Koepka claims the 100th PGA Championship

Brooks Koepka claimed his second Major Championship this season as he won the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club, in his 100th start on the PGA Tour.

Koepka carded a closing round of 66 to finish two shots ahead of Tiger Woods and write himself into the history books with Ben Hogan, Gene Saracen, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win the US Open and PGA Championship in the same season. 

Setting a new tournament record of 16 under par with a total of 264, Koepka found it hard to believe how far he had come after missing a portion of the start of his season due to a serious wrist injury. 

“When I look at what I’ve done in the past two months, it’s incredible. Sitting on my couch watching the Masters, and to think I would do this, I would have laughed at you and told you there was no way, no chance, and to do it is really incredible.” said Brooks. 

After rounds of 69, 63 and 66 earlier in the week, Koepka entered the final round with a two-shot lead over Adam Scott. 

Brooks birdied the first hole of his final round and although he bogeyed the 4th and 5th, he remained cool, calm and collected and went on to make three birdies in a row at the 7th, 8th and 9th.

After superb par saves at 10 and 11, Koepka missed birdie chances on the next two greens and suddenly found himself tied for the lead with Adam Scott.

Birdies at 15 and 16 for Brooks were crucial and made the walk down his final hole that little bit more enjoyable with a 2 shot lead.

A 324-yard drive down the middle of the 18th fairway left Koepka with 122 yards to the pin which he hit to 17ft. A two-putt par here sealed victory for the 28-year-old and his third Major Championship.

With this win, Brooks jumps up to a career-best 2nd in the Official World Golf Rankings and 3rd in the FedEx Cup Standings.

“Three Majors at 28. It’s a cool feeling. It really is.” said Koepka.

We think so too Brooks! Congratulations on your third Major Championship and another fantastic display both on and off the golf course.

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Wilson back in the Winner’s Circle at the Swedish Challenge

Holing a ten foot par putt on the second playoff hole was enough to seal victory at the Swedish Challenge for Oliver Wilson. 

Oliver shot rounds of 68, 70, 79 and a final round of 68 to leave him on -13 and set up a playoff with the current Road to Ras Al Khaimah leader, Joachim B Hansen. 

With both Wilson and Hansen settling for pars on their first extra hole, Oliver held his nerve on the second playoff hole and played a fantastic approach shot from the edge of the green, before safely two-putting for par. 

The 2008 European Ryder Cup player has endured a tough couple of years, but he was thrilled to come away with his first victory since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in 2014.

“I’m absolutely delighted, I really am,” said Wilson. “It was hard. The last few years have been hard and I battled well today. Just to get the job done, it means a lot. There’s a long way to go on my journey but this is definitely a big step in the right direction.”

This victory at the Swedish Challenge catapults Oliver up to 26th position on the Road to Ras Al Khaimah rankings, less than 13,000 points away from the elusive top 15. 

Form is temporary and class is permanent. Well done on a fantastic victory Oli – we are all so proud of you and knew that your hard work would pay off!

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Jordan Smith signs with Hambric Sports

One of the world’s most promising golfers, Jordan Smith, has today announced his decision to sign with Hambric Sports.

Now more than half-way through his second season on the European Tour, the 2017 Porsche European Open winner enjoyed a fast rise through the golfing ranks over the last number of years.

In 2015, Smith won the PGA Europro Tour’s Order of Merit, which saw him gain promotion to the European Challenge Tour for the 2016 season.

Following his graduation to the Challenge Tour, Jordan went on to claim victory at the Red Sea Egyptian Challenge, the RAK Golf Challenge and with numerous other strong performances throughout the season, Jordan topped the Challenge Tour’s 2016 Road to Oman rankings.

The 2017 season saw Jordan pick up his maiden European Tour victory at the Porsche European Open, following a thrilling play-off with Alexander Levy.

Jordan’s victory in Hamburg saw him qualify for his maiden major at the US PGA Championship, where he went on to finish tied 9th, which was the highest placed finish of any European player that week.

Currently, Jordan is ranked 135th in the Official World Golf Rankings and 60th on the 2018 Race to Dubai, thanks to a tied 3rd place finish at the Volvo China Open and tied 8th at the Italian Open.

“I am very happy to be joining Hambric Sports”, said Jordan. “I believe their experience and global presence will help to take my career to the next level and I look forward to working with Rocky and the rest of the team”.

CEO of Hambric Sports, Rocky Hambric, said: “I am delighted to welcome Jordan to the family. Already a proven Tour winner, we are very excited and look forward to working with him as he continues his rise through the world ranks. We will be there every step of the way on Jordan’s long and successful golfing career.”

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 Smith, the list of clients includes Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Thorbjørn Olesen, Martin Laird, Beau Hossler, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño and Scottie Scheffler.

