WEEK 7 Phil Mickelson 25 consecutive years inside the World Top 50

Week 6

PGA Tour – AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Phil Mickelson finished off a 7-under 65 to win the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Monday and match the tournament record with his fifth victory.

Mickelson had a three-shot lead over Paul Casey with two holes to play when it was too dark too finish Sunday night because of delays from rain and a hail storm. Casey's only hope was for Mickelson to make a mistake, and there was little chance of that.

Mickelson hit a 7-iron to 8 feet on the par-3 17th and played it safe down the par-5 18th, making a 6-foot birdie for a three-shot victory.

Casey birdied the 18th for a 71 to finish alone in second, and he won the pro-am portion of the tournament.

PGA Tour of Australasia and European Tour

Scotland's David Law hit a career-defining hybrid shot for an eagle to win the ISPS HANDA Vic Open.

David Law Celine BoutierLaw's eagle at the 72nd hole, with a brilliant three hybrid shot from 195 metres followed by a putt from just shy of three metres that rattled in the left edge, brought huge roars from the big crowd around the 18th green.

It took him from 16-under par to 18-under par and at the same time, overnight leader Wade Ormsby of Australia was self-destructing with a double bogey five from behind the green at the par-three 17th hole.

By the time Law signed for his 66 (with a back nine 31) and Ormsby imploded, the Australian needed an eagle at the last to force a playoff.

He hit his second shot to the fringe and from eight metres, his putt to extend an absorbing contest leaked low and right and Law was a first-time winner on the European Tour, having spent five years trying to earn his ticket playing away on the Challenge Tour.

The 27-year-old from Aberdeen admitted it was the greatest single shot of his career.

"It was the right shot to play at the time. Under that pressure and under that situation, needing to pull it off, it's something I'm so proud of."

Law at 18-under par won the men's section by a shot from Ormbsy and Brad Kennedy of Australia, who also had a share of the lead until he bogeyed the 17th today on his way to a 67.

 

All Thailand Golf Tour – Singha E-San Open

Danthai Boonma stormed to a five-shot victory at the ATGT’s Singha E-San Open 2019 at Singha Park Khon Kaen Golf Club on Sunday.

Taking a two-shot advantage after three rounds, the 23-year-old golfer closed with a 5-under-67 to win by five shots on 20-under-268. Witchayanon Chotihiranrungrueng came in second on 15-under following his final 70 and got 277,500 baht.

“I am very I feel like defending my title here because I won here two years ago. So, winning again is very special for me,” said Sukhothai native Danthai, who won here by seven shots in 2017.

“I am not really playing in the final round, just try to focus on my own game.”

Danthai added that the layout of the Singha Park Khon Kaen suites his game because the course is a bit wide and he feels really comfortable with the greens.

“I always had a good putt here. I want this victory to be my moral support to continue my great golf for the whole year.”

Professional Golf Tour India – Golconda Masters Golf Championship Powered By Telangana Tourism and Incredible India

Bengaluru’s Chikkarangappa S pulled out a flawless final round of six-under-65 to outclass the rest of the field and emerge triumphant by two shots at 20-under-264 at the PGTI’s season-opener, the Rs. 40 lakh Golconda Masters Golf Championship 2019 Powered By Telangana Tourism and Incredible India.

Chikka’s career-graph has been on the upswing since he ended a two-year long title-drought on the PGTI in November last year. He followed that up with a runner-up finish at an Asian Tour event in Mauritius that helped him seal his card in Asia. The 25-year-old then posted another second-place finish at the PGTI’s season-ending event in December. Chikka’s 12th career win achieved at the magnificent Hyderabad Golf Club (HGC) on Saturday saw him continue his golden run.

Patna’s Aman Raj produced the last day’s best round of seven-under-64 to finish joint runner-up at 18-under-266 along with Bengaluru’s M Dharma (69).

Chikkarangappa (65-64-70-65), lying tied second, two off the lead, going into the final round, enjoyed a day as bright as the colour of his trousers, which was orange. He had a roaring start as he landed his second shots within four feet on the first and second to score birdies on both holes and take the early lead even as overnight leader Dharma dropped a bogey on the second.

There was no looking back for Chikka from there on since he added two more birdies on the eighth and ninth, both being tap-ins. Another fruitful spell came about with birdies on the 11th and 12th where the two-time Asian Development Tour (ADT) winner knocked in his longest putts of the day from nine feet and 15 feet respectively.

Chikka then made pars all the way till the end for a clinical finish as his nearest rivals struggled to catch up. The Asian Tour regular thus picked up 5 world ranking points in the first ever PGTI event to be part of the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) system. He also leads the PGTI Order of Merit with earnings of Rs. 6,46,600 from the season-opener.

 

Sunshine Tour - RAM Cape Town Open

Zimbabwean Benjamin Follett-Smith won his maiden Sunshine Tour title when he claimed a two-shot victory over Zander Lombard and Jean-Paul Strydom on a total of 13-under-par 275 at the RAM Cape Town Open on Sunday.

