1. Tyrrell Hatton Outlasts Competition to Claim Arnold Palmer Title — ESPN Golf
2. Ernie Els Wins First PGA Champions Title With Final-Round 67 — Golfweek
3. Spain's Jorge Campillo Wins Five-Hole Playoff at the Qatar Masters — Golf Digest
4. Chip Shots: First black person named to USGA brass dies; Paul Azinger angers Westwood and Poulter; Former wunderkind Lucy Li turns pro; Presidential Medal of Freedom for Sorenstam, Player; Tour pro’s endorsement deals yanked over anti-gay post.
1. Controlling a Fiery Temper, Hatton Hangs on to Win at Bay Hill: Tyrrell Hatton felt the Arnold Palmer Invitational slipping away Sunday, perhaps unaware that everyone else trying to survive another brutal test at Bay Hill was feeling the same way. The Englishman gave the wrong kind of salute to the 11th hole when he walked off the green after a double-bogey cut his lead to one shot. It looked as though he was about to lose his mind. Instead, he won the tournament with clutch play amid high stress, closing with seven straight pars for a 2-over 74 and a one-shot victory over Marc Leishman. Bay Hill served up the most demanding test this side of a major, and Hatton kept it together down the stretch for his first PGA Tour victory and his fifth worldwide. Read More . . .
2. Els Secures First Champions Tour Title on Just His Third Try: In only his third start on the PGA Tour Champions, Ernie Els won his first senior tour event on Sunday at the Hoag Classic at Newport Beach Country Club in Newport Beach, California. Els shot a final-round 4-under 67 thanks to birdies on the par-5 15th and 18th holes to reach 16 under. Glen Day, Fred Couples, and Robert Karlsson all finished T-2 at 14 under, followed by Scott McCarron in fifth at 13 under. In his previous two senior events, Els lost in a playoff to Miguel Angel Jimenez at the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship and finished T-34 at last week’s Cologuard Classic.Read More . . .
3. Jorge Campillo Wins Dramatic Playoff at Qatar Masters: Jorge Campillo and David Drysdale each had time to clear their minds during the playoff at the European Tour’s Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, a sudden-death affair that went a not-so-sudden five extra holes. Campillo, a 33-year-old from Spain, was trying to forget losing a two-stroke lead over the final three holes en route to a 1-over 72. Drysdale, a 44-year-old Scot, was trying to block out the fact that, in making his 498th start on tour, he was on the precipice of his first win — with his wife, Vicky, as his caddie. In spite of the pressure, each turned in stellar play in their extra trips down the par-4 18th, making birdies the first two times and pars the next two. On the fifth, Campillo rolled in a 25-footer for birdie only to see Drysdale fail to match it, the Scotsman pushing his birdie effort left of the hole. Read More . . .
4. Chip Shots: African-American golf pioneer John Merchant dies at 87 . . . Pushback for Paul Azinger over on-air comments about PGA European Tour . . . Lucy Li, who played in the U.S. Women’s Open at age 11, turns pro . . . Presidential Medal of Freedom going to Annika Sorenstam and Gary Player . . . Tour pro Scott Piercy loses golf endorsements over homophobic post.
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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