WEEK 49 Phil Mickelson 25 consecutive years inside the World Top 50

Week 35

DECHAMBEAU BREAKS INTO WORLD TOP 10

PGA Tour – Dell Technologies Championship

Coming off a four-shot victory last week in New Jersey, 24-year-old physics Bryson DeChambeau pulled away with three straight birdies to close out the front nine and kept his distance the rest of the way to win the Dell Technologies Championship on Monday.

DeChambeau closed with a 4-under 67 for a two-shot victory on the TPC Boston, becoming only the second player in the 12 years of the lucrative FedExCup to win the opening two Playoffs events.

Not only did Bryson DeChambeau become the 104th player to achieve Top-10 status in the OWGR since it began in 1986 he also achieved the rare feat of reaching the Top-10 in the same year as he reached the Top-50 for the first time.

"I wouldn't have written it any better, to be honest with you," DeChambeau said. "I've been playing some great golf this whole year. And I knew it was a matter of time before something cool showed up."

Vijay Singh did it in 2008 before the points system was changed to create more volatility. Singh effectively had the $10 million prize wrapped up before the finale.

DeChambeau, with his third victory this year, was assured of being the No. 1 seed when he gets to the TOUR Championship, no matter what happens next week at the third playoff event outside Philadelphia. He won 2,000 FedExCup points with the victory.

DeChambeau, who started the year at No. 99 in the world, moved past Rory McIlroy to No. 7. He finished at 16-under 268 and made $1,620,000 for the second straight week.

 

European Tour – Made in Denmark

Matt Wallace prevailed from a four-man play-off to win his third European Tour title of the season at the Made in Denmark as local hero Thorbjørn Olesen sealed his place on the Ryder Cup Team.

Wallace birdied five of his last six holes in a 67 to get to 19 under alongside fellow Englishmen Steven Brown, Jonathan Thomson and Lee Westwood before gains on both extra trips up the last handed him a fourth European Tour win at Silkeborg Ry Golf Club.

Brown and Wallace both put their approaches inside six feet on the first play-off hole for a pair of birdies before Wallace went even closer on the next with Brown only able to make a par.

In the battle for a place in Thomas Bjørn's Team to take on the United States later this month, Matthew Fitzpatrick carded an excellent closing 66 to get to 16 under and a tie for seventh but that was not enough to dislodge Olesen from the final qualifying spot.

The Dane carded a 68 to finish at 11 under and will now make his Ryder Cup debut in Paris alongside Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Rory McIlroy, Francesco Molinari, Alex Noren, Jon Rahm and Justin Rose.

Web.com – DAP Championship presented by NewBrick

After leading each of the previous three rounds, Kramer Hickok closed out his first victory at the DAP Championship presented by NewBrick with a closing 2-under 68 finishing three strokes clear of the field at 14-under 266. With the win, Hickok becomes the first player to go wire-to-wire in 2018 on the Web.com Tour.

After a shaky start with two consecutive bogeys to begin his round, Hickok birdied Nos. 6, 8 and 9 to make the turn at 1-under on the day. The 26-year-old followed it up with another birdie on No. 10, his fourth day in a row to birdie the par-4, 358-yard hole.

“Wire-to-wire has been one of my goals,” Hickok said. “Not only to win but to face that pressure being on top of the leaderboard every single day and know that you can play to your best ability is one of the things that I wanted to come to in my practice and the mental work that I do. It’s been a long way coming. Earlier in the year, I kind of fell back when I had the lead and felt a little uncomfortable. I still did today, but it’s nice to be able to put up a good round.”

Hickok added another birdie on No. 12 to reach 15-under before a late bogey on No. 17 added some drama down the stretch. Ultimately, a par on No. 18 made him the Web.com Tour’s 20th first-time winner of the year and ninth rookie winner.

 

Japan Golf Tour - Fujisankei Classic

Rikuya Hoshino won the Fujisankei Classic his forst Japan Golf Tour victory moving to a career best of World No. 190.

