Golf Today - Over 80000 pages of golf information
Golf News

Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship 2018

DATES: March 22-25
SITE: Corales Golf Club, Dominican Republic
PRIZE MONEY: $3,000,000

Round 4 - Brice Garnett wins first PGA event in Dominican Republic

March 25, 2018

American Brice Garnett captured his first US PGA title on Sunday, firing a two-under par 70 to win the Corales Championship in the Dominican Republic by four strokes.

Garnett, whose best prior PGA showing was sixth at Mayakoba in 2015, finished 72 holes at the Puntacana resort on 18-under par 270 after a windy and rainy final round.

Embed from Getty Images

Among the victory prizes for Garnett, whose breakthrough came in his 88th PGA start, is a berth in his first PGA Championship.

"It's fun. It's real fun," Garnett said. "It's crazy. A lot of hard work, a lot of determination and a lot of support along the way."

The PGA's Dominican debut gave lesser lights a chance at a top finish with the world's top players competing at the WGC Match-Play Championship this week at Austin, Texas.

Garnett, 34, birdied three of the first four holes, stumbled with back-to-back bogeys at the fifth and sixth, but bounced back with birdies at the par-5 seventh and par-3 11th. he followed with six pars before a closing bogey.

"I just wanted to make nine pars on the back. That putt on 11 was huge for me," Garnett said. "Hard day but man it's a lot of fun to do this. I felt great all day."

American Keith Mitchell was second on 274, one stroke ahead of compatriot Kelly Kraft with American Denny McCarthy fourth on 276.

South Korean K.J. Choi, China's Zhang Xinjun and Ireland's Seamus Power and Paul Dunne were in a pack on 277 that also included Americans Andrew Putnam, Harris English, Tom Lovelady and Seungsu Han.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Brice Garnett
-18
63
68
69
70
270
2
Keith Mitchell
-14
66
66
75
67
274
3
Kelly Kraft
-13
68
69
71
67
275

More scores.

Round 3 - Brice Garnett takes 2-stroke lead into final

March 24, 2018

After holding one-stroke leads through 18 and 36 holes, Brice Garnett extended his lead to six strokes at one point during the third round, before dropping three shots in his last six holes to shoot 3-under 69. His 16-under total through 54 holes leads Canada’s Corey Conners by two strokes.

Prior to this week, Garnett’s only lead after any round on the PGA TOUR was following round two of the Fort Worth Invitational where he finished T30.

Embed from Getty Images

The last player to win in wire-to-wire fashion on the PGA TOUR was Marc Leishman at the 2017 BMW Championship.

Garnett, a Gallatin, Missouri native, missed the cut at last year’s Web.com Tour event played at Corales Puntacana after rounds of 73-67.

In 12 previous starts this season he has claimed two top-25 finishes (T17/Safeway Open, T25/OHL Classic at Mayakoba) and comes into the week at No. 110 in the FedExCup standings.

Garnett and Rob Oppenheim (T28/-5) lead the field with the most birdies (18) through 54 holes.

Corey Conners notched six birdies with a single bogey (No. 7) to shoot 5-under 67 and sit in solo second at 14-under, two strokes off the lead.

In his rookie season on the PGA TOUR, Conners has made 10 cuts in 11 events, with a T16 at the Valspar Championship two weeks ago being his best finish. Conners held the first-, second- and third-round leads at the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort after coming into that week as third alternate. He received his spot in the field when Kyle Stanley withdrew and learned of it in the field after shooting a 71 in the Monday Qualifier, which would not have been enough to play his way in. A final-round 77 contributed to the T16 finish.

After rounds of 70-69-68-73—280 (-8), Conners finished T53 in the Web.com Tour event at Corales Puntacana last year.

Former Florida Gator golfer Tyler McCumber moved into contention with a bogey-free, third-round 67, matching the low score of the day (Corey Conners, Harris English). He has played his last 39 consecutive holes without a bogey. In Saturday’s third round, he hit 15 of 18 greens in regulation, matching Martin Flores for most in the round.

With three, McCumber leads the field in eagles this week. He posted eagles on the two front-nine, par-5 holes (Nos. 4 and 7) the opening round and eagled No. 7 again in round three.

McCumber, the son of 10-time PGA TOUR winner Mark McCumber, turned professional in 2013 and owns three wins on PGA TOUR Latinoamerica.

