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Jan 13, 2015

Reed embellishes credentials with Kapalua win

KAPALUA, Hawaii (Reuters) – Ten months after clinching his third PGA Tour title and declaring he was among the game’s top five players, Patrick Reed enhanced his golfing status by winning the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Monday.

Never short of confidence, the 24-year-old American produced a stellar display of shot-making over the closing holes at the Kapalua Resort before beating compatriot Jimmy Walker in a playoff to earn the winner’s check for $1.14 million.

Jan 13, 2015

Cold putter over closing holes costs Walker title

KAPALUA, Hawaii (Reuters) – Jimmy Walker was left to rue a few putts that got away over the closing stretch as he narrowly failed in his bid to win a third PGA Tour title in 12 months at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Monday.

Walker squandered a three-shot lead with eight holes to play on a gorgeous afternoon of dazzling sunshine at the Kapalua Resort before being edged out by fellow American Patrick Reed in a playoff.

Jan 13, 2015

Golf-Reed wins Kapalua title in playoff

KAPALUA, Hawaii, Jan 12 (Reuters) – Strong-finishing Patrick Reed held his nerve to beat fellow American Jimmy Walker in a playoff for the $5.7 million Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Monday to clinch his fourth victory on the PGA Tour.

Reed, who vaulted into contention by spectacularly holing out from the fairway to eagle the par-four 16th, coolly sank an 18-foot birdie putt at the par-five last to win the PGA Tour’s opening event of the year.

Jan 13, 2015

New putting grip helps Kirk sign off with a 62

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.

Jan 12, 2015

Looming putter ban a belly ache for some

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.

Jan 12, 2015

Golf-Debutant Matsuyama thrives in spectacular Kapalua setting

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.

Jan 12, 2015

Golf-Matsuyama and Walker share Kapalua 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.

Jan 12, 2015

Golf-Clark catches fire at Kapalua after playing solo

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.

Jan 11, 2015

Hawaiian expert Johnson back in familiar territory

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.

Jan 11, 2015

Golf-Holder Johnson in four-way tie at top in Hawaii

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).