2014 - WEEK 35: Aug 25 - Aug 31

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

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Breaking a two-and-a-half-year, 48-tournament drought, Hunter Mahan won the first event of the 2014 FedEx Cup Playoffs, claiming a two-shot victory at The Barclay’s, played at the Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey.  Ultimately prevailing over a crowded leaderboard on Sunday, Mahan began the week in style, trailing first round leader Bo Van Pelt by one after carding a five-under-par 66.  His fortunes slipped slightly on Friday following a three-birdie, three-bogey 71, but a 68 on Saturday put him in the clubhouse only one stroke behind co-54-hole leaders Jason Day and Jim Furyk.  For Furyk, the final round turned into another frustration-filled Sunday, for even after birdieing the 2nd and 3rd holes, he could manage no better than a closing 70, leaving him alone in eighth place; it was the eighth straight time he has failed to convert a 54-hole lead.  Day, for his part, did somewhat better.  Looking for his second PGA Tour victory of an injury-slowed 2014, he turned in two-under-par 33, bogeyed the par-4 11th but then added back-to-back birdies at the 13th and 14th to finish with 68 – good enough for a three-way tie for second.  Joining him there were Cameron Tringale (who might have tied Mahan with a 72nd-hole birdie, but instead made bogey) and the least likely contender of all, Stuart Appleby, who closed with a sparkling 65 to land his first top-three finish since winning the Greenbrier Classic in 2010.  Amidst this crowded competition, Mahan separated himself by logging three straight birdies at holes 15-17, allowing him the luxury of a slightly sloppy bogey at the last to still win by two………………Wales’ Jamie Donaldson won for the third time on the European PGA Tour – and clinched a spot on his first Ryder Cup team – at the inaugural playing of the D+D Real Czech Masters, closing with Sunday 68 to edge countryman Bradley Dredge by two outside of Prague.  Donaldson needed a top-seven finish to clinch the coveted Ryder Cup berth and demonstrated his determination early, taking the first round lead with an eight-birdie, two-bogey 66, then maintaining a slim one-shot margin over France’s Gregory Bourdy after posting a Friday 69.  He then began his third round with an eagle at the 538-yard 1st, but a double-bogey at the long par-4 8th and two late back nine bogeys eventually saw him home in 71 – good enough only to stand two shots behind Dredge, who followed opening rounds of 68-70 with a bogey-free 66 on Saturday. But in a final round which also saw Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen and South Africa’s Merrick Bremner factor into the mix, Donaldson quickly retook the lead by birdieing the first three holes, leaving him two ahead of Dredge at the turn.  Both men then played the final nine in 35, and with neither Kjeldsen or Bremner being able to match that number, Donaldson walked home to raise the trophy.

Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 08:19PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Week 34 Results

PGA Tour - The Barclay's  -  Hunter Mahan  (270)
European Tour - D+D Real Czech Masters  -  Jamie Donaldson  (274)
LPGA Tour - Canadian Pacific Women's Open  -  So Yeon Ryu  (265)
JLPGA Tour - CAT Ladies  -  Momoko Ueda  (210)
Champions Tour - Boeing Classic  -  Scott Dunlap  (200)
Euro Senior Tour - English Senior Open  - Cesar Monasterio  (202)
Web.com Tour - Winco Foods Portland Open  -  Carlos Ortiz  (270)
E Challenge Tour - Rolex Trophy  -  Byeong-Hun An  (269)

Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 12:30PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

