DUFNER CLAIMS 5TH PGA TOUR VICTORY
PGA Tour – the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide
Jason Dufner finished at 13-under 275 for his fifth PGA TOUR victory, and he joined tournament host Jack Nicklaus as the only Ohio-born winners of the Memorial.
Dufner never lost sight of the big picture even after losing a big lead. It paid off when he made a 32-foot par putt on the final hole that wrapped up his victory Sunday at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide.
Dufner lost a five-shot lead in the third round. He started the final round facing a four-shot deficit. And then he played his best golf on the back nine, and kept his composure during two rain delays, to close with a 4-under 68 and win by three shots.
"Yesterday was not my best day," Dufner said of his 77. "But I had to get over it quick. It's a 72-hole tournament, there's a lot of things that can happen out there. I knew I was still in the mix."
European Tour - Nordea Masters
Italy's Renato Paratore captured the Nordea Masters at Barsebäck Golf & Country Club with a one stroke victory over Chris Wood and Matt Fitzpatrick to claim his first European Tour title.
The Italian entered the final day a shot behind Wood and showed real guts to save par on the last three holes and sign for a 70 and an 11 under par total, leaving the Englishman needing a par up the last to set up a play-off.
With the 20 year old looking on from the clubhouse, Wood hit a ragged tee-shot into the trees and recorded a bogey as Paratore became the youngest winner on Tour since countryman and GolfSixes partner Matteo Manassero won the BMW PGA Championship in 2013.
Japan Golf Tour – JGT Championship Mori Building Cup Shishido Hills
Last season Shaun Norris took the Rookie of the Year honours in Japan and on Sunday, the big-hitting South African stepped it up another level on the Japan Golf Tour when he was crowned the 17th champion of the JGT Championship Mori Building Cup in Ibaraki.
Norris rediscover his putting touch at the Shishido Hills Country Club and launched into contention with rounds of 67, 72 and 68. The Silver Lakes golfer fired a final round 64 to seal success and a four shot victory over Seungsu Han of South Korea on 13 under 271.
Korean Golf Tour / One Asia - 60th Kolon Korea Open
Korean Yikeun Chang produced some magical golf to beat countryman Giwhan Kim in a three-hole aggregate playoff at the Kolon Korea Open after a thrilling final round on Sunday.
Chang, world ranked 533rd, earned his breakthrough win with a cumulative score of 12 (par, birdie, double bogey) on the 16th, 17th and 18th holes at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club.
Overnight leader Kim matched Chang’s par on the16th but bogeyed the next and double bogeyed the 18th for a total of 15.
Chang, two shots adrift of Kim at the start of the day, birdied the final three holes in regulation play to card a 70 while Kim matched Chang’s birdies on 17 and 18 for a battling one over 72.
They were tied on seven under 277, one stroke ahead of last year’s runner up Choi Jinho, who climbed the leaderboard with a best-of-the-day 65, and Hur Inhoi (69).
Both the 23 year old Chang and Kim looked to have blown their chances of victory with damaging double bogeys before finishing with a flourish.
Web.com Tour – Rex Hospital Open
Conrad Shindler dropped in a two-putt par on the first playoff hole to win the Rex Hospital Open. Shindler forced extra holes with a final-round, 4-under 67 and then after one more trip down the 18th fairway, ran over to celebrate his first career Web.com Tour victory in the arms of his waiting fiancée, who had flown in to surprise him.
“It’s going to take a couple days and seeing a couple pictures or looking at the trophy for it to really sink in, but it’s an incredible experience right now,” Shindler said. “You always dream of it. You always dream of picking up the trophy and to get to do it is unbelievable.”
On the first playoff hole, Hadley missed a three-foot putt for par and Shindler knocked in an 18-inch putt to secure the win and the $117,000 winner’s check to move up to fifth on the Web.com Tour money list.
“I’m not going to lie, to have that 18-inch putt, I was shaking,” Shindler said. “You always dream of those moments, but when it comes down, you got to saddle up and still execute.”
Shindler, a Web.com Tour rookie, entered the day one shot back of the lead but jumped into the lead with a front-nine, 4-under 32 that included birdies on Nos. 3, 4, 5, and 7. With the lead in hand and a host of players giving chase, Shindler posted his lone bogey of the day at No. 12 but countered it with a birdie at No. 13 to post an even-par back nine and force extra holes. Shindler entered the 72nd hole with a chance to birdie for the win but missed the green short right. He was able to get up and down for par, though, to enter the playoff.
Sunshine Tour – Mopani Redpath Zambia Open
Riekus Nortje kept a cool head at Nkana Golf Club to shoot a flawless four-under-par 68 final round of the Mopani Redpath Zambia Open and win his maiden Sunshine Tour title with a total 18-under-par on Sunday.
