KOEPKA BREAKS INTO THE WORLD TOP 10
Brooks Koepka won his first Major at the US Open Championship as a stunning late birdie burst handed him a four-shot victory at Erin Hills.
The American entered the final day one shot behind overnight leader Brian Harman and the two were engaged in a real battle for the title before Koepka made three birdies in a row from the 14th to move clear at 16 under.
Harman signed for a 72 to emerge as the closest challenger alongside Japan's Hideki Matsuyama, one shot ahead of England's Tommy Fleetwood, who also carded a closing 72.
The victory is Koepka's second on the European Tour after the Turkish Airlines Open in 2014, a season in which he finished eighth in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex.
His 16 under par winning total also matches the US Open record of Rory McIlroy when he won his first Major at Congressional in 2011.
Web.com Tour – Air Capital Classic Supporting Wichita's Youth
Aaron Wise capped off a great week in Wichita with a final-round, 2-under 68 to win the 28th annual Air Capital Classic Supporting Wichita’s Youth.
The 20-year-old from Cape Town, South Africa, who turns 21 on Wednesday, finished the week at 21-under 259, five shots ahead of Beau Hossler, who earned Special Temporary Membership for the remainder of the season by eclipsing the money earned by No. 100 on the previous year’s money list.
Jin Park, who played alongside Wise and Hossler, on Sunday, placed solo third, his best performance on Tour since 2015.
Wise earned $112,500 for his valiant effort around Crestview Country Club and secured his PGA TOUR card for the 2017-18 season. He became the fourth youngest winner in Tour history and the youngest Air Capital Classic champion.
“It’s a lot of history to go down with and it’s just a really cool feeling,” said Wise, who moved from No. 35 to No. 6 on the money list. “I played great all week so none of that surprises me, but it’s great to be in that position.”
Asian Tour – Queens Cup
Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung overcame nerves to secure a maiden Asian Tour title at the Queen’s Cup on Sunday, and dedicated the career breakthrough to his father.
The 27-year-old Fung, who was the overnight leader, courageously holed a four-foot par putt on the 18th hole at Santiburi Samui Country Club for a closing four-under-par 67 and a one-stroke triumph over Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond.
His impressive 15-under-par 269 winning aggregate saw him join countrymen Danny Chia, Airil Rizman and Ben Leong as winners on the region’s premier Tour. Fung is also the fifth first-time winner this season.
Challenge Tour – Hauts de France Golf Open
Julien Guerrier made a late charge to win his first European Challenge Tour title in dramatic fashion at the Hauts de France Golf Open.
The Frenchman started the final round with a share of the lead alongside Scotland’s Jack Doherty, and the pair exchanged blows throughout the closing 18 holes at Aa Saint Omer Golf Club.
Guerrier made the perfect start with a birdie at the first, but after bogeys at the third and seventh, he relinquished the lead to Doherty who made gains at the sixth and ninth to move clear at the top of the leaderboard.
Back to back birdies around the turn for Guerrier saw the momentum shift and after Doherty dropped shots at the 12th and 13th, the pair were back to being all square with five to play in northern France.
Buoyed by the home support, Guerrier rallied to make birdie at the par three 17th and it appeared that a play-off was looming in Lumbres as the pair both walked down the 18th fairway tied for the lead at seven under.
Korean Golf Tour – Caido Series 2017 Caido Golden V1 Open
Just last week Junghwan Lee was left bitterly disappointed after his play-off loss to Seung Hyuk Kim.
Incredibly, the same two players could not be separated again a week later at the Caido Series Golden V1 Open, but this time Lee came out on top, to claim his first KPGA Tour title.
EuroPro Tour – Eagle Orchid Scottish Masters
Chris Lloyd won the HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour’s Eagle Orchid Scottish Masters at Montrose Golf Links shooting a final-round 67 to win by two on -15.
Lloyd (The Kendleshire) has come close to victory several times on the EuroPro over the last two seasons and final got his hands on a trophy and the £10,000 winners’ cheque at the historic links course on Scotland’s east coast.
He had started the day in the share of the lead but spent most of the afternoon chasing after Michael Stewart (Troon Welbeck Golf Club) and Nick Marsh (Huddersfield Golf Club) both carded seven-under-par 64 for their final rounds to finish at -13.
