2014 - WEEK 48: Nov 24 - Nov 30

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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

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For the second straight week, an Australian scored their maiden win on the PGA Tour as 33-year-old Matt Jones holed a 42-yard chip on the first hole of sudden death to defeat Matt Kuchar at the Shell Houston Open.  A former collegiate star at Arizona State, Jones opened his week with rounds of 68-68-71 at the rain-softened Golf Club of Houston, which left him six shots behind 54-hole leader Kuchar.  Jones then fell further behind by bogeying the 1st hole on Sunday before reeling off a run of six birdies over his next 10 holes, briefly tying for the lead near the turn.  By the time he birdied the 16th he stood one behind Kuchar, then appeared to squander his chance with an untimely bogey at the par-4 17th.  But with little to lose, Jones then rolled in a 46-foot birdie putt at the last, then looked on as Kuchar hit his approach into the water at the difficult par-4 18th, ultimately scrambling to make bogey and force the playoff.  After Jones drove it in a fairway bunker as they played the 18th again, then hit his second shy of the green, Kuchar proceded to bunker his approach from the fairway, leaving the door open just enough for Jones to hole the chip and claim the title.  The victory meant a change in travel plans for Jones who was initially planning on taking the following week off but instead earned the final spot in The Masters………………Battling against a particularly light field on the eve of The Masters, Italy’s Marco Crespi claimed his first European Tour victory at the inaugural playing of the NH Collection Open, edging homestanding Jordi Garcia Pinto and Scotland’s Richie Ramsay in Cadiz, Spain.  After opening with rounds of 70-73, Crespi logged six back nine birdies en route to a Saturday 66 that pulled him within one of the 54-hole leader, England’s Matthew Nixon.  But as Nixon made his way around Sunday’s front nine in 37, Crespi birdied the 1st, 5th, 8th and 9th to turn in 32 and vault into the lead.  As the pressure mounted, back-to-back bogeys at the 12th and 13th provided a few moments of doubt, but a clutch bounce-back birdie at the 14th righted the ship and, in the end, would prove enough for a two-shot triumph.  Garcia Pinto was a late arrival to the party, birdieing four of his last five holes for a closing 66.  Ramsay, on the other hand, might well have found the winners circle as he stood at eight under par through 10 holes on Sunday, but could do no better than eight straight pars coming home………………Frequent contender Titch Moore ended a six-year Sunshine Tour victory drought in Johannesburg, being the only player to break 70 all four days en route to a marathon playoff victory over Ulrich van den Berg at the Telkom PGA Championship.  The long-hitting Moore began Sunday’s final round four strokes behind third-round leader Oliver Bekker and had only cut one stroke off that margin by the time he turned in 34.  But Moore carded birdies at the 12th, 14th and 18th to post his 15-under-par total, then watched as Bekker faded (with distastrous bogeys at the 16th and 17th) and van den Berg charged, birdieing the par-5 18th to join him for extra holes.  And the playoff would indeed be something, taking place solely on the 18th and seeming initially to favor van den Berg, who missed makeable birdie putts on the second and third playings that would have ended it.  But as fatigue was clearly setting in, Moore holed a four-foot birdie putt on the fifth go-round to clinch his eighth career Sunshine Tour title.   

Posted on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 09:02PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Week 14 Results

PGA Tour - Shell Houston Open  -  Matt Jones  (273)
European Tour -  NH Collection Open  -  Marco Crespi (278)
Sunshine Tour - Telkom PGA Championship  -  Titch Moore  (273)
LatinoAmerica - Mundo Maya Open  -  Daniel Mazziotta  (278)
LPGA Tour - Kraft Nabisco Championship -  Lexi Thompson  (274)
- Yamaha Ladies Open  -  Sun-Ju Ahn  (283)
E Challenge Tour - See European Tour (Above)

Posted on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 11:37AM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

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Thirty-year-old Australian Steven Bowditch had only logged two top-10 finishes in eight seasons on the PGA Tour, but in windy, demanding Sunday conditions at the Texas Open, he broke through for career-altering first victory.  On a day which saw as many players (two) fail to break 80 as break 70, Bowditch struggled throughout his round, carding four bogeys and one double-bogey en route to a closing 76 – the highest final round by a winner since Vijay Singh’s 76 at the 2004 PGA, and the highest in a non-major since Fred Couples shot 77 in winning the 1983 Kemper Open.  The halfway and 54-hole leader, Bowditch – a two-time Web.com Tour winner – also recorded two birdies on Sunday, with the second (at the par-5 14th) giving him a two-shot lead which he nursed right up until missing a three-footer for par at the last.  Second place was shared by a hot Will MacKenzie (who bogeyed the 1st hole on Sunday before going three-under-par the rest of the way) and Daniel Summerhays, whose closing 71 helped him make up significant ground on the pack………………In one of the more dramatic finishes in recent Japan Tour history, Michio Matsumura fired a closing 68 to claim the season-opening Indonesia PGA Championship by a single shot over Australian Rhein Gibson and Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines.  The initial drama was provided by the 28-year-old Gibson, who gained fame by shooting a non-competitive 16-under-par 55 during a 2012 round, and seemed on his way to more fireworks when standing 11-under-par through 15 holes on Sunday.  A three-putt bogey at the par-4 16th then slowed his momentum, but his 10-under-par 62 was good enough to take the clubhouse lead.  Enter Matsumura, who began Sunday one shot behind 54-hole leader Sang-Hyun Park before falling well off the pace after going out in 38.  The three-time Japan Tour winner righted the ship coming home, however, making three birdies through the 14th to pull back within two, then reeling off clutch birdies at the 16th, 17th and 18th to steal the title.

Posted on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 07:38PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Week 13 Results

PGA Tour - Valero Texas Open  -  Steven Bowditch  (280)
Japan Tour - Indonesia PGA Championship  -  Michio Matsumura  (267)
LatinoAmerica - Stella Artois Open  -  Armando Favela  (274)
LPGA Tour - Kia Classic  -  Anna Nordqvist  (275)
JLPGA Tour - AXA Ladies  -  Ayaka Watanabe  (203)
Web.com Tour - Chitimacha Louisiana Open  -  Kris Blanks  (270)
Symetra Tour - IOA Golf Classic  -  Weather Delayed

Posted on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 11:14AM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off