Week 44: Rose reclaims the top spot
November 05, 2018
European Tour - Turkish Airlines Open
Justin Rose defeated Li Haotong in a play-off to become the first player to successfully defend a Rolex Series title at the Turkish Airlines Open.
The Englishman started the day three shots behind Li but led by two with four to play as he produced a typically consistent display at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort.
An incredible eagle on the 15th moved Li back level but both men dropped a shot over the last three holes to take it to a play-off at 17 under.
A Li three-putt on the first trip back up the par-four last then handed Rose the victory that moves him back to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking.
Belgian Thomas Detry and Spaniard Adrian Otaegui both signed for rounds of 65 to sit two shots out of the play-off at 15 under.
Dane Lucas Bjerregaard and German Martin Kaymer were at 14 under, a shot clear English pair Tommy Fleetwood and Danny Willett, and another Dane in Thorbjørn Olesen.
The victory sees Rose join Jon Rahm and Alex Noren as a multiple Rolex Series winner and represents the first successful title defence of his career.
“It's taken me 20 years to defend a title, I guess, so that's great,” he said.
“I've had some pressure-packed Sundays of late, dare I say, coming away with consolation prizes in a way. World Number One after losing in a play-off, finishing fourth but winning the FedExCup. I was keenly aware I wanted to get back in the winner's circle and it was good to get it done today.
“The fun thing is I still feel like there's improvement to be had and that's what I'm looking for. I'm really looking forward to the off-season to still work at a few things and still get better. I think that's the exciting part, at 38, I still feel like there is improvement to be achieved.
“More Majors, that's what I'm interested in, trying to chase down as many as I can.”
PGA Tour - Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
Bryson DeChambeau holed an eagle putt from just inside 60 feet on the 16th hole that carried him to a 5-under 66 and a one-shot victory over Patrick Cantlay in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on Sunday.
DeChambeau won for the fourth time in his last 12 starts on the PGA TOUR.
He had to survive a wild back nine at the TPC Summerlin in which four players had a share of the lead at some point. Cantlay, trying to become the first player to win back-to-back in Las Vegas in nearly 20 years, made a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-5 16th hole to take a one-shot lead. But from a bunker right of the green on the par-3 17th, Cantlay was fooled by the amount of sand under his ball and flubbed the shot.
One hole behind him, DeChambeau rolled in his long eagle putt from just off the green and celebrated with a big uppercut. Cantlay missed his long par putt, giving DeChambeau control of the tournament.
Cantlay birdied the 18th for a 65, but it wasn't enough when DeChambeau played the final two holes conservatively for pars to finish at 21-under 263.
DeChambeau won for the third straight season, and fifth time overall on the PGA TOUR.
The 25-year-old American began his big run with a playoff victory at the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide, and then won consecutive FedExCup Playoff events in New Jersey and Boston. He said he was playing Las Vegas to shake off a little rust, and it turned into another victory.
"I was able to play some great golf," DeChambeau said. "I'm happy to get it done."
Japan Golf Tour - HEIWA PGM CHAMPIONSHIP
A dramatic eagle on the final hole on Sunday saw Shaun Norris to a one-stroke victory in the Heiwa PGM Championship on the Japan Golf Tour, moving from World No.98 to World No.76.
He finished one stroke clear of Daisuke Kataoka – the Japanese who also has three wins on tour – to win the tournament in Okinawa. The event was shorted to 54 holes due to weather problems.
Norris, who recently became a father, had reluctantly left South Africa and his new son to play the tournament, and the decision paid off handsomely. He was emotional after the win, bursting into tears after tossing his cap and sunglasses as the winning putt went in.
Challenge Tour - Ras Al Khaimah Challenge Tour Grand Final
Adri Arnaus fired a three under par final round of 69 to claim a wire-to-wire victory at the Ras Al Khaimah Challenge Tour Grand Final during an enthralling last day of the season which saw 15 players graduate to the European Tour.
Arnaus claimed 17 Ranking points jumping from 199 to World No. 134, a career best for the Spaniard.
The Spaniard had been in outstanding form all week at Al Hamra Golf Club, and after rounds of 66-69-67 he started the day with a three-shot lead as he went in search of a first Challenge Tour title after five top-five and seven top-ten finishes in his rookie campaign, prior to today.
As was the case with many of the different accolades up for grabs today, it came right down to the wire, with the 24-year-old needing to birdie the 72nd hole to claim a season-ending triumph – which he did by holing a four-foot putt to seal a one-stroke win over Victor Perez.
“Winning the tournament wire-to-wire is something that I have never done before in a professional level," Arnaus said. "It is even more special because from the first day I was able to maintain the intensity and play some good golf, that makes this day even more memorable.
“It is my first full year as a professional golfer and my main goal has always been to get to the European Tour, and to be able to do that in this way is just wonderful.
Frenchman Perez was looking to make it back-to-back victories on Europe's top developmental tour after his Foshan Open win a fortnight ago – a move which would have dethroned Joachim B. Hansen as the Road to Ras Al Khaimah Number One.
