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Team TaylorMade’s Justin Rose Mounts Improbable Comeback to Capture WGC-HSBC Champions
Powered by a bag filled with TaylorMade clubs and golf ball, Rose cards final round 67 to erase 8-shot deficit, matches the third-largest comeback victory in PGA TOUR history.
What You Need To Know:
Rose’s victory is the 29th on worldwide tours for TaylorMade’s new ’17 drivers, far outpacing the next closest manufacturer. This was the ninth win this season for the new TP5/TP5X ball. Dustin Johnson, Si-Woo Kim, Jon Rahm and Xander Schauffele have also won this year with the new golf ball. The win is Rose’s eighth victory on the PGA TOUR. The eight-stroke deficit to claim victory is a career-best for Rose and a World Golf Championships record. Rose plays a combo set with a P790 4-iron and 5-PW in the P730 “Rose Proto”. His shafts are KBS Tour C-Taper 125S+. Rose’s victory is his second World Golf Championships win for Rose, who also won the 2012 Mexico Championship
Hideki Matsuyama has accepted an invitation to play golf with President Donald Trump next week, but claimed he had initially hesitated, fearing that he “wasn’t good enough”.
The world No 4 will join Trump and the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, at Kasumigaseki country club, the course for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic golf composition.
Matsuyama said he had been surprised by the invite, but he has accepted the “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”. “I wasn’t sure if I’d be good enough,” he was quoted as saying by Kyodo news agency while defending his WGC series title in Shanghai. “I hope to have fun so the day will be engraved on my memory. And I’ll do my best not to lose.”
The top Japanese golfer will join a list of professional golfers to have played golf with the president, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and the women’s world No 3, Lexi Thompson.
Where: Country Club of Jackson / Jackson, Mississippi
Par/Yards: 72/7,421 yards
Defending Champion: Cody Gribble
Purse: $4,200,000/$756,000 (winner)
FedExCup: 300 points to the winner
Six past Sanderson Farms Champions in field including the defending champ Cody Gribble,
Peter Malnati (2015)
Scott Stallings (2012)
Chris Kirk (2011)
D.J. Trahan (2006)
Luke Donald (2002). Donald is a former World No. 1 and a four-time European Ryder Cup Team member.
Players of Note
Davis Love III is making his third start in the Sanderson Farms Championship, twenty years after his first start in 1987 when he finished tied for 43th. At the age of 53, the winning Captain for the 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup Team will be making his 748th career start on the PGA TOUR.
Hunter Mahan, a six-time PGA TOUR winner and veteran of four U.S. Presidents Cup Teams and three U.S. Ryder Cup Teams.
Smylie Kaufman, a Birmingham, Alabama native is looking to rebound from the 2016/17 season where he finish outside the top 125 in the FedExCup standings and only one top ten finish.
Billy Hurley III, winner of The National at Congressional Country Club in 2016, and a graduate of the United States Naval Academy in 2004, he served as a Naval officer from 2004-09.
Luke Donald, a Sanderson Farms Championship past champion and former World No. 1 set to make his third start in the
2017-18 PGA TOUR Spotlighted Rookies in the Field
The majority of the 23 rookies will compete at the Country Club of Jackson.
Tyler Duncan, a 28-year-old rookie on the PGA TOUR posted scores of 11 under at the Safeway Open, the outright leader after the second and third rounds posted a final-round, 3-over 75 to finish in the top five.
Sam Ryder, winner of Pinnacle Bank Championship by eight-stroke was ranked first on Web.com Tour in total driving, had 10 top-25 finishes.
Keith Mitchell, a 25-year-old University of Georgia alum finished the 2017 Web.com Tour season at No. 26 on the money list. Mitchell captured two sixth-place finishes in the Web.com Tour Finals earning his first PGA TOUR card.
Brandon Harkins, in his first start as a rookie on the PGA TOUR, finished T9 at the Safeway Open the 31-year-old veteran of the Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR Latinoamerica has an opportunity to play in his second U.S. Open in 2018.
Tournament Records and Notes
Players who have made the Sanderson Farms Championship their first TOUR win.
Cody Gribble (2016)
Peter Malnati (2015)
Nick Taylor (2014)
Chris Kirk (2011)
D.J. Trahan (2006)
Luke Donald (2002)
Cameron Beckman (2001)
Willie Wood (1996)
Ed Dougherty (1995)
Brian Henninger (1994).
