WEEK 43 Alexander Levy Portugal Masters

Week 9

Russell Henley Survives four way play off moving inside the world Top 50

PGA Tour - Honda Classic

Russell Henley saw off Rory McIlroy, Ryan Palmer and Russell Knox with a birdie at the first extra hole - the par-five 18th - to emerge as the last man standing on a dramatic day in Florida.

Heading into the final round with a two-shot lead, the title looked McIlroy's to lose after a solid start, but the Northern Irishman (74) began to unravel after a bogey at the seventh and would go on to drop five further shots before producing a clutch birdie at the 72nd hole to make the play-off.               

Indeed, McIlroy had the chance to claim an unlikely victory on the final green after a quite sensational second from 245 yards left him around 12-15 feet for eagle.

But he would miss the putt meaning he finished on eight-under alongside Palmer (69), Knox (71) and Henley (72).

All four men struggled down the infamous closing stretch, the 'Bear Trap', with Henley - who chipped in for birdie at 14 - making a double-bogey at 15 after finding water, only to then see playing partner McIlroy do the same at the very next hole.

Indeed, it was Palmer who had the best chance to win in regulation as he missed a five-foot putt for par on the last green that would have seen him into the clubhouse at nine-under.


Sunshine / European Tour - Tshwane Open

Ross Fisher overcame a gallant charge from Michael Hoey before eventually coasting to a three shot victory at the Tshwane Open.

Having started the day five shots clear, Hoey reduced the deficit to just one after 11 holes, but then double bogeyed the 12th after finding water with his approach.

Fisher then eagled the long 15th from 25 feet to extinguish any realistic hopes the chasing pack may have harboured, as he secured his fifth European Tour title and first since 2010 with a closing round of 70.

That gave him a 20 under par winning total, three clear of Hoey and South African Danie Van Tonder, with Spanish Qualifying School winner Carlos Del Moral a shot further back.


PGA Tour of Australia - NZ Open

New South Welsham Dimi Papadatos has claimed an emphatic victory at the New Zealand Open Championship played at The Hills and Millbrook Resort in Queenstown.

Starting the day with a one shot lead the 22-year-old looked solid throughout the round firing a 6-under 66 to finish with a tournament total of 18-under 270.

Having turned Professional at the end of 2012, Papadatos held of many challengers including the experienced Kiwi Mark Brown to claim his maiden victory.

Brown eventually finished the leading Kiwi, four shots behind the young Aussie disappointed that he wasn’t able to end the 12 year Kiwi drought at the National Open.

A further shot back was David Klein (NZ), while Ash Hall (VIC) and Richard Lee (NZ) rounded out the top-5 on 12-under the card.

But this day was all about a coming-of-age performance from Papadatos who admitted etching his name into the Brodie Breeze Trophy hadn’t sunken in yet.


Asian Tour - SAIL SBI Open presented by Incredible India

Displaying nerves of steel, Rashid Khan fired three successive birdies, including one in the play-off against Bangladesh's Siddikur Rahman, to win the SAIL-SBI golf title at the Delhi Golf Club course here on Saturday.

Trailing by a stroke with just two holes remaining, Rashid played aggressively for a birdie-birdie finish to tie with Siddikur. On the first playoff hole, Rashid tapped in for birdie after Siddikur missed his birdie-putt.


Asian Development Tour - PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship

Wisut Artjanawat of Thailand holed a crucial birdie on the last to defeat R. Nachimuthu of Malaysia by one shot at the PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship on Saturday.

Wisut was pushed to the limits by Nachimuthu but the talented Thai sealed the deal with a clutch putt from inside 10-feet for a five-under-par 67 at the RM200,000 (approximately US$60,000) season-opening Asian Development Tour (ADT) event.

Nachimuthu battled tooth-and-nail for a superb 64 while Chan Shih-chang of Chinese Taipei settled for third following a 68 at the Harvard Golf and Country Club.

Wisut, who won a title in Sabah in January, stayed focus on the task of winning his first ADT title and was not aware by the late challenge from Nachimuthu until the 17th hole where they were squared.

Relying on a hot putter, which was the key to his success, Wisut calmly sank the winning putt as he romped home to an impressive 22-under-par 266 total to win US$10,650 and earn six Official World Golf Ranking points.