2014 - WEEK 40: Sep 29 - Oct 5

               WEEK 40 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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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.   

Posted on Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 09:20PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

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)

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

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It has been more than five years since long-hitting J.B. Holmes last tasted victory – a period in which he endured brain surgery, as well procedures on both an elbow and a broken ankle.  But fully healthy for the first time in eons, Holmes first manage to salvage his playing privileges last week at the RBC Heritage (earning enough to cover an expiring medical extension), then claimed his third career PGA Tour victory at the Wells Fargo Championship, surviving two late bogeys to beat a hard-charging Jim Furyk by one.  After opening with rounds of 70-67, Holmes moved into the 54-hole lead via a Saturday 66, then used a run of four birdies between the 8th and the 15th holes to solidify that position on Sunday.  A bogey at the 16th trimmed the lead to two, however, and there were some anxious moments at the watery par-3 17th until an eight-footer holed for par gave Holmes the latitude to make bogey at the difficult 18th and still raise the trophy.  Furyk, for his part, had begun Sunday well back in the pack, making himself relevant with a closing 65 that included chipping in for eagle at the par-5 16th.  Thirty-six-hole co-leader Martin Flores bogeyed the 18th to fall back to solo third, while Jason Bohn, who stood one behind on the 17th tee before making double-bogey, took fourth………………In one of the more remarkable finishes in European PGA Tour history, Chile’s Felipe Aguilar carded a final round 62 – including an eagle at the 386-yard par-4 18th – to steal victory at the inaugural Championship at Laguna National, in Singapore.  Aguilar, whose only previous E Tour win came at the 2008 Indonesia Open, began Sunday’s final round four shots behind co-leaders Anders Hansen and Thailand’s 21-year-old Panuphol Pittayarat, and fell into a six-shot deficit through nine despite going out in two-under-par 34.  But with Hansen seemingly on the verge of running away after turning in 32, Aguilar reeled off four straight birdies at holes 10-13 to climb back into it, then added two more at the par-5 15th and the 202-yard 17th to really apply the pressure.  Playing three groups ahead of Hansen, Aguilar assumed he’d need a birdie at the last to have a chance at a playoff – and then proceeded to hole his 142-yard pitching wedge approach for a two, capping off his stunning incoming 28.  Hansen, who recently returned from a six-month absence due to wrist surgery, still had a chance to tie with a birdie at either of the closers, but when he could only card two pars, he ended up tied for second with American Asian Tour regular David Lipsky, one shot behind…………………Celebrating his 34th birthday one week early, Korea’s Hyung-Sung Kim won for the third time on the Japan Golf Tour at the long-running Crowns, posting a methodical final round 68 to claim a four-hot victory over countryman I.J. Jang at the Nagoya Golf Club.  Kim initially rode rounds of 64-67 into a share of the halfway lead, then posted an even par 70 on Saturday which, surprisingly, proved enough to give him a two-stroke 54-hole advantage.  On a Sunday which saw none of the leaders make a major move, Kim turned in 34, then added another birdie at the 12th to move four ahead – a margin he would maintain (with a bogey at the 14th and a birdie at the last) to the finish.  Jang, for his part, had climbed into the fray with three outgoing birdies, but bogeys at the 11th, 13th and 17th ultimately derailed his bid.  Also noteworthy was Michio Matsumura, who opened the event with a 10-under-par 60, a stunning round which beat the field by four.  Unfortunately, he then staggered home with rounds of 71-74-76 to plummet all the the way into a tie for 19th.

Posted on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 07:27PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Week 18 Results

PGA Tour - Wells Fargo Championship  -  J.B. Holmes  (274)
European Tour - Championship at Laguna National  -  Felipe Aguilar  (266)
Japan Tour -  The Crowns  -  Hyung-Sung Kim  (269)
LPGA Tour - North Texas LPGA Shootout  -  Stacy Lewis  (268)
JLPGA Tour - Cyber Agent Ladies  -  Yuki Ichinose  (207)
Champions Tour - Insperity Invitational  -  Bernhard Langer  (205)
Web.com Tour - South Georgia Classic  -  Blayne Barber  (273)
Symetra Tour - Chico's Patty Berg Memorial  -  Min Seo Kwak  (209)

