Reno Gazette Journal http://rgj.sportstonews.com Golf Video, News, Scores and Updates Tue, 19 Mar 2019 15:49:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.13 Rapid Fire with HaoTong Li http://rgj.sportstonews.com/2019/03/19/rapid-fire-with-haotong-li/ http://rgj.sportstonews.com/2019/03/19/rapid-fire-with-haotong-li/#respond Tue, 19 Mar 2019 14:26:02 +0000 http://rgj.sportstonews.com/2019/03/19/rapid-fire-with-haotong-li/ Get to know China's HaoTong Li, including his idol, dream foursome, favorite food and more.

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As Rory McIlroy walked under the bleachers that separate the 17th green and the 18th tee, Dan Hicks, NBC’s play-by-play man in the 18th tower noted that only a third of the field had hit the 18th green in regulation on Sunday. Holding a one-shot lead, no one would have criticized McIlroy if he decided to hit a 3-wood off the tee.

Paul Azinger, NBC’s lead golf analyst, said, “He drives it as well as anyone in the world.”

Statistically, that’s true, as McIlroy ranked No. 1 in strokes gained off the tee heading into last week’s Players Championship. But with water running down the left side of the 18th hole, Azinger added, “This is a real killer, this tee shot, and I think if you’re Rory, at this point, you don’t need driver.”

Arriving on the tee and putting a glove on his left hand, McIlroy did not hesitate.

“He’s taking the big stick Zing,” Hicks squealed. Seconds later, McIlroy ripped a 288-yard drive that never went anywhere but straight.

“Right down the center,” called Jim Mackay, Phil Mickelson’s former caddie who now is an on-course analyst.

From 158 yards out, Rory hit his approach shot to 12 feet, took two putts and was the 2019 Players Championship winner.

As well as McIlroy has been playing this season, with six top-10 finishes in seven PGA Tour starts, this was his first victory. Now, with the Masters looming just three weeks away, speculation is running wild that this could finally be the year Rory wins at Augusta and completes the career Grand Slam.

He certainly passes the eye test, with a power game that appears perfectly suited to win on a long, open course like Augusta National, but how does his current game compare to recent winners on the eve of their victories?

The chart below shows McIlroy’s strokes gained statistics, along with the same stats for five of the last six Masters champions heading into Masters they won. (Danny Willett had only played eight measured rounds before the 2016 Masters and did not have official stats before he won.) As you can see, from an analytical perspective, Rory is playing at a higher overall level than all of them were before they slipped into a green jacket.

All of the recent Masters champions, with the exception of Patrick Reed, could be considered excellent drivers, but McIlroy’s strokes gained off the tee average (1.308) is bigger than the edge Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson and Adam Scott enjoyed. McIlroy’s strokes gained approach the green average, which is a measure of effectiveness from the fairway, is also higher than each of these five recent winners.

Jordan Spieth was a marksman with his putter heading into the 2015 Masters, but it might surprise some to see that McIlroy’s strokes gained putting average this season is a respectable 0.326 (57th on the PGA Tour), better than Reed’s was heading into the 2018 Masters.

Great stats are not going to help McIlroy overcome the demons of Augusta National’s back-nine, but after winning at TPC Sawgrass for the first time he is playing at a level that could earn him a fifth career major and the tournament that he covets above all others.

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Dustin Johnson 11-2 betting favorite to win Valspar Championship http://rgj.sportstonews.com/2019/03/19/dustin-johnson-11-2-betting-favorite-to-win-valspar-championship/ http://rgj.sportstonews.com/2019/03/19/dustin-johnson-11-2-betting-favorite-to-win-valspar-championship/#respond Tue, 19 Mar 2019 00:03:20 +0000 http://rgj.sportstonews.com/2019/03/19/dustin-johnson-11-2-betting-favorite-to-win-valspar-championship/ Dustin Johnson is the 11-2 betting favorite to win the PGA Tour Valspar Championship golf event this week in Florida.

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The betting odds for the PGA Tour Valspar Championship this week have World No. 1 Dustin Johnson as a solid favorite at 11-2 over those in a field that includes Jon Rahm, Jason Day and defending champion Paul Casey.

The golf tournament is set for the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor, Fla., near Tampa, from Thursday-Sunday.

