2015 - WEEK 13: Mar 23 - Mar 29

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                          PROFESSIONAL GOLF 2015
                            THE COMPLETE MEDIA, FAN & FANTASY GUIDE
         458 PAGES OF RESULTS, PROFILES & FORECASTS - 9 TOURS, 600 PLAYERS

                             WORLDWIDE LEADERBOARDS  

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                      LPGA TOUR       LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR       JLPGA TOUR

Week 12 Results

With Tiger Woods still in absentia attempting to salvage his career, Matt Every did his best imitatuion of the former world number one player, holing an 18-foot birdie putt on Bay Hill's famed 18th hole to successfully defend his 2014 title at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.  Every lingered around the lead throughout the week but seldom looked like he'd emerge with the trophy, largely because of the hot form of current world number three Henrik Stenson, who pieced together rounds of 68-66-66 to enter Sunday's finale two ahead of Morgan Hoffmann and three up on a quartet of players which included Every.  But Stenson would only turn in 35, and with Every bogeying the par-4 1st, it was left to Hoffmann to sprint out early - a feat he accomplished by birdieing five of his first eight holes en route to turning in 32.  Every, meanwhile, bounced back with four outgoing birdies to turn in 33, then added two more at the 10th and 11th to reach 18 under par.  By this time Hoffman, a third-year player seeking his maiden victory, was fading, bogeying the 12th (a par 5) and 13th to fall back to 16 under par.  Stenson, meanwhile, made the sort of move that one might expect off him, birdieing the 11th and 12th to re-take control on 19 under.  But after having his group put on the clock, he promptly three-putted for bogey at the 15th, then three-putted for par at the three-shot 16th - and just like that, he and Every were tied.  And in the the end, it was the two men's respective putters that sealed the deal, as Every coolly holed his biridie effort at the last, while Stenson missed a 15-footer wide left that would have forced a playoff.................. Continuing the good form that saw him claim his second Sunshine Tour victory at November's Lion of Africa Cape Town Open, Jaco Ahlers survived a three-hole playoff to defeat Jaco Van Zyl at the limited-field Investec Cup, and thus pocketed the year-long competition's R3.5 million bonus pool prize in the process.  In a field determined by an accumulated points system - and which was strong enough to include world number 33 Charl Schwaertzel - both Ahlers and 13-time Sunshine Tour winner Van Zyl began Sunday's final round at the Lost City Golf Club four shots behind another established international star, George Coetzee, before closing with fine 66s, Van Zyl by birdieing four of his last five holes.  With Coetzee stumbling home with a 71, that left the two Jacos to go to extra holes, a playoff which would require three trips over the watery par-5 18th.  On the third playing, both men found water off the tee but Ahlers, playing safely, laid up his third, then wedged to within six feet to save par.  Van Zyl, meanwhile, found water a second time, with the resulting bogey handing Ahlers the title.

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Week 12 Results

PGA Tour - Arnold Palmer Invitational  -  Matt Every  (269)
European Tour - Madeira Islands Open  -  Postponed
Sunshine Tour - Investec Cup  -  Jaco Ahlers  (279)
LPGA Tour - JTBC Founders Cup  -  Hyo Joo Kim  (267)
JLPGA Tour - T-Point Ladies  -  Akane Iijima  (213)
Champions Tour - Tucson Conquistadores Classic -  Marco Dawson  (203)
Web.com Tour - Chile Classic  -  Dawie van der Walt  (263)
LatinoAmerica - Aviana Colombian Open  -  Diego Velasquez  (266)

