2014 - WEEK 48: Nov 24 - Nov 30

               WEEK 48 WORLDWIDE SCHEDULE 

                          PROFESSIONAL GOLF 2014
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    385 PAGES OF RESULTS, PROFILES & FORECASTS - 10 TOURS, 500+ PLAYERS

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In an exciting climax to the 2014 European Tour season, Henrik Stenson came through with some late fireworks to successfully defend his 2013 title at the DP World Tour Championship.  For most of the week Stenson did as he had done for much of 2014, lingering around the edges of contention but not necessarily looking like a winner.  And indeed, the event seemed to be following the season’s general trend when world number one Rory McIlroy, returning from a six-week break, began his first round with birdies on four of his first five holes and eventually posted a 66, good enough to tie for the Thursday lead with Shane Lowry.  McIlroy’s play would be somewhat uneven thereafter, however, with a Friday 70 leaving him tied with Scotland’s Richie Ramsay and England’s Danny Willett, two shots behind Stenson, who added a 66 of his own to an opening 68.  The 38-year-old Swede remained atop the board after carding a Saturday 68, only now he was tied with Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello, who’d opened with a 73 before charging back with middle rounds of 64-65, the former sparked by a run of five straight birdies to open the day.  But the story of this week was told mostly on Sunday as a wide range of world-class players found themselves squarely in the mix in the late going.  Initially it looked to be Cabrera-Bello’s day, particularly after Stenson double-bogeyed the 401-yard 11th to fall two behind.  But the 30-year-old from the Canary Islands then missed a short par putt at the 476-yard 12th and, like Stenson, failed to birdie both the par-5 14th and the 371-yard 15th.  This allowed McIlroy (who birdied both of those scoring holes), Rose (who birdied those, plus the 16th), France’s Victor Dubuisson (who came home in 33) and even a hard-charging Robert Karlsson (who collapsed by three-putting from three feet at the last) all back into the fray – a fray which soon excluded Cabrera-Bello after he logged watery double-bogeys at both the 16th and 17th.  But with a high-powered multi-man playoff looming, Stenson stepped up, stiffing his approach at the par-3 17th, then adding another birdie at the par-5 closer to win by two.  There was rather less excitement in the Race to Dubai bonus pool standings, however, as McIlroy’s epic campaign had clinched that season-long contest before this event even began………………In an event which clearly saw youth come to the fore, 22-year-old PGA Tour regular Hideki Matsuyama made his first domestic start since July count by winning the prestigious Dunlop Phoenix, edging countryman Hiroshi Iwata in a playoff.  A winner at Jack Nicklaus’s Memorial Tournament earlier in the year, Matsuyami started with a relatively quiet 68 here before jumping into the halfway lead behind a Friday 64 which included six birdies, plus an eagle at the par-5 18th.  Thus standing one ahead of a quartet of pursuers (one of whom was 21-year-old American star Jordan Spieth), Matsuyama then posted a bogey-free 67 on Saturday to extend the lead to two over Spieth and three over Australian Brendan Jones.  But neither Spieth (69) nor Jones (68) could mount a major charge on Sunday, while the red-hot Iwata certainly did, coming home with five late birdies for a 63, and a 269 total.  As Matsuyama stumbled with bogeys at both the 15th and 16th, Iwata looked a likely winner - but showing truly championship form, Matsuyama recorded clutch birdies at the 185-yard 17th and the 560-yard 18th to tie, then closed Iwata out on the first extra hole………………At age 47, winless since 2012 and in danger of losing his Asian Tour card, Singapore’s Mardan Mamat was looking at a murky future prior to the Resorts World Manila Masters, but all of that turned around over an impressive wire-to-wire victory at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club.  Mamat’s week began with a bang as he birdied four of his first seven holes en route to a seven-under-par 65, good enough to hold a share of the lead with Japan’s Daisuke Kataoka, who opted to play here over his home circuit’s Dunlop Phoenix event.  Kataoka would fade to a 73 on Friday, however, leaving Mamat to post a 68 and now share the top spot with South Korean Jeung-Hun Wang, who managed nine birdies (against two bogeys) in carding a 65.  Mamat was not to be headed on the weekend, however, as he opened Saturday’s third round with four consecutive birdies and never looked back, eventually returning a 66 that gave him a four-shot lead over Kiradech Aphibarnrat and five over Lionel Weber of France.  He then turned in two-uder-par 34 on Sunday before cruising home to a 69, and a runaway six-shot victory………………In the first of Australia’s three major winter events, 30-year-old veteran Nick Cullen ended world number two Adam Scott’s quest for a third consecutive gold jacket by coming out of nowhere to edge Scott, Josh Younger and James Nitties at the BetEasy Australian Masters.  Cullen entered the week ranked 539th in the world and with only a single previous homeland victory on his résumé, the 2013 Queensland Open.  But on a weekend which saw halfway leader Michael Wright shoot 74-80 (plummeting all the way to a T46), Cullen posted a Saturday 66 to pull within two of 54-hole leader Paul Spargo, then jumpstarted an up-and-down final round with an eagle at the par-5 4th.  He would ultimately record a key sand save at the 18th to post a 69, then look on as Scott made three late birdies before lipping out for a fourth on the final green that would have forced sudden death.  Nitties also failed to card a desperately needed late birdie, while Younger birdied the 16th and 18th in order to creep within one.