Posted on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 11:27AM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

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Once mong the most highly touted Asian prospects ever as a teenager, Korea’s Seung-Yul Noh took a major step towards fulfilling that promise by claiming his first PGA Tour victory at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.  The event’s seventh first-time winner in its last 10 playings, Noh wore yellow and black ribbons in memory of the victims of a recent maritme tragedy in his homeland and was right in the mix from the beginning, opening with rounds of 65-68 at the TPC of Louisiana.  A third-round 65 (keyed by three straight birdies at holes 14-16) then moved him two strokes ahead of the pack and required Noh to sleep on his first 54-hole PGA Tour lead – the pressure of which was seemingly felt when he opened Sunday’s final round with his first bogey of the tournament.  A 2nd-hole birdie by 2011 PGA Champion Keegan Bradley brought him into a tie with Noh but perhaps surprisingly, it was Major champion Bradley who wilted under the pressure, missing a two-footer for ar at the 5th, then driving into the water at the par-4 6th en route to a crippling triple bogey – and, eventually, a tie for 8th.  This left Noh free to play an up-and-down back nine, with his one-under-par 71 proving enough to beat Andrew Svoboda and Robert Streb by two, and Jeff Overton (who briefly moved within one before bogeying the 11th hole) by three...................Despite a few anxious moments on the final nine, 23-year-old Frenchman Alexander Levy broke through for his first victory on the European Tour, claiming a four-shot triumph over England's Tommy Fleetwood at the Volvo China Open.  After opening with a 68 in the tournament's maiden visit to the Genzon Golf Club, Levy surged to a four-stroke halfway lead via a near-perfect second round in which he recorded eight birdies and an eagle for a career-best 10-under-par 62.  After turning in 35 on Saturday, he appeared on the verge of a runaway after birdieing the 11th, 12th and 13th in succession, but late bogeys at the 14th and 16th saw him home in 70, good enough to close Saturday with a three-shot margin.  Having slept on his first solo 54-hole lead, Levy then began Sunday playing strong, methodical golf, carding three birdies over his first 13 holes to hold a seemingly commanding five-shot cushion.  But a sloppy double-bogey at the par-4 15th gave the field hope, and when Fleetwood birdied the par-5 17th moments later, the outcome for the first time began to seem in doubt.  But rather than simply hang on, Levy reached the 17th with a 3 iron second to card a birdie of his own, then clinched the title in style with a final birdie at the 456-yard finisher to win by four..................Forty-four-year-old Hiroyuki Fujita claimed his 16th career victory on the Japan Golf Tour at the Tsuruya Open, defeating Korea's hard-charging Sang-Hyun Park on the first hole of a sudden death playoff.  Fujita began Sunday's final round two shots behind 54-hole leader Atomu Shigenaga before carding a closing 67 that included late birdies at the 13th, 15th and 16th, putting him in the clubhouse on 13-under-par 271.  Park, meanwhile, began the day five off the pace before turning in 31 to move himself into contention.  After carding two birdies and a bogey between holes 13-15, he then recorded a clutch eagle at the par-5 17th to also finish on 271.  Unfortunately, Fujita's considerable experience came to the fore in the playoff as he methodically parred the 415-yard 18th hole to raise the trophy..................Twenty-six-year-old Anirban Lahiri claimed his first Asian Tour victory oustide of his native India and his fourth overall, winning the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters in dramatic style in Jakarta.  Lahiri stood five shots off the 36-hole lead with opening rounds of 70-69 before vaulting himself up the board with a spectacular bogey-free 64 on Saturday, then opening with birdies at the 2nd, 3rd and 4th holes on a rain-interrupted Sunday.  Having pressed himself further into the heart of the action with a birdie at the 12th, Lahiri bounced back from a potentially disastrous double-bogey at the par-4 13th with another birdie at the 14th.  Meanwhile, Korea's Seuk-Hyun Baek had turned in 31 en route to the closing 65 which made him the leader in the clubhouse, leaving Lahiri in need of a birdie at the par-5 18th to force a playoff. - but Lahiri instead reached the green in two and coolly holed a 20-footer for eagle to steal the trophy.

