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Week 36: Fitzpatrick wins fourth European Tour title

September 11, 2017


European/Asian Tour - Omega European Masters

Matthew Fitzpatrick beat Scott Hend in a play-off after a thrilling final-day battle to win his fourth European Tour title at the Omega European Masters.

The Englishman came into the final round at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club four shots behind Hend after dropping a shot in the final three holes of his third round on Sunday morning.

He had caught Hend by the eighth and when he birdied the 14th, 15th and 16th, he had a two-shot lead before a bogey on the penultimate hole left him back in a share of top spot at 14 under.

Hend lost this event in a play-off to Alex Noren last season and he suffered more late heartbreak in the mountains, with Fitzpatrick parring the third extra hole to take the title.

Hend missed a six-footer for victory on the second trip back up the 18th and when the Australian found sand off the tee and went through the back of the green with his second, a par was enough to hand Fitzpatrick victory.

Fitzpatrick had finished in the top ten at this event the last two years and this was the second time he had been involved in a final-day shoot-out after losing to countryman Danny Willett by a single shot in 2015.

Japan Golf Tour - ISPS HANDA Match Play

Shingo Katayama won the ISPS Handa Match Play, his first win of the 2017 Japan Golf Tour season. He moves from World No 261 to 170.

Challenge Tour - Bridgestone Challenge

Oscar Lengden produced an outstanding closing display to clinch a maiden European Challenge Tour title in dramatic fashion at the Bridgestone Challenge.

The Swede entered the final round at Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa 12 Modified Stableford points off the lead – in what is a new format for the Challenge Tour this week – but fired his way back into contention with three birdies over the front nine.

The 25 year old, who came into the tournament in fine form after a career-best result of tied fifth at last week’s D+D REAL Czech Masters, then bagged two more gains at holes 10 and 12, but it was over the closing stretch where his class shone through.

After third round leader Nicolai von Dellingshausen made a double-bogey at the 14th, a gap opened for Lengden who took his chance with aplomb by carding back-to-back birdies on 16 and 17 before draining a 30-foot putt for eagle on the last.

KPGA Korean Tour - T-up GSwing Mega Open presented by Dreampark CC

With a record-breaking victory at the T-up Gswing Mega Open at Dream Park Country Club, Chang Yi-keun became the KPGA Tour’s first multiple winner of the season on Sunday.

After playing 54 holes, Chang set a KPGA Tour record with his score of 23 under-par. On the final day, Chang played a bogey-free round of 67, five under-par, to finish two shots ahead of Hyun Jeong-hyup and Im Sung-jae. Chang got off to a great start in the final round with a birdie on third. Then, on the par-4 fifth hole, Chang hit his second shot over the green, but successfully chipped it in from 17 meters (18.5 yards) for another birdie, shooting two under-par in the front nine.

Then with back-to-back birdies on 11th and 12th, he once again extended his lead and on the par-3 14th, considered the most difficult hole, Chang made a nine-meter birdie putt to secure his victory.

“It feels great,” Chang said after the round. “I tried not to think about the record. I just tried to play my hardest at every hole. I can’t wait for the next two tournaments.”

PGA Tour Canada - Ontario Championship hosted by National Pines Golf Club

Dallas, Texas’ Kramer Hickok closed with an 8-under 64 on Sunday at National Pines Golf Club, then defeated Camarillo, California’s Johnny Ruiz in a playoff to win the Ontario Championship hosted by National Pines Golf Club, his second Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada win of the season.

The 25-year old posted his second straight round of 64, going 16-under on the weekend to post the lead at 19-under in the clubhouse, then drained a five-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole (the fourth hole of a playoff) to defeat Ruiz and solidify his position atop the Order of Merit and guarantee a spot in The Five along with Web.com Tour status for 2018.

