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In a week which saw so much rain that the TPC Four Season Resort’s par-4 14th hole had to be converted to a par 3 of barely 100 yards for the final three rounds, Australian Steven Bowditch won for the second time on the PGA Tour, cruising home to a four-shot triumph at the AT&T Byron Nelson.  Bowditch, an area resident who was married in the resort’s hotel, was a wire-to-wire winner, initially taking control on Thursday when he carded a bogey-free eight-under-par 62 on the full par-70 layout.  But five inches of overnight rain - added to the region’s already downpour-softened ground - changed the complexion of the event, with par being reduced to 69 (the Tour’s first sub-70 par in more than 30 years) and Friday’s second round ultimately not being completed until early Saturday morning.  Bowditch, for his part, played up-and-down golf on Friday, carding a seven-birdie, six-bogey 68 before settling into a much steadier 65 on Saturday that saw him take a two-shot lead over a quintet of pursuers into the sunny and dry finale.  And while two early bogeys might well have derailed his Sunday momentum, the long-hitting Bowditch bounced back with birdies at the 6th and the 8th before marching home in four-under-par 30, the resulting 64 allowing him to win going away............Hosted by world number one Rory McIlroy, and played in Northern Ireland at one of the world’s truly great links, the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open was intended to be a showcase for McIlroy, as well as several top-shelf international stars that his involvement helped to draw.  Instead, with capricious Irish weather greatly affecting play, McIlroy opened with an 80 and was gone by Friday evening, opening the stage for a dramatic finish in which 40-year-old Dane Soren Kjeldsen ended a six-year victory drought to claim his fourth career European Tour title.  Kjeldsen went steadily about his business early on, posting opening rounds of 69-70 before carding six birdies over his first 13 holes on Saturday.  A pair of closing bogeys saw him home in 67, however, but still good enough to take a two-shot lead into Sunday’s finale.  That lead lasted exactly one hole (Kjeldsen bogeying the par-5 1st while playing partner Max Kieffer birdied it), and Kjeldsen then bogeyed the 2nd and double-bogeyed the 8th to turn in in 39.  But with heavy wind and rain buffeting the legendary Royal County Down links, only Eddie Pepperell (69) among the challengers could mount a serious charge.  A three-putt bogey at the 17th dropped Kjledsen into a tie with Pepperell and Bernd Wiesberger, and when he couldn’t birdie the par-5 18t h, it was off to a sudden death.  And sudden it was, as Kjeldsen this time reached the 18th green with a fine 3 wood second, then two-putted for birdie to linch the title.  In addition to Kjeldsen, Pepperell and Tyrell Hatton also earned sopts in July’s Open as top 10 finishers here not already exempt............Forty-six-year-old Taichi Teshima claimed his eighth career Japan Golf Tour victory at the Mizuno Open, and in the process secured a birth in July’s upcoming Open Championship at St Andrews.  Teshima opened his week with steady rounds of 69-69 before moving rapidly up the board with a run of five straight birdies to close out his front nine on Saturday.  Later birdies at the 16th and 17th brought him home in  66, good enouh to tie him with Australian Scott Strange for the 54 hole lead.  Strange would play mostly steady golf on Sunday, standing two under par through 10 holes before a double-bogey at the 12th cooled his momentum.  Teshima, meanwhile, turned in 33 before adding birdies at both the 10th and 11th, opening up a lead big enough to easily withstand bogeys at the 13th and 16th.  Strange, Shinji Tomimura and Tadahiro Takayama joined Teshima in earning Open Championship berths, all  as top 10 finishers not already exempt............Forty-seven-year-old Mardan Mamat of Singapore won his fifth career Asian Tour title, leading wire-to-wire in claiming the inaugural Bangladesh Open, in Dhaka.  Mamat carded six birdies during an opening 66 that tied him for the lead with American Casey O’Toole, then backed that up with a 67, which left him one ahead of Spain’s Carlos Pigem and two up on Finland’s Janne Kaske and Panuphol Pittayarat of Thailand.  These three pursuers all failed to break 70 on Saturday, allowing Mamat to expand his lead to three despite carding his worst round thus far (a 68) – and it was only that close because little-known Khalin Joshi of India fired a smart 65 to move within reach.  Mamat bogeyed the par-4 3rd hole on Sunday but left little to doubt thereafter, bouncing back with birdies at the 5th and 6th, then making one more birdie (at the par-3 12th) on his way to a 69, which was good enough to win by two.

