From the monthly archives: January 2012

Few gave Robert Rock a chance to outlast Tiger Woods in the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, let alone beat challengers including Rory McIlroy. But the unsung pro did just that Sunday, claiming the biggest win of his career with a 2-under 70 and one-shot victory.

Paired with Woods in […]

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Kyle Stanley’s epic 18th-hole meltdown at the Farmers Insurance Open landed him in a playoff with Brandt Snedeker, who benefited from another huge break to claim victory in sudden death.

Stanley, a second-year pro from Washington state, nursed a seven-shot lead early in the fourth round and led by four as he played the […]

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They say winning breeds winning, and Branden Grace is proving it’s true. The young South African defeated a pair of his vaunted countrymen to claim the Volvo Golf Champions and open 2012 with back-to-back victories.

Grace, 23, became the first player to begin a European Tour season with consecutive wins since Fred Couples in […]

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A rare wind delay couldn’t blow Mark Wilson off course. The veteran pro won the Humana Challenge with a steady 69 on Sunday, holding off Robert Garrigus for his fifth career victory.

Wilson led at the halfway mark on the strength of a 66-62 start. He held a three-shot lead on finishing a third-round […]

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South Africa’s Branden Grace thrilled the home crowd – and himself – with a one-shot victory in the Joburg Open in Johannesburg. It was the 23-year-old’s first career win and earned him €206,050.

On the strength of rounds of 67-66-65, Grace held a three-stroke lead on -17 entering the finale. His closest challengers, George […]

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Johnson Wagner outlasted a host of contenders to win the Sony Open in Hawaii, earning a two-shot victory with a closing 67 in windy conditions.

Sporting a new mustache and a slimmer build, Wagner entered 2012 with higher confidence than in the past. The newfound swagger was evident Sunday at Waialae Country Club, where […]

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Steve Stricker just keeps on ticking.

The 44-year-old pro cruised to a three-shot victory over Scotland’s Martin Laird at the PGA Tour’s season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions, proving he’s still a force to be reckoned with in 2012. Stricker carried a five-stroke lead into the final round, nearly stumbled into a tie, then regained […]

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If there’s one thing better than winning a big event on home soil, it’s successfully defending your title. Louis Oosthuizen enjoyed the sweet taste of consecutive victories by claiming the Africa Open with a 27-under-par total, good for a two-shot margin at East London Golf Club in South Africa. The tournament kicked off the […]

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