WEEK 24 Brooks Koepka 2018 U.S. Open Champion

Week 22

DECHAMBEAU JUMPS TO WORLD NO.22

PGA Tour – the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide

Bryson DeChambeau finally got it right on his third try at the 18th hole and won the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide in a playoff on Sunday moving to a career best of World No.22.

DeChambeau three-putted for bogey on the 18th for a 1-under 71 to get into a three-way playoff at Muirfield Village. He missed the green from the fairway on the 18th on the first extra hole and had to scramble for par. On his third try, he hit his approach to 12 feet behind the hole and made it for birdie to beat Byeong Hun An and win for the second time on the PGA TOUR.

"I can't believe I did it," said DeChambeau, who moved to No. 4 in the FedExCup standings.

Kyle Stanley ran off four straight birdies toward the end of his round until his final tee shot caromed off a tree and across the fairway into deep rough. He made bogey for a 70 and still got into a playoff, but he was eliminated on the first extra hole when his approach from deep rough and the ball well above his feet squirted to the right, leading to a bogey.

An closed with a 69.

Starting five shots behind, Tiger Woods pulled to within three shots with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 fifth hole. But his chances effectively ended when he missed a 3-foot par putt on No. 10, and he put his tee shot into a backyard for the second time this week. He closed with a 72 and ended one of his best ball-striking weeks in a six-way tie for 23rd.

Woods was second-to-last in the key putting statistic among the 73 players who went all four rounds.

"If I just putt normally, I probably would be right there with those guys and up there in the last couple of groups," Wood said. "If I just keep building on this, with how I'm hitting it right now, I'm in good shape for two weeks from now."

 

European Tour - Italian Open

Thorbjørn Olesen won the Italian Open after a thrilling final round battle with Francesco Molinari and Lee Slattery moving back into the Top 100 at World No. 75.

Needing a par at the last after home favourtie Molinari sent the crowd wild with a birdie from 30 feet, the Dane looked in trouble when he pulled his drive a long way left.

But he made an excellent up and down from a greenside bunker to complete a final round 64 and 22 under par total.

That was one ahead of last week's Wentworth winner Molinari, with overnight leader Slattery third on 20 under.

Olesen had enjoyed only one top-ten finish previously this season and after capturing a fifth European Tour title said: "Unbelievable. Obviously been a little bit of a tough time for me this year.

"To come into this Rolex Series and to do what I've done is amazing, especially to come from behind and win. I haven't done that in my career so far, so that was very special.

"It was nice to hole that putt on the last and to get that feeling of holing it when it really matters.

"This is exactly what I needed. Well, it's always what we need but right now for me it's great."

KPGA Korean Golf Tour - KB Finance LIIV Championship

Dongseop Maeng won the KB Finance LIIV Championship moving from 438 to World No. 294.

Web.com Tour - Rex Hospital Open

After opening play at the Rex Hospital Open with rounds of 66-65-69, Garber entered Sunday T2, three strokes back of the lead. Playing in the final threesome for the first time in his career, he continued his stellar play, posting a final-round 5-under 66 to end the week at 18-under 266, enough to top fellow rookie Hank Lebioda and 2018 Panama Championship winner Scott Langley by one stroke to earn his first professional win moving to World No. 378.

“To get a win on this Tour,” Garber reflected after his victory, “is definitely one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life and to come through today, this early in the season, in my first year out here, and in my first time in the final group, it means everything to me. It just proves what I believed in myself. I’m very excited with my game and where we’re headed for the rest of the year.”

Garber, who turned professional in 2014, had a stellar college career. A Petoskey, Michigan, native, he spent his first year playing for the University of Michigan, leading them to an NCAA Central Regional win and carding the third-best freshman season in school history before transferring to the University of Georgia. While in Athens, Garber continued to excel. He was named first-team Golfweek All-American (becoming just the fourth Bulldog to do so) and spent time as the No. 1-ranked college golfer.

 

Japan Golf Tour - JGT Championship Mori Building Cup Shishido Hills

36-year-old, Kodai Ichihara won his first Japan Tour title moving from 849 to World No. 387.

 

PGA Tour Canada - Freedom 55 Financial Open

Jordan Niebrugge claimed his fort pro win at the Freedom 55 Financial Open moving from 675 to World No. 439.

Challenge Tour - Swiss Challenge presented by Association Suisse de Golf

Marcel Schneider slept on the lead for three straight nights and on Sunday he finished the job — winning the Swiss Challenge presented by Association Suisse de Golf by six shots moving from 994 to World No. 488.

The German opened the tournament with a stunning eight under par 63, and following consecutive clean scorecards over the next two days, he started the final round five strokes clear of Norway’s Kristian Krogh Johannessen and seven ahead of fellow countryman Julian Kunzenbacher and England’s Garrick Porteous.

Schneider birdied three of his first four holes at Golf Sempachersee on Day Four as his lead continued to grow. However, after making only his second bogey of the week on the ninth hole, and another on the 12th it appeared there may have been some drama down the home stretch.

 

Nordic Golf League - Jyske Bank PGA Championship

Sweden’s Jacob Glennemo moves to World No.730 following a win at the Jyske Bank PGA Championship.

 

Alps Tour Golf - Open de Saint Francois Region Guadeloupe#

Marcus Mohr (ENG) won the Open Saint-François Région Guadeloupe on Saturday at the Golf International Saint-François with a total of -7 jumping from 1200 to World No.800.

