Las Vegas pros and tour golfers

Phil Mickelson Becomes 4th Pro To Win Open With Butch Harmon

Butch Harmon lives in Las Vegas and helped Mickelson win The Open Championship

Las Vegas, Nevada (July 22, 2013)--Butch Harmon called Phil Mickelson's final round of 66 at Muirfield to win The Open Championship the best he's ever seen. And Harmon, who operates the Butch Harmon School of Golf at Las Vegas' Rio Secco Golf Club, should know. He has watched first-hand as Greg Norman, Tiger Woods, and Stewart Cink won the prestigious tournament while they were working with him. Mickelson is the fourth player that Harmon has helped win the Claret Jug. "I think this one tops it," Harmon told the BBC about Phil the Thrill's round being more impressive than Norman's 64 at Royal St. George's in 1993. "It was absolutely brilliant." Read on for video of Harmon's interview. --By Brian Hurlburt, follow @LVGolfInsider

Masters Green Jacket Makes Trip To Open Championship With Adam Scott

Adam Scott 2013 Open Championship Las Vegas UNLV

Las Vegas, Nevada (July 16, 2013)--Anthony Bennett, who played basketball at UNLV as a freshman, was recently the first pick in the NBA draft. If the PGA Tour had a draft, Adam Scott would have probably been the first pick in 1999 after playing for a year at UNLV. Flash forward to this year and Scott, the former Las Vegas golfer, is a mulitple PGA Tour champion and winner of the 2013 Masters. This week he makes the trip to The Open Championship with his famous Green Jacket that he earned with his Masters title. "I still don’t go more than two or three days without wearing it,” said Scott prior to The Open. “I don’t need an excuse to put it on. I have wanted that jacket my whole life, so why not wear it every day? I will definitely have the jacket out this week because my mum is coming up to the Open and she has not seen it yet." --By Brian Hurlburt, Follow @LVGolfInsider

Las Vegas Champions Tour Pro Goes Jekyll and Hyde at US Senior Open

John Riegger las vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada (July 13, 2013)--Twitter is a beautiful thing. It allows people a chance to capture the emotions of a particular moment of an athlete, good or bad. Such was the case with a tweet from Las Vegas Champions PGA Tour pro John Riegger after a roller coaster round of 69 during the second round of the U.S. Senior Open in Omaha. "What a day today only can happen at an open championship," tweeted Riegger from his @teamriegger Twitter feed a little while after posting nine-hole scores of 30-39 en route to the 69. The sense of exasperation with a touch humor was evident in the tweet. Entering the weekend, Riegger was in a tie for 19th. LIVE SCORING. --By Brian Hurlburt, Follow @LVGolfInsider

Inbee Park Does What Woods, Nicklaus, Palmer, Lopez, Hogan Never Did

Las Vegas, Nevada (July 1, 2013)--It's fitting that the hottest golfer on the planet in 2013 laid the roots of her game in one of the hottest places on earth, Las Vegas. While record temps are hitting the city that glitters, Inbee Park has been establishing records of her own en route to winning the first three majors on the LPGA Tour in 2013. That is a feat that was never accomplished by Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Nancy Lopez, Ben Hogan, Annika Sorenstam, and many other golfing greats. Park, who played high school golf in the Las Vegas Golf Region, joins Babe Zaharias and Bobby Jones as the only golfers in history to win the first three majors of any season. --By Brian Hurlburt, Follow @LVGolfInsider

Las Vegas Golf LPGA Tour Super Star Inbee Park On Brink of History

Inbee Park Bishop GormanLas Vegas, Nevada (UPDATED June 30, 2013)--Last year, this writer and a co-writer compiled the history of professional golf dating back about 60 years to the playing of the Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas in 1953. City of Champions: The History of Professional Golf in Las Vegas, came out in September of 2012, and ever since, Las Vegas golfers have been racking up majors one after the other. Inbee Park, who won two Nevada State high school golf titles while playing at Bishop Gorman, won the first two LPGA Tour majors of 2013. And Adam Scott, who played at UNLV as a freshman, won the PGA Tour's The Masters. And now, Park stands to be the first LPGA Tour golfer in 60 years to win the first three majors of a season. She led the U.S. Women's Open heading into the final round by four shots. --By Brian Hurlburt, Follow @LVGolfInsider.


