Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Brilliant Ben Martin Wins

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A brilliant putting performance from Ben Martin wins him his first PGA Tour event, the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, in Las Vegas.

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Ben carded a final round of -3 under par 68, which included two birdies and an eagle in his last four holes at TPC Summerlin, to win the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. His tournament total -20 under par gave him a two shot winning margin of victory;

“It was just an awesome way to finish, I didn’t really feel like I had much going all day, but to finish 4 under in the last four to cap my first win was just awesome.” 

In second place was Kevin Streelman at -18 under par, a -6 under par 65 was not good enough for him to win, but he pushed all the way.

Russell Knox was alone in third place at -16 under par, he was paired with Ben, and was witness to a couple of amazing birdie putts.

South African Womens Open. Lee-Anne Pace Wins In A Play-Off

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South African Lee-Anne Pace wins the South African Womens Open at San Lameer Country Club.

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Lee Anne won the South African Womens Open in a play-off against Holly Clyburn on the second extra hole. Both ladies had completed the 54 hole tournament with a -5 under par total.

Lee-Anne had a -5 under par 67 final round, while Holly carded a -2 under par 70 for her total of -5 under par.

To win this tournament was one of Lee-Anne’s goals this year;

“I’ve always wanted to win this tournament. It was definitely one of my goals this year, so to do it today in front of so many lovely people supporting me was just a dream come true.”

“I was about three shots behind and it was never a lay-up, always going for it. My caddie made a good call there and a good putt and that was that. I mentioned that to Andy, you know I’m two for two, right. The chances are pretty good on this one.”

Holly said she had played some solid golf;

“I played solid the first 18 holes. I wasn’t letting anything get away from me and I was plodding away.”

 “I was taking fairways and greens and two putts for the first so many holes and then I made the turn and I thought, ‘You’ve played well on this front nine and you liked 10 from Thursday’, so I turned it on and made a great four on 13 and just made some great up and downs on 15 and 16.”

Gwladys Nocera ended in solo third place her last round -2 under par 70 giving her a -3 under par total.

Florentyna Parker, Ann-Kathrin Lindner, Valentine Derrey and Georgina Simpson were in fourth place, with -2 under par for the tournament.

It is safe to say that the weather really won this tournament, causing havoc all the way, reducing it to 54 holes.

Hong Kong Open. Scott Hend Wins In A Play-Off

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Scott Hend wins the Hong Kong Open in a play-off at Hong Kong Golf Club.

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Scott had a final round -3 under par 67 to get into the play-off at -13 under par. He was joined on that score at the Hong Kong Open by Angelo Que, who carded a last round -4 under par 66 to reach -13 under par, and the play-off.

Scott won on the first extra hole, the par 4 18th with a par, against Angelo’s bogey 5.

Obviously Scott was delight with this play-off win;

“I felt quite calm. The only thing is that you don’t want to go for the pin on 18 as you can make bogey quite easily.”

I wasn’t sure how to play it and we discussed it and we said we’ll play it like how we would in regulation play.”

“Unfortunately, Angelo made a bogey. I would rather see one of us make a birdie as he’s a great guy and it would be nice to win a play-off with a birdie. However, I’ll take the win. I’m ecstatic.”

I’m very happy to get this done, and my kids Aston and McLaren and my wife Leanne back in Florida, this one’s for my kids and this one’s to be treasured. They’ve been sending me messages the last few mornings.”

“I’ve come close on the PGA Tour and The European Tour just not to get across the line and finally at the age of 41 I’ve won a European Tour event so it’s very special. It’s awesome, I love it – Europe here I come.”

Angelo’s runner-up cheque of US$144,440 has got him into 6th place on the Order of Merit which earned him a place in the CIMB Classic in Malaysia in two weeks’ time;

“It actually panned out better than I thought. I had a chance to win, yeah, I did, but I didn’t win, so just move on.  That’s how it is.”

“There’s only one winner. Unfortunately I bogeyed the last in play-off.” 

Kevin Phelan managed to birdied the last three holes in his final round -4 under par 66 to take third place on -11 under par, and significantly improve his chances of remaining on The European Tour next year.

World Match-Play Championship. Mikko Ilonen Wins

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Mikko Ilonen has won the World Match-Play Championship at London Golf Club.

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Mikko said he just stuck to his game plan, and it worked;

“The game-plan was not to make any mistakes and I didn’t make any.”

“I definitely felt really comfortable going into the final and I felt I had a good chance of beating him.”

Mikko is the first Finn to win the Match Play Championship and joins an impressive list of players who have won this tournament on their debut

Arnold Palmer (1964), Tom Weiskopf (1972), Hale Irwin (1974), Isao Aoki (1978), Bill Rogers (1979), Greg Norman (1980), Ernie Els (1994), Paul Casey (2006), Ross Fisher (2009), Ian Poulter (2011) and Mikko Ilonen (2014).

Henrik, with all the golf he has been playing just ran out of energy;

“I felt I was running low on energy and I don’t know where I found the energy to finish this afternoon.” 

