Flesch wins Mitsubishi Electric Classic in playoff

It took 38 holes on Saturday for Steve Flesch to capture his maiden PGA Tour Champions victory at the Mitsubishi Electric Classic, in just his 22nd start. 

A birdie on the second playoff hole was needed for Flesch to win at TPC Sugarloaf. The event was completed a day early because of Sunday’s weather forecast, which was for heavy rain and lightning. 

Steve opened with a 66 and shot 71 on Saturday morning to enter the final round a stroke behind Langer, Jay Haas and Jerry Kelly.  

A final round 68 (-4) was enough to get Steve into a playoff with Scott Parel and Bernhard Langer, all on -11.

Flesh and Parel birdied the first playoff hole, and when Langer failed to do so, he was eliminated. 

On the second playoff hole, Steve hit long and right into the back bunker, and hit a superb bunker shot out to 3 feet. Holing this short putt was enough to seal victory.

“You never know if you’re ever going to win again,” Flesch said. “Honestly, it’s been harder than I anticipated winning on this tour. The guys are so good. That Langer guy is hard to beat.”

With this victory, Steve moves up to 8th on the Charles Schwab Cup Money List. 

Congratulations to Steve on his first win on the PGA Tour Champions. This is no doubt going to be the first victory of many on this Tour.

Hossler defeated in Houston Open playoff

At the Houston Open, a final round of 67 from Beau Hossler, was enough to secure a playoff for the title with Ian Poulter, but unfortunately lost out to a par on the first extra hole.

Hossler overcame a three-shot deficit with four straight birdies on the back nine. He had a chance to win on the 18th in regulation with a 30-foot birdie putt, which trickled over the right edge of the cup.

A 20-foot birdie putt made by Poulter on his 72nd hole, forced a play-off with Hossler, and he went on to claim the title.

Finishing the week off on 19 under par (269), Beau will have to wait a little longer to secure his first tour victory. It is clear that the breakthrough is not far away for him though, having finished inside the top 25 five times this season on the PGA Tour, including three top-10’s.

Well done on another great week on the PGA Tour Beau! 

Johnson surges to Sentry Tournament of Champions victory

Dustin Johnson cemented his status as the best player in the world, as he surged to a dominant eight-shot victory at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, at Kapalua, Hawaii.

Johnson began his final round with only a two-shot advantage over Brian Harman and three-shots over World #4 Jon Rahm, but matching the low round of the week, a superb seven-under 65, Johnson quickly separated himself from the pack en route to a winning score of 24 under par.

Following up his rounds of 69, 68 and 66, Johnson’s phenomenal final round included four birdies on the front nine, and an eagle on the par-four 12th.

His dominance off the tee at Kapalua was highlighted by a 430-yard tee shot on the 12th, which finished within six inches of the pin, and left him with a tap-in eagle. Johnson also eagled the par-4 12th on Saturday with a hole out from 70 yards.

“I started hitting it real straight and controlled it,” Johnson said. “The driver is what won me the golf tournament this week. I don’t think I hit a bad drive all week.”

Three straight birdies on the 14th, 15th and 16th holes on the Plantation Course, extended Johnson’s lead and made the walk up the penultimate and final holes even more enjoyable.

Johnson has now won at least once in each of his 11 seasons out on the PGA Tour.

“Obviously winning every year out here on Tour so far is big for me. I’m very proud of being able to do that. It’s not easy to win out here. A lot of seasons I’ve only had one win, but last year was my most and hopefully I can do even better than that this year,” Johnson said of winning every season that he has been out on the PGA Tour.

Congratulations on your 17th PGA Tour win Dustin, and here’s to a fantastic 2018 season!

Loar Conquers Q-School; Fernandez-Castano, Oda & Yang Secure Conditional Privileges for 2018

At the Web.com Tour Finals, Edward Loar fired a Sunday 66, on The Cattail Course to rocket 17 places up the leaderboard and secure one of 45 guaranteed Web.com Tour spots up for grabs, for premier developmental Tour in 2018.  With his -15 (282) total, Loar, already a two-time winner on the Web.com Tour, will start his 2018 Web campaign in mid-January in the Bahamas.

With his -15 (282) total, Loar, already a two-time winner on the Web.com Tour, will start his 2018 Web campaign in mid-January in the Bahamas.

 Hambric clients Gonzalo Fernandez Castano, John Oda & Gunn Yang finished the week with totals of -10 (278), -9 (279) and -6 (282) respectively. Fernandez-Castano, Yang and Oda all earned Conditional Status on the 2018 Web.com Tour and will have their 2018 schedules come into clearer focus as the new year approaches.

Fernandez-Castano, a seven-time winner on the European Tour, will have the ability to build his 2018 schedule on both sides of the Atlantic, having secured European Tour playing privileges by virtue of a 13th place finish at European Q-School in November.