Multiple Wins at The Sanderson Farms Championship:
Brian Henninger (1994, 1999)
Fred Funk (1998, 2004).
Sanderson Farms Championship and charity
Century Club Charities, host organization for the Sanderson Farms Championship, continues to make a tremendous contribution in the Jackson, Mississippi area, raising nearly $12 million for Friends of Children’s Hospital and other area charities. In 2015, Sanderson Farms extended its contract as the title sponsor of the PGA TOUR’s Mississippi event through 2026.
Purse: $9.75 million ($1.66 million to the winner)
FedExCup Points: 550 to the winner
Format: 72-hole stroke play (no cut)
Defending Champion: Hideki Matsuyama (Japan)
The HSBC Champions was created in November 2005
2005 David Howell
2006 Y.E. Yang
2007 Phil Mickelson
2008 Sergio Garcia
2009 Phil Mickelson
2010 Francesco Molinari
2011 Martin Kaymer
2012 Ian Poulter
2014 Dustin Johnson
2015 Bubba Watson
2016 Russell Knox
2017 Hideki Matsuyama
The World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions is one in a series of four World Golf Championships events including the Mexico Championship (Mexico City, Mexico), the Dell Technologies Match Play (Austin, Texas), and the Bridgestone Invitational (Akron, Ohio).
The title holders of four current World Golf Championships tournaments in the 2016-2017 PGA TOUR season are Hideki Matsuyama (HSBC Champions and Bridgestone Invitational) and Dustin Johnson (Mexico Championship & Dell Technologies Match Play).
Hideki Matsuyama began the final round with a three-shot lead over Russell Knox, matching Dustin Johnson’s 2013 lead as the largest 54-hole lead in tournament history. He made six birdies and no bogeys on Sunday to win by seven shots. Matsuyama shot 23-under-par playing the final 45 holes bogey-free.
Hideki’s seven-shot win is the largest margin of victory in HSBC Champions history, the previous record of three shots was set by Martin Kaymer in 2011 and tied by Dustin Johnson in 2013.
Notables in the 2017 HSBC Championships Field
World No. 1 and five time WGC event winner, Dustin Johnson returns to the WGC-HSBC Champions as a past champion of the event. DJ won in 2013 setting the tournament record of 24-under-par 264. In the 2016-17 PGA TOUR season, Johnson won two World Golf Championship events, the WGC-Mexico Championship and WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship.With his win at the Dell Technologies Match Play, he became the first player to win each of the four World Golf Championships events, completing the ‘WGC Slam’. Johnson, making his first appearance in the 2017-18 PGA TOUR season at the WGC-HSBC Champions has now won at least one PGA TOUR event in 10 consecutive seasons, dating back to his rookie season in 2008, the longest active streak on TOUR.
Hideki Matsuyama, the defending champion of the WGC-HSBC Champions , is currently ranked No. 4 in the Official World Golf Ranking, won two WGC events in 2016/17, HSBC Champions and WGC Bridgestone Invitational. Matsuyama entered the FedExCup Playoffs in the lead subsequently finishing number eighth in the final standings.
Matsuyama finished strong in the 2017 majors T12 in the Masters, T2 in the U.S. Open, T14 at the Open Championship and T5 at the PGA.
A 10-time winner on the PGA TOUR and former No. 1 player in the world, Jason Day will be making his debut at the WGC-HSBC Champions this year. Day’s 10 PGA TOUR victories include two World Golf Championships events the 2014 World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play, 2016 World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play
Brooks Koepka the 2017 U.S. Open Champion, will be making his second appearance at the WGC-HSBC Champions. He finished T40 finish in 2016. Koepka, ranked No. 11 WGR, holds one win on the European Tour, the 2014 Turkish Airlines Open, and 2016 Dunlop Phoenix in Japan.
With 13 international victories and playing in the WGC-HSBC Champions for the seventh time me in his career, the Swedish golfer will be looking to add a second World Golf Championships victory to his 2007 win at the Dell Match Play. Stenson finishing tied for second and 7 shots behind Hideki Matsuyama in the 2016 HSBC Champions. Ranked 8th in the world, Stenson represented his country in the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 and became the only Swiss professional male golfer to win a major with his remarkable battle with Phil Mickelson in the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon.
