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Scheffler takes control at 16th hole; holds on to win 2019 Nationwide Children’s Championship



Scott Scheffler says when is on the golf course, he knows where he is on the leaderboard and what he has to do to stay there (



65,278 Scott Scheffler 2019 NCHC Winner Takes us through his final round. 8 18 2019

65,279 Scott Scheffler 2019 NCHC Winner Does he look at the leaderboard while playing 8 18 2019

65,280 Scott Scheffler 2019 NCHC Winner How does it feel to be in the #1 spot in the Korn Ferry Tour Finals 8 18 2019

65,283 Scott Scheffler 2019 NCHW He took the lead on 16 So were you aware of it 8 18 2019


Second Korn Ferry Tour title


Final-Round Leaderboard

Pos. Name Scores
1 Scottie Scheffler 70-68-67-67—272 (-12)
T2 Brendon Todd 72-64-71-67—274 (-10)
T2 Beau Hossler 69-69-68-68—274 (-10)
T2 Ben Taylor 68-69-69-68—274 (-10)
T5 Robert Streb 67-71-71-66—275 (-9)
T5 Brandon Hagy 68-67-69-71—275 (-9)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dallas native Scottie Scheffler won the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship after posting a final-round 4-under 67 to claim the title at 12-under 272. A trio of players including Brendon Todd, Beau Hossler and Ben Taylor finished two strokes back at 10-under 274. Defending champion Robert Streb and third round co-leader Brandon Hagy finished tied for fifth at 9-under 275.


After notching a string of birdies at the fourth, fifth and sixth holes at the Ohio State University Golf Club’s Scarlet Course, Scheffler dropped his only shot of the day with a bogey at No. 7. Hagy, playing in the final group immediately behind Scheffler, holed out for eagle at No. 7 to jump two shots ahead of Scheffler at the time. A flawless inward nine with birdies at Nos. 12 and 16, combined with Hagy and others failing to mount a challenge, secured the second victory of the season for Scheffler.


“This definitely does a lot for my confidence,” Scheffler said. “It’s nice to get another win, it’s a lot of fun. So, I’m looking forward to the next couple weeks and then getting the (PGA TOUR) season started here in about a month.”


Scheffler led the Korn Ferry Tour in birdies during a stellar rookie season, earning his first professional victory at the Evans Scholars Invitational in May. He closed the Regular Season at No. 3 in The 25 to earn his PGA TOUR card for 2019-20. During a standout career at the University of Texas, Scheffler qualified for the U.S. Open in 2016 and 2017, earning low-am honors in the latter.


“My goal at the beginning of the year was to hopefully get the No. 1 spot and it’s nice to be in position to lock that up,” Scheffler said.


Scheffler, now with two victories and a PGA TOUR card secured, was reminded of where he was just nine months ago, grinding it out at the Korn Ferry Qualifying Tournament.


“I had to get up and down on my last two holes at Q‑School to just get starts at the beginning of the year,” Scheffler recalled. “Two very tough up‑and‑downs. I was able to do that. And it’s weird looking back how like how small the margins are out here.”


One-time PGA TOUR winner Todd hit 15 of 18 greens in regulation for the second day in a row while mixing six birdies with two bogeys for a 4-under 67 and was happy with his share of second to guarantee a return to the TOUR.


“Today I felt great,” Todd said. “I felt really in control. I made a couple of errors on the back nine I wish I could have back, but overall, I really flushed it.”


Todd had struggled with his game for several years before seeing notable improvement this year, making the cut in seven of 11 PGA TOUR starts. Before those 11 starts in the 2018-19 PGA TOUR season, the only cut he’d made in his 20 previous starts was a tie for 70th at the 2017 AT&T Byron Nelson, the tournament he won in 2014 for his lone PGA TOUR title.


Hossler, who bogeyed No. 17 to drop out of a share of the lead at the time, is headed back to the PGA TOUR with improved status after posting four sub-70 rounds at the Scarlet Course. This season he made 16 cuts in 27 starts in his sophomore year, finishing No. 145 in the FedExCup. The former University of Texas standout returned to the Korn Ferry Tour for the first time since 2017, where he recorded five top-25s in 14 starts.


