2015 - WEEK 5: Jan 26 - Feb 1

                WEEK 5 WORLDWIDE SCHEDULE 

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

                             WORLDWIDE LEADERBOARDS  

            PGA TOUR       EUROPEAN TOUR       JAPAN TOUR       SUNSHINE TOUR

           ASIAN TOUR       AUSTRALASIAN TOUR       ONEASIA       CHAMPIONS TOUR

                       LPGA TOUR       LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR       JLPGA TOUR

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Fighting through a late final round logjam atop the leaderboard, Bill Haas won for the sixth time on the PGA Tour at the site of his first career triumph, squeezing out a one-shot victory at the Humana Challenge.  With the event boasting its strongest field in years, Haas began Sunday’s finale in a four-way tie for the lead with Erik Compton, Michael Putnam and rookie Justin Thomas, then overcame an early 3rd-hole bogey to remain in the hunt throughout the afternoon.  But with none of the overnight leaders going low, the door was left open for men like Charley Hoffman (64), area native Brendan Steele (64), South Korea’s Sung-Joo Park (65), Matt Kuchar (67) and Steve Wheatcroft (67) to all get into the mix.  Indeed, by the time Haas arrived at the par-4 16th, he was in a six-way tie for the lead before holing a clutch 20-foot birdie putt that lifted him one clear.  He then closed with two pars (the second after his drive hung on a bunker lip at the par-5 18th) which, perhaps surprisingly, proved just enough to win by a single shot.............Twenty-six-year-old South African Branden Grace claimed his sixth career European Tour victory and his second of the young 2015 season, winning the Qatar Masters in dashing style in Doha.  Grace began the planned Saturday finale in a four-way tie atop the leaderboard with Scotland’s Marc Warren, Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo and Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger, so a shootout seemed to be in order - and in the end all four men, plus France’s Gregory Bourdy and South Korea’s Byeong-Hun An (both of whom closed with 65) would factor into the mix.  Bogeys at the 2nd and 3rd slowed Wiesberger’s momentum early, and Grillo never really got it into gear, making only two birdies on the day, the first of which came at the 10th hole.  Warren birdied the first two holes but could turn in no better than even par, while Grace birdied the first but only turned in one under, thus allowing Bourdy, An and several others to creep into contention.  But in the end, Grace and Warren both heated up on the final nine to nose ahead of the pack, playing through the 15th hole tied for the lead at 16 under par before Grace unleashed the shot of the tournament, blasting a driver to within five feet of the hole at the 307-yard 16th, setting up a clutch eagle.  Warren would make birdie here, then draw even once more by birdieing the 155-yard 17th, but he was unable to match Grace’s closing birdie at the 589-yard 18th, which allowed the South African to clinch the title.

Posted on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 07:52PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Week 4 Results

PGA Tour - Humana Challenge  -  Bill Haas  (266)
European Tour - Commercial Bank Qatar Masters  -  Branden Grace  (269)
Champions Tour - Mitsubishi Electric Classic  -  Miguel Angel Jimenez  (199)

Posted on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 07:51PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

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Making an early statement to suggest that his three-win breakout 2014 campaign was not a fluke, Jimmy Walker successfully defended his title at the Sony Open in Hawaii, blowing the field away on the weekend to cruise home to a tournament record nine-shot victory.  Coming off a disappointing final nine loss at the Tournament of Champions in Kapalua last week, Walker opened solidly with weekday rounds of 66-66 at Waialae, yet still stood four off the halfway lead held by Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson and rookie Justin Thomas.  He then stumbled with a bogey at the par-4 2nd on Saturday before catching fire, reeling off 10 subsequent birdies and one-putting his final 11 greens en route to a 62 that vaulted him all the way atop the leaderboard, two ahead of Kuchar.  Following up so low a number is never easy and Walker indeed started slowly on Sunday, initially parring his first seven holes.  But birdies at the 8th, 9th and 10th got him ignited and thereafter Walker never looked back, roaring home with a bogey-free 63 and the record-setting victory.  Scott Piercy, who closed with a 66, finished solo second, while Kuchar (71), Gary Woodland (67) and Harris English (67) all tied for fourth……………… In one of the more stunning turnarounds in recent golfing history, 22-year-old Frenchman Gary Stal claimed his first career European Tour victory at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship when reigning U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer stumbled badly on Sunday.  Indeed, Kaymer, one of the game’s more proficient front-runners, seemed on his way not just to winning here for the fourth time but also setting a new tournament scoring record as he stood on the sixth tee with a 10-shot final round lead – but within 90 minutes, everything fell apart.  It started innocuously with a bogey at the 6th (his first in 47 holes) but turned more serious when Kaymer double-bogeyed the 9th after driving wildly into the desert.  Still, he remained reasonably in command until another wayward drive at the 414-yard 13th (combined with a poor approach) led to a staggering triple-bogey, at which point he fell out of the lead and was never able to recover.  Stal, who began the week by birdieing his first five holes on Thursday, started Sunday eight shots in arrears but put together the sort of flawless round necessary to have a chance, carding six birdies over his first 11 holes, then adding an insurance birdie at the par-4 16th.  Though Kaymer theoretically had a chance to tie with an eagle at the 567-yard 18th (he could only make par), Stal’s chief competition came from world number one Rory McIlroy, who battled an inconsistent putter all week before birdieing six of his final 11 holes en route to a 66 and a 270 aggregate – one stroke higher than the triumphant Stal.