Posted on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 08:13PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Week 47 Results

European Tour - DP World Tour Championship  -  Henrik Stenson  (272)
Japan Tour -  Dunlop Phoenix  -  Hideki Matsuyama  (269)
Asian Tour -  Resorts World Manila Masters  -  Mardan Mamat  (268)
Australasian Tour - BetEasy Australian Masters  -  Nick Cullen  (279)
LPGA Tour - CME Group Tour Championship  -  Lydia Ko  (278)
LET - Xiamen International Ladies Open  -  Ssu-Chia Cheng  (206)
JLPGA Tour - Daio Ellair Ladies Open  -  Sakura Yokomine  (270)

Posted on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 12:13PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

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Charley Hoffman was in the mix from the beginning of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, running off five birdies in a stretch of seven mid-round holes to open with a 66, placing him one behind a group of six leaders on Thursday evening.  A run of five more birdies in his opening six holes got Friday started on a high note, but a balky back saw him home in 68, three behind halfway leader Shawn Stefani - a margin that would remain (this time behind Jason Bohn) through 54 holes following a Saturday 67.  But Bohn, fresh off a runner-up finish at the Sanderson Farms Championship, struggled badly on Sunday, turning in 40 en route to a disappointing 74.  Initially this left the lead to be grabbed by 2008 U.S. Amateur champion Danny Lee, who carded sevn straight birdies at holes 3-9 to turn in 29.  But looking a potential first PGA Tour victory in the eye, the Korean-turned-New Zealander ran into putting problems on the inward half, and ultimately finished with a 67, good enough to tie for third.  This opened the door for Hoffman, who played impressive tee-to-green golf on Sunday, charging into the mix with an outgoing 32, then building a two-shot lead via birdies at the 13th and 16th.  But Stefani was still around to make things interesting, pulling within one by birdieing the par-4 17th before both man followed wayward drives at the last with bogeys, making Hoffman’s final victory margin one………………Despite having gained Special Temporary Membership status on the PGA Tour (and exempt status for 2015), American Brooks Koepka remained a European Tour player long enough to return for the penultimate event in the circuit’s lucrative Final Series, and in the process claimed his first major tour victory at the Turkish Airlines Open, in Antalya.  Initially Koepka – along with 76 other members of the strong 78-man field – seemed an afterthought, as 50-year-old Miguel Angel Jimenez topped the first-round leaderboard with a 63 before Ian Poulter stormed out to a massive six-shot halfway lead behind rounds of 64-66.  Koepka, however, was among the six players closest to Poulter, and thus factored more greatly into the 54-hole mix after the flashy Englishman posted three bogeys and a double-bogey en route to a disappointing Saturday 75.  Thus Koepka began Sunday two behind surprise leader Wade Ormsby of Australia, and one behind Poulter, a hot Marcel Siem and England’s Lee Westwood, who had charged into contention behind middle rounds of 68-67.  But during a final round which, in its opening half, saw Siem, Jimenez, Danny Willett and even a late-charging Henrik Stenson all creep into contention, play eventually boiled down to Kopeka and Poulter, with the American breaking a deadlock with an eagle at the 564-yard 13th, then hanging on via a clutch 17-foot par putt at the 337-yard 15th and a deft upand-down at the 392-yard 17th.  Poulter was not without his chances to tie, however, as he missed a 12-footer for birdie at the 15th and, following a superb long bunker shot, a five-footer for birdie at the last………………Thirty-three-year-old American David Oh was a quiet presence on the Japan Golf Tour in 2012 and ’13, going winless and finishing 94th and 31st in earnings.  