Kjeldson and Oleson (Courtesy of Scott Barbour/Getty Images)Kjeldson and Oleson (Courtesy of Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Team Denmark Prevails, Tiger’s Long Awaited Return

Over this past weekend at the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf in Melbourne, Australia, Team Denmark pushed its way out of a four-way logjam and successfully evaded the pack to capture the title.

Team Denmark was made up of PGA Tour Pro Soren Kjeldsen and Web.com Tour Player Thorbjorn Olesen, who played stunningly and took advantage of choice conditions in their second round to shoot a 12-under, 60.

The win this weekend marks the best finish for Team Denmark since its third place finish in 2013.

Among the pack behind the Danish duo of Kjeldsen and Olesen was Team United States made up of Jimmy Walker and Rickie Fowler. Team United States stumbled off the starting block and continued to falter day in and day out in this tournament, but stayed in contention by always staying below par and trying to play to each other’s strengths. As Team United States went into the clubhouse to sign on their card, they were approached by officials who wanted the team and their playing partners from Team England to review footage of Walker to see if he improved his stance in the trees on the 16th hole. Walker would eventually be cleared, but had Team United States been penalized, it would have put them six strokes behind Team Denmark as opposed to four headed into the final round.

This next weekend, Tiger Woods makes his long-awaited return to the PGA Tour at the Hero World Challenge in Albany; New Providence, The Bahamas. This return marks the first time that Woods will tee it up competitively in 16 months. Barring any major injuries, a 72-hole finish would be a good start for Woods and a competitive set of scores would be more positive re-enforcement for the 40-year-old.

 

 

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A Happy Game Haus Thankgiving

We decided a couple of weeks ago that we wanted to do a Thanksgiving piece and give our readers a chance to get to know us a little better! Below are some of the staff members of TGH telling you all what they are thankful for this holiday season. From Our Haus to Yours, have a very happy Game Haus Thanksgiving!

Jared MacAdam- Head of Esports: Well, I’ll go first, being the only Canadian and my Thanksgiving has passed quite some time ago. I’m thankful for the way this site has grown since its inception, how many great writers we’ve had and all the awesome content we’ve produced. I’m also immensely thankful for the way esports has matured in the past year; we’re seeing leaps and strides in key areas like players well being and stability. It’s an exciting thing to experience and to have a little part in. I’m also thankful for all the weirdos in the Front Office who lovingly mock my Canadianisms.

Josh Burris – Editor: I am thankful for sports. I am a proud Cleveland fan and with the exception of the Browns, good things are happening with our teams. I’m thankful I got to see a Cleveland team win a title. I am also thankful for my family and friendships I have at home, school, and from this site.

Ryan Moran – CFO: I am thankful for family, friends, and football. I am also thankful to be working for TGH and to belong to such an exciting community of sports and esports. I am also thankful of the unifying power of sports and their ability to bring anybody together win or lose.

Tim Miller – Vice President: Of course, when talking about being thankful, I have to be thankful for the opportunity to help lead The Game Haus. I’m also thankful to root for the mighty Ohio State Buckeye football team, and that Marvin Lewis should get fired after this year. I’m also thankful for a loving family and loving girlfriend. Finally, I’m thankful to live in a great country with freedoms like no other (no matter how you feel currently), and to go to a solid, christian university in Cedarville University.

Robert Hanes- President: While these last 365 days have been some of the most challenging times in my life, I can say that I have so many things to be grateful for. To start, everyone here at The Game Haus. These people are incredible, as you can read in their paragraphs of what they are thankful for. They have all gone through many things and have worked their butts off while working here. So thank you to all of the Front Office Members, Writers, Podcasters, and League Team Members! I am also very thankful for my friends. They have helped me through some tough times throughout the last year and I do not know where I would be without them. The same can be said for my Father, Mother and Sister. They have been my rocks as I have struggled many times this year. Lastly I am thankful to God and his son, while it sounds cheesy I know they have been with me every step of the way. From Our Haus to Yours, thank you and have a wonderful holiday season!

Terrance Singleton- Social Media Director: I am thankful for the life God has given me. Every time the holiday season comes around I think about how easily I couldn’t be here. My grandfather died on November 19, 2010 right before Thanksgiving. And I was in a pretty bad car accident on December 27, 2012 that broke my neck and cut my scalp open. So every time the holiday season rolls around I always think about how precious life, family, friends, and faith are important in my life and everyone’s life. So on this Thanksgiving when you are watching NFL football games and eating food until you can’t move, tell your loved ones how much you love them because tomorrow is not promised.