In a tightly contested affair which looked like it would like it might go into a play-off between himself and Ockie Strydom – whom he beat by two strokes – at some stage, Nortje showed maturity and refused to let the magnitude of the event overwhelm him. Two birdies on the front nine ensured he tightened his grip atop the leaderboard, and another on 12 followed before he made another one on 17 to clinch the title.
“It hasn’t sunk in yet.” he said after his win. “I think tomorrow I will definitely feel it. About two or three years ago I was nowhere with my golf. I had a (Sunshine Tour) card at one stage; lost the card, played Big Easy Tour. Playing the Big Easy was important for me.”
For a player who had not won on the Sunshine Tour before, Nortje said he was quite comfortable in Kitwe and felt no pressure. “Coming down the home stretch I was actually very comfortable hitting the ball. I actually had no nerves,” he said.
“On 13 there I got a bit of a flyer,” he said of the up-and-down he made there to save par, “and I hit it long and hit a pretty good chip from where I was and made a good putt. 14, I thought the wind was in to me so I hit it straight into the wind; hit it long again; got a bad lie and again the putter saved me.
Challenge Tour – Swiss Challenge presented by ASG
Joel Girrbach secured a maiden European Challenge Tour title in front of a jubilant home crowd by carding a three under par closing round to become the first Swiss winner of the Swiss Challenge presented by ASG.
The home favourite held a one-stroke lead coming into the final round at Golf Sempachersee – a course he knows well, having played in the last eight editions of the Swiss Challenge.
Heavy rain overnight caused delays this morning in Lucerne, but Girrbach showed no sign of letting the difficult conditions affect him.
The 23 year old carded three birdies to reach the turn in 33, then went on to pick up further gains on the 11th, 15th and 17th – leaving him with a four-shot lead as he walked down the last.
A nervy double bogey at the 18th was soon forgotten; with an emotional Girrbach delighting, the home fans as he held on for a two-shot win.
PGA Tour Canada – Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada
Tampa, Florida’s Lee McCoy claimed victory in his first Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada start on Sunday, cruising to an eight-shot victory at the Freedom 55 Financial Open, the first event of the 2017 Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada season.
McCoy, a former amateur and college star at the University of Georgia, shot a final round 6-under 66 to turn a three-shot overnight lead into an eight-shot win over Mequon, Wisconsin’s Jordan Niebrugge and Lexington, Kentucky’s Hunter Stewart.
“This is certainly one of the most memorable weeks in my life,” said McCoy. “To play in front of a crowd and with this many good players is certainly special. I knew nobody was going to lay down out there, and to get away by as many as I did was something I could have never predicted.”
ProGolf Tour – Adamstal Open powered by EURAM Bank AG
After a thrilling final round German Nicolai von Dellingshausen secured himself his second trophy of the season at the Adamstal Open 2017 powered by EURAM Bank AG. The 24-year-old defeated Frenchman Stanislas Gautier on the first hole of the playoff after each had scored -5. With this victory von Dellingshausen takes over the lead in the Order of Merit.
Alps Tour Golf Tour – Open de St Francois Region Guadeloupe
France’s Thomas Elissalde won his second tittle in a year after his victory sealed in 2016 in Italy. The player from Biarritz handled the pressure of the play off the best way to defeat his opponents fellow countryman Anthony Renard and Italy’s Alessamdro Gramatica.
The latter had on shot advantage heading to the last round but his could not keep the pace on back nine and dropped one shot on the last hole to give hope to Renard and Elissalde. Anthony Renard fired 68, -3 and had to wait the last putt of the last group to enter extra time of play with Elissalde.
Elissalde was the strongest of the three and holed for birdie to win Open Saint François Guadeloupe.
PGA Tour LatinoAmerica – Quito Open presentado por Diners Club
Curtis Yonke of Overland Park, Kansas, carded a final round low 6-under 65 on Sunday to come from behind and win the Quito Open presentado por Diners Club. As the only player to post four rounds in the 60s at the Quito Tenis y Golf Club, Yonke finished two strokes clear at 14-under 270. The victory was his first in just four career starts on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
About to turn 26, Yonke improved his season earnings to $34,773 dollars to charge into the sixth spot of the Order of Merit. As this week’s champion, the Kansas State University graduate also claimed the lead of the Bupa Challenge, a four-event long competition that has two Tour events left to play in the Dominican Republic and Brazil.
Nordic Golf League – Jyske Bank PGA Championship
Amateur Oskar Ambrosius won the Jyske Bank PGA Championship in Silkeborg Ry Golf Club.
This was his firth appearance at a Nordic Golf League Tournament and the first time making the cut.
“I stuck to my game plan, which generally always quite aggressive and I am happy and proud of how I got the game into my round again after a nervous start, explained Ambrose after the award ceremony”.