But Lloyd, who dropped two shots on the front nine to turn level for the round, birdied the 10th, 13th and 15th to form a two-stroke lead as he came down the home stretch and he saw out the win with three consecutive pars.
“There is a bit of relief there and plenty of satisfaction. I was level par through seven when really you would want to be a couple under by then. But I stayed patient and backed myself. I hit some good shots coming in and made some good putts. The putter won me the tournament this week.
PGA Tour Canada – GolfBC Championship
Alabama’s Robby Shelton shot a 2-under 69 on Sunday at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf and Country Club to win the GolfBC Championship and claim his first Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada victory.
The former University of Alabama standout closed out the victory in style with a 7-footer for birdie at the 72nd hole to win by one over Camarillo, California’s Johnny Ruiz, Danville, California’s Cody Blick and Ridgeway, Virginia’s Adam Webb.
The win puts Shelton atop the Order of Merit through three events, in position to earn Web.com Tour status for the 2018 season.
“It means a lot. Just to win anywhere is so exciting. Just to know that my game’s there and to finally get one done feels great,” said Shelton.
Shelton began the day with a three-stroke lead over Webb, but quickly found himself in a four-way battle for the title as Webb, Blick and Ruiz made their charges. It was Ruiz who charged hardest, making birdie at 14 and 15 to take the solo lead at 19-under.
Unbeknownst to Shelton, Ruiz caught bad break at 18 when his tee shot nestled up against a pine tree that guards the approach to the green and was forced to play his second shot left-handed, eventually making bogey to fall into a tie for the clubhouse lead with Blick.
“I had no idea. Looking up on the scoreboard, it said 19-under (through 17), and I thought for sure he parred this hole,” said Shelton, who took driver off the tee in an attempt to make birdie and found the thick rough left of the fairway, 65 yards from the pin.
“I pulled it a little,” said Shelton of his drive. “My lie wasn’t great, but I just knew I had to land it on the green and roll out to the pin.”
MENA Golf Tour – Jo'burg City Masters
Jaco Prinsloo birdied four of his last seven holes to hold off a spirited challenge from fellow South African Omar Sandys and win the Jo'burg City Masters at Country Club Johannesburg on Thursday.
One back at the start, Prinsloo closed with a solid 68 to reach 12-under for the tournament, beating Sandys, who carded the day’s low score of a 67, by two shots for his first Big Easy Tour win since 2013.
England’s Jeff Inglis joined the South African duo Jacquin Hess and Francois Coetzee for a share of third on seven-under as MENA Tour’s Jamie Elson, who led by one shot overnight, returned a final round 75 to settle for solo sixth a further shot adrift.
“It’s been a while since I won on the Big Easy, but, it’s very nice to win the co-sanctioned event with the MENA Tour. It just feels like it’s a step higher,” said Prinsloo.
“The last leaderboard was on hole number 15’s green,” Prinsloo said of the pressure that was being applied by the chasing pack, “and, I still had a three-shot lead there. I thought ‘OK, this looks pretty simple’, and all of a sudden on 17, Omar (Sandys) was on 10-under and put some pressure on me. But luckily I kept calm and put the ball in the right spaces, and yeah got it done.”
“I just had to keep doing the things I have done the last two days,” said 27-year-old South African, “and, it’s always a little bit tougher to do that on the last day; a little bit more pressure. But, I managed to stay calm.”
PGA Tour Latino – 2017 BMW Jamaica Classic
Jared Wolfe joins the winners circle at BMW Jamaica Classic. In the final round of the 2017 BMW Jamaica Classic, Jared Wolfe finished one ahead of a charging Gerardo Ruiz and Jose de Jesus Rodriguiz that led to him securing his first PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
ProGolf Tour – Austerlitz Classic
With a total 12 under par German Maximilian Walz is the winner of the Austerlitz Classic 2017. After rounds of 67, 69 and 68 the 25-year-old secured himself his first professional victory. Walz won with a one shot advance towards Thordur Gissurarson from Iceland. Morrocan Karim El Hali finished the event as third with 10 strokes under par.
Alps Tour Golf - Open La Pinetina
Italian Marco Crespi holed for birdy on the last green to win the Floryck van Donck Trophy at Royal Latem.
The battle between England’s Chris Paisley and Italian player from Monza was thrilling during last 6 holes and Crespi played his best golf and putting to stop Paisley on the road to his third win.