But his relative anonymity disappeared at the 2014 VISA Taiheiyo Masters, where Oh overcame an ill-timed bogey at the 71st hole to rally for a one stroke victory, his first in the Land Of The Rising Sun.  The former USC Trojan opened with rounds of 70-68 to trail Hiroyuki Fujita by two on Friday night before charging home in 32 on Saturday to post a third round 68, good enough to take a one-shot 54-hole lead over fellow American Han Lee and China’s Wen-Chong Liang.  But Lee could do no better than 71 on Sunday while Liang drifted to a 72, leaving a seemingly open path for Oh who, with back-to-back birdies at the 13th and 14th, held a one-shot lead over Toshinori Muto.  The 36-year-old Muto played his final four holes in par figures and Oh seemed to be on his way – that is until missing the green and bogeying the 228-yard 17th, then bouncing back o birdie the 517-yard 18th to clinch his first major tour victory………………India’s 23-year-old Rashid Khan won for the second time on the 2014 Asian Tour, methodically carving out a Sunday 68 to claim a one-shot victory over countryman Jyoti Randhawa and Thailand’s Thanyakon Khrongpha at the Chiangmai Golf Classic.  Initially, it appeared as though the week might belong to one of the co-runners-up, as Randhawa’s opening rounds of 68-65 were good enough to hold a one-shot halfway lead over Krongpha, with the nearest pursuers – Khan and Australian Scott Barr – another three shots in arrears. Randhawa would post a 70 on Saturday, however, which allowed Krongpha (67) to assume the top spot, two up on both Randhawa and Khan, as the latter logged five birdies en route to a back nine 31 and a third round 66.  For Krongpha, the quest for an initially Asian Tour title brought out the inevitable nerves, and while a birdie at the last brought him home in 71, his up-and-down even par play over he first 17 holes proved his undoing.  That left the battle up to Khan and Randhawa, and while the latter played admirably in posting a 69, the former went him one better by riding four birdies over his final 10 holes to a 68, and the title………………Thirty-two-year-old Victorian Anthony Brown broke through for his first career Australasian Tour victory at the New South Wales Open, edging New Zealand’s Josh Geary on the second hole of sudden death.  For the first 54 holes, it looked rather more likely to be Geary’s week as he opened with rounds of 66-68-68, his 202 total leaving him tied atop the leaderboard with ex-PGA Tour player James Nitties, and two strokes ahead of reigning U.S. Amateur champion Gunn Yang.  Brown, for his part, stood three behind after opening with 71-65-69, and he made little in the way of an early move on Sunday, offsetting an opening birdie with a bogey at the 3rd, and turning in even par – and thus lost ground as both Geary and Nitties turned in one under.  But both of the leaders would stumble coming home, Nitties bouncing around to an inward 38, Geary to a slightly less tumultuous 37.  This paved the way for Brown, who methodically birdied all three of the homeward par 5s to post a 69 and finish on 274 – a total matched by Geary with a clutch birdie at the last.  Both men birdied the 18th on the first replay, but only Brown could do it a second time, and the title was his.

Posted on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 08:31PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Week 46 Results

PGA Tour - OHL Classic at Mayakoba  -  Charley Hoffman  (267)
European Tour - Turkish Airlines Open  -  Brook Koepka  (271)
Japan Tour - VISA Taiheiyo Masters  -  David Oh  (276)
Asian Tour - Chiangmai Golf Classic  -  Rashid Khan  (271)
Australasian Tour - Mazda New South Wales Open  -  Anthony Brown  (274)
LatinoAmerica - Abierto de Chile  -  Jorge Fernandez-Valdes  (271)
LPGA Tour - Lorena Ochoa Invitational  -  Christina Kim  (273)
LET - Sanya Ladies Open  -  Xi Yu Lin  (202)
JLPGA Tour - Itoen Ladies  -  Yoko Maeda  (207)

