Apple NewsMay 3, 2018

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Playing for his last chance to get in the Masters, Ian Poulter, with a full bag of Titlist clubs and Pro V1 ball, beat Beau Hossler in a one hole playoff to win the Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston. It was a Poultergeist for Ian who has not won since the 2012 WGC HSBC Championship, birdieing the 18th in regulation to tie for the lead. A special Shoutout to Chris Stroud, local Houstonian, who raised millions for the local citizens after the Hurricane Harvey devastation. Way to go Chris!

At the LPGA’s first major, the ANA Inspiration, Swedish LPGA player Pernilla Lindberg, an Orlando resident, won going wire to wire, and defeating 19 time winner In Bee Park in an 8 hole marathon sudden-death playoff at Mission Hills in California, for her first professional title. ‘How Swede it is!’

Shreveport, Louisiana native Sam Burns won the Savannah Championship at the Landings by one stroke over Roberto Castro in the inaugural Web.com tourney.

The 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed at age 27 won by one stroke over Rickie Fowler, accepting his green jacket from Sergio. Texas native Patrick played at Augusta State College, now Augusta University, where he led the Jaguars to two NCAA titles. Congratulations to Captain America! playing with a plethora of different clubs. In other news, Chairman Fred Ridley announced Augusta National will host the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship the week before the 2019 Masters. This is another way of the exclusive Georgia club promoting golf along with its annual Drive, Chip and Putt Championship the weekend before the Masters. It only took 85 years from the beginning of the Masters to host a Ladies event. Well done Augusta National!

On Hilton Head Island, Japan’s Satoshi Kodaira defeated South Korea’s Si Woo Kim on the third playoff hole on Harbour Town Golf Links to win the 50th Anniversary RBC Heritage Classic. The win gives Satoshi full playing privileges on the PGA TOUR. By the way, Arnie was the first to win it.

In Hawaii on the island of Oahu, Twenty year old Canadian Brook Henderson won her 6th LPGA title at the Lotte Championship presented by Hershey at the Ko Olina Golf Club.

Steve Flesch, at 50 years old, won his first PGA Champions event at TPC Sugarloaf, the Mitsubishi Electric Classic in a three-hole playoff against Bernard Langer and Scott Parel.

Jon Rahm won the Open de Espana at age 23 much to the delight of his Spanish fans and himself, following in the footsteps of Seve, Miguel Angel and Sergio. By the way, Arnie won the Spanish Open in 1975.

Texas homeboy, 30 year-old  Andrew Landry won his first PGA TOUR title, the Valero Texas Open, at TPC San Antonio after 35 starts in the big show, playing with Lamkin grips.

Kirk Triplett and Paul Broadhurst teamed up to win the Champions Tour Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf in a one hole playoff against Bernard Langer and Tom Lehman at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri.

For the first time since 2005, the LPGA  played in Los Angeles at the historical Wilshire Country Club, where Moriya Jutanugarn captured her first win  at the Hugel-JTBC LA Open.

It was the tandem of Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy that won the Zurich Classic two man tournament at TPC New Orleans.

It has been a while since I mentioned Lydia Ko, in fact, since 2016. Playing her PXG clubs, Ko is back in the winner’s circle winning at Lake Merced Golf Club in San Francisco in the LPGA Mediheal Championship in a playoff.

Don’t forget Mom this May.  Take her and Go Out & Play!

Spring has sprung and its time to clean the clubs and get out there and enjoy the game. Go Play!

David J. Daubert – Editor


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