Source: GOLF.com
By Josh Berhow

Justin Thomas led heading into the final day of the Genesis Open, but J.B. Holmes, Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and others were lurking in what was a long and cold day at Riviera Country Club. Here’s what you missed.

Who won: J.B. Holmes (one-under 70, 14 under overall)

How it happened: Lots of golf was played on Sunday. Thursday’s rain delay pushed the entire tournament back and players returned to the course early on Sunday to finish their third rounds before teeing off for their final round. Thomas was two holes into his third round and led by one when play was called on Saturday, and when the third round was complete he was at 17 under and leading by four. But a lot changed Sunday afternoon. Thomas bogeyed three of the first five and Holmes took his first solo lead with a birdie on 10 when Thomas made bogey. Thomas birdied 11 to Holmes’s bogey to retake a one-shot lead, but Thomas needed seven putts on the 13th and 14th and made double bogey and bogey to fall two behind Holmes. Thomas birdied 16 to cut the lead to one, but couldn’t make a final birdie to catch Holmes. Thomas signed for a 75.

Key hole: Holmes and Thomas alternated two-shot swings on the 10th and 11th holes, but Thomas four-putted for double bogey on the 13th. That costly error gave Holmes a lead he never lost.

Why it matters: It’s the 36-year-old Holmes’s fifth win of his PGA Tour career and first since the 2015 Shell Houston Open. Holmes’s first two victories came in 2006 and 2008, and he later overcame brain surgery in 2011 before rejoining the PGA Tour in early 2012. The 2014 Wells Fargo Championship was his first victory after returning from surgery.

Best shot when it mattered: Holmes, leading by two with three to play, hit his tee shot on the par-3 16th into the bunker, but he made a key par save from 11 feet. Thomas followed by knocking in his short birdie putt, but Holmes’s clutch par kept him out in front and prevented the two-shot swing.

Notables: Woods closed with a 72 and finished T15, McIlroy shot 69 to finish T4 and Jordan Spieth made quad on the par-4 10th and shot a 10-over 81, his highest score in relation to par in his pro career.

Best secondary storyline: J.B. Holmes’s sluggish pace was noticed by the broadcast team — and social media.

Up next: Phil Mickelson defends his title south of the border as we gear up for the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship. Woods is also in the field.

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2019 Pebble Beach Pro-Am leaderboard, grades: Phil Mickelson takes home record fifth title

Source: CBS Sports
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Phil Mickelson touched off the 2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Monday, a record-tying fifth of his career, the same way he sewed it up late on Sunday. Lefty hit a nasty knockdown shot from 175 yards on the iconic par-5 18th at Pebble to 6 feet and poured that home for birdie — a final round 65 and the 44th win of his incredible PGA Tour career.

The bogey-free 65 was the round of the day, and it came at the perfect time for Mickelson, who trailed playing partner Paul Casey by three strokes heading into Round 4. Casey played nicely in the final round, which spanned two days because of a hail storm on Sunday, but his 71 couldn’t keep pace with the way Mickelson commanded his short irons and wedges over the final 18 holes. Lefty easily cleared him by three at 19-under 268.

“It’s been a very special week,” Mickelson told Peter Kostis of CBS Sports. “This is a special place for me. … To have my pro career start here and to have this victory means a lot.”

Mickelson finished first in the field on his approach shots and T2 in proximity to the hole. If you saw the way he struck the ball in Round 4, it’s easy to see why.

Mickelson and Casey were the only ones on the course on Monday as everyone else finished up on Sunday in the dark. Mickelson also wanted to try and get home on Sunday, but Casey called it on the 16th green, and Lefty said he was grateful for that even if he seemed perturbed in the moment. It’s very on brand for Mickelson to thank his opponent for setting up a win for him.

“He really protected both of us,” Mickelson said. “The greens were beat up. We had a chance today to come out on fresher greens, better weather, and I was really appreciative of that.”

With the 44th win of his career, Mickelson becomes just the fourth player to win PGA Tour events 28 or more years apart. He also inches closer to Walter Hagen’s mark of 45 PGA Tour wins and a potential tie for eighth all time. Billy Casper is seventh at 51. The fifth Pebble victory ties Mark O’Meara for the all-time record at that event.

We should ignore the “What if I’d told you ‘Phil Mickelson wins at Pebble after a long wait’ would be a headline at the start of the calendar year” storyline for now and obvious U.S. Open implications. Mickelson said after the round that this win has no bearing on what happens at the U.S. Open in June, likely because this will not be the same Pebble Beach after the USGA gets its hands on it.