Congratulations to Big Ed on an outstanding weekend and to GFC, John and Gunn, we look forward to celebrating your achievements in 2018.

Koepka dominates field at Dunlop Phoenix to successfully defend his title

Brooks Koepka successfully defended his title at the Dunlop Phoenix, one of the premier events on the Japan Golf Tour, with a tournament record 9-shot victory over a deep international field featuring World #5 Hideki Matsuyama and PGA Tour Rookie of the Year and winner of the Tour Championship, Xander Schauffele.

Koepka’s resounding victory was punctuated by an eagle on the par-5 18th hole at the Phoenix Country Club, as he posted a four-round total of 20-under par (65-68-64-67). Brooks joins Tiger Woods and Luke Donald as the only repeat winners of the event since the turn of the century and his 264 stroke total was second only to his own tournament record of 263 (21 under par) set in 2016.

With the victory, Koepka will move up 3 spots in the Official World Golf Ranking to #7. Brooks will look to continue his winning ways against a 15 of the world’s other top players at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas from November 30th – December 3rd.

Canter and Castaño secure European Tour cards for 2018

Congratulations to both Laurie Canter and Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño who have secured their 2018 European Tour cards through Q-School this week at Lumine Golf Club in Spain.

Both finished the gruelling six round test in a tie for 12th on 16 under par. With the leaderboard extremely tight going into the final round, there was little room for error, but experience shun through from the pair as Gonzalo shot a final round 68 (-3) and Laurie a 69 (-2), to wrap up their cards with three shots to spare.

At the halfway stage, Canter led by 1 shot on -13, thanks to a bogey free 67 (-5). This was following on from an impressive second round 64 (-7), that included 9 birdies. From the halfway stage onwards, Laurie’s rounds of 75, 66 and 69, with a birdie on his final hole, were enough to secure his European Tour card for the third year in a row at Qualifying School.

Spanish favourite Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño secured his return to the European Tour, shooting rounds of 72, 70, 69, 68, 65 and a final round of 68. A big move in his penultimate round, with a 65 (-6), catapulted Castaño up the leaderboard to tied 10th.

“I am feeling extremely relaxed. Last time I played at Q-School was in 2004 where it very much felt like a case of all or nothing,” said Castaño.

A solid, bogey-free final round of 69 (-3) guaranteed the Spaniard his 2018 European Tour card walking off the 18th green.

Speaking to the press after a successful tournament, Gonzalo said, “It’s been a long week and I’m a little tired but it’s been an interesting day. I’ve been super relaxed all week long but today I could feel that tiredness, but I managed to hang in there and I guess experience was a key factor.”

“Having Alvaro, my friend, on the bag helped a lot and we did it, so it’s been an amazing week. Believe it or not, I was a little nervous today and it’s good to have those butterflies again because it’s been a long time.”

“My only goal now is to win another European Tour event so that I can be one ahead of Alvaro!”

We wish both Laurie and Gonzalo every success next season on the European Tour.

Oda Dazzles in PGA Tour Pro Debut; Hossler Continues Impressive Fall Play at Mayakoba

John Oda made the most of his first PGA Tour start as a professional, with an outstanding 8th place finish at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

Despite receiving a sponsor’s invite on the eve of tournament week, Oda navigated El Cameleon’s narrow fairways, driving rain showers and gusty winds to lead the field in Driving Accuracy en route to rounds of 68-65-69-70 and a 12-under par total.

John’s second round 65, featured 8 birdies and 2 bogeys and matched the low second round of the week. This stellar round positioned him in the penultimate group for both his third and final rounds, playing directly in front of eventual tournament winner Patton Kizzire and runner-up Rickie Fowler.

Oda’s top-10 finish gained him entry into this week’s RSM Classic in Sea Island, Georgia where he will join fellow Hambric clients Beau Hossler and Martin Flores, competing in the final full-field PGA Tour event of the 2017 calendar year, before shifting his focus back to Final Stage of Web.com Tour Q-School.

Hossler, a 2017 graduate of the Web.com Tour, continued his solid PGA Tour rookie campaign with a tie for 34th place at Mayakoba, his 4th consecutive made cut to start his own Tour career, thus far highlighted by ties for 10th at the Sanderson Farms Championship and 7th at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Oda and Yang Flourish at Web.com Tour Q-School

Rising stars John Oda and Gunn Yang advanced through Second Stage of Web.com Tour Qualifying School with T-2 and T-11 finishes respectively at Bear Creek Golf Club in Murrieta, CA.

Oda’s week was highlighted by a final round 7-under par 65 that featured 8 birdies and just a single bogey. Yang held steady throughout the week despite the intense pressure of Q-School to finish his final round with a bogey-free back nine with a trip to Final Stage hanging in the balance.

