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Posts Tagged ‘Davis Love III.’

Dustin Johnson back in form; wins St. Jude Classic in Memphis

 

Dustin Johnson at the 2012 Memorial Tournament, sees his game is slowly coming back (megasportsnews.com photo)

There was a six-week period this year, when PGA Tour golfer Dustin Johnson could not swing a golf club, more less win a tournament.

He returned to the Tour after the six-week hiatus, and competed well in the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, where he tied for 19th place.

The injury occured in early March at his home while lifting a jet ski. The result was a pulled muscle in his lower right back.

Johnson seems to be back on his game as he won the St. Jude Classic on Sunday in Memphis, Tennessee, in his second event. He carded a 4-under-par 66 to hold off John Merrick by one stroke.

Merrick remains winless in 154 PGA Tour starts. He shot a 69 on Sunday.

Davis Love III shot a 69 and tied for third with Nick O’Hern (69), Chad Campbell (68) and Ryan Palmer (66) at 273.

Rory McIlroy shot a 69 and tied with three others at 274.

 

Info compiled from PGA Tour

Mayfair clinging to lead at Quail Hollow championship

compiled from staff, wire and PGA reports

Billy Mayfair (PGA)

Billy Mayfair has been winless on the PGA Tour for almost 12 years and he is on the verge of knocking down that door.

This past Monday, he won a qualifier which was very significant because it allowed him a tee time in the Quail Hollow Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Now, he has a chance to win a real tournament.

Mayfair kept the ball working his way on Saturday and kept the lead at Quail Hollow, shooting a 1-under 71 to take a two-shot lead over Masters champion Phil Mickelson and Carolina favorite Davis Love III.

A victory would be his first since the 1998 Buick Open, and the first time a Monday qualifier won on the PGA Tour since Fred Wadsworth in the 1986 Southern Open.

Mayfair lost his PGA Tour card after the worst season of his career, and a victory would sure take care of that. He only got into Quail Hollow because of a Monday qualifier that he almsot missed. Mayfair was late arriving in Charlotte, and had to race to the course to meet his tee time and then shot a 65, his best score of the year.

For a tournament that no longer has Tiger Woods, who missed the cut, it is not lacking in star power. Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera had a 73 and was in a group at 6-under 210 that included Pebble Beach winner Dustin Johnson (72) and J.J. Henry (71).

The 43-year-old Mayfair is a five-time winner and still is the only player to beat Woods in a playoff on the PGA Tour. That was in the 1998 Nissan Open, and he won the Buick Open later that year. That was his last win.

K.J. Choi leads PGA Tour’s Verizon Heritage tournament

compiled from staff, wire and PGA Tour reports

K.J. Choi has kept up his strong play from the Masters tournament even when Tiger Woods is not in his group.

Choi played with Woods all four rounds of last week’s Masters and it carried over on Thursday, when he shot a 7-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead at the Verizon Heritage at Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Choi tied Woods for fourth at Augusta National, finishing five shots behind champion Phil Mickelson.  This week, most of the big names in golf are taking the week off including Woods and Mickelson.

Choi decided not to take the week off becaus he has been on such a roll of solid golf that includes second and fourth place finishes over his past three tournaments.

K.J. Choi (pga)

Choi used a stretch of three birdies over four holes on the front nine to take the lead, then had a similar run on the back to separate from a crowded pack and finish with his lowest score this season. Choi rolled in a 30-footer for birdie on the 13th to catch Jerry Kelly and Davis Love III. He closed his assault by putting his approach to 2 feet on the 16th for a birdie.

The 40-year-old Choi has said that he enjoyed every Masters tournament moment with Tiger Woods last week and it helped him improve his patience and focus.

Mike Weir and Greg Owen were next at 66, then came a large group at 67 that includes Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, and five-time winner Davis Love III.

Usually at this time of the year, the South Korea native is at home in Texas taking a break after the Masters tournament. But in 2010, Choi is having such a good year and his game is so solid, for instance his 69.25 scoring average is second to Anthony Kim, he didn’t want to take a break.