2014 - WEEK 43: Oct 20 - Oct 26

               WEEK 43 WORLDWIDE SCHEDULE 

                          PROFESSIONAL GOLF 2014
                            THE COMPLETE MEDIA, FAN & FANTASY GUIDE
    385 PAGES OF RESULTS, PROFILES & FORECASTS - 10 TOURS, 500+ 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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Twenty-seven-year-old Ben Martin had a big final round lead, lost it, then regained it with a late rush to claim his first PGA Tour victory in his 56th start, at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.  An All-American at Clemson just beginning his third full season on Tour, Martin opened with rounds of 68-66 over the TPC Summerlin layout, good enough to place him among a group of eight players two behind halfway leaders Andrew Putnam and Russell Knox, and one back of Andrew Svoboda and Tony Finau.  Martin would extricate himself from the pack on Saturday, however, by carding a near-perfect nine-under par 62, a round which began birdie-par-bogey before concluding with nine birdies over his final 15 holes, five of which came in succession from the 13th-17th.  The result was a two-shot lead over both Putnam and Knox, with Jimmy Walker (who matched Martin with a bogey-free 62) and Svoboda standing three behind.  Martin felt some inevitable nerves early on Sunday, turning in even-par 35, then bogeying the par-4 11th, by which time a charging Kevin Streelman had entered the mix.  Streelman, who set a Tour record by birdieing the final seven holes to win in Hartford in June, nearly matched the feat here, carding five birdies from the 12th through the 17th, enough to take a one-shot lead to the 18th.  But back at the par-5 16th, Martin launched a lightning bolt by holing a 45-footer for eagle, Streelman then missed a five-footer for birdie at the last, and suddenly Martin had retaken a lead he would not surrender - with a birdie at the 18th simply padding his margin of victory………………The eight players who reached the quarter-finals of the Volvo World Match Play Championship included several top international stars, but two such entries were upset forthwith, as France’s Victor Dubuisson lost two down to Finland’s Mikko Ilonen, while Ryder Cup star Patrick Reed (the only American in the field) was upended by South African George Coetzee (the last man invited) 2 & 1.  Meanwhile, the Netherland’s Joost Luiten, still on strong form after a recent win at the Wales Open, cruised past Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal 6 & 5, while the event’s top overall seed, world number five Henrik Stenson of Sweden, locked down the final semi-final spot with a two up victory over countryman Jonas Blixt.  The semi-finals produced a bit more drama with Ilonen and Luiten squaring off in a match which saw the Fin jump out to an early two-hole lead, then fall behind as Luiten birdied the 8th, 11th and 13th to climb back on top.  But Ilonen responded with a run of his own – a winning par at the par-3 14th, then birdies at the 15th and 17th – to clinch victory.  Meanwhile, on the other side of the draw, Stenson each time drew even after falliing behind on four separate occasions , ultimately closing out Coetzee with a birdie at the par-5 18th to win one up.  In Sunday afternoon’s all-Scandinavian final, Stenson then jumped to a one-up lead with a birdie at the 4th but soon fell deeply in the hole after Ilonen captured the 5th, 8th, 11th and 12th (only two with birdies) to move three up.  Stenson tried gamely to rally by birdieing the par-5 13th and 15th, but in the end he still reached the par-4 17th two down, then saw Ilonen slam the door by carding one last birdie to claim his fifth career E Tour triumph by a 3 & 1 margin………………If only a handful of elite names were present at the Hong Kong Open, one of them at least injected some life into things over the first 36 holes as Hall-of-Famer Enie Els opened 66-65 to take a two-stroke halfway lead.  Saddled with an ongoing hip problem, however, Els shot 71 on Saturday to fall to sixth, then a Sunday 69 to ultimately tie for fifth.  