Still, a victory for Mickelson at age 48 — and nearly two victories in his first three starts of 2019! — is remarkable. As the PGA Tour skews younger and Mickelson nears 50, it becomes more improbable for him to keep up. And yet not only is he keeping up, he’s thriving, he’s winning. He’s dropping filthy 65s in all manner of weather with a Ryder Cup participant leading him and young bucks like Si Woo Kim and Jason Day making runs at him. Mickelson, unlike Pebble Beach, is not timeless, but you may have been fooled if you watched him play golf on Sunday and Monday. Grade: A+

Here are the rest of our grades for the 2019 Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Jason Day (T4): Ignore the Sunday bank robber look and instead focus on another successful trip to Pebble Beach for the former major winner. He did the lion’s share of his damage on Thursday with a 65 at Monterey Peninsula, but he backed it up with an even-par 72 on the toughest scoring day (Saturday) and a tasty 68 during the final round (he finished on Sunday). Day pretty quietly hasn’t finished outside the top 25 anywhere since the Dell Technologies Championship during the FedEx Cup Playoffs last fall and should definitely be considered one of the early favorites for the Masters in April. Grade: A

Jordan Spieth (T45): After playing beautifully for the first two days, Spieth ejected hard on Saturday. He made just three bogeys over his first 48 holes, but then finished Saturday’s third round with two doubles and a bogey in the last six holes. He never recovered from that, made five more bogeys on Sunday and tumbled down the leaderboard with a 74-75 weekend on the Pebble Beach course. The issue for Spieth this week actually wasn’t the putter. He finished 60th (!) in strokes gained off the tee and could muster just three birdies in his final 31 holes of play on the week. Grade: C+

Dustin Johnson (T45): It may have been even uglier for Spieth’s playing partner, Dustin Johnson. After winning last week in Saudi Arabia, D.J. struggled late at a place where he’s won twice and been arguably the most consistent player over the last decade. Johnson’s week was less volatile than Spieth’s, but a 73-73 showing at Spyglass and Pebble on Friday and Saturday respectively left him way out of the mix for a third title here. It didn’t help that he played the non-par 5s in 3 over for the week. Grade: C+

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Tommy Gainey will now have to earn a spot in this summer’s U.S. Open if he wants to compete at Pebble Beach in 2019. The veteran pro had to withdraw from this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am after missing his connecting flight to California.

Oddly, Gainey’s travel issues leave him right where he started the week. As of Monday Gainey was not in the field at Pebble Beach due to his poor position in the Official World Golf Ranking(No. 1,749). But after a rash of withdrawals over the last three days, a spot opened up for Gainey, who was well down the list of alternates for the event.

On Wednesday afternoon at 4:45 p.m., Gainey received a call from the tournament telling him he had made the field after all. Needing to act quickly, Gainey packed and hit the road to the airport in just 20 minutes.

But after his first plane was delayed, he missed his connecting flight in Atlanta. Ironically, Gainey’s bags made it onto the plane in time. As Gainey said on Twitter, “My bags are on the way and I’m stuck in Atl.”

Tommy Gainey

@TwoGlovesGolf

If you don’t have bad luck you have none at all! Got a call at 445that I’m in @attproam. Pack and on road to airport in 20 mins. Get to airport, plane trouble. Get to Atl with 10 mins to spare. Run to find door closed and can’t board. My bags are on the way and I’m stuck in Atl.

Given that it was already Wednesday night in Atlanta and his tee time was early the next morning in Northern California, Gainey was forced to withdraw from the tournament altogether.

It’s a pretty big blow for a struggling player who can’t be picky about which events to play. For anyone without Tour status, every PGA Tour start is precious. But Gainey, whose lone Tour victory came at the 2012 McGladrey Classic, stayed upbeat and sent an optimistic tweet.

Tommy Gainey

@TwoGlovesGolf

Well…wasn’t able to make it to @attproam! My clubs and clothes are in San Fran enjoying the day. I enjoyed the night lights on a roundtrip to Atlanta and back home. Next year!

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Source: Golf.com
By Pat Ralph Sunday, January 27, 2019

Bryson DeChambeau shot a tournament record 24-under 264 to win the Omega Dubai Desert Classic by seven strokes this weekend at Emirates Golf Club. DeChambeau, who shot an 8-under 64 during Sunday’s final round, has now won four times in his last nine starts.

Ranked No. 5 in the world, DeChambeau had shot a pair of 6-under 66’s and a 4-under 68 before Sunday’s final round. Despite sitting at 16-under 200 through 54 holes, DeChambeau’s best golf in Dubai had yet to come. His final round score of 8-under 64 consisted of seven birdies, one eagle, and one bogey.

DeChambeau opened up his final round with three consecutive birdies before settling for par on the next six holes. Then, the 25-year-old DeChambeau finished with an eagle and birdie at the 10th and 11th holes following the turn for the back nine. However, his strong play was brought to a brief halt when he bogeyed at the 12th hole. But he quickly bounced back with a pair of back-to-back birdies at 13 and 14 before scoring his seventh and final birdie of the day at 17.

“I think it’s fantastic obviously,” DeChambeau said after his final round. “It’s great that anybody can tell you that you’ve done something good. I think it’s a little bit vindicating that I’m able to come out and have success like this on multiple tours. I’m very proud and happy and thankful as well.”

The previous tournament record had been set at last year’s event by Haotong Li, who shot 23-under to win. But this was Bryson’s weekend to dominate, as he finished in the top five in Strokes Gained for driving, long game, approach play, and putting.

In his last nine starts, DeChambeau has not finished outside of the top-20. His most recent victory came this past November at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. He now has seven professional wins after his first on the European Tour.

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After marking ball on green and picking up ball, golfer or caddie drops ball, which rolls into water hazard, not retrievable. Replacement ball of exact brand and kind not available. What is penalty and how to continue?
—EARL HUSBAND, ODESSA, TEXAS

Ball lifted from putting green must be replaced. Must be exact ball. If not same ball, make/model no matter—substituting ball without authority under Rules. Two strokes or loss of hole is penalty. Also, One Ball Condition of Competition only encouraged for pros. Top-tier amateurs, too. Not for club play. Suggest: Grip ball tight!

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On Jan. 1, more than 30 changes to the Rules of Golf — some small, others significant — will take effect. To get you ready, this holiday season GOLF.com is rolling out a series, “The 12 Days of Rules Changes,” to ensure you always play by the rules, starting with your opening round of the year.

The Topic:

What you can (and can’t) do in the bunker

The Old Rule:

Most golfers know to be careful once entering a bunker. No grounding the club. No touching the sand. No removing leaves or any kind of debris. Is there a rock resting against your ball? Tough break. Play it as it lies, and hope you don’t scratch your new $200 wedge in the process. Otherwise it’s penalties, penalties penalties.

The New Rule:

Under Rules 12.2a and 12.2b, the player will be allowed to touch or move loose impediments in a bunker and will be generally allowed to touch the sand with a hand or club. You still can’t intentionally touch the sand to “test” it. And you can’t clip the sand during a practice swing. But the rules haven’t loosened up considerably to allow you to play a sand shot without any outside materials affecting the shot.

Why It Was Changed:

The USGA says the point of playing out of a bunker is to play out of sand – not battle stray rocks, leaves or other debris.

Will It Be Controversial?

Not really. This is a rule that was designed to wipe out a few controversial scenarios, and it says here the new revision has succeeded. Now, there are still no practice swings allowed in a bunker for both pace-of-play reasons and to prevent players from splashing extra sand out of a trap. Accidentally grounding a club in a bunker still has some potential to stir up problems, but the simple act of moving debris around a ball should be welcomed by golfers of all abilities.

How It Can Help You:

Now you don’t have to scuff a new club again a stone while blasting from a bunker. Also, a stray leaf no longer has the potential to screw up your shot and derail your round. Sounds good to us.

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You’re 50 yards from the green. The wind is up. You could play your standard pitch, but good luck if you put too much loft on the shot—the wind could knock the ball down, carry it too far or blow it sideways.

Your best option here is the bump-and-run.

And to make the shot that much easier to pull off, hit it with a hybrid.

The heavy weight of a hybrid allows you to make a smaller, more controlled swing but still generate ample distance to get the ball all the way to the target. The setup is very traditional: Grip down a few inches, narrow your stance and set a tad more weight over your front foot.

All you have to do now is make a simple little swing—just a little longer than what you’d use for a chip shot—with the club almost always staying below hip level. There′s not much that can go wrong. Even if you don′t make solid contact, the ball will typically roll out the correct distance. It′s a very low-maintenance shot and a great option to have in your bag when the trouble is long of the green.

– Kellie Stenzel, Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton, Fla. and Palm Beach C.C., Palm Beach, Fla.

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