Johnson cruises to victory at the RBC Canadian Open

World number one Dustin Johnson captured his 19th PGA Tour title at the RBC Canadian Open on Sunday and rewrote the history books by becoming the first player since Tiger Woods in 2009 to win three or more times in three consecutive seasons. 

Heading into the final round at Glen Abbey tied for the lead with Kevin Tway, Whee Kim and Byeong Hun An, Johnson pulled away quickly with back to back birdies on his opening two holes to lead the field by two shots. 

After birdies at the first, second and eighth, Johnson stayed out in front for the rest of the day and headed into the back nine three-under for his final round.

Even a weather delay for roughly 90 minutes couldn’t derail Johnson. He came out following the restart and made four birdies on the back nine and went on to shoot a six-under 66 and finish on 23 under par.

Johnson said on Saturday that his only goal on Sunday was to play the par-5’s better and he did just that, making birdie on all four of them. 

Dustin’s most impressive display on a par-5 on Sunday came at the 16th hole, where he missed the fairway with his tee shot, leaving him a difficult 180-yard second on a downslope, out of the rough and to a back left pin. Johnson hit a pitching wedge that landed on the green and just rolled to the back fringe, leading him to calmly get down in two, resulting in one of his seven birdies on Sunday.

“Signing with RBC this year and coming up here and winning, especially on a golf course where I’ve had success, it means a lot,” Johnson said. “Obviously, having a lot of ties to Canada with Paulina, her dad, Wayne, who, thanks to him, I get a lot of fans out here. It makes it a lot more fun playing out here in front of a big crowd. I had a lot of support this week, and it was a lot of fun.”

Johnson retained his spot on top of the FedExCup standings with this victory and also increased his lead at the top of the Official World Golf Rankings.

Well done on your 19th PGA Tour Title Dustin. We are all so proud of you and we know that you will break plenty more records over the course of your career!

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Hambric Sports welcomes Yannik Paul

Hambric Sports are proud to welcome Yannik Paul to the family, following on from a successful collegiate career with the University of Colorado’s Golf Team. Yannik made his professional debut earlier this month at the Mackenzie Tour Free 55 Financial, where he finished tied 36th.

Graduating from CU with a degree in Business Management, Yannik has had a busy year both on and off the course. His best finish of the season came at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational, where he was co-medalist, then going on to finish T2 at the Pac-12 Championships and 2nd in the team event at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate.

Individually, Paul was named on the first team for the All-Pac 12 and also as CU’s co-Male Athlete of the Year for all sports in the University. He posted a stroke average of 69.64 this spring, which broke the original CU record of 70.67, that was set by his twin brother Jeremy. He also broke a school record with nine tournaments under par this year, and of the 558 holes that he played, only three of these were worse than a bogey.

Throughout Yannik’s amateur career, he has been selected to represent team Germany at the European Amateur Team Championships and the European Nations Cup.

“I’m looking forward to working together with one of the most experienced teams in the business. I believe that Hambric’s knowledge will be really beneficial for my professional career”, said Paul.

Yannik will be managed by Duncan Maxim and Ricardo Relinque. Rocky Hambric, CEO of Hambric Sports, is delighted that Yannik decided to choose Hambric Sports to represent him;

“We are very happy to welcome Yannik to Hambric Sports. He’s a very talented golfer and we have been impressed with his standout performances throughout his collegiate career. Given his college record, we look forward to working closely with him.”

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 Yannik Paul, the list of clients includes Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Thorbjørn Olesen, Martin Laird, Oscar Lengdén, Beau Hossler and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño.

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Back-to-back US Open Championships for Brooks

Brooks Koepka became the first U.S. Open champion in 29 years to successfully defend his title, when he clinched a one-stroke victory on Sunday at Shinnecock Hills.

Shooting a Sunday 68, to finish on one over-par and become the first player to win back-to-back US Opens since Curtis Stange in 1988 and 1989, it was a special day for Brooks.

Paired with his great friend and fellow Hambric Sports player, Dustin Johnson, it was always going to be an enjoyable and competitive final round for both.

Heading into the final round, both Koepka and Johnson shared the lead on three over-par, along with Daniel Berger and Tony Finau.

None of the above were able to put pressure on Brooks throughout his final round though, that pressure came from Englishman Tommy Fleetwood, who shot a closing round 63 to sit in the clubhouse on two over-par.

When Fleetwood finished, Koepka was on his eighth hole and just one shot ahead. He played his final ten holes in level par and had some fantastic par saves throughout.

On the par 3 eleventh, Brooks pulled it to the left into the thick grass. He hit his second which raced over the back of the green and into the bunker. Blasting this out to eight feet, he calmly made the putt for bogey and minimised the damage.