This left room for a pair of Australians with solid Asian Tour pedigrees to move atop the Saturday leaderboard, with Marcus Fraser bouncing back from an opening bogey to post a 66 and grab the lead on 11-under-par 199, while long-hitting Scott Hend carded his second 67 in three days to trail by one.  Fraser would struggle to a closing 72 and fall off the pace, and Hend also stumbled somewhat in the early going, turning in even-par 34.  But Hend would settle down on the inward half, adding three birdies to close with another 67 and a 267 total, good enough to tie Filipino Angelo Que, who’d birdied four of his last seven holes to finish with a solid 66.  Que, however, made bogey on the first playoff hole (the 410-yard 18th), leaving Hend to become the event’s first Australian champion since Greg Norman in 1983, and to gain exempt status on the E Tour throughout 2015………………Back in 2009 and ’10, Yuta Ikeda was reaching his mid-20s and emerging as an elite player on the Japan Tour, winning four times in each season and looking like viable competition for Ryo Ishikawa as the nation’s next international star.  But Ikeda’s stock slipped somewhat in the ensuing three years (he logged but a single win in each) and if his victory in 2014 Japan Open was, once again, his first triumph of the season, it must also rate as the most prestigious in his career to date.  Ikeda began the week in fine form, posting an opening six-under-par 64 to trail veteran Thail star Prayad Marksaeng by one, and remained one back at the halfway point after both men added 68s on Friday.  But while Marksaeng carded two late bogeys to slip to a 70 on Saturday, Ikeda shot a 66 to jump out to a three-shot lead over both Marksaeng and 27-time Japan Tour winner Shingo Katayama – a cushion he would ultimately need all of on Sunday when, seemingly cruising safely along, he bogeyed the 14th and double-bogeyed the par-3 16th to make matters interesting.  But with neither Katayama or Marksaeng making a strong move, Ikeda managed to add two closing pars, hanging on and in by one………………Merrick Bremner won for the fourth time on the Sunshine Tour in highly dramatic fashion, holing a 25-yard bunker shot to birdie the 451-yard 18th hole at the Glendower Golf Club and win the BMG Classic by one.  Bremner wasted little time in making his presence felt, birdieing his first two holes on Friday en route to grabbing the first-round lead with a six-under-par 66.  A disappointing second round 71 would leave him four strokes behind another South African with E Tour experience, Darren Fichardt, but Fichard stumbled badly on Sunday, bogeying the par-3 6th and double-bogeying the 522-yard 8th to create a dogfight down the stretch.  Fichardt admirably righted himself enough to card birdies at the 10th, 13th and 15th but in the meantime, Bremner had charged, birdieing the 11th, 12th, 15th and 16th to draw even.  He then produced his bunker magic at the last to finish on 204, but still had to wait while Fichardt stuffed his approach at the last to five feet, then missed the putt, capping a frustrating day and giving Bremner the title………………Twenty-seven-year-old New Zealander Ryan Fox broke through for his first victory on the Australasian Tour, running away from the field to claim the Western Australia Open by a resounding six shots.  The son of former rugby star Grant Fox, Ryan did much to justify his reputation as a top (if somewhat late-arriving) Kiwi prospect by carding an opening round 64 at the Cottesloe Golf Club, good enough to join eventual runner-up Steven Dartnall in a tie for second, one behind Victoria’s Steven Jones.  A second round 66 moved him into the lead, two ahead of South Australian Paul Spargo, and when Fox carded a Saturday 68 and Spargo his third straight 66, the pair were tied atop the 54-hole leaderboard, three shots clear of Queensland’s Daniel Nisbet.  But while Spargo would crumble to a 74 on Sunday, Fox hit the ground running, logging five birdies (against one bogey) over his first eight holes, then adding to two more at the 10th and the par-5 14th to pull far enough clear that a bogey at the 18th was of no consequence.  

