2016 - WEEK 35  Aug 22 - Aug 27

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Playing against a somewhat light field in the week before a West Coast U.S. Open, 36-year-old Argentine veteran Fabian Gomez broke through for his maiden vicory on the PGA Tour, cruising home to a three-shot triumph at the FedEx St Jude Classic, in Memphis.  Gomez, who began the week ranked 288th in the world, opened with rounds of 66-68 to trail halfway leader Brooks Koepka by three before carding six birdies en route to a Saturday 67 which left him tied atop the board with England’s Greg Owen.  A similarly long shot, Owen had begun the week ranked 342nd, but opened with a bogey-free 64, then backed it up with rounds of 70-67 to find himself in Sunday’s final pairing.  But the 43-year-old Owen could do no better than a 70 on Sunday, and with few of the pair’s nearest pursuers mounting charges of their own, Gomez was left to move methodically away from the field as he turned in 34, then added birdies at the 11th, 16th and 18th to card a closing 66 and a relatively easy victory.  Owen held on for second while notable among those tying for third was Phil Mickelson, who recorded eight birdies during a Sunday 65 in his final tune-up prio to Chambers Bay............Twenty-seven-year-old Englishman Chris Wood began the final round of the Lyoness Open five shots behind a hot Gregory Bourdy but by day’s end, he found himself standing in the European Tour’s winner’s circle for the second time.  Of course, one generally needs a bit of help to overcome that sort of Sunday margin and in this regard, the 32-year-old Bourdy was most obliging.  Of course, he’d begun the week in the strongest of form, opening with rounds of 65-67-69 to stand two ahead of Rafael Cabrera-Bello and five up on Wood, and he even began the final round by birdieing the 506-yard opener.  But a double-bogey immediately followed at the 202-yard 2nd and it was all downhill from there, with five more bogeys piled onto to the card for a closing 78, and a tie for sixth.  This might well have cleared the stage for Cabrera-Bello, who initially played steady golf before stumbling with three straight bogeys through the turn; he eventually posted a 72 and took solo second.  All of which provided the 6’5” Wood with an opportunity, and he duly pounced on it, birdieing three of his first six holes to turn in 33, then carding clutch birdies at the 15th and 16th to pull away to a two-shot victory............In the first of two Japan Tour events played on mainland Asia, South Korean Kyung-Tae Kim recorded his first victory since 2012 by capturing the Thailand Open in Chonburi, 35 miles outside of Bangkok.  Kim began the week with a less-than-inspiring 71 (which left him six shots behind countryman Hyung-Sung Kim’s lead) but rebounded strongly on Friday with a 64, good enough to tie homestanding Hazz Jannewattanond for the halfway lead.  Australian Josh Younger then carded a 64 of his own on Saturday to move one ahead of Kim (who shot 67) through 54 holes, but when Younger slipped to a 73 on Sunday, the event boiled down to a two-horse race between Kim and another South Korean, Jeung-Hun Wang.  Wang launched himself into contention by turning in 30 before eventually birdieing the par 3 16th to catch Kim on 19 under par.  Kim then responded with clutch birdie at the par-4 17th, then added another at the 433-yard closer – which, combined with Wang’s closing bogey, made the margin of victory two.

Posted on Monday, June 15, 2015 at 10:57AM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Week 24 Results

PGA Tour - FedEx St Jude Classic  -  Fabian Gomez  (267)
European Tour - Lyoness Oppen  -  Chris Wood  (273)
Japan Tour - Thailand Open  -  Kyung-Tae Kim  (267)
OneAsia Tour - See Japan Tour (Above)
LPGA Tour - KPMG Women's PGA Championship  -  Inbee Park  (273)
JLPGA Tour - Suntory Ladies Open  -  Misuzu Narita  (272)
Champions Tour - Constellation Sr Players Championship  -  Bernhard Langer  (265)
Euro Senior Tour - ISPS Handa Newcastle PGA Seniors  -  Peter Fowler  (272)
Web.com Tour - Rust-Oleum Championship  -  Shane Bertsch  (266)
E Challenge Tour - KPMG Trophy  -  Jamie McLeary  (275)
Symetra Tour - Decatur-Forsyth Classic  -  Jimin Kang  (64 - Unofficial, due to weather)

Posted on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 11:26AM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