It was Mohr’s first professional victory.

France’s Maxime Radureau finished 2nd with a total of -4 while a group of 5 players tied for 3rd place at -3: Frenchmen Anthony Renard, Xavier Poncelet, Louis Cohen-Boyer, Guillaume Cambis and Spain’s Ivan Cantero Gutierrez.

“I will remember this victory forever” 27-year-old native of Liverpool Marcus Mohr said.  “I went trough so many emotions out there, it was a really good day all in all” he added. “You have to embrace the heat and everything. Even if I had not won, I would have enjoyed my week because you learn so much by travelling, the people have been so kind here, the course was a new challenge to me as I never played a course like this before” he continued.

The final round’s turning point was when Mohr made an eagle on the 17 to seal the victory. “I used a 3 iron. It was 228, into the wind, I knew it would go the right distance if I hit it right in the middle, it was just whether it would hold in the wind and fortunately, it did” he explained. “It went pretty much where I was aiming, and It was a relief to see it because I could not see it finish. Someone said it hit the pin. I was looking at the leaderboard, I always want to know where I am with the leaderboard, and Maxime Radureau was tied with me at 5 under. I was looking at pulling off probably one of the best shots I’ve ever had at the right time” he continued. 

 

PGA Tour LatinoAmerica - Quito Open presentado por Diners Club

Horacio Leon didn’t let the 3-over 74 he shot in the third round bother him. Two strokes behind when the final round of the Quito Open presented by Diners Club began, all the Chilean did was go out and play like it was the first and second rounds, shooting a 4-under 67 to make up the deficit and hold off Canadian Blair Hamilton to win by a shot.

American Matt Gilchrest finished third, with Chris Killmer and Joe Parkinson sharing fifth place. The victory was Leon’s first on PGA TOUR Latinoamerica in his 47th career appearance.

Leon, who made no birdies in this third round after opening 69-66 during the lightning-plagued first two rounds, made sure he didn’t replicate his performance from a day earlier. Leon started quickly at Quito Tennis and Golf Club, with birdies on his second and third holes, and even when he stumbled—with a bogey at No. 4 (hitting his ball out of bounds and making what he called a “great bogey”)—he shook off the mistake and played flawlessly after that. Birdies at Nos. 7, 13 and 14 helped him secure the win.

Hamilton made a birdie at No. 16 to narrow his deficit to a shot, but both players parred coming in.

“He made that birdie on 16, which made my job a little harder,” Leon said of Hamilton’s mini charge. “It would have been nice to have a two-shot lead instead of one. He kept the pressure on. On No. 18, Hamilton hit his drive into the rough, but Leon thought it was no time to change his strategy. “I just hammered a driver to 80 yards of the green. From then on, it was walk it home.”

Pro Golf Tour - Raiffeisen Pro Golf Tour St. Pölten 2018 presented by Elation Travel

30-year-old Allen John used to be a professional an won as such a trophy on the Pro Golf Tour in 2011.

Since 2014 he’s an amateur again and gained reputation as German Champion, World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist for Deafs. In this season the player of the GC St. Leon-Rot tees off again with the pros, with a season-best result as fourth at the Haugschlag NÖ Open 2018.

In St. Pölten the next tournament in Austria went even better for Allen John as he took his chance to win: After a 65 in round 1 and a 66 on day 2 the German got to start as shared leader into the final round, and he retained on top of the leaderboard until the end. A 67 on the par-71-course of the Golfclub St. Pölten made him finish two strokes ahead of Mateusz Gradecki and Gregory Wiggins (-13).

“I’ve practiced a lot in recent weeks to get my game onto a new level. I’m so glad it paid off that well and fast“, John said. „My game plan was very detailed and worked out just fine. I knew exactly on which holes I could use certain clubs and where to risk something. By that I got good chances which I used to score. Especially my short game was perfect and that’s what made the difference today”.

EuroPro Tour – Matchroom Sport Championship

Billy Spooner clinched his first Hotelplanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour title by winning the Matchroom Sport Championship at Harleyford Golf Club with a final round of 68.

Boston West Golf Club’s Spooner started in sublime form, collecting two birdies in his first two holes, but was closely followed by Alex Lodge (Azego: The Component People) over the final 18 holes. But the 20-year old fought tooth and nail to capture his maiden title by a shot.

Starting the day as tournament leader, Spooner showed no signs of pressure as he collected four consecutive birdies between the 8thand 11thholes, made even more impressive after he dropped a shot on the 7th.

The ship was steadied until the 15th, when the former Junior World Champion bogeyed two consecutive holes, allowing Lodge to temporarily creep into the top spot with two left to play.

Nerves got the better of Lodge heading down the 18thas his wayward tee shot landed out of bounds, and gifting Spooner with one final chance to clinch the title with a par at worst. He made no mistake on the green, and comfortably two-putted himself to his first tour win.

Speaking afterwards he said: “It feels brilliant, it is nice to get the job done. I played the practice round really well but didn’t want to get too carried away. Thankfully it all came together when it mattered.”

Enroute to his first EuroPro Tour title the Lincolnshire lad set a professional course record, shooting a 64 second round to put himself in the driving seat. He said: “I was feeling confident but kept to my routine to make sure I could keep myself in front.”

The young man showed great resilience at the business end of his final round, especially after two consecutive bogies. He said: “I was still trying to play shot by shot but if I’m honest I was nervous. I’m glad I came through it and got the win in the end though."