By TERRY LYONS
It was a big weekend in PGA Tour golf with two tournaments being played, including the prestigious World Golf Championship - Dell Technologies Match Play competition staged annually in Austin, Texas. There was an interesting suggestion that the PGA Tour consider adding a “real” fifth major and making it a Match Play event. (The PLAYERS Championship has long been considered the “fifth” major). Clearly, a worthy suggestion.
Here’s the weekend round-up:
World Golf Championship Dell Technologies Match Play Review & Notes
Billy Horschel defeated Scottie Scheffler in the Championship Match, 2 and 1, to earn his sixth career PGA Tour victory and first individual title since the 2017 AT&T Byron Nelson in Dallas.
Horschel has a win and runner-up in the first two World Golf Championships events of the season (T-2) at the WGCWorkday Championship at The Concession). Scottie Scheffler also finished in the top five at both those events.
With the win, Horschel becomes fully exempt on the PGA TOUR through the 2023-24 season.
Scheffler’s runner-up marks his career-best finish on TOUR
With his victory in the Consolation Match, 2013 champion Matt Kuchar collected his 34th match win, to draw to within two of Tiger Woods’ tournament record.
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Corales Puntacana Championship: Review & Notes
Joel Dahmen won his first title in his 111th career start on Tour, at the age of 33 years, 4 months, 17 days. Dahmen opened his final round with four birdies en route to a front-nine 32. He played the back nine in 7-under this week as his only hiccups came during the final round with bogeys on Nos. 11 and 14.
Rafael Campos finished with a career-best T-2 in his 37th Tour start.
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WGC Dell Technologies Match Play Final
Recap of Sunday’s Match Play (PGATourCom)
Full Leaderboard (link)
Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship Final Leaderboard
Joel Dahmen 67-71-68-70—276 (-12)
Sam Ryder 68-72-70-67—277 (-11)
Rafael Campos 68-69-69-71—277 (-11)
Graeme McDowell 70-69-70-69—278 (-10)
Michael Gligic 73-66-68-71—278 (-10)
Full Leaderboard (link)
What They’re Saying About The Weekend in PGA Tour Golf:
Billy Horschel Buries Match Play Demons (PGATourCom)
WGC Recap of Relentless Week in Match Play (CBS Sports HQ)
Emotional Dahmen Wins at Corales Puntacana Champ (PGATourCom)
Dahmen Wins in Windy Dominican Republic (ESPN/Associated Press)
#SportsBiz, Sporting Goods and Golf Industry News:
Electronic Arts Announces Next-Gen Golf Game (PGATourCom)
What’s In Billy Horschel’s Bag? (PGATourCom)
What’s in Joel Dahmen’s Bag? (PGATourCom)
Prize Money from WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play - (Golf Digest)
Prize Money from Corales Puntacana Championship - (Golf Digest)
The Valero Texas Open
TPC San Antonio - AT&T Oaks, San Antonio Texas (Tournament link)
First Look at The Valero Texas Open (link)
2021 Field (link)
2020 Tourney Results (link)
PGA Tour Tournament Site (link)
On This Day in Golf History:
March 29, 1998 - Justin Leonard came from five shots back to win The PLAYERS Championship by two strokes over Glenn Day and Tom Lehman. “There wasn’t a lot of pressure on me being five back,” said Leonard after pocketing the $720,000 first place prize money. - (Courtesy of Randy Walker), Author of On This Day in Golf History, available via Amazon.com and by clicking HERE
Now, they’ll be heading down the road to “San Antone” …