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Amateur Lee McCoy was paired with Jordan Spieth in the final round of the Valspar Championship on Sunday and outplayed the top-ranked player in the world by four shots. “The fans surrounding the 18th green cheered long and loud for McCoy after an impressive performance at the Valspar Championship on Sunday. But what the University of Georgia golfer will likely remember the most is No. 1-ranked Jordan Spieth standing off to the side of the green, clapping for him as well,” ESPN’s Bob Harig writes recounting McCoy’s round with Spieth.
“Few golfers have ever been imbued with a mystical quality for the moment like Ben Crenshaw. From his emotional final career victory at Augusta National just days after burying his mentor Harvey Penick to his fateful ‘good feeling’ prediction on the eve of his team’s historic 1999 Ryder Cup rally, Crenshaw has always been ‘a big believer in fate.’ So naturally his 44th and final appearance in the Masters Tournament had to play some part in destiny’s plan. Crenshaw’s emotional exit after two rounds in 2015 cleared the stage for the newest Texan to master Augusta National,” the Augusta Chronicle’s Scott Michaux writes in this story on Dallas native Jordan Spieth taking the Texas baton from Crenshaw and winning the Masters.
Tiger Woods recently examined a potential golf course site in Thompson’s Station, Tenn., south of Nashville, part of a project by Dallas-based Beacon Land Development, the Tennessean’s Mike Organ reports. “Woods liked what he saw on March 4, Beacon president Mike Abbott said, and remains open to working on the project that is part of a $150 million mixed-use golf community called Two Farms at Thompson’s Station. ‘Tiger fell in love with the property,’ Abbott said. ‘Tiger believes that golf is going to transition into being played more on the ground. So the way this property just naturally rolls and the way it kind of moves up and down in a real natural way and how it has low groves of trees and how it creates some of the canopy and the corridors, he was surprised with what he saw.”