1. Patrick Reed Comes From Behind to Win WGC-Mexico — Golfweek
2. Viktor Hovland Wins Puerto Rico Open for First PGA Tour Victory — PGA Tour
3. Bryson DeChambeau Says Patrick Reed’s ‘Bad Rap’ Is Relatable — Golf.com
4: Chip Shots: Endurance issues keep Tiger out of Honda Classic; LPGA legend Mickey Wright dies at 85; Bill Haas on surviving a fatal car wreck; Homeless aspiring tour pro battles on; Hobby of tour player Martin Trainer is sitcom writing.
1. Reed Outplays Bryson DeChambeau to Win in Mexico City: A week that began with more biting criticism about his escapade in the sand in the Bahamas last December ended with an emphatic response from Patrick Reed. Reed blocked out all the noise, deflected the condemnations and accusations of cheating and then stormed from behind during a tense back nine Sunday to win the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship at Club de Golf Chapultepec. En route to his second WGC title and eighth PGA Tour victory, the 2018 Masters champion shot rounds of 69-63-67-67 to finish at 18 under and one shot clear of Bryson DeChambeau. Reed scrambled for a finishing bogey after driving it into the trees and two-putted from 34 feet for the win. His 266 shots for the week included 45 one-putts. Read More . . .
2. Hovland Wins Puerto Rico Open for First PGA Tour Victory: Viktor Hovland won the Puerto Rico Open on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, chipping in for eagle on the par-5 15th and racing in a 30-footer for birdie on the par-5 18th for a one-stroke victory over Josh Teater. Hovland overcame a muddy triple bogey on the par-3 11th with the late surge at windy Coco Beach. The 22-year-old Norwegian and former Oklahoma State star shot a 2-under 70 to finish at 20-under 268. Teater shot a 69 in the final round of the tournament, which is played opposite the World Golf Championships event in Mexico. He rebounded from bogeys on Nos. 10 and 11 with birdies on 15 and 17. Hovland earned $540,000, a full PGA Tour exemption through the 2021-22 season, and spots in the PGA Championship and The Players Championship. Read More . . .
3. DeChambeau Says Patrick Reed’s ‘Bad Rap’ Is Relatable: Bryson DeChambeau let a victory slip away, yet he was green-side to congratulate Patrick Reed on his victory at the WGC-Mexico Championship on Sunday night. DeChambeau led the majority of the back nine, but a three-putt bogey on 17 paired with Reed’s three straight birdies flipped the leaderboard. DeChambeau left his birdie try on 18 short and even though Reed bogeyed 18 he still clipped DeChambeau by one. DeChambeau was watching from the clubhouse but went to the green to see the finish. But why did he feel the need to? “Because he’s a great player; there’s been a lot of stuff said in past years, I guess you could say, with him, and even with me, I feel like unfortunately sometimes we get quite a bad rap,” DeChambeau said. Read More . . .
4. Chip Shots: Wary of possible injury, Tiger Woods won’t playthis week’s Honda Classic . . . Tributes to the late Mickey Wright focus on her 13-victory season in ’63 . . . Bill Haas reflects one year later ontragic car crash he survived . . . Aspiring tour pro Kamaiu Johnson deals with homelessness . . . PGA Tour player Martin Trainer writes sitcom scripts to relax.
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