Tom Lovelady’s 4-under 68 leaves him in solo-fourth headed into Sunday’s final round.

With rounds of 69-68-68, the University of Alabama graduate needs another under-par round Sunday to post four-sub-par rounds in a TOUR event for the first time. Lovelady’s college teammates included fellow PGA TOUR professionals Trey Mullinax and Justin Thomas, who he currently lives with in Jupiter, Florida. Mullinax sits T28 at 5-under through 54 holes, while Thomas advanced out of pool play at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin, Texas this week.

Ireland’s Seamus Power sits T5 at 10-under after a third-round 71 and seeks to improve on his best result in 36 previous TOUR starts, a T10 at the 2017 RBC Canadian Open. Following a T11 showing at this season’s CareerBuilder Challenge, Power notched four consecutive missed cuts heading into this event.

Maryland native and Jupiter, Florida resident Denny McCarthy sits T5 at 10-under. This marked the first time in 13 career starts on TOUR that McCarthy, a PGA TOUR rookie, has begun a tournament with three under-par rounds.

In just his third career start on the PGA TOUR, Seungsu Han sits T5 at 10-under. Han’s scorecard this week is a tale of two nines. He is 10-under-par on the front nine and even-par on the inward nine holes.

Emiliano Grillo, a Puntacana Resort ambassador and the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 75 in the Official World Golf Ranking, posted scores of 72-68-73—213 (-3) to sit T44.

Julio Santos, 45, the only player from the Dominican Republic to make the 36-hole cut, notched scores of 70-72-74—216 (E) to sit T68. Santos made history in Dominican golf by participating in the PGA TOUR’s Puerto Rico Open in 2010 (MC). He’s posted one top-10 in 31 career starts on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.

Six of 10 major champions who began the tournament advanced to the weekend; Geoff Ogilvy (71/T8), Retief Goosen (69/T21), Davis Love III (72/T62), John Daly (71/T51), Trevor Immelman (74/MDF) and Mike Weir (73/T68).

Troy Merritt began the third round with an eagle-2 at the par-4 first hole and went on to shoot 1-under 71. Merritt also made an eagle-2 at the par-4 16th during a first-round 69. No other player has recorded an eagle at a par-4 hole this week.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Brice Garnett
-16
63
68
69
200
2
Corey Conners
-14
64
71
67
202
3
Tyler McCumber
-12
67
70
67
204
4
Tom Lovelady
-11
69
68
68
205
T5
Seamus Power
-10
68
67
71
206
T5
Denny McCarthy
-10
66
69
71
206
T5
Seungsu Han
-10
67
67
72
206
T8
Harris English
-9
71
69
67
207
T8
Kevin Tway
-9
67
72
68
207
T8
Troy Matteson
-9
66
73
68
207
T8
Martin Flores
-9
68
71
68
207
T8
George McNeill
-9
67
71
69
207
T8
Geoff Ogilvy
-9
69
67
71
207
T8
Keith Mitchell
-9
66
66
75
207

Round 2 - Brice Garnett holds on to lead, Romo crashes out in DR

March 23, 2018

American Brice Garnett, seeking his first US PGA Tour title, fired a four-under par 68 to hold a one-stroke lead after Friday's second round of the Corales Championship.

The first US PGA event staged in the Dominican Republic featured a host of lesser lights fighting for a title while the world's top players competed at the World Golf Championships Match-Play event in Texas.

Embed from Getty Images

Garnett birdied the par-4 third and par-5 fourth holes, holing out from a bunker at the latter, and added birdies at the sixth and par-5 seventh then closed with 11 pars to stand on 13-under 131 after 36 holes.

Americans Steve Wheatcroft and Keith Mitchell shared second on 132, each after firing his second consecutive 66 on the Puntacana resort course.

China's Zhang Xinjun and American Seungsu Han shared fourth on 134. Ireland's Seamus Power and Canada's Corey Conners were among those in a pack on 135.

Retired NFL quarterback Tony Romo, playing on a sponsor's exemption, opened with six bogeys in a row and fired an 82 to finish last in the field of 132 on 15-over 159.