“I didn’t play my best and was unlucky on a couple of holes but all credit to him.”

 

Semi Finals FIN Mikko ILONEN won 2&1 over Joost LUITENNED

Semi Finals RSA George COETZEE lost 1 down to Henrik STENSONSWE

Playoff 3rd/ 4thNED Joost LUITEN  won on the 19th over George COETZEERSA

Final FIN Mikko ILONEN won 3&1 over Henrik STENSONSWE

LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship. Kyu Jung Baek Wins In A Play-Off

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19 year-old Korean Kyu Jung Baek won the LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship in a three-way play-off at Sky 72 Golf Club, Ocean Course in Korea

 

Kyu carded a final round -5 under par 67 to get  herself into a play-off with Brittany Lincicome and In Gee Chun, all three ladies posting a tournament total of -10 under par.

In Gee missed a relatively short putt on the 18th hole in regulation play which would have won her the tournament outright. She compounded that error by finding the water with her approach shot on the first play-off hole, and had to settle for a share of second place.

Brittany now has a 0 and 4 losing record in play-off’s, not something she would like to be reminded of. She too missed a good birdie chance on the first play-off hole, virtually handing the title to Kyu who had an even shorter putt, on the same line, to win.

Kyu duly converted the winning putt, much to the delight of the large Korean crowd, friends and players dousing her with Champagne.

World number two Inbee Park finished in fourth place, posting -9 under par, a last round -5 under par 67, came to sad end on the 18th, as she missed a birdie putt to get into the play-off. The putt was on the same line that the others had missed, sliding the ball just to the right of the cup.

Tied in fifth place at -8 under par were Michelle Wie and Catriona Matthew, both ladies recording final rounds of -5 under par 67.

Low round of the day went to Minjee Lee from Australia, -8 under par 64.

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Ben Martin Leads

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Ben Martin leads the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas at TPC Summerlin.

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Ben carded a beautiful third round of -9 under par 62, to top the Shriners leaderboard with a three round total of -17 under par. He will now take a two shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

Ben said in interview he could no wrong today;

“It’s just one of those days when you get in the zone.”

“Feels like every single number I had was the perfect number. Every time I grabbed a club it was the perfect number.”

In second place at -15 under par is one of the overnight leaders Russell Knox, he shot -5 under par 66 today, which compared to Ben’s 62, seemed pretty average. He keeps the leader in sight, and with light winds forecast tomorrow, the scoring could be low once again.

There were three rounds of -9 under par 62 today, the last of them came from Jim Herman, who is at -11 under par, and tied ninth.

Jimmy Walker and Andrew Svoboda are tied in third place at -13 under par for the tournament. Jimmy equaled the low round of the day, -9 under par 62. Andrew carded a second successive -4 under par 67.

The top 16 golfers are within six strokes of the lead, including defending champion Webb Simpson, who sits at -12 under par after a round of -4 under par 67 today.

Webb knows he will have to go low tomorrow to have any chance of defending his title;

“I stayed patient and was able to get on a run, it’s going to take a really special round out of me tomorrow because I think we’re going to have light winds.”

South African Womens Open. Leigh Whittaker Leads

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Leigh Whittaker leads the South African Womens Open at San Lameer Country Club.

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Leigh fired a career low round of -5 under par 67 to take a one stroke lead into the final day of the South African Women’s Open. 

On the first full day of clear weather Leigh took advantage of the favorable afternoon conditions to post a two-round total of  -4 under par, in the 54 hole tournament;

“I was one over through three and I just played one shot at a time and judged the wind and the situation.”

“We were really lucky with the draw but that’s golf and you’ve got to take it as it comes and I think I just used it as well to have a good time.”

“I’m normally pretty straight, so I hit 17 greens and I was never really far away from the pin so I gave myself chances to make the putts and I had a few long ones and a few short ones too.”

Holly Clyburn and  Ann-Kathrin Lindner are tied in second place, both ladies on -3 under par for the tournament.

Charley would have been tied for the lead but was given a two-stroke penalty. On the par-three 16th green, Charley’s putter slipped out of her hand, moving her golf ball. That was already a one-stroke penalty. But she then played the ball from its new position, and that earned her a two-stroke penalty;

“It’s disappointing, but that’s golf I suppose. I’m not too fazed by it because I can’t do too much about it.”

“I think I played pretty well out there overall. On the final day I can still make plenty of birdies, so I’ll be fine.”

Lee-Anne Pace is the leading South African player in the tournament, four strokes off the lead on level par, alongside  Julia Davidsson and  Nina Holleder.

Lee-Anne was not too happy with today’s score, but is playing well;

I’m feeling good. I’m hitting the ball fantastically well. I just need to make some birdies now.”

“I’m not quite happy with 73. I didn’t hit it as close as I wanted to. I hit some great shots but didn’t get the results. But it was nice to get in a full round today. It helps to get a bit of momentum going.”