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Fred Ridley begins reign as Augusta National chairman

By PGA Tour News on Mon, Oct 16 2017 9:28 PM

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Fred Ridley recalls soaking up the ambience of Augusta National a week before his debut in the 1976 Masters as the U.S. Amateur champion. He was alone under the massive oak tree next to the clubhouse when he turned around and realized he had company. Clifford Roberts, co-founder of the club and the first chairman of the Masters, was standing behind him. "I kind of jumped and thought, 'Oh God, what have I done?'" Ridley said. "We had a nice conversation. The interesting thing was, we were leaving and he says, 'Now young man, you're going to be playing in the Par 3 next Wednesday. You make sure you get some practice over there.' He loved the Par 3. That was my recollection of the only conversation I had with him." Forty-one years later, Ridley is the seventh chairman in the 85-year history of Augusta National. He took over Monday when the club re-opened for a new season. Ridley, a 65-year-old business lawyer from Tampa, Florida, succeeds Billy Payne, who is retiring...



Kuchar, English return to defend QBE Shootout Title

By PGA Tour News on Mon, Oct 16 2017 7:12 PM

One of the more dominant teams in QBE Shootout history will defend its title when the PGA TOUR’s longest-running Challenge Event returns December 6-10 to Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Resort, in Naples, Fla. In addition, Lexi Thompson, the highest-ranked American player on the LPGA Tour, is scheduled to make her second-consecutive appearance, becoming the first female player in tournament history to play multiple times in the QBE Shootout. “We are looking forward to watching Harris [English] and Matt [Kuchar] as they seek to become the first duo to win the QBE Shootout three times. Both have been great champions and supporters of the event”, said Tournament Host Greg Norman. “I am equally thrilled that Lexi Thompson, one of the games bright stars, will be returning to the QBE Shootout once again. Lexi brings another element of youthful energy to the week for our pro-am participants, fans, players, corporate partners and worldwide TV audience.” “In addition to The Shootout...



Power Rankings: THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES

By PGA Tour News on Mon, Oct 16 2017 2:59 PM

The record books are updated every time a golfer seals a victory on the PGA TOUR. Naturally, tournaments lay the foundation for achievement, but every once in a while, it's the tournament itself that makes history. THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES is the first PGA TOUR event in South Korea. Ever. It will be contested at The Club at Nine Bridges located in the late-afternoon shadow of Mount Halla, the volcano in the center of Jeju Island, south of the mainland. Seventy-eight golfers are in the field. There is no cut. Total prize money is $9.25 million of which the winner will receive $1.6 million in addition to 500 FedExCup points. Opened 2017-18 with a runner-up finish at Silverado. That piggybacked a T7-T7 conclusion to the Playoffs. Inexperience is rapidly eroding in favor of comfort and savvy. Recovered from a slow start in defense of his CIMB title and finished T17. It's his second-worst effort of his last six. Always dangerous to contend as much as he fades. Manufacturing one...



Monday Finish: Pat Perez keeps it rolling

By PGA Tour News on Mon, Oct 16 2017 1:03 PM

In the final round of the 2017 CIMB Classic, self-described “late-bloomer” Pat Perez, 41, shoots a 3-under-par 69 for a four-shot victory over Keegan Bradley (67) at TPC Kuala Lumpur. Meanwhile, newly minted Rookie of the Year Xander Schauffele (72) runs out of gas but still ties Sung Kang for third, suggesting last season was no fluke.   Welcome to the Monday Finish, where Perez, coming off his first-ever appearance in the TOUR Championship, kept rolling with his second victory in just over 12 months, and his third overall. FIVE OBSERVATIONS 1. Perez won’t go changing. The winner cited his team, and their hard work, as a key to victory. He said the greens at TPC Kuala Lumpur reminded him of the greens when he won the OHL Classic at Mayakoba last November, and emphasized how much fun he’s having. Working out and eating right? Nah. Although he was pretty sure he lost a few pounds in the sweltering heat some 200 miles from the equator. Perez also punched his ticket to the Sentry...



Pat Perez does it his way

By PGA Tour News on Sun, Oct 15 2017 11:46 AM

Pat Perez proved Sunday that, on a PGA TOUR dominated by lithe, young superstars with physiques crafted in the gym and enough clubhead speed to overheat a TrackMan, there is still room for a 41-year-old who prefers late nights with a beer (or a few) over early-morning workouts. He shot 24-under 264 at this week’s CIMB Classic to win by four shots over Keegan Bradley and finish seven shots ahead of Sung Kang and the reigning Rookie of the Year, Xander Schauffele. Perez started his 17th PGA TOUR season with the third win of his career, and his second in the past 11 months.  “I'm such a different person than I was 17 years ago, even like five years ago,” he said. “I'm learning how to play the game and learning how to play my own game and stay within myself and that kind of stuff. I'm a late bloomer.” Perez took the 36-hole lead at TPC Kuala Lumpur and never relinquished it. He started Sunday with a four-shot lead and won by that same margin. He shot four consecutive rounds in the 60s...