Dylan Streibig- NFL Writer: Whether we realize it or not, we all have a lot to be thankful for.  I am no exception this Thanksgiving or any other year. I am thankful to have a roof over my head and a family that loves me. I am grateful for the fantastic sporting events that go on all around the world. They provide me a momentary escape from my life with a physical disability. I am also thankful for my dog and the fact that I am now a published sports writer thanks to The Game Haus. Most of all, I am thankful for the loyalty of my close friends who do not give up on me, even when I give up on myself.

Matthew Hagan- Columnist: I’m thankful for the opportunity The Game Haus has presented me with. Writing about my favorite sport, football, and offering me a column has been one of the best things in my life. I am thankful to have parents, family and friends support while trying to get a degree in college. My mom has been the biggest reason I have made it this far and I am so thankful that I get to fly back to Vegas to spend Thanksgiving with her. I am also thankful I got to see the Cubs win a World Series and attend the victory parade in Chicago. It was one of the most memorable moments of my life. I am thankful for all the opportunities I have had in this amazing country. I am proud to be an American and this Thanksgiving is going to be one of the best ever. Thank you to everyone who reads my articles, weather you agree or disagree with them. I want to wish anyone who reads this, and anyone who may not, a safe, fun and amazing Thanksgiving.

Alex Keller- Recruitment and Retention: What am I thankful for? Where can I even begin… I guess it would have to be with my family and friends. I wouldn’t be in the position I am today if not for their love and support. But it’s so much more than that… the opportunity to even attend an institution like Georgia Tech, let alone graduate from it is an experience I’m incredibly thankful for. And of course, I have to thank everyone who’s been a part of making my experience with TGH so awesome. So, from our haus to yours, have a Happy Game Haus Thanksgiving everybody.

Pat Perez (Courtesy of Gregory Shamus & Getty Images/ via LATimes.com)

Perez Finishes with 67 for Second Career Win

When the sunset in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, on the OHL Classica at Mayakoba, it would be Pat Perez who walked away victorious.  This was his second career win and his first since 2009.

Perez, in his third start since his shoulder surgery, was at 8-under heading into the third round.  He then shoved his way to near the top of the leaderboard by shooting a 9-under 62 in his third round. That round Perez carded an eagle and nine birdies, to just one bogey on the par-3 10th hole.

Going into his final round, Perez was behind the leader Gary Woodland by one stroke, but that didn’t deter Perez one bit. Perez burst out of the gates, notching three birdies through his first four holes, as Woodland hobbled across the starting line recording two bogies in his first three holes.

Perez then recorded two more birdies on the front nine, and one bogey on the back nine, before turning on cruise control and parring the rest of his holes, to give him a two-stroke victory.

Woodland, the leader through three rounds, seemed poised to nab the trophy heading into the final round, but a weak start left him playing from behind. It wasn’t until the 18th hole that Woodland would finally get to under par on his round. Albeit, Woodland didn’t have a bad weekend. Prior to his final round, Woodland had hit 48 of 54 greens, only missing two greens per round. In his final round, Woodland missed four.  This may not seem like a huge jump, but when you lose by two it’s hard to see that statistic as “not a big jump.”

Next week the PGA Tour heads to the Sea Island Resort in Sea Island, Georgia, to take on The RSM Classic. Last year’s winner Kevin Kisner will look to pawn his last start, an 11-over finish at the WGC-HSBC Championships, as a fluke and get off to a strong start this next weekend.

Until then, I’ll leave you on the lighter side.

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Gary Woodland (Courtesy of Getty Images)

Woodland on Top at OHL Classic at Mayakoba

Through two rounds at El Camaleon Golf Club in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, Gary Woodland is atop the OHL Classic leaderboard with a total of 13-under-par. Woodland started off slow, going 1-over through three holes of his first round, but since then has been lights out. He would birdie the fourth hole with a 21-footer, and then refused to look back, carding 12 birdies and an eagle to just that early bogey. Woodland is set to tee off with Webb Simpson and Scott Piercy at 11:10 a.m. Eastern Time.

Trailing behind Woodland by a stroke is Webb Simpson at 12-under. Simpson, who once finished second in the FedEx Cup, has had a slow descent from grace, continuously finishing worse year after year.  But a win this weekend could have the potential to flip the script for him.

Simpson, like Woodland, has been immaculate, logging 12 birdies and zero bogeys through two rounds. One thing Simpson has been actively doing is varying his golf swing, which is what works for some people.

Behind the third place Scott Piercy, 11-under, is a logjam of competitors at 9-under. One of which is the 19th ranked player in the world, Russell Knox. Knox has finished inside the top-10 in his last two starts and in poised to make a run at a third this weekend. However, Knox got off to a rocky start in his second round by bogeying the first two holes, but in the spirit of making things interesting, he hauled off and birdied five straight after that.