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In a three-way playoff that included America ’s two top under-25 players, Jordan Spieth defeated Patrick Reed and 32-year-old Sean O’Hair to win his second career PGA Tour title at the Valspar Classic, just outside of Tampa .  Spieth began Sunday’s final round one stroke behind 54-leader Ryan Moore, and with Moore holing a 7 iron to eagle the par-4 6th, then adding back-to-back birdies at the 11th and 12th, it looked very much to be his day as he took a three-stroke lead into the final six holes.  But when bogeys at the 13th, 16th and 18th brought him home on eight-under-par 276, the door was left more than ajar for a wide range of challengers.  Narrowly missing the playoff was world number three Henrik St enson who, making his debut at Inn isbrook, birdied the 14th, 15th and 16th to reach nine under par, but was unable to birdie either closer when he desperately needed to.  Meanwhile Reed, who began the day four back, played a clutch final round, turning in 35 before reeling off birdies at the 11th, 12th and 15th to pull within one of the lead, then holing a difficult 30-footer birdie at the last to finish on 10 under.  O’Hair, who was the first round leader and began the day three back, also mounted a back nine charge, ticking off four birdies from holes 11-16 to reach 10 under, then logging a slick up-and-down at the 18th to match Reed.  This left matters up to Spieth who, after reaching 10 under with birdies at the 13th and 14th, managed fine up-and-downs of his own on the final three holes to join the playoff, then, after narrowly missing a 10-footer to win at the first extra hole, buried a 30-footer at the third to clinch the title..................Over a final round which begn with six players tied for the lead, George Coetzee managed to hold off a hard-charging Jacques Blaauw to win the Tshwane Open over the same Pretoria Country Club course that he grew up on.  Though England ’s David Horsey (a co-first-round leader), Spain ’s Adrian Otaegui (the second round leader) and Scotland ’s Craig Lee were among the six men atop Saturday’s board, things pretty well reverted to standard E Tour-in-South Africa form on Sunday as native players charged, and  only Lee remained in the thick of the battle among the visitors.  That Coetzee would be there at the end seemed likely for beyond playing on home turf, he was the highest-ranked South Africa n in the field and he began Sunday among the sixsome sitting on 201.  Blaauw, however, was rather another story, entering the finale five off the lead and without a Europe an Tour victory on his résumé.  But the three-time Sunshine Tour winner caught fire on Sunday when, after logging an early birdie at the 366-yard 2nd, he reeled off six birdies between the 6th and the 12th to drive his way to the top of the board.  With the trophy thus in his sites, Blaauw then closed with birdies at the 17th and the 514-yard par-4 18th to post a course record-tying 61 and finish on 13-under-par 267.  By this time, Coetzee had carded four birdies of his own through the layout’s easier mid-section and thus entered the homestretch also on 13 under.  But he would eventually separate himself by nearly driving the 361-yard 17th, then chipping within five feet to record the winning birdie and land his second career E Tour triumph..................Little more than a year removed from fracturing his elbow in three places in a serious auto accident, and two mont hs from failing to play his way through Australasian Tour Q School, 23-year-old Jordan Zunic birdied the 72nd hole to capture an improbable maiden victory at the New Zealand Open.  The win came in his fourth professional start and was made possible only by his Monday qualifying for the previous week’s New Zealand PGA Championship, then finishing among the top 10 to gain a last-second spot in the Open field.  He played solid golf all week, however, opening with rounds of 68-66 before a third round 66 (highlighted by a run of five birdies over six back nine holes) saw him into a tie for the 54-hole lead with Kristopher Mueck on 10-under-par 200.  Mueck would finish with a solid enough 69 (good for solo third), leaving the final battle to fall to Zunic and veteran David Bransdon who, after turning in 34, birdied seven of eight holes on the back nine before crucially bogeying the 18th.  This left him tied with Zunic, who promptly stuffed a 9 iron to two feet at the last, then tapped in to claim an emotional first professional title.

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Week 11 Results

PGA Tour - Valspar Championship  -  Jordan Spieth  (274)
European Tour - Tshwane Open  -  George Coetzee  (266)
Sunshine Tour - See European Tour (Above)
Australasian Tour - BMW NZ Open Championship  -  Jordan Zunic  (266)
LET - World Ladies Championship  -  So Yeon Ryu  (279)
JLPGA Tour - PRGR Ladies Cup  - Ji Hee Lee  (207)
Web.com Tour - Brasil Champions  -  Peter Malnati  (262)

Posted on Monday, March 16, 2015 at 03:21AM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