Posted on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 06:54PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Week 3 Results

PGA Tour - Sony Open in Hawaii  -  Jimmy Walker  (257)
European Tour - Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship  -  Gary Stal  (269)

Posted on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 11:21AM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

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Twenty-four-year-old Patrick Reed began 2015 by continuing to build one of the game’s elite early career résumés, defeating Jimmy Walker on the first hole of sudden death to claim his fourth career victory at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.  Though there would be spectacular moments during the annually scheduled Monday finale, the first three days were all about steady golf for Reed, who carded bogey-free first and third rounds of 67 and 68, with a two-bogey 69 sandwiched in between.  That left him two off the 54-hole lead held by Walker and 22-year-old Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama, the former having carded but a single bogey over his rounds of 67-68-67, the latter making up for a sluggish opening 70 with a pair eight-birdie 66s in rounds two and three.  Matsuyama would stick around early on Sunday (via birdies at the 6th and 7th) but couldn’t quite keep the pace thereafter, while Walker looked very much like a winner after playing Monday’s first 13 holes in five under par.  But he made a crucial bogey after laying up with a 4 iron at the short par-4 14th, and it was about this time that Reed caught fire.  Standing three under on the day through 14, he birdied the par-5 15th before holing an 83-yard wedge for eagle at the 365-yard 16th.  A long three-putt bogey at the 17th slowed his momentum briefly but he carded the obligatory four at the downhill 663-yard 18th – that last key birdie that Walker could not find down the homestretch.  Unfortunately the 35-year-old Texan couldn’t find it on the first extra hole (the 18th) either, and when Reed holed an 18-footer for one final four, the title was his...................In an outcome that would have seemed inconceivable just an hour earlier, England’s Andy Sullivan landed his first European Tour victory at the South African Open by defeating homestanding Charl Schwartzel on the first hole of sudden death.  Sullivan had actually looked like a potential winner early in the week, tying for the first round lead with a Thursday 66, then leading Schwartzel by one after a Friday 70.  But fortune (not mention Schwartzel’s considerable talent) turned against him abruptly on Saturday as Sullivan opened with four straight bogeys while Schwartzel birdied the same four – and in barely an hour, Sullivan had gone from one up to seven down.  Schwartzel, for his part, went on to post a fine third round 66 and stake himself to a five-shot lead through 54 holes, then played the first 13 holes on Sunday in two under par to remain four shots ahead.  But with his nation's championship firmly within reach, the 2011 Masters champion abruptly fell apart, bogeying the 14th from a bunker, three-putting for double-bogey at the 441-yard 16th, then adding one more critical bogey at the 222-yard 17th to finish on 277.  Sullivan, meanwhile, had begun the day seven back and stood two under after 10 holes before pitching in for eagle at the par-4 12th, then adding a birdie at the 441-yard 16th en route to a 67 that matched Schwartzel's aggregate.  The playoff was contested over the par-4 18th where Sullivan drove into the trees, then produced a stunning recovery to set up the winning 12-foot birdie putt. 

Posted on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 12:09AM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Week 2 Results

PGA Tour - Hyundai Tournament of Champions  -  Patrick Reed  (271)
European Tour - Souith African Open  -  Andy Sullivan  (277)
Sunshine Tour - See European Tour (Above)

Posted on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 12:05PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

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In 2014's final major tour event, 41-year-old Arjun Atwal ended an injury-enhanced drought dating to 2010 by birdieing the 72nd hole to win the Asian Tour's inaugural Dubai Open by a single shot over Korean teenager Jeung-Hun Wang.  The week hardly looked to be Atwal's after he opened with a disappointing 73, but the veteran Indian bounced back with middle rounds of 65-68 to pull himself into a four-way tie for the lead through 54 holes.  He then charged out in 32 on Sunday, setting up a final nine battle with the talented Wang, who actually stood one ahead through 16 holes.  Both men bogeyed the par-3 17th before Wang buckled, bogeying the par-5 finisher, looking on as Atwal birdied to steal the title.

