Jul 8th, 2019

Manic Monday

Weekend round up

It’s Manic Monday, so here is a very quick round up of all the results and stories from the weekend on the PGA Tour, European Tour, LPGA and Women’s European Tour.

3M Open, TPC Twin Cities, Minnesota

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Yet again the PGA Tour has thrown up another surprise winner. 20-year-old Matthew Wolff made the most of a sponsor’s exemption to get into the field at the 3M Open, eagling the last to take the title by a single shot.

Wolff until recently was still at college and the 2019 NCAA Champion only turned pro ahead of the Travellers Championship a few weeks ago. The young American follows in illustrious footsteps as the only other golfers to win the NCAA Championship and a PGA tour event in the same year are Tiger Woods and Ben Crenshaw.

The event looked like it was heading into a play-off, when Wolff stepped up and holed from almost 30 feet from the fringe of the 18th for a one-stroke victory over Bryson DeChambeau and Collin Morikawa.

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“I’ve been told so many times before that I was born for moments like these, I live for moments like these,” Wolff said. “It doesn’t get better than this. I had a blast out there, and to make that putt was everything.”

Viktor Hovland continued his impressive run since turning pro, once again making the cut and finishing tied thirteenth.

For the final leaderboard click HERE 

 

Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, Lahinch, Ireland

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Jon Rahm of Spain stormed through the field with a closing 62 to win the Irish Open for the second time in three years. His eight-under-par final round included an eagle and eight birdies as he finished two clear of Andy Sullivan and Bernd Wiesberger.

Rahm was five back going in to the final round but his impressive charge saw him catching the leaders and closing the gap to leader to just one following a huge eagle putt at the par five 12th. Rafael Cabrera-Bello had moved in to the lead following three birdies in his first five holes as Robert Rock, the overnight leader, struggled to reproduce the form that saw him shoot a record 60 on day three.

The Ryder Cup player slipped up, bogeying the 13th, but then hit back to birdie three of the next four holes to take the lead. A scruffy par up the last was enough to seal the two shot victory.

"I am very excited to win this tournament for a second time - it's a very special moment. That eagle at the 12th got me going and I am thrilled with how I played the back nine," said Rahm.

Robert Rock, who had led by one going into Sunday’s round finished in joint third after a disappointing level par 70. However, he did pick up a place in The Open as did Austrian Bernd Wiesberger and Paul Waring of England.

For the final leaderboard click HERE 

 

Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic, Oneida, Wisconsin

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China’s Shanshan Feng birdied the final hole to defeat Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand by one shot. It was the former world number one’s first LPGA victory since winning the Blue Bay LPGA back in 2017.

Feng's incredible four-round total of 29-under is the second-lowest 72-hole score, in relation to par, in LPGA history.

Jutanugarn had stiffed it at the last hole for birdie to take a share of the lead at 28 under, a fact Feng only realised on arriving at the 18th green herself and taking a look at the leaderboard.

"I thought I had it when I was walking up to the green on the last hole because I saw so many people here," said Feng. "And then before I putt I looked up at the leader board and I'm like, 'Oh, no. I had to make that one.'”

Make the putt she did, be it only a three footer, and the trophy was hers.

Once again the top of the leaderboard was dominated by Asian players with Tiffany Joh the lone reprentative of the US in the top five.

For the final leaderboard click HERE 

 

Women’s European Tour

No event this week. We must wait for the Evian Championship at the end of July for the next golf on the women’s tour.

 

And another thing....

Mark your balls!

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