CME Group Tour Championship. Ariya Wins. Lexi Wins Race to CME Globe.

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Ariya Jutanugarn, Thailand, wins the CME Group Tour Championship, while Lexi Thompson wins the Race to CME Globe, the year-long points event.

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Ariya Jutanugarn

Ariya, with a final round -5 under 67 on the Tiburón Golf Club course in Florida for a winning CME Group Tour Championship total of -15 under par was having some fun out on the course;

“To be honest, I had no expectation at all this week.”

 “I really did not think about the outcome. I really focused on the things I can control and I had so much fun this week.”

“Even though I played so badly the last few months, I learned a lot.”

“I’m growing up a lot, and I’m really ready to have some fun next year.”

Lexi missed a two foot putt to win it all;

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Lexi Thompson / getty

“It was a short putt. I don’t really play break on those.”

“I don’t know. I just had a little mishap in my hands and just pushed it off to the right.”

“I putted great the whole day and did my routine. I guess maybe just a little bit of adrenaline.”

Lexiafter her missed putt, and Jessica Korda both finished second in the CME Group Tour Championship, one shot back at -14 under par for the tournament, with -5 under rounds of 67.

Lexi was honored to win the Vare Trophy;

“It was a good way to end the season.”

“Overall, a lot of positives to take from today. Winning the CME Globe and the Vare Trophy was a huge honor.” 

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RSM Classic. Austin Cook Wins

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Austin Cook wins the RSM Classic at Sea Island in Georgia.

Austin Cook / getty

A last round -3 under par at the Seaside Course saw Austin win the RSM Classic, his maiden PGA Tour victory, with a -21 under par total, a four shot winning margin;

“It was definitely exciting,  real brutal with the wind”

“I got off to a slow start but I was able to keep my head level and know there was a lot of golf to be played.”

“With the wind and those conditions, a lot could happen.”

“With Kip on the bag, he was able to keep me in the moment and keep me pressing instead of playing conservative.”

“There was a lot of stuff going on, mostly up here.” (tapping his head)

“My ball-striking was great and for the most part, my putting was great. Holding the nerves down, playing a good round in these conditions.”

“I’m so happy.”

“My goal coming into the year was to win Rookie of the Year, and I’m on a good path so far.”

J.J. Spaun was second at -17 under par, a last round -4 under 66 giving him that position on his own;

“I feel like I’m just knocking on the door, eventually I think that door will open.”

45 year-old Brian Gay picked up third place at -16 under par, with a final round -2 under 68.

Brian holed out from 161 yards with a 9-iron on the last hole, but could not remember if he had done that before;

 “I don’t think I ever have. Never, ever, not even at home.”

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Sanya Ladies Open. Céline Boutier With Maiden L.E.T. Win.

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Céline Boutier, France has her maiden Ladies European Tour title, the Sanya Ladies Open.

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Céline Boutier / getty

Céline carded a final round -4 under par 68 to win the Sanya Ladies Open, her maiden Tour victory, at -12 under par, a four shot winning margin at  Yalong Bay Golf Club in China.

Céline said her putting was on fire on her back nine;

“It’s amazing. It’s my first time playing in this event and my first time in China, so I couldn’t have expected the week to have gone any better.”

“My putting was on fire on the back nine, so that helped me to get birdies.”

“It was a lot of fun.”

“The weather has been great and we were staying right by the beach, so it was a great mix of playing golf and going to the beach to relax.”

China LPGA Tour rookie Solar Lee finished in second place at -8 under par, with a last round -3 under 69;

 “I was quite nervous on the first tee but I tried my best to enjoy the experience. I’m very happy with the result.”

Another Ladies European Tour rookie Valdis Thora Jonsdottir, from Iceland, was in third place, a last round of even par 72 giving her a -7 under par total, saying she could not make her putter work today;

 “I couldn’t hole a putt today, but that’s okay. I was playing solidly but I lost a ball on nine.”

“I had been playing well and I guess I got a bit too much adrenaline flowing. It is what it is.”

“A top-three finish is good. I’m disappointed I didn’t get the win, but Céline played really well and she putted amazingly, especially on the back nine.”

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DP World Tour Championship. Jon Rahm Wins. The Race to Dubai. Tommy Fleetwood Wins

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Jon Rahm wins the DP World Tour Championship, while Tommy Fleetwood wins the year-long Race to Dubai, in a thrilling day at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai.

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Jon Rahm, Spain and Tommy Fleetwood, England / getty

Jon carded a final round -5 under par 67 to win the DP World Tour Championship, with a -19 under par total, and a one shot victory;

“It’s hard to sum it up, an incredible week, I could not be more proud of what I’ve done this week.”

“It could be very easy to just be content with getting the award and just being here and trying to play the best.”

Second place was shared between Shane Lowery, Ireland, -9 under 63 today and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand, -5 under 67 last round, both with -18 under totals.

Tommy Fleetwood won the Race to Dubai carding +2 over par 74 here, but the cushion he had built up was good enough to hold off Justin Rose, who finished in the tie for third place in the  DP World Tour Championship with -2 under 70 today and -17 under for the Championship, when at one point he was soaring, a triple bogey six at the par three 14th really was his undoing;

“I did hit the wall a bit today.” 