England’s Ben Taylor wrapped up a PGA TOUR card with his share of a runner-up finish in Columbus. Taylor, a former LSU star who has appeared in just three PGA TOUR events, made the cut in 12 of 19 Korn Ferry Tour events he contested during the Regular Season. The Arsenal football team supporter joined Hossler as the only two players with four rounds in the 60s this week.

With a 5-under 66, defending champion Streb finished tied for fifth with Hagy. Streb was one of just two players (Cameron Percy, 68) to fire a bogey-free final round. Hagy, who closed with an even-par 71, was the only player to finish inside the top-10 without shooting under-par in the final round.


Four players who spent the 2018-19 season on the PGA TOUR – each from different countries – finished tied for seventh at 8-under 276; Curtis Luck (Australia), Tom Hoge (United States), Justin Harding (South Africa) and Anirban Lahiri (India).


Norway’s Viktor Hovland finished tied for 11th with two other players at 7-under 277.


Third-round co-leader José de Jesús Rodríguez stumbled with a 6-over 77 to finish in a tie for 32nd.




* Sunday’s weather: Partly cloudy, with a high of 92. Wind S/SW at 7-14 mph, gusting to 20 mph.

* This week’s purse is $1,000,000, with $180,000 going to the champion, Scottie Scheffler. He also receives 1,000 Korn Ferry Tour Points.

* With the victory, Scheffler becomes the fourth player to win twice this season joining Robby Shelton (Nashville Golf Open Benefitting the Snedeker Foundation & Knoxville Open), Xinjun Zhang (Dormie Network Classic at Briggs Ranch & Lincoln Land Championship presented by LRS) and Kristoffer Ventura (Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank & Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by Chevrolet).

* Scheffler finished the week fourth in putts per green in regulation with 100 putts on 57 greens.

* Brendon Todd (T2/-10), Beau Hossler (T2/-10), Ben Taylor (T2/-10), Robert Streb (T5/-9) and Brandon Hagy (T5/-9) all surpassed the 200-point threshold estimated to secure players a 2019-20 PGA TOUR card at the conclusion of the Korn Ferry Tour Finals.

* José de Jesús Rodríguez, who co-led through three rounds with Hagy, finished the week T32 at 3-under.

* Robert Streb, who won in Columbus last season, had the low round of the day with a 5-under 66 on Sunday.

* Bo Hoag, a standout for the Ohio State Buckeyes before turning professional who won his first Korn Ferry Tour title and PGA TOUR card at last week’s event in Portland, finished T64 at 3-over.

* Kevin Chappell finished the week T62 at even-par. In 2008, Chappell made his professional debut in Columbus, finishing T40 that week. Chappell, who has been recovering from microdiscectomy surgery, last competed at the PGA TOUR’s 2018 Mayakoba Golf Classic.

* First round co-leaders Viktor Hovland and Cameron Percy both finished T11 at 7-under.

* Kevin Dougherty, who led after 36 holes, finished the week T62 at 2-over.

* It is estimated that players with 200 or more Korn Ferry Tour Points at the conclusion of the Korn Ferry Tour Finals will secure a 2019-20 PGA TOUR card.

* The par-4 11th hole (473 yards) ranked as the toughest hole on the course Sunday with a scoring average of 4.280.

* The par-5 fourth hole (575 yards) ranked as the easiest hole on Sunday. The hole played to an average of 4.507 and yielded four eagles and 39 birdies.



*Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course Scoring Average:

Front                    Back                     Total                     Cumulative

R1                                        36.232                  35.580                   71.812

R2                                        35.933                  35.642                   71.575                   71.693

R3                                        35.413                  35.173                   70.587                   71.342

R4                                        35.320                  35.467                   70.787                   71.190