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Celebrating both his father’s birthday and his parents’ anniversary in style, Sweden’s David Lingmerth broke through for his first PGA Tour victory at the Memorial Tournament, beating Justin Rose on the third hole of a sudden death playoff.  While the 27-year-old Lingmerth was the tournament’s 36-hole leader following weekday rounds of 67-65, he began the finale well behind 2013 U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, who’d opened 68-67 before posting a strong Saturday 66 to lead both Lingmerth and Italy’s Francesco Molinari by three.  As Sunday play unfolded, a scare was put into the field by world number two Jordan Spieth, who began the day nine shots in arrears before uncorking a seven-under-par 65 that included an eagle at the par-5 15th and a necessary birdie at the last – but in the end, his noble run would come up two shy.  Among the primary contenders, Molinari hung in nicely, remaining tied for the lead through 15 holes before a watery double-bogey at the 16th ultimately left him tied with Spieth.  This left the stage to Lingmerth and Rose, and it initially appeared that the Swede might win in regulation when Rose (who ultimately closed with 72) shanked his second out of a fairway bunker at the 18th.  A splendid up-and-down earned him a tie on 273, however, and Rose nearly won on the first extra hole upon holing a 25-footer for par.  But Lingmerth matched it from 10 feet before eventually closing things out with a par at the third extra hole…………Completing a comeback from 2014 wrist problems that had rendered him largely unable to play, Sweden’s Alex Noren scored a popular homestanding victory, claiming the Nordea Masters for the second time with a four-shot victory at PGA Sweden National in Malmo.  Playing in windy conditions throughout the week, Noren opened with rounds of 70-68 to stand three strokes off the halfway lead, yet was largely an afterthought as the leaders were Jens Dantorp and 18-year-old Swedish amateur Marcus Kinhult, a strong international prospect who surprised nearly everyone by opening with rounds of 67-68.  A Saturday 77 would send the teenager tumbling towards an eventual tie for 33rd, however, leaving the top of the board to be occupied by Noren, who birdied four of his first five holes en route to a 67 which stood him two clear of Germany’s Maximilian Kieffer and three ahead of Dantorp and one more Swede, Sebastian Soderberg.  Noren’s closing round was then a fairly comfortable endeavor, for with Kieffer (75), Dantorp (74) and Soderberg (74) all backsliding, he started out birdie-bogey, then rattled off 125 straight pars before a birdie at the 601-yard finisher pushed the margin of victory to four.  Second place was taken by resurgent  Dane Soren Kjeldsen (who backed up his surprise victory at the Irish Open with another impressive showing) while third was shared by Kieffer, Dantorp, Soderberg and France’s Alexander Levy, who closed with 71…………Chinese star Wen-Chong Liang recorded his maiden victory in Japan at the Japan Golf Tour Championship, running away to a five-shot victory that might well have been even larger but for as nondescript final nine.  The 36-year-old Liang’s dominance was reflected in the fact that he won wire-to-wire, initially taking a one-stroke Thursday lead over a quartet of players with an opening 67, then maintaining that margin (over South Korean Young-Han Song) via a Friday 68 that was marred only by a double-bogey at the par-4 17th.  But it was on Saturday that Liang really took control, posting seven birdies en route to a 65 that left him five ahead of Australian Brad Kennedy and  six up on both Song and Japan’s Ryutaro Nagano.  Sunday, then, was a day on which he controlled his own destiny and control it he did, birdieing three of his first six holes to charge far out in front, allowing bogeys at the 12th and 17th to be of little consequence………… Battling gusting winds as he came down the homestretch, 29-year-old Justin Harding birdied the short par-5 18th hole twice – the first in regulation, then as the first hole of sudden death – to catch, then defeat, Vaughn Groenewald at the Vodacom Origins of Golf event, at Langebaan.  A former U.S. collegiate start at Lamar University, Harding opened the 54-hole event with a steady 72, then carded a six-birdie, two-bogey 68 which lifted him to within one of the 36-hole leaders, Andrew Curlewis and little-known Englishman Henry Featherstone.  Curlewis would fall into a tie for seventh with a 73 during the Saturday finale while Featherstone would hang around, closing with a 70 that left him one shy of the playoff.  Groenewald, meanwhile, came out of left field, opening with 73-69, then bogeying his first hole on Saturday before turning things around to card a stellar 66 – but he would, alas, come up one shy in the playoff.

Posted on Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 10:20PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

Week 23 Results

PGA Tour - Memorial Tournament  -  David Lingmerth  (273)
European Tour - Nordea Masters  -  Alex Noren  (276)
Japan Tour - JGT Championship -  Wen-Chong Liang  (270)
Sunshine Tour - Vodacom Origins of Golf  -  Justin Harding  (208)
LPGA Tour - Manulife LPGA Classic  -  Suzann Pettersen  (266)
JLPGA Tour - Yonex Ladies  -  Shiho Oyama  (206)
Champions Tour - Principal Charity Classic  -  Mark Calcavecchia  (204)
Euro Senior Tour - Acorn Jersey Open  -  Peter Fowler  (209)
Web.com Tour - Greater Dallas Open  -  Tyler Aldridge  (265)
E Challenge Tour - Swiss Challenge  -  Daniel Im  (273)
LatinoAmerica - Dominican Republic Open  -  Rodolfo Cazaubon  (278)
PGA Tour Canada - Bayview Place Island Savings Open  -  Albin Choi  (265)
Symetra Tour - FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship  -  Madeleine Sheils  (206)

Posted on Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 12:48PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

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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.


Posted on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 08:02PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

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.

Posted on Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 01:05PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

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)

Posted on Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 01:01PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

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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.

Posted on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 12:02PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off

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)

Posted on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 12:01PM by Registered CommenterDaniel | Comments Off