Posted on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 11:27AM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

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With Phil Mickelson not making the journey to Shanghai this year, it was up to Bubba Watson to provide a degree of golfing excitement/unpredictability for far eastern fans and this he did spectacularly, winning the WGC-HSBC Champions in near-miraculous style.  Watson stood in contention throughout the week but did so in a decidedly up-and-down manner, trailing Graeme McDowell by four after an opening 71 that included five birdies, two bogeys and a double-bogey, then remaining four behind McDowell at the halfway mark following a more orthodox seven-birdie, two-bogey 67.  McDowell’s third round 71 allowed the top of the leaderboard to tighten considerably, with Watson pulling within two via a 69 which included five birdies, two bogeys and a double-bogey - on the back nine alone.  This set up a wild Sunday afternoon which saw no less than six world-class players have a chance to win down the stretch under conditions challenging enough that among the realistic contenders, only South African Tim Clark could break 70.  McDowell,for his part, never got going, playing even par golf through 13 holes before a bogey at the par-5 14th dropped him back to 10 – one shot shy of what would ultimately be needed.  By this time, however, it seemed to be Watson’s tournament; indeed, with six birdies and three bogeys on his card, he arrived at the 16th with a two-shot lead.  But after laying up at the driveable par-4, he missed the green with a lob wedge and made bogey, then left his ball in a greenside bunker at the 212-yard 17th en route to a double bogey, dropping him to nine under par and seeming extinction.  But utilizing his immense power, Watson reached a greenside bunker at the 538-yard 18th in two, then miraculously holed the ensuing 60-yard blast for a closing eagle and an 11-under-par finish.  Of all the stars giving chase, only Clark could find the birdie needed at the last to match him, but the ensuing playoff would last only one hole as Watson birdied the 18th from 20 feet to clinch a victory whose final scorecard included 26 birdies, one eagle, 10 bogies and four double-bogeys over 73 holes……………… Twenty-six-year-old Canadian Nick Taylor needed a final round 63 in the September’s Web.com Tour Championship just to gain one of the final spots on the 2014-15 PGA Tour, but he wasted little time in cementing his status there by winning the Sanderson Farms Championship in just his 13th Tour start.  A light-field event played opposite the WGC-HSBC Champions, the Sanderson Farms was making its debut both in a fall schedule slot and at the Country Club of Jackson, but the venue certainly proved suitable for the former University of Washington star and 2007 Canadian Amateur winner.  Taylor opened with a five-under-par 67 on Thursday to trail Denmark’s Sebastian Cappelen by two, then stood two behind 36-hole co-leaders John Rollins and David Toms after carding a five-birdie, two-bogey 69 on Friday.  Rollins remained in control on Saturday via a four-under-par 68, good enough to keep him two ahead of William McGirt (who matched the day’s low round with a 66), three up on Jason Bohn and 2009 U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover, and four ahead of a group which included Taylor, who played steady golf in posting a third round 70.  But Taylor would waste little time pressing himself into the mixd on Sunday, making five birdies on the way to turning in 32, the pulling as many as three ahead with a run of birdies at the 13th, 14th and 15th.  With Rollins fading to a 73, and only one other serious contender (Bohn, who shot 69) breaking 70, Taylor had the luxury of bogeying the last while as he became the first Canadian to win on the PGA Tour since Mike Weir in 2007………………Breaking a victory drought which dated to April of 2011, 37-year-old Tomohiro Kondo claimed his sixth career Japan Tour title by cruising to a four-shot victory at the Heiwa PGM Championship in Kasumigaura.  Kondo opened his week relatively quietly with a three-under par 68 on Thursday, good enough only to stand tied for 14th, four behind tri-leaders Shunsuke Sonoda, Hideto Tanihara and Australian Brad Kennedy.  Among this trio, only Tanihara would remain atop the board on Friday, his 68 tying him with Korean Hyun-Woo Ryu on 10 under par, while Kondo added a 66 to quietly edge within two.  However, Kondo would make his real move on Saturday,  turning in 34 before carding six back nine birdies en route to a 64, enough to push him two strokes ahead of Tanihara, Kennedy and 25-year-old Yoshinori Fujimoto, who also shot  64.  Two early birdies padded Kondo’s Sunday lead, and after giving them back with bogeys at the 5th and 7th, he pushed his engine into another gear, logging five subsequent birdies to come home in 66 and win going away………………Playing on home turf in New Delhi, local hero S.S.P. Chowrasia ended a three-year victory drought by prevailing in the Panasonic Open India in a three-way playoff with countryman Rahil Gangjee and Sri Lanka’s Mithun Perera.  For most of the week Chowrasia was an afterthought, as he stood four off the lead following an opening 70, seven in arrears after a Friday 71, and five back after three late birdies lifted him to a Saturday 69 – and at least onto the periphery of contention.  The pace-setter, meanwhile, was the 36-year-old Gangjee, whose opening rounds of 66-68 gave him a two-shot lead over Australian Wade Ormsby, with that margin slipping to one (over four players) following a Saturday 71.  He then stumbled slightly on Sunday with three early bogeys before charging back with two quick birdies and an eagle at the par-5 14th, ultimately finishing with a 71, for a 272 total –good enough to tie Perera (who made three late birdies to shoot 70) and Chowrasia, who’d posted eight birdies while charging home with the day’s low round, a six-under-par 66.  Their playoff lasted but a single hole, with Chowrasia quickly holing a 15-foot birdie putt at the 18th to clinch the title………………After breaking a five-year victory drought in September at the Wild Coast Vodacom Origins of Golf event, 27-year-old Louis de Jager continued his fine run of form by beating Vaughn Groenewald and Danie van Tonder in a sudden-death playoff for the Nedbank Affinity Cup.  De Jager was actually a late arrival to the party as he trailed first-round leader Dean Burmester by three after and opening 68, then Ruan de Smidt by four after the latter logged eight birdies during a flawless second round 64.  But de Smidt would fall to a 74 during Thursday’s finisher, leaving the door open for both Vaughn and the touted van Tonder, who each closeed in 66, for 212 aggregates.  De Jager, meanwhile moved into the hunt with four front nine birdies, but after bogeying the 462-yard 16th, he needed clutch birdies at the 470-yard 17th and the 530-yard 18th to join the playoff.  Van Tonder was eliminated when he couldn’t match his opponents’ birdies on the first replay of the 18th hole, leaving de Jager to raise the trophy after holing an eight foot birdie putt on the second go-round – his fourth consecutive birdie under dating back to the last two holes of regulation.