“I think that was like making a birdie, maybe even making an eagle,” Koepka said. “Because it could have been a big momentum shift. To make bogey there was pretty incredible and I think kind of the reason why we won.”

On the following hole, the par 4 twelfth, having gone over the back of the green and into the hay, Brooks hit a superb pitch shot to seven feet and made the par putt.

A birdie on the par 5 sixteenth came from a beautiful wedge shot to 3 feet, which gave him a two-shot lead with two holes to play and a little bit of breathing room.

On his final hole, Brooks tugged his approach shot slightly left and hit a fantastic pitch shot to twelve feet, allowing him to two-putt for bogey and claim his second major championship.

“I probably couldn’t have dreamed of it in my wildest dreams,” he said. “It’s really incredible, I couldn’t be happier.”

Missing the first three months of the 2018 season due to a partially-torn tendon in his left wrist, Brooks made up for lost time, making four cuts in five starts, including a runner-up finish at the Fort Worth Invitational.

With this win, Brooks will jump up to fourth in the World Rankings and thirteenth in the FedEx Cup Standings.

Well done Brooks on a tremendous display of golf and resilience, in what was a tough start to your 2018 season. You are a true champion and we couldn’t be happier that you are now a two-time major winner!

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Dustin Johnson finished his week at Shinnecock Hills in solo third position on three over-par, after shooting rounds of 69, 67, 77 and 70. Well done on another fantastic week Dustin and no doubt another major victory is just around the corner for you.

 

 

18th career victory for Johnson at the FedEx St. Jude Classic

Dustin Johnson’s victory at the FedEx St. Jude Classic on Sunday not only gave him his eighteenth career victory, it also lifted him back up to the World Number one spot.

Holing out for an eagle from 170 yards on his final hole, Johnson went on to finish with a six-shot lead.

“What a cool way to end the day,” Johnson said.

A final round 66 (-4), including an eagle, three birdies and a bogey, granted Johnson his second PGA Tour victory this season, and the eighteenth of his career. He finished on a total of 19 under par (261) and it was also the second time that Dustin has won the FedEx St. Jude Classic

Starting his round tied for the lead with Andrew Putnam, Dustin parred the first hole, while Putnam double bogeyed, meaning a two-shot swing, and suddenly DJ was leading by two.

After hitting an iron off the tee at the twelve and going left of the cart path, Johnson saved par with a 16-foot putt to protect his two-shot lead. 

“That was a big putt,” Johnson said. “That kind of gave me the boost I needed to finish out the round. Sometimes those par putts are just as big if not bigger than the birdie putts. Kind of gave me the extra boost I needed to finish the round.”

He then hit a 359-yard drive on the par 4 thirteenth, leaving him just a mere 95 yards to the pin. An approach shot to three feet gave him his second birdie and got him 16 under par.

On the par 5 16th, Dustin’s tee shot found the trees on the right-hand side of the fairway, and he threaded a shot up to the green. A chip to 5 feet and a simple birdie putt gave him a four-shot lead. 

Johnson’s final hole is one that he will never forget. His drive found the semi-rough to the right-hand side of the fairway and left him with 170 yards to the pin. Hitting his second shot with a 9-iron, it bounced twice and found the bottom of the cup, much to the excitement of Johnson and fans. 

Dustin shot four straight rounds in the sixties at TPC Southwind –  67, 63 and 65, before his final round 66.

In winning the FedEx St. Jude Classic, Dustin reclaimed the World Number 1 spot, which he held for 15 months, before Justin Thomas over took him on May 13th. 

Well done DJ on your win at TPC Southwind and best of luck this week at the US Open Championship. We are all incredibly proud of you!

(Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)

Paul McBride signs with Hambric Sports

Hambric Sports are proud to announce the signing of Irish golfer, Paul McBride, who was ranked 41st in the World Amateur Golf rankings before joining the professional ranks.

Paul was selected to represent Great Britain and Ireland at the 2017 Walker Cup, following on from finishing runner-up in the individual standings at the 2017 European Team Championship, reaching the quarter finals of The Amateur Championship in 2017 and also finishing 3rdat the 2017 General Hackler Championship.

McBride played collegiate golf with Wake Forest University, with his best finishes in 2018 coming at the ACC Men’s Golf Championship, where he finished 4thindividually and 3rdin the team standings. He also had a successful 2017 season, which saw him finish solo 2ndat the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate, T2 at the ACC Men’s Golf Championship (beaten in a play-off), solo 3rdat the General Hackler Championship and T4 at the Irish Creek Collegiate.

Individual accolades for Paul in 2017 included earning Division 1 PING All-Region honours and being selected as the ACC Player of the Month in April. He was also the IGWA’s 2017 Men’s Amateur of the Year.