Oda, a 2017 First Team All American at UNLV claimed medalist honors at First Stage of Web.com Tour Q-School highlighted by a third round 62 at The Crosby, located near San Diego last month.

Yang, the 2014 US Amateur Champion has seen a recent resurgence in his game after spending the 2017 season overseas on the European Challenge Tour. Yang also advanced through the First Stage qualifier held at The Crosby in October.

With their finishes at Bear Creek, both Oda and Yang have secured conditional status on the Web.com Tour for the 2018 season. They’ll look to secure full status with another strong performance at the Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Arizona where the Web.com Q-School Finals will take place from December 7th – 10th .

Next up for Oda is this week’s OHL Classic at Mayakoba where his recent strong play earned him a sponsor’s invite. Yang will spend the next several weeks readying his game for Final Stage of Web.com Tour Q-School.

Congrats to Gunn & John for their achievements thus far!

Kramer Hickok wins the Ontario Championship

A second straight 8-under par 64 from Kramer Hickok in the final round of the Ontario Championship, got him into a playoff with California’s Johnny Ruiz, to see who would claim this title on the MacKenzie Tour – PGA Tour Canada.

After four playoff holes, Hickok had a five-foot birdie putt to win, which he held. This granted him his second MacKenzie Tour – PGA Tour Canada victory of the season. This has guaranteed him a spot in The Five, along with Web.com Tour status for 2018.

It has been a great couple of events for Hickok over the last few weeks, as he finished second in his two previous starts at the National Capital Open to Support our Troops and the Cape Breton Open. “It’s a step in the right direction and it’s not another second place, so I’m happy about that.”

Hickok needed a quick start as he was eight strokes off the lead which was held by Ruiz. Three straight birdies narrowed the gap and then between holes 8 – 11, Kramer racked up another four straight birdies – this got him within two of Ruiz’s lead.

2 under par for his last 5 holes, Hickok posted the clubhouse lead on 19 under par and headed straight to the range to warm up for a playoff, if there was to be one.

Then came a playoff and both Hickok and Ruiz posted pars on 18, 18 and 9. Then on the fourth playoff hole, Hickok produced a beautiful 9-iron for 143 yards, which landed 5 feet from the pin.

“It’s unbelievable. This course yielded some of the best players all year. Heading into today, I was in seventh place but looking in front of me, there were four guys that could jump me in The Five. I think that’s what good courses do – they bring out the best players,” said Hickok, reflecting on what has been an incredible year that still has one goal left to be achieved: the Order of Merit title next week.

“I’ve had three seconds and two wins, and it’s not even guaranteed. These guys are just that good. If you’re not playing well, someone else is, and they’re going to jump you. I know the purse is bigger next week, so I’ve gotta go out there and do it again,” said Hickok.

This is Kramer’s first season on the MacKenzie Tour and his wins at the Ontario Championship and the Players Cup, as well as runner-up finishes at the Staal Foundation Open, The National Capital Open and the Cape Breton Open have cemented his place atop the Order of Merit rankings.

This win makes Hickok only the second player during the PGA Tour era on the MacKenzie Tour, to surpass $100,000 in earnings for one season.

Congratulations on yet another win Kramer – we are all so happy for you!

Hambric Welcomes John Oda

Hambric Sports is proud to welcome First Team All-American John Oda to the HSM family, as he announces his decision to turn professional. This comes after a stellar collegiate career at UNLV, which saw him register four individual titles and All-American honours, in each of his three seasons.

The Honolulu native posted the second-best career scoring average in UNLV history, surpassing marks set by Adam Scott & Charley Hoffman, while trailing only the career stroke average of Ryan Moore. Perhaps the most pedigreed amateur to come from the Hawaiian Islands, Oda twice qualified for the Sony Open in Hawaii, including 2012, where he competed as a 15-year old.

A medalist at this year’s U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying, John tested his game under major championship conditions at Erin Hills, before embarking on a busy amateur schedule. This was highlighted by ties for 4th and 6th place at the Sahalee Players Championship and Pacific Coast Amateur respectively. Oda capped off his amateur career, by reaching third round of matchplay at the U.S. Amateur, in Riviera Country Club, before turning professional. He was beaten by eventual winner Doc Redman.

John will shift his focus to Web.com Tour Qualifying as he begins his professional career. He is signed up for First Stage at The
Crosby, in San Diego, which takes place from October 3rd – 6th.

Oda will be managed by Walker Huddy.

With offices in Dallas, Los Angeles & Dublin, Hambric Sports specializes in the management of professional golfers, and markets its clients on a global basis. This includes seeking and negotiating income-producing opportunities within the golf industry and corporate world. In addition to Oda, the list of clients includes Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Thorbjørn Olesen, Martin Laird, Ricardo Gouveia, Cody Gribble, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and rising star Beau Hossler.