 

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Week 22 Results

PGA Tour - AT&T Byron Nelson  -  Steven Bowditch  (259)
European Tour - Dubai Duty Free Irish Open  -  Soren Kjeldsen  (282)
Japan Tour -  Mizuno Open  -  Taichi Teshima  (273)
Asian Tour - Bashundhara Bangladesh Open  -  Mardan Mamat  (270)
LPGA Tour - ShopRite LPGA Classic  -  Anna Nordqvist  (205)
JLPGA Tour - Resort Trust Ladies  -  Teresa Lu  (202)
Euro Senior Tour - SSE Enterprises Wales Senior Open  -  Paul Wesselingh  (203)
Web.com Tour - Rex Hospital Open  -  Kyle Thompson  (267)
E Challenge Tour - D+D Real Czech Challenge  -  Jens Fahrbring  (271)
LatinoAmerica - Honduras Open  -  Felipe Velazquez  (267)
PGA Tour China - Langai Open  -  Josh Geary  (276)
PGA Tour Canada - PC Financial Open  -  Drew Weaver  (276)

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Emerging from a crowded leaderboard upon which as many as 10 players had a chance to win, Chris Kirk recorded his fourth career PGA Tour victory with a one-shot triumph at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.  Kirk’s week got off to an up-and-down start as he recorded nine bogeys during opening rounds of 68-69 over the par-70 Colonial layout, with his 137 total leaving him seven shots behind halfway leader Kevin Na.  After shooting 64-66, the streaking Na then added a 69 on Saturday to maintain a one-shot 54-hole lead over England’s Ian Poulter, with Kirk quietly carding a 65, which moved him within four.  Notably, neither Na nor Poulter figured too significantly over Sunday’s final nine, with Poulter turning in even par after a watery bogey at the 9th (he would ultimately shoot 70 to tie for fifth) and Na stumbling after double-bogeying the 9th (via a similarly watery approach), eventually carding a 72 to finish tied for 10th.  Their collective stumble left the door open to a host of pursuers, most notably hometown hero Jordan Spieth, who began the final round five shots in arrears but managed to hold a share of the lead after birdieing the 13th hole.  A three-putt bogey at the 16th would ultimately derail him, however, with a gutsy birdie at the last still leaving him one shot shy.  Brand Snedeker also looked like a potential winner after birdieing the 10th and 11th, but a bogey at the 13th proved costly, as did a missed 12-footer for birdie at the last.  All of which left Kirk to move into the lead via a birdie at the 15th, then hole a clutch seven-foot per putt at the last to clinch the title............Previously known for being the youngest U.S. Amateur champion ever (having won the title in 2009, at age 17, at Pinehurst), now-23-year-old Byeong-Hun "Ben" An scored as career-changing breakthrough victory at the BMW PGA Tour Championship, capturing the European Tour's showcase event in a six-shot runaway at Wentworth.  Competing against a field whose star power was slightly less than in most recent playings, An was largely an afterthought upon opening with a three-birdie, two-bogey 71 but launched himself into the thick of things on Friday afternoon by birdieing five of his first seven holes en route to a 64 which left him one shot off Francesco Molinari's halfway lead.  Molinari would add a steady 68 on Saturday to retain a share of the lead but by now An had caught him, birdieing the 17th and 18th to post a 67 to stand on 202, two ahead of Thailand's ageless Thongchai Jaidee.  Molinari, however, would falter on Sunday, going out in 36 before ultimately burying himself with a six at the 383-yard 16th.  