By Alex Miceli
An expanded tournament schedule, a deeper purse and a simpler rulebook.
The U.S. Golf Association, distinguishing itself from other governing bodies in the nation’s capital, rallied together Saturday at the Ritz-Carlton to disclose some big changes at its annual meeting.
By Adam Schupak
U.S. Walker Cup captain John "Spider" Miller had better add the name Braden Thornberry to the top of Miller’s "watch list" after Thornberry’s dominating performance at the Jones Cup.
On Super Bowl Sunday, Thornberry took a touchdown lead into the final round and cruised to a five-stroke victory in one of amateur golf's most prestigious invitationals. Thornberry, an Ole Miss sophomore from Olive Branch, Miss., closed with a 1-over 73 en route to a 54-hole aggregate of 4-under 212 at Ocean Forest Golf Club. Max McGreevy (70–217), an Oklahoma senior from Edmond, Okla., was runner-up, and Cole Hammer (71–218), a Texas commit from Houston, placed third.
Thornberry was the only player in the 84-man field to break par. Cue the Walker Cup talk.
Number of worldwide victories since the fall for Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, who won the Waste Management Phoenix Open in a four-hole playoff Sunday to vault to the top of the FedEx Cup standings.
||Number of European Tour victories, in his 250th start, for Spain’s Sergio Garcia, the wire-to-wire winner in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic with a bogey-free 69 Sunday at Emirates Golf Club for a 19-under total and three-stroke triumph.
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