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Week 15: Kodaira moves to World No. 27

April 16, 2018

PGA Tour – RBC Heritage

Satoshi Kodaira made a 25-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole to defeat Si Woo Kim after coming from six shots behind in the final round of the RBC Heritage on Sunday for his first PGA TOUR victory.

Kodaira had finished off his round of 66 to get to 12 under par about an hour before Kim finished. Kodaira matched Kim with two pars on the 18th hole before rolling in his winning putt on the par-3 17th.

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Kim came up short on his 21-footer for birdie to keep the playoff going.

Bryson DeChambeau (66) and Luke List (72) were tied for third. Third-round leader Ian Poulter's bid for a second TOUR title in three weeks ended with a 75 and a tie for seventh.

European Tour - Open de Espana

Home hero Jon Rahm delighted the huge crowds at Centro Nacional de Golf as he became the sixth Spanish player to win the Open de España.

The World Number Four carded a closing 67 to get to 20 under and hold off the challenge of countryman Nacho Elvira and overnight leader Paul Dunne for his third European Tour title.

His three wins have come in just 19 events, making him the third-fastest player to reach that mark, and he joins countrymen Antonio Garrido, Seve Ballesteros, Sergio Garcia, Alvaro Quiros and Miguel Ángel Jiménez as Spanish winners of the event since it joined the European Tour in 1972.

The victory is Rahm's first as a professional in his homeland after claiming seven national amateur titles at various age levels and adds to his two Rolex Series triumphs in Ireland and Dubai last season.

"It's such a satisfying feeling," he said. "When I made the decision to come straight from Augusta it wouldn't be to just show up and walk around, I wanted to win this tournament.

Sunshine Tour – Zanaco Masters

JJ Senekal won the Zanaco Masters on the 4th Playoff hole moving to World No.319.

China and Challenge Tour – Belt and Road Colourful Yunnan Open

Kim Koivu won his first title as a professional in style by carding a joint low round of the week 64 to triumph by four shots at the Belt and Road Colourful Yunnan Open.

The Finn, who only joined the paid ranks at the end of last year, led by one shot after the third round in China but following an outstanding start, where he holed a 20-foot birdie putt at the first, he then picked up four shots in four holes to move clear of the rest of the field.

America’s Charlie Saxon, who trailed Koivu by one going into the final day, did apply some pressure on his rival with four birdies over his first seven holes, but it was Koivu who held firm.

Following a dropped shot at the par fourth seventh the 27 year old played flawlessly, bagging three further gains to sign for a seven under par 64 – the joint low round of the week at Yulongwan Golf Club.

After winning his first European Challenge Tour title in only his fourth appearance on the tour, Koivu was delighted with, yet unsurprised by, his breakthrough victory.

Alps Tour Golf – Obidos International Open

Spain’s David Borda won the Obidos International Open today at the Guardian Bom Sucesso Golf (Portugal) with a total of -5, one shot ahead of England’s Marcus Mohr.

It was Borda’s first professional win. It was also the first time in its history the Alps Tour held a tournament in Portugal, joint sanctioned by the Portugal pro Golf Tour.

I’m feeling great, it’s my first victory as a pro, I could not be happier. It was a tough tournament. Yesterday, we played 18 holes in 12 hours, it was a long long day but it was well worth it”.

Yesterday’s second round was disrupted by heavy rain showers that led to a 4h30 interruption. Last night, organisers announced the tournament would be played over 36 holes due to the lack of time to organise a final round.

I did not play today, I was waiting nervously for the results to come in, I had to wait until the last match to find out I had won”

With today’s victory, David Borda now leads the Order of Merit, the Alps Tour official season ranking.

PGA Tour Latino America – 87 Abierto OSDE del Centro presentado por FiberCorp

Cristobal Del Solar opened with three rounds in the 60s and held a commanding six-shot lead when the final round began at Cordoba Golf Club. Del Solar didn’t have his best stuff Sunday. Far from it. But it hardly mattered as he coasted to a five-shot win, the first of his PGA TOUR Latinoamérica career.


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