted by an eagle at the par-5 11th. After making his third bogey of the day at No. 17, Kuchar bounced back at the home hole, placing his approach to within three feet to cut into Johnson's lead heading into the second round.

Biggest disappointment: It's an amazing accomplishment that he's even in this week's field, but Jordan Spieth had all sorts of struggles in Thursday's opening round. The 20-year-old notched a triple-bogey 7 at the fourth hole and added a pair of double bogeys en route to a 5-over 77 that has him staring up at each of the other 17 players in the field through one round. Spieth was able to record three birdies, but it wasn't enough to erase the dreaded "others" from his card, and he now finds himself 10 shots off the pace.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Johnson is certainly comfortable with the lead, but it will be interesting to see how two of his closest competitors fare in the second round. Watson has struggled for much of 2013 and could be in position to change the perception of his year with a win this week, while tournament host Woods will look to overcome an opening round that featured strong play tee-to-green but a bevy of missed opportunities on the putting surface.

Quote of the day: "I putted good and I wedged it great. When I had a wedge in my hand, it seemed like I had a birdie opportunity every time." - Johnson, who carded seven birdies during his opening 67.

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What's in the Bag: Tour Championship winner Woods

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 24, 2018, 12:48 pm

Tiger Woods won his 80th career title on Sunday at the Tour Championship. Take a look inside his bag.

Driver: TaylorMade M3 (9.5 degrees)

Fairway Woods: TaylorMade M3 (13 degrees), M1 2017 (19 degrees)

Irons: TaylorMade TW Phase 1 prototype (3-PW)

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (56, 60 degrees)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS

Ball: Bridgestone Tour B XS

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McCarthy tops Bae in Web.com Tour Finals 25

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 24, 2018, 11:51 am

The Web.com Tour handed out 25 PGA Tour cards for the 2018-19 season based on how players fared in the Finals series. Here are the final standings after Sunday's Web.com Tour Championship.

1. Denny McCarthy: $255,793

2. Sangmoon Bae: $218,156

3. Robert Streb: $187,460

4. Peter Malnati: $157,296

5. Cameron Davis: $126,675

6. Adam Schenk: $125,798

7. Lucas Glover: $125,212

8. Matt Jones: $112,000

9. Hunter Mahan: $107,505

10. Roger Sloan: $84,307

11. Shawn Stefani: $80,579

12. Seth Reeves: $80,360

13. Max Homa: $78,200

14. Roberto Diaz: $70,326

15. Stephan Jaeger: $69,923

16. Curtis Luck: $64,920

17. Nicholas Lindheim: $59,169

18. Dylan Frittelli: $48,600

19. Wes Roach: $48,100

20. Sepp Straka: $47,844

21. Cameron Tringale: $47,760

22. Ben Silverman: $47,700

23. Michael Thompson: $45,466

24. Fabian Gomez: $43,657

25. Jim Knous: $41,931

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DJ moves back to No. 1; Woods to 13th in OWGR

By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 24, 2018, 11:05 am

Justin Rose did just enough to claim the FedExCup title Sunday at the Tour Championship, but Dustin Johnson's late surge was enough to vault him back into the top spot in the World Ranking.

Johnson shot a final-round 67 to finish in third place, while Rose stumbled with a 3-over 73 for a share of fourth. DJ lipped out a birdie putt on 18 that would have given him a shot at the FedExCup crown, and that allowed Rose to clinch the $10 million prize with a two-putt birdie.

Tiger Woods continued his incredible surge up the World Ranking with his 80th career win at the Tour Championship. Woods moved up from 21st to 13th after a two-shot victory over Billy Horschel. It marked Woods' seventh top-10 finish of the year.

Horschel made the other big move of the week jumping up from 48th to 35th with his second place finish. Outside of a WD in Boston, the 2014 FedExCup champion had another great run in the playoffs finishing T-3 at the Northern Trust, T-3 at the BMW and second at East Lake.

Here's the top 10 after the PGA Tour season finale.

1. Dustin Johnson

2. Justin Rose

3. Brooks Koepka

4. Justin Thomas

5. Francesco Molinari

6. Rory McIlroy

7. Bryson DeChambeau

8. Jon Rahm

9. Rickie Fowler

10. Jordan Spieth

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McCarthy wins Web.com Tour Championship by 4

By Associated PressSeptember 24, 2018, 2:14 am

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – Denny McCarthy won the season-ending Web.com Tour Championship on Sunday to earn fully exempt PGA Tour status and a spot in the Players Championship.

McCarthy closed with a 6-under 65 for a four-stroke victory over Lucas Glover at Atlantic Beach Country Club. The 25-year-old former Virginia player earned $180,000 to top the 25 PGA Tour card-earners with $255,793 in the four-event Web.com Tour Finals.

''It's been quite a journey this year,'' McCarthy said. ''The PGA Tour was tough to start out the year. I stuck through it and got my game. I raised my level and have been playing some really good golf. Just feels incredible to finish off these Finals. So much work behind the scenes that nobody really sees.''

McCarthy finished at 23-under 261.

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Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, closed with a 69. He made $108,000 to finish seventh with $125,212 in the series for the top 75 players from the Web.com regular-season money list, Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings, and non-members with enough money to have placed in the top 200.

Jim Knous earned the 25th and final card from the four-event money list with $41,931, edging Justin Lower by $500. Knous made a 5-foot par save on the final hole for a 71 that left him tied for 57th. Lower missed an 8-footer for birdie, settling for a 69 and a tie for 21st.

''It was a brutal day emotionally,'' Knous said. ''I wasn't quite sure how much my performance would affect the overall outcome. It kind of just depended on what everybody else did. That's pretty terrifying. So I really just kind of did my best to stay calm and inside I was really freaking out and just super psyched that at the end of the day finished right there on No. 25.''

The top-25 finishers on the Web.com regular-season money list competed against each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals. Sungjae Im topped the list to earn the No. 1 priority spot of the 50 total cards.