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May 2 2016


"The Streak" is over for Henderson ... The dreaded Tim Horton's finish for Sloan ... Golf is not easy ... Jhonny Vegas worried about his white pants ... 54 is is going to have to do it in Louisiana ... Piller is a pillar.



LPGA

What the men and women do on the professional golf tours often looks ridiculously easy, but we're reminded by Sunday's events just how hard it is.

Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls had her streak of Top 10 finishes on the LPGA Tour ended at eight when she had a final round 71 and finished tied for 19th at the Volunteers of American Texas Shootout in Irving, Tex.

She started with three birdies and looked like she might be able to rally to keep the streak alive, but she was undone by a stretch of five holes to close out the front nine where she had two bogeys and a double to turn in 1-over par 37. She had 1-under 34 on the back which saw her finish with eight straight pars.

Her streak was built on the back of some pretty impressive stats, as you might expect:

Her total of 3-under par 281 means she has finished under par in all of her starts this season.

She has played 40 rounds this season and has been under par in 32 of them (third most under par rounds this season). Three more of those rounds were even par, so she has been over par just five times in 40 rounds this season.

Her scoring average is 69.93, fourth on the LPGA Tour.

She has made 166 birdies to rank second.

She earned $14,648 on Sunday for a total of $441,312 this season, good for eighth on the Official Money List.

Her Top 10 streak was a remarkable run and helped move Henderson up to fifth in the Rolex world rankings.

Jenny Shin won the Texas Shootout for her first win on the LPGA Tour in her 135th career start and she did in style with a bogey-free 67. Karah Sanford had final found 77 and wound up T51 which doesn't sound like any special until you find out she's a 14-year freshman in high school in San Diego.

She was one of four amateurs to win spots in the field. Maddie Szeryk of London, Ont., a junior at Texas A&M, played three rounds, but didn't qualify to complete the 72 holes.

Gerina Piller was the 54-hole leader and had a 73 Sunday to wind up two shots back. She can take some consolation in putting up her fourth straight top-six finish.

Talk about streaks.

Coming Up: The LPGA is in Prattville, Ala., this week for the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic where Kris Tamulis is the defending champion. Henderson finished T13 last year when the event was held in August.

WEB.COM TOUR

Calgary's Roger Sloan was leading the United Leasing and Finance Championship when he stood on the 17th tee at the tough Victoria National Golf Club.

After the dreaded Tim Horton's finish - he went double-double - Sloan wound up in fifth.

If you didn't know it already, it just made the painful point how hard it is to win a golf tournament.

After missing his drive to the right on 15, Sloan was lucky to find his ball in the rough and scratched out a par-5. He made a solid par on the tough par-3 16th to stand on 17 with the lead.

He hit his drive into the hazard on the left on the par-4 17th, took a drop into a horrible lie and whacked a hybrid into a worse lie just short of the green. He was on a 45-degree hill with grass up to his knees. He came out short of the green and got up and down for a six.

On 18, he hit a 3-wood tee shot into the water on the right. His third went into a green side bunker and he didn't get up and down.

The good news is Sloan is projected to move up 16 spots on the Web.com Tour money list to 26th, just outside The 25 who earn PGA TOUR cards for 2016-17 at the end of the year.

The other good news is Sloan handled his defeat with the utmost class.

See below for a couple of his tweets ...

That 18th hole also claimed Rideau View member Brad Fritsch. He made a double on 18 on Friday to miss the cut by a stroke.

Coming up: Fritsch gets a home game this week as the Tour goes to Raleigh, N.C., for the Rex Hospital Open at TPC Wakefield Plantation.

PGA TOUR

The Zurich Classic of New Orleans is spilling over to a Monday finish after repeated rain delays and officials have shortened the tournament to 54 holes.

Co-leaders Brian Stuard (looking for his first PGA TOUR win) and Jhonattan Vegas (who has one win) have 13 holes left in their third rounds. They are one shot ahead of American Bobby Wyatt, who is playing on a sponsor's exemption, while world No. 1 Jason Day had moved to within three shots of the lead.

The only good thing about what's been going on in light of all the delays was Vegas' quote about having a Monday finish in sloppy conditions:

"The only concern I have right now is that I have some white pants for tomorrow and those might not look good at the end of the day," he said.

Play is to resume at 7 a.m. local time with a 60 percent chance of rain starting at 11 a.m.

Good luck with those pants, Jhonny.

The last time the TOUR stop in New Orleans was shortened to 54 holes was 1985 and the late, great Seve Ballesteros was the winner.

The last 54-hole event on the PGA TOUR was the 2013 Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

"It's my wife Ellie's 30th birthday,'' Day told PGATOUR.com during the break Sunday. "She's enjoying her time with the kids and her girlfriends in the Bahamas, and I'm stuck here in New Orleans with the rain trying not to hit the red velvet cake.''

Coming up: The Wells Fargo Championship is at the strong Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C. Rory McIlroy is the defending champ and that was the last time he won on the PGA TOUR.

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