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Only five weeks removed from a mysterious six-month leave of absence to attend to personal issues, Dustin Johnson broke through for a major comeback victory at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, and in the process extended a remarkable streak of winning at least one PGA Tour event in each of his first eight years after joining the Tour directly out of college.  Johnson won via the classic formula of hanging within site of the lead for most of the week, then sprinting home under the wire, but the first three days of play belonged to a hot J.B. Holmes,  who arrived at Doral with two top-10 finishes in his last three starts, then blistered the revamped Blue Monster with a dazzling Thursday 62 that set a new course record and beat the field by four shots.  Though Holmes could only back this up with a 73 on Friday, he still maintained a two-stroke lead over Ryan Moore on a day that would be remembered mostly for world number one Rory McIlroy, in a fit of semi-humorous frustration, flinging his 3 iron far into an 8th hole pond.  On a Saturday which saw relatively few low scores, the long-hitting Holmes then added a two-under-par 70 and suddenly he held a five-shot lead over a pair of equally powerful players, Bubba Watson and Johnson.  But it became apparent fairly early that Sunday would not be Holmes' day, however, as bogeys at the 3rd, 5th and 6th quickly moved him two behind Watson (who birdied four of his first seven) and, by the turn, only one ahead of Johnson.  With Holmes failing to turn things around on the back, the tournament looked very much like Watson's to win until he too had the wheels fall off, as he rapidly bogeyed the 11th, the par-5 12th and the long par-4 14th.  This mini-collapse left Johnson on top by one, and he bumped that margin to two with a clutch birdie at the watery par-3 15th.  From that point on, pars were more than good enough, allowing Johnson to claim his second WGC title (following a fall 2013 triumph at China's WGC-HSBC Champions) and place himself firmly back among the world elite going forward...................Thirteen years removed from his last European Tour win, and having last cracked the PGA Tour's top 160 in earnings in 2010, 44-year-old Alex Cejka might well have seemed in over his head playing the U.S. circuit in 2015 - but that didn't stop him from landing his first American victory in a dramatic five-man playoff at the Puerto Rico Open.  In a week when windy, occasionally rainy conditions kept scoring high among a field annually rendered light by the concurrent WGC-Cadillac event in Miami, Cejka rode a Friday 67 to a one-shot halfway lead before a disappointing Saturday 75 left him two behind co-54-hole leaders Scott Brown (the event's 2013 winner) and Chris Smith.  But he roared out of the gate quickly on Sunday, birdieing four of his first six holes en route to turning in 32, then hung on with an incoming 37 to shoot 69, and post a 281 total - good enough to join veteran Tim Petrovic and Sam Saunders (Anold Palmer's grandson) in what seemed likely to be a tie for third.  This was because rookie Jon Curran and touted 22-year-old Argentinian prospect Emiliano Grillo arrived at the par-5 18th one shot ahead of the trio - and then promptly both bogeyed the hole (in downwind conditions) to create the highly unexpected playoff.  And the extra session would prove a short one as Cejka holed a 15-footer to birdie that same 18th, then raised the trophy after Saunders, the only other player with a realistic chance to match him, missed frrom eight feet.  Cejka, a Czech-born German citizen, became a decidedly older first-time PGA Tour winner, with the victory coming in his is 287th career start...................Long established as a consistent winner on his native Sunshine circuit, 35-year-old South African Trevor Fisher Jr. claimed his first victory on the European Tour by charging to a runaway five-shot triumph at the co-sanctioned Africa Open, played upon the windswept bluffs at East London.  Matching up against a relatively light field (due to the concurrent WGC Cadillac Championship in the U.S.), Fisher initially played steady golf, opening with 69-68 to stand four behind halfway leader Matt Ford on Friday evening.  But after eagling the par-5 3rd and turning in 33 on Saturday, Fisher roared home with a five-under-par 30 on the back nine to post a 63 and vault himself into a two-shot lead over Ford (who carded a 69 despite a double-bogey at the 366-yard 8th), and a four-shot margin over countryman Jaco Van Zyl.  Despite making four birdies (against one bogey) over his first seven holes on Sunday, Fisher's lead was cut to one (Ford having logged for birdies of his own) but a two-shot swing at the 470-yard 9th (Fisher's birdie vs. Ford's bogey) swung the momentum, and when Fisher added a birdie at the par-3 10th to extend the lead to four, it was effectively all over..................Having entered the week with top 10 finishes in all three of the circuit's 2015 events (including as T2 at the last stop, the Queensland PGA), 38-eight-year-old Matthew Millar finally broke through for his first Australasian Tour victory at the New Zealand PGA Championship, in Auckland.  The key for Millar was a bogey-free Saturday 64 that vaulted him into the 54-hole lead, a round which saw him tour the Remuera Golf Club's par-35 front nine in 29 shots.  Two more birdies on the back would ultimately stake him to a two-shot lead over Josh Geary and a three-shot advantage over Kristopher Mueck and Geoff Drakeford, margins which would prove sustainable on a Sunday upon which gusting winds made it difficult for anyone to mount a significant charge.  Playing steadily, Millar consolidated his position with birdies at the 7th and 8th, and while a bogey at the par-4 9th might have given his pursuers a ray of hope, an even par back nine punctuated by a birdie at the par-5 finisher ultimately saw him home to a three-stroke victory.

