Curran, Bradley Claim 2015 CVS Charity Classic Title
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
CVS Charity Classic, posting a score of 21-under par 121 for the tournament and an 11-under par 60 for the final round.
"I haven't won any tournament in two and a half years so I'll take any win I can get. But the CVS Classic is synonymous with New England, we always grew up watching it, and it's fun just to play in it, but for us to play and win it, is really cool," said Keegan Bradley after the round.
Bradley and Curran, former High School teammates at Hopkinton High School each took home $150,000 to go to their respective charities. Bradley was playing for City Year Providence while Curran was playing for Tides Family Services.
The win marks only the second time in tournament history that newcomers have won the title.
Harris English and Lexi Thompson finished second at 19-under par.
Making a Run
The low round of the day goes to Billy Horschel and Jimmy Walker who started the final round at seven under par before posting 11-under in the second round to finish in third at 18-under. Horschel and Walker used a stretch of five birdies in the first six holes to put themselves in contention right from the start.
"We shot ourselves in the foot yesterday, gave it a good run today, but it's a great week no matter what," said Billy Horschel after the round.
Horschel and Walker got to within one stroke early on the back nine but were unable to catch Bradley and Curran.
"I'm so happy, I know Brad's happy, we are both happy, I know Larry Merlo and everybody at CVS Health is very happy, this is such a win win and such a beautiful day to end the tournament," Andrade said.
The CVS Health Charity Classic
Last year's CVS Charity Classic raised $1.4 million for local charities with a total of $18 million since the tournament began in 1999.
"We enjoy playing in it, I know Jimmy and I are very thankful that we get invited back every year and hopefully we keep getting invited back cause we love supporting this event, we love Billy and Brad and hopefully if we keep coming back we can win one year," said Horschel about the tournament.
"I feel there is some revamped energy here too, I've seen more people out here this week then the last couple of years, I think the way the course has bee set up for the spectators is more appealing, the presentation is better, and our field has been amazing," Brad Faxon said about the CVS Classic, which continues to bring in some of the best players in the game to Rhode Island on a yearly basis.
When asked during the trophy presentation if they would return to defend their championship, both Curran and Bradley said "absolutely."
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Here is the 2015 CVS Health Charity Classic Field.
Morgan Pressel is the first women to win the CVS Charity Classic, doing so in 2012 when she teamed with Champions Tour Pro Jay Haas.
Pressel turned pro in 2006 and has two career LPGA Tour victories to go with 53 top ten finishes and four Solheim Cup appearances.
This is Pressel's seventh appearance at the CVS Health Charity Classic.
Suzann Pettersen is making her fifth appearance at the CVS Health Charity Classic and just recently picked up her 15th career win at the 2015 Manulife LPGA Classic.
Pettersen has racked up 103 top ten finishes since turning pro in 2003 and has made appearances in the Solheim Cup, her last one coming in 2013.
Pettersen is currently ranked fifth in the Rolex Rankings.
Erik Compton will make his second appearence at the CVS Charity Classic and is the only professional golfer in the world to be competing after having a heart transplant.
Compton is currently number 116 in the world and 103 in the FedExCup rankings.
Compton's career highlight came in 2014 when he finished second in the U.S. Open.
Webb Simpson will be making his first appearence at the CVS Charity Classic and comes in ranked 40th in the world and 34th in the FedExCup Standings.
Simpson is a four time winner on the PGA Tour including a win at the 2012 U.S. Open championship and the 2011 Deutsche Bank Championship.
Simpson is also a two time Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup Team Member.
Russell Henley will be making his third straight appearance at the CVS Health Charity Classic and currently is holding onto the 41st spot in the FedExCup Rankings and 53rd in the official world golf rankings.
Henley turned pro in 2011 and has since recorded two victories on tour. The first came in 2013 at the Sony Open and the second came in 2014 at The Honda Classic.
Henley has three top ten finishes in 15 events so far this season.
Harris English will be making his second appearance at the Charity Classic and comes in ranked 37th in the FedExCup Standings and 70th in the official world golf rankings.