Posted on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 07:55PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Week 45 Results

PGA Tour - WGC-HSBC Championship  -  Bubba Watson  (277)
PGA Tour - Sanderson Farms Championship  -  Nick Taylor  (272)
Japan Tour -  Heiwa PGM Championship  -  Tomohiro Kondo  (264)
Asian Tour - Panasonic Open India  -  S.S.P. Chowrasia  (276)
Sunshine Tour -  Nedbank Affinity Cup  -  Louis de Jager  (204)
LatinoAmerica - Aberto do Brasil  -  Rafael Becker  (262)
LPGA Tour - Mizuno Classic  -  Mi Hyang Lee  (205)
JLPGA Tour - See LPGA (Above)
E Challenge Tour - Dubai Festival City Grand Finale  -  Benjamin Hebert  (276)

Posted on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 10:48AM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

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One must assume that growing up in Puyallup, Washington, Ryan Moore surely never guessed that he’d find his competitive nirvana some 8,000 miles away in Malaysia.  Yet there Moore was, one year removed from defeating Gary Woodland in a playoff for his third PGA Tour victory, returning to the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club to claim his fourth, successfully defending his title at the CIMB Classic in a three-shot triumph.  Not surprisingly, Moore was in the mix all week, opening with rounds of 68-69-67 to join Kevin Na atop the leaderboard after 54 holes, one stroke ahead of fellow American Billy Hurley III and Spain’s Sergio Garcia.  Hurley, for his part, was not up to the Sunday task, carding two bogeys over his first 17 holes en route to a 73, and a tie for eighth.  Garcia, on the other hand, turned in three-under-par 33 to remain right in the mix before a run-in with a palm tree led to a double-bogey at the par-5 10th.  He would add two subsequent birdies to close in 69, to finish on 14-under-par 274.  That number would eventually be matched by last year’s runner-up Woodland, who carded six birdies over his first 17 holes and actually appeared capable of winning as he stood on the tee of the 634-yard 18th at 15 under – only to three-putt for a bogey to fall back to 274.  Thus in the end it came down to Moore and Na, with the latter actually taking the lead with three early birdies, then eventually trailing by one upon missing a two-footer for par at the 16th that would have kept him even.  Rattled, Na then drove into the top of a palm tree at the 17th and took a double-bogey to end his chances - though a birdie at the last brought him home on 274 as well.  This cleared the road nicely for Moore who, in crunch time, stuffed approaches close to birdie both the 14th and 17th, allowing him a pleasant walk home at the last………………In one of the wilder finishes of the 2014 season, Germany’s Marcel Siem claimed his fourth career European Tour title at the BMW Masters in China, defeating France’s Alexander Levy and England’s Ross Fisher on the first hole of sudden death.  For three days conditions were benign in Shanghai, and Siem was something of an afterthought on a crowded leaderboard, trailing by four shots at the halfway mark, then falling five behind on Saturday after Levy uncorked a bogey-free 63 to move four shots ahead of the field.  But heavy winds arrived on Sunday and just that quickly, the week’s proceedings were turned on their head.  Indeed, on a day when the venerable Miguel Angel Jimenez carded an eye-popping 88, Levy stumbled badly, going out in 38, then adding a double-bogey at the par-5 13th and three subsequent bogeys to post a 78 – and yet remarkably he wasn’t dead.  Having gone out several groups earlier, Siem managed four birdies over his first 11 holes, and he stood two ahead through the 16th before finishing bogey-bogey to join Levy on 272.  