The best videos from the first round of The Heritage. We’ll update this entry all day with new videos:
|Zach Johnson birdied from the back of the green on the first||Click to watch|
|Stewart Cink rolled in a 23-footer for birdie on the 10th||Click to watch|
|Bill Haas birdied the iconic 18th to go out in 30 on Thursday||Click to watch|
|Brendan Steele was off and running in his bid to go back-to-back||Click to watch|
|Camilo Villegas chips in from 43 feet for eagle at No. 5||Click to watch|
|Fredrik Jacobson sinks 31-foot birdie putt at No. 16||Click to watch|
|Matt Kuchar rolls in 17-foot putt at No. 12||Click to watch|
AFTER THEIR ROUNDS
|Tim Herron talks about his 6-under 65||Click to watch|
|Matt Bettencourt talks about his 6-under 65||Click to watch|
|Arjun Atwal talks about his 6-under 65||Click to watch|
|Garrett Willis talks about his 7-under 64||Click to watch|
By John Schwarb, PGATOUR.COM Site Producer
Will there eventually come a day where every manufacturer’s driver is available in white?
We’re not there yet, but Cobra has joined TaylorMade in introducing a white offering for its S3 driver, on the heels of a limited-edition run of white ZL drivers last year. Those white ZL drivers – one of which Ian Poulter used to win last November in Hong Kong – actually preceded the TaylorMade white R11 and Burner SuperFast 2.0, though you’re forgiven for not remembering that given the barrage of TaylorMade advertising and TOUR success.
“We’re excited to be the only brand to offer both a white and black driver model to golfers this season, complete with our latest 2011 technologies,” said Cobra-Puma Golf senior vice president/general manager Brian Zender, offering a slight zing to the fact that TaylorMade’s white sticks aren’t also available in black.
BALL MOVES: Jhonattan Vegas switched to Nike’s 20XI X golf ball for the Valero Texas Open, joining others in the Nike stable including Justin Leonard and Anthony Kim (who plays the softer S model). Tiger Woods, however, still plays the Nike One Tour D.
MIXED BAG: TOUR pros aren’t afraid to mix and match to find a winning combination, but Brendan Steele’s bag is pretty unique. In winning the Valero Texas Open, the rookie played a Titleist driver, hybrid, irons and wedges (matching his hat and bag) but also had a Callaway X-Tour 3-iron and a TaylorMade Rossa Monza Corza Mid putter.
One club that proved especially key for Steele was a 60-degree (bent to 62 degrees) Titleist Vokey wedge, which he recovered from his garage just before leaving for San Antonio. Its lower bounce proved helpful on the tight fairways of the AT&T Oaks course.
Life has been "pretty surreal" for Brendan Steele since he won the Valero Texas Open on Sunday.
"It's hard to put into words," Steele said Tuesday, less than 48 hours after picking up his first PGA TOUR victory. "I am still not even sure it really happened. It is beyond my wildest dreams."
Among the many perks of that victory was a berth in The Heritage this week, and Steele spent a few minutes with the media on Tuesday prior to playing his first practice round at Harbour Town.
A year ago, the Californian was playing his third season on the Nationwide Tour. He went into the finale, the Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island , ranked 30th on the money list -- and won to secure his PGA TOUR card.
The rookie said that win at Daniel Island, which is just up the South Carolina coast from Hilton Head, was a "big push" to his career. Steele squandered a five-stroke lead in the final round but hung tough to beat Colt Knost with a birdie on the fourth playoff hole.
"The line is pretty fine," Steele said when asked about the level of competition on the Nationwide Tour and the PGA TOUR. "The top of the Nationwide Tour, they can all play out here, and the guys in the middle are working way toward the top. It's kind of that revolving door.
"It's such a great place to play. It really prepares you well."
Even so, Steele had struggled to find his comfort zone on TOUR prior to last week's breakthrough victory. His best finish was a tie for 17th in San Diego, and Steele hadn't finished higher than 38th in eight starts since.
"I was playing a lot better than my scores were showing or my results were showing," Steele said. "So I went home, talked with my coach. (I told him) nothing was wrong with my game, my attitude wasn't good. I was putting a lot of pressure on myself. I was seeing the trouble rather than where I should hit it.
"(Last week) I made a conscious effort on my attitude. I tried to play every shot like it was the only one that mattered. I was literally over the ball (thinking) I don't care where it goes, just line it up and let it rip." – Helen Ross
Brendan Steele entered the week tied for 115th in FedExCup points. After his win Sunday at the Valero Texas Open? He’s now 19th with 623 points, which puts him 538 points behind leader Mark Wilson, the lone player on the PGA TOUR with two wins this season.
Charley Hoffman also made a big jump, moving from 62nd to 25th, with his tie for second, while Kevin Chappell, who also finished second, moved from 180th to 63rd.
Brendan Steele picked up his first career PGA TOUR win Sunday at TPC San Antonio, where he shot a final-round 71 to hold off Kevin Chappell and Charley Hoffman. The victory nets Steele 500 FedExCup points, gets him into the field for the upcoming PLAYERS Championship and next year’s Masters, among other tournaments. Share your note of congratulations here and we’ll pass it along to Steele.
For someone who’s a rookie on the PGA TOUR, Brendan Steele showed, well, plenty of steely nerves Sunday at TPC San Antonio.
Steele shot a final-round 1-under 71 and never fell from the top of the leaderboard as he picked up his first career victory.
Leading by one coming to the par-5 18th, Steele laid up and then hit his wedge approach just over the back of the green. He steadied himself, however, and got up and down for par to secure the win.
Kevin Chappell’s first bogey of the day came at an inopportune time Sunday.
Tied for the lead with Brendan Steele with two holes to play, the former UCLA standout missed the green on his approach to the par-4 17th then failed to get up-and-down to save par.
The bogey drops Chappell to 7 under and one shot back of Brendan Steele, who made par on the hole. Steele is now in position to get his first career win on the PGA TOUR.
Two players, two holes to go. Brendan Steele and Kevin Chappell are still tied atop the leaderboard at 8 under as the final round winds down.
With both players two shots clear of the rest of the field, and the par-5 18th hole playing as one of the easiest holes on the golf course all week, it appears one of them will get their first career win here this week.
Steele birdied Nos. 17 and 18 in the third round and collectively he’s played those holes in 2 under with three birdies and just one bogey.
Chappell, on the other hand, is a combined 4 under on those two holes with two birdies and an eagle on the par-5 18th in the opening round.