2015 - WEEK 36 Aug 31 - Sep 6

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Week 50 Results

European Tour - Alfred Dunhill Championship  -  Branden Grace  (268)
Asian Tour - Thailand Golf Championship  -  Lee Westwood  (280)
Sunshine Tour - See European Tour (Above)
OneAsia Tour - See Australasian Tour (Below)
Australasian Tour - Australian PGA Championship  -  Greg Chalmers  (277)
LET - Omega Dubai Ladies Masters  -  Shanshan Feng  (269)

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Having closed his 2014 European Tour campaign with a pair of late top 10s, 27-year-old Danny Willett had to be considered among the favorites at the season-opening Nedbank Golf Challenge, and in the end he justified that standing with a blazing weekend finish to claim his second career E Tour title.  Facing a limited but very strong international field, Willett began his week quietly with a three-birdie, two-bogey 71 before turning in even par 36 in round two.  But on Friday’s back nine he put the engine back into gear, posting four birdies to shoot 68 and climb to fourth place, five shots behind former world number one Luke Donald, who began his week 71-63.  Donald continued his strong form on Saturday by carding a 69, but he needed all of it just to maintain his lead as Willett now began to catch fire, birdieing six of his first 11 holes en route to a 65 which beat the field by three shots and lifted him to within one of Donald.  As it happened, Sunday was Donald’s 37th birthday but his hopes of his celebrating in grand style were dashed fairly early as he bogeyed the 3rd and 5th, by which time Willett had posted three early birdies and rocketed past him.  A former world number one-ranked amateur, Willett turned in 33 and, riding a multi-shot lead, played some very steady golf coming home, methodically birdieing the 547-yard 10th and the 601-yard 14th before providing a final exclamation point by adding one final birdie at the 478-yard 17th………………Breaking a drought that dated all the way back to 2010, three-time Major champion Padraig Harrington overcame some early final round nerves to hold on for his second career Asian Tour victory at the Bank BRI Indonesia Open.  It was very nearly a wire-to-wire run for Harrington, as his eight-birdie opening round 64 just missed sharing the lead with Australia’s Kalem Richardson, who posted a 63.  Harrington then made five birdies and an eagle during Friday’s second round, with the resulting 66 lifting him into a tie for the lead with Thailand’s Thanyakon Khrongpha, who made nine birdies en route to posting a 63 of his own.  But while Khrongpha slipped to a 71 on Saturday, Harrington added a smooth 67, and suddenly he held a commanding four-shot 54-hole lead.  There was a modest sumble on Sunday, however, as the 43-year-old Irishman bogeyed the par-5 1st, then managed level fours before double-bogeying the par-3 7th.  A bounce back birdie at the 8th restored order, however, before  birdies on both the back nine par 5s (the 13th and 17th) eventually provided the margin of victory………………Recording his first multi-win season since 2001, 42-year-old Katsumasa Miyamoto claimed his 10th career Japan Tour title with a come-from-behind victory at the season-ending Golf Nippon Series JT Cup.  Miyamoto rode something of a roller coaster throughout the week trailing first round leader Koumei Oda by four after opening with 68, tying for the halfway lead (with Yusaku Miyazato and Korean Sang-Hee Lee) following a Friday 67, then falling into a tie for sixth (three behind Lee) after a moderately disappointing Saturday 71.  But Lee could do no better than a 71 of his own on Sunday, and while several pursuers stepped up to challenge, none could keep up with Miyamoto, who birdied three of his first six holes to jump firmly into contention.  A bogey at the par-4 11th briefly slowed his momentum, but back-to-back birdies at the 13th and 14th drew him even with Prayad Marksaeng before Marksaeng bogey at the 15th ultimately proved the deciding factor…………………Twenty-five-year-old Lincoln Tighe broke through for his first career victory on the Australasian Tour, coming from well off the pace via a sterling final round 64 to capture the New South Wales PGA Championship.  A New South Wales native, Tighe grabbed the lead early by opening with a 63 on Thursday, then posted a 70 to stand five behind halfway leader Troy Moses, a local amateur who torched the Riverside Oaks resort layout with a Friday 62 that included eight birdies and an eagle.  A third round 72 would take much of the wind out of Moses’s sails, though he would ultimately close with 69 (including an eagle at the 1st) to tie for third.  With 54-hole leader Scott Arnold having posted another 62 on Saturday, Tighe began Sunday five shots in arrears but quickly recorded five birdies (against one bogey) over his first seven holes, then added three more on the final nine to edge Arnold by one at the wire.  The victory gave Tighe a two-year Australasian exemption – a great holiday gift as he was ticketed for first-stage Q School two weeks hence.