Sunshine Tour - Vodacom Origins of Golf – Selborne

Peter Karmis carded a final round 68 at Selborne Park Golf Club to claim his maiden title in the 15-year-old Vodacom Origins of Golf series on a total of 14-under-par 202 on Saturday.

“I’m very thrilled,” he said after the win, “I am glad to have finally won my first Vodacom event.”

Coming into the final round leading by two shots, Karmis opened his final round with three back-to-back birdies to set the tone.  A bogey on the fifth hole threatened to set him back but two pars later, he made further gains on the eighth. Three more birdies on the back nine got onto his card but he dropped two more shots to sign for a 68.

“That has been the plan all along,” he said of his opening three holes, “but, I only achieved it today. The first three holes here, you can make birdies. I hit the right choice and gave myself chances for those birdies.”

His final round score followed opening rounds of 69 and 65, respectively, and while his four-shot victory may have seemed easy, Karmis admitted to challenges, especially on the homeward stretch.

“The back nine is a little bit more demanding,” he explained, “especially off the tee. But, the front nine, you can cruise around. And, today the wind was swirling a bit and it was difficult to judge the direction the ball is going to take and how the wind is going to affect it.”

Having come close to winning a few times already this season – he came third at the Old Mutual Zimbabwe Open, seventh at the Investec Royal Swazi Open and 11th at the inaugural KCB Karen Masters – he was pleased to finally win something this season. He won three times last season.

Challenge Tour - Cordon Golf Open

Jack Singh Brar secured his maiden European Challenge Tour victory at the Cordon Golf Open with a sublime final round of three under par 67.

The Englishman began the day with a three-shot advantage over a trio of players in second place — fellow countryman Steven Tiley, Adri Arnaus of Spain and Welshman Stuart Manley.

Arnaus pulled to within two strokes of Singh Brar twice throughout the round, but that would be as close as any competitor came, and ultimately, the 21 year old sealed victory over the Spaniard by the same three-shot margin he started out with.

“It’s never easy playing with the lead so I guess I just had to pick my times to be aggressive,” he said. “It was quite an upbeat sort of round though, so I just had to manage myself and make really good decisions, and when I did get out of position, I got it up and down, which was key.”

The win moves the Southampton native from the 11th position on the Road to Ras Al Khaimah to a much more comfortable sixth, and will go a long way to securing his European Tour card for 2019 as one of the top 15 finishers in the season-long Rankings.

“At the start of the year I would have been happy to have been on the Challenge Tour for two years before making it to the European Tour,” he said. “Now, hopefully I’ve done it in one, so it’s a dream come true.”

The rise of Singh Brar has been meteoric. Following a season on the Alps Tour in 2017, he made an immediate impact in 2018 with a tied-second place finish at his first-ever Challenge Tour event, the Turkish Airlines Challenge.

KPGA Korean Tour - DGB Financial Group Daegu Gyeongbuk Open

Taewoo Kim won his first Korean Golf Tour title moving to a career best of World No. 410.

 

EuroPro Tour - The Prem Group Irish Masters

Mark Young won a dramatic three-way playoff at the HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour’s PREM Group Irish Masters to earn his third EuroPro Tour title of the season at Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort, Wicklow.

Young (Longridge Golf Club) started the day four shots off the lead and had it all to do on windy final round on the Blessington Lakes.

John Ross Galbraith (Whitehead Golf Club) was on the hunt for his maiden EuroPro Tour title but struggled to put a run together, as did one of his playing partners Marco Penge. Ireland’s Niall Kearney on the other hand looked to be the man to beat going out in 33 to hold a share of the lead with England’s Tomasz Anderson on ten-under par.

Elsewhere, Clevedon’s Ashley Mansell got in on the act and carded a final round of 69 (-3) to hold the early clubhouse lead on nine-under par, setting the bar for the other four golfers in contention still out on the course.

At the turn it looked to be Anderson’s tournament to lose as he reached 11-under par heading down the 18th, and had a two-shot cushion over clubhouse leaders Young and Mansell whilst Kearney was a hole and shot back.