And earlier still there had been Fisher, who began the day a robust 11 shots back, then made five early birdies to turn in 31 en route to the day’;s low round, an impressive 67 – and he too stood on 272.  Had Levy won, the playoff, it would have been his third victory of the season.  Had Fisher won, he would have set a new tour record for the largest fourth-round comeback.  But with rather less history at stake, Siem promptly chipped in for birdie on the first playoff hole and quietly carried away the trophy………………Thirty-seven-year-old Ryuichi Oda ended a five-year drought to claim his second career Japan Tour victory, a five-shot triumph at the Mynavi ABC Championship in Hyogo.  Oda stood two shoots off the lead on both Thursday and Friday after opening with rounds of 68-67, then charged into a share of it (with veteran South Korean star S.K. Ho) behind a Saturday 66 that included birdies on five of his first 10 holes.  On a Sunday which saw very low scoring, Ho made two early bogeys and never quite righted the ship, coming home in a 71 which dropped him into a tie for sixth.  Better challenges were fielded by the season’s leading money winner Koumei Oda (who closed with a 64), veteran Hideto Tanihara (65) and recent Japan Open champion Yuta Ikeda (65) - but in the end these were all rendered moot by Oda, who played a nearly perfect round that included seven birdies and an eagle at the par-5 15th, all of which added up to a dazzling 62 and the runaway victory.  The unrelated Koumei Oda and Tanihara shared second, while Ikeda and another veteran, five-time J Tour winner Tomohiro Kondo, tied for fourth………………Keith Horne won for the seventh time on the Sunshine Tour and for the second time in 2014 at the Vodacom Orgins of Golf Final, the closing event in the six-event tour-within-a-tour that fills much of the circuit’s winter schedule.  Attributing some of his success to being better rested after not going abroad to play the European Tour early in the year, Horne grabbed the first round lead by carding eight birdies en route to seven-under-par 65 over the Pezula Estate’s Championship Course, then trailed 36-hole leader Erik van Rooten by one after a Thursday 71.  However the less-battle-tested van Rooyen faded with a 72 in the Friday finale (eventually finishing in a six-way tie for fourth), leaving Horne to do battle with Ulrich van den Berg, who began the final round three back but played his first 14 holes in seven under par to move into the lead.  Horne, meanwhile, bogeyed the 421-yard 2nd but held together nicely thereafter, methodically posting six birdies over the next 16 holes, including at the 311-yard 17th and the 526-yard 18th, the latter off a two-foot tap-in that provided the margin of victory………………Twenty-five-year-old Victorian Ryan Lynch closed with a five-under-par 67 to record his first career Australasian Tour victory, a one-shot triumph at the Western Australia PGA Championship in Kalgoorlie.  Lynch played solid, steady golf over the first three days, posting rounds of 68-69-72 but still trailing 54-hole leader Chris Gaunt by an imposing six shots.  Thus beginning the final round with lots of distance to cover, he wasted little time in making a move, recording birdies at the 1st, the 6th, the 8th and the 9th to turn in 32 and stand 11 under par – though victory likely still felt like a reach as the 39-year-old Gaunt balanced three birdies against two bogeys in turning in 35, to stand at -14.  Birdies by Lynch at the 10th and 13th then narrowed the gap before an untimely  Gaunt bogey at the 15th drew the pair even.  Both men recorded nervous bogeys at the 17th, but after Lynch parred the three-shot 18th to post a 67, and a 276 total, Gaunt caved in, bogeying the last to hand Lynch the title.