Despite closing with a superb five under par 67, Perez's title charge ultimately fell short leaving Hansen to become the first Dane since Thomas Bjørn in 1995 to top the season-long Rankings.
Korean Golf Tour - A+ Life Hyodam Jeju Open with MTN
Hyowon Park won the A+ Life Hyodam Jeju Open with MTN jumping from 381 to World No.270.
PGA Tour of Australasia - Isuzu Queensland Open
Jordan Zunic has grinded out his third ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia title, clinging on to his round three lead by the slimmest of margins to win the Isuzu Queensland Open.
Standing on the first tee this morning with a five-shot lead, Zunic got off to a flying start with birdies on his opening two holes.
That was where the good start ended however with a run of four bogeys over the next seven holes. He finished his round at 2-over 73 for a tournament total of 11-under the card claiming a one-shot win over Rhein Gibson.
“What a tough day, I got off to a good start with those first two holes but then my putter went cold, I was missing some short ones and the wind picked up a lot as well,” said Zunic.
“That was the hardest day we've had all week, I wasn't hitting fairways on certain holes and I had to scramble around this golf course which is very difficult.”
A birdie on the 17th got the New South Welshman to 11-under while in front of him Gibson had just checked into the clubhouse at 10-under.
A wayward tee shot on the 18th saw him in the trees to the right of the fairway forcing him to punch out for his second shot. He chipped onto the green with his third before standing over a 12 foot par putt for the championship.
He drained it and claimed his third professional title on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, Zunic won the New Zealand Open in 2015 and Northern Territory PGA Championship in 2016.
Sunshine Tour - Vodacom Origins of Golf Final
England's Steve Surry held his nerve to card a level-par 72 on Saturday in a tense final round to win the Vodacom Origins of Golf Final held at Pinnacle Point by four strokes.
He overcame a shaky opening nine during which he made two bogeys and then pulled clear on the back nine as challenges to his overnight lead foundered. He went on to win his first Sunshine Tour title since he started coming to South Africa back in 2012.
“It's brilliant to get the win after three second places on the tour,” he said. “A few of my mates have won and it's nice to join them. It's great to get a victory here. It opens up a lot of opportunities for co-sanctioned events and stuff which I've not had before, so it's brilliant.”
Derick Petersen pulled off his second runner-up spot of his Sunshine Tour career with his closing 72 to finish second, while Sweden's Philip Eriksson carded a four-under-par 68 – the best round of the day – to take third.
Madalitso Muthiya of Zambia, Zander Lombard, Rhys West and Jacques Blaauw shared fourth, after Blaauw spent much of the homeward nine pushing Surry hard. A pair of double-bogeys on 16 and 17 put paid to his challenge, however.
It was a ropey start for Surry – and the whole final group, in fact. “I really struggled with putting on the front nine and hit a couple of bad pitch shots – sloppy mistakes,” he said. “Everyone in my group was struggling, so it was hard to get any momentum.
Big Easy Tour - Big Easy Challenge 13 - Eagle Canyon
Cameron Moralee fired a brilliant closing round of 68 to become the second rookie to win twice on the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour this season after Dylan Mostert.
The 21-year-old Dainfern golfer triumphed in the 13th event of the season at Eagle Canyon Golf Estate on Wednesday with a two-shot victory on 10-under-par 206.
Moralee headed into the final 18 holes tied for second with Juran Dreyer and Botswana's Stuart Smith. Dreyer enjoyed his maiden breakthrough at the Lake Club Benoni last week, while Smith broke his duck on the golf development circuit at Services Golf Club.
The trio started the last day one shot shy of overnight leader Matthew Spacey, but it took Moralee just seven holes to take the lead for the first time.
A birdie at the par five second kept him within a shot of Spacey, but after he bogeyed the par three fourth, he rallied with three birdies on the bounce and turned 10-under, well clear of the chasing pack.
“I hit a lob-wedge from 82 metres out to three foot at five,” said Moralee. “At the sixth I chipped it to eight foot and holed the putt, and at the seventh, I had 89 flag and hit bob-wedge to eight foot and boxed the putt.”
Two-time IGT Challenge Tour winner Kyle Barker mounted a challenge when he birdied 10 and made three birdies on the trot from the 12th.
“Kyle holed a monster putt at 12 from about 80 metres for birdie and he drained two more long putts to tie me on nine-under after I had a bogey at 13,” said Moralee.
“I hit 5-iron off the tee and 7-iron over the green. I chipped up and raced the first putt about four feet past the hole. Kyle was playing really solid and thought for sure we would be heading for a play-off, but then he hit a low, thin shot in the water at 15th and made seven.
“It was a pity because I was enjoying our tussle. It did mean that I could play the last three holes relatively stress-free. I was really pleased to seal the win with a birdie.”
Moralee was still in the amateur ranks when he broke through on the IGT Challenge Tour with a wire-to-wire victory at Ruimsig Country Club during last year's Race to Q-School Series. He turned pro at the start of the Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour in April and tied for second in the first event.