Posted on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 11:53AM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Week 17 Results

PGA Tour - Zurich Classic of New Orleans  -  Seung-Yul Noh  (269)
European Tour - Volvo China Open  -  Alexander Levy  (269)
Japan Tour -  Tsuruya Open  -  Hiroyuki Fujita  (271)
Asian Tour -  CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters  -  Anirban Lahiri  (271)
LatinoAmerica - Roberto De Vicenzo Invitational  -  Ty Capps  (272)
LPGA Tour - Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic  -  Lydia Ko  (276)
JLPGA Tour - Fujisankei Ladies Classic  -  Pheobe Yao  (207)
Web.com Tour - WNB Classic  -  Andrew Putnam  (196)
E Challenge Tour -  Challenge de Catalunya  -  Antonio Hortal  (199)
Symetra Tour - Guardian Retirement Championship  -  Marissa Steen  (213)

Posted on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 11:50AM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

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Coming off three straight top-five finishes (including contending late at The Masters and losing a playoff in Houston to a Matt Jones chip-in), Matt Kuchar seemed a good bet to contend at the RBC Heritage – even after trailing 54-hole leader Luke Donald by four strokes on Saturday night.  But on a Sunday which saw the week’s first really good golfing weather, Kuchar came out blazing, logging seven birdies over Harbour Town’s first 10 holes and eventually taking a one-stroke lead to the tee of the par-3 17th.  Looking for a clinching birdie, he ripped a seven iron inside of eight feet, then promptly three putted to fall back into a tie with Donald, who had rebounded with four big birdies after double-bogeying the 6th and bogeying the 10th.  Kuchar then landed his 5 iron approach to the long par-4 18th in a fronting bunker and, with victory seemingly about to slip through his grasp once more, proceeded to hole the bunker shot to claim the title.  Kuchar’s seven-under-par 64 matched Pat Perez for the week’s low round, and was just enough to secure his seventh PGA Tour victory, and his first since the 2013 Memorial Tournament.  For former world number one Donald, the runner-up finish was his third at Harbour Town, and represented his fifth time finishing among the top three there………………With 10 previous career victories on the Asian and Japan Tours, Lee Westwood has proven himself a very dangerous man on Asian soil - thus leaving nobody surprised when he claimed a wire-to-wire triumph in his first 2014 visit to the region, at the Maybank Malaysian Open.  Having made the long plane flight from the previous week’s Masters, Westwood seemed unaffected by the travel while opening with rounds of 65-66 to grab a our-stroke 36-hole lead.  A third-round 71 brought him back to the field, however, but his one-stroke 54-hole lead suddenly blossomed to four on Sunday when leading pursuer Andy Sullivan triple-bogeyed the par-4 2nd hole.  Sullivan actually clawed gamely back with birdies at the 4th, 5th and 6th, but tumbled once again thereafter, allowing Westwood to expand his lead to six via birdies at the 10th and 13th, the latter following a four-hour and 13 minute weather delay when lightning threatened the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club layout.  Cruising home thereafter, he would eventually birdie the 634-yard finisher to stretch the margin of victory to seven.  Second place was shared by Louis Oosthuizen (who joined Westwood as the only world top-50s in the field), Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger and Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts.  The win was Westwood’s 40th career title worldwide, including a victory in this same event 17 years earlier………………Little known beyond the Japan Golf Tour over his first 11 competitive seasons, thirty-three-year-old Yusaku Miyazato jumped into the limelight by winning 2013’s season-ending Golf Nippon Series JT Cup, then began the Tour’s 2014 domestic schedule in similar style, claiming the Token Homemate Cup in Nagoya.  Following rounds of 71-66-68, Miyazato began the final round as one of five players trailing 54-hole leader Daisuke Maruyama by a single stroke, but he quickly seized the lead in grand style by birdieing his first five holes and turning in 30.  A three-putt bogey at the par-4 10th briefly slowed his momentum before Miyazato again caught fire with birdies at the 11th, 12th and 14th to surge back to a three-stroke advantage.  Another three-putt bogey at the par-3 16th ultimately saw him home in 65, good enough for a two-shot triumph over Hiroshi Iwata, who only pulled that close via three birdies over his final five holes. 