Posted on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 09:38PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Week 44 Results

PGA Tour - CIMB Classic  -  Ryan Moore  (271)
European Tour - BMW Masters  -  Marcel Siem  (272)
Japan Tour - Mynavi ABC Championship  -  Ryuichi Oda  (263)
Asian Tour - See PGA Tour (Above)
Sunshine Tour - Vodacom Origins of Golf Final  -  Keith Horne  (203)
Australasian Tour - WA PGA Championship  -  Ryan Lynch  (276)
LatinoAmerica - Lexus Peru Open  -  Julian Etulain  (274)
LPGA Tour - Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship  -  Inbee Park  (266)
JLPGA Tour - Hisako Higuchi Ladies  -  Momoko Ueda  (206)
Champions Tour - Charles Schwab Cup Championship  -  Tom Pernice Jr.  (269)
E Challenge Tour - National Bank of Oman Golf Classic  -  Max Orrin  (281)

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Twenty-seven-year-old Robert Streb began the 2014 McGladrey Classic in inauspicious style, snap-hooking his opening drive into a bush and carding a 1st-hole double-bogey – but after Streb successfully gathered himself, things shaped up rather nicely thereafter.  He would eventually birdie three of his final four holes to card a Thursday 69, then added a Friday 66 to stand four shots behind halfway leader Russell Henley on Friday night.  Saturday saw Streb eagle the par-5 15th en route to a 68 that left him five behind Will MacKenzie and Andrew Svoboda, and that margin grew to six after he bogeyed the opening hole on Sunday.  But from that point forward Streb was near-perfect, rattling off nine birdies (including four straight at holes 14-17) as he carded a closing 63, good enough for a 14-under-par 266 total.  Svoboda, meanwhile, fell away midway through the final nine, leaving MacKenzie (68) and Zimbabwe’s Brendon de Jonge (65) to match Streb’s total some 90 mintes later, forcing a three-way playoff.  MacKenzie was eliminated after he bogeyed the first extra hole (the par-4 18th) before Streb seized the title by stuffing an 8 iron in close at the par-3 17th, then holing the biggest putt of his career to claim victory..................Dramatically reshaping what had otherwise been rather a disappointing year, 24-year-old Dane Thorbjorn Olesen weathered a concerted Sunday charge by France's Victor Dubuisson to hang on and win the ISPS Handa Perth International by three shots.  Having logged but a single European Tour top-10 finish since January, Olesen started the week in strong form, posting eight birdies during a bogey-free 64 that tied him for the Thursday lead with Australian John Wade.  A second round 69 left him one being England's Peter Whiteford at the halfway mark before Olesen heated up again on Saturday, making six birdies over his first 14 holes to extend the lead to four before a bogey at the 533-yard 15th ultimately saw him home in 67, good enough to hold a three-stroke 54-hole lead over South Korean Sihwan Kim.  But while Kim (and his immediate pursuers, James Morrison and Peter Uihlein) would all fade on Sunday, world number 22 Dubuisson mounted a charge.  Beginning the day eight shots in arrears, the 24-year-old birdied the 1st and the 7th to turn in 34, then reeled off four birdies at the 11th, 12th, 14th and 15th en route to a bogey-free 66 and a 274 total.  Playing well behind him, Olesen struggled somewhat with his driver but scrambled well when he needed to, most notably on a pair of par 5s, the 612-yard 7th and the 553-yard 11th, where he recovered from wayward tee shots to record much-needed birdies.  An Olesen bogey at the par-3 12th allowed Dubuisson to creep within one before the touted Dane responded with a bounce-back birdie at the 453-yard 13th and, eventually, the clinching birdie at the 533-yard 15th..................In a pitched battle which ultimately came down to the final hole, 36-year-old Koumei Oda claimed his eighth career Japan Tour title with a one-shot victory at the Bridgestone Open.  