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It had been nearly four and a half years since Colombia’s Camilo Villegas had found the winner’s circle on the PGA Tour, and as he sat five strokes back on a very crowded Saturday night leaderboard, the 2014 Wyndham Classic didn’t seem likely to be the event that would end the drought.  But Villegas came out firing on Sunday, logging four birdies and an eagle over his first eight holes at the Sedgefield Country Club, turning in 29 and injecting himself very much into the championship mix.  The first round leader with a bogey-free 63, the 32-year-old Villegas had played somewhat disappointing golf during middle rounds of 69-68, and that form returned over his final nine when, with a chance to push himself well out in front, he managed but a single birdie over the final nine.  Thus in the clubhouse with his second 63 of the week, Villegas waited for 45 minutes in the hope that he might still end up in a playoff – a wait which must have become progressively more optimistic as, one by one, the other contenders all stumbled.  Among those who came up shy, the most prominent were Sweden’s Freddie Jacobson (who needed only a par 4 at the tough 18th to force a playoff but left his approach short, then three-putting from off the fringe), Nick Watney (who needed a birdie for to tie but instead drove out-of-bounds and carded a six) and Heath Slocum, who finished two shots back with bogeys at both the 17th and 18th………………Marc Warren’s form had certainly been on the upswing coming into the inaugural Made In Denmark tournament, for his last three starts had included a third at the Scottish Open, a T39 at the Open Championship and a T15 at the PGA Championship.  But in Denmark, the 33-year-old Scot finally put it all together, playing some outstanding weekend golf to claim his third career European Tour victory, and his first since the 2007 Johnnie Walker Championship.  Warren initially stood seven shots off the pace at the halfway mark but made a major move in the third round when, in winds gusting as high as 30 mph, he birdied four of his final six holes to post a Saturday-low 66, good enough to join Wales’ Bradley Dredge atop the leaderboard, three shots ahead of the pack.  Sunday thus essentially shaped up into a two-man battle, but with Dredge bogeying three of his first five holes, Warren was quickly in the driver’s seat, gaining a three-shot lead by the turn and playing steady enough golf that Dredge was never able to move closer than two thereafter………………Australian Steve Jeffress managed rather a rare feat at the inaugural playing of the Fiji International, being the first man off the tee on Thursday morning and the last to hole a putt on Sunday afternoon - that final stroke being for a birdie to clinch victory in this lucrative event co-sanctioned by the OneAsia Tour.  Jefress was around the lead all week after beginning the tournament with rounds 69-70-69, good enough to tie him for a two-shot 54-hole lead with 20-year-old Jake Higginbottom.  In the Sunday finale, Higginbottom moved out to a two-stroke lead at the turn before bogeying the 10th and 13th to fall back into a tie.  Another bogey at the par-3 15th, combined with a clutch Jeffress birdie, buried Higginbottom's chances, with the final margin extending to four strokes when the 38-year-old Jeffress birdied both the 17th and 18th.

Posted on Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 08:50PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Week 33 Results

PGA Tour - Wyndham Championship  -  Camilo Villegas  (263)
European Tour - Made In Denmark  -  Marc Warren  (275)
OneAsia Tour - See Australasian Tour (Below)
Australasian Tour - Fiji International  -  Steven Jeffress  (278)
LPGA Tour - Wegman's LPGA Championship  -  Inbee Park  (277)
JLPGA Tour - NEC Karuizawa 72 Tournament  -  Bo-Mee Lee  (203)
Champions Tour - Dick's Sporting Goods Open  -  Bernhard Langer  (200)
Euro Senior Tour - SSE Scottish Senior Open  -  Mark Davis  (211)
Web.com Tour - News Sentinel Open  -  Martin Piller  (262)
E Challenge Tour - Vacon Open  -  Mark Tullo  (264)
Symetra Tour - Eagle Classic  -  Marissa Steen  (202)

Posted on Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 12:37PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