Still in his rookie season on Tour, Follett-Smith admitted that he came into the final aiming for a top-10 finish but got more than he’d expected at Royal Cape.

“I am happy to be able to show that I can win,” Follett-Smith said. “It is a great thing for me, at least, and not to prove anything to anyone else that I can win. I will be able to establish myself on Tour and be able to say I am actually worthy of being here. I came out here today thinking that I just need to finish in the top-10 so that I can get into next week at the Dimension Data Pro AM so I won’t have to play pre-qualifiers next week. It is really great for me to win this at this stage of my career.”

On a day when the wind was up and swirling for most of the time, it looked as though either of Lombard, Strydom or Peter Karmis would go on to win at Royal Cape, but a brilliant back nine catapulted the young Zimbabwean to the top spot.

He opened his round with a bogey and four pars later, made his first birdie. At the turn, he made another par as the wind made things difficult but from there on, there was no stopping him. He made three consecutive birdies from the 11th through to the 13th before taking a par on the 14th. Another three birdies on the trot got onto his card as he carded a bogey-free 30 on the homeward stretch.

“I played the back nine so well,” he noted. “My putter was hot and everything. I could read the lines and everything was just going well for me. It all started on the par-five eleven, where I made a birdie. I made a good up-and-down, which was nice. I made a good putt there and two more on 12th and 13th then made a par. After that I made three birdies and the last hole I was driving, I hit it on the left, it actually bounced when it hit the flag and I had to up-and-down.”

Web.com - Panama Championship

Canadian Michael Gligic fired a final-round 5-under 65 to earn his first Web.com Tour victory at the Panamá Championship. The 29-year-old veteran survived windy conditions throughout the week at the Club de Golf de Panamá as players again battled firm and fast conditions on Sunday.

Gligic won in his first career start at the Panamá Championship. The journeyman has spent years between tours before earning Web.com Tour starts with a T13 finish at the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament last December. Once the results were confirmed, Gligic was overcome with emotion, realizing he had officially won.

“I still can’t really believe it, to be honest. You come to every golf tournament to win and to actually do it is a whole different ball game, and it’s really overwhelming,” Gligic said. “I knew I was right there, and every shot really counted. I gave it my all and fortunately I was good by one shot.”

Gligic started the day with pars on his first four holes before recording birdies on Nos. 5, 9, 10, 11 and 14. The Ontario native three-putted on No. 15 for bogey but immediately bounced back with a birdie on 16. He finished with pars on 17 and 18 to post 8-under for the week. Gligic noted that a clutch par on the seventh gave him some momentum heading into the back nine.

“I would say the turning point was when I made that really good par putt on seven, which was over a cup outside,” Gligic said. “I’d say that putt kept me going and birdieing 10 and 11 was where it was game on from there.”

After a third-round 67, Gligic was T7 as he began his final round. He sensed that he was near the top of the leaderboard but didn’t know for sure until the round was over.

“Down the stretch I didn’t really know where I stood,” said Gligic. “I’ve been trying not to look at leaderboards or anything. I knew I was close because the cameras were out and people were following.”

Gligic has spent most of his career on the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada with this week being his 15th-career start on the Web.com Tour. He referenced the constant support from his fellow Canadians and Mackenzie Tour counterparts.

 

ProGolf Tour - Open Prestigia

Polish Mateusz Gradecki secured himself the trophy of the Open Prestigiain Casablanca with a total 14 under par (69, 66, 67).

After 54 holes Gradecki was one stroke ahead of Germans Hurly Long and Allen John; both finished the event with 13 under par.

Gradecki finished the 2018 Pro Golf Tour season in 5th place and was therefore promoted to the European Challenge Tour 2019 which is yet to start its 2019 season.

Mateusz Gradecki then impressively emphasised at the Open Prestigia that he is well prepared for this: with a total of 14 under par, the Pole dominated the third tournament of the Pro Golf Tour 2019, which he used for his pre-season preparation. “This win is incredibly important to me, because it shows that I worked well in the winter,” said Gradecki. Together with his coach Mike Bender, he had trained in Florida, played in Spain too and improved his short iron shots. He placed them with impressive precision in Casablanca resulting in many opportunities for a birdie.


ProGolf Tour - Open Casa Green Golf

Sami Välimäki from Finnland proved that it was the right decision to turn professional: With 14 under par the Tour-Rookie secured himself the victory of the Open Casa Green Golf in Casablanca after playing rounds of 68, 66 and 67 strokes.

I can’t believe it! It’s great to win a tournament that early in my professional career. It simply feels amazing! I hit the ball so well this week that I never really had to fear a bogey, that was the key to success.

The 20-year-old only played one single bogey as he needed one extra stroke on hole 13 of the Palmeraie course during round one. Beside that the man from Nokia in Finnland noted 38 pars and 15 birdies on his scorecards. Even though, he didn’t practice as much as usual in the last few months and only started into the season last week in Morocco: “I was performing my military service during the winter and wasn’t able to play or even train regularly”.