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April 10, 2017

TOUR Highlights: Major champion

PGA TOUR

Masters

2017 tournament host Sergio Garcia claimed golf's coveted green jacket, after defeating fellow tournament host Justin Rose in a sudden-death playoff. Garcia posted a 3-under-par 69 in the second round to join Thomas Pieters and AJGA alumni Charley Hoffman and Rickie Fowler in a tie for first going into the weekend. Garcia maintained his lead into the final round, where he began the day tied with Rose at 6-under-par. Paired in the final tee time of the day, the two went back-and-forth all day, amassing a combined eight birdies and one eagle in the final round. 

With nine wins on the PGA TOUR, Garcia earned his first Major victory and became the third Spaniard to win the Masters. The title also came with a jump in the FedEx Cup Standings, moving him from No. 70 to No. 12. Garcia will host the second annual Sergio Garcia Foundation Junior Championship, May 5-7.

The sole ace during the weekend occurred in the final round when AJGA alumnus Matt Kuchar holed out on the par 3 No. 16. The hole-in-one was only the 18th in Masters history and was part of a back-nine run for Kuchar, who even-par when he made the turn. Kuchar played with the AJGA from 1993-1996 and earned five top-three finishes, including the 1994 Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior where he finished runner-up.

Other AJGA alumni and tournament host highlights:

  • 2nd: Current tournament host Justin Rose
  • T4: 1994 second-team Rolex Junior All-American Matt Kuchar
  • T7: Kevin Chappell
  • T9: Three-time AJGA champion and current tournament host Ryan Moore

 What an awesome new jacket, the members of Augusta National GC gave me tonight, don't you think?😍 pic.twitter.com/grvu8ZIhi6

 

Symetra Tour

POC Med Golf Classic

Benyapa Niphatsophon finished runner-up at the POC Med Golf Classic to earn her second top-10 finish on the Symetra Tour. After Friday's round was cancelled due to extreme rain and flooding at Windsor Golf Club, Niphatsophon carded a 2-under-par 70 to put her in a tie for third going into the final round. She tallied four birdies and an eagle to finish the tournament at 5-under-par 139. Niphatsophon played with the AJGA from 2013-2014, finishing in the top 10 at every event she entered and winning the 2014 Bishops Gate Golf Academy Junior Classic.

 Other AJGA alumni and tournament host highlights:

  • 3rd: 2009 PING Junior Solheim Cup European Team member Sophia Popov
  • 4th: 11-time AJGA champion Lindsey Weaver
  • T5: Ruixin Liu
  • 7th: 2011 ANNIKA Invitational winner Céline Boutier
  • T8: Yu-Chiany Hou, 2009 first-team Rolex Junior All-American Alejandra Cangrejo, three-time honorable mention Rolex Junior All-American Christine Song, 2011 Golf Pride Junior Classic winner Allison Emrey and two-time Wyndham Cup West Team member Stephanie Kono