It was the largest margin of victory in the championship final since , when Tiger beat Stewart Cink, 8 and 7 in the thenhole final. Watson became just the fifth player to win multiple WGCs and multiple majors. Thomas admitted he was thinking about the top ranking. Kisner beat Alex Noren in a terrific hole semifinal with neither player ever leading by more than a single hole.
Speaking of Poulter, he was mistakenly told by a group of reporters that by making it to the quarterfinals against Kisner that he had qualified for the Masters - anyone in the Top 50 of the world rankings after the Match Play gets in.
Except, the information was wrong he needed to reach the semifinals and Poulter found out about 10 minutes before teeing off. He sure seemed rattled as Poulter was smoked by Kisner 8 and 6 and will not be going to Augusta barring a win this week at the Houston Open. Four players not otherwise exempt qualified did qualify for the Masters by being inside the Top 50 of the rankings Monday: That brings the field next week to 87, although reigning U. Open champ Brooks Koepka is expected to miss because of a wrist injury but has yet to formally withdraw.
It would be the smallest Masters field since Houston Open organizers try to simulate Augusta National as much as the can with how they cut the grass, the difficulty of the greens, etc. Still, a lot of big-name players simply don't like competing the week before a major Tiger, for one, isn't - but then he rarely does before a major.
It's the 12 th straight year this is the lead-in tournament to the Masters. In four of the past five years, the winner hadn't already been qualified for the Masters.
That includes winner Russell Henley, who was four shots out of the lead as he teed off Sunday but shot a 7-under 65 and won by three at 20 under over Sunghoon Kang. Jason Day is still with his sick mother in her battle against cancer. Rory McIlroy is out. This is the final year that Shell will sponsor the event, which has been played under their logo since This is a really tough course for a lot of different reasons.
For starters, it is a long course at 7, yards with a par of For another, the course winds through lakes and wetlands, so there are a lot of water hazards to contend with that will swallow up errant tee shots.
This course features a lot of hills and valleys on the fairways, so players may have some really difficult lies to deal with as well. Accuracy off the tee is essential with the hazards and a lot of holes that have some dogleg bend to the fairways. I mentioned motivations right away in this article.
Reigning champion Jim Herman did exactly that last year. Matt Jones and DA Points did the exact same thing in and , respectively. Spieth was the runner-up in this tournament back in when JB Holmes navigated his way through a playoff that also featured Johnson Wagner. Spieth has kept a low profile this month. He tied for 13th last year at Golf Club of Houston and missed the cut in Jon Rahm is a tough guy to take this week. RCB needed that Match Play run to get in.
Nevertheless, Rahm now has three top-five finishes in his last three events and four in his last five. The year-old is definitely a force to be reckoned with the rest of the season. Henrik Stenson has played extremely well at the Shell Houston Open in his career. The standout Swede finished second last year, one shot behind winner Jim Herman, and second in , one shot behind DA Points. Stenson missed the cut at the Arnold Palmer just a week after grabbing a top at the Valspar. He pulled out of the WGC event in Mexico with a stomach bug, which was something that seemed to plague a few players during that event.
Stenson did not play the Match Play event last week, which can be pretty grueling for the players. Could this be the week for Phil Mickelson? Mickelson won here back in and has three straight top finishes. There are a few guys down the board that are pretty interesting options this week.
Kuchar generally plays very well at Augusta and finished second in a playoff to Matt Jones back in at the Shell Houston Open. Kuchar played well until the final round in when he shot a 78 on Sunday and finished even par. He was 6-under over his first three rounds. Another guy in that price range to consider is Jimmy Walker. Walker has a couple of top finishes in his last two starts at the Shell Houston Open.
Those came in and That was a tough draw for Walker, who has three straight top finishes in stroke play events. Kim teed it up in Houston for the first time last year and shot on a new course. Kim had a lot of Web. Win Cash Prizes Daily!