WEEK 28 Phil Mickelson 25 consecutive years inside the World Top 50

Week 15

TIGER WINS THE MASTERS JUMPING TO WORLD NO.6

Masters Tournament

Tiger Woods won his fifth Masters on Sunday in dramatic fashion, taking the lead on the 15th hole and sending the patrons at Augusta National into a frenzy as they witnessed one of the game’s greatest players of all time claim his 15th major championship.

Woods jumped back into the World’s Top 10 at World No. 6; he last featured there in August 2014.

"It's overwhelming, just because of what has transpired," Woods said. "Last year I was lucky to be playing again. At the previous year's dinner, I was really struggling. I missed a couple of years not playing this great tournament. To now be the champion ... 22 years between wins is a long time. It's unreal to experience this."

Woods had never come from behind to win a major. Until Sunday. It was also Woods’ 81st PGA TOUR victory and his first since winning the TOUR Championship to end last season.

 

ProGolf Tour - Open Michlifen

Allen John celebrated his first success of the season on the par 72 course at Le Michlifen Golf & Country Club in the Ifrane mountains. The golfer from Ludwigshafen was 11 under par after 54 holes, three strokes ahead of Moritz Lampert, third place went to Hurly Long. The trio now also occupy 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Pro Golf Tour Order of Merit.

John earned 4 Ranking points moving from 422 to a career best of World No. 338.

 

PGA Tour Series China - Haikou Championship

America’s David Kocher won his biggest event as a professional when he triumphed in a playoff over Japan’s Yuwa Kosaihira at the weather-affected Haikou Championship, the third event of this year’s PGA TOUR Series-China.

The third round resumed this morning at 7:20 due to Saturday’s weather delays, and the final round started shortly after at 7:30 a.m., in a bid to finish the tournament before anticipated lightning in the afternoon. Groupings stayed the same for the third and fourth rounds.

Kocher and Kosaihira, who were playing in the seventh- and sixth-to-last-groups, respectively, both carded final-round, 6-under 66s at Sunac Haikou 3KM Golf Club, but it was Kosaihira who had the first look at victory. After Kocher set the early clubhouse lead at 10-under, Kosaihira hit the flagstick with his approach on hole 18, which left him with a 15-foot putt to overtake Kocher. But the putt wasn’t to be.

After the final groups failed to match the clubhouse leaders, Kocher and Kosaihira then headed to a playoff, which landed comfortably on Kocher’s lap after Kosaihira lost his ball on the tee shot when it bounced off the cartpath and into the bushes. Kosaihira went on to make a double bogey while Kocher sunk his 10-foot birdie putt, the win coming a little less than a year since he graduated from the University of Maryland, in 2018.

Kocher, who celebrated his 23rd birthday Saturday, was thrilled to win, especially in the way he did. After starting the final round with eight straight pars, Kocher picked up his first birdie on hole 9, which got his momentum going as he played the back nine flawlessly, picking up five more birdies in a bogey-free round.

 

It was a sensational performance by Kocher, who only earned conditional status at Q-School in February. At the PGA TOUR Series-China’s season-opening event in Chongqing, he progressed through a Monday qualifier and finished third before another top-20 finish last week in Sanya helped him earn his place in this week’s event.

 

PGA Tour LatinoAmerica – Molino Cañuelas Championship

Andres Echavarría was tied for sixth with two others, two strokes behind 54-hole leader Andreas Halvorsen.

After opening with a pair of 68s at Cañuelas Golf Club and then shooting an even-par 72 Saturday, Echavarría saved his best for last. Despite making two bogeys during his round, he added eight birdies—five of them coming on his last six holes, including two in a row to finish regulation that allowed him to force overtime.

In the playoff, after Echavarría and Ruffels both parred the par-5 18th hole, the two returned to the 18th tee and played the hole again. This time Echavarria rolled in a two-foot birdie putt that Ruffels couldn’t match.

The victory vaulted Echavarría into second place on the Order of Merit and moves from 2035 to World No.825.