2019 NCHC Winner's Trophy (


2019 Cincinnati Bengals Coaching Staff: Simmons highlights holdovers


Zac Taylor was named the 10th head coach in Cincinnati Bengals history on Feb. 4, 2019. He comes to Cincinnati after two seasons with the L.A. Rams, where he served as assistant wide receivers coach in 2017 and quarterbacks coach in ’18. In 2018, Taylor helped guide Rams QB Jared Goff to career highs in every major passing category — completions (364), attempts (561), passing yards (4688), passing TDs (32), completion percentage (64.9), yards per attempt (8.36) and passer rating (101.1). Goff ranked fourth in the NFL in passing yards and eighth in passer rating. The Rams’ QB play was a key component to their offense, which finished the regular season ranked second in the NFL in total net yards (421.1 per game), fifth in net passing yards (281.7), second in scoring (32.9), first in first downs (401) and fifth in third-down percentage (45.0). Los Angeles won the NFC West with a 13-3 regular-season record and advanced to Super Bowl LIII against the New England Patriots. In 2017, Taylor helped oversee an emerging Rams passing offense that ranked 10th in the NFL in pass yards per game (239.4). Taylor directed the Rams’ young receiving corps, headed by rookie Cooper Kupp, who finished the season with 62 catches, a team-high 869 receiving yards and five TDs. Kupp (869 yards), TE Gerald Everett (244) and WR Josh Reynolds (104) — all rookies — helped the Rams finish with the third-most receiving yards among rookie pass catchers.

Prior to his time with the Rams, Taylor had a one-year stint in the college ranks, serving as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Cincinnati in 2016. Taylor served under head coach Tommy Tuberville at UC. Taylor broke into NFL coaching in 2012 with the Miami Dolphins as assistant quarterbacks coach. He was elevated to quarterbacks coach from 2013-15, and spent the final five games of ’15 as the Dolphins’ interim offensive coordinator and primary play-caller, after the team made coaching staff changes in late November. During his time in Miami, Taylor was instrumental in the development of QB Ryan Tannehill, the team’s first-round draft pick in 2012. Taylor’s coaching career began at Texas A&M University, where he served as offensive graduate assistant and tight ends coach under head coach Mike Sherman from 2008-11. The Aggies shared the Big 12 South Championship in 2010 and played in three bowl games during Taylor’s time in College Station. As a player, Taylor began his collegiate career at Wake Forest (2002-03), before transferring to Butler County Community College in Kansas (’04) and then playing his final two seasons (’05-06) at the University of Nebraska. Taylor had a decorated career with the Cornhuskers, setting numerous school records and passing for a combined 5850 yards and 45 touchdowns. In his senior season of 2006, Taylor was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year after passing for 3197 total yards and leading the Cornhuskers to a 9-3 record, an appearance in the Big 12 Championship Game and a berth in the Cotton Bowl. He was inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 2017. Taylor joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a college free agent in 2007, but he was waived prior to the start of training camp and never saw NFL action. Later that year, he joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League, where he spent one season (did not play). His father, Sherwood, was a defensive back and captain at the University of Oklahoma, playing under Sooners head coach Barry Switzer from 1976-79. Sherwood Taylor later served as an assistant coach at Oklahoma and Kansas State University. Taylor’s brother, Press, played quarterback at Marshall University and is currently quarterbacks coach for the Philadelphia Eagles. Taylor was born on May 10, 1983, in Norman, Okla., where he was raised and later attended Norman High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the University of Nebraska in 2006. He and his wife, Sarah, have four children — Brooks, Luke, Emma Claire and Milly. Sarah Taylor is the daughter of former Green Bay Packers and Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman.

