WOODLAND MOVES TO WORLD No.26
PGA Tour - Waste Management Phoenix Open
Gary Woodland beat Chez Reavie with a par on the first hole of a playoff Sunday in the Waste Management Phoenix Open moving to World No.26.
Woodland birdied three of the last four holes for a 7-under 64 to finish at 18-under 266 at TPC Scottsdale.
Reavie closed with a 66. After a bogey on the par-3 16th, the former Arizona State player chipped to 3 feet for birdie on the short par-4 17th and ran in a 20-footer on the par-4 18th to force the PGA TOUR's fourth straight playoff.
In the playoff on the 18th, Woodland hit short of the green from the left fairway bunker and chipped to 2 feet to set up his third PGA TOUR victory. Reavie missed the green left and couldn't get an 11-footer to fall.
Asian / European Tour – Maybank Championship
Shubhankar Sharma of India fired 10 birdies for a remarkable 10-under-par 62 to claim a stunning two-shot victory at the US$3 million Maybank Championship jumping to World No.72.
At the age of 21, the talented Indian overcame a four-shot deficit with a dominant display to clinch his second Asian Tour and European Tour title with a winning total of 21-under-par 267 in windy conditions at the Saujana Golf and Country Club.
In his fourth start since winning the Joburg Open in South Africa in December, Sharma produced a sensational final round where he made five birdies in each half which included clutch birdie putts on 17 and 18.040218_MMC_Shubhankar Sharma (IND) 08
He defeated co-overnight leader Jorge Campillo of Spain, who eagled the opening hole before returning with a 68 to settle for second place, while Pablo Larrazabal and Ryan Fox of New Zealand finished in third place after posting identical 66s.
Khalin Joshi of India, who is Sharma’s roommate this week, finished in a share of fifth place alongside Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa, Hideto Tanihara, Nino Bertasio and world number 47 Dylan Frittelli of South Africa.
Sharma produced a great comeback after struggling in the opening two rounds where he was tied in 48th place at the halfway stage. A third round 66 put him within four shots of the lead and he charged into contention on the final round when he got off to a hot front nine.
Web.com Tour - Panama Championship
28-year-old Scott Langley is a Tour winner after carding a final-round 5-under 65 at Club de Golf de Panama to come from six strokes back and pick up his first professional win at the Panama Championship.
The momentum of Langley’s round began when he saved par on the par-4 seventh with a 10-footer. He then rolled in a 20-footer for birdie on the next, as well as another 20-foot putt for birdie on the par-3 ninth.
The University of Illinois alum made the turn at 3-under for the day, 5-under for the tournament, and suddenly realized there was a chance he would be walking off of the 18th green with a trophy in his hands for the first time since winning the 2010 NCAA Individual Championship.
“I looked at the leaderboard at that point and thought, ‘You know, these guys are playing great but this course is tough and anything can happen,’” Langley recalled. “I was fortunate to be in the group that I was because there was a little less of the spotlight on me and I felt like I could just go out there under the radar and post a great round, and I was able to do that. It wasn’t easy. I still had to go and do it. But to do it that way and play this good on Sunday when it meant everything is really special.”
Langley’s come-from-behind victory is the largest in tournament history, surpassing Miguel Angel Carballo’s five-stroke record from 2007. He also became the first player in tournament history to record an over-par score in the opening round and go on to win the tournament. Additionally, Langley’s victory was the first on Tour by a First Tee program graduate. With his record-breaking victory came $112,500, enough to move Langley to No. 3 on the money list.
PGA Tour of Australasia - Oates Vic Open
Simon Hawkes has claimed a career changing victory at the Oates Vic Open at 13th Beach Golf Links.
Hawkes finished regulation play tied for the lead with New South Welshman Harrison Endycott on 14-under 274 thanks to a birdie on the 72nd hole.
It took just one playoff hole for the 29-year-old to record his first victory on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia for which he earned full status this year at Qualifying School.
It’s a career making moment; Hawkes will now head to Perth for the European Tour and Asian Tour tri-sanctioned ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth. He will also enjoy playing in Australia’s largest tournaments for the next three years.
“I'm just flabbergasted right now, I kind of knew that I was playing well coming into the week,” said Hawkes.
“The thing about winning these sort of titles, they are forever, every year people are going to look at that and my name is going to be on it and they are going to be looking at my name hopefully the same way I'm looking at some of these names right now so it's just unbelievable.”