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ANY IDEA WHO SAID THIS? “I’m pretty overwhelmed. It’s been a tough start to the season. I’ve played well but not scored well. With experience you realize you go through peaks and troughs. You realize with age there will be an upside. Just like life. I’m the kind of person where you can hit me hard, but I’m going to get back up. I take a lot of inspiration from people who have achieved things against adversity, that’s a motivating factor. There are a lot of people who are not as fortunate as myself in that I can go out and do what I love. You’ve got to play for today and not live for tomorrow. You have to enjoy it as much as you can.”
BRAIN TEASER: How many weeks has Rory McIlroy been #1 in the world rankings?
THE NUMBERS GAME: Call it PR or spin but while on Friday the Irish public was being told that Rory McIlroy was doing his bit for the Irish economy by paying corporate tax on royalties here, The Sunday Times reported that the world No 1 is now a registered tax exile in Dubai when it comes to the lion's share of his fortune. READ MORE>>>
REMEMBER THE ALAMO: Billy Horschel, the reigning FedExCup champion, finished third overall, his first top-10 of the season. He was T3 in 2013 after leading by two strokes after 54 holes.
Daniel Summerhays T4 finish was his best showing on the PGA TOUR since he was T2 here at the Valero Texas Open a year ago.
Dustin Johnson posted consecutive rounds of 68 on the weekend to finish T5. Johnson was one of 24 of 72 players from the Thursday morning draw to make the cut. He was T79 after his opening-round 79.
Freddie Jacobson increased his streak of consecutive holes without a three-putt to 416, the longest current streak on TOUR. Jacobson’s last three-putt came on No. 16 in the second round at the Humana Challenge. His streak is the longest on the PGA TOUR since Luke Donald had 483 straight during the 2011 season. Jacobson has only had four three-putts this year.
Chesson Hadley’s T4 finish was his best finish since winning the 2014 Puerto Rico Open.
Phil Mickelson finished T30 after a final-round 4-over-par 76. However, he’d probably like to forget about his play on holes 4-7 where he was a combined 10-over-par on that four-hole stretch during the tournament.
Outside of the majors, the Valero Texas Open cut of +6, 150 was the highest on TOUR since the 2012 Quicken Loans National, which featured a cut of +6 148. The cumulative scoring average for the field over all four rounds this year was 74.581. A year ago the field averaged 73.286 for the tournament
BETTER TO GIVE THAN RECEIVE: The Valero Texas Open and the Benefit for Children announced a record $10.4 million has been raised for charities at this year’s tournament, this helping Valero surpass its goal of raising a total of $100 million since becoming a tournament sponsor in 2002. This year’s was the highest in tournament history and brings the all-time total to $100.9 million. Since its inception in 1922, the tournament itself has raised $104.9 million. Only three other PGA TOUR events have surpassed the $100 million milestone. Funds are distributed to children’s charities in all areas around the country where Valero has major operations.
WINNER’S CLUBS: Jimmy Walker earned his fifth career PGA TOUR victory in his 224th career start on the PGA TOUR. He played his first 187 events without recording a win. But with his Valero Texas Open victory, Walker has now won five times in his last 37 starts and has finished in the top 10 in 15 of those starts. He became the season’s first multiple winner for the second season in a row. With the victory, Walker moves into the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking, he was 13th last week. Walker won using the following products:
New Titleist Pro V1x golf ball
Jimmy Walker’s– Numbers for the week:
NORMAN LOVES AUSSIE’S CHANCES: "There's no question (Day can win the Masters). I love the way he's refocused, rededicated himself to the game of golf," Norman said. "I think we've got a got a couple of good Down Under guys who have got a chance to win the Masters this year.” READ MORE>>>
GOTTA MAKE A LIVING SOME HOW! The practice range isn’t the only place where Tiger Woods has a lot of work to do. Golf.com has learned that Woods has been tapped to redesign a golf course in Beijing, China. It’s a lucrative one -- part of a two-course deal that will pay him a staggering $16.5 million. READ MORE>>>
THINGS CAN CHANGE IN A HURRAY: “When I first turned pro, I was staying at home and had no real worries about anything,” he says. “I was in free-flow. In 2009, I was doing OK on the European Tour and suddenly all this money began to appear in my bank account. I thought I should do something with it. So I bought a nice car and a flat. Then I got married. All of sudden, my responsibilities changed. Bills started coming in. Which made me think I’d better play better to pay for it all. I was experiencing ‘real life’ for the first time. So my mistake in 2009 was thinking too much about how much money I would have to win to keep my card. That was silly. It was the first year of the ‘Race to Dubai’ so the big names were playing a lot in Europe and no one really knew how much cash it would take. Like everyone else, I was guessing. Anyway, I remember finishing about 35th in the Dunhill Links and feeling like I was within touching distance of keeping my card. That was fine, but I had gone from trying to win to trying to make the cut – a massive mistake. I could write a book on how many errors I made back then.” READ MORE>>>
PAY DAY FINALLY ARRIVES! Ritchie Ramsay, who won at Leopard Creek in South Africa at the start of the 2010 season and picked up a second title in Switzerland three years ago, had not picked up a single check this season before his win, having missed four cuts out of five and withdrawn injured when he made the weekend in Dubai. READ MORE>>>
MAN DOWN: Nine-time PGA Tour winner Stuart Appleby has undergone back surgery for a herniated disc and will be out of action indefinitely. READ MORE>>>
ANSWERS: “I’m pretty overwhelmed. It’s been a tough start to the season. I’ve played well but not scored well. With experience you realize you go through peaks and troughs. You realize with age there will be an upside. Just like life. I’m the kind of person where you can hit me hard, but I’m going to get back up. I take a lot of inspiration from people who have achieved things against adversity, that’s a motivating factor. There are a lot of people who are not as fortunate as myself in that I can go out and do what I love. You’ve got to play for today and not live for tomorrow. You have to enjoy it as much as you can.” --Rickie Ramsey after his one shot victory at the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco on Sunday. Ramsey, who has been injured, cashed his first check of the year with his win on the European Tour. He has missed four cuts out of five and was forced to withdraw due to injury when he did make it to the weekend earlier in the season in Dubai.
Rory McIlroy has been world #1 for a total of 74 weeks.
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