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Jordan Spieth Keeps Pace With Tiger Woods, At Least For Now

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 05:09 Tuesday, 14 February 2017 04:21

Jordan SpiethCanadian Press

PEBBLE BEACH, California (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Jordan Spieth can’t seem to win a tournament without hearing six words that only raise expectations, if not hyperbole.

“The youngest player since Tiger Woods.”

Comparisons require context, though it’s still good company to keep.

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Jordan Spieth Breezes To Big Win At Pebble Beach; Canadians Taylor, Hughes T10

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 04:03 Tuesday, 14 February 2017 01:56

Jordan SpiethCanadian Press

PEBBLE BEACH, California (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Jordan Spieth soaked up every step of scenery on the 18th hole at Pebble Beach, one of the prettiest places in golf and even more spectacular on a Sunday when the only work left is to hoist the crystal trophy.

All that was missing from the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am were the highlights.

That’s just how Spieth wanted it.

Staked to a six-shot lead, Spieth never gave anyone much of a chance by putting for birdie on all but one hole. The lone highlight was his 30-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop, and by then it was already over.

“Played a lot of boring golf,” Spieth said, “which was exactly what we needed.”

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Only At Pebble Can The Wind And Rain Be Appealing For Golf

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2017 02:06 Tuesday, 07 February 2017 21:08

PGA Tour Veteran Jerry Kelly and Green Bay Quarterback Aaron RodgersCanadian Press

PEBBLE BEACH, California (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Any other day, any other course, and the golf course might have been empty.

Gusts approached 40 mph and felt even stronger on the holes exposed along the Pacific coast. Rain fell sideways. Seagulls chose to walk.

This was not the “felicitous meeting of land and sea,” as Pebble Beach is known. It was more of a confrontation.

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Hideki Matsuyama Wins Phoenix Open PlayOff — Again

Last Updated on Monday, 06 February 2017 04:44 Sunday, 05 February 2017 20:56

Hideki MatsuyamaCanadian Press

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (John Nicholson/AP) — Hideki Matsuyama was the last man standing at golf’s biggest party — again.

Matsuyama won the Waste Management Phoenix Open on the fourth hole of a playoff for the second straight year, outlasting Webb Simpson on Sunday at TPC Scottsdale.

Matsuyama won with a 10-foot birdie putt on the short par-4 17th, the same hole where the 24-year-old Japanese star finished off Rickie Fowler a year ago.

“I just had faith and believed that my chance would come again, and I just waited and waited, had patience,” Matsuyama said. “Finally, that last one went in.”

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Perez Goes On A Tear After Return From Surgery

Last Updated on Sunday, 05 February 2017 19:05 Sunday, 05 February 2017 18:55

Pat PerezCanadian Press

SAN DIEGO, California (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Pat Perez had a PGA Tour event in Mexico in his plans when he returned from shoulder surgery that kept him out for seven months.

Now it’s looking like two trips to Mexico.

Perez had surgery in March to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder and started the season on a major medical extension, giving him 15 events to regain his card. In an amazing turnaround, Perez won in his third event back with a 62-67 weekend at the OHL Classic in Mayakoba for a two-shot victory in November.

“The ultimate up-and-down year,” he called.

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