OWGR Week 08: Thomas moves back to World No.3
PGA Tour – The Honda Classic
Justin Thomas nearly holed a wedge that got him into a playoff, and then hit 3-wood over the water and onto the 18th green for a two-putt birdie to beat Luke List on the first extra hole Sunday to win The Honda Classic.
Thomas closed with a 2-under 68 and won for the second time this season. He also won in a playoff at the CJ Cup in South Korea last fall.
Thomas and List matched birdies and tough pars over the final eight holes, and List appeared to have a big advantage on the par-5 18th when he hit a big drive that left him a 4-iron he hit onto the back of the green. Thomas was in the left rough and had to lay up instead of taking on the water.
He hit a wedge from 117 yards that landed a few feet in front of the hole and rolled some 6 inches to the side of the cup, settling 2 feet away.
List, going for his first PGA TOUR victory, blinked first in the playoff by missing his drive well to the right amid palm trees. He blasted that out left and against the grandstand, and then he watched Thomas take on the water and hit the green in two.
Thomas tapped in a 4-footer for is birdie and the eighth win of his career. He is now No. 1 in the FedExCup standings.
Alex Noren was tied for the lead playing the 18th and caught an awkward lie from the side of a bunker. He made par for a 67 and finished one shot behind.
Thomas and List finished at 8-under 272. It was the seventh playoff in 15 PGA TOUR events this season.
Tiger Woods was briefly within three shots of the lead on the front nine. He closed with a 70 and finished 12th. He led the field in proximity to the hole on his approach shots at just over 29 feet.
European Tour - Commercial Bank Qatar Masters
Eddie Pepperell held off the challenge of Oliver Fisher to win his first European Tour title at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.
The Englishman entered the final day at Doha Golf Club level with his compatriot at the top of the leaderboard and while he opened up a three-shot lead at the turn, an impressive fightback by Fisher meant the pair were separated by a just single stroke as they went up the par five last.
It was advantage Fisher after two shots with Pepperell in the rough after both men laid-up but the 27 year old hit an excellent third to set up a par which his playing partner could only match.
Pepperell's closing round of 70 got him to 18 under, with Fisher signing for a 71 and Swede Marcus Kinhult finishing at 16 under after a 68.
Spanish duo Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño and Pablo Larrazábal, Frenchman Grégory Havret and Italian Renato Paratore were then at 15 under.
PGA Tour of Australasia - Horizon Golf NZ PGA Championship
Ben Campbell claimed his first professional victory at the Horizon Golf NZ PGA Championship moving to a career best of World No. 369.
Returning to the Manawatu Golf Club, following a runner-up finish in 2017, Campbell made his presence known from the get go, holding a share of the lead after the first and third rounds.
Campbell fired rounds of 64, 66, 67 and 69 for a total of 18-under 266 to win the title by two shots from his final round playing partner Deyen Lawson (VIC) and Ashley Hall (VIC).
“It hasn’t really sunk in yet. I was close a couple of times last year and my game has been feeling really good lately so it’s nice to get the win, especially around here with family and friends around,” said Campbell.
“I changed my putting about two weeks ago and I was quite surprised how well it held up this week. I missed a short one on the front-9 today but I knew exactly what I had done and I took some time out to re-set and ultimately holed some good ones coming in.
“There was a nice one on 15, it was weird, I was standing over the putt and I just knew that I was going to hole that one,” added Campbell who gained the outright lead on the 14th hole and never looked back.
Waking up this morning Campbell was greeted by windy conditions which he feels played to his favour and despite multiple players making a charge for the title he remained calm on course.
Sunshine Tour - Cape Town Open presented by Sun International
Welshman Rhys Enoch bogeyed his first two holes in the final round of the Cape Town Open presented by Sun International but recovered expertly to card three-under-par 69 and claim a one-shot victory over Peter Karmis on a 19-under 269 total on Sunday.
“The first two were both into the wind and quite awkward,” he said of those back-to-back bogeys in the opening two holes. “I didn’t really do a lot wrong. But I told myself to just stay patient and keep making good swings.”
Despite making three birdies and dropping three shots on the front nine, Enoch held on nicely on the homeward nine and while he made bogey on the 17th, three birdies and an eagle made their way into his scorecard.
“I got on to the leaderboard at 13 and saw I was four behind,” he said of the eagle he made on the par-five 14th. “I was like ‘I need to make a move’. I hit a really nice drive that just cracked into the left rough, had a pretty good line to about 15-feet and managed to make it for eagle. So, that was a massive move.”
It looked like Karmis would force the round into a play-off when both players were tied at the top on 19-under, only for Karmis to miss his par-putt on 18 and drop a shot. With that, Enoch claimed his maiden Sunshine Tour victory by a single stroke at a packed King David Mowbray Golf Club.
“I just can’t be happier,” he said of his first title, “I’m just really, really happy to finally get a four-round win. You have to savour the moment.”
Nordic Golf League - PGA Catalunya Resort Championship
Alps Tour Golf - Red Sea Little Venice Open
England’s Jack Singh Brar won the Red Sea Little Venice Open at the Sokhna Golf Club (Egypt) today with -15.
Entering the final round as the leader at -10, Singh Brar shot 6 birdies and one bogey to win his first professional tournament.
“It’s awesome to get my first professional win here in Egypt” 21-year-old Singh Brar said. “I turned pro in September so it’s good to get a win quite early on in my professional career” he added. “The main thing for me today was to get through the front nine because that’s where I struggled in the past few days. I was sort of cruising along when Zucchetti did well on the front nine, I could not get really anything going” he explained. “And then, on the way back, I got a couple of birdies in, got a few putts in and that seemed to seal the deal” he said.
“The best for me on the golf course is to chill out and have some fun” Singh Brar said.
Bernard Neumayer (Aut) finished in 2nd place overall (-10) and turned in the best card of the day (-6). “I had a great day, no bogeys, it was a fantastic day for me. At the beginning, I played solid golf, missed no greens really, with just a few more putts in, I could have gotten a better result” Neumayer said.