An, meanwhile, stood three under par through 11 before eagling the 531-yard 12th, a decisive blow which put him far enough ahead to march uneventfully home thereafter.  Jaidee posted a closing 69 to share second with the even more ageless Miguel Angel Jimenez, who made history with his 10th career E Tour hole-in-one (and his second in two weeks) at the 154-yard 2nd hole on Saturday.  Chris Wood, who logged his own ace at the 179-yard 14th on Sunday, finished fourth, eight back.............Twenty-six-year-old Daisuke Kataoka claimed his first career Japan Golf our title at the Kansai Open, playing highly consistent golf in cruising to a three-shot triumph in this traditionally light-field event.  Kataoka was, in fact, very nearly a wire-to-wire winner, initially sharing the first round lead with South Korea's Jung-Gon Hwang after the pair each posted a 66, then joining another Korean, Won-Joon Lee, atop the Friday night leaderboard after adding a 67 that was keyed by an eagle at the 528-yard 10th.  Another 67 on Saturday left Katoaka one stroke behind winless 41-year-old veteran Kazuhiro Yamashita (who carded middle rounds of 64-65), but Yamashita would fade to a 74 on Sunday, allowing Kataoka to take control via five birdies in his first seven holes, then march home in even-par 35 to comfortably claim the victory............Long-hitting Dean Burmester won his second tournament of the 2015 Sunshine Tour season (and the fourth of his career) in an impressive performance, routing the field by five at the Lombard Insurance Classic.  Having not missed a Sunshine Tour cut since Novermber of 2014, Burmester began the 54-hole event by shooting a bogey-free 63 at the 6,715-yard Royal Swazi Sun Country Club, leaving him one behind opening round leader Jared Harvey.  The pair switched places after Burmester added a Saturday 65 (versus Harvey’s 67), and Burmester held his position early on Sunday by turning in two-under-par 34.  But on the final nine, Burmester amped up his attack, recording birdies at the 11th, 12th and 14th before eventually putting the title on ice with closing birdies at the 549-yard 17th and the 191-yard finisher.  With Harvey slipping to a closing 71 (sunk by a double-bogey at the 424-yard 15th), second plce was shared by veterans Peter Karmis (who birdied four of his last five holes to shoot 66) and Keith Horne, who made 10 birdies between holes 4-16 en route to a dazzling 62, which beat the Sunday field by three............Playing in only his third tournament since completing South Korea’s mandatory two years of military service, 30-year-old Jin-Ho Choi landed his first victory on the OneAsia Tour by holing an 18-foot birdie putt on the 72nd green to defeat compatriot Soo-Min Lee by one at the SK Telecom Open.  Previously a three-time winner on his domestic KPGA Tour, Choi opened with rounds of 68-68-70 to take a one-shot 54-hole lead over Jeung-Hun Wang (who bogeyed the par-3 17th en route to a third round 63) andf PGA Tour veteran Sung-Hoon Kang, who carded three consecutive 69s.  But Wang (73) and Kang (74) would fade from the picture on Sunday, allowing Choi to move into the lead after eagling the 530-yard 5th.  Bogeys at the 9th, the 12th and the short par-4 15th would ultimately leave him deadlocked with Lee (who’d birdied six of his last seven holes while shooting a Saturday 63 before playing up-and-down golf on Sunday), setting the stage for Choi’s title-clinching heroics at the 620-yard par-5 finisher.