Oda was in the heart of the hunt all week, taking a one-stroke halfway lead with rounds of 67-65, then posting a Saturday 69 to extend the 54-hole margin to three over Azuma Yano.  But things would become interesting on Sunday as Oda turned in 35, while 18-time J Tour winner Hiroyuki Fujita was roaring home ith a 64 to post a 270 total.  Thus trailing by one entering the homestretch, Oda pulled ahead with clutch birdies at the 15th and the par-5 16th, then fell back even with an untimely bogey at the 231-yard 17th.  But with everything at stake, he then recorded the decisive birdie at the 569-yard 18th to edge Fujita by one..................India's 27-year-old Anirban Lahiri claimed his second Asian Tour victory of 2014 and his fifth overall by racing home with a closing 66 to take the Macau Open by a single shot.  It initially appeared to be Lahiri's week when he opened with a 61 over the shortish Macau Golf & Country Club course, but this blazing round (which included an eagle at the par-5 18th) was only good enough for a one-shot lead over Australia's red-hot Scott Hend, who was coming off a victory in Hong Kong and posted a 62.  Conditions toughened on Friday, however, and as Lahiri backed off with a 73, Hend posted a 70 to share the lead with fellow Aussie Adam Groom, then added a Saturday 67 to lead Lahiri by two through 54 holes.  An early Hend eagle at the par-5 2nd pushed the lead to four, and as he soon added birdies at the 7th and 8th, Hend looked to be on his way.  But Lahiri played near-perfect golf on Sunday, carding six birdies to post a 267 total - an aggregate which proved just enough when the powerful Hend missed a four footer for par at the par-5 closer to miss out on a playoff and hand Lahiri the title..................South Korea's Seung-Hyuk Kim began 2014 ranked 748th in the world, and stood 603rd as recently as May, but he continued his meteoric rise up the world ranking by winning for the second time in four worldwide starts, claiming a two-stroke victory in his native Korea Open.  Having already won the circuit's SK Telecom Open, as well as the Japan Tour's Tokai Classic in early October, Kim started slowly here with an up-and-down round of 73 before jumping into the mix via second-round 68 that in included an eagle at the 352-yard 12th.  He then managed an even-par 71 in a fog-delayed third round not completed until Sunday, before eventually sealing a Monday victory by turning in one-under-par 35, then reeling off nine straight pars coming home - anchored by par putts of 20 and six feet at the 16th and 17th - to edge PGA Tour regular Seung-Yul Noh by two.  Korean amateur Jeong-Woo Ham, who held a two-shot lead through 54 holes, remained atop the board until a double bogey at the 12th (plus later bogeys at the 15th and 17th) saw him home in 75, good enough for a tie for third.

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Week 43 Results

PGA Tour - McGladrey Classic  -  Robert Streb  (266)
European Tour - ISPS Handa Perth International  -  Thorbjorn Olesen  (271)
Japan Tour - Bridgestone Open  -  Koumei Oda  (269)
Asian Tour - Venetian Macau Open  -  Anirban Lahiri  (267)
OneAsia Tour - Kolon Korea Open  -  Seung-Hyuk Kim  (282)
Australasian Tour - See European Tour (Above)
LPGA Tour - Blue Bay LPGA  -  Lee-Anne Pace  (200)
JLPGA Tour - Masters Golf Club Ladies  -  Shiho Oyama  (269)
Champions Tour - AT&T Championship  -  Michael Allen  (201)
E Challenge Tour -  Foshan Open  -  Jason Palmer  (272)

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