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Jobe (Nashville ONE SS) shoots 63, charges past Couples to win Boeing Classic (Champions Tour)

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Click HERE to view Video - SNOQUALMIE, Wash. -- Brandt Jobe used his best round of the year to spoil what was supposed to be a day-long celebration for hometown favorite Fred Couples.

Jobe rallied from seven strokes down, shooting a final-round 9-under 63 Sunday to win the Boeing Classic for his second PGA TOUR Champions title.

Jobe finished at 18 under, three shots ahead of Tom Pernice Jr., who shot a final-round 65. Couples, who held a five-stroke lead after the second round, shot 76 and finished in a tie for third at 12 under.

It was Jobe's first victory since winning the 2017 Principal Charity Classic. The 63 was tied for his second-lowest round on the tour.

"I kind of thought we were going to be playing for second. If Freddy goes out and shoots 3, 4, 5 under like he had done the first two days that's really what we were doing," Jobe said. "I birdied the first five holes and thought, `Well, at least that's making a little noise.'"

 


Buckley (Si5 Offset) wins ATB Financial Classic in sudden-death playoff - MacKenzie Tour CANADA (PGATOUR.com)

CALGARY, ALTA. — For the first time in 2019, 72 holes wasn’t enough as Hayden Buckley needed extra holes to claim the ATB Financial Classic title for his first professional victory. Buckley made par on the first playoff hole to defeat Sam Fidone.

“Sam is a great dude to play with, and we battled all day,” said Buckley, who moves to the fifth spot on the Order of Merit with the victory. “I’ve been close so many times, and finally finishing it off was something I really liked.”

Beginning the day with a three-stroke lead over Fidone, Buckley made two birdies in his first three holes to create some separation. Fighting back, the tournament quickly became a two-man race as Fidone played hole Nos. 2-7 in 5-under par to get within one of Buckley heading into the back nine.

“It felt like I was due for a good ball-striking day,” said Buckley, who was named the University of Missouri Male Athlete of the Year after a four win 2017-18 senior campaign. “I haven’t really hit it well all week. I’ve hit it good enough to compete, but I haven’t hit it where I wanted to, and I did that today.”

While Buckley was striking it well, but failing to convert on the greens, the opposite could be said for Fidone, who made a 40-foot putt for par on No. 10 after driving his ball into the fescue.

Buckley called hole No. 15 a “turning point,” when, for the first time of the day, his name was no longer at the top of the leaderboard.

“I had 95 yards in, hit it over the green and made bogey as (Fidone) made birdie and jumped ahead of me,” said the 23-year old. “I got a little flustered because I wasn’t sure how that happened. I got a little momentum, and the ball started flying farther. It was a pretty emotional day.”

With Buckley comfortably on the green on the 17th, looking at a 12-foot birdie chance, Fidone flew the green from 75 yards and left himself a tricky pitch, short-sided with the green sloping away from him.

Buckley watched as Fidone hit his chip well past the pin, to 50 feet.

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Hayden Buckley (Si5 Offset) fires 63 to lead on Mackenzie Tour (TSN.ca)

MackenzieTour-logo2016EDMONTON — Edmonton Country Club’s course record was matched bright and early on Thursday during the first round of the 1932byBateman Open as Hayden Buckley, playing out of the second group of the day, managed eight birdies without a blemish on his card to sign for an opening-round 63.

In his first professional season, Buckley has quickly learned how to adapt on the fly.

Following a T8 finish at the Windsor Championship, an event where Buckley posted four rounds of 68 or lower, including a second-round 64, he decided that it was time for a change.

“I wasn’t comfortable,” said the 2018 Missouri University Male Athlete of the Year. “I’ve always told myself that when I’m comfortable over the ball, I feel like I’ll make putts.

“I’ve played the U.S. Amateur with that putter and shot rounds in the low 60s with it, but there comes a time when you have to make a change.”

Despite three top-10 finishes through the opening five events of the season, Buckley walked into Golf Town in Toronto on Monday before the Osprey Valley Open looking for a way to revamp his game.

“I went in looking for a new grip, but they didn’t have what I wanted, so I grabbed a putter off the rack, hit a few putts with it, and bought it,” said Buckley, who has had the Seemore putter in his bag ever since. “I had one of the best putting weeks that I’ve had in Toronto.”

The 23-year old carried his momentum from the T5 finish into the HFX Pro-Am, where he posted four more under-par scores to place T11 and launch himself into the ninth spot on the Order of Merit.

Working almost exclusively with the new putter during the off-week back home in Tupelo, Mississippi, Buckley credits Thursday’s professional-best score to the efforts he put in on the green last week.

“The week off was huge, most of my time was spent putting, so today, standing over 30-footers, I felt comfortable and was lucky to see a few of those roll in,” said Buckley, who made four 30-foot looks on Thursday. “The biggest issue was getting used to the speed, but I’ve gotten there, and it was a day where I didn’t hit it great, just good enough, but I made a lot of putts.

“You can’t rely on making 30-footers every day, but I’ll take them when they fall.”

David Rose managed a bogey-free 65 and is the low Canadian heading into Friday. The score is the 30-year old’s lowest-career Mackenzie Tour round.

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