Paul has enjoyed many team successes throughout his amateur career also, including representing Great Britain & Ireland at the 2017 Walker Cup, being a member of the winning 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Irish Home Internationals Team and finishing third at the 2016 Eisenhower Trophy with Ireland.

“I’m delighted to be joining such a successful and caring team. I look forward to the next step in my golfing career with Hambric Sports”, said McBride.

Paul will make his professional debut on the Challenge Tour this week at the Hauts de France Open, followed by his European Tour debut at the BMW International Open next week.

“We are delighted to welcome Paul to the Hambric Sports family and look forward to guiding him through his progression into the professional ranks. Having followed Paul’s progress for quite some time now, on both sides of the Atlantic, we are all very excited for the future”, said CEO of Hambric Sports, Rocky Hambric.

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 McBride, the list of clients includes Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Thorbjørn Olesen, Martin Laird, Oscar Lengdén, Beau Hossler and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño.

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Figueiredo triumphs in Belgium

A 25-foot putt in a three-way play-off, was enough to grant Pedro Figueiredo his maiden Challenge Tour victory at the KPMG Trophy.

Shooting a final round 64 (-7), saw him enter into a play-off with Sweden’s, Anton Karlsson and Welshman, Stuart Manley. A birdie putt on the first extra play-off hole could not be matched by either, and Figueiredo took the title. 

Beginning the day four shots behind the leader, Pedro shot a bogey-free 64, including 5 birdies and an eagle, to lift him to 22 under par. He also had a birdie putt on his final hole to win, which he unfortunately could not convert, but made amends in the play-off.

“It feels really good to win,” said Pedro. “It’s my first victory on the Challenge Tour. I’m beyond words, it feels really good.”

“I’ve had a few tough years starting as a pro and now to come back strong and be able to win on the Challenge Tour means a lot to me. I’m very thankful for it and it feels really good.

Pedro shot rounds of 63, 68, 67 and 64 throughout the week at L’Empereur G&CC, which included 24 birdies and 2 eagles. 

“It means a lot for my confidence. Knowing that I’m able to win here on the Challenge Tour because the level is great out here, it means a lot. I hope to build on that confidence and get a few more victories in the future.”

This win lifts Figueiredo into tenth position on the Road to Ras Al Khaimah rankings, on a total of 39,532 points. He will go on to tee it up at the Hauts de France Open this week at Saint-Omer. 

Well done Pedro – we are all so thrilled that you have captured your first Challenge Tour victory, and know that it is just the beginning! 

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Olesen wins the Italian Open after thrilling final round

It was a Sunday to remember for Thorbjørn Olesen, as he held off stiff competition from home favourite Francesco Molinari and England’s Lee Slattery, to claim the Italian Open.

Needing a par at his final hole to seal victory, he looked in trouble off the tee, when he pulled his drive left. But a fantastic up and down save from the green side bunker completed his final round, with a bogey-free 64 and a 22 under par total. 

Entering the final day, Olesen was one behind playing partner Lee Slattery, but a birdie on his first hole from twelve feet, set the tone for the Dane’s day. 

Birdies followed for Thorbjørn on the fifth and seventh, and he then went on to make back to back birdies on the twelve and the thirteenth, with a simple tap-in putt. 

Molinari and Olesen had been tied for the lead with two holes remaining, but Molinari followed four straight birdies by dropping just his second shot of the week on the 17th and Thorbjørn birdied the same hole in the group behind, to take a two-shot lead.

The Italian refused to throw in the towel and holed a curling birdie putt on the last from forty feet, to complete a 65 and pile the pressure on Thorbjørn. Olesen’s nerveless 10-foot putt on the last, secured him his first Rolex Series event victory, and his fifth European Tour title.

“This is my first time coming from behind to win, so that’s very special to me,” Olesen said after a victory which takes him just outside the automatic qualifying places for September’s Ryder Cup, when fellow Dane Thomas Bjorn will captain the European side.

“I was standing on the eighteenth tee and heard I was two in the lead, that’s why I picked the 5-wood from the tee. I thought that would give me a good chance to make four and worse case I would make five, but I was standing there and saw that great putt Molinari holed and that definitely put some pressure on me.”

“I always wanted to come up the leaderboard and take the trophy. I’ve never had that putt on the last to win a tournament so that’s why this one feels so amazing.”

Thorbjørn shot rounds of 65, 68, 65 and a final round 64, to finish on a 22 under total for his week. Four rounds of golf with just four bogeys on his cards for the week, showed just how flawless he was playing. This win catapults him up the Race to Dubai rankings to 6th position. 

“This is exactly what I needed. Well, it’s always what we need but right now for me it’s great.”

Congratulations on your amazing win Thorbjørn, we are all so proud of you at Hambric Sports!