Johnson was one of more than a dozen players who found themselves within one shot of the lead during the final round of The Players Championship on Sunday before finishing T-5 at 13-under, three shots behind winner Rory McIlroy.

Rahm and Day are second picks at 10-1, while Sergio Garcia is fetching 16-1 odds, according to the prices at golfodds.com and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

Among the other early odds posted Monday: Webb Simpson is 18-1, while Gary Woodland, Patrick Reed and Casey are each 20-1.

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Rory McIlroy shot trail highlights from THE PLAYERS http://rgj.sportstonews.com/2019/03/18/rory-mcilroy-shot-trail-highlights-from-the-players/ http://rgj.sportstonews.com/2019/03/18/rory-mcilroy-shot-trail-highlights-from-the-players/#respond Mon, 18 Mar 2019 20:46:01 +0000 http://rgj.sportstonews.com/2019/03/18/rory-mcilroy-shot-trail-highlights-from-the-players/ At THE PLAYERS Championship 2019, Rory McIlroy picked apart TPC Sawgrass with his accurate shot-shaping.

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At THE PLAYERS Championship 2019, Rory McIlroy picked apart TPC Sawgrass with his accurate shot-shaping. Here are his shot trail highlights from his 15th win on the PGA TOUR.

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Even Tiger Woods was impressed by Rory McIlroy’s clutch performance Sunday on the back nine at TPC Sawgrass.

Woods, a four-time Masters champion and one of McIlroy’s heroes as a child, sent a text to McIlroy congratulating the 29-year-old on his win at The Players.

In a video posted by the PGA Tour on Instagram, McIlroy is seen walking through the clubhouse at TPC Sawgrass Sunday with PGA commissioner Jay Mohahan as he receives “86 messages” one of them being from Woods.

“Good playing, kid. Just awesome stuff,” McIlroy reads and attributes the message to Woods.

McIlroy, 16-under 272, recorded a final-round 70 to finish one-stroke ahead of Jim Furyk. McIlroy was 3-under on the back nine or outlast heated competition for the top spot on the leaderboard.

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2019 Masters field list and how each player qualified http://rgj.sportstonews.com/2019/03/18/2019-masters-field-list-and-how-each-player-qualified/ http://rgj.sportstonews.com/2019/03/18/2019-masters-field-list-and-how-each-player-qualified/#respond Mon, 18 Mar 2019 17:48:59 +0000 http://rgj.sportstonews.com/2019/03/18/2019-masters-field-list-and-how-each-player-qualified/ Here is a look at the current field list for the 2019 Masters Tournament, which will take place April 11-14 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.

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Here is a look at the current field list for the 2019 Masters Tournament, which will take place April 11-14 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.

Unofficial field for the 2019 Masters

Players are listed in alphabetical order followed by their country and how they qualified in parentheses.

The current field number for the Masters is 84.

