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Registration for Drive, Chip, and Putt is Open!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 January 2016 21:33 Tuesday, 26 January 2016 21:16

2015 Drive, Chip, and Putt ChampionshipAUGUSTA, Georgia (PGA of America) — With the 2016 Drive, Chip, and Putt Championship scheduled to culminate with the National Finals this April at Augusta National Golf Club, the United States Golf Association (USGA), Masters Tournament and the PGA of America today announced that registration for 2017 National Finals qualifying, which begins this May, is now officially open on the event’s website, www.DriveChipandPutt.com.

Now in its fourth year, this fun, free and nationwide youth golf development initiative invites boys and girls, ages 7-15, to participate in local qualifying opportunities set in all 50 states throughout the months of May, June, July and August. Boys and girls will enter to play across separate divisions in four age categories, with scoring centered around golf’s three fundamental skills (Drive, Chip & Putt). Top performers at the local level will advance through subregional and regional qualifiers in July/August and September, respectively. From these qualifiers, 80 finalists – 40 boys and 40 girls – will earn an invitation to the National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday, April 2, the eve of the 2017 Masters Tournament.

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Fowler Wins in Abu Dhabi, Another Near Miss for McIlroy

Last Updated on Monday, 25 January 2016 05:48 Monday, 25 January 2016 05:32

Rickie FowlerCanadian Press

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (Steve Douglas/AP) — Rickie Fowler puffed his cheeks and shook his head. What looked like being a procession to the Abu Dhabi Championship title ended up being a squeeze for the American.

It needed two moments of inspiration in the final round to seal a one-shot victory — and spark more talk about Fowler’s place in golf’s current elite.

Dressed in his trademark Sunday orange, Fowler rebounded from a double-bogey at No. 7, which helped trim his lead over a congested pack of challengers from four strokes to one, by chipping in from 30 yards for eagle from a bunker at No. 8.

Then, at No. 17, Fowler holed a chip from just off the green for a birdie that shook off playing partner Thomas Pieters, the Belgian who emerged from the bunch to chase Fowler all the way down the stretch.

“It was not how it was planned,” a smiling Fowler said of the tight finish, “but came out on top.”

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Nielsen-Rackley Use Miracle Shot to Win PGA Senior-Junior Championship

Last Updated on Monday, 25 January 2016 01:08 Monday, 25 January 2016 01:04

Lonnie Nielsen and Josh RackleyPORT ST. LUCIE, Florida (Craig Dolch/PGA of America) — The one-armed, backward chip that Josh Rackley holed out from 50 feet for eagle at the 13th hole in the second round was always going to be memorable.

It also proved to be the game-winner for Rackley and partner Lonnie Nielsen when the final round of the PGA Senior-Junior Championship was washed out Friday on the Ryder Course at PGA Golf Club.

As the 54-hole leaders, Nielsen and Rackley were declared winners of the PGA Winter Championship event. By one shot.

A magical, crazy, unbelievable shot.

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BC’s David Rose Claims Medalist Honours at PGA Tour Latinoamérica Q-School in Mexico

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 January 2016 23:40 Sunday, 24 January 2016 23:37

David RoseMAZATLAN, Mexico (Herb Fung/Golf Canada) — West Vancouver, B.C., native David Rose shot a final-round 70 to claim medalist honours and earn full status on the PGA Tour Latinoamérica in 2016.

The 26-year-old began the day with a two-stroke lead over American William Kropp. Rose finished at 15-under to claim a one-stroke victory over Mexico’s Gerardo Ruiz.

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Duffy Waldorf Wins PGA Tour Champions Opener in Hawaii

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 January 2016 22:44 Sunday, 24 January 2016 22:31

Duffy WaldorfCanadian Press

KAUPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Duffy Waldorf made a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole to beat Tom Lehman by a stroke Saturday in the PGA TOUR Champions’ season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.

The 53-year-old Waldorf shot a 6-under 66 to finish at 18-under 198 at Hualalai Golf Course. He played all 54 holes without a bogey, becoming the fourth player and second winner to accomplish the feat in the tournament. John Cook also was bogey-free in his 2013 victory.

“It was obviously 20 feet longer than I wanted,” Waldorf said. “When I got to it, it just looked good. It looked like this putt doesn’t break at all. Sometimes you’d rather have a longer putt that you really feel good about the break. So anyway, just felt good about it. Lined up really well, felt comfortable and just felt like I needed to give it a run because Tom was in really good shape with a very makeable putt.”

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