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Brian Gay carded a 64 in the final round of the Bermuda Championship. (Getty Images)

Teeing Off

GAY GETS IT DONE IN BERMUDA

It was either going to be the youngest winner of the season, Wyndham Clark at 26, or the oldest winner of the season, Brian Gay at 48. In the end, the veteran presence prevailed in a playoff at the Bermuda Championship and Gay claimed his first trophy since 2013. The University of Florida alum began Sunday two shots off the pace but a 31 on the tougher back nine, including a stellar hillside approach to set up birdie on No. 18, was enough to force a playoff at Port Royal. After that, all he needed was one final birdie for his fifth win. It hasn’t been smooth sailing for Gay, with two missed cuts in two starts this season, but those that know him best didn’t let him give up. “Everyone around me kept telling me you're still going to win,” Gay said, “My wife says you're still going to win, do it again. Just kept at it.” Kept at it he did and now has set himself up perfectly for a season unlike any other, vaulting into the top 10 of the FedExCup standings from 202nd to 9th.

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HOUSTON, HERE WE COME

A radically redesigned municipal course in the heart of Houston? Yes, please. Memorial Park returns to the TOUR schedule for the first time since 1963 to host the Vivint Houston Open. It will be the first Tom Doak design to test TOUR pros and he got some inside info from player consultant, and four-time major winner, Brooks Koepka. A one-of-a-kind course built for excitement will provide a true test for the game’s best as they chase 500 FedExCup points. The field includes defending champ Lanto Griffin, the aforementioned Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Texas native Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson. Mickelson has gone 2-for-2 on the PGA TOUR Champions and the 2011 Vivint Houston Open champ might have some history on his side. The last Vivint Houston Open at Memorial Park also was the first TOUR win by a left-hander. Coincidence? Time will tell.

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TPC SAWGRASS, NETWORK OF CLUBS TURN 40

Time flies. But TPC Sawgrass still shines. The ground-breaking golf and resort paradise turned 40 years old last week, as did other TPC venues throughout the country. But it was TPC Sawgrass that laid the foundation, inspired by former PGA TOUR Commissioner Deane Beman and brought to life by the late, legendary course architect Pete Dye. The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass is not only the home of THE PLAYERS Championship and the practice grounds for TOUR pros, but it’s also open to the public where recreational golfers can test their skills. So on this 40-year anniversary, dig in and look back at how TPC Sawgrass was created, check out a photo gallery with classic images, and test your knowledge on one of golf’s most storied locales.
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MIC CHECK

“It would definitely be probably the most surprising victory considering how I've played the last six months. It's hard to beat that first one and it's hard to beat winning by 10 at Harbour Town, but they're all special. They're all hard to get and I treasure every one of them.” - Brian Gay on where his win at the Bermuda Championship ranks in his career.

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BY THE NUMBERS

3rd  Place finish for Ollie Schniederjans who made his first start on TOUR since last season’s Bermuda Championship. It was a week of good vibes on the island nation for the Schniederjans fam as Ollie’s brother Luke joined him in the field for the first time as a pro.

35 – Age of Camiko Smith, who made his TOUR debut at the Bermuda Championship. Smith grew up at Port Royal GC and fulfilled a lifelong dream of playing in a TOUR event. He missed the cut after rounds of 71-81.

64 Age of Fred Funk, who made the cut at the Bermuda Championship. Funk joins Jack Nicklaus, Sam Snead and Tom Watson as the only players to make a PGA TOUR cut at age 64 or older since 1970.

68 – In the final round for two-time Korn Ferry Tour winner Will Zalatoris to finish T16 in Bermuda. His strong play in recent weeks has earned him Special Temporary Membership on TOUR, allowing him unlimited sponsor’s exemptions for the rest of the season.

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