  1. Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand (18)
  2. Lucas Bjerregaard, Denmark (18)
  3. Devon Bling, United States (7)
  4. Keegan Bradley, United States (16, 17, 18)
  5. Angel Cabrera, Argentina (1)
  6. Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Spain (18)
  7. Patrick Cantlay, United States (17, 18)
  8. Paul Casey, England (17, 18)
  9. Stewart Cink, United States (15)
  10. Fred Couples, United States (1)
  11. Jason Day, Australia (4, 16, 17, 18)
  12. Bryson DeChambeau (16, 17, 18)
  13. Tony Finau, United States (12, 17, 18)
  14. Matthew Fitzpatrick, England (18)
  15. Tommy Fleetwood, England (13, 17, 18)
  16. Rickie Fowler, United States (5, 16, 17, 18)
  17. Sergio Garcia, Spain (1, 18)
  18. Branden Grace, South Africa (18)
  19. Emiliano Grillo, Argentina (18)
  20. Tyrrell Hatton, England (18)
  21. Charley Hoffman, United States (12)
  22. J.B. Holmes, United States (16)
  23. Billy Horschel, United States (17, 18)
  24. Viktor Hovland, Norway (7)
  25. Charles Howell III, United States (16)
  26. Trevor Immelman, South Africa (1)
  27. Dustin Johnson, United States (2, 13, 16, 17, 18)
  28. Zach Johnson, United States (1, 3)
  29. Takumi Kanaya, Japan (9)
  30. Martin Kaymer, Germany (2)
  31. Michael Kim, United States (16)
  32. Si-Woo Kim, South Korea (5)
  33. Kevin Kisner, United States (14, 18)
  34. Patton Kizzire, United States (17)
  35. Satoshi Kodaira, Japan (16, 18)
  36. Brooks Koepka, United States (2, 4, 13, 16, 17, 18)
  37. Matt Kuchar, United States (16, 18)
  38. Andrew Landry, United States (16)
  39. Bernhard Langer, Germany (1)
  40. Marc Leishman, Australian (12, 16, 17, 18)
  41. Haotong Li, China (18)
  42. Adam Long, United States (16)
  43. Sandy Lyle, Scotland (1)
  44. Hideki Matsuyama, Japan (17, 18)
  45. Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland (3, 14, 17, 18)
  46. Phil Mickelson, United States (1, 3, 16, 17, 18)
  47. Keith Mitchell, United States (16)
  48. Larry Mize, United States (1)
  49. Francesco Molinari, Italy (3, 14, 16, 17, 18)
  50. Kevin Na, United States (16, 17, 18)
  51. Alex Noren, Sweden (18)
  52. Kevin O’Connell, United States (11)
  53. Thorbjorn Olsen, Denmark (18)
  54. Mark O’Meara, United States (1)
  55. Jose Maria Olazabal, Spain (1)
  56. Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa (12, 18)
  57. Alvaro Ortiz, Mexico (10)
  58. Eddie Pepperell, England (18)
  59. Ian Poulter, England (18)
  60. Jon Rahm, Spain (12, 15, 17, 18)
  61. Jovan Rebula, South Africa (8)
  62. Patrick Reed, United States (1, 13, 17, 18)
  63. Justin Rose, England (2, 14, 16, 17, 18)
  64. Xander Schauffele, United States (14, 17, 18)
  65. Charl Schwartzel, South Africa (1, 12)
  66. Adam Scott, Australia (1, 12, 15, 18)
  67. Webb Simpson, United States (5, 17, 18)
  68. Vijay Singh, Fiji (1)
  69. Cameron Smith, Australia (12, 17, 18)
  70. Brandt Snedeker, United States (16, 18)
  71. Jordan Spieth, United States (1, 2, 3, 12, 18)
  72. Kyle Stanley, United States (17, 18)
  73. Henrik Stenson, Sweden (3, 18)
  74. Justin Thomas, United States (4, 16, 17, 18)
  75. Kevin Tway, United States (16)
  76. Jimmy Walker, United States (4)
  77. Matt Wallace, England (18)
  78. Bubba Watson, United States (1, 16, 17, 18)
  79. Mike Weir, Canada (1)
  80. Danny Willett, England (1)
  81. Aaron Wise, United States (16, 17)
  82. Gary Woodland, United States (17, 18)
  83. Tiger Woods, United States (1, 15, 17, 18)
  84. Ian Woosnam, Wales (1)

Qualification Criteria

Below are the 19 different categories in which a player may qualify for the Masters Tournament.

  1.  Masters Tournament champions (Lifetime)
  2. U.S. Open champions (Honorary, non-competing after five years)
  3. British Open champions (Honorary, non-competing after five years)
  4. PGA champions (Honorary, non-competing after five years)
  5. Winners of The Players Championship (Three years)
  6. Current Olympic Gold Medalist
  7. Current U.S. Amateur champion (7-A) (Honorary, non-competing after one year) and the runner-up (7-B) to the current U.S. Amateur champion
  8. Current British Amateur champion (Honorary, non-competing after one year)
  9. Current Asia-Pacific Amateur champion
  10. Current Latin America Amateur champion
  11. Current U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
  12. The first 12 players, including ties, in the previous year’s Masters Tournament
  13. The first four players, including ties, in the previous year’s U.S. Open
  14. The first four players, including ties, in the previous year’s British Open
  15. The first four players, including ties, in the previous year’s PGA Championship
  16. Individual winners of PGA Tour events that award a full-point allocation for the season-ending Tour Championship, from previous Masters to current Masters
  17. Those qualifying for the previous year’s season-ending Tour Championship
  18. The 50 leaders on the final Official World Golf Ranking for the previous calendar year
  19. The 50 leaders on the Official World Golf Ranking published during the week prior to the current Masters Tournament

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