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Week 46: Rahm moves to World No.4

November 20, 2017

European Tour – DP World Tour Championship

Jon Rahm carded a closing 67 to win the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai as a late slip from Justin Rose handed Tommy Fleetwood the Race to Dubai title.

Rose had looked on course to claim both the eighth Rolex Series event of the season and the Race to Dubai as he turned in 32 at Jumeirah Golf Estates but three bogeys on a dramatic back nine brought him back to the pack and opened the door for Rahm.

The Spaniard came home in 33 to get to 19 under and win his second Rolex Series title by one shot, with Rose slipping back into a tie for fourth that was not good enough to overturn Fleetwood's 256,737-point advantage in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex.

Fleetwood signed for a closing 74 to finish in a tie for 21st and end a season that has brought wins at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and the HNA Open de France as Europe's Number One.

Shane Lowry and Kiradech Aphibarnrat finished a shot behind Rahm at 18 under, one clear of Rose, Dean Burmester, Dylan Frittelli and Sergio Garcia.

Rahm - who was handed the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award this week - adds this win to his Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation title and becomes the first player to win multiple Rolex Series events.

"It's hard to sum it up," said Rahm. "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.

"Having the weekend that I've had, actually shooting 12 under on the last 36 holes, bogey-free round today, it's really special.

"I didn't plan on being here at the beginning of the year and I sure didn't plan on winning it so it's an incredible feeling."

The margins were so tight in the season-long battle that had Rose finished one shot better he would have won the Race to Dubai, while a birdie rather than a bogey on the last and a play-off win over Rahm would have seen Garcia take the crown.

In the end, Garcia slipped to fourth in the Rankings as he was overtaken by countryman Rahm, with Rose finishing second behind fellow Englishman Fleetwood.

Japan Golf Tour - Dunlop Phoenix Tournament

U.S. Open Champion Brooks Koepka moves to a career best of World No.7, following a 9 shot lead at the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament.

Finishing with an eagle flourish to retain the title with a final round four-under-par 67,

Koepka finished on 20-under 264 for the $1.8 million tournament at Phoenix Country Club in Miyazaki with compatriot Xander Schauffele (71), Thai Prayad Marksaeng (67) and South Korean Lee Sang-hee (72) well beaten in a share of second.

PGA Tour – The RSM Classic

PGA TOUR rookie Austin Cook held off veterans Brian Gay, Chris Kirk, Kevin Kisner and Brian Harman on Sunday at the chilly, windy Sea Island Club's Seaside Course.

Cook closed with a 3-under 67 for a four-stroke victory over J.J. Spaun. The victory in the final PGA TOUR event of the calendar year gave Cook a spot in THE PLAYERS Championship next year.

"It was definitely exciting ... real brutal with the wind," Cook said. "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."

Cook birdied three of his last four holes after the three-shot lead he began the day with slipped to one over Spaun. Cook made a 14-foot birdie putt at No. 18 to finish at 21-under 261.

Spaun shot a 66.

Gay, the oldest contender of the week at 45, eagled the par-4 18th hole from 161 yards with a 9-iron to break out of a five-way tie for third and finish at 16 under. He shot 68.

Kirk (71) and Kisner (68), past winners of the tournament, St. Simons Island resident Brian Harman (65) and Andrew Landry (67) tied for fourth at 14 under.

Cook, the 26-year-old from Little Rock, earned $1,116,000 and improved to third on the FedExCup points list.

PGA Tour of Australasia - NSW Open Championship

Jason Scrivener has broken through for his first Professional victory after pulling away from the field in the 2017 NSW Open at Twin Creeks Golf & Country Club.

Scrivener teed off in the final group of the day with a one-shot lead over Victorian Lucas Herbert and Queenslander Daniel Nisbet but streaked away to win easily by six shots after a round of 7-under par 65. He finished the tournament 24-under the card.

It’s a landmark win for the 28-year-old who has been on the verge of his first Professional win in the past, he’s had three top-5 finishes on the tough European Tour this year alone, including a fourth place finish in the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth.

Despite his dominant win, he said it was tougher than it looked on the leader board.

“It feels pretty good, I think it looked a lot easier than what it was; it’s hard work to win,” Scrivener said.

“After the 16th hole I figured I’d probably have to do something drastically wrong to not win. It was a weird feeling those last couple of holes because the first 16 were just brutal.

“Even though I was playing nicely, you never know especially around here, there’s bogeys and doubles to be made as well.”

The West Australian said the win gives him confidence in getting the job done should he find himself in this position again.

PGA Tour LatinoAmerica – 112th VISA Open de Argentina presentado por Macro

Brady Schnell won the 112th VISA Open de Argentina presentado por Macro after three-man playoff.

In the final round of the American Brady Schnell came out on top over Matt Ryan and Andreas Halvorsen to secure his first PGA TOUR - Latinoamérica title.

 

 





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