Former Las Vegas Golf Star Inbee Park Wins 5th LPGA Event of 2013

Las Vegas, Nevada (June 24, 2013)--The wins keep adding up for current and former Las Vegas Golf Region residents. And Inbee Park, a two-time Nevada state high school champion, is at it again. Park won her fifth LPGA Tour event of 2013 over the weekend when she fired rounds of 69-65-67 to win the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G. Park has also won the first two majors of 2013 and is the hottest golfer on the planet at the moment.--By Brian Hurlburt, Follow @LVGolfInsider

Career Round Jump Starts Travelers for Las Vegas PGA Tour Star Charley Hoffman

Las Vegas, Nevada (June 21, 2013)--Las Vegas Golf Region resident Charley Hoffman nearly had the Travelers Championship in his hands in 2012. But a bumpy finish a year ago dashed his hopes. In 2013, Hoffman exacted some revenge on the TPC River Highlands course when he opened with a career-best round of 61. The round included two eagles including a deuce on the par 4, 10th hole. But his luck was short lived as he followed up his opening round with a 73 on day two. --By Brian Hurlburt Follow @LVGolfInsider

LPGA Tour Player Stephanie Louden Becomes Southern Nevada Hall of Famer

Las Vegas, Nevada (May 24, 2013)--Las Vegas golf star Stephanie Louden will be inducted into the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame on May 31. Louden joins tennis legend Andre Agassi, UFC President Dana White, Las Vegas Motor Speedway President Chris Powell, high school basketball coaching legend Bill Bobier, and Las Vegas Events chairman Pat Christenson. The official ceremony takes place at The Orleans Arena on Friday evening May 31 following a golf outing at Highland Falls Golf Club. Click now for tickets or additional information.--By Brian Hurlburt, Follow @LVGolfInsider.

PGA Tour Pros Among Hopefuls at Las Vegas U.S. Open Qualifier at TPC Summerlin

US Open Qualifier TPC Summerlin 17 Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada (May 12, 2013)--Among those looking to move to the next stage of qualifying for the U.S. Open are several PGA Tour pros with strong ties to Las Vegas golf courses. Those scheduled to tee it up Monday at Las Vegas golf course TPC Summerlin are recent PGA Tour  Well Fargo Championship winner Derek Ernst along with Tour veterans Craig Barlow and Bob May, and former UNLV Rebel and current PGA Tour player Andres Gonzales. Also in the deep field is 1988 U.S. Amateur champion Eric Meeks, 2005 U.S. Mid Amateur champion Kevin Marsh, and John Riegger, who currently plays the Champions Tour. The event is organized by the Southern Nevada Golf Association (SNGA), the area's United States Golf Association entity. OFFICIAL PAIRINGS--By Brian Hurlburt

Derek Ernst at PGA Tour 2013 Wells Fargo Championship More Proof of Vegas Power

Las Vegas, Nevada (UPDATE: May 5, 2013 11:16 AM PST)--It has been a banner year for PGA Tour and LPGA Tour pros who have strong ties to Las Vegas golf courses. And this week's Wells Fargo Championship is just more proof to the power of this contingent. After the first round, two former UNLV golfers and a Las Vegas Golf Region resident were tied for the lead, and as this is written, the three were still challenging for the win during the final round. But  PGA Tour rookie Derek Ernst stood alone and won the event. Earlier this year Inbee Park won her second major and Adam Scott became the first UNLV golfer to win a major when he was victorious at The Masters. --By Brian Hurlburt, Follow @LVGolfInsider.

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