Bengals’ 2019 coaching staff: Bengals head coach Zac Taylor enters 2019 with 22 assistant coaches — 15 who are new this season and seven who return from the ’18 staff. The team’s offensive coordinator, Brian Callahan, and defensive coordinator, Lou Anarumo, highlight the new additions, while special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons, the longest-tenured coach on the staff at 17 years, highlights the returning coaches. Here’s a look at the new staff, which at 23 coaches is the largest in team history (an asterisk denotes a coach who returns from 2018): HEAD COACH: ● Zac Taylor ASSISTANT COACHES: ● Lou Anarumo (defensive coordinator) ● Bob Bicknell* (wide receivers) ● Joey Boese (strength and conditioning) ● Brian Callahan (offensive coordinator) ● James Casey (tight ends) ● Gerald Chatman (defensive assistant) ● Brayden Coombs* (assistant special teams) ● Mark Duffner (senior defensive assistant) ● Nick Eason (defensive line) ● Todd Hunt (assistant strength and conditioning) ● Daronte Jones* (secondary/cornerbacks) ● Jordan Kovacs (defensive quality control) ● Brad Kragthorpe (offensive assistant) ● Robert Livingston* (secondary/safeties) ● Tem Lukabu (linebackers) ● Ben Martin (assistant offensive line) ● Dan Pitcher* (assistant quarterbacks) ● Darrin Simmons* (special teams coordinator) ● Jemal Singleton (running backs) ● Garrett Swanson (assistant strength and conditioning) ● Jim Turner (offensive line) ● Alex Van Pelt* (quarterbacks)



Reds slugger Aquino still putting the ball in the seats with hot August bat

Aristides Aquino (courtesy

The Cincinnati Reds knew they could take a chance on slugging outfielder Aristides Aquino.

The slender Dominican was having a good summer banging out homers at AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos. He was hitting .249 with 18 homers but struck out 103 times in 378 at bats. But the Reds minor league staff felt he could play at the MLB level. The only concern was making contact.

But so far in he has exceeded expectations literally. His stats:

17 Games

55 At Bats

15 Runs

19 Hits

11 Homers

22 RBI

.345 AVG

.390 OBP

1.353 OPS


He is compiling records on the way:

*With 11 HR in August, Aristides Aquino is 3 shy of the club record for HR in a calendar month. Frank Robinson hit 14 HR in August 1962 and Greg Vaughn 14 HR in September 1999. The Reds have 14 games left this month.


: With 11 HR in 17 games, Aristides Aquino will share, at least, with Rhys Hoskins the modern Major League record for HR in a player’s first 18, 19 or 20 career games. Hoskins hit his 11th HR in his 18th career game.

His 10 dingers are the most by any player in MLB history in the modern era in his first 16 career games. (via
Mike Schmidt Philadelphia 1976 56
Aristides Aquino Cincinnati 2019 58
Albert Pujols St. Louis 2006 67
Alex Rodriguez NY Yankees 2007 69
Willie “Pops” Stargell Pittsburgh 1971 71
Luis Gonzalez Arizona 2001 73
Ted “Splendid Splinter” Williams Boston 1953 74

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship: Tee Times for Sunday, August 18, Final Round


Ohio State graduate Bo Hoag is the favorite son when he comes back to Columbus. Heading into today, he is tied for 50th and is at par after shooting a 72 on Saturday. (