Posted on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 09:26PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Week 42 Results

PGA Tour - Shriners Hospitals For Children Open  -  Ben Martin  (264)
European Tour - Volvo World Match Play Championship  -  Mikko Ilonen  (3&1)
European Tour - Hong Kong Open  -  Scott Hend  (267)
Japan Tour - Japan Open  -  Yuta Ikeda  (270)
Asian Tour -  See European Tour (Hong Kong)  
Sunshine Tour - BMG Classic  -  Merrick Bremner  (204)
Australasian Tour - Western Australia Open  -  Ryan Fox  (265)
LatinoAmerica - Mexican Open  -  Oscar David Alvarez  (271)
LPGA Tour - KEB-Hanabank Championship  -  Kyu Jung Baek  (278)
LET - Cell C South African Open  -  Lee-Anne Pace  (211)
JLPGA Tour - Fujitsu Ladies  -  Sun-Ju Ahn  (205)
Champions Tour - Greater Hickory Kia Classic  -  Jay Haas  (196)
E Challenge Tour - Shankai Classic  -  Johan Edfors  (201)

Posted on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 12:11PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

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Having stated his desire to play in the 2015 Presidents Cup when it makes its visit to his native South Korea in exactly one year’s time, 28-year-old Sang-Moon Bae got his crusade off to a flying start by winning the first event of the 2014-15 PGA Tour campaign at the Frys.com Open, in Napa.  From the moment he tied for the first round lead with a six-under-par 66, Bae looked very much like a contender, and a second round 69 did little to diminish his form.  He took firm control of the event on Saturday, however, moving himself squarely to the front with five consecutive birdies at holes 2-6, then, following bogeys at the 7th and 13th, adding a birdie at the 15th, an eagle at the par-4 17th (where the tee was set at 292 yards) and a closing birdie at the par-5 18th, good enough for a 65 and a four-shot lead over rookie Zac Blair.  Initially Sunday looked like more of the same, as Bae turned in one-under-par 35 and stood a robust six shots ahead through 10 holes.  But a trio of three-putt bogeys (partially offset by a birdie at the 12th) brought him back within sight of the field, and especially within the sights of Steven Bowditch, who played his final 10 holes six under par to close with 67, and a 275 aggregate.  At the par-5 16th, Bae looked like perhaps giving one more back after his third finished over the green, but a clutch up-and-down kept his lead at two which, following routine pars at the 17th and 18th, would ultimately prove his margin of victory………………In an event shortened to 36 holes by unremitting rains, 24-year-old Alexander Levy became the first Frenchman to win two European Tour events in the same season but claiming a three-shot victory at the Portugal Masters.  Levy began the week in fast form, birdieing five of his first seven holes on the soft Oceanico Victoria course en route to a front nine 30, then came home in 33 to join Scotland’s Scott Jamieson and Spain’s Adrian Otaegui on 63 – which, surprisingly found them a full three strokes off of the lead.  This was because former Ryder Cup player Nicolas Colsaerts simply overpowered the golf course, posing seven birdies over his first 12 holes, then adding eagles at the 315-yard 15th and the 589-yard 17th before narrowly missing an 18-foot birdie putt at the last for 59; instead of becoming the E Tour’s first man to break 60, he instead became the 19th man to equal it.  The rains then came hard on Friday and now it was Levy’s turn for heroics.  Playing early, he methodically carded five birdies on each nine en route to a 10-under-par 61, posting his 18-under-par 124 total before play was called for the day.  Colsaerts would complete a second round 67 on Saturday morning to trail by three, and in the end, save for one initial hole on Sunday before the skies opened up again, that would be all the golf that either man would play for the duration.  With a total of 75 millimeters worth of rain during tournament week, the decision was first made to play only 54 holes, then, after Sunday’s early deluge, that was revised to 36, with Levy being declared the winner………………South Korea's 27-year-old In-Hoi Hur claimed his first career victory on the Japan Tour in grand style, completing a record-setting wire-to-wire victory at the Toshin Golf Tournament in Gifu.  Hur put his stamp on the event early, recording but a single bogey during opening rounds of 64-63, which staked him to a three-shot halfway lead.  He then added a bogey-free 66 on Saturday to extend his lead to four - and it was only that close because Seung-Hyuk Kim, a winner of last week's Tokai Classic - carded a dazzling 61 to move within shouting distance.  Kim put on a bit of Sunday pressure by closing with a 67 but Hur was not to be headed, opening with three birdies over his first six holes en route to turning in 33, then methodically coming home in 34 (punctuated by a birdie at the par-5 closer) to win by four..................Port Elizabeth area native Titch Moore captured the inaugural playing of the Sun Boardwalk Golf Challenge, birdieing the final hole to claim a one-shot triumph over countryman Roberto Lupini and England’s Steve Surry.  Originally scheduled for 54 holes, the tournament was shortened to 36 after heavy winds blew away Thursday’s second round, meaning that former Big Easy Tour star Lupini began the final round with a two-stroke lead after posting a wild Wednesday 68 that included eight birdies, two bogeys and a double-bogey at the par-4 13th.  But facing a chance to log his first Sunshine Tour victory, the 31-year-old Lupini never quite got it going, bogeying the 4th and 5th holes to surrender his lead, then playing one-under-par golf thereafter to finish with a 73, and a 141 total.  Moore, meanwhile, moved into the lead with a birdie at the 4th en route to turning in one-under-par 34, then strung together eight straight back nine pars before his timely birdie at the Humewood Country Club’s 401-yard finisher saw him home in 140………………Nineteen-year-old Hao-Tong Li, a professional on the developmental PGA Tour China, broke through for his first major tour victory at the OneAsia circuit’s China Masters, cruising to a four-shot triumph over his home course at the Nanshan International Golf Club.  Coming off an eight-shot runaway win on the PGA Tour-sponsored developmental circuit a week earlier, Li tore out to a fast start in Shanghai, following an opening 68 with a bogey-free Friday 65 that opened up a three-shot lead over New Zealand’s Nick Gillespie and Garrett Sapp of the United States.  Though both pursuers fell off the pace on Saturday, Li’s 72 left the door somewhat open as Korean Yi-Keun Chang (65) and Australian Rhein Gibson (69) each closed within one.  But on a windy Sunday which saw gusts up to 40 miles per hour, Li played his first 10 holes even par, stumbled briefly with a double-bogey at the par-3 11th, then stepped on the gas with birdies at the 14th, 15th and 17th to pull away to victory.

Posted on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 12:36PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Week 41 Results

PGA Tour - Frys.com Open  -  Sang-Moon Bae  (273)
European Tour - Portugal Masters  -  Alexander Levy  (124)
Japan Tour - Toshin Golf Tournament  -  In-Hoi Hur  (260)
Sunshine Tour - Sun Boardwalk Golf Challenge  -  Titch Moore  (140)
OneAsia Tour - Nanshan China Masters  -  Hao-Tong Li  (275)
LatinoAmerica - Mazatlan Open  -  Tyler McCumber  (278)
LPGA Tour - Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia  -  Shanshan Feng  (266)
JLPGA Tour - Stanley Ladies  -  Sun-Ju Ahn  (202)
Champions Tour - SAS Championship  -  Kirk Triplett  (202)
Euro Senior Tour - Dutch Senior Open  -  Ian Woosnam  (208)

Posted on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 12:33PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

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Once among the more touted prospects in modern British golf, 34-year-old Oliver Wilson had spent the better part of his career struggling on the European Tour, but all of that ended with an exciting breakthrough victory - while playing on a sponsor exemption - at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.  Wilson led after two of the first three rounds at this multi-site event, keyed by a Thursday 64 at Carnoustie and a third round 65 (which included five birdies and an eagle) at St Andrews.  This stood him three strokes ahead of a quartet of players headed by world number one Rory McIlroy, and Wilson responded by playing steady Sunday golf, turning in 37, then birdieng the 10th, 11th and 16th to come home with a safe 72, and a 271 total.  But he had help in winning, as Scotland’s Richie Ramsay finished one behind after bogeying the 16th and 17th, and England’s Tommy Fleetwood missed a six-foot birdie putt at the last to tie.  And also lamenting a lost opportunity was McIlrory, who tied for second depite double-bogeying the first (when his approach spun back into the Swilcan Burn) and bogeying the 17th, when a putt from off the green found the Infamous Road bunker……………… Twenty-seven-year-old Korean Tour veteran Seung-Hyuk Kim claimed his first title on the Japan Golf Tour, scrambling home to a one-stroke triumph at the Top Cup Tokai Classic.  With only one career top-10 finish under his belt (a T7 at this year’s Token Homemate Cup) in 26 previous J Tour starts, Kim hardly began the week rated among the favorites.  But he served notice that his fortunes might be changing by carding nine birdies en route to an opening 66 that tied him for the Thursday lead, then remaining near the top of the board following less special middle rounds of 73-72.  Thus beginning the final round three behind countryman Hyung-Sung Kim, Seung-Hyuk crept slightly forward via a chip-in birdie at the par-4 6th, then moved well past Hyung-Sung (who stumbled home with a 74) with birdies at the 14th and 16th.  Now holding a two-stroke lead, he promptly bogeyed the 470-yard 18th, but hung on to win when runners-up Hyung-Sung and a third Korean, Jung-Gon Hwang both failed to birdie either the 17th or the 18th to catch him………………Buoyed by the memory of his father, who died earlier in the year, England’s Steve Lewton broke through for his first major tour victory at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters, claiming the title at the Taiwan Golf & Country Club.  A former North Carolina State star and runner-up to Rory McIlroy at the 2006 European Amateur championship, the 31-year-old Lewton played the most consistent golf throughout the week, initially overcoming an early double-bogey to stand second after an opening round 70, then retaining the second spot (this time one back of Brazilian veteran Adilson da Silva) following a Friday 72.   A fast start on Saturday led the way to a third round 70, and suddenly Lewton held the 54-hole lead, one ahead of da Silva, as well as the red-hot Antonio Lascuna of the Philippines.  Both da Silva and Lascuna would post even-par 72s on Sunday, and with neither making a concerted charge, Lewton initially stretched his lead to three at the turn, then bounced his way through an up-and-down back nine, ultimately bogeying the par-4 18th to win by two……………… Eight-year Sunshine Tour veteran P.H. “Power House” McIntyre claimed his first professional victory at the Vodacom Origins of Golf event played at the Vaal de Grace Golf estate, takking a three-day pitched battle with six-time Sunshine Tour winner Jake Roos which, in the end, required sudden death to decide.  McIntyre opened the week with an eight-under-par 64 that might have resulted in a multi-shot lead had Roos not nearly matched it with a 65 which included a remarkable three eagles.  The pair then separated themselves from the field during Thursday’s second round, taking a joint three stroke lead after Roos bettered McIntyre by a shot, 67 to 68.  They then started fast on Friday, effectively eliminating the rest of the field when McIntyre birdied four of his first eight holes while Roos birdied three.  But in the end, Roos drew even with a clutch birdie at the 559-yard 17th before McIntyre defied the odds by handing Roos the first sudden death loss of his career (in six playoffs) with a birdie on the third extra hole.     

Posted on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 09:05PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Week 40 Results

European Tour - Alfred Dunhill Links Championship  -  Oliver Wilson  (271)
Japan Tour - Top Cup Tokai Classic  -  Seung-Hyuk Kim  (281)
Asian Tour - Mercuries Taiwan Masters  -  Steve Lewton  (283)
Sunshine Tour - Vodacom Origins of Golf  -  P.H. McIntyre  (200)
LatinoAmerica - Arturo Calle Colombian Classic  -  Nicholas Lindheim  (269)
LPGA Tour - Reignwood LPGA Classic  -  Mirim Lee  (277)
LET - LaCoste Ladies Open de France  -  Azahara Munoz  (269)
JLPGA Tour - Japan Women's Open  -  Teresa Lu  (280)
Euro Senior Tour - French Riviera Masters  -  Philip Golding  (201)
E Challenge Tour - EMC Golf Challenge Open  -  Ricardo Gouveia  (275)

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The Ryder Cup has gained something of a reputation for unpredictability in recent decades, but in a year in which a homestanding European team was considered a heavy favorite to defend their 2012 victory at Medinah, things largely went according to form.  There was no shortage of heroes for a European squad which boasted four of the top six players in the Official World Ranking plus additional stalwarts like reigning U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer, Ryder Cup veteran Graeme McDowell and French up-and-comer Victor Dubuisson.  Indeed, it would be difficult to choose a European MVP, though 2013 U.S. Open Champion Justin Rose might well carry a ballot, having gone 3-0-2 for the week, including a trio of Foursomes/Four Ball victories while teamed with Henrik Stenson.  McDowell also emerged undeafeated, going 3-0-0 behind a pair of Foursomes wins with Dubuisson and a clutch come-from-behind Singles triumph over Jordan Spieth in the always-important opening match on Sunday.  And then there was world number one Rory McIlroy and Ryder Cup rookie Jamie Donaldson, the former scoring a key Singles point by routing Rickie Fowler 5 & 4 in match number three, the latter marking his first appearance by going 3-1-0 and scoring the clinching point upon stiffing his approach at the 15th hole to close out Keegan Bradley.  Meanwhile, with several of Captain Tom Watson’s lineup decisions coming under considerable scrutiny, the United States could only draw real solace from the performance of Patrick Reed, who teamed with fellow rookie Jordan Spieth to go 2-0-1 in the Foursomes/Four Balls, then took down the imposing Stenson in the Singles.  On the downside for the U.S., Bubba Watson, Zach Johnson, Webb Simpson and Fowler all failed to earn a single victory, and Matt Kuchar only avoided matching them by beating Thomas Bjorn in Singles.  So in the end, things went reasonably as expected, with the Europeans rather easily dispatching the Americans by a 16½ to 11½ margin.....................Against a field whose depth was boosted by the event’s co-sanctioning by the Asian Tour, 45-year-old Hiroyuki Fujita claimed his 18th career Japan Golf Tour title at the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup Golf, storming home with a closing 66 to beat a trio of players by two.  The 2012 Japan Tour Order of Merit winner, Fujita lingered quietly around the lead for much of the week, initially trailing first round leader Cameron Smith by two after carding a 68, then joiningg a fivesome in a tie for fourth at the halfway mark, two back of Australian Adam Bland.  Fujita stumbled a bit on Saturday however, with bogeys at the 17th and 18th pushing him to a 73 and seemingly dashing his hopes, as he then stood in a 10-way tie for 14th, four strokes behind 54-hole pacesetter Wen-Chong Liang of China.  But Liang would shoot himself oit of the lead with three early bogeys on Sunday, and while numerous other contenders played steady, unspectacular golf, Fujita caught fire, birdieing five of his first 15 holes to move into contention before bogeying the long par-4 17th, then birdieing 575-yard closer to clinch a two-shot victory.

