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Week 28: Cabrera Bello moves to World No.17

July 18, 2017


European Tour – Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open

Rafa Cabrera Bello won his first European Tour event in over five years as he claimed the fourth Rolex Series event of the season at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

The Spaniard had finished second six times since his win at the 2012 Dubai Desert Classic but overcame Callum Shinkwin in a play-off at Dundonald Links to win his third title.

Cabrera Bello posted a stunning course-record 64 to get to 13 under and a bogey from Shinkwin on the last meant the contest went to extra holes, where the 33 year old hit a stunning second into the 18th to set up a tournament-clinching birdie.

The Englishman had the consolation of securing his place at the Open Championship next week alongside Frenchman Matthieu Pavon, who finished third at ten under, and Australian Andrew Dodt who was two shots further back.

PGA Tour - John Deere Classic

DeChambeau overcame a four-stroke deficit to beat Rodgers by a stroke for his first PGA TOUR title -- and a spot next week in the Open Championship.

The 23-year-old DeChambeau birdied four of the final six holes at TPC Deere Run for a 6-under 65 and an 18-under 266 total. In 2015, the unconventional former SMU star became the fifth player to win the NCAA individual title and U.S. Amateur in the same year.

The win punctuated a comeback of sorts for DeChambeau, who capped a string of missed cuts with a 6-over finish last month in the U.S. Open.

"I show everybody that, `Look. There's plenty of ways to do it.' I do it my way and I feel comfortable doing it my way," DeChambeau said.

Rodgers closed with 70.

DeChambeau made a 14-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to pull even with Rodgers. Rodgers then had a par putt on No. 17 lip out, and sent his tee shot on 18 into the rough.

Wesley Bryan (64) and Rick Lamb (66) tied for third at 16 under, and past tournament champions Steve Stricker (64) and Zach Johnson (67) topped the group at 15 under.

DeChambeau played the front nine in even par, then birdied six of the final nine holes to surge to the top of the leaderboard.

Korean Golf Tour – Caido Series 2017 - Jinju Savings Bank Caido Male Open with Black Cats

Kyungnam Kang won the Korean Golf Tour Caido Series 2017 - Jinju Savings Bank Caido Male Open with Black Cats moving into the World’s top 200 at World No. 180.

Web.com Tour - Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank

Brice Garnett earned his first career Web.com Tour victory and a return to the PGA TOUR on Sunday with birdies on two of his last four holes at the Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank. Garnett’s final-round, 6-under 65 at Oakridge Country Club helped him come from three shots back entering the day to post a 21-under 263 total, edging out Abraham Ancer (63), Austin Cook (65) and Rob Oppenheim (69) by one shot.

“First win out here is huge,” Garnett said. “It gets me over that magical number, and it’s hard. It’s hard to win on any Tour, and it’s hard to win knowing that there’s a little carrot at the end of the road of going to the PGA TOUR. It feels great, and I worked my butt off for two years, and to be going back is really, really special.”

Playing in the fourth-to-last group, Garnett took a share of the lead for the first time at the par-5 15th with a birdie. He seized sole possession at the 16th, where he dropped a wedge to 4 feet for the birdie. With pars on 17 and 18, he posted 21-under and headed to the range to wait and see if it would hold.

“Yesterday I felt like I should have birdied all of the last four holes, and missed a couple good putts. I just told my caddie, ‘Let’s do exactly what we did yesterday and birdie them all and take this down,’” Garnett said. “I was able to get two of them, and they were two of the biggest birdies of my career.”

Challenge Tour - Italian Challenge Open by Lyoness

Joel Sjöholm won his maiden European Challenge Tour title in style by carding a final round of 65 to triumph by four shots at the Italian Challenge Open by Lyoness.

The Swede started the final day two strokes behind overnight leader Bradley Neil, but following four birdies over the front nine he took the lead at Is Molas Resort.

After Neil double-bogeyed the tenth, Sjöholm saw his lead rise to three shots, and after further gains at 12, 13 and 16, the 32 year old had the luxury of walking down the last with a four-shot cushion.

Nine years since he joined the paid ranks, a jubilant Sjöholm was overjoyed to have claimed his first professional victory.

“It feels amazing,” he said. “I never thought when I was ten years old that I would have to wait until I was 32 before I earned my first victory as a professional.

“It is close to being the best thing that has ever happened to me. Obviously having children and getting married will always be the most special thing, but this is pretty incredible.

“I shouldn’t really be standing here. I was playing on an invite this week, and I have to thank Alain, the Challenge Tour Director, and my management for getting me into the tournament.

PGA Tour Canada - Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel

California’s Johnny Ruiz shot a final round 5-under 67 on Sunday at Whitewater Golf Club to come from behind and win the Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel for his first Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada win.

The 23-year old made seven birdies on the day, including one at the 72nd hole, to reach 13-under for the week and win by one over Dallas, Texas’ Kramer Hickok, Fulton, Mississippi’s Chad Ramey and Edmond, Oklahoma’s Max McGreevy.

The win moves Ruiz into second on the Mackenzie Tour Order of Merit, in position to earn a spot in the top three after next week’s Mackenzie Investments Open presented by Jaguar Laval and an exemption into the PGA TOUR’s RBC Canadian Open.

“It feels awesome. It’s the best win of my career, and hopefully there are more to come, but it definitely feels good to get one under the belt now,” said Ruiz.

Starting the day three shots behind Hickok and his fellow 54-hole co-leader Patrick Newcomb, Ruiz made the turn in 2-under, but still trailed as Hickok reached 14-under with a flawless front nine.

Asian Development Tour - PGM Darulaman Championship

Thailand’s Nattawat Suvajanakorn fended off the stiff local challenge by firing a flawless seven-under-par 65 to earn his maiden breakthrough on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) at the PGM Darulaman Championship on Saturday.

Nattawat’s winning total of 16-under-par 272 secured him a three-shot victory over local heavyweights Danny Chia and R. Nachimuthu who signed off with a 66 and 68 respectively to share second place at the RM200,000 (approximately US$44,600) Asian Development Tour (ADT) event which is jointly sanctioned with the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM).

Overnight leader Liu Yan-wei of China, who could have become the first Chinese player to win on the ADT had he won, closed with a 70 to finish in fourth place at the Darulaman Golf and Country Club.

Starting his final round one shot behind Liu in second place, Nattawat made his swift charge with two birdies in his opening three holes. He extended his advantage with further birdies on holes five and eight.

The 21-year-old, who had Chia and Nachimuthu hot on his heels after the turn, maintained his composure and continued to assert himself with three more birdies on holes 11, 15 and 17 before clinching his first professional victory in the most deserving way.

 





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