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Week 21 Results

PGA Tour - Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial  -  Chris Kirk  (268)
European Tour - BMW PGA Championship  -  Byeong-Hun An  (267)
Japan Tour - Kansai Open  -  Daisuke Kataoka  (267)
Sunshine Tour - Lombard Insurance Classic  -  Dean Burmester  (193)
OneAsia Tour -  SDK Telecom Open  -  Jinho Choi  (278)
LET - Turkish Airlines Ladies Open  -  Melissa Reid  (281)
JLPGA Tour - Bridgestone Ladies Open  -  Yumiko Yoshida  (201)
Champions Tour - Senior PGA Championship  -  Colin Montgomerie  (280)
Euro Senior Tour - See Champions Tour (Above)
E Challenge Tour - Karnten Golf Open  -  Nacho Elvira  (263)
LatinoAmerica - Guatamala Stella Artois Open  -  Danny Balin  (201)
PGA Tour China
- Wuhan Open  -  Justin Shin  (276)
Symetra Tour - Symetra Classic  -Haruka Morita-WanyaoLu  (204)

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Perhaps it was in response to the recent ascension of potential under-30 challengers Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, or perhaps he was motivated by returning to the site of his maiden PGA Tour victory in 2010.  But whatever the reason, the 2015 Wells Fargo Championship will be remembered as one of those weeks when Rory McIlroy loudly reminded everyone that not only is he the world’s best golfer but also that when he’s on his game, the rest of the field really is playing for second.  Such may not have been immediately apparent, as McIlroy’s opening 70 stood him five shots behind Robert Streb, and a bogey-free Friday 67 left him within three of halfway leader (and Quail Hollow member) Webb Simpson.  But on Saturday McIlroy simply exploded, parring the 1st, 2nd, 17th and 18th, but reeling off a remarkable 11 birdies among the 14 holes in between, his final run of five straight birdies from the 12th through the 16th seeing him home in course record 61, and staking him to a four-stroke lead over Simpson, who managed a 68, yet saw himself left in the dust.  What remained on Sunday was anti-climactic, with McIlroy bogeying the 2nd hole before methodically posting five birdies on his way to a 69 and, in the end, a seven-shot runaway victory which stated, yet again, that all roads to the top very much run through Holywood, Northern Ireland.............Thirty-year-old Englishman James Morrison claimed his second career European Tour victory at the Open de España, outdueling a range of talented E Tour regulars to march methodically home to a four-shot triumph in Barcelona.  Having previously won the light-field 2010 Madeira Islands Open, Morrison began his week on quiet terms, opening with a six-birdie, four-bogey 70 that left him five shots behind South Africa's Trevor Fisher Jr.  A Friday 71 moved him within four of halfway leader Edouard Espana of France before Morrison nearly became derailed by double-bogeying the 574-yard 2nd early in his third round on Saturday.  But a bounce-back birdie at the 205-yard 3rd, followed by three more at the 5th, 6th and 7th quickly put things right, and Morrison would eventually return a 68, good enough to tie countryman David Howell for the 54-hole lead.  Howell would struggle on Sunday, however, turning in 39 and only nosing his way into a second place tie via three birdies over his final five holes.  Conversely, Morrison played very steady golf, meticulously posting three birdies en route to a 69 which left him comfortably clear of the field.  Especially worthy of mention among the quartet which shared second was 51-year-old defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez, who agelessly eagled the 465-yard par-4 4th on his way to a closing 67............Thirty-two-year-old Australian Adam Bland claimed his biggest victory as a professional at the Japan PGA Championship, where he cruised home to a relatively easy three-shot triumph over South Korea's Sang-Hee Lee, in Saitama.  A former winner on both the Canadian and Australasian circuits, Bland was in the hunt right from the beginning, trailing only South Korean K.T. Kwon (by one) after opening with a Thursday 64, then taking a two-shot halfway lead over Kwon via a second round 68.  But it was on Saturday that Bland put his imprint irreversibly on the event, making eight birdies over his first 13 holes en route to another 64, and building a whopping six-shot lead over a pair of homestanding players, Hiroshi Iwata and Masahiro Kawamura.  This allowed Bland the luxury of playing steady, conservative golf on Sunday, and it was only his closing bogeys at the 71st and 72nd that caused the margin of victory to slip from a runaway to three shots............Thirty-two-year-old Kyong-Jun Moon scored one of the least-probable victories in recent regional history at South Korea's long-running Caltex Maekyung Open, surviving a harrowing 72nd-hole collapse to to claim a two-shot triumph in Seoul.  Previously winless in his professional career, Moon began Sunday's final round two shots behind Australia's Jason Norris, who was attempting to become the first non-Korean since Mark Calcavecchia in 2004 to claim the title.  Norris, however, turned in 38, then later added two double-bogeys en route to a closing 77, allowing several players into the mix.  Moon, for his part, stood even on the day through 12 holes, then added birdies at the 13th and 14th to build what seemed an insurmountable lead.  But at the tough par-4 18th, he took four shots to reach the green, then promptly three-putted, a collapse which might well have cost him the title had his three closest pursuers - homestanding Do-Hoon Kim and  New Zealanders Ryan Fox and Gareth Paddison - not all bogeyed the hole themselves, tying them with Norris, two shots behind the winner.

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Week 20 Results

PGA Tour - Wells Fargo Championship  -  Rory McIlroy  (267)
European Tour - Open de Espana  -  James Morrison  (278)
Japan Tour - Japan PGA Championship  -  Adam Bland  (268)
OneAsia Tour - GS Caltex Maekyung Open  - Kyong-Jung Moon  (284)
LPGA Tour - Kingsmill Championship  -  Minjee Lee  (269)
JLPGA Tour - Hoken No Madoguchi Ladies  -  Bo-Mee Lee  (206)
Champions Tour - Regions Tradition  -  Jeff Maggert  (274)
Web.com Tour - BMW Charity Pro-Am  -  Rod Pampling  (261)
E Challenge Tour - Made In Denmark Challenge  -  Max Orrin  (285)
LatinoAmerica - Mexican Open  -  Justin Hueber  (265)
PGA Tour China - Eternal Courtyard Open  -  Shih Chang Chan  (279)
Symetra Tour - Mission Health Wellness Classic  -  Jimin Kang  (201)