Posted on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 07:36PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Week 49 Results

European Tour - Nedbank Golf Challenge  -  Danny Willett  (270)
Japan Tour - Golf Nippon Series JT Cup  -  Katsumasa Miyamoto  (271)
Asian Tour - Bank BRI Indonesia Open  -  Padraig Harrington  (268)
Sunshine Tour - See European Tour (Above)
Australasian Tour - NSW PGA Championship  -  Lincoln Tighe  (265)
LatinoAmerica - Open de Argentina  -  Emiliano Grillo  (266)
LET - Hero Women's Indian Open  -  Gwladys Nocera  (208)

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Twenty-one-year old American Jordan Spieth may have surprised American viewers by not winning on the PGA Tour during 2014, but he certainly ended the year in style, sprinting to a runaway six-shot victory at the Australian Open.  Spieth’s victory was made all the more impressive by the manner in which he did it, posting a dazzling Sunday 63 (which beat the field by fully three shots) to break open a tournament whose scoring was consistently high due to fast greens and steady breezes.  Spieth began the final round tied atop the leaderboard with Australians Greg Chalmers and Brett Rumford, one stroke ahead of Rod Pampling and world number three Adam Scott.  But while most of the field struggled to make final round birdies, Spieth reeled off eight of them, carding four on the outward half at the 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th.  Now staked to a multi-shot lead, he padded his margin with additional birdies at the 14th and 15th, then ran away and hid by adding two more at the 17th and the par-5 18th.  It was the sort of round that generates a buzz – such as a Tweet from world number one Rory McIlroy, who said simply: “You could give me another 100 rounds today at The Australian and I wouldn't sniff 63.  Congratulations Jordan Spieth.”………………In an up-and-down week that twice saw him twice fail to break 70 while also posting the event’s two lowest rounds, Shingo Katayama claimed his 28th career Japan Tour title at the Casio World Open, in Kochi.  The 41-year-old Katayama, who last won at the 2013 Tokai Classic, stood tied for 28th after opening with a 70, then pushed into the halfway lead on Friday behind a bogey-free eight-under-par 64.  But such strong form deserted him on Saturday, when he stood two over par through 13 holes before birdies at the 15th and 18th brought him home in 72, leaving him tied for second, one shot behind Satoshi Kodaira, Shugo Imahira and Yasuki Hiramoto.  Not one of these tri-leaders would break 70 on Sunday, however – though in the end the point might have moot as Katayama  came loaded for bear.  Indeed, after turning in two-under-par 34, he ran off four straight birdies at holes 12-15 to pull clear, then added a final birdie at the 530-yard finisher to give him a three-stroke margin of victory.  Satoshi Tomiyama, who closed in 67, took solo second, with the rest of the field no closer than six off Katayama’s 271 aggregate………………In one of the more memorable finishes of the 2014 season in South Africa, 32-year-old veteran Jaco Ahlers broke through for his second careerSunshine Tour victory, winning a three-way playoff at the Lion of Africa Cape Town Open.  After opening with steadily improving rounds of 71-69-68, Ahlers began Sunday’s final round four shots behind co-54-hole leaders Hennie Otto and Danie van Tonder, and on a day which saw the wind pick up during the afternoon, he started slowly, bogeying the long par-4 3rd.  But a run of three straight birdies at holes 5-7, then one more at the short par-4 10th, got him going, and he would eventually come home in 68, for a 276 aggregate.  This total was matched by England’s Ross McGowan (who also closed with a pair of 68s) as well as Otto, who struggled with his putter all day before holing a 15-foot birdie putt at the last to tie.  Otto would drop out of the payoff by bogeying the 385-yard 18th on its first extra playing, but the hole would be played four more times before matters were settled – and then only because McGowan missed a three-footer on the final go-round………………Less than 12 months after Prayad Marksaeng won the event’s previous playing, Thaworn Wiratchant became the second late-40s Thai star to win the King’s Cup on native soil, claiming his 18th career Asian Tour win by a two-stroke margin.  Wiratchant played some very solid golf throughout the week, opening with rounds of 68-67 to trail halfway leader Anirban Lahiri by three, then added a bogey-free 66 (anchored by five straight birdies at holes 2-6) to narrow the gap to one on Saturday night.  Lahiri would get off to a slow start on Sunday, eventually birdieing the 8th hole to turn in 35, then making two birdies and a bogey coming home to post a 270 aggregate.  That number was matched by Australian Andrew Dodt, a recent qualifier for the 2015 European Tour who charged home with birdies on each of his final three holes to push into contention.  But in the end, Wiratchant’s domination of the front nine again proved the story as he made birdies on five of his first 10 holes, eventually marching home in 67 to claim the trophy.

Posted on Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 07:32PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Week 48 Results

Japan Tour - Casio World Open  -  Shingo Katayama  (271)
Asian Tour - King's Cup  -  Thaworn Wiratchant  (268)
Sunshine Tour - Lion of Africa Cape Town Open  -  Jaco Ahlers  (276)
OneAsia Tour - See Australasian Tour (Below)
Australasian Tour - Emirate Australian Open  -  Jordan Spieth  (271)
LatinoAmerica - Personal Classic  -  Monday Finish (Weather)
JLPGA Tour - JLPGA Tour Championship  -  Teresa Lu  (278)

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

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

Week 47 Results

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

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

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

Week 46 Results

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

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

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