Knox will be teeing off with Adam Hadwin and Abraham Ancer at 10:50 a.m. Eastern Time, with television coverage of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba starting at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the Golf Channel.
Until then, I’ll leave you with a chuckle.

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Rod Pampling (Courtesy of Steve Dykes / Getty Images)

Pampling Holds Onto Lead at Shriners After Round Two

With round two of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open suspended due to darkness, Rod Pampling sits atop the leaderboard at 14-under-par, for now.

Pampling, who shot an 11-under 60 in his first round, couldn’t find that same spark in his second round but still maintained the lead shooting a 3-under 68. In the early goings of Pampling’s round, it seemed like he was going to struggle as he was 2-over through his first five holes. Pampling managed to get back to even-par on his round before making the turn and even turned his round around for the better as he matched four birdies to one bogey to get to 3-under on the day.

Not far behind Pampling sits Brooks Koepka at 13-under. Koepka started his second round strong but almost immediately faced a challenge as he bogeyed his third and fourth holes to get to one-over. Through some slick maneuvering and an eagle right before the turn, Koepka was at 1-under through nine holes. Koepka got to 5-under on his round, thanks to this putt.

 

Koepka’s 5-under would have been enough to get a share of the lead but a missed putt from just under 5 ½ feet on the 18th hole put him one behind Pampling.

The reason I said Pampling held the lead for time being is because Aaron Wise, who sits at 12-under currently, still has four holes left to go in his second round. Wise shot a 30 in his first nine to get to 6-under on the back and then birdied the par-4 second to get to 7-under on the day. Wise still has a shot to take the lead even before the third round starts.

Tee times for the third round have yet to be posted but television coverage of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. EST on the Golf Channel.

Until then, I’ll leave you on the lighter side.

Hideki Matsuyama (Courtesy of AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Matsuyama Holds 54-Hole Lead at WGC-HSBC

In the wee hours of this Saturday morning, the guys on the PGA Tour were finishing their third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai.

As it sits right now Hideki Matsuyama is the 54-hole leader at 17-under-par, with a gang of golfers over three strokes back. Matsuyama, a 24-year-old from Japan, has made himself a force to be reckoned with over the last month or so on the PGA tour.  He definitely showed it this weekend, recording 23 birdies to just six bogeys.

Over the course of his last 11 par-5’s, Matsuyama has birdied 10 of them. The one hole he didn’t, he saved par.


Currently, there are two storylines to keep on the back burner. The first is if Matsuyama wins this weekend, he’ll be the first Japanese player to win a World Golf Championships event. The second is Russel Knox, 14-under-par, doing what he can to reclaim his title at the WGC-HSBC. If he manages to do so, Knox will be the second person to ever defend a title at a WGC event.

The star-studded lineup that many people were talking up heading into this weekend just hasn’t been itself so far. FedEx Cup runner-up Dustin Johnson sits at 2-over, Bubba Watson is at 4-over.  Matt Kuchar, Rory McIlroy, and Henrik Stenson all sit eight strokes behind the leader at 9-under, which in comparison to many golfers is incredible, but it’s not what the public expected.

Kuchar did bag a 193-yard hole-in-one on the par-3 17th hole.

However, it’s still very early in the PGA Tour season and there’s still plenty of time for these guys to break out the big guns and record a couple of wins.

Until then, I’ll leave you on the lighter side.

 

(Courtesy of MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Lahiri Holds Hefty 54-Hole Lead for First Time

Through three days, given the international time difference, at the CIMB Classic, Kuala Lumpur has provided several sights to see and some really good golf. As it sits now, Anirban Lahiri, 19-under, holds a four-stroke lead over last year’s winner, Justin Thomas. Lahiri has separated himself from the pack by shooting a 7-under, 65 while just about everyone else near the top of the leaderboard either remained stagnant or was playing catch up.
Lahiri broke onto the playing scene last year and hasn’t really done much to pad his resumé, given this is his first 54-hole lead. If Lahiri can remain on top it would be a fantastic spot to show up Thomas at a course he absolutely dominates, and take home his first win.

 

With a place so interesting and exotic, you would think that Kuala Lumpur may have more than the eyes can see, and you’d be right. Before teeing off for the third round, a six-foot python slithered out onto a green on the course and gave a couple of people a fright.

 

 

The snake was subsequently bagged by four members of the course and released back out into the wild.

 

Kevin Na notched a hole in one on the par-3 eighth hole from 177 yards out; but currently, at 6-under, Na doesn’t really have any influence on how this event will turn out.