“Being able to shoot 16-under on the weekend when you set that goal is pretty awesome. I’ve never done that before, not even close,” said Hickok, who had finished second in his two previous starts at the National Capital Open to Support Our Troops and Cape Breton Open. “It’s a step in the right direction and it’s not another second place, so I’m happy about that.”

Starting the day eight strokes off the 54-hole lead held by Ruiz, Hickok started quickly with three straight birdies out of the gate, then made four straight birdies on holes 8-11 to get within two of Ruiz’s lead. Ruiz, who defeated Hickok by one shot earlier this year at the Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel, saw his lead evaporate with a triple bogey at No. 12, however, quickly turning what looked like a safe lead into anyone’s game.

That’s when Hickok produced two more birdies at the 14th and 15th holes, and after three closing pars, he posted the clubhouse lead at 19-under par and headed to the range to wait and see if he’d be the winner.

Ruiz refused to go down without a fight, however, coming up with birdies on 14 and 15 to bounce back. Down to his last chance at the 72nd hole, the 23-year old poured in a 25-footer from the fringe to send the tournament into extra holes.

Nordic Golf League - Willis Towers Watson Masters

The Scheduled 54 hole stroke play was reduced to 51 holes due to inclement weather.

Per Langfors won his second Nordic Golf League victory this season, moving from World No. 676 to a Career best of World No.535.

Pro Golf Tour - Wroclaw Open

Finn Fleer won his maiden Pro Golf Tour title at the Wroclaw Open in Poland, with total 13 under par (61, 69, 67).

A birdie on hole 1 of the playoff Fleer succeeded against Polish professional Adrian Meronk.

Fleer moves from World No.841 to World No. 618.

PGA Tour LatinoAmerica - San Luis Championship

Oscar Fraustro won the San Luis Championship after the third playoff hole.

Sunshine Tour - Sun Fish River Challenge

As MJ Viljoen walked to sign his scorecard, he thought he had finished the Sun Fish River Sun Challenge on 12-under par. In fact, he had made birdie on 16 which gave him 13-under and a one-stroke victory.

The 22-year-old from Bloemfontein fired a superb closing round of seven-under-par 65 to overcome a four-stroke deficit on the overnight lead, and he edged out Andre Nel, Omar Sandys and Justin Harding for the victory after they all finished on 12-under.

“I forgot about the birdie on 16,” said Viljoen, “but when I was going over my scorecard in score-recording, I remembered.”

The moment of forgetfulness was probably induced by the solitary bogey on his card, which came on 17. “I had a terribly lie – almost in a divot – off the fairway, and I duffed my second,” he said. “Then I hit a good chip which hit the pin and shot off 30 feet to the right of the hole. I just decided to take my two putts and move off to the 18th.”

He thought he’d have to make birdie on 18 to cement his spot on top of the leaderboard, and he had a good run at it with a 12-footer. But the ball just missed on the left of the hole, and he made par.

In the end, that was enough to give him his maiden professional victory in his third year on the Sunshine Tour. “I’m delighted with the win,” he said. “I’m excited about the year ahead. My goal this year was to win a tournament, to get exemption. I have it now, and there are a couple of tournaments that I’m looking forward to playing and see where that takes me.”

He went about his work in the final round without feeling any kind of pressure to set a target for overnight leader Wallie Coetsee to chase. “When I teed off, I didn’t really chase anything,” said Viljoen. “I saw the guys who were leading were within reach and I didn’t need to chase them. I just played golf, and in the end I won.”

Alps Tour Golf - Citadelle Trophy Intl-Golf de Preisch

French amateur Edgar Catherine, 19, claimed maiden title in a pro event. He kept nerves of steel during last round while the overnight leader, Antoine Rozner, dropped 4 shots on the last 2 holes.

Catherine signed for 66 final round and eventually recorded a 5 shot win in Citadelle Trophy Preisch. Spain’s David Borda completed the podium with -11.

“I am really and now I will enjoy this moment because I have had tough months. I cannot say I am surprised to win a pro event, I have been working for this a lot”.

 





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