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Finally beginning to make the transition from talented, frequently contending marketing icon to a player capable of joining the game's elite, 26-year-old Rickie Fowler scored a career-altering victory at The Players Championship, beating Kevin Kisner and Sergio Garcia in a three-hole aggregate playoff which ultimately required sudden death.  For most of the week, Fowler was just one of many big names to pack one of the denser leaderboards in recent memory, and while this was a field replete with thoroughbreds, it seemed that for most of the first 54 holes, the biggest names were lingering on its second page.  But as the more experienced inexorably edged forward and the longer-shots slipped back, Sunday afternoon developed into a slugfest that might well have seen any of a dozen players emerge victorious.  Fowler, for his part, made the first and loudest statement, for after birdieing the 13th and 15th, then eagling the reachable 16th, he proceded to record ultra-clutch birdies at the TPC Sawgrass's famed 17th and 18th, thus playing his final six holes in six under par to post a 12-under-par total.  Names like Haas, Na and Martin would all fail (narrowly) to catch him, but both Kisner and Garcia were able to make the crucial birdies needed at the 16th and 17th to draw even (Garcia after being heckled by a handful of drunken idiots), with Kisner narrowly missing a putt to win outright at the last.  The three-hole playoff did manage to eliminate Garcia before Fowler and Kisner returned to the island-green 17th where, for the third time that afternoon, Fowler rolled in a must-have birdie putt - and, spectacularly, the game's fifth biggest title was his..................Entering the week as the tournament's highest-ranked player, George Coetzee continued the trend of South Africans winning European Tour events contested on African soil by beating Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen in a playoff at the inaugural Mauritius Open.  Played along the island nation's southern shore, the event made history as the first to be tri-sanctioned by the European, Asian and Sunshine circuits, though as it was contested head-to-head against the PGA Tour's Players Championship, the field was predictably light.  And while Olesen parlayed rounds of 65-68 into a one-shot halfway lead, Friday's top moment was reserved for Spain's Javier Colomo who, needing a birdie at his final hole of the day (the 334-yard 9th) to make the cut, promptly recorded the first ace of a par 4 in E Tour history to jump the bar by three.  Coetzee, meanwhile, had started 70-67 to trail Olesen by four before recording four birdies and an eagle on his way to a Saturday 65 that vaulted him atop the board, one ahead of both Olesen and Thomas Aiken.  But on Sunday, it would indeed come down to Coetzee and Olesen, with a 16th-hole Coetzee bogey drawing them even, a 17th-hole Olesen birdie moving him ahead, and an 18th-hole Coetzee birdie forcing extra holes.  The playoff saw Coetzee birdie the 572-yard 18th twice, with Olesen unable to match on the second go-round..................Seven months removed from his maiden Sunshine Tour victory, 30-year-old P.H. “Power House” McIntyre found the winner's circle for a second time at the Investec Royal Swazi Open, edging Morne Buys by two points under the event's modified Stableford scoring.  McIntyre began Sunday's final round one point behind 54-hole leader Tyrone Mordt, who would ultimately amass only 7 final round points to fall into a tie for fourth.  But as Mordt stumbled, McIntyre charged, accumulating six points over the course of a four-birdie, two-bogey outward half, then birdieing the 10th and eagling the 504-yard 12th, the latter earning five points on its own and building something of a cushion for a march home blemished only by a bogey at the 549-yqard 17th.  Buys, meanwhile, was one of two players to accrue a Sunday-high 17 points, an up-and-down round which included eight birdies and and an eagle (also at the 12th), but also four bogeys, the last coming at the 191-yard 18th where a birdie would have won the event outright.