All tee times are local
OSU GC – Scarlet Course


07:07 AM USASteve Wheatcroft

USAVince Covello

KORWhee Kim

07:18 AM USAJimmy Stanger

USAMartin Flores

USAZack Sucher

07:29 AM USABen Kohles

ARGJulián Etulain

USAJoey Garber

07:40 AM USAKevin Chappell

USAOllie Schniederjans

USABrett Stegmaier

07:51 AM USAGrant Hirschman

USATyler Duncan

USADylan Wu

08:02 AM USAShawn Stefani

CANMichael Gligic

USATyson Alexander

08:13 AM USABo Hoag

NORKristoffer Ventura

USAPeter Uihlein

08:24 AM SWEHenrik Norlander

AUSRhein Gibson

MEXRoberto Díaz

08:35 AM CHNXinjun Zhang

USAGrayson Murray

COLNicolas Echavarria

08:46 AM ARGFabián Gómez

USAMatthew NeSmith

USACody Gribble

08:57 AM USAJustin Lower

CANAdam Svensson

USAWade Binfield

09:09 AM USAZac Blair

USADominic Bozzelli

USAD.J. Trahan

09:21 AM USAMark Hubbard

USASteve LeBrun

USAJoshua Creel

09:33 AM USABilly Hurley III

USAHarry Higgs

ARGNelson Ledesma

09:45 AM AUSCameron Davis

USAChase Seiffert

USAJoseph Bramlett

09:57 AM USAHarris English

USARyan Brehm

CANDavid Hearn

10:09 AM USARobert Streb

USABronson Burgoon

USAKramer Hickok

10:21 AM USALanto Griffin

AUSCameron Percy

AUSCurtis Luck

10:33 AM USADavis Riley

USATom Hoge

USAJohnson Wagner

10:45 AM RSAJustin Harding

USADoug Ghim

USAT.J. Vogel

10:57 AM USABrendon Todd

USAVincent Whaley

USASeth Reeves

11:09 AM NORViktor Hovland

USARichy Werenski

USAKevin Dougherty

11:21 AM INDAnirban Lahiri

USABeau Hossler

ENGBen Taylor

11:33 AM USAScottie Scheffler

USAScott Harrington

AUSJamie Arnold

11:45 AM MEXJosé de Jesús Rodríguez

USABrandon Hagy

USABen Martin




Hagy, Rodriguez tied for lead at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship after three rounds


Brandon Hagy sharing a joke with the media, shot a -2 under 69 to tie for the lead with Jose de Jesus Rodriguez ( photo)

Rodríguez and Hagy share 54-hole lead

Third-Round Leaderboard

Pos. Name Scores
T1 José de Jesús Rodríguez 70-69-65—204 (-9)
T1 Brandon Hagy 68-67-69—204 (-9)
T3 Ben Martin 67-70-68—205 (-8)
T3 Scottie Scheffler 70-68-67—205 (-8)
T3 Scott Harrington 70-67-68—205 (-8)


COLUMBUS, Ohio – José de Jesús Rodríguez and Brandon Hagy share the 54-hole lead at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. A trio of players including Ben Martin, Scottie Scheffler and Scott Harrington sit one stroke off the pace at 8-under 205.


Hagy began his third round in calming fashion with pars on his first three holes. The 28-year-old tallied his first birdie of the day at the par-5 fourth and added another at the par-4 seventh. He carded his first bogey of the round on the par-3 eighth but quickly rebounded with a birdie at the ninth to make the turn at 9-under for the week.


On his back nine, the Santa Monica, California, native recorded seven pars and one birdie against one bogey to finish the third round tied for the lead at 9-under.


“I drove the ball well off the tee again, so it gave me a lot of opportunities to have scoring clubs in,” said Hagy, who hit 10 of 14 fairways on Saturday. “I made some good five‑ to 10‑foot putts to kind of keep it going on the front nine and the beginning of the back nine. Overall, I’m happy with it.”


In early 2018, Hagy was sidelined by a hairline fracture in his left wrist that forced him to miss five months of golf. During the 2018-2019 PGA TOUR season, he made just one cut in 13 PGA TOUR starts and missed the cut in his only start on the Korn Ferry Tour earlier this year. After a missed cut at the Travelers Championship in June, he decided to shut down his game and regroup before returning to competition.


Last week, Hagy returned to his home state to compete in the Long Beach Open. A T41 finish in California was all he needed to get the competitive drive going again heading into the Korn Ferry Tour Finals.


“It was good,” Hagy said of last week’s event. “I hadn’t played in about a month and a half and had several of my friends actually that were playing there. It was a good week to knock the rust off.”


Sitting tied atop the leaderboard is José de Jesús Rodríguez who fired a 6-under 65 on Saturday, matching Richy Werenski for the low round of the day. Rodríguez began the third round in a tie for 17th but soared up the leaderboard with birdies on his opening three holes. He carded his lone bogey of the day on the par-3 fifth but rebounded with a birdie on No. 6 to make the turn at 6-under.


The 38-year-old continued his strong play into the back nine, carding birdies on Nos. 10 and 12. He added his seventh birdie of the day on his final hole, moving him to 9-under and into a tie for the lead.


“Today was a spectacular day,” Rodríguez said. “I was very consistent from start to finish. I hit it good off the tee and had chances on the green. The putts were very good, too.”


Rodríguez finished his rookie campaign on the PGA TOUR ranked 177th in the FedExCup standings. The Irapuato, Mexico, native made 10 cuts in 23 starts and recorded three top-25s throughout the season, including a T11 at the Barbasol Championship.


