1. Andrew Landry Recovers to Win The American Express — Golfweek
2. Gaby Lopez Scores Playoff Win at LPGA Season Opener — Golf Channel
3. Jimenez Wins Senior Event Over Els, Couples — ESPN.com
4. Chip Shots: Scott McCarron named top senior; Tommy Gainey shakes off arrest, wins tourney; Se Ri Pak honored by USGA; One-armed golfer makes ace in PGA Tour event pro-am; Phil Mickelson moving east to Florida; Cobra Golf founder Tom Crow dies at 88
1. Andrew Landry Uses Clutch Finish to Capture The American Express: The players protested when PGA West’s Stadium Course first hosted a PGA Tour event three decades ago. Pete Dye was trying to embarrass them with his sadistic design, they said. Dye claimed to have no such intentions. “They’re great players. We’re just giving them the opportunities to hit great golf shots,” Dye said. The Stadium Course’s penal pair of closing holes did just that for Andrew Landry on Sunday at The American Express. What once looked like a stunning collapse simply set the stage for Landry’s clutch display of shot making. Landry once led by as many as six shots before falling into a tie with Abraham Ancer with three holes remaining. How did Landry respond? By finishing with back-to-back birdies to win his second PGA Tour title.Read More . . .
2. Gaby Lopez Survives 7-Hole Playoff to Win LPGA TOCA: Gaby Lopez rolled in a 25-foot birdie putt at the seventh playoff hole Monday morning to win the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions. She took home the $180,000 winner’s check after Nasa Hataoka missed a 12-foot chance to extend the playoff. Lopez, 26, wears her native Mexico’s colors on Sundays and did again in Monday’s playoff, peeling off her cold-weather gear to show off those colors for photos with the trophy, despite a frigid breeze than made the 45-degree temperatures feel even colder. Read More . . .
3. Jimenez Wins Champions Tour Event in Playoff over Els, Couples: Miguel Angel Jimenez made a 12-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff Saturday with senior newcomer Ernie Els to win the PGA Tour Champions' season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship. Fred Couples dropped out on the first extra trip down the par-4 18th at windy Hualalai, missing a short par putt. Jimenez, paired with Couples in the second-to-last group, birdied Nos. 13-15 in a 5-under 67 to match Els and Couples at 14-under 202. Read More . . .
4. Chip Shots: Scott McCarron was named 2019 PGA Tour Champions Player of the Year . . . One month after his arrest, Tommy Gainey wins Korn Ferry Tour opener . . . USGA’s Bob Jones Award, recognizing personal character, goes to LPGA Hall of Famer Se Ri Pak . . . One-armed amateur makes hole-in-one at American Express pro-am . . . Phil Mickelson is leaving his native California, where he has won 12 of his 44 PGA Tour titles, to take up residence in South Florida . . . Cobra Golf announced the death of beloved founder Tom Crow.
David Gould is a journalist, editor and author with 30 years’ experience in categories such as golf, travel, luxury goods and corporate communications. Gould is a contract employee of NBC Sports/GOLF Channel, providing communications support for several business units there. He is also Editorial Advisor and an outside director of OpenRounds, Inc., a vendor to private golf clubs. He has served as Executive Editor of Travel + Leisure Golfmagazine and Chief Editor of LINKS Magazine. Gould has contributed 100-plus articles to leading sports publications on golf-related topics. He is the author of “Q School Confidential” (St. Martins Press, 1999) a history of PGA Tour qualifying, “The Golfers Code (Triumph Books, 2004) and “Real Golf: 120 Tips for Better Golf and Lower Scores” (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2002). To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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