Paul Casey, 9-under, entered the CIMB Classic coming off of four straight fourth-place finishes, but hasn’t found the same amount of success at Kuala Lumpur. Aside from his first round, Casey hasn’t put himself in positions to climb the leaderboard.

Given the time difference, the fourth and final round will tee off sometime during Saturday night.

But until then, I’ll leave you on the lighter side.

 

Brendan Steele (Courtesy of AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Steele Steals Safeway Open From Kizzire

Brendan Steele opened his 2017 season with a bang as he managed to edge Patton Kizzire from the top of the leaderboard for his second career win and his first since he turned pro in 2011.

Steele (18-under-par) played immaculately logging only four bogeys and one double-bogey to 24 birdies over the four-day stretch. Sunday, however, was his best day by far shooting a seven-under, 65 with eight birdies. This win most likely means a lot to Steele, as he was the 54-hole leader going into last year’s Safeway Open (previously Fry’s Open) but a four-over par collapse in his final round dropped him well out of contention for the trophy.

Kizzire came into the final round at 15-under but couldn’t seem to get any momentum behind him as he shot a two-under, 70 to pull up one short of a tie for first in his final round at the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, California. Kizzire was deadly with his putter this weekend, which was definitely a major key to his success as he went 56 for 56 inside of eight feet this weekend.

Paul Casey, who finished in third place at 16-under, has been stellar as of late. Casey has finished in the top-four in each of his last four starts on the PGA Tour. Unfortunately for Casey, that means he’s fallen short of a first place finish in his last four appearances, dating his last win way back to 2009.

With the 2017 PGA Tour season underway, that means there’s going to be plenty of golf to enjoy. Next week’s event heads to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the CIMB Classic where we’ll get to see the likes of Ryder Cup hero Patrick Reed and last year’s rookie of the year, Emiliano Grillo.

Until then, I’ll leave you with something that shows how good these guys are.

 

Tiger Woods (Courtesy of Getty Images via cbssports.com)

Tiger to Make Return at Safeway Open

This week, Tiger Woods will make his return to the PGA Tour at the Safeway Open at the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, California. Wood’s will be making his return after a 14-month hiatus that was caused by a continuous back injury.

The past two years have been a struggle for Wood’s to stay healthy with his continuous back problems. It would appear that he’s ready to make a return after extending his return date on several occasions. Wood’s injury, a pinched nerve, caused him so much pain that he withdrew from the 2014 Honda Classic. However, this wasn’t the first occurrence of back spasms for Woods. Wood’s experienced a similar issue the year prior at the Barclays. It makes one wonder if it had been a lingering one that came to a head at the Honda Classic.

As for what would make a successful return? As long as Woods gets through 36 holes unscathed and makes a run for a weekend finish, then this weekend should be considered a success. Because while he has been teasing the public by having someone tell the media he’s “flushing everything,” competitive golf is a totally different animal. He should also try to avoid chunking any chips, but baby steps.

Wood’s will be paired with longtime competitor, Phil Mickelson for this upcoming Thursday and Friday which could make for some interesting competition.

Until then, enjoy this; because who knows, we may see this a few more times.

 

Patrick Reed Ryder Cup (Courtesy of Sam Greenwood / Getty Images via LATimes.com)

Team USA Brings Ryder Cup Home at Hazeltine

On one of the greatest Sunday’s to watch the game of golf, Team USA has broken an eight-year losing streak and brought the Ryder Cup back to North American soil after recording the win against Team Europe at Hazeltine National Golf Club.

Team USA took the trophy in emphatic fashion taking 7.5 points of the 12 on Sunday.

The big matchup was between Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy as they duked it out until the very final hole. McIlroy went up by one on the front but Reed brought it back to a tie with an eagle on the par-4 fifth. McIlroy almost made it to the back nine with a one-hole lead after knocking down a lengthy birdie putt but Reed responded immediately and sank one of his own.

Reed was able to jump out to a two-hole lead after McIlroy carded a bogey on the 12th and couldn’t sink a birdie putt to halve the hole on 16. McIlroy responded quickly knowing his time was wearing thin and capitalized on Reed’s mistake on the 17th to cut Reed’s lead to one. Unfortunately for McIlroy, time was not on his side as Reed matched his birdie on the 18th to halve the hole and take home the point.

Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia was also another key matchup this past Sunday as the two of them shot a combined 19 birdies. The matchup was one of twists and turns, as neither competitor was willing to give in with the lead changing hands four times until it was completed at all square giving each of them .5 of a point.

As the PGA Tour takes a brief one-week hiatus, to cool off from the insanity that was the Ryder Cup, the Tour looks to October 13 as the 2016-2017 season opens with the Safeway Open at Silverado Country Club in Napa, CA.

Until then, I’ll leave you on the lighter side.

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