Webb Simpson Wins at Phoenix in Playoff Over Finau — Golfweek
Graeme McDowell Outduels Mickelson, DJ in Saudi Arabia — Golf Digest
Career Breakthrough for Brett Quigley in Morocco — Golfweek
Chip Shots: Justin Thomas engraves wedges to honor Kobe Bryant; Rules deprive Tiger Woods of a hole-out; Standup comedy from David Feherty and Gary McCord; Pat Perez and his athletic-shoe fixation; Brooks Koepka won’t comment mid-round.
1.Webb Simpson Wins Waste Management Phoenix Open: Xander Schauffele likes to say of his U.S. Presidents Cup teammate Webb Simpson that if there was a strokes-gained statistical category to rank attitude, Simpson would be No. 1 by miles. "He’s always waking up on the right side of the bed," Schauffele said. Despite trailing by two strokes with two holes to play at TPC Scottsdale, Simpson maintained his winning attitude and made birdie on the final two holes of regulation to catch Tony Finau, then rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to win the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Read More . . .
2.Graeme McDowell Wins in Saudi Arabia Over Mickelson, DJ: A golf tournament can turn quickly, as the final round of the Saudi Invitational proved once more. After a bogey on the 13th hole at Royal Greens G. & C.C. on Sunday, Graeme McDowell clung to a one-stroke lead, sitting two over on the day, 10 under for the tournament, and looking plenty the worse for wear. Thomas Pieters was already done with his closing 65 and sitting at nine under, and Phil Mickelson was also at nine under, charging with three birdies early on Sunday. Meanwhile, defending champion Dustin Johnson lurked two back. Twenty minutes later, McDowell was breathing easy, holding now a decisive three-stroke lead after back-to-back birdies from 30 and six feet on the 14th and 15th holes. Read More . . .
3.Quigley, Winless in 408 PGA Tour Starts, Wins Morocco Champions: Brett Quigley never won in 408 tries on the PGA Tour. On Saturday, he won his second start on the PGA Tour Champions at the Morocco Champions. Quigley last won a tournament at the 2001 Arkansas Classic on the now Korn Ferry Tour. “It’s been so long since I won a tournament,” Quigley told pgatour.com. “Just incredible. It’s weird, I had a feeling of peace all week. I just felt comfortable here in Marrakesh.” Quigley did finish second five times in those 408 starts and has earned more than $11 million in his playing career. But he finally won another tournament after rallying from a three-stroke deficit to start the final round. Read More . . .
4.Chip Shots: The wedges played last week by Justin Thomas were engraved with tributes to the late Kobe Bryant . . . A fairway shot by Tiger Woods at the Farmers Insurance Open exited the hole after entering, to cost him a stroke . . . The vaunted comedy team of David Feherty and Gary McCord was reunited at the Phoenix Open . . . PGA Tour veteran Pat Perez built an entire room in his new house to display his Air Jordan shoe collection . . . Fearing a break in his concentration, Brooks Koepka has refused to participate in mid-round media interviews . . .
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