Justin Rose will be making his first appearance at the WGC-HSBC Champions since 2015. He finished 5th in 2014 and T7 in 2011. During the 2016-17 PGA TOUR season, Justin Rose had eight top-10s, including runner-up finish at the Masters Tournament where he lost in a playoff to Sergio Garcia, his sixth top-10 at the Masters. Rose won the Olympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 where he birdied the final hole to win by two strokes over Sweden’s Henrik Stenson. Rosie also made history when he recorded the first hole-in-one in since golf’s return to the Olympics.
42-time PGA TOUR winner, Phil Mickelson won the event in 2007 and 2009. After representing the U.S. Team in the Presidents Cup, Phil “The Trill” has played every Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup teams since 1994. Mickelson went on to finish T3 in the Safeway Open, coming in three shots behind back to back winner Brendan Steele.
Li Haotong finished in third place at The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale the highest finish ever in a major championship by a player from China.
Tournament Field Notes:
10 from the Final 2016-17 FedExCup Standings:
Xander Schauffele (3)
Dustin Johnson (4)
Jon Rahm (5)
Marc Leishman (6)
Hideki Matsuyama (8)
Justin Rose (9)
Brooks Koepka (10)
Top 10 in the OWG Ranking:
Dustin Johnson (1)
Hideki Matsuyama (4)
Jon Rahm (5)
Jason Day (8)
Henrik Stenson (9)
Major Championship Winners:
Phil Mickelson (5)
Jason Day (1)
Dustin Johnson (1)
Brooks Koepka (1)
Louis Oosthuizen (1)
Justin Rose (1)
Charl Schwartzel (1)
Adam Scott (1)
Henrik Stenson (1)
9 World Golf Championships Winners:
Dustin Johnson (5)
Jason Day (2)
Hideki Matsuyama (2)
Adam Scott (2)
Matt Kuchar (1)
Phil Mickelson (1)
Patrick Reed (1)
Justin Rose (1)
Henrik Stenson (1)
Past HSBC Champions:
Hideki Matsuyama – 2016
Dustin Johnson – 2013
Francesco Molinari – 2010
Phil Mickelson – 2009
28 players will make their HSBC Champions debut this week with 16 of those playing in their first World Golf Championships event.
TaylorMade Golf announced on Monday that it has “mutually agreed” to release this year’s Masters Champion, Sergio Garcia, from the remaining years of his contract. A statement released by the company says, “Today, after a memorable 15-year partnership with Sergio Garcia, we have mutually agreed to a release from the remaining years of his TaylorMade contract,” the statement read. “It has been an honor to play a role in his performance throughout his career, including The Players Championship, 19 worldwide wins, Ryder Cup heroics and his 2017 Masters win. We congratulate Sergio on a career year and wish him all the best for the future.”
After leaving Titleist to join TaylorMade in 2003, the Spaniard has won 19 times internationally including the Players as well as this year’s Masters.
A spokesman for Adidas Golf told Golfweek that it looks forward to continuing its relationship with Garcia.
Speculation fueled by Garcia’s recent use of an Odyssey Toulon Design putter and Callaway wedges he is possibly going to sign with Callaway. Callaway was a good move for Phil Mickelson soon after his first major win. As a bonus for Sergio, Tiger Woods isn’t there…
CIMB Classic is a 72-hole stroke play event combining players from three official sanctioning bodies – the
PGA TOUR, the Asian Tour and the Professional Golf Association of Malaysia (PGAM). The tournament, in its eighth year, brings together top players from the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup standings, top players from the Asian Tour order of Merit and top players from Malaysia. The tournament is held at TPC Kuala
Lumpur and is the only official FedExCup event on the PGA TOUR to be held in Southeast Asia with PGA TOUR members receiving official FedExCup points as part of the 2017-2018 PGA TOUR season. This is the fifth year that FedExCup points will be awarded at the event.
The title sponsor of the CIMB Classic is CIMB Group. CIMB Group is one of ASEAN’s leading universal banking groups. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, the Group is now present in 9 out of 10 ASEAN nations. CIMB Group offers a full suite of financial services and related products; has a market capitalisation of approximately USD 14 billion as of 30 June 2017 and about 38,000 employees located in 15 countries. Read more about CIMB Group at www.cimb.com.
Callaway today announced it has extended its relationship with Phil Mickelson, solidifying the five-time major champion will play Callaway equipment for the remainder of his competitive playing career.
Since joining Callaway in 2004, Phil has won 21 of his 42 PGA Tour titles, including four of his five major championships.Read More