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Rory McIlroy came into the PGA Championship hot, having backed his epic Open Championship victory at Hoylake with a two-shot triumph at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in his next start, climbing back into the number one sport in the Official World Ranking in the process.  Thus he arrived at Louisville's Valhalla Golf Club as the strongest Major championship favorite since Tiger Woods - and seemingly very much at home with the expectations.  McIlroy's performance in Thursday's opening round did little to suggest the the oddsmakers were wrong, for playing over a rain-softened Valhalla layout that would yield low scores all week, he posted a five-under-par 66 that left him one shot off the lead held by England's Lee Westwood and a pair of Americans, Kevin Chappell and Ryan Palmer.  What made McIlroy's round notable, however, was that it might have been quite a bit lower, for after turning in three-under-par 32, he hooked his second at the par-5 10th out-of-bounds en route to a double-bogey, then followed that with a bogey at the 210-yard 11th.  But where many a golfer might have lost their momentum entirely after falling back to even, McIlroy instead responded with four straight birdies at holes 12-15, then added one more at the par-5 closer to push himself resiliently back into the mix.  Friday saw McIlroy play in the morning and it was then that he began taking control of the tournament, piecing together an up-and-down 67 that included four birdies and an eagle (at his ninth hole, the par-5 18th) and finishing with a tournament-leading nine-under-par 133 total.  His margin was only one, however, for hot on his heels were the ever-competitive Jim Furyk (68) and three-time Major championship runner-up Jason Day, who posted the day's low round (65) by logging five birdies, plus an eagle at the 597-yard split-fairway 7th.  Following more morning rain, Saturday would prove to be the lowest scoring round in PGA Championship history, ultimately producing a 54-leaderboard that was both deep and star-studded.  McIlroy may not have loved his round of 67 but on a day when a number of stars might well have shot past him, he gamely rallied late in the back nine to birdie the 15th, 16th and 18th and maintain a one-shot lead.  Now his closest pursuer was Austrian upstart Bernd Wiesberger, who carded a flawless 65 that included birdies on the final three holes, and moved him into air far more rarified than anything he'd experienced on the European circuit.  Two back was Rickie Fowler (playing with great confidence as he sailed around with a bogey-free 67) while three behind were Phil Mickelson (67) and Day, who played uneven golf en route to a 69.  Sunday morning witnessed still more rain, with play delayed nearly 90 minutes and questions emerging as to whether the round could be completed before darkness.  As things ultimately unfolded, players like Ernie Els, Jimmy Walker and Furyk all made some early noise, but the real challengers proved to be Mickelson, Fowler and Henrik Stenson.  Trying gamely to salvage an otherwise disappointing year, Mickelson charged to an outgoing 31 and by the 12th tee stood 15 under par.  Fowler, meanwhile, bogeyed the 2nd but bounced back with four birdies in five holes and, with one more at the par-5 10th, also stood on 15 under.  Stenson, for his part, turned in 30 and, with a birdie at the island green 13th, joined them at -15.  McIlroy, meanwhile, had stumbled to an outgoing 36, leaving him, quite surprisingly, three off the pace.  But at a moment when almost any sane golfing mind might well have concluded that his run of form was cooling, McIlroy instead mounted an epic charge, ripping a 281-yard 3 wood to seven feet en route to eagling the 10th, then adding a birdie at the 13th which, combined with each of his opponents carding one untimely bogey, saw him nose improbably back ahead.  A wayward drive at the 17th threatened to pull him back, but a 9 iron from a fairway bunker dropped 11 feet from the hole, with the ensuing birdie putt extending the lead to two.  Yet there was still some drama left.  With darkness rapidly setting in, Mickelson and Fowler followed standard Tour etiquette in allowing McIlroy and Wiesberger to drive off quickly behind them at the last, guaranteeing all four players the option to finish even if the horn sounded.  McIlroy's tee ball then narrowly missed right-side water before things became confusing when PGA of America officials then instructed Mickelson and Fowler to stand aside while the final pair hit their second shots - an odd suggestion in any circumstance.  In the end, Mickelson narrowly missed holing a long pitch to tie, Fowler missed his long eagle putt as well, and when McIlroy took two putts from 33 feet for his five, the championship was his.  Fowler, for his part, became the only player in history to finish among the top five in all four of a season's Major championships without winning one.  McIlroy, meanwhile, deeply solidified his hold on world number one status, and also became only the fourth player in the last century (joining Jones, Nicklaus and Woods) to win four Majors by age 25.  Most importantly, however, he gave great legitimacy to the notion that he may now, in fact, be a dominant player with the ability to win on a scale similar to Woods and Nicklaus.

Posted on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 03:56PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Week 32 Results

PGA Tour - PGA Championship  -  Rory McIlroy  (268)
LPGA Tour - Meijer LPGA Classic  -  Mirim Lee (270)
JLPGA Tour - Meiji Cup  -  Jiyai Shin  (202)
Web.com Tour - Price Cutter Charity Championship  -  Cameron Percy  (267)
E Challenge Tour - Norwegian Classic -  Benjamin Hebert  (273)
Symetra Tour - New England Charity Classic  -  Sadena Parks  (208)

Posted on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 11:44AM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

