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Wesley Bryan
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Wesley Bryan won the Chitimacha Louisiana Open in only his third start on the Tour.
Wesley Bryan, a 25-year-old former University of South Carolina player, won the Chitimacha Louisiana Open on Sunday. The win came in just his third start on the Tour after he played his way onto the circuit via Q-School in December.
If that name sounds familiar to you, it's because Bryan is one half of the Bryan brothers – he and brother George are among the absolute best golf trick-shot artists we've ever seen. And, coincidentally, George served as Wes' caddie this week.
We've showcased a ton of their trick shots on over the last few years, and this victory proves that Wes can play winning golf as well as entertaining golf. So, just for fun, here are a couple links to the Bryan brothers in action, and a few more at the bottom of this post:
"My wife and I have been praying for a win for a long time on any level and for the top 25 on the money list every night before we go to bed," Bryan said after his victory. "This makes it a lot easier. The ultimate goal is the PGA Tour."
Bryan closed with a 3-under 68 for a one-stroke victory, finishing at 14-under 270 on a cool, windy day at Le Triomphe Country Club in Broussard, La.
Argentina's Julian Etulain was second after a 70. Martin Flores (70), Jonathan Byrd (71), Ryan Brehm (71) and Joel Dahmen (71) tied for third at 11 under.
Greg Chalmers had a one-stroke lead with seven holes to play, but had two bogeys and double bogey to drop back. The Australian finished with a 73 to tie for seventh at 10 under.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Jason Day
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Jason Day made up for a short tee shot with a perfect pitch on the par-3 second hole in the final round at Bay Hill.
This is a fairly amazing stat: The last three times that Jason Day has held or shared the 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour, he has gone on to win. That is what you call closing the deal.
He started today's final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational with the lead, looking to stretch his streak to four in a row. Can he pull it off? If his play on the par-3 second hole is any indication, he sure can.
The hole is playing a long 213 yards today, and Day's tee shot came up about 20 yards short of the raised green. No so good, right? Then he hit the pitch shot you can see below – right into the cup.
Day has struggled so far today, and that's not good since overnight rain really softened up the course and many of his competitors are going low. But if he can right the ship, this pitch-in might prove to be very crucial. 
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Rory McIlroy acknowledges the crowd Sunday after his 59-foot birdie putt on the final hole.

The Masters is just three weeks away and Rory McIlroy put on a show Sunday worthy of a green jacket-winning trip around Augusta National.

He shot 65 at Bay Hill, including this outstanding 59-foot birdie putt on the final hole. Onions.


And to cap the day off, McIlroy had an opportunity to thank Arnold Palmer in person for the week, as posted on Twitter.




Before you toss around McIlroy's name as the Masters favorite, there is a caveat. He made six double-bogeys at the Arnold Palmer Invitational this week and posted rollercoaster rounds of 75, 67, 75 and 65. That meant a finish well down in the standings, and not the kind of consistency you'd like to see in one of his final tuneups before the azaleas begin blooming.

So flashes of brilliance coupled with flashes of frustration for the Northern Irishman, who would love nothing more than to add a green jacket to his collection of golf trophies. But he has a lot of company in that regard.



March 18, 2016 - 12:18pm
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Jason Day
Jason Day remains at the top of the Arnold Palmer Invitational leader board.

In case anyone was wondering if Jason Day's putting would continue its lights-out form, he cleared things up rather quickly.

Thursday's round included a one-putt barrage on his last 7 holes.

And Hhe took the overnight lead with his 6-under 66.

Friday? Things like this happened.






The birdie that would take him to 9-under for the tournament.

Also, it's not just the putting game that's strong this week.

His short game is also on fire. Check out this approach shot on the third.


He finished up Friday with this birdie for a round of 65 and the lead at 13-under.



We could watch those all day.

HEAT'S ON: Day takes lead with one-putt streak

Jordan Spieth's bracket
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Who would be Kansas' opponent in the NCAA final game? Jordan Spieth forgot to pick a winner in one of the national semifinal games.
Like the rest of us, Jordan Spieth has college hoops on the brain today. He even filled out a bracket and shared it on Twitter, with the caption "Bring it on.. #bold.
But oops – the world No. 1 forgot something. He didn't pick a winner of one of the semifinal games.
Maybe it doesn't matter – he clearly is going with Kansas to win the whole thing. But we figure that's really just an oversight – and perhaps one that he might've avoided had caddie Michael Greller been looking over his shoulder like he does in a hilarious new SportsCenter commercial that you can see down below.
Justin Rose with Graeme McDowell
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Justin Rose (l) got a handshake from Graeme McDowell after sinking his approach shot for an eagle on the par-4 third hole at Bay Hill.
Justin Rose is English, not Irish, so you wouldn't necessarily think that he'd find a lot of luck on the golf course on St. Patrick's Day. And at the start of his first round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, that seemed to be the case.
Rose opened on the back side at Bay Hill Thursday morning with a par and then a double bogey, but bounced back with a birdie on No. 12, his third hole of the day. After three straight pars, he eagled the par-5 sixth hole by sinking an 18-foot putt. Another bogey on No. 1, his 10th hole, dropped him back to even, and that's where he was as he steppd up onto the tee box on the par-4 third hole.
He crushed his drive 319 yards right into the elbow of the big dogleg left, and had only a wedge for his 112-yard approach shot from the fairway. As you can hear on the video below, the Golf Channel analyst noted that Rose should expect to hit it within seven or eight feet from that distance.
Rose clearly had a slightly higher goal – his shot hit just short and right of the flag, hopped a couple times and curled into the right side of the cup for an eagle. He raised his arms in triumph, and got a congratulatory handshake from Graeme McDowell – a Northern Irishman who must've been wondering why Rose was hogging all the St. Paddy's Day mojo in their group.
Rose, by the way, finished up with a pair of biries and four pars for a 4-under 68 – not bad, considering he was 2 over after his first two holes.
Here's his big eagle: