2014 - WEEK 44: Oct 27 - Nov 2

               WEEK 44 WORLDWIDE SCHEDULE 

                          PROFESSIONAL GOLF 2014
                            THE COMPLETE MEDIA, FAN & FANTASY GUIDE
    385 PAGES OF RESULTS, PROFILES & FORECASTS - 10 TOURS, 500+ PLAYERS

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          PGA TOUR       EUROPEAN TOUR       JAPAN TOUR       SUNSHINE TOUR

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                     LPGA TOUR       LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR       JLPGA TOUR

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Emerging from a three-year victory drought with a golf swing reconfigured to ease pressure on his oft-injured back, Ben Crane claimed his fifth career PGA Tour victory at the FedEx St Jude Classic, the Tour’s final tune-up prior to the U.S. Open.  After opening with a bogey-free seven-under-par 63, Crane’s win was, in fact, wire-to-wire – though with heavy rains preventing play from finishing on each of the first three days, it did not readily appear that way.  But a second round 65 (whose only bogey came at the par-4 18th) cushioned Crane’s lead significantly before Saturday’s weather sent him home with 12 holes left to play in his third round.  He then completed those 12 in par figures on Sunday morning, and thus retained a three-stroke lead over Troy Merritt, which, in turn, allowed a relatively cautious approach to Sunday afternoon’s finale.  Indeed, Crane’s approach proved so cautious that he carded a three-over-par 73 (which included a safe bogey at the last) and held on to edge Merritt by only one – and in the process become the first man to win on the PGA Tour without a final-round birdie since Justin Leonard did it in this same event in 2005.  Among the marquee names preparing for the upcoming U.S. Open, 2012 Open champion Webb Simpson (who closed with 66) tied for third with Matt Every (70) and Carl Pettersson (69), while Ian Poulter carded Sunday’s low round (a 64) en route to finishing in a five-way tie for sixth.  Phil Mickelson, meanwhile, moved into the edges of Sunday contention after birdieing the 11th and 12th holes but ultimately fell bak to close with 72, and a tie for 11th……………… Playing against a relatively light field in the week before the U.S. Open, Sweden’s Mikael Lundberg ended a six-year victory drought by defeating homestanding Bernd Wiesberger on the first hole of sudden death to claim the Lyoness Open, in Austria.  The 43-year-old Lundberg (whose two previous E Tour victories had both come in the Russian Open) began the week in fine form, posting rounds of 67-68 to take a one-shot halfway lead over England’s Lee Slattery.  He crumbled badly on Saturday, however, double-bogeying the 376-yard 3rd early and later adding four back nine bogeys en route to a seemingly crippling 76.  But now trailing 54-hole leader (and defending champion) Joost Luiten by six, Lundberg mounted a major Sunday charge, birdieing four of his first five holes to pull into contention, then ultimately posting four more birdies at holes 11-15 to post a closing 65 and take the early clubhouse lead.  In close pursuit were Luiten and Wiesberger, the event’s 2012 winner and the clear favorite among the Austrian gallery.  Luiten, for his part, played uneven golf on Sunday, matching four birdies with four bogeys through his first 15 holes, then coming up one stroke shy when he couldn’t find one more birdie among the final three.  But Wiesberger fared better, actually taking the lead (via his fifth birdie of the day) at the 607-yard 15th before bogeying the 591-yard 16th, and ultimately deadlocking with Lundberg on 276.  The playoff hole was the par-3 18th, where Lundberg proceeded to stun the gallery by holing a tricky downhill 40-footer for birdie, and just that quickly the title was his……………… Forty-five-year-old Taichi Teshima’s last victory on the Japan Golf Tour came at the 2007 Casio World Open, yet despite this seven-year lull, he held together admirably during an up-and-down final to ultimately claim his seventh career title, the venerable Japan PGA Championship.  Teshima, who finished 70th in 2013 J Tour earnings and might well have been considered in the twilight of his career, opened with rounds of 70-68-69 at the Golden Valley Golf Club, good enough to take a one-shot 54-hole lead over recent Kansai Open winner Koumei Oda and South Korea’s Kyung-Hoon Lee.  He then solidified his position by opening with two birdies on Sunday before bogeys at the 8th and 10th brought him back towards the field.  Timely birdies at the 12th and 14th rebuilt his cushion, however, ultimately allowing Teshima the luxury of bogeying the 472-yard 16th and still winning by one.  Oddly, both Oda and Lee matched Teshima’s closing 71, though both had significant chances at victory.  Oda, for his part, fell off the lead by bogeying the 14th, 15th and 16th, while Lee lost his chance with bogeys at the 15th and 16th……………… Thailand’s 47-year-old Thaworn Wiratchant has long been a force on the Asian PGA Tour and that trend continued in his homeland as Wiratchant notched his 17th career victory on the circuit with a come-from-behind triumph at the Queen’s Cup.  After an opening 71 left him five shots behind countryman Poom Saksansin, Wiratchant fell one shot further behind Saksansin with a second round 68, then crept back within five (and four behind Bangladesh’s Siddikur Rahman) following a Saturday 67.  He would surely need some help on Sunday, then, and both Saksansin and Siddikur were relatively obliging, each closing with one-over-par rounds of 72 (Siddikur finishing with a heartbreaking bogey at the last).  This left the door somewhat ajar and Wiratchant promptly crashed through it, turning in 34 before adding birdies at the 11th, 12th and 14th.  A bogey at the par-4 17th drew him briefly back to 11 under par but with everything on the line, Wiratchant coolly rolled in a five-footer for birdie at the par-5 finisher which, ombined with Siddikur’s stumble, secured the win……………… Less than a week shy of his 28th birthday, South African Lyle Rowe broke through for his maiden Sunshine Tour victory, closing with a five-under-par 68 to claim the Zambia Sugar Open in Lusaka.  After opening with a disappointing 76, Rowe played himself into the third round lead via middle rounds of 69-66, then pulled steadily away from the field under cold and windy conditions on Sunday.  He began his runaway with birdies at the 1st, 2nd and 4th to turn in 32, then added a fourth birdie at the 531-yard 10th.  His momentum was briefly stemmed by a bogey at the short par-3 11th, but Rowe responded by stepping on the gas once more and adding three more birdies, first at the 12th, then on back-to-back par 5s at the 13th and 14th.  By this point the lead had grown to five, with only an irrelevant bogey at the 564-yard closer allowing runner-up Neil Schietekat to pull within four, while P.H. McIntyre and Ulrich van den Berg shared third, a full six shots back. 

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Week 23 Results

PGA Tour - FedEx St Jude Classic  -  Ben Crane  (270)
European Tour - Lyoness Open  -  Mikael Lundberg  (276)
Japan Tour - Japan PGA Championship  -  Taichi Teshima  (279)
Asian Tour - Queen's Cup  -  Thaworn Wiratchant  (272)
Sunshine Tour - Zambia Sugar Open  -  Lyle Rowe  (279)
LPGA Tour - Manulife Financial LPGA Classic  -  Inbee Park  (261)
JLPGA Tour - Yonex Ladies  -  Misuzu Narita  (208)
Champions Tour - Legends of Golf  -  Fred Funk & Jeff Sluman  (159)
Euro Senior Tour - ISPS Handa PGA Seniors Championship  -  Santiago Luna  (270)
Web.com Tour - Cleveland Open  -  Steve Alker  (270)
E Challenge Tour - Fred Olsen Challenge de Espana  -  Moritz Lampert  (264)
Symetra Tour - FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship  -  Min Seo Kwak  (204)

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Marked for international stardom since winning back-to-back Asia-Pacific Amateurs (and their associated Masters exemptions) in 2010 and ’11, Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama went a long way towards validating those predictions by scoring his first PGA Tour win, a playoff triumph over Kevin Na at the Memorial Tournament.  It was a wild week at Muirfield Village, beginning with Rory McIlroy’s Thursday 63 (which included a double-bogey), a superb round which the streaking Northern Irishman promptly followed with a disastrous 78.  But the event’s real ups and downs were saved for the final nine on Sunday, when a host of big name contenders held or shared the lead, all to collapse near the close.  The  biggest crash came from Masters champion Bubba Watson, who seemed well on his way to his third win of the year before bogeying the short par-4 14th, then carding a double-bogey at the par 5 15th after hooking his tee shot miles out of bounds.  He could do no better than three pars thereafter, missing the playoff by a shot.  World number one Adam Scott also had his chances, grabbing a share of the lead through 11 holes before a watery double-bogey at the par-3 12th (and subsequent bogeys at holes 14-16) ended his hopes.  And then there was Matsuyama who, following Watson’s collapse, stood two ahead before promptly double-bogeying the 16th (with a water-bound tee shot) and bogeying the 17th.  Enter the 30-year-old Na, who’d teed off two hours before the leaders and carded an eight-under-par 64 to get in the clubhouse at 13-under-par 275.  Needing a birdie to tie him, Matsuyama stuffed his approach at the 18th inside six feet, holed the putt, then promptly won with an up-and-down par on the first playoff hole (the 18th) after Na pulled his drive left, into a creek……………Though not quite as impressive as 50-year-old two-time 2014 winner Miguel Angel Jimenez, 44-year-old Thongchai Jaidee continued his own measure of agelessness at the Nordea Masters, besting Victor Dubuisson and Stephen Gallacher on the first hole of sudden death to claim his sixth career European Tour title.  Following rounds of 69-70-68, Jaidiee trailed 54-hole leaders Henrik Stenson and Eddie Pepperell by four shots on Saturday night but wasted little time mounting a charge on Sunday, birdieing his first three holes en route to an outgoing 33, then adding an eagle at the 552-yard 11th and birdies at both the 14th and the par-3 15th on his way to a seven-under-par 65.  With both Stenson (71) and Pepperell (72) playing well enough only to linger on the periphery of contention, Jaidee was left to do battle primarily with Dubuisson and Gallacher, with the former having the best chance to win outright.  But having birdied five of his first 11 holes to get to 16 under par, Dubuisson could only manage pars over his final seven holes, eventually three-putting for par from just off the fringe at the par-5 18th.  Gallacher, meanwhile, stood four under on the day and 16 under overall through 16 holes, bogeyed the 209-yard 17th to fall back, then holed a 20-foot birdie putt at the last to fight his way into the playoff.  But the extra session would be short-lived as Jaidee managed to birdie the 18th while Dubuisson and Gallacher could only manage pars, and just that quickly it was over……………In an event which, in recent years, has become as noteworthy for the British Open berths it awards as for the intrinsic value of its title, South Korea’s Dong-Kyu Jang claimed both with a three-shot victory at the Mizuno Open.  The 25-year-old Jang stood two shots off the halfway lead following rounds of 70-67, then jumped into a two-shot 54-hole lead of his own following a third round 67.  With four Open Championship spots up for grabs, winning was not an absolute necessity, but Jang went out in 33 before being slowed by bogeys at the par-5 11th and the 13th.  But with his lead now trimmed to one, Jang rallied to birdie both the 17th and 18th to pull away at the wire.  His closest third round pursuer, Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines, closed with a 70 to nail down the second Open slot, while a pair of players who mounted strong Sunday charges, South Korea’s Hyung-Tae Kim (66) and Japan’s Tomohiro Kondo (67) tied for third to claim the final two berths.  Also gaining places in the Royal Liverpool field were Japan’s Yusaku Miyazato and South Korea’s Hyung-Sung Kim, who stood first and second in the Japan Tour Order of Merit after the completion of play.

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Week 22 Results

PGA Tour - Memorial Tournament  -  Hideki Matsuyama  (275)
European Tour - Nordea Masters  -  Thongchai Jaidee  (272)
Japan Tour - Mizuno Open  -  Dong-Kyu Jang  (273)
LPGA Tour - ShopRite LPGA Classic  -  Stacy Lewis  (197)
JLPGA Tour - Resort Trust Ladies  -  Teresa Lu  (201)
Champions Tour - Principal Charity Classic  -  Tom Pernice Jr  (204)
E Challenge Tour - D+D Real Czech Challenge  -  Thomas Linard  (269)

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Less than a week after achieving world number one status for the first time in his career, Adam Scott greatly solidified his position atop the Official World Ranking by winning the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, defeating reigning PGA champion Jason Dufner on the third hole of sudden death.  Both Scott and Dufner began Sunday’s final round in a seven-way tie for 11th place, yet only two strokes behind leaders David Toms, Chris Stroud, Hideki Matsuyama and Chad Campbell.  Campbell (74) fell from contention with back-to-back double-bogeys at the 6th and 7th while Stroud and Matsuyama remained in the mix until getting derailed early in the final nine.  Toms, however, maintained a one shot lead at the turn before bogeys at the 10th, 13th and 14th ultimately dashed his hopes.  Scott and Dufner, meanwhile, mounted charges, with Scott getting to three under par on the day before double-bogeying the par-4 9th, then bouncing back with a three-under-par 32 on the back to close with 66, and a 271 total.  Dufner, meanwhile, stood four under through 10, missed a short par putt at the par-5 11th, then regained that lost stroke with a clutch 25-foot birdie putt at the last.  After both men parred the first extra hole (the 18th), Dufner stuffed his approach inside of five feet at the 17th but could do no more than extend the playoff after Scott holed from 14 feet before him.  Finally, upon returning to the 18th, Scott made his second straight birdie (this time from seven feet) to clinch the title..................In a week in which his much-publicized wedding plans with Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki were finally cancelled for good, Rory McIlroy seemed to find that bachelorhood indeed suited his golf game, as he roared home with a final round 66 to claim the European Tour's flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.  The victory was his first worldwide in 2014 and seemed to put an exclamation point on the on-again, off-again relationship whose tribulations seemed at times to affect the performance of the former world number one over the previous 18 months.  McIlroy - like most of the field - seemed largely irrelevant on a Thursday which saw Denmark's Thomas Bjorn break the Wentworth course record with a stunning 62, enough to give him a two stroke lead over Ireland's Shane Lowry and three over Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello.  And indeed for two more days the event appeared firmly under Bjorn's control, particularly after he reeled off six consecutive back nine birdies en route to posting a Saturday 67, staking him to a five-shot 54-hole lead over Luke Donald and six over the resilient Lowry.  But having slept on so huge a lead, Bjorn struggled on Sunday, triple-bogeying the 418-yard 6th en route to an outgoing 39 that allowed numerous players back into the fray.  Lowry, for his part, hung close after eagling the 4th and birdieing the 5th, but an eventual double-bogey at the 470-yard 13th, followed by a bogey at the 15th, ultimately relegated him to second.  McIlroy, meanwhile, also eagled the 4th on his way to an outgoing 34, then birdied the 10th, 12th and 13th to move into the lead.  Finally, with his biggest victory since the 2012 PGA Championship laying within reach, he birdied both of the two closing par-5s to hold off Lowry by one..................Beginning the final round four shots off the lead, 35-year-old Koumei Oda roared home with a closing 67 to claim his seventh career Japan Tour title - and in dramatic fashion - at the Kansai Open.  Oda began the week quietly with a 71 before lifting himself into a 54-hole tie for third via middle rounds of 66-69.  Paired with the two men in front of him - leader Yoshinori Fujimoto and Tetsuji Hiratsuka - on Sunday, he closed to within three shots at the turn via an outgoing 34, then drew within one of Fujimoto with birdies at the 12th and 14th.  Both players bogeyed the 475-yard 15th, and when Fujimoto followed that by bogeying the 204-yard 16th, the pair were deadlocked.  Fours at the 17th brought them to the 72nd tee still square at which point Oda called forth his most brilliant golf, reaching the 563-yard 18th in two and holing his putt for eagle, pulling away to win by two..................Thirty-two-year-old Christiaan Basson won for the third time on the Sunshine Tour, posting a remarkable bogey-free 197 total to cruise to a five-shot triumph at the Lombard Insurance Classic.  A winner of the 2012 Royal Swazi Open on this same golf course, Basson began the week with a relatively quiet 69 before a second round 66 brought him to within two strokes of 36-hole leader Jake Redman.  But Basson's Sunday finale was a round to remember as he made three early birdies to turn in 33, then caught fire on the back nine, making two birdies and an eagle (at the 504-yard 12th) early, then birdieing his final three holes to come home in 29, for a career-best 62.  Among those tying for second, Redman held up nicely under the final round pressure, standing four under par through the 13th and ultimately closing with a fine 69 - yet he wasn't even within shouting distance.

Posted on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 12:45PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Week 21 Results

PGA Tour - Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial  -  Adam Scott  (271)
European Tour - BMW PGA Championship  -  Rory McIlroy  (274)
Japan Tour - Kansai Open  -  Koumei Oda  (273)
Sunshine Tour - Lombard Insurance Classic  -  Christiaan Basson  (197)
LatinoAmerica - Lexus Panama Classic  -  Julian Etulain  (271)
LPGA Tour - Airbus LPGA Classic  -  Jessica Korda  (268)
LET - Deloitte Ladies Open  -  Kylie Walker  (213)
JLPGA Tour - Bridgestone Ladies Open  -  Sun-Ju Ahn  (208)
Champions Tour - Senior PGA Championship  -  Colin Montgomerie  (271)
Euro Senior Tour - See Champions Tour (Above)
Web.com Tour - Rex Hospital Open  -  Byron Smith  (268)
E Challenge Tour - Karnten Golf Open  -  Moritz Lampert  (265)
Symetra Tour - Symetra Classic  -  Mallory Blackwelder  (206)

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Twenty-eight-year-old Brendon Todd became the fifth former University of Georgia golfer to win on the 2013-2014 PGA Tour, claiming his first career title at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.  Making his 77th career Tour start, Todd opened with a 68 before vaulting himself into the halfway lead via a Friday 64, then maintaining a share of the lead (with 2010 British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen) through 54 holes after posting a two-under-par 68 on Saturday.  Oosthuizen – who continued to be plagued by a balky back – got off to a slow start on Sunday (turning in 35) before falling out of contention with bogeys at the 10th, 11th and 13th.  Todd, meanwhile, holed a bunker shot for birdie at the par-3 2nd and settled down quickly thereafter, adding a birdie at the 5th to solidify his position, then building what would ultimately prove his margin of victory by posting back-to-back birdie threes at the 9th and 10th.  Eventually closing with a bogey-free 66, his primary late competition came from 2003 Masters champion Mike Weir, who began Sunday one stroke behind before jumping quickly into the lead with four birdies in his first five holes on Sunday.  But bogeys at the 6th and 9th, combined with Todd’s move through the turn, would ultimately relegate Weir to second – his first top-25 finish since 2010 after having surgery on a partially torn right elbow ligament that same year………………The ageless Miguel Angel Jimenez reached multiple milestones at the Open de Espana, not the least of which was finally winning his own national open after 26 previous attempts had failed to yield a victory.  Jimenez opened with rounds of 69-73-69 over the tough PGA Catalunya Resort layout, good enough to stand two strokes behind 22-year-old Belgian Thomas Pieters through 54 holes.  He then mounted an early charge on Sunday, making three early birdies to climb into the lead after Pieters bogeyed the 2nd, 3rd and 4th en route to turning in 39.  Bogeys at the 10th and 17th would eventually see Jimenez home in 38, for a 73 and a four-under par 284 total.  Meanwhile, Australian Richard Green had also moved into contention by turning in 34, but proceeded to give back all of his gains with a triple-bogey seven at the 443-yard 14th.  Green quickly bounced back with a birdie at the par-5 15th, however, allowing him also to finish on 284.  And then there was Pieters who, after stumbling early, still put himself in position to win with an eagle at the 15th, then fell back to 284 with a bogey at the 460-yard 17th.  Thus it was off to a three-way playoff where the colorful Jimenez was the only man able to par the first extra hole, and with it claim his 21st career E Tour title, extend his own record (for the second time) as the circuit’s oldest-ever winner, and become its only 50-year-old champion……………… Australian Marcus Both, whose fortunes had sunk so low that he lost his Asian Tour card after the 29013 season, scored a redemptive two-shot victory at the ICTSI Philippine Open after gaining entry on a sponsor exemption.  Both came somewhat out of nowhere to grab the halfway lead with rounds of 70-66 over the demanding East course at the Wack Wack Golf & Country Club, then fell one behind 54-hole leader Chan Kim after three late bogeys brought him home in 76 on Saturday.  But on a Sunday which saw only one player among the contenders break 70, Both turned in 34, then built a significant cushion via back-to-back birdies at the 15th and 16th – a cushion he would need as it turned out, for he then bogeyed both the 17th and 18th to hang on and win by two.  The runner-up spot was shared by five players: Bangladesh’s Siddikur Rahman (who closed with 69), Australia’s Nathan Holman, Thailand’s Arnond Vongvanij and a pair of homestanding players, Antonio Lascuna and Jay Bayron………………Veteran Wallie Coetsee had to wait 17 years between Sunshine Tour victories, but his drought finally came to an end at the light-field Mopani Copper Mines Zambia Open.  The 42-year-old Coetsee - who last won at the 1997 Namibia Open, and was a runner-up at the 2001 Atlantic Beach Classic – held the 54-hole lead after opening with rounds of 65-69-68, and did much to solidify his position by carding three birdies en route to an outgoing 34 on Sunday.  After saving a key par from deep rough at the par-5 12th, he bogeyed the 369-yard 16th but bounced right back with a birdie at the 564-yard 17th to reestablish a two shot margin – which, in turn, allowed him the luxury of a 72nd-hole bogey to still win by one………………Twenty-eight-year-old Seung-Hyuk Kim emerged from a crowded leaderboard to claim his first victory as a professional, winning the long-running SK Telecom Open in Incheon.  Kim got off to a fast start with an opening 66, then backed it up with rounds of 74-67 to tie his more internationally experienced countryman Kyung-Tae Kim atop the 54-hole leaderboad on nine-under-par 207.  But as four players moved to 10 under early on Sunday, Kim appeared to fall from contention after double-bogeying the 350-yard 4th, only to climb back with birdies at the 5th and the 7th.  Despite one more bogey at the 219-yard 8th, he would then charge home in 33 – including sinking a clutch nine-foot birdie putt at the last – to edge Kyung-Tae Kim and Tae-Hee Lee by one.      

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Week 20 Results

PGA Tour - HP Byron Nelson Championship  -  Brendon Todd  (266)
European Tour - Open de Espana  -  Miguel Angel Jimenez  (284)
Asian Tour - ICTSI Philippine Open  -  Marcus Both  (282)
Sunshine Tour - Mopani Copper Mines Zambia Open  -  Wallie Coetsee  (273)
OneAsia Tour - SK Telecom Open  -  Seung-Hyuk Kim  (277)
LatinoAmerica - Dominican Republic Open  -  Michael Buttacavoli  (276)
LPGA Tour - Kingsmill Championship  -  Lizette Salas  (271)
JLPGA Tour - Hoken No Madeguchi Ladies  -  Bo-Mee Lee  (207)
Champions Tour - Regions Tradition  -  Kenny Perry  (281)
Web.com Tour - BMW Pro-Am  -  Max Homa  (266)
Challenge Tour - Turkish Airlines Challenge  -  Oliver Farr  (286)
Symetra Tour - Friends of Mission Charity Classic  -  Marissa Steen  (208)

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Having contended into the weekend at last week’s Wells Fargo Championship, former world number one Martin Kaymer continued his second ascent towards the top of the golfing world by hanging on late for a nerve-wracking wire-to-wire victory at the Players Championship.  Kaymer took control of the event early, carding a flawless course record-tying 63 on Thursday to take early lead, then backing it up with a 69 that stood him one ahead of 20-year-old Jordan Spieth at the halway mark.  But Spieth was able to catch Kaymer on Saturday with a round of 71 as the 29-year-old German managed only a two-birdie, two-bogey round of 72, setting up a likely two-man battle on Sunday.  Coming off a disappointing final round at The Masters, Spieth jumped into a one-shot lead after birdies at the 2nd and 4th – but also like Augusta, he ran into trouble through the middle of the round, dropping himself from contention via a run of five bogeys from holes 5-15.  Kaymer at this point held a three-shot lead, but his march to victory was halted by a lengthy delay as thunderstorms rolled across the Jacksonville area.  Upon the resumption of play, Kaymer double-bogeyed the 15th of a wayward drive and when he failed to birdie the short par-5 16th, it seemed that a hard-charging Jim Furyk, who was in the clubhouse on 276 after a closing 66, might still have a chance at victory.  Furyk’s fortunes brightened when a poor chip left Kaymer a 30-footer for par at the TPC Sawgrass’s famed par-3 17th – but Kaymer promptly holed the putt, then got up-and-down with his putter from off the front of the 18th green to clinch a one-shot victory………………In one of the stranger events in the circuit’s history, the European Tour played its landmark 1,500th tournament at the Madeira Islands Open, with England’s Daniel Brooks claiming victory in a week marred by repeated fog delays, the cancellation of two rounds and the tragic death of Alistair Forsyth’s caddie Ian MacGregor of an apparent heart attack on Sunday.  Played opposite the PGA Tour’s Players Championship, the event was buffeted by fog delays so bad that the first round wasn’t completed until Sunday morning – by which time officials had decided to shorten play to 36 holes, with an 18-hole cut.  MacGregor’s death came on Forsyth’s final hole and caused still another delay, with many players voicing surprise that play was resumed – even after a moment of silence – at all.  But Forsyth himself was supportive of the decision and in the end it came down to Brooks (who bogeyed the par-5 16th, then bounced back with a timely birdie at the 17th) and Scotland’s Scott Henry, who birdied his final three holes to draw even with Brooks on nine-under-par 135.  Their playoff then lasted only one hole as Henry three-putted from 25 feet, allowing Brooks to claim his maiden victory with a routine two-putt par………………A runner-up in this same event in 2012, 23-year-old Danie van Tonder broke through for his maiden Sunshine Tour victory at the Investec Royal Swazi Sun Open, an event annually contested under a Modified Stableford format.  Van Tonder ultimately holed an eight-foot birdie putt on the first hole of sudden death to claim the title, winning after neither Jacques Blaauw nor Jared Harvey could do better than par.  Harvey made one late birdie (at the 17th) to earn his playoff spot while Blauuw made two (at numbers 16 and 17) before leaving a potential clinching birdie putt a centimeter short at the last, thus deadlocking the pair on 48 cumulative points after four days of play.  But knowing that he had ground to make up, van Tonder did them one better, then carding three straight closing birdies to post 18 final-round points (which equalled a stellar 63 at medal play) and join the playoff………………Little-known 27-year-old South Korean Jun-Won Park, who only gained status on the OneAsia circuit on the eve of play, carded a closing 67 to pull away for a surprising first professional victory at the long-running GS Caltex Maekyung Open in Seoul.  Park initially moved himself into contention with a Friday 64 (the week’s low round), then added a Saturday 70 to share the 54-hole lead with countryman Sang-Hyun Park, with the two standing on 10-under-par 206, two shots ahead of the field.  Things initially seemed to favor Hang-Hyun on Sunday when he birdied two of his first five holes, but a bogey at the par-4 8th slowed his momentum just as Jun-Won was heating up, with the less-heralded man promptly birdieing the par-5 9th, then pulling steadily away with additional birdies at the 12th, 14th and 15th holes.   

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Week 19 Results

PGA Tour - The Players Championship  -  Martin Kaymer  (275)
European Tour -  Madeira Islands Open  -  Daniel Brooks  (135)
Sunshine Tour - Royal Swazi Sun Open  -  Danie van Tonder  (48 Pts)
OneAsia Tour - GS Caltex Maekyung Open  -  Jun-Won Park  (273)
LET - Turkish Airlines Ladies Open  -  Valentine Derry  (212)
JLPGA Tour - World Ladies Championship  -  Misuzu Narita  (279)
Symetra Tour - Women's Health Charity Classic  -  Wei-Ling Hsu  (280)

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