Posted on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 07:35PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Week 39 Results

Ryder Cup - Gleneagles, Scotland  (Europe)
Japan Tour - Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup  -  Hiroyuki Fujita  (278)
Asian Tour - See Japan Tour (Above)
LatinoAmerica - Ecuador Open  -  Tyler McCumber  (275)
JLPGA Tour - Dunlop Ladies Open  -  Miki Sakai  (208)
Champions Tour - Nature Valley First Tee Open  -  John Cook  (204)

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Having finished fifth in his homeland a week earlier, 28-year-old Dutchman Joost Luiten came loaded for bear at the ISPS Handa Wales Open, and by week's end he would be raising the trophy for the fourth time in his relatively young European Tour career.  Luiten nearly was a wire-to-wire winner, though his opening round 65 was a backloaded affair as he stood even par through eight holes before reeling off seven birdies (against one bogey) over his final 10 holes.  He followed this up with a Friday 69 (which left him one stroke off of Shane Lowry's halfway lead) before unleashing a second 65 on Saturday - this time bogey-free - to return to the top of the leaderboard by two shots.  But on a Sunday in which none of the contenders would go terribly low, Luiten bogeyed his first two holes, allowing Lowry to briefly draw even with a birdie at the par-3 3rd.  But Luiten would retake control with birdies at the 11th and 12th, and while he could do no better than even par golf down the stretch, this would ultimately prove enough to see him home one ahead of both Lowry (who birdied the 613-yard closer when an eagle was needed) and 23-year-old Englishman Tommy Fleetwood, who played his final five holes in six under par en route to a closing 67..................Forty-one-year-old Katsumasa Miyamoto ended a four-year victory drought by claiming his ninth career Japan Golf Tour victory at the ANA Open, beating fellow Japan Tour veteran Hideto Tanihara on the first hole of a sudden death playoff.  Miyamoto began his week with a solid 67 that was marred only by a double-bogey at the 4th hole (his 13th), and he followed that with rounds of 67-68, each of which included an eagle.  His 54-hole total of 203 proved enough to share a one-shot lead with Tanihara, who opened with 66-68 and might well have held the lead by himself had he not bogeyed two of his final three holes during a Saturday 69.  Both players then put together solid five-under-par 67s on Sunday, with Tanihara leading down the stretch before Miyamoto carded a clutch birdie at the 579-yard 17th to match his aggregate of 270..................Thailand's Chapchai Nirat ended a five-year winless drought by capturing his third career Asian Tour victory at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters, edging Antonio Lascuna of the Philippines on the first hole of sudden death.  Nirat played extermely steady golf all week, his opening with rounds of 68-69-69, placing him one behind 54-hole leader Cameron Smith of Australia.  Smith would stumble to a 73 on Sunday, however, leaving Nirat on the verge of running away after logging six birdies between holes 5-16.  But ill-timed Nirat bogeys at both the 17th and 18th left just enough room for the 43-year-old Lascuna, who charged home with a stunning 63, to force the playoff.

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Week 38 Results

European Tour - ISPS Handa Wales Open  -  Joost Luiten  (270)
Japan Tour - ANA Open  -  Katsumasa Miyamoto  (270)
Asian Tour - Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters  -  Chapchai Nirat  (274)
LPGA Tour - Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic  -  M.J. Hur  (267)
LET - Tenerife Open de Espana  -  Connie Chen  (276)
JLPGA Tour - Muningwear Ladies Tokai Classic  -  Jiyai Shin  (202)
Champions Tour - Pacific Links Hawaii Championship  -  Paul Goydos  (197)
Euro Senior Tour - Winstongolf Senior Open  -  Paul Wesselingh  (201)
Web.com Tour - Web.com Tour Championship  -  Derek Fathauer  (266)
E Challenge Tour - Kazakhstan Open  -  Sam Hutsby  (269)
Symetra Tour - Symetra Tour Championship  -  Marita Engzelius  (278)

Posted on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 01:39PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off
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