Pos. Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1 Brice Garnett
-13
63
68
131
T2 Steve Wheatcroft
-12
66
66
132
T2 Keith Mitchell
-12
66
66
132
T4 Xinjun Zhang
-10
66
68
134
T4 Seungsu Han
-10
67
67
134
T6 Hunter Mahan
-9
70
65
135
T6 Matt Every
-9
69
66
135
T6 Corey Conners
-9
64
71
135
T6 Denny McCarthy
-9
66
69
135
T6 Seamus Power
-9
68
67
135
T6 Trey Mullinax
-9
69
66
135

Round 1 - Tony Romo shoots 77 in Dominican Republic

March 22, 2018

Tony Romo settled down after a nervous start, only to come undone on the back nine in his PGA Tour debut.

The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback played a four-hole stretch in a 5 over on the back nine that led to a 5-over 77 in the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship. He was 14 shots behind Brice Garnett, who had a 63 to lead by one shot.

Embed from Getty Images

''Over 18 holes and 72, your flaws start to show at some point,'' Romo said. ''I really hit some good shots close and I had a chance to be under par pretty easily. Then two or three shots on the back nine cost me. But that's golf.''

Romo, who now works as an NFL analyst for CBS Sports, received a sponsor's exemption to the tournament, which has one of the weaker fields of the year because it is held opposite the World Golf Championships event in Texas. He is playing as an amateur.

Garnett played bogey-free, opening with a 30 on the back nine and building a one-shot lead over Corey Conners of Canada.

Romo played with Denny McCarthy, who was among those at 66, and Dru Love. The son of Davis Love III shot a 73.

''I was nervous,'' said Romo, who opened with two bogeys before getting back to even par on the front nine. ''I think I knew going in that I was going to be trying to rely on the mechanics and the fundamentals of the swing. I hit it fine, but three-putted three times, twice early in the round. That's just nerves, and hopefully you can get that out of the way and get a couple of swings that you aren't used to doing and come back and play better tomorrow.''

Friday most likely will be his last day.

Only two players had a higher score than Romo - D.A. Points and Guy Boros at 79. The 53-year-old Boros was playing on the PGA Tour for the first time in three years.

Romo joined a short list of athletes who have tried to compete against those who play for a living.

Mark Rypien, the former Washington Redskins quarterback, played the Kemper Open in 1992. He shot rounds of 80-91 and missed the cut by 27 shots.

Ken Harrelson, an All-Star outfielder for the Boston Red Sox in 1968, qualified for the 1972 British Open at Muirfield and missed the cut by one shot. John Brodie qualified for the U.S. Open while playing for the San Francisco 49ers and later won on the PGA Tour Champions circuit.

Most recently, Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry played a Web.com Tour event outside San Francisco. He shot 74-74 and missed the cut by 11 shots.

''I had it going for a little bit,'' Romo said. ''I had it close.''

Garnett was 10 shots better than his opening round at Punta Cana last year, when it was a Web.com Tour event. He shot 73-67 and missed the cut.

''I think last year I just kind of approached the golf course wrong,'' Garnett said of the generous fairways on the resort course. ''To me, this is a second shot golf course. Everybody's in play off the tee and it comes down to a putting competition.''

Jonathan Byrd was in a large group at 66, while former Puerto Rico Open winner George McNeill was among those at 67.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Brice Garnett
-9
63
2
Corey Conners
-8
64
T3
Jonathan Byrd
-6
66
T3
Brendon de Jonge
-6
66
T3
Steve Wheatcroft
-6
66
T3
Denny McCarthy
-6
66
T3
Keith Mitchell
-6
66
T3
Xinjun Zhang
-6
66
T3
Troy Matteson
-6
66
T10
Kevin Tway
-5
67
T10
Tyler McCumber
-5
67
T10
Paul Dunne
-5
67
T10
George McNeill
-5
67
T10
Ken Duke
-5
67
T10
Seungsu Han
-5
67