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Week 10 Results

PGA Tour - WGC-Cadillac Championship  -  Dustin Johnson  (279)
PGA Tour - Puerto Rico Open  -  Alex Cejka  (281)
European Tour - Africa Open  -  Trevor Fisher Jr.  (264)
Sunshine Tour - See European Tour (Above)
Australasian Tour - Holden NZ PGA Championship  -  Matthew Millar  (270)
LPGA Tour - HSBC Women's Champions  -  Inbee Park  (273)
JLPGA Tour - Daikin Orchid Ladies  -  Teresa Lu  (202)
Web.com Tour - Karbiana Championship  -  Andrew Landry  (277)

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Ten years after claiming his first PGA Tour victory in this same event, 43-year-old Padraig Harrington broke a seven-year U.S. drought by winning the Honda Classic on the second hole of a sudden death playoff with rookie Daniel Berger.  Playing on a sponsor exemption, Harrington managed to survive an event which was buffeted by rain (mandating a Monday finish) and which saw some dramatic leaderboard fluctuations during a final round which started late Saturday afternoon.  The finale began with England’s Ian Poulter holding a three-shot after carding rounds of 71-64-66, then falling apart behind a double-bogey at the par-3 5th after cold shanking his tee shot with an 8 iron.  A triple-bogey seven at the 14th further derailed Poulter’s hopes, though he gamely rallied with birdies at the 17th and 18th to miss the playoff by a shot.  England’s Paul Casey missed a 20-foot birdie putt at the last to also miss by one, and American Patrick Reed also fell by the wayside, remaining in contention through 14 holes before playing holes 15-17 in four over par and tumbling to a tie for seventh.  Harrington, meanwhile, stumbled to an outgoing 38 to seemingly disappear before reeling off four straight birdies at holes 11-14 to climb into the lead, then lost it by double-bogeying the watery 17th before holing a clutch 15-footer for birdie at the last.  This tied him with the 21-year-old Berger, a South Florida native, who’d earlier birdied the 17th and 18th to card a closing 64.  Berger would miss a 15-footer to win on the first extra hole (the 18th), then look on as Harrington stuck a 5 iron to two feet at the second (the 17th) to clinch victory...............Six weeks after he claimed his maiden E Tour title at the South African Open, England’s Andy Sullivan returned to Johannesburg and won again, this time at the Joburg Open, where he edged a quintet of players by two shots.  In an event played over both of the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club’s courses, Sullivan carded an opening 71 to trail first round leader Nic Henning by nine strokes (Henning would miss the cut with rounds of 62-78) before charging into the fray with middle rounds of 65-68 over the club’s easier East course.  He then played the East’s par-37 outward half in 32 on Sunday, putting him in the middle of a pitched battle that often saw a dozen players bunched within two shots of the lead.  But with Saturday leader Wallie Coetsee playing only par golf through 17 holes, Sullivan’s homeward 34 was enough to run past Coetsee and also stay just out in front of everyone else, with a birdie at the last finalizing his two-stroke victory margin.

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Week 9 Results

PGA Tour - Honda Classic  -  Padraig Harrington (274)
European Tour - Joburg Open  -  Andy Sullivan  (270)
Sunshine Tour - See European Tour (Above)
LPGA Tour - Honda LPGA Thailand  -  Amy Yang  (273)
LET - ISPS Handa NZ Women's Open  -  Lydia Ko  (202)
Symetra Tour - Volvik Championship at Tukwet Canyon  -  Katie Kempter  (211)

