Trump's PGA Tour Double
By Torleif Sorenson on 3/10/14
The very picturesque Trump International Golf Club Puerto Rico, designed by
1992 U.S. Open champion Tom Kite, hosted the PGA Tour's opposite-field event, the Puerto Rico Open.
Donald Trump was part of the big golf news this past week because one of his golf properties, Trump National Doral, hosted the WGC-Cadillac Championship following a major redesign and rebuild with architect Gil Hanse at the helm. What some people may not realize is that another of The Donald's golf properties, Trump National Golf Club Puerto Rico, hosted the PGA Tour's opposite field event this past week — the Puerto Rico Open. Hardly a slouch of a course, the Championship Course, a Tom Kite design, was the stage for Chesson Hadley's first PGA Tour win on Sunday. The Raleigh, North Carolina native has steadily progressed in his career, winning twice on the Web.com tour in 2013 (including the Web.com Tour Championship last September) to earn his PGA Tour card for 2014. Playing in gusty conditions, Hadley held off South Korean-born Danny Lee of New Zealand by two shots.
On the Web.com Tour itself, Adam Hadwin of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan captured the Chile Classic in that nation's capital city, Santiago. Hadwin held off Melbourne native Alistair Presnell by just one shot to notch his first Web.com victory. Hadwin has won twice on the Canadian Tour, once each in 2010 and 2011.
Meanwhile, Inbee Park just keeps on winning:
The South Korean star and number-one player in women's golf worldwide has 16 professional victories, including nine on the LPGA Tour and four major championships. So, it is a little hard to believe that she had not won a Ladies European Tour event until Sunday. But this was sort of a technicality; it was not until this year that the Mission Hills World Ladies Championship became an official event on the LET. But "IBP" has won the team trophy at the WLC for the second straight year. On the individual side, last year Park lost to Norway's Suzann Pettersen.
This year, facing the Norwegian head-to-head again, Park shot 67 to Pettersen's 72 and claimed a five-shot victory.
"Today was obviously the toughest day out there because of the weather. Everything seems to be working quite well for me, from ball striking to putting. Everything was great today so I'm just happy to be here and win my first tournament of 2014.Park won the team championship with So Yeon Ryu, who burst onto the American golf scene with a come-from-behind playoff victory at the 2011 U.S. Women's Open at the beautiful Broadmoor Golf Club in Colorado Springs.
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Images via Trump International Golf Club Puerto Rico, Ladies European Tour
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