Scores

Pos. Player To Par R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 Brice Garnett -18 63 68 69 70 270
2 Keith Mitchell -14 66 66 75 67 274
3 Kelly Kraft -13 68 69 71 67 275
4 Denny McCarthy -12 66 69 71 70 276
T5 K.J. Choi -11 71 68 72 66 277
T5 Xinjun Zhang -11 66 68 74 69 277
T5 Paul Dunne -11 67 70 71 69 277
T5 Andrew Putnam -11 70 68 70 69 277
T5 Seungsu Han -11 67 67 72 71 277
T5 Harris English -11 71 69 67 70 277
T5 Tom Lovelady -11 69 68 68 72 277
T5 Seamus Power -11 68 67 71 71 277
T13 Abraham Ancer -10 71 67 73 67 278
T13 Joel Dahmen -10 71 66 74 67 278
T13 Shawn Stefani -10 68 72 70 68 278
T13 Martin Flores -10 68 71 68 71 278
T13 George McNeill -10 67 71 69 71 278
T13 Corey Conners -10 64 71 67 76 278
T19 J.T. Poston -9 72 71 69 67 279
T19 Troy Matteson -9 66 73 68 72 279
T19 Tyler McCumber -9 67 70 67 75 279
T22 Trey Mullinax -8 69 66 76 69 280
T22 Patrick Rodgers -8 74 65 72 69 280
T22 Tommy Gainey -8 70 68 72 70 280
T22 Fabián Gómez -8 69 70 70 71 280
T22 Matt Atkins -8 69 67 72 72 280
T22 Geoff Ogilvy -8 69 67 71 73 280
T28 Matt Jones -7 72 67 73 69 281
T28 Lanto Griffin -7 69 68 75 69 281
T28 David Lingmerth -7 70 67 75 69 281
T28 John Merrick -7 73 68 73 67 281
T28 Nate Lashley -7 70 70 70 71 281
T28 Steve Wheatcroft -7 66 66 76 73 281
T28 Kevin Tway -7 67 72 68 74 281
T35 Dicky Pride -6 71 70 71 70 282
T35 Matt Every -6 69 66 76 71 282
T35 Hunter Mahan -6 70 65 76 71 282
T35 Rob Oppenheim -6 70 71 70 71 282
T35 Ryan Brehm -6 73 69 71 69 282
T35 Troy Merritt -6 69 70 71 72 282
T35 Adam Schenk -6 70 71 69 72 282
T35 Retief Goosen -6 70 70 69 73 282
T43 Michael Kim -5 68 75 69 71 283
T43 Rory Sabbatini -5 72 70 72 69 283
T45 Santiago Rivas -4 71 69 72 72 284
T45 Richy Werenski -4 71 68 74 71 284
T45 Daniel Chopra -4 70 68 75 71 284
T45 Ben Crane -4 70 72 71 71 284
T45 Harold Varner III -4 71 70 75 68 284
T50 Fabrizio Zanotti -3 71 70 71 73 285
T50 Emiliano Grillo -3 72 68 73 72 285
T50 Vince India -3 73 70 71 71 285
T50 David Hearn -3 69 73 74 69 285
T54 Jonathan Byrd -2 66 74 73 73 286
T54 Stephan Jaeger -2 72 68 74 72 286
T54 Cameron Percy -2 69 71 74 72 286
T54 Ethan Tracy -2 68 69 77 72 286
T54 Chris Wood -2 71 68 76 71 286
T54 Eric Axley -2 72 71 72 71 286
T60 Brett Stegmaier -1 72 69 73 73 287
T60 Ricky Barnes -1 70 68 76 73 287
T60 Augusto Núñez -1 70 71 74 72 287
T60 Scott Piercy -1 70 72 73 72 287
T60 D.J. Trahan -1 71 72 73 71 287
T65 Mark Wilson E 69 72 73 74 288
T65 John Daly E 73 70 71 74 288
T65 Ken Duke E 67 75 73 73 288
T65 J.J. Henry E 71 72 73 72 288
69 Parker McLachlin 1 73 70 73 73 289
T70 Davis Love III 2 71 72 72 75 290
T70 Johnson Wagner 2 73 70 73 74 290
72 Brendon de Jonge 3 66 75 72 78 291
T73 Omar Uresti 4 71 72 71 78 292
T73 Julio Santos 4 70 72 74 76 292
T73 Mike Weir 4 72 71 73 76 292
76 Tim Herron 6 73 70 73 78 294
MDF Andrew Yun 1 71 70 76 -- 217
MDF Trevor Immelman 1 69 74 74 -- 217
MDF Cameron Beckman 1 73 70 74 -- 217
MDF Stuart Appleby 4 69 74 77 -- 220
MDF Robert Allenby 5 73 70 78 -- 221
CUT Jason Bohn E 74 70 -- -- 144
CUT Sam Ryder E 72 72 -- -- 144
CUT Jonathan Kaye E 75 69 -- -- 144
CUT Kyle Reifers E 70 74 -- -- 144
CUT Dudley Hart E 69 75 -- -- 144
CUT Bronson Burgoon E 75 69 -- -- 144
CUT Jason Gore E 75 69 -- -- 144
CUT Arjun Atwal E 71 73 -- -- 144
CUT Jim Furyk E 72 72 -- -- 144
CUT Frank Lickliter II E 71 73 -- -- 144
CUT Shaun Micheel 1 74 71 -- -- 145
CUT John Rollins 1 73 72 -- -- 145
CUT Rafael Campos 1 72 73 -- -- 145
CUT Zac Blair 1 71 74 -- -- 145
CUT Smylie Kaufman 1 73 72 -- -- 145
CUT Conrad Shindler 1 74 71 -- -- 145
CUT Dru Love 1 73 72 -- -- 145
CUT Carl Pettersson 2 75 71 -- -- 146
CUT Daniel Summerhays 2 76 70 -- -- 146
CUT Graeme McDowell 2 70 76 -- -- 146
CUT Roberto Díaz 2 75 71 -- -- 146
CUT Tyler Duncan 2 74 72 -- -- 146
CUT Brendon Todd 3 73 74 -- -- 147
CUT Zecheng Dou 3 76 71 -- -- 147
CUT Richard S. Johnson 3 72 75 -- -- 147
CUT Marc Turnesa 3 72 75 -- -- 147
CUT Derek Fathauer 3 72 75 -- -- 147
CUT Hiram Silfa 3 71 76 -- -- 147
CUT Kyle Thompson 4 75 73 -- -- 148
CUT Andres Romero 5 76 73 -- -- 149
CUT Ángel Cabrera 5 73 76 -- -- 149
CUT D.A. Points 5 79 70 -- -- 149
CUT Robert Garrigus 5 74 75 -- -- 149
CUT Cameron Tringale 5 74 75 -- -- 149
CUT Greg Chalmers 5 74 75 -- -- 149
CUT Brian Davis 6 77 73 -- -- 150
CUT Steven Bowditch 6 76 74 -- -- 150
CUT Ted Purdy 6 73 77 -- -- 150
CUT Robert Streb 6 74 76 -- -- 150
CUT Matt Bettencourt 6 71 79 -- -- 150
CUT George Riley 6 74 76 -- -- 150
CUT Zach Zaback 6 74 76 -- -- 150
CUT Andrew Filbert 7 76 75 -- -- 151
CUT Guy Boros 7 79 72 -- -- 151
CUT Willy Pumarol 7 76 75 -- -- 151
CUT Heath Slocum 7 75 76 -- -- 151
CUT Robert Gamez 8 77 75 -- -- 152
CUT Len Mattiace 8 75 77 -- -- 152
CUT Keith Clearwater 8 77 75 -- -- 152
CUT Rhadames Pena (a) 9 71 82 -- -- 153
CUT Tony Romo (a) 15 77 82 -- -- 159