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In an event which at times felt like a Major championship, with more big-name contenders falling away down the stretch than mounting a charge, 33-year-old James Hahn broke through for his first PGA Tour victory by winning a three-man playoff at the Northern Trust Open.  Though the field was the event's lightest in recent memory, there was plenty of star power on the leaderboard throughout the week, with the first three rounds belonging to 47-year-old Retief Goosen who, now fully recovered from 2012 back surgery, looked like a possible wire-to-wire winner with rounds of 66-74-69.  But a Sunday 75 would derail Goosen, leaving Riviera's firm-green, kikuyu-rough stage to a range of stars who fired but, in the end, mostly fell back.  There was Jordan Spieth who, standing on six under par but believing he'd need to reach seven, ran an aggressive chip past the hole at the 72nd, missed the comebacker and finished on minus five.  Then there was Sergio Garcia, who stood seven under par on the tee of the par-5 17th before posting back-ro-back bogeys to also stagger home on minus five.  Dustin Johnson also bogeyed the 17th, then missed an 11-foot birdie putt at the last that would have moved him to minus seven.  But Johnson instead found himself tied on minus six with Hahn and England's Paul Casey (who also bogeyed the 18th while closingh with 68), leading to a three-hole playoff.  Casey would bow out at the second after parring the 315-yard 10th, before Hahn closed out Johnson by rolling home a clutch 20-footer for his second straight birdie, this time at the par-3 14th..................Having played his way onto the European Tour via November's Q School, India's Anirban Lahiri became a two-time 2015 winner by claiming his native Indian Open in the event's first-ever playing as a co-sanctioned E Tour event.  It helped, of course, that the tournament was played at the Delhi Golf Club, a familiar track upon which Lahiri had previously logged Asian Tour victories in 2011, 2012 and 2013 - though past successes seemed to matter little when the 27-year-old opened with a disappointing 73, leaving him fully eight shots off the first round lead.  A second round 65 got Lahiri pointed back in the right direction, though he still trailed countryman S.S.P. Chowrasia by six shots after the diminutive Chowrasia opened with rounds of 65-67.  Chowrasia, for his part, would add a Saturday 69, good enough to give him a two-shot 54-hole lead over Siddikur Rahman, a five-shot margin over his next closest pursuer (Australian Marcus Fraser) and a seven-shot cushion over Lahiri, whose third round 70 was slowed by a double-bogey the 386-yard 13th.  For Chowrasia, Sunday began poorly, with two bogeys and double-bogey (at the 418-yard 4th) in his first seven holes.  Three more back nine bogeys would eventually see him home in 76, yet despite this collapse, he might well have won the tournament in regulation but for Lahiri's chipping in for par at the 171-yard 17th.  Lahiri couldn't capitalize on his scrambling three by birdieing the 545-yard 18th, however, leaving him deadlocked with Chowrasia on seven-under-par 284.  The playoff began at the 18th and after Chowrasia hooked his drive into the jungle, Lahiri made birdie to clinch the title..................Twenty-five-year-old Branden Grace won five times worldwide during his breakout 2012 season, and with three victories before the end of February, he appears on pace to better that number in 2015.  Having already claimed European Tour wins in South Africa and Qatar, he began the final round of the Dimension Data Pro-Am four shots behind 54-hole leader Darren Fichardt, then deepened his predicament by double-bogeying the 419-yard opener at the Fancourt Resort's Montagu course to fall nearly out of site.  But on a windy afternoon that made scoring difficult, Grace buckled down thereafter, birdieing the 6th and 9th to turn in 36, then, following a bogey at the 354-yard 11th, charged home with birdies at the 12th, 14th and 16th to card a two-under-par 70.  With Fichardt stumbling around in 75, Keith Horne was left as Grace's primary pursuer, but Horne couldn't find another birdie after the par-4 16th, and would ultimately finish second, two back..................Having suffered a heartbreaking loss in this same event one year earlier (finishing second after Tony Summers holed a pitching wedge from the woods to eagle the 70th), 28-year-old Ryan Fox used some fireworks of his own to win the 2015 Queensland PGA Championship, edging Cameron Smith and Matthew Millar by a shot.  Fox began the final round four strokes behind 54-hole-leader Millar and made only limited headway upon playing the City Golf Club's par-33 front nine in 31 on Sunday.  Two more birdies at the 10th and 12th made him relevant for the homestretch before lightning struck not once but twice, first when Fox eagled the par-4 16th upon driving within eight feet, then when he backed this up by holing a 25-foot putt for a second straight eagle at the 490-metre 17th.  A par at the 406-yard closer then proved just enough to edge Smith (who birdied three of his last four and shot 63) and Millar (who closed with 65) by one.

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Week 8 Results

PGA Tour - Northern Trust Open  -  James Hahn  (278)
European Tour - Hero Indian Open  -  Anirban Lahiri  (277)
Asian Tour - See European Tour (Above)
Sunshine Tour - Dimension Data Pro-Am  -  Branden Grace  (271)
Australasian Tour - Queensland PGA Championship  -  Ryan Fox  (263)
LPGA Tour - ISPS Women's Australian Open  -  Lydia Ko  (283)
LET - See LPGA Tour (Above)
Symetra Tour - Gateway Classic at Longbow CC  -  Hannah O'Sullivan  (201)

Posted on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 02:03AM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off
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