“My front nine was beautiful. I was playing great golf and I felt in complete control, but the bogey at twelve seemed to slow all the momentum.”

“From that point it was a bit of a grind.”

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RSM Classic. Austin Cook In Control

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Austin Cook is in control of the RSM Classic which would be his first PGA Tour win.

Cook leads at The RSM Classic

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Austin shot a -4 under par 66 in the third round of the RSM Classic, to maintain his lead and will head into the final round tomorrow with a three shot advantage at -18 under, in pursuit of his maiden PGA Tour win, with putting being the key;

“Putting is key right now, been able to make a lot of clutch putts for the pars to save no bogeys.”

“Hitting the ball pretty much where we’re looking and giving ourselves good opportunities on every hole.”

“I think with an extra year on the Web this past year, I really grew mentally and with my game, just kind of more confidence.”

“I was able to put myself in contention on the Web.com more this year than I have in the past. I think I’ve just, you know, learned from experiences on the Web to help me grow out here.”

Holding second place at -15 under par is Chris Kirk, with third round -6 under 64, Chris is a specialist on this Seaside Course, having played over 300 rounds here over the years, and loves the place;

“I’m really comfortable here, I love Sea Island. I lived here for 6 1/2 years, so I played the golf course a lot, SEC Championships and come down here for the RSM Classic.”

“My family and I, we come down here a few other times a year as well.”

Brian Gay has third position, he carded a third round -1 under 69, collecting two bogey’s and a double on the day, but he also loves the Seaside Course;

“I love the course, we keep getting different wind directions so it’s keeping us on our toes.”

“Supposed to be another completely different wind direction tomorrow, so we’re getting a new course every day.”

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CME Group Tour Championship. Four-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a four-way tie at the top of the CME Group Tour Championship leaderboard after 54 holes at Tiburón Golf Club in Florida.  Kim Kaufman, Michelle Wie, Ariya Jutanugarn and Suzann Pettersen share the honor as Sung Hyun Park falters.

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Kim Kaufman, Michelle Wie, Ariya Jutanugarn and Suzann Pettersen / getty

Kim, USA, with a bogey free -8 under pr 64, Michelle, USA, -6 under 66, Ariya,Thailand, -5 under 67 and Suzann, Norway, -3 under 69, all share the top of the CME Group Tour Championship leaderboard at -10 under par @CMEGroupLPGA

Michelle ran out of gas playing in six tournaments in a row;

“Basically, I mean, I’ll never play six weeks in a row again.”

“And I told my caddie if I ever want to play six weeks again, just punch me in the face.”

The top four are followed closely by a group of seven ladies at -9 under par, which includes yesterday’s leader Sung Hyun Park, who slipped back today scoring +3 over par 75.

Sung said she just needs to focus

“Keeping my focus will be key.”

Stacy Lewis is in the -9 under group and is now enjoying golf after her first win for some time;

“It was just so much more relaxed going to a tournament, not necessarily dreading it.”

“You’re excited to be there, excited to have a chance to win.”

“Just renewed the love for golf a little bit and the enjoyment of competing.”

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DP World Tour Championship. Justin Rose In Pole Position.

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Justin Rose, England, is in pole position to win the Race to Dubai sitting on top of the DP World Tour Championship after 54 holes  at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai.

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Rosey will take a one shot lead into the final round of the DP World Tour Championship following his third round -7 under par 65 to post a tournament total of -15 under par. It will be an exciting finish to the Race to Dubai on Sunday, with Tommy Fleetwood in the tie for third, just two shots back.

Justin summed it all up;

“I know what I need to do to stay at the top of the leaderboard.”

“But if I slip up tomorrow, he’s right there. He’s done everything he needs to do on his end, so it’s a lot of fun.”

“An opportunity, that’s the way I’m going to look at it. Don’t see much pressure on myself tomorrow. This is going to be a day just to go for it really and play well.”

“There’s going to be a lot of good players and it’s going to be a day where you have to play good golf.”

Tied in second place are Jon Rahm, Spain, also -7 under 65 today and Dylan Frittelli, South Africa, -9 under 63 in his third round, both players just one shot back at -14 under par, so the contest for the  DP World Tour Championship is also very tight.

In the tie for third place with -13 under totals are Tommy Fleetwood, England, -7 under 65 today, Dean Burmester, South Africa, -7 under 65, and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand, -5 under 67.

Tommy spoke about the year-long tournament;

“It’s the biggest thing I’ve ever tried to achieve. I was in contention in the US Open and Mexico but they were one or two rounds.”

“This has been all year and you come down to the final event.”

“A year-and-a-half ago I was absolutely nowhere in the game and I was a bit lost.”

“Fast forward to here for me, it’s been amazing to play and to enjoy my golf this year. Then to get to this stage, it’s been an absolute pleasure and privilege trying to compete for a Race to Dubai.”

The year-long Race to Dubai has come down to the last round of the last tournament, and only a handful of points between the top two contestants, it is exciting, it could come down to the last putt.

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