English is a two time PGA Tour Winner, hoisting the trophy at the 2014 OHL Classic and the 2013 FedEx St. Jude Classic.
In 2015, English has three top ten finishes, including a second and third place finish in 17 events played.
Hunter Mahan is from California and currently is the 33rd ranked golfer in the world and ranked 56th in the FedExCup.
Mahan is a six time PGA Tour winner who has competed on four Presidents Cup and two Ryder Cup Teams.
This will be Mahan's third appearence at the CVS Charity Classic.
Brad Faxon will once again be co-hosting the tournament with fellow Rhode Islander Billy Andrade. Together, the two have helped raise over $17 million for local charities in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts since the tournament started in 1999.
Faxon had eight wins on the PGA Tour and has two on the Champions Tour.
In mid-April, Faxon was honored with the Francis Ouimet Award.
Billy Andrade and Brad Faxon will once again be co-hosting the tournament. Together, the two have helped raise over $17 million for local charities in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts since the tournament started in 1999.
Andrade has four career wins on the PGA Tour and one win this season on the Champions Tour.
Keegan Bradley is from Vermont and currently ranks 41st in the world and 73rd in the FedExCup Rankings.
This season, Bradley has played in 13 events and has two top ten finishes and 11 made cuts.
In 2011, Bradley won his first major, the PGA Championship.
Steve Stricker is the defending CVS Charity Classic champion and comes into this year's event with a career total of 12 PGA Tour wins.
Stricker ranks 88th in the world and 173rd in the FedExCup standings but has had to play a limited schedule due to back injuries.
Stricker only played in 11 events last season and has only four so far this year.
Peter Jacobsen has been a major part of the CVS Classics throughout the years and is returning for another.
Jacobsen has seven career PGA Tour wins and 15 runner up finishes. Jacobsen also adds two career Champions Tour wins.
Juli Inkster has 31 career wins on the LPGA Tour including two U.S. Women's Opens and two LPGA Championships.
Inkster also adds 149 top ten finishes and nine Solheim Cup appearences, her most recent one coming in 2011.
In 2015, Inkster will be part of another Solheim Cup team but this time, as the captain.
Lexi Thompson is in her third season on the LPGA Tour and has a total of four career victories and 25 top ten finishes.
One of those victories came in 2014 when she won her first major championship at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, beating Michelle Wie by three shots.
Her best finish so far this season is a tie for fourth place at the Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout.
J.B. Holmes is currenty ranked 13th in the official world golf rankings and fourth in the FedExCup Rankings.
Since turning pro in 2005, Holmes has four career wins and four runner up finishes including a win this season at the Shell Houston Open.
Holmes also had a runner up finish at the World Golf Championships - Cadillac Championship.
Jon Curran is a rookie on the PGA Tour this season and has one runner up finish and three top tens in the 18 events that he has played.
Curran is currently ranked 219th in the world and sits in the 103rd spot in the FedExCup Rankings.
Curran is from Hopkinton, Massachusetts and was a high school teammate of Keegan Bradley.
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Bill Haas first turned pro in 2004 after attending Wake Forest University and has recorded 42 top-10 finishes in his career.
He is currently ranked 22nd in the world and is in 16th place in the FedExCup Rankings.
The Charlotte, North Carolina native also won the 2015 Humana Challenge this year.
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Bo Van Pelt
Bo Van Pelt has been on the PGA Tour since 1998 and will be one of the veteran players at this year's tournament.
Bo Van Pelt is also one half of the defending champions for the CVS Classic with his partner Steve Stricker.
He has one top-10 finish in 2015 and last won a tournament in 2009.
Van Pelt currently sits at 151st place in the FedExCup Rankings and is 235th in the world.
Jimmy Walker is 2nd in the FedExCup Rankings and is 12th in the world.
Walker won the Sony Open in Hawaii and the Valero Texas Open earlier this season.
Since turning pro in 2001, Walker has bagged 34 top-10 finishes.
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