Posted on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 11:43AM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Week 51 Results

Asian Tour -  Dubai Open  -  Arjun Atwal  (272)

Posted on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 04:04AM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

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Claiming his first European Tour victory since his glorious four-win breakout year of 2012, 26-year-old Branden Grace played spectacular, then steady golf en route to a wire-to-wire victory at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.  Grace opened the week with a dazzling bogey-free 62 at the Leopard Creek Country Club, then added a Friday 66 to take a five-shot halfway lead over Francesco Molinari.  He stumbled slightly on Saturday, however, posting an even-par 72 and allowing several players back into the mix, notably Molinari (whose own uninspiring 70 left him three back) and Denmark’s 23-year-old Lucas Bjerregaard, whose steadily decreasing rounds of 68-67-66 stood him only one behind Grace.  With Molinari double-bogeying the 3rd on Sunday (and eventually tumbling to a 76), it quickly became a two-man race, with Grace posting two early birdies to briefly widen his lead.  Having bogeyed the 1st, Bjerregaard birdied the 6th to pull back within three, but a difficult chip which trickled into a greenside pond led to a triple-bogey at the par-3 7th, and then the bottom fell out.  Bjerregaard began the back nine with a double-bogey at the 10th and a quadruple-bogey eight at the 11th, eventually shooting a back nine 50 to post an 89, dropping him from second all the way to a tie for 49th in just 12 holes.  His collapse also cleared the way nicely for Grace, who methodically marched home with a 68, good enough to run away from 2010 British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen and win by seven………………It took an Australian record seven extra holes to do it but PGA Tour veteran Greg Chalmers won his second Australian PGA Championship by beating both Adam Scott and Wade Ormsby in sudden death.  The 41-year-old Chalmers began the final round fully seven shots behind the leaders but carded a tournament low 64 on Sunday to roar back into the hunt.  Beating the field by four strokes, Chalmers finished two hours before both Scott and Ormsby, who each closed with a 71 to deadlock the trio on 277.  Ormsby departed the playoff on the third extra hole after failing to match his opponents’ birdies, leaving Chalmers to emerge victorious when Scott three-putted for bogey four holes later.  Indeed, the putter was truly the story for the world number three, as Scott missed four potentially clinching birdies during the seven extra holes – though as he observed afterwards, few of them were of the short, highly makeable variety.  New Zealand’s Michael Hendry took solo fourth, two shots out of the playoff………………Few Western golfers have enjoyed as much success in the Far East as Lee Westwood, and the 41-year-old Englishman added further to that ledger at the Thailand Golf Championship, where he closed with a Sunday-low 67 to beat Martin Kaymer and third-round leader Marcus Fraser by one.  Coming to the close of a disappointing season in which his only previous win had come in Malaysia back in April, Westwood opened his week with rounds of 70-71-72, good enough to stand only two behind Fraser in a week when steady winds combined with a tough course set-up to produce higher-than-normal scoring.  Sunday would see Westwood, Fraser and Kaymer all remain right on the lead with the trio standing tied through the first 16 holes.  Westwood, for his par, carded steady pars and the 17th and 18th, while Kaymer, the reigning U.S. Open champion bogeyed the 17th.  That left it up to Fraser to keep pace at the last but under perhaps the greatest pressure of his career, he missed a short par putt to hand Westwood the victory.  India’s Anirban Lahiri closed with a 73 to tie for sixth, allowing American David Lipsky to clinch the Asian Order of Merit title even with the inaugural Dubai Open left to play.
Posted on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 05:16PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Week 50 Results

European Tour - Alfred Dunhill Championship  -  Branden Grace  (268)
Asian Tour - Thailand Golf Championship  -  Lee Westwood  (280)
Sunshine Tour - See European Tour (Above)
OneAsia Tour - See Australasian Tour (Below)
Australasian Tour - Australian PGA Championship  -  Greg Chalmers  (277)
LET - Omega Dubai Ladies Masters  -  Shanshan Feng  (269)

Posted on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 11:03AM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off
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