KAPALUA, Hawaii (Reuters) – Chris Kirk ended a roller-coaster week at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in record-equalling style, profiting from a new putting grip as he fired a sizzling 11-under-par 62 in Monday’s final round.
Dead-last overnight in the elite winners-only field of 33, Kirk rocketed up the leaderboard with a barrage of birdies on the hilly Plantation Course at the Kapalua Resort to post a 13-under total of 279.
KAPALUA, Hawaii (Reuters) – Less than a year remains before PGA Tour players have to accept a ban by golf’s rulemakers on long putters being anchored to the body and Tim Clark is among those who expect “some challenges along the way.”
South African Clark has been using the anchored technique for 17 years, and the same putter for more than a decade, and he was vocal in his opposition to the proposal when it was first suggested in December 2012.
KAPALUA, Hawaii, Jan 11 (Reuters) – First-timers often struggle to cope with the shifting winds and challenging greens at Kapalua but Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama has, so far, thrived at the venue on his debut at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
Charmed by the spectacular views of the Pacific and nearby island of Molokai from the hilly Plantation Course, the 22-year-old has strung together rounds of three-under-par 70, 66 and 66 to hold a share of the third-round lead.
KAPALUA, Hawaii, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Hideki Matsuyama, helped by three consecutive birdies on each nine, moved one step closer to his second PGA Tour victory by surging into a tie for the lead at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Sunday.
The 22-year-old Japanese, already regarded by his peers as one of the best iron players in the game, produced near-flawless golf as he fired a seven-under-par 66 in the third round on the hilly Plantation Course at the Kapalua Resort.
KAPALUA, Hawaii, Jan 11 (Reuters) – Early starter Tim Clark took advantage of playing by himself to charge up the leaderboard with a much improved putting display in the third round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Sunday.
Placed second-last overnight and a distant 10 strokes off the pace in the winners-only field of 34, the South African found himself teeing off without a playing partner when American Kevin Stadler withdrew from the event, citing a wrist injury.
KAPALUA, Hawaii (Reuters) – Hawaii seems to bring the very best out of Zach Johnson and the straight-shooting American was once again back in contention on the island of Maui at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Saturday.
Winner here last year after closing with a seven-under-par 66, Johnson fired a 67 on the hilly Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort to share the 36-hole lead with fellow Americans Jimmy Walker and Russell Henley, and South Korea’s Bae Sang-moon.
KAPALUA, Hawaii, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Defending champion Zach Johnson was among four players tied for the lead after an ideal day for low scoring in the second round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Saturday.
Johnson, who clinched last year’s title by one shot, fired a six-under-par 67 on the hilly Plantation Course at Kapalua Resort to finish level with fellow Americans Jimmy Walker (68) and Russell Henley (70), and South Korea’s Bae Sang-moon (69).
KAPALUA, Hawaii (Reuters) – Specific golfing objectives are off Hunter Mahan’s agenda for this year as the American focuses on the impending birth of his second child, along with a desire to be healthy and live in the moment.
A six-times winner on the highly competitive PGA Tour, Mahan has yet to claim his first major title but he firmly believes that setting precise goals for the game’s blue riband events – as many other players do — would not be in his best interests.
KAPALUA, Hawaii (Reuters) – Russell Henley is known for his superb putting but even he was pleasantly surprised by his stunning form on the greens as he seized a one-shot lead in Friday’s opening round at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
The 25-year-old American sank 14 of 14 putts from 15 feet or less on the way to a flawless eight-under-par 65 at Kapalua Resort in the opening PGA Tour event of the year, and the eighth in the wrap-around season for 2014-15.
KAPALUA, Hawaii (Reuters) – South Korean Bae Sang-moon did well to keep his off-course distractions largely in the background as he charged into contention for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions with a sizzling display on Friday.
Bae, who is getting legal advice to help resolve a requirement that he return home by the month’s end to complete military service, piled up eight birdies and a lone bogey on the way to a seven-under-par 66 in the opening round.