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Maggert wins Regions Tradition tournament on first playoff hole

Jeff Maggert (courtesy PGA Tour)

51-year-old Jeff Maggert won his second Champions Tour event on Sunday and the first senior major championship.

Maggert beat Kevin Sutherland with a 3-foot par putt on the first playoff hole to win the Champions Tour’s Regions Tradition in Birmingham, Alabama.

Maggert, a Texas A&M graduate, has been a pro golfer since 1986.

The 1990 Ben Hogan Player of the Year and 1990 leading money winner has won 15 professional tournaments spanning the PGA Tour, Web.com and Champions Tour.

Golfing legend “Buffalo Bill” Billy Casper passes away at age 83

Billy Casper (2010 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Often overshadowed by the rising careers of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer, who were considered to be the “Big Three” during that era,  Billy Casper was a star in his own right. He was one of the most prolific tournament winners on the PGA TOUR from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s.

The winner of 51 tournaments and one of the sport’s finest putters, suffered a heart attack and died Saturday at his home in Springville, Utah. He was 83.

Casper is survived by his wife of 62 years, Shirley, 11 children, six of whom are adopted, and 71 grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Known by his colleagues as “Buffalo Bill” due to his diet of exotic meats such as caribou, elk, hippopotamus and buffalo.

Casper got started in golf at the age of seven with the urging of his father. He spent one semester at the University of Notre Dame before returning to his native San Diego. He married his wife, Shirley in 1952. Before turning professional in 1954, he played in several amateur tournament around the San Diego area against fellow native Gene Littler.

Speaking of Littler, Casper won the  1970 Masters Tournament in the event’s last 18-hole playoff over his childhood friend. He defeated Littler by five shots.

Between 1956 until 1975, Casper won 51 PGA TOUR titles — including three major championships — and led the money list in 1966 and 1968. His 51 career victories place him seventh on the TOUR’s all-time victories list.

Casper won at least one PGA TOUR title for 16 consecutive years and earned titles in three different decades. He also enjoyed 14 seasons where he won at least two tournaments, the high mark coming in 1968 when he earned six tournament titles. That streak is the third longest streak on tour, trailing only Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, who each won on TOUR in 17 straight seasons.

In 1979, Casper captained the U.S. squad to victory over Europe.

On the Senior Tour, which is now the Champions Tour, earned nine wins including two senior majors.

In 1978, Casper became inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame along with Dorothy Campbell Hurd Howe, Bing Crosby, Harold Hilton and Clifford Roberts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PGA TOUR golfer Dustin Johnson eyes return to competition on February 5

Dustin Johnson (2008 photo by Jeffrey Gordons via wikipedia commons)

PGA TOUR golfer Dustin Johnson plans on returning to active participation following his leave of absence at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines on February 5.

It will be his first tournament of competition since he announced early last July that he was taking time off from the game to seek professional help for “personal challenges.”

On July 31, 2014, Johnson announced he was taking the rest of the season off to seek professional help for personal challenges. On August 1, conflicting reports surfaced regarding the circumstances of Johnson’s announcement from the previous day. Golf Magazine reported that Johnson had been suspended from the PGA Tour for six months after testing positive for cocaine. The magazine indicated that this was his third positive drug test, after a 2009 positive for marijuana and 2012 positive for cocaine use. However, PGA Tour officials indicated that Johnson was taking a voluntary leave and was not under suspension in any way.

During his leave of absence, he and his fiance’ Paulina Gretzky, the daughter of the former NHL star Wayne Gretzky, have given birth to a son on January 20, 2015.

 

 

 

Matt Kuchar holds off Luke Donald with birdie on 18 to win RBC Heritage

Matt Kuchar (2008 photo by Bluedogtn via wikipedia commons)

Matt Kuchar overcame a four-shot deficit to beat Luke Donald at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Kuchar, who is one of the taller golfers on the PGA Tour at 6’4, made a chip-in on the 18th hole to give him the win and a 64 on the afternoon.

Donald shot a 69 to finish a shot behind in second place.

Kuchar finished the tournament at 11-under-par 273 to earn his seventh PGA Tour title and 11th pro win. He pockets $1.044 million of prize money.

Kuchar, a graduate of Georgia Tech, started the final round four shots back of Luke Donald. He quickly made up the deficit with seven birdies on his first 10 holes. He three-putted the par-3 17th for a bogey to fall into a tie for first place.

 

Matt Every takes advantage of bad round by Adam Scott to win at Bay Hill

Matt Every (photo shoot picture by Orrios via wikipedia commons)

Matt Every, a relatively unknown golfer on the PGA Tour, earned his second professional win on Sunday by shooting a 2-under-par 70 to rally from a four-shot deficit and win the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Golf Course in Orlando, Florida.

The 30-year-old Every is a graduate of the University of Florida. He has won an event each on the Web.com Tour and the PGA Tour. He turned pro in 2006.

Every finished a shot ahead of Keegan Bradley, who carded two late birdies for a 72. Adam Scott, who had a bad round and weekend after blowing a seven-shot lead, closed the tournament with a 76, two shot off the pace in third place.

Every finished at 13-under-par 275.

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