Mickelson brings Major appeal to Scotland

Reed aiming to master Gullane as he returns to the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open

Fitzpatrick joins PGA TOUR as Special Temporary Member

Phil Mickelson apologizes for US Open conduct

Aussie Open champion Peter Thomson dies aged 88

In-form Fleetwood eyes glory in Germany

Fleetwood ready to carry momentum into Scottish Open

More news



BMW International Open R2: Hend makes most of windy conditions to take BMW lead

Travelers Championship R2: Brian Harman takes lead in Connecticut

American Family Insurance Championship R1: Host Steve Stricker takes opening lead in Wisconsin

Latest Official World Golf Ranking

Current European Tour Race to Dubai Standings

Current PGA Tour FedEx Cup Standings



LET & Leadingcourses.com partnering to promote best championship courses

Swedes in search of major success at Jabra Ladies Open

IK Kim & Catriona Matthew will return to Royal Lytham

Laura Davies first woman to compete in Staysure Tour event

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship R1: Gaby Lopez grabs Walmart lead with 63

More news

Rickie Fowler, Puma & Arnie Army to honor Arnold Palmer

Sketchers unveil 2018 GO GOLF collection

© Golftoday.co.uk 1996-2018 - Terms & Conditions - Privacy Policy - About Us - Advertise - Classifieds - Newsletter - Contact Us