Posted on Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 09:13PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Week 16 Results

PGA Tour - RBC Heritage  -  Matt Kuchar  (273)
European Tour - Maybank Malaysian Open  -  Lee Westwood  (270)
Japan Tour - Token Homemate Cup  -  Yusaku Miyazato  (270)
Asian Tour - See European Tour (Above)
LatinoAmerica - Abierto OSDE El Centro  -  William Kropp  (276)
LPGA Tour - Lotte LPGA Championship  -  Michelle Wie  (274)
JLPGA Tour - KKT Banterin Cup  -  Minami Katsu  (205)
Champions Tour - Greater Gwinnett Championship  -  Miguel Angel Jimenez  (202)

Posted on Sunday, April 20, 2014 at 11:24AM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Around Augusta

Conventional wisdom has long held that there are two keys to playing the Augusta National Golf Club successfully; a golfer must possess great length and, perhaps more importantly in an era when everyone is long, the ability to reliably move the ball right-to-left.  Toss in a sense of shotmaking imagination to counter Augusta’s unique undulations and green contouring and you have…Bubba Watson.  Indeed, of all the events in professional golf’s rich international spectrum, The Masters would seem the one most ideally suited to Watson’s distinctive brand of power/finesse golf - and for the second time in three years, he proved this point emphatically by cruising uneventfully home on Sunday to claim his second career Green Jacket.  On a Sunday which offered the prospect of seeing a youngest-ever Masters champion (20-year-old Jordan Spieth) or an oldest-ever Major champion (50-year-old Miguel Angel Jimenez – or even 54-year-old Fred Couples), the usual slew of Masters contenders first had to be worked out of the mix.  The first to fall by the wayside was Rickie Fowler, who began the day two back, roared out of the gate with an opening birdie, then promptly three-putted from eight feet for a bogey at the 2nd to lose all his momentum.  He would later bogey the 10th and 11th, birdie the 14th and post a 73, good enough to tie for fifth.  Also starting fast was Matt Kuchar, who trailed by only one through 54 holes and, after birdies at both the 2nd and 3rd to look like a very serious contender.  But a four-putt double-bogey at the par-3 4th scuttled his charge, and while Kuchar would linger on the edge of contention for much of the afternoon, bogeys at the 17th and 18th dropped him to a 74, and a tie with Fowler.  While Couples electrified the crowd with early birdies and the 1st and 2nd before eventually falling back to a 75, Jimenez struggled early (three bogeys in his first five holes) but came home in 33, his 71 good enough to claim solo fourth.  And then there was Sweden’s Jonas Blixt, who twice got it to six-under-par, most meaningfully with a birdie at the 16th.  But a crucial bogey at the 17th dropped him back to minus five and a tie for second – his second straight Major top five dating to the 2013 PGA Championship.  So in the end, as for much of the day, it came to Watson and the phenom Spieth, who began Sunday tied for the lead at five-under-par.  And indeed, Spieth got the better of the action in the early going, making birdie at the 2nd to move one in front, extending the lead to two when Watson bogeyed the 3rd, and keeping it there by spectacularly holing a long bunker shot for birdie after Watson had stiffed his approach at the par-3 4th.  A Spieth bogey at the 5th was quickly offset by fine birdies at the 6th and the demanding 7th, but the young man from Dallas then lost the lead with a three-putt bogey at the 8th and another bogey at the 9th, all while Watson birdied both to suddenly grab a two-shot lead.  Spieth briefly closed the gap with a par at 10 (to Watson’s bogey) but aside from a scrambling bogey after hitting his tee shot into the water at the 12th, the rest of his day was a story of missed putts, with meaningful opportunities squandered at the 11th, 13th and 15th.  By this time, Watson had logged a two-putt birdie at the 13th to extend his margin to three and, save for a brief nervous moment when Spieth nearly holed a difficult chip at the 17th, it was smooth sailing for Bubba from Bagdad (Florida) thereafter.

Posted on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 09:26PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Week 15 Results

The Masters - Bubba Watson  (280)
Sunshine Tour - Golden Pilsener Zimbabwe Open  -  Jbe' Kruger  (270)
JLPGA Tour - Studio Alice Open  -  Esther Lee  (207)
Web.com Tour - El Bosque Mexico Championship  -  Carlos Ortiz  (275)

Posted on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 09:25PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off