(Image courtesy golfweek.com, tournament information courtesy PGA Tour, PGA Tour Latinoamerica)
Ryan Armour done did it!. Ryan maintained his composure and his play to win his first PGA Tout event, the Sanderson Farms Championship. His final score of 269 (-19) gave him a five shot margin over second place finisher, Chesson Hadley.
Ryan really gave his pursuers no openings over the weekend. Of the top twenty finishers, Ryan had the lowest score on Saturday. On Sunday, his round was 3rd lowest. He held a 4 – 6 stroke margin throughout most of the final round.
In Ryan’s Saturday round, he started quickly with birdies on his first two holes. The wheels fell off with bogeys on #5 – #7, but a birdie on the next hole got him to the turn a 36 (E). He started the back nine with a birdie then scored four consecutive birdies on #13 – #16 for a back nine 31 (-5) and a 67 for the day.
In Sunday’s round, Ryan had 3 birdies – 1 bogey on each of his nines for a closing 68 (-4).
This was a masterful four days of ball striking for Ryan and knew how to manage his game. For example, in driving distance he averaged a pretty pedestrian (by Tour standards) 269 yards and was ranked T-69. However, he hit 71% of the fairways (ranking 3rd), hit 79% of the greens in regulation (3rd) and averaged 1.58 putts per green in regulation (2nd). His 28 birdies led the field.
Here’s a nice post-round interview with Ryan, courtesy of PGA Tour
PGA Latinoamérica Tour
Tee-K Kelly had a good weekend at the Roberto De Vicenzo Punta del Este Open Copa NEC in Punta del Este, Uruguay. Tee-K’s final score of 272 (-8) placed him in a tie for 7th place.
Tee-K began Saturday’s round well enough with a birdie on his first hole. Another birdie and a bogey got him to 34 (-1) at the turn. Tee-K made his move on the back nine with birdies on three of his first four holes, then cruised in with five consecutive pars for a round of 66 (-4).
On Sunday’s round, Tee-K again birdied hole #1 then five consecutive pars before birdieing #7. Two pars got him to the turn with a pretty clean 33 (-2). The back nine started off pretty well for Tee-K with five pars before birdieing #15. A par on #16 held him at -3 for the round, but bogeys on his final two holes got him off the course with a 69 (-1).
Tee-K played four fairly solid rounds. His 17 birdies tied him for 9th in the field, which is pretty good. He only had 7 bogeys, which tied him for 4th.
Tee-K maintains his 6th place standing in the PGA Latinoamérica Order of Merit.
Ryan Armour heads to Las Vegas, NV for the Shriners Hospitals for Children event. It is scheduled November 2 – 5.
Ohio State – Collegiate
Coaches Hession and Snider lead the Buckeyes to Cabo San Lucas, MEX for the Baylor/Texas Invitational. The event is scheduled for November 3 – 5.