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Week 24

US OPEN WIN TAKES KOEPKA TO WORLD NO.4

U.S. Open

Brooks Koepka held off a stunning charge by Tommy Fleetwood to become the first man to successfully defend the US Open title in 29 years at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.

The American entered the day in a share of the lead with Fleetwood six shots behind him who signed for a brilliant, record-equalling 63, he was just one stroke behind Koepka.

Fleetwood then faced an anxious wait of over two hours to see if he had done enough to claim his first Major Championship, but Koepka came home in 35 to sign for a 68, a one over total and a one-shot victory.

The win makes Koepka the first man to win back-to-back US Opens since Curtis Strange in 1989 and the first to win consecutive Majors since Padraig Harrington won his second Open Championship in 2008.

Fleetwood's 63 - on the 45th anniversary of Johnny Miller shooting the same score to win this title at Oakmont - equalled the record for both the lowest score in US Open history and the lowest score on the final day of a Major.

KPGA Korean Golf Tour - KEB Hana Bank Invitational

Sanghyun Park won a second Korean Golf Tour title this season moving from 178 to World No. 146.

Challenge Tour – Hauts de France Golf Open

Stuart Manley defeated Grant Forrest on the third play-off hole to win the Hauts de France Golf Open and claim his second-career European Challenge Tour victory moving to World No.213.

The Welshman, who lost in a play-off at last week’s KPMG Trophy, birdied two of his final four holes to card a closing-round three under par 68 and take a share of the clubhouse lead.

At the time, the six under par total was two shots behind then leader Tom Murray, and it appeared it may be a few strokes too many. When Scotland’s Forrest also signed for a 68, the best Manley could hope for was a chance to win in extra holes.

In the end, that is exactly what he got, as the swirling winds made it difficult for the final groups to match the four-round total of 278.

On the first play-off hole, Forrest came within inches of lifting the trophy as his 45-foot putt up a significant tier in the green narrowly burned the edge. The two men settled for pars, and after another pair of fours on the second sudden-death hole, it was back to the 18th tee again.

 

Alps Tour Golf – Alps de Andalucía

Alexandre Daydou (FRA) won the Alps de Andalucía at La Monacilla Golf Club in Aljaraque, Spain, with a total of -10 moving to a career best of World No. 709.

It was Daydou’s first victory on the Alps Tour. Daydou turned in the best card of the day at -6.

Miguel Gaspar (POR) finished in 2nd place with a total of -8 while Louis Cohen Boyer (FRA) came in 3rd place with a total of -6. 

“I’m very happy because I spent 2 year in the Alps Tour and I lost twice in the playoffs. It’s really hard, there are lots of good players on the circuit, so I’m very happy with this win” 21-year-old Daydou, a native of La Réunion island, said. “I started perfectly with 4 birdies on the first 5 holes. I putt very well, made some good shots. And then I made a real bad double bogey on hole 8. After that, I just kept playing, trying to make some birdies. In golf, you never know what happens, so you just keep playing, try to make some birdies and you see what happens” Daydou explained.

 

PGA Tour Series China - Kunming Championship

Motin Yeung became the first Hong Kong player to win a PGA TOUR Series-China title when he triumphed in a three-way playoff at the Kunming Championship.

Yeung, 24, sank a 10-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to deny Callum Tarren and American Joseph Gunerman, the joint 54-hole leader with Canada’s Richard Jung.

Yeung and Tarren, 27, played in the second-to-last group and both shot 6-under 65 to set the clubhouse lead at 19-under. Gunerman, 25, then joined the pair with a 67 that featured an eagle at the par-5 16th.

Yeung, 24, was thrilled to win with his girlfriend and friends in the gallery, having secured his place in the playoff with a third successive 65. After failing to record a birdie in his first 12 holes Thursday, Yeung birdied 27 of his last 60 holes in regulation—plus the first extra hole.

It was a sensational performance by Yeung, who didn’t earn any status at Q-School in February. In March, he progressed through a Monday qualifier at the Tour’s second event, tying for 14th in Chongqing before two more top-20 finishes helped him earn his place in four consecutive events.

“This means so much to me because I didn’t even have any status on this Tour before this, and now I’m finally a member so it feels amazing,” said an emotional Yeung, who was competing in Kunming on a sponsor invite and now becomes a full member through the end of 2019 because of the victory.

 

Nordic Golf League – The 12 Twelve Championship - by Thisted Forsikring

Christian Gløët secured his first Nordic Golf League victory when he won the The 12 Twelve Championship - by Thisted Forsikring

After a game crisis in recent seasons, the victory meant a lot to Gløët, “I'm so happy, the victory means so much. I do not know where to start, but I'll probably have a tear in my car home. I've been so far down and there have been some really hard seasons. For a long time, I could not get the ball in play from tee, and golf was definitely not fun anymore”, Christian Gløët told immediately after the victory.

“Last season, the crisis was so deep that I was actually close to completely stopping. Thanks to my my coach in Mølleåen, I got back on track and they both have a big share in this victory”, explained a clearly touched Christian Gløët.

 

PGA Tour Canada – GolfBC Championship

With his dad on the bag, it was a special Father’s Day for George Cunningham as he picked up his maiden Mackenzie Tour – PGA Tour Canada victory, at the GolfBC Championship. He carded a 5-under 66 to win by two shots.

After his career-low round of 9-under 62 in the third round, Cunningham started the final round with a three-shot lead. Sunday, he started with four consecutive pars, before carding a birdie-eagle stretch on Nos. 5-6. He added an additional birdie on the par-5 ninth hole to make the turn at 19-under, holding a two-shot advantage. Coming down the stretch, with his closest competitor, P.J. Samiere, making bogey at the last, Cunningham sealed the deal by sticking a wedge from 91 yards to three feet for a birdie putt he made. It was good enough to finish at 20-under for a two-shot victory.

With his grandparents also in the gallery, it was a Father’s Day to remember for the Cunninghams. His grandparents, John and Carlotta Cunningham, drove close to 2,630km from their home in Tucson, Ariz., to watch their grandson play.

“On the 18th hole, my dad told me to make the putt and count it as his Father’s Day gift,” said Cunningham with a smile. “I guess I got that out of the way.”

The 22-year-old is a father himself, to three-year-old daughter Charlotte.

“I’m really excited to tell my daughter,” said Cunningham. “I’m excited to call her and talk to her about my win. I know she’s excited for me to come home. I’ll be home after the next event.”

EuroPro Tour - Eagle Orchid Scottish Masters

Chris Gane won the HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour’s Eagle Orchid Scottish Masters after heavy wind meant the final round could not be played.

Gane was the overnight leader heading into the final round after carding consecutive rounds of 66 to lead by two.

In the end it was enough to give the 44-year-old his second EuroPro Tour victory on the Scottish coast. He said: “I feel great, it was a long wait this morning to see if we were going out or not. But when the news broke that I was the winner it was brilliant.”

He added: “I spent most of the morning watching the weather forecast and trying to not to let my mind run away with idea of not going out before it was confirmed.”

Two solid rounds from Gane which were typified in his par-birdie-birdie finish, one arguably the toughest finish the EuroPro Tour has to offer this season. Gane said: “Reflecting on that finish feels good now, they were tough holes into switching winds which asked a lot of me at the time.”

Gane joins three other golfers on one win this season, taking a step close to the coveted £250,000 four-win bonus. The win also moves him to top of the Order of Merit.