Pat Perez cruises to 4-shot victory at CIMB Classic

By PGA Tour News on Sun, Oct 15 2017 3:15 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — American Pat Perez won the PGA TOUR's CIMB Classic, claiming a four-shot victory over compatriot Keegan Bradley on Sunday at TPC Kuala Lumpur. He sealed his first title in almost a year despite carding a modest three-under 69 in the final round, courtesy of a strong start with three birdies in the first four holes. The 41-year-old only managed to make par on the back nine, but did enough to finish the tournament with a 24-under 264 to take home the $1.26 million prize purse and 500 FedExCup points. Victory also earned him an automatic entry for next year's Masters in April. Perez's feat comes after a long recovery from a shoulder injury last year that threatened to derail his career. The bulky golfer admitted he never expected to reign supreme in the sweltering conditions in Kuala Lumpur. "Unreal. I think I'm the last guy that expected to win this week, to be honest with you. I did not think I was going to win this week," Perez said. "I really can't explain...



2017 CIMB Classic, final round: Leaderboard, tee times, TV Schedule

By PGA Tour News on Sat, Oct 14 2017 4:22 PM

Pat Perez set a new tournament record at the CIMB Classic for lowest 54-hole score and enters the final round with a four-shot lead at (-21). Reigning PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year and TOUR Championship winner Xander Schauffele is in second place at (-17). Can Perez hang on for his third win on TOUR? Final round tee times Final round leaderboard HOW TO WATCH/LISTEN Telecast: Golf Channel (11 p.m. - 3 a.m. ET) NOTABLE PAIRINGS Ben Crane, Kevin Tway, Patrick Rodgers 8:10 p.m. ET off 10th tee Paul Casey, Harold Varner III, Justin Thomas 8:40 p.m. ET off 1st tee Ollie Schniederjans, Jazz Janewattananond, Peter Uihlein 9:30 p.m. ET off 1st tee Hideki Matsuyama, Keegan Bradley, Anirban Lahiri 9:40 p.m. ET off 1st tee Pat Perez, Xander Schauffele, Sung Kang 9:50 p.m. ET off 1st tee  



Patrick Rodgers thanks Scott Hend for gesture made more than 10 years ago

By PGA Tour News on Sat, Oct 14 2017 8:45 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The first round of the CIMB Classic began innocuously for Scott Hend, an Asian Tour veteran and former PGA TOUR player. He arrived for his 9:30 a.m. tee time and set off on the first of two rounds with Englishman Ian Poulter and American Patrick Rodgers. But on the second tee, he got a reminder of how PGA TOUR players can make a positive impression with fans every time they tee it up, courtesy of Rodgers. “On the second hole, he [Rodgers] walked off the tee and said, ‘This is going to sound a bit weird, but when I was 10, you gave me a signed glove, and it was the first thing I ever got from a professional golfer.’” It was a gesture that wasn’t forgotten. “I’ll never forget it. I still have it at home,” Rodgers said. Hend played two full seasons on the PGA TOUR in 2004 and 2005, before returning to the Asian Tour, where he is a nine-time winner. His most recent win in 2016 put him in third place on the all-time wins list on the Asian Tour and he won the...



Perez extends lead with superb 64

By PGA Tour News on Sat, Oct 14 2017 8:17 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Pat Perez turned in an 8-under 64 at the third round of the PGA TOUR's CIMB Classic to open up a four-shot lead over closest rival Xander Schauffele. The American, who led by a single stroke coming into Saturday, turned on the style on the back nine with six birdies, giving him nine for the day against just one bogey. After three rounds, Perez is on 21-under 195. "These guys are so good and you can make so many birdies out there so fast and I know that," said Perez. "So if I can get another six (birdies) tomorrow, I might be tough to catch." Schauffele remained within sight of his compatriot after a 5-under 67 — including an eagle on the 10th — while South Korea's Sung Kang is a further shot away after a 7-under 65. Defending champion Justin Thomas' chances appear over after he finished the day tied 24th at 6 under, despite posting his best round with a 69. The American had a double bogey on the par-5 fifth hole but recovered with a flurry of birdies and an...



Inside the Field: THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES

By PGA Tour News on Sat, Oct 14 2017 1:08 AM

Five Players from the KPGA Jinho Choi  Jung-gon Hwang  Hyungjoon Lee  Junghwan Lee  Seunghyuk Kim Two Players from the Asian Tour Gavin Kyle Green  Young-han Song  Three Korean players from the Official World Golf Rankings Byeong Hun An  Jeunghun Wang  K.T. Kim Sponsors Exemptions - Members not otherwise exempt Sangmoon Bae  K.J. Choi Ernie Els  Graeme McDowell  Thomas Pieters  Sponsors Exemptions - Unrestricted Kyoung-Hoon Lee Gyu Min Lee  Ryan Ruffels  Top 60 Available on Prior Season's Fedex Cup Points list Justin Thomas  Xander Schauffele  Marc Leishman  Paul Casey  Russell Henley  Pat Perez  Daniel Berger  Jason Day  Tony Finau  Patrick Reed  Jhonattan Vegas  Kyle Stanley  Brian Harman  Adam Hadwin  Gary Woodland  Patrick Cantlay  Jason Dufner  Mackenzie Hughes  Hudson Swafford  Chez Reavie  Charles Howell III  Wesley Bryan  Lucas Glover  Charl Schwartzel  Kevin Na  Cameron Smith  Keegan Bradley  Luke List  Anirban Lahiri  Ian Poulter  Stewart Cink  Si Woo Kim  Scott Brown ...



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