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Week 19 Results

PGA Tour - Players Championship  -  Rickie Fowler  (276)
European Tour - Afrasia Bank Mauritius Open  -  George Coetzee  (271)
Asian Tour - See European Tour (Above)
Sunshine Tour - Ivestec Royal Swazi Open  -  P.H. McIntyre  (45 pts)
LET - Buick Championship  - Shanshan Feng  (271)
JLPGA Tour - World Ladies Championship  -  Chun In Gee  (276)
Challenge Tour - Turkish Airlines Challenge  -  Rhys Davies  (274)
Symetra Tour - Women's Health Classic  -  Alejandra llaneza  (278)

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In what was a quick and significant response to Jordan Spieth’s Masters arrival as a potential rival for the world number one spot, Rory McIlroy claimed his second career World Golf Championship title via a 4 & 2 final round victory over Gary Woodland at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play, in San Francisco.  With the event debuting a new format that required round robin play within 16 groups of four in order to determine 16 knockout round participants, McIlroy was required to win seven straight matches in order to raise the trophy – and, in a WGC first, actually won three separate matches on Sunday as his quarterfinal tilt with Paul Casey had been suspended due to darkness on Saturday evening.  McIlroy initially emerged from a group which included Jason Dufner (whom he beat 5 & 4), Brandt Snedeker (2 up) and Billy Horschel (20th hole) before heating up to rout Hideki Matsuyama 6 & 5 in Saturday morning's round of 16.  Following his overnight victory over Casey (whose extended Saturday play forced him to cancel a planned evening trip to Las Vegas to watch the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight), McIlroy then vanquished Jim Furyk 1 up in a spirited match in which Furyk repeatedly put on late pressure, only to lose when McIlroy finished birdie-birdie-eagle.  Woodland, meanwhile, emerged from a group which included Jimmy Walker, Webb Simpson and Ian Poulter before beating Marc Leishman 2 & 1 in the round of 16, John Senden 5 & 3 in the quarterfinals, and England's Danny Willett in 3 & 2 in the semis.  But with the exception of a few brief moments early in the back nine, the final was all McIlroy, as he rode three birdies to win four consecutive outbound holes, building up a lead which would eventually prove insurmountable.  Among other notable facts, the win made McIlroy only the third player (after Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods) to log 10 PGA Tour victories at age 25....................Forty-two-year-old I.J. Jang recorded his third career victory on the Japan Golf Tour, cruising home to a four-shot triumph at The Crowns, in Aichi Prefecture.  Jang spent most of his week near the top of the field, trailing Kyoung-Hoon Lee by one after opening with a 66, then stood three behind Lee, after posting a Friday 69.  Lee would stumble to a back nine 40 on Saturday, however, and with four birdies over his first 13 holes, Jang found himself out front - at least until late bogeys at the 16th and 18th left him tied for the lead with 28-time Japan Tour winner Shingo Katayama, who bounced back from an opening 72 with rounds of 65-66.  Katayama would falter on Sunday, however, bogeying four of his first seven, and with veterans like Kazuhiro Yamashita, Hideto Tanihara and Tomohiro Kondo charging, things might have gotten exciting.  But instead, Jang steadily recorded three birdies over his first 10 holes Sunday, and steadily pulled away to victory...................Forty-year-old veteran Vaughn Groenewald broke a nine-year victory drought on the Sunshine Tour, cruising home to a four-shot win over a relatively light field at the Zambia Sugar Open.  A two-time winner during a 2006 season which saw him finish a career-high 18th in the Sunshine Order of Merit, Groenewald has since played the journeyman's role, though he did accumulate four runner-up finishes during the interceding years.  But this week in Zambia would prove a different story, even if his being tied for the halfway lead (with rounds of 68-65) was largely overlooked due to a spectacular Friday 62 carded by Andrew Georgiou - a round which beat the field by three shots.  But after holding himself steady with a Saturday 71, then bogeying the par-5 2nd to begin his Sunday round, Groenewald bounced back with birdies at the 3rd and 4th before turning on the jets on the final nine, birdieing the 10th, 13th, 16th and 18th to open up his final margin of victory.  Jean Hugo closed with a 68 to take solo second, while recent Zimbabwe Open champion Dean Burmester claimed third.

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Week 18 Results

PGA Tour - WGC-Cadillac Match Play  - Rory McIlroy  (4 & 2)
Japan Tour - The Crowns  -  I.J. Jang  (270)
Sunshine Tour - Zambia Sugar Open  -  Vaughn Groenewald  (272)
LPGA Tour - Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout  - Inbee Park  (269)
JLPGA Tour - Cyber Agent Ladies  -  Jiyai Shin  (208)
Champions Tour - Insperity Invitational  -  Ian Woosnam  (205)
Web.com Tour - United Leasing Championship  - Smylie Kaufman  (278)
LatinoAmerica - Lexus Panama Classic  -  Rodolfo Cazaubon  (276)

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