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Any notions that Rory McIlroy might be complacent following his dominant victory at the British Open were dispelled quickly at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational as the 25-year-old Northern Irishman threw his game into gear on the weekend and cruised to a two-shot victory over the same man he battled hardest at Hoylake, Sergio Garcia.  McIlroy stood five shots off Marc Leishman’s lead after an opening round 69, then posted a 64 that might well have given him the halfway lead under normal circumstances.  On this occasion, however, it would only be good enough to trail by four as Garcia uncorked a stunning Friday 61 – a truly remarkable round in that he turned in one-under-par 34, then birdied the 10th and parred the 11th before charging home with seven straight birdies to become the ninth man in PGA Tour history to card a 27 on a par-35-or-greater nine.  It also set up what appeared to be a two-man battle on the weekend between Garcia and McIlroy, and that storyline grew as both men turned in 32 on Saturday before Garcia’s lead expanded to five prior to rain causing a three-hour delay in play.  Uponing returning to the course, however, McIlroy birdied both the 17th and 18th to cut the margin to three after 54 holes.  But as it turned out, the prospect of a serious head-to-head battled faded quickly on Sunday as McIlroy – who predicted he’d need a 63 to win – birdied four of his first five holes which, combined with Garcia playing the same stretch one over, moved him into the lead for good.  McIlroy then played even-par golf thereafter and, with nobody mounting a serious charge, marched methodically home to victory.  The win lifted him back into the number one spot in the OWR for the first time since March of 2013, a re-ascendency which few in the golf world could reasonably dispute……………… In danger of losing his PGA Tour card for the first time in his long and successful career, 37-year-old Australian Geoff Ogilvy instead righted his ship in comprehensive fashion by claiming is eighth PGA Tour title at the newly renamed Barracuda Championship, in Reno.  In the Tour’s only event to be contested using the modified Stableford scoring system, the 2006 U.S. Open champion played solid golf throughout the week, racking up point totals of 16, 7, 12 and 14 over four days of play to salvage his season, gain entrance to the upcoming PGA Championship and guarantee his exempt status on Tour through 2016.  Ogilvy was chased down the stretch by Justin Hicks who, while looking for his first PGA Tour victory, led the entire field on Sunday by carding 18 points.  But as Hicks drew close early in the final nine, Ogilvy responded by grabbing five points with an eagle at the 518-yard 13th, then added birdies at the 367-yard 14th and the 616-yard finisher to ultimately stretch his margin of victory to five.  Though he’d only previously logged two top-25 finishes in 2014, Ogilvy’s form had been on the upswing since before the U.S. Open, and he acknowledged improved putting as reason he was able to convert this into a long-awaited victory.  Despite not winning, Hicks held his game together down the stretch to finish a career-best second while John Huh and another player returning from a papable dip in form, Jonathan Byrd, shared third...............Twenty-four-year-old Satoshi Kodaira landed his second career Japan Tour victory at the Dunlop Srixon Fukushima Open, closing with a workmanlike 68 to overcome a three-shot 54-hole deficit and claim the title.  The winner of the 2013 Japan Tour Championship, Kodaira began his week disappointingly, trailing by eight after an opening-round 72.  A second round 68 still left him trailing a trio of halfway leaders by six before Kodaira lifted himself back into the mix on Saturday with a stellar 64, a round which included seven birdies, one bogey and an eagle at the 526-yard par-5 7th.  Now standing three back of Ryutaro Nagano and Thailand's Thanyakon Khrongpha, Kodaira methodically posted three front nine birdies to turn in 33 on Sunday, allowing him to catch Khrongpha and pull within one of Nagano.  A birdie at the par 5 13th then got him to 16 under par, a number which, after Kodaira closed with five straight routine pars, proved enough to win by two.................. Forty-two-year-old veteran Keith Horne won for the sixth time on the Sunshine Tour by cruising to a three-shot victory at the 54-hole Vodacom Origins of Golf event at St. Francis Bay.  Horne took control of the tournament early by opening with a course record-setting 65 over the Jack Nicklaus-designed St. Francis Links, a flawless round which included seven birdies and no bogies, and which staked him to a two-shot lead over Titch Moore.  A second round 71 was a bit uneven, however, leaving Horne tied with 24-year-old second-year player Erik van Rooyen, who had posted a pair of fine 68s that included an eagle at the 443-yard 18th hole in round one.  Remarkably, the players' 136 total stood them five shots clear of the field, setting up a two-man battle in Friday's finale.  Under windy and rainy conditions, Horne bolted out of the gate quickly, recording birdies at the first three holes, then adding another at the 5th before eventually turning with a four-shot cushion over the far less-experienced van Rooyen.  The much tougher back nine would extract four bogeys (against a single birdie) from Horne but under difficult conditions, van Rooyen could only manage to do one stroke better, allowing Horne to cruise home to a relatively easy victory.

