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Week 16


PGA Tour - RBC Heritage

Jim Furyk enjoyed one of the best ball-striking days of his distinguished career as he ended a long wait for his 17th PGA Tour title at the RBC Heritage.

On an enthralling final day, played much early than scheduled due to an adverse weather forecast, Furyk blitzed the dampened Harbour Town Golf Links for nine birdies in a closing 63 and then edged out a gallant Kevin Kisner at the second play-off hole.

Playing alongside Masters champion Jordan Spieth, Furyk picked up early shots at the second and fourth before charging up the leaderboard with four consecutive birdies from the sixth to close out a front-nine 30.

Furyk almost chipped in for another at 10 before three-putting the next, but he got back on track with three birdies over the next four holes to open up a three-shot lead over the chasing pack.

Kisner reduced the lead to one with birdies at 14 and 15, but Furyk parred safely in and took over the clubhouse lead on 18 under par with an excellent two-putt from 40 feet at the final hole.

"I think getting excited on 17 there was a lot of pent-up frustrations," said Furyk. "I was starting to feel like this game is beating me up, and the losing hurts a lot more than winning feels good. I think I just forget how good it feels to win.

"I've let so many slide by. I really dug deep today and glad I got it done."


European Tour – Shenzhen International

Overnight leader Kiradech Aphibarnrat rallied late on to force a play-off with and then beat Chinese teenage sensation Li Hao-Tong at the inaugural Shenzhen International.

Li, having completed his round, was watching on TV to see if he would become the first Chinese player to win a European Tour event on home soil when Aphibarnrat sensationally eagled the 17th with a putt of 18 feet to emerge from a congested leaderboard and draw level on 12 under par.

An excellent approach from a fairway bunker gave the Thai a putt to win the tournament but his effort slipped to the right of the hole, meaning he and Li would play the 18th again.

Aphibarnrat, whose only other European Tour victory had come at the 2013 Maybank Malaysian Open, repeated his approach to find the middle of the green while Li left himself a much longer putt.

And after the 19 year old made a four for par, Aphibarnrat sunk a beauty for birdie and celebrated loudly in contrast to the stunned crowd.

Aphibarnrat said: “Special thanks to my caddie, he was always pushing me. When we were two behind on the last two holes he said you have not lost, we have not signed the scorecard yet and he was completely right and I just got the job done.”

“I had a chance to win in 72 holes but the putt in the play-off is the best putt I have ever made in my life.”


Asian Development Tour - ICTSI Eagle Ridge Invitational

Overnight leader Arie Irawan of Malaysia clinched his second Asian Development Tour (ADT) title and first outside of Malaysia at the ICTSI Eagle Ridge Invitational on Saturday moving in to the World’s Top 300.

The 24-year-old Malaysian, who had claimed his breakthrough ADT victory on home soil earlier in January, battled to an even-par 71 after trading two birdies against two bogeys on a blustery day at the Aoki course of the Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club.

Arie closed with a four-under-par 280 total to win by four shots over local young talent Miguel Tabuena, who signed for a second consecutive 72, in what is the seventh leg of the ADT schedule this season.

Local stalwart Antonio Lascuna and compatriot Jun Bernis registered matching 69s to share third place on 285 while Thailand’s Poosit Supupramai settled one shot back in fifth place on his own.

American duo Brett Munson and Micah Lauren Shin as well as local veteran Elmer Salvador were amongst the five players bunched in sixth place on 287 at the ICTSI Eagle Ridge Invitational.

Arie credited his strong mental game for a steady performance today. His overnight three-shot lead was hardly challenged throughout the round.

“I kept my head down and try to stay calm out there. I told myself to relax and just focus on my game. It was windy today. I thought shooting even-par today was pretty good considering the tough conditions. I’m glad I made it through.

“This is my first win outside of Malaysia. It makes me feel that my game is there and I have the capability to win more. I definitely want to challenge for another win on the ADT this season. It’s good to see myself progressing and getting better,”said Arie, who pocketed US$10,500 and received six Official World Ranking Points (OWGR) points courtesy of his victory.


Web.com – El Bosque Mexico Championship

Wes Roach won the El Bosque Mexico Championship on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title, beating Kevin Tway and Patton Kizzire by four strokes.

Roach, the 26-year-old former Duke player from Knoxville, Tennessee, closed with a 4-under 68 in windy conditions to finish at 17-under 271 at El Bosque Golf Club.

"It was a pretty great feeling when I tapped in on the last hole," Roach said. "My first win as a professional and my first on the Web.com Tour is pretty special. I feel great. Inside I was going crazy all day, but I kept telling myself to believe and trust in what I was doing."

Roach earned $126,000 to jump from 37th to second on the money list with $166,917. He won after being disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard in the Louisiana Open.

"This means so much," Roach said. "Hopefully, it helps me get back to the PGA Tour next year."


PGA Tour Latino America – 84 Abierto OSDE del Centro presentado por Fiber Corp.

Tommy Cocha birdied three of the last four holes on Sunday to pull away and win the 84 Abierto OSDE del Centro presentado por Fiber Corp.

Cocha finished his second straight PGA Tour Latinoamerica victory at 9-under- par 275. This was his third tour victory.

Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera (72) and Steven Fox (70) shared second place at minus-5.

Cabrera flew out of the gate with an eagle at the second and a birdie on No. 3 to grab the lead at 9-under. After five pars in a row, he bogeyed three straight holes from the ninth. Cabrera stemmed the tide with a birdie at 12, but bogeys at 15 and 17 dropped him to minus-5 and opened the door for Cocha.

Cocha, who led by two entering the final round, faltered to a double-bogey at the first. He got one stroke back with a birdie at two, but a bogey on the eighth put him at minus-6 at the turn.

The Argentine bogeyed the 10th and 14th, but in between those dropped shots made eagle on the par-5 12th. Cocha birdied No. 15 and followed with birdies at 16 and 18 to seal the win.