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Brandt Receives Valspar Exemption for Big Break Win

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 03:34 Thursday, 18 December 2014 03:32

Jimmy BrandtJimmy Brandt has been to Q-School twice, but he’ll get his first PGA TOUR start a different way; as the winner of Golf Channel’s “Big Break Myrtle Beach.”

Brandt, of Auburn, Ala., won the network’s 22nd season of the show, defeating Toph Peterson in the finale. As part of his winnings, Brandt earns an exemption into the 2015 Valspar Championship in March 2015.

“I can’t believe it, this is surreal right now,” Brandt said. “This is going to change my life.”

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Woods in Mexico for Opening of His First Course Design

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 03:18 Thursday, 18 December 2014 03:10

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Tiger Woods can add “course architect” to his resume after the El Cardonal course at Diamante opened in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. It is the first of Woods’ designs to open for play. Woods hit the opening tee shot and played nine holes for the course’s opening.

The 7,363-yard, par-72 course will will remind golfers of the old-style California courses that Woods grew up playing, according to Woods’ website. Wide fairways will require players to make decisions off the tee. They will have to decide whether to carry a hazard for a better approach angle or take a safer route that will leave a longer shot to the green. Natural contours on the wide fairways, along with high-faced, greenside bunkers, will enhance the course’s old-style look and feel.

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Canada’s Fritsch Wins Web.com Tour Q-School by 7 Shots

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 05:28 Tuesday, 16 December 2014 21:28

altPALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida — Brad Fritsch of Ottawa, Canada, captured medalist honor by seven shots at the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, earning fully exempt status on the Web.com Tour in 2015.

With fully-exempt status, the 37-year-old can set his own schedule and play in any Regular Season Web.com Tour event he chooses, plus the four-event Web.com Tour Finals if he finishes among the Regular Season top 75. Fritsch earned $25,000.

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Rory McIlroy is European Tour Golfer of the Year

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 19:42 Tuesday, 16 December 2014 19:39

Rory McIlroy

Canadian Press

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — Rory McIlroy has been chosen as the European Tour player of the year, capping a season in which he won two majors, the Ryder Cup, and topped the money lists in Europe and the United States.

McIlroy, the world No. 1, won his maiden British Open title by two strokes over Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia at Royal Liverpool in July, and less than a month later earned a second U.S. PGA Championship at Valhalla, finishing a shot clear of Phil Mickelson.

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By the Numbers: Top 10 Shots from the 2014 PGA Tour Season

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 19:33 Tuesday, 16 December 2014 19:29

altCheck out the top 10 shots from the 2014 PGA Tour season, featuring clutch approaches, incredible hole-outs and amazing recovery shots from players like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, and Rory McIlroy.

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