Drama struck late on as Anderson found himself in a fairway bunker over 190 yards from the pin, and in going for the green struck his approach way left and flush to a clubhouse wall. Forced to play his shot left handed, he struck his shot through the green and into a bunker and could only get up and down for a double bogey, joining Young and Mansell in clubhouse on nine-under par.

Kearney, requiring at worst a par to win on home soil, could only find the green side bunker on the 18th. His chip and putt left him with a two-foot putt to join the other clubhouse leaders but a lip out, much to the disdain of the home crowd and Kearney alike, meant he had to settle for a share of fourth with Scotland’s Paul McKechnie and Northern Ireland’s Galbraith.

An all-English playoff involving Young, Anderson, and Mansell only lasted one hole as Mansell and Anderson could only manage to bogey the 18thwhereas Young rolled in a two-foot par putt for his third win of the season.

 

PGA Tour Series China – Suzhou Championship

Standing on the tee on the final hole of the Suzhou Open, Canada’s Richard Jung trailed China’s Yechun Yuan by a stroke. He knew what he needed to do. Jung drained a long birdie putt on that 72nd hole for a closing 4-under 68. Jung then watched as Yuan made a double bogey on the same hole, giving Jung his first PGA TOUR Series-China title and what was ultimately a wire-to-wire win, finishing two ahead of Yuan of China.

The 25-year-old Jung, a South Korean by birth who plays under the Canadian flag, carded a 21-under total of 267 at Jinji Lake Golf Club, where big crowds—many hoping to see Yuan win his first event as a pro—enjoyed a dramatic weekend of action despite weather delays, Sunday no exception.

Jung shared the lead after the first three completed rounds with England’s Callum Tarren, who also played in the final group. Like Yuan, Tarren double-bogeyed the last to finish third, at 18-under.

Jung was one shot behind Yuan after 10 holes of the third round when play stopped Saturday, forcing him to finish his final seven holes Sunday morning. He finished with a share of the lead with Tarren, the duo both shooting rounds of 65-67-67.

As the three battled all afternoon during the final round, Jung watched on the 18th hole as 21-year-old Yuan sliced his tee shot into trouble. Yuan hacked his second into the rough, leading to the double bogey, while the Seoul-born Canadian hit a 6-iron approach to almost 40 feet before holing a huge birdie putt and celebrating wildly.

Alps Tour Golf - Cervino Open

Italian amateur Giacomo Fortini won today after a nerve-wrecking finish the Cervino Open with a total score of -9 at the Cervino Golf Club in northern Italy.

This is Fortini’s first victory as an amateur in a professional tournament.

Fortini entered the final round as sole leader and led throughout most of the day. But the Italian amateur bogeyed hole 15 and double-bogeyed hole 16 giving a path to victory to Timon Baltl (AUT) who had already finished his round. Fortini was able to react and made 2 birdies in the last 2 holes to win the tournament.

Timon Baltl finished in 2nd place at -8 total while a group of 4 players tied for 3rd place at -7 total: Louis Cohen Boyer (FRA), Michele Cea (ITA), Xavier Poncelet (FRA) and Benjamin Wheeler (ENG).

“I’m feeling very emotional, I’m very happy because I won my first pro tournament as an amateur. I’m on cloud 9 really” 22-year-old Giacomo Fortini said.  “It was a hard final because I played well all day but I did not hole many putts. When I got to hole 15, which is a quite difficult hole, I made a bogey. The following hole, I double bogeyed. I was a bit destabilized by all this but then I told myself there are still 2 more holes and I can still make birdies.  And this is what happened, and I won by one shot” the native of Ferrara explained.  “Generally, I have a difficult time forgetting my mistakes. But today was different and I could leave those mistakes behind me and get my confidence back. I hit a beautiful driver on hole 17, I made a very nice approach shot and above all, I holed a 2-meter putt which gave me the victory” he added.

 “This is by far the most important tournament I’ve won, I never won a championship before, this is the most beautiful win of my career” Fortini concluded.

Fortini made 4 birdies, 2 bogeys and a double bogey in the final round.

 

Nordic Golf League  - Timberwise Finnish Open hosted by Jaakko Mäkitalo

Sweden’s Stefan Idstam won his first NGL title moving to World No. 1075.