Archives for Las Vegas Golf Pros

Vegas PGA Tour Residents Make Mark at Shriners Even Without Victory

Las Vegas, Nevada (October 21, 2013)–From a pure golf standpoint, Vegas golf fans are probably bummed that a Las Vegas Golf Region resident didn't win the PGA Tour's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open for a third-straight time. The streak is over at two after Kevin Na (2011) and Ryan Moore (2012) went back-to-back, but even without claiming the trophy, the PGA Tour pros who call Las Vegas home still made a difference at the tournament. Plus the local pros felt a new vibe with FedExCup points on the line and say the tournament is on the right track. "I think
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Defending Champ Ryan Moore Thrills Friends, Family, Himself with 63

Las Vegas, Nevada (October 19, 2013)–Ryan Moore was a 4-time All-American at UNLV and won the 2004 NCAA title. He moved away from Las Vegas for a brief stint a few years ago, but is now back living in the area and says the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open "is a fifth major" on his importance scale. Moore recorded a 24-under par total in 2012 to win the event and following a 63 in round two in 2013, he is back in contention to become the first repeat winner since Jim Furyk in 1998 and 1999. Moore is being trailed
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JJ Henry Lights Up TPC Summerlin With Round of 60

Las Vegas, Nevada (October 18, 2013)–J.J. Henry broke the TPC Summerlin course record during round one of Las Vegas' PGA Tour event, the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He recorded nine birdies and an eagle en route to a 60, a year after Las Vegas Golf Region resident Ryan Moore recorded a 61 on the way to the 2012 Vegas title. It was the first 60 in Vegas since Tommy Armour III–who grew up in the city–fired the score at The Las Vegas Country Club in 1999. It was the 29th round of 60 in PGA Tour history. Read on
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Natalie Gulbis Again to Star in Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge at Rio Secco

Las Vegas, Nevada (September 27, 2013)–Natalie Gulbis is a Las Vegas Golf Region resident, and will be making another appearance in the annual Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge event at Rio Secco Golf Club. Gulbis, along with Cristie Kerr and Stacy Lewis, rep the LPGA Tour. They will take on teams from the PGA Tour and Champions Tour on November 12, 2013. The event is open to the public and visiting and local fans are welcome to attend. –By Brian Hurlburt, Like of Facebook.
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Las Vegas Pros Scott, Riegger Do Daily Double on PGA Tour, Champions Tour

Las Vegas, Nevada (August 26, 2013)–John Riegger and Adam Scott became the latest pros with strong ties to the Las Vegas Golf Region to earn victories on a major Tour. Riegger, who has lived in Henderson, a Vegas suburb, for many years, won the Champions PGA Tour Boeing Classic while Adam Scott, who played college golf at UNLV, won the first leg of the 2013 FedEx Cup Playoffs at The Barclays. Earlier this year, Scott became the first male player with ties to Vegas to win a major (Masters), but for Riegger, it was by far the biggest win of
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Las Vegas Golfer Inbee Park Goes For ‘Grand Slam’ at Women’s British Open

Las Vegas, Nevada (August 1, 2013)–Inbee Park won two Nevada State High School golf titles while playing at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. She also finished in the top 10 of Las Vegas' LPGA Tour event at the time, the Takefuji Classic, a couple times as a young amateur. Now she looks to re-write the history books at the 2013 Ricoh Women's Birtish Open where she is looking to become the first golfer–male or female–to win four professional majors in a year. After round one, Park was in with a 3-under par 69 and well on her way
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Phil Mickelson Becomes 4th Pro To Win Open With Butch Harmon

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
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Masters Green Jacket Makes Trip To Open Championship With Adam Scott

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

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

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

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
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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
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Best Playing Round Spurs Las Vegas’ Charley Hoffman to 2013 RBC Heritage Lead

Las Vegas, Nevada (UPDATED April 22, 2013)–Charley Hoffman is a resident of the Las Vegas Golf Region and a 2-time winner on the PGA Tour. Heading into the final round of the 2013 RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, S.C., Hoffman was the leader by two and in position for another win. And he called his 66 in the third round his "best playing round" since the 2010 Deutsche Bank Challenge during the FedEx Cup Playoffs. That tournament was his last victory. UPDATE: Unfortunately, Hoffman struggled to a final-round 77 and a T6 finish. LIVE LEADERBOARD.–By Brian Hurlburt
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Las Vegas PGA Tour Star Charley Hoffman Shares Lead at RBC Heritage

Las Vegas, Nevada (April 20, 2013)–Charley Hoffman was a member of the 1998 UNLV golf team which won the NCAA championship. And he still lives in Las Vegas and has made a name for himself as one of the best players on the PGA Tour with multiple wins including one at the 2010 Deutsche Bank Championship during the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Heading into the final two rounds of the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, Hoffman shared the lead at 6-under par. –By Brian Hurlburt
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Come On Aussie! Adam Scott Becomes First UNLV Player to Win a Major

Las Vegas, Nevada (UPDATED April 15, 2013)–Adam Scott is the first former UNLV Rebel golfer in history to win a Major championship, and now joins Inbee Park as the only golfers with strong ties to the Las Vegas Golf Region to have won a Major. Scott won the 2013 Masters after outdueling Angel Cabrera in a two-hole playoff. Cabrera won the 2009 Masters in a playoff when he defeated former UNLV golfer Chad Campbell. Scott played one year at UNLV in 1998-99, finishing 11th at the 1999 NCAA Golf Championships. –By Brian Hurlburt.
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Five Las Vegas Golfers Play the Weekend at The Masters

Las Vegas, Nevada (April 13, 2013)–The depth of PGA Tour players who live in the Las Vegas Golf Region or who have strong ties to Las Vegas golf courses is deep. And at the 2013 Masters, four players who live in Las Vegas and another who played college golf at UNLV made the cut and are playing the weekend. Adam Scott, the former UNLV golfer, led the way as he entered the weekend in the top 10 and was followed by residents Nick Watney, Ryan Moore (also a Rebel), Kevin Na, and Scott Piercy. MASTERS LEADERBOARD. –By Brian Hurlburt.
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