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Golf Australia Express : Issue 27
WITHTHREEholes to play and one-shot off the pace, American George McNeill knew he needed to do something pretty special if he was going to win the Puerto Rico Open. And the 37-year-old did just that. His birdie at the 16th gave him a share of the lead with Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa before he moved past the 20-year- old star with another birdie at the 17th. Good things come in threes and for McNeill a third consecutive birdie secured his second PGA title with two shots up his sleeve. McNeill, who hadn’t won since the 2007 Frys.com Open, closed with a final round 3-under 69 to finish 16-under at the Trump International Golf Club Puerto Rico. “I was really nervous, but I knew what I had to do, and basically I just had to bear down and get it done,” he said. “If not, then somebody else was going to win. I was trying to basically have control of myself, and that’s all I was looking for.” Starting the day with a minute’s silence in respect of the first anniversary of the Japan tsunami, Ishikawa closed with a brilliant final round 4-under 68 to finish in outright second place. It was the nine-time winner on the Japan Golf Tour’s best finish at a PGA Tour event. McNeill pocketed $630,000, bolting from 83rd to 19th on the FedEx Cup standings. OTG GRANDE FINISH Puerto Rico Open Trump International GC, Puerto Rico “ I was really nervous, but I knew what I had to do... bear down and get it done.” WHAT JUST HAPPENED ON THE PGA TOUR... WRAP THE FINAL STANDINGS 1 GEORGE MCNEILL USA -16 $630,000 2 RYO ISHIKAWA JPN -14 $ 378,000 T3 BOO WEEKLY USA -13 $ 203,000 T3 HENRIK STENSON SWE -13 $ 203,000 T5 SCOTT BROWN USA -12 $ 133,000 T5 MATT JONES AUS -12 $ 133,000 T7 DANIEL SUMMERHAYS USA -11 $ 112,875 T7 KEVIN STADLER USA -11 $ 112,875 T9 BRANDT JOBE USA -10 $ 94,500 T9 BLAKE ADAMS USA -10 $ 94,500 T9 GRAHAM DELAET CAN -10 $ 94,500