Planet Golf News for Monday, May 6, 2024

Pendrith wins Byron Nelson, his 1st PGA Tour title, Brooks Koepka feels golf is 'easy' again as he sets new LIV Golf record

Monday, May 6, 2024

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Taylor Pendrith wins 2024 CJ Cup Byron Nelson after wild finish for first PGA Tour victory


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Good Morning,

What a weekend in golf! From unexpected victories to record-breaking moments, golf enthusiasts had a lot to keep up with. Here’s a quick rundown of the action:

First up, the CJ Cup Byron Nelson was a stage for thrilling drama. Taylor Pendrith snagged his first PGA Tour victory in what turned out to be a nail-biter finish. He edged out Ben Kohles with a birdie on the 18th hole, just as Kohles bogeyed, flipping the final standings in the last moments. Pendrith’s win was not just a personal milestone but also punched his ticket to several major upcoming tournaments.

Over in Singapore, Brooks Koepka continued to make waves in the LIV Golf circuit. He claimed his fourth win, a record in the short history of LIV Golf, at the LIV Golf Singapore event. It seems like nothing can stop Koepka these days, as he prepares to defend his title at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, the Insperity Invitational was dominated by the weather rather than the players. Scott Dunlap was declared the winner after persistent rain forced the tournament to end early, marking his first PGA Tour Champions win in a decade. It's a victory surely sweetened by its long wait.

Then there’s the Volvo China Open, which also felt the wrath of bad weather. Adrian Otaegui managed to rise above the stormy conditions, capturing the title in a 54-hole event. His final-round performance was nothing short of spectacular, turning a five-stroke deficit into a victory and securing a spot in the PGA Championship.

All in all, this week showed that whether it’s battling the elements or clinching last-minute victories, golf never lacks excitement or surprises. Whether you're a fan of the dramatic finishes at the PGA Tour or the historic moments at LIV Golf, there was something for everyone to cheer about this week in golf.

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CJ Cup Byron Nelson

At the CJ Cup Byron Nelson golf tournament held on Sunday, Taylor Pendrith clinched his first PGA Tour victory. The final round was marked by intense competition, particularly between Pendrith and Ben Kohles. Pendrith, who started the day with a one-shot lead, managed to secure the win with a final score of 23-under after capitalizing on a crucial mistake by Kohles on the 18th hole.Ben Kohles, who was in contention for the win, faltered at the par-5 18th hole by bogeying, which allowed Pendrith to take the lead and eventually the victory. Pendrith's final round included a birdie on the 18th hole, which he made from nearly three feet away, securing his win with a 4-under 67 for the day.The tournament, held at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas, saw other notable performances. Jake Knapp, another strong contender, was highlighted for his exceptional green reading and speed control, which were crucial in the final round. However, it was Pendrith's day as he expressed his elation at achieving his first PGA Tour victory, marking a significant milestone in his professional golfing career.

LIV Golf Singapore

On Sunday at the LIV Golf Singapore event, Brooks Koepka won the tournament with a final-round score of three-under 68, finishing at 15 under overall. This victory marked his fourth win on the LIV Golf circuit, making him the first player to achieve this milestone in LIV Golf history. Koepka's performance secured him a two-stroke lead over Australians Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith, who finished second and third respectively. The event took place at the Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore. In addition to the individual competition, the team title at the event was claimed by Ripper GC, led by Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman. Ripper GC finished with a score of 32 under, three strokes ahead of their closest competitors, Fireballs GC and Cleeks GC. This win marked Ripper GC's second consecutive team title victory.

Insperity Invitational

On Sunday at the Insperity Invitational golf tournament, the final round was canceled due to bad weather conditions in the greater Houston area. Persistent rain and adverse weather had already disrupted the tournament schedule, leading to the completion of only 36 holes on Saturday before the decision was made to cancel Sunday's round. As a result, Scott Dunlap, who was the 36-hole leader with scores of 65 and 70, totaling 9 under par, was declared the official winner of the tournament. This victory marked Dunlap's second PGA Tour Champions win and his first in a decade. The decision to cancel the final round and declare Dunlap the winner was made in accordance with PGA Tour Champions Regulations, which allow for the finalization of tournament results through the completion of 36 holes in cases of severe weather disruption.

Volvo China Open

On Sunday at the Volvo China Open golf tournament, Adrian Otaegui delivered a remarkable performance by carding a 7-under 65 to win the event, which had been shortened to 54 holes due to adverse weather conditions. Otaegui's victory came with a one-stroke lead over Guido Migliozzi, finishing the tournament at 18-under par after 54 holes. This win marked Otaegui's fifth DP World Tour title and secured him a place at the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club. He managed to overcome a five-stroke deficit entering the final round, where Sebastian Söderberg, who had held the 36-hole lead, slipped to a T3 finish after shooting an even-par 72. Migliozzi secured the runner-up position with a Sunday score of 67.

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