Last year, Rodríguez earned his first Korn Ferry Tour title at the United Leasing & Finance Championship. The event was played at Victoria National Golf Club, home of the 2019 Korn Ferry Tour Championship presented by United Leasing & Finance. Rodríguez would go on to finish the Regular Season 12th in The 25, earning him his 2018-2019 PGA TOUR card.


Entering Sunday’s final round, Rodríguez knows a return to the PGA TOUR is on the line.


“I’m going to go do the same thing, you know,” he said. “Keep hitting it straight. I’m going to enjoy the game (and trust that) the score is good.”


Ben Martin, Scottie Scheffler and Scott Harrington trail by one stroke after three rounds at the Scarlet Course. Jamie Arnold, Anirban Lahiri, Beau Hossler, Ben Taylor and Viktor Hovland sit just two shots off the lead in a tie for sixth at 7-under 206.

Viktor Hovland, the opening round leader, got hot in the 3rd round to come in tied for 9th with a 69 ( photo)


  • Saturday’s weather: Mostly cloudy, with a high of 85. Wind W/SW at 7-14 mph, gusting to 18 mph.
  • Low round of the day: 65, Richy Werenski, Jose de Jesus Rodriguez.
  • Mexico’s José de Jesús Rodríguez ranks No. 1 in putting through 54 holes with 26.3 putts per round.
  • Brandon Hagy leads the driving distance category through 54 holes with an average of 345.8 yards.
  • Ten of 23 third-round leaders/co-leaders have gone on to win this season, most recently Kristoffer Ventura at the Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by Chevrolet.
  • Of the players who earned PGA TOUR cards by finishing in The 25 of the Regular Season, only Scottie Scheffler (No. 3) and Scott Harrington (No. 19) are within three strokes of the lead. Xinjun Zhang, the player in the No. 1 position at the conclusion of the Regular Season, sits T41 at 1-under.
  • Three players posted bogey-free rounds: Richy Werenski (65), Vincent Whaley (67) and Davis Riley (68).
  • Four eagles were recorded in round three: Dominic Bozzelli and Ben Taylor at No. 4, and Cameron Davis and Scott Harrington at the 12th
  • Australia’s Jamie Arnold (T6/-7) has played his last 43 holes 11-under after sitting 4-over through 10 holes of the opening round.
  • Second-round leader Kevin Dougherty (T11/-6) ranks T1 in fairways hit through 54 holes with 33 of 43 (78.57%).
  • Defending champion Robert Streb (T18/-4) has played the front-nine 7-under and the back-nine 3-over through 54 holes.
  • Mark Hubbard’s (T35/-2) third-round 69 included a front-nine 39 (+3) and a back-nine 30 (-5), the low nine-hole score of any player this week.
  • Local favorite Bo Hoag (T50/E) was a standout for the Ohio State Buckeyes before turning professional. He won his first Korn Ferry Tour title at last week’s event in Portland to earn his PGA TOUR card for the 2019-20 season.
  • Former US Presidents Cup team member Kevin Chappell (T61/+2) returned to the tournament where he made his professional debut in 2008, finishing T40 that week. Chappell, who has been recovering from microdiscectomy surgery, last competed at the PGA TOUR’s 2018 Mayakoba Golf Classic.
  • All five of the players tied for sixth at 7-under represent five different countries: Jamie Arnold (Australia), Anirban Lahiri (India), Beau Hossler (United States), Ben Taylor (England) and Viktor Hovland (Norway).
  • This week’s purse is $1,000,000, with $180,000 going to the champion. The winner will also receive 1,000 Korn Ferry Tour
  • The par-3 fifth hole (233 yards) ranked as the toughest hole on the course Saturday, playing to an average of 3.280.
  • The par-5 12th hole (562 yards) ranked as the easiest hole on Saturday. The hole played to an average of 4.547 and yielded two eagles and 35


*Ohio State University Golf Club – Scarlet Course Scoring Average:

Front                    Back                     Total                     Cumulative

R1                          36.232                 35.580                  71.812

R2                          35.933                 35.642                  71.575                  71.693

R3                          35.413                 35.173                   70.587                 71.342