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Week 23: Berger moves to World No.24

June 12, 2017


PGA Tour – FedEx St. Jude Classic

Daniel Berger's final round didn't give much clue that his second straight victory at the FedEx St. Jude Classic was only a few hours away.

He hit his drive on No. 1 into the rough, sent his next shot into the rough far past the hole and his third shot was a chip that didn't even make it to the green. What was left was an awkward 25-foot chip to save par.

He drilled it.

And from that point on, Berger put together a stellar day on a firm, fast, challenging course at TPC Southwind, shooting a 4-under 66 to erase a three-shot deficit and beat South African Charl Schwartzel and South Korean Whee Kim by one stroke.

Now he just might be one of the young players to watch going into the U.S. Open next week at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.

"We hear a lot about the young guns and about the Justin Thomases and Jordan Spieths, but I feel like I kind of get forgotten a little bit," Berger said. "I'm pretty good, so I'm just going to try and keep doing my thing and see if I can't get a few more."

Berger is the fourth back-to-back winner at St. Jude and the first since David Toms did it in 2003 and '04. He played a bogey-free round on Sunday, usually avoiding trouble after the first hole. His 17-foot birdie putt on No. 15 put him ahead for good and he finished at 10-under 270.

"I played really great through the first couple days but I didn't make as many putts," Berger said. "Then the last couple days they just started to fall and that was the big difference."

European Tour - LYONESS OPEN powered by ORGANIC+

The Challenge Tour graduate carded six birdies and a single bogey on Sunday to get to 12 under par and finish one shot clear of nearest challengers Mikko Korhonen, David Horsey and Jbe Kruger.

Austria has proved a happy hunting ground for Frittelli, who won his first Challenge Tour event here four years ago at the Kärnten Golf Open presented by Mazda.

And after suffering play-off heartbreak in the Volvo China Open in April, the 27 year old now has a European Tour title to his name.

Frittelli began the day on seven under, two shots behind overnight leader Felipe Aguilar - who had led after each of the opening three rounds - but made gains at the first and third to grab a share of the lead.

He tapped in his close-range birdie putt at the fourth to take the outright lead before safely parring the next four holes.

Web.com Tour – Rust-Oleum Championship

Stephan Jaeger posted his second victory in three starts Sunday at the Rust-Oleum Championship with a four-day total of 14-under 274 to edge out Ted Potter, Jr. by two shots. The 28-year-old German posted a final-round, 1-under 71 at the Ivanhoe Club to become the first player of the 2017 season to win twice. With his victory, he locks up his PGA TOUR card for the 2017-18 season and moves up to No. 1 on the Web.com Tour money list.

Before he receives his card, though, he’ll get a taste of the TOUR next week as he’s qualified for the U.S. Open at Erin Hills after winning his sectional qualifier on Monday before arriving into the Chicago area for what became his second victory of the week.

“Feels fantastic, honestly,” Jaeger said of his second victory and locking up his TOUR card. “I can’t wait to get started next week, going to the U.S. Open. It’s going to be a tough week. It’s going to probably be a lot of chipping out, a lot of fast, firm greens. Kind of like this week, honestly. The greens were fast, they were firm, and probably be pretty good preparation for next week.”

Korean Golf Tour - Descente Korea Munsingwear Matchplay

Seunghyuk Kim won the Descente Korea Munsingwear Matchplay, earning 9 World Ranking points moving to World No. 308.

Challenge Tour – KPMG Trophy

Martin Wiegele sealed an emotional first victory for seven years as he won the KPMG Trophy, dedicating his performance at Royal Waterloo Golf Club to his new-born daughter Lily on Father’s Day in his native Austria and in Belgium.

The 38 year old might have started the week wishing he were playing the Lyoness Open powered by Organic+ as the European Tour visited his home country but that soon faded as he took the fourth European Challenge Tour title of his career.

Trailing by two shots ahead of the final round, Wiegele was flawless throughout, not dropping a shot as he extended his lead to three shots walking down the last, eventually signing for a six under par round of 66 and a 19 under par total, one ahead of Pedro Oriol.

After a long time out of the winner’s circle, in no small part due to injury, Wiegele was quick to mention his six week old daughter as his new-found source of inspiration.

PGA Tour Canada – Bayview Place Cardtronics Open presented by Times Colonist

Germany’s Max Rottluff shot a 3-under 67 on Sunday at Uplands Golf Club to claim his second career Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada victory at the Bayview Place Cardtronics Open presented by Times Colonist.

The 24-year old built a three-stroke lead down the closing stretch, then hung on to win by one over Jacksonville, Florida’s T.J. Vogel to earn his second career Mackenzie Tour title. The win moves Rottluff to second place on the Order of Merit, in position to earn Web.com Tour status for 2018.

“It’s great to get a win early in the season,” said Rottluff, who finished eighth on the Order of Merit last season thanks to a win at the SIGA Dakota Dunes Open. “I know it’s a long year, and there are a lot of quality players on this Tour, so I expect a lot of other guys to be in contention, but I’ll give it my best to secure a spot in The Five.”
Alps Tour Golf - Villaverde Open
Spanish amateur Adria Arnaus finally sealed his maiden as pro defeating France’s Grégoire Schoeb after extra hole in a play-off. He signed for 67, a 3 under par card during last round for -13 total.

It took just 3 tournaments to talented Spanish amateur to grab his first victory. He had played only 2 events before Villaverde Open and twice, finished second including a play-off lost on home soil.

PGA Tour LatinoAmerica – Puerto Plata DR Open

Starting the final day holding a nine-shot lead, the largest 54-hole lead ever recorded on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, Timoth Kelly cruised to a seven-shot win on Sunday at the Puerto Plata DR Open. The 22-year old from Wheaton, Illinois, carded a 2-under 69 in the final round to finish the week at 21-under 263.

Outright leader by four after an opening 61 on Thursday, Kelly turned out to be unstoppable at the Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed Playa Dorada Golf Course. Claiming his first win in just six months as a pro, he became the first wire-to-wire champion ever on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.

The victory vaulted him into the seventh spot of the Order of Merit and helped him charge into a tie for the lead of the Bupa Challenge, a four-event competition that has one event left to play later this year in Brazil.

MENA Golf Tour – South to East Challenge

Breyten Meyer blew away the field to win the South to East Challenge as MENA Tour hotshot Luke Joy posted a creditable third-place finish at Ebotse Links in Benoni on Friday.

The 25-year-old South African rattled off eight birdies, including five on the front nine, against a lone bogey, in his sparkling final round 65 to reach 13-under for the tournament and cap off a wonderful week with his maiden professional win.

Herman Loubser, the Sunshine Tour Q-School winner, carded a 70 to finish second, a further four shots adrift, as England’s Joy, who was seeking a revenge of sorts after missing the cut at last week’s Zambia Open on the Sunshine Tour, shot a bogey-free 68 to occupy solo third on five-under.

Meyer, who needed to come back to the course early morning to compete the remaining two second-round holes after bad light forced suspension of play on Thursday, started strongly and barely took his foot off the pedal all day, a virtuoso effort that left his closest rivals trailing in his wake.

 





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