Week 04: Wang moves to a career best of World No. 39
January 30, 2017
European Tour – Commercial Bank Qatar Masters
Jeunghun Wang won his third European Tour title after beating Joakim Lagergren and Jaco Van Zyl in a play-off at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.
The South Korean began the day with a three-shot lead but was caught on the back nine before retaking top spot on his own with a birdie on the 16th.
A bogey on the next dropped him into the play-off at 16 under but after taking a brave line over the back of the green on the first visit back up the 18th, he got up and down for a winning birdie.
The win for Wang comes in just his 29th European Tour event and at 21 years and 144 days old, he is the third youngest player to win three events after Matteo Manassero and Seve Ballesteros.
It was heartbreak for South African Van Zyl, who looked the favourite when he got on the green in two on the play-off hole but a second three-putt of the day cost him dear as he finished runner-up on the European Tour for the fifth time in his 150th event.
Swede Lagergren is also searching for his first win and he left himself too much work to do when he pulled his second shot in the play-off into the greenside bunker.
Wang won the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award last season after his victories at the Trophée Hassan II - also after a play-off - and the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open and could now climb as high as 39th in the Official World Golf Ranking and earn a potential invite to the Masters.
PGA Tour - Farmers Insurance Open
Jon Rahm of Spain added his name to the burgeoning list of young stars Sunday with his big game and a big finish at Torrey Pines.
Rahm made two eagles over the final six holes, the last one a 60-foot putt from the back fringe on the par-5 18th hole for a 5-under 67 to win the Farmers Insurance Open by three shots for his first PGA TOUR victory.
Rahm, who turned 22 in November, beat Phil Mickelson's mark as the youngest champion at this tournament. He also became the first player in 26 years to capture his first PGA TOUR title at Torrey Pines.
Starting the final round three shots out of the lead, Rahm made up ground in a hurry.
He hit 4-iron into 18 feet on the par-5 13th and holed the eagle putt to tie for the lead. He stuffed a wedge into 5 feet on the 17th to take the lead, and he finished with his long eagle putt that broke hard to the right and peeled back to the left and dropped in on the side of the cup.
Rahm, leaning forward during its 60-foot journey to the hole, unleashed a double fist pump as he hugged his caddie. He watched a replay of the last eagle putt, along with his celebration, and said, "I don't even remember doing it."
On a day in which nine players had at least a share of the lead, the final 20 minutes only mattered for positions.
Rahm finished at 13-under 275, three shots ahead of Charles Howell III (68) and C.T. Pan of Taiwan, who had a 70. Brandt Snedeker and Patrick Rodgers, tied for the lead going into the final round, fell back with too many mistakes on the back nine.
The way Rahm finished, it might not have mattered.
Asian and Japan Golf Tour – Leopalace21 Myanmar Open
Asian Tour rookie Todd Sinnott of Australia secured a convincing three-shot victory at the Leopalace21 Myanmar Open on Sunday in only his second tournament in Asia.
The 25-year-old Sinnott fired a flawless six-under-par 65 for a winning total of 14-under-par 270 to defeat Carlos Pigem of Spain, who closed with a 68 at the US$750,000 event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour.
After hitting six balls into the water in the opening two rounds, Sinnott had to fight tooth-and-nail to make the halfway cut. He moved from 40th position to tied fourth after the third day and cruised to victory thanks to six birdies in the final round.
Sinnott was three-under after 12 holes but it was a pair of birdies on 13 and 14 which put him in contention. As his challengers slipped down the leaderboard, he had a comfortable three-shot cushion heading into the last hole where he sealed the deal with a birdie.
Pigem, who won his first Asian Tour title last year, produced three straight birdies after the ninth hole to charge into contention but slipped back when he double bogeyed the 12th hole. A birdie on the last handed him his best finish since winning in Chinese Taipei in July, 2016.
Web.com Tour – The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic at The Abaco Club
Andrew Landry was just 2-over after seven holes Wednesday after entering the final round with a share of the lead, but the 29-year-old Texan posted two eagles on the way in to come from behind for a three-shot victory over Jimmy Gunn at The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic at The Abaco Club. Landry, the 18-hole leader at the 2016 U.S. Open, played his last 11 holes in 7-under to lock up his second career Web.com Tour victory with a 16-under 272 total.
“It’s just something that you hope for starting the year off, getting off to a really good start, and trying to accomplish your goals that you set every year,” Landry said. “It’s just one of the many goals that I’ve had, and I’ve got two more to win to get back on the PGA TOUR.”
After bogeys at Nos. 2 and 7, Landry hit a 7-iron 15 feet left of the pin at the par-5 eighth and buried his first eagle. One hole later, he followed it up with a 20-foot birdie at the ninth to turn in 1-under and tie Chase Parker for the lead.
“We were just having a little bit of an issue reading it, and I just played it dead straight and hit a great putt, and it barely snuck in the right edge there,” Landry said of the first eagle. “It just kept the momentum going. I knew I was putting well, but my speed was just a bit off the first seven holes. We were just fortunate to get that to go in. I made that 20-footer on nine, and we just started rolling -- hitting some good shots, hitting some great iron shots and making putts and getting it up and down.”
When Parker poured in a birdie three groups ahead on No. 14 to briefly take the solo lead, Landry stuck his approach to four feet on No. 13 for the birdie and followed it up with the self-proclaimed best shot of his life – a 3-wood from 260 yards to four feet – for his second eagle of the day to take the lead for good.
Pro Golf Tour – Red Sea Ain Sokhna Classic
With an outstanding performance Englishman Ben Parker secured himself the victory at the Red Sea Ain Sokhna Classic 2017. On the par-72-course of the Sokhna Golf Club in Egypt the 29-year-old played three rounds of 65 in a row and prevailed with 21 under par. In the end Parker had a three-stroke-advantage to second-ranked Clemens Prader from Austria (66, 70, 62) who set a new course record on the final day.