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  • The 2016 US Open Spieth looks to reclaim top spot Jordan Spieth knows he needs to be more consistant if he is going to be ranked first on the PGA Tour, one goal of every golfer on the tour. Phot by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine
  • Tiger Woods Glad to be back on Tour He is still working out the kniks, but all systems appear ready to go for Tiger Woods as he attempts to rejoin the PGA Tour in 2017. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine
  • Rory plays the Silverado Country Club and Spa Rory could be one of the all time greats Rory Mcilroy is currently ranked 2nd in the world behind Jason Day but The Golden Bear thinks he can do even better Photo by ERIC TAYLOR/1STSTRING.COM
  • Photo by Eric Taylor Brandt Snedeker returns to defend his title at Torrey Pines A two time winner of this event, Brandt will take on a field tthat includes Tiger Woods at the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine
  • Patrick Rodgers makes Stanford proud Patrick Rodgers makes Stanford proud The former NCAA star finished a solid 4th at the 2015 Frys.com Open three shots off the lead. Photo by ERIC TAYLOR/1STSTRING.COM



2016 AT&T National Pro Am goes down to the wire

By Eric Taylor

Vaughan Taylor
Photo by Jason Reed/1st String Magazine

Photo by Jason Reed/1st String Magazine

In a tournament that was highlighted by a round of 60 and spectacular weather the entire weekend many people who watched the 2016 version of the Pro Am play out the question they will ask themselves is ;

How could Phil Mickelson miss that short putt.

That short putt was a five footer on 18 at Pebble Beach Sunday which would have put Phil into a playoff with Vaughn Taylor.

Instead Mickelson's putt spun in and out giving Taylor his 3rd career PGA victory and his first in 11-years.

Taylor had just flown from playing in Panama and Colombia the past two weeks trying to get his full PGA Tour card.

Vaughan got so sick last week in Colombia he withdrew early because he spent the night throwing up and flew to Monterey from there to play in the AT&T National Pro Am because it was cheaper then going home to Augusta, Georgia first.

Not only did Taylor's win at Pebble put some money in his pocket, it punched his ticket to play in the 2016 Masters in his home town.

Taylor started the final round six shots off the pace being set by Mickelson. He dropped four straight birdies starting at hole 13 to make his move.

Vaughan ended it with a 30-footer at 16 that gave him the lead for the first time.

Phil's lead Sunday lasted five holes. Things looked bad for anybody to catch Vaughan who's 65 Sunday was tied for the best round of the day with Patrick Reed who finished 6th.

It must have been nerve racking for Taylor to stand there with his family after finishing his round before Phil watching Mickelson inch ever so closer to forcing a at least one for hole for Taylor to navigate.

Phil's comeback attempt got legs on 16 when he saved par with a ten foot putt. Down two shots Mickelson bridied 17 and he was five feet away from another one at 18 until his putter let him down.

Jonas Blixt had the lead for a hole or two and he finsihed 3rd at 15-under two shots off the lead.

Sung Kang made a splash with a round of 60 Friday at the Monterey Peninsula that was highlighted by eagles at 3 at 7. Sung could not keep it up fading with a 70 Saturday and 77 Sunday to finish tied for 17th.

Complete scoring click here


Grillo claims the 2015 Frys.com Open

By Eric Taylor

Emiliano Grillo

Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine

Photo by Eric taylor

It took him a couple of extra holes but in the end Emiliano Grillo prevailed over Kevin Na and the rest of the field shooting a 15-under 273 over four rounds at the Silveradro Resort and Spa North Course.

Na finished tied at -15 with Grillo and there were a host of golfers right there at 14-under par.

Tyrone Van Aswegen, Justin Thomas and justin Bohn were all one shot out of the playoffs.

Recent Stanford grad Patrick Rodgers finished three shots off the lead at -12, 276.

Crowd favorite Rory Mcilory Started the week fast with a 68 Thursday and he was just 5 shots off the pace being set by Brendan Steele opening round of 63.

Back to back rounds of 71 put Rory in a hole that he could not climb out of Sunday.

More click here



The future is now for Jordan Spieth

By Eric Taylor

Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine

The new World #1 is fresh off finishing second in the 2015 PGA Championships to Jason Day.

Spieth overtook Rory Mcllory who finished

Winning the Master's the way Jordan did say's a lot about who Jordan Spieth is on the golf course.

At just 21 years of age Spieth's acts like an old pro. He rented a house in Augusta just to sleep in.

Who does that ?

That kind of focus shows he is using all angles to hash out wins on the PGA Tour.

We all know sleep is a main ingredient to success is sports.

Most young athlete's blow that off because they have so much energy.

"My hairline is like this because I work so hard at this game" said Spieth after winning the 2015 Master's. As much as the 21yr old hairline is receding, his golf game is ascending.

You can call this promise fulfilled. Many people have known for years (a few, He is only 21) that Jordan would reach the top of the game.

His record breaking Master's victory shows he is ready to step thru that preverbal door.

It is a door that has been swung wide open for a host of young promising golfers who came thru in the wake of Tiger Woods dominance the past 20-years.

Spieth is the first one that Tiger's current game can not be compared to. Which is good for Spieth because he does not have to hear reporters constantly compare him to Woods.

Jordan can go about just being Jordan Spieth and not the next Tiger Woods. Having somebody like that could get Tiger back in the groove.

Tiger is now chasing somebody for the first time in his career. With all due respect to The Golden Bear, Spieth presents a worthy challenge to Woods if Tiger ever wants to be the top ranked golfer in the world again.

Spieth did link himself with Tiger. His 18-under par tied Woods for the best four rounds of golf in Master's history.


Mcllory enjoys his stay in the City by the Bay

Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine
PGA Tour pro Rory Mcilroy. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine

Rory Mcllory made a rare appearance in California and came away with a hard fought victory winning seven matches in five days at Harding Park in San Francisco.

Mcllory got past Gary Woodland 4&2 in the finals of the World Match Play Cadillac Championships.

They tossed in a new format for the World Match PLay Championships.

A round robin, World Cup like format meant that each golfer played at least three matches in what had been a one loss and you go home event in the past.

That meant seven rounds of golf in five days for the winner.

Up stepped Jason Dufner, Brandt Snedeker, Billy Horschel, Hideki Matsuyama, Paul Casey and Jim Furyk.

No problem for Mcllory who also had to endure an early wake up on Sunday mourning to finish off a semi final playoff against Casey to finish off the Elite 8 match up from Saturday.

The start time for the extra playoff hole was 6:45 am Sunday. It messed up his plan to attend the fight of the century that hopefully wasn't Saturday night in Las Vegas.

In the final's against Woodland Mcllory took control with four straight birdies on holes four thru eight.

With the win Rory became just the 3rd golfer with 10 PGA wins by the age of 26. The other two ?.

Try Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. Rory made it by a day.

Monday was his birthday. A complete player match up and scoring list click here

2015 World Match Play Cadillac Championship photo's click here






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