Posted on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 12:24PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Week 31 Results

PGA Tour - WGC-Bridgestone Invitational  -  Rory McIlroy  (265)
PGA Tour - Barracuda Championship  -  Geoff Ogilvy  (49 pts)
Japan Tour - Dunlop Srixon Fukushima Open  -  Satoshi Kodaira  (272)
Sunshine Tour - Vodacom Origins of Golf  -  Keith Horne  (207)
Champions Tour - 3M Championship  -  Kenny Perry  (193)
Web.com Tour - Stonebrae Classic  -  Tony Finau  (258)
E Challenge Tour - Azerbaijan Challenge Open  -  Moritz Lampert  (272)
Symetra Tour - Credit Union Classic  -  Veronica Felibert  (201)

Posted on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 12:21PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

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Thirty-eight-year-old Tim Clark ended a victory drought which dated to the 2010 Players Championship by coming from behind to win the RBC Canadian Open, edging Jim Furyk by one at the Royal Montreal Golf Club.  For Furyk, a back-to-back champion here in 2006 and 2007, the event appeared a golden opportunity to break a nearly five-year winless streak of his own, as he opened with a 67, then added a course record-tying 63 and a Saturday 65 to build a three-shot 54-hole lead.  Clark, for his part, began with rounds of 67-67 before an eagle at the par-4 2nd jumpstarted a third round 64, allowing him to go to sleep Saturday night as Furyk’s closest pursuer.  On a Sunday which saw players go off both tees, in threesomes, in attempts at beating incoming rain, the status quo was maintained over the first nine as both Clark and Furyk turned even par.  But Clark soon found another gear coming home, reeling in birdies at the 11th, 12th, 14th and, after a short rain delay, the 15th to finally move into the lead.  He maintained this margin by matching Furyk’s birdie at the par-3 17th, then clinched the title by holing a six-footer for par at the last after Furyk missed a 12-foot birdie putt to tie………………England’s David Horsey endured an up-and-down closing stretch on Sunday afternoon to ultimately claim his third career European Tour title, beating Damien McGrane on the first hole of sudden death at the M2M Russian Open.  The 29-year-old Horsey held or shared the lead after each of the first three rounds at  Moscow’s Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club, leading by one after an opening 65, by two after tacking on a Friday 68, and sharing the top spot with Scotland’s Peter Whiteford after posting a Saturday 70 which included two bogeys over his final six holes.  Meanwhile, hoping to record his first victory since the 2008 Volvo China Open, McGrane began Sunday six back but his fortunes began turning quickly as two early birdies, combined with Horsey bogeys at the 5th and 6th brough him briefly within two of the lead.  That margin returned to three by the turn, then two when McGrane birdied the 10th – and then, rather suddenly, they were tied after Horsey double-bogeyed the 470-yard par-4 12th.  A Horsey bogey at the 374-yard 14th then put McGrane in front, and the Irishman promptly added a run of three straight birdies which, on most occasions, would have been enough to salt away the title.  But his untimely bogey at the 448-yard 18th left the door slightly ajar, and once again there was Horsey, rising from the ashes to chip in for eagle at the par-5 17th – just enough to force a playoff which he would win (via a routine par) after McGrane’s approach found a back bunker at the 18th...............Thirty-eight-year-old Jean Hugo braved the elements to win for the 15th time on the Sunshine Tour, edging rookie Rhys West by one at the Vodacom Origins of Golf event at Arabella.   In a week in which gale force winds wiped out the second round, and Friday's finale was drenched by an icy rain, Hugo carded rounds of 68-69, the latter climaxed by a crucial final birdie at the 563-yard 18th.  West was unable to match that closing four but took solo second, one ahead of a foursome of imposing veterans led by Adilson da Silva and Trevor Fisher Jr.

Posted on Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 05:36PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Week 30 Results

PGA Tour - RBC Canadian Open  -  Tim Clark  (263)
European Tour - M2M Russian Open  -  David Horsey  (275)
Sunshine Tour - Vodacom Origins of Golf  -  Jean Hugo  (137)
LET - Sberbank Golf Masters  -  Julie Greciet  (196)
JLPGA Tour - Century 21 Ladies  -  Bo-Mee Lee  (205)
Champions Tour - Senior Open Championship  -  Bernhard Langer  (266)
Euro Senior Tour - See Champions Tour (Above)
Web.com Tour - Midwest Classic  -  Zack Sucher  (265)
E Challenge Tour -  Le Vaudreuil Challenge  - Andrew Johnston  (268)
Symetra Tour - DEFCU Championship  - Sadena Parks  (199)

Posted on Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 11:24AM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off
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