APHIBARNRAT SECURES SECOND EUROPEAN TOUR TITLE
European Tour – Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play
Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat kept his cool to beat Robert Karlsson by one hole in the final of the inaugural Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play.
The 26 year old was three holes up with four to play before losing the 15th, 16th and 17th, but he held his nerve at the 18th to secure his third European Tour title.
Aphibarnrat, who ended hopes of a home win when he saw off Scotland's Marc Warren in the last four, took a two hole lead after birdieing three of the first four holes, and he increased his advantage at the sixth as Karlsson twice tangled with the heavy rough.
Karlsson reduced the deficit to just one hole after firing birdies at the eighth and ninth but Aphibarnrat took the 11th and 14th to return to three up.
Two birdies and a par at the next three holes saw the Swede draw level, and he looked to be in control on the 18th when he fired his approach to ten feet.
But Aphibarnrat also produced a sensational second shot at the last, and after Karlsson had missed his putt, he rolled in from four feet to win the tournament.
PGA Tour – Quicken Loans
Five years ago, Troy Merritt won a playoff for the $1 million Kodak Challenge, a since-defunct season-long contest that designated a hole at 30 tournaments with the prize money going to the player with the lowest total for the year.
It was the biggest payday of his career -- until Sunday when he shot 67 to win the Quicken Loans National by three strokes over Rickie Fowler for his first career victory on the PGA TOUR.
The win locks up his card for two more years -- something that was in jeopardy coming into the week after five straight missed cuts -- and gets him among other things in the field for next week’s World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, the PGA Championship, secures a spot in the upcoming FedExCup Playoffs, a trip to Kapalua in January and a spot in next year’s Masters.
“It's been a long journey the last five, six years,” Merritt said. “Several life changes, couple moves, two boys, but I wouldn't have done it any other way.”
Web.com – Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank
Two players were seeking their first Web.com Tour titles, and it took overtime to decide the 2015 Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank winner. Patton Kizzire rolled in a three-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to defeat Sung Kang to capture that initial victory and hoist the Billy Casper Cup that goes to the champion.
But winning his first Web.com Tour title was no easy task for Kizzire.
He began the final round at the Golf Club at Thanksgiving Point with a two-shot lead. He fell behind early and then rebounded to take a four-stroke advantage midway through the afternoon. Kang had a tremendous back nine, making five birdies and shooting a 5-under 67, to catch Kizzire with one hole to play.
European and Challenge Tour – Madeira Islands Open – Portugal – BPI
Roope Kakko became the second Finnish winner in European Tour history as he carded a flawless nine under par final round 63 to be crowned 2015 Madeira Islands Open – Portugal – BPI champion.
The 33 year old finished three shots clear of Scotland’s Scott Henry thanks to a stunning 17 under par weekend, following up an eight under third round with the best final round by a European Tour winner this season to set a new record for the lowest winning score in the tournament’s 22 year history at 24 under par.
Asian Development Tour – Taifong Open
Thailand’s Rattanon Wanasrichan saved his best for last when he fired a seven-under-par 65 to win his first Asian Development Tour (ADT) title at the Taifong Open on Sunday.
The 20-year-old shot eight birdies to return with a winning total of 12-under-par 276 to defeat a battling Casey O’Toole (66) of the United States and overnight leader Jordan Sherratt (71) of Australia by one shot at the Taifong Golf Club.
Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada
California’s Daniel Miernicki shot a final round 6-under 64 at The Links of GlenEagles on Sunday to win the ATB Financial Classic, his first Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada win.
The three-time All-American at the University of Oregon rolled in a 35-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to finish at 17-under par, then looked on as the final four pairings failed to match his score, giving him the victory by a stroke over Sherwood Park, Alberta’s Danny Sahl and moving him to sixth on the Order of Merit.
Europro Tour – PDC Open
Jordan Smith shot a six-under-par final-round 66 to finish -14 and claim his first professional title in the HotelPlanner.com PGA EuroPro Tour’s PDC Open at Chart Hills Golf Club in Kent.
The 2013 Walker Cup player’s amateur highlight was success at the Brabazon Trophy in the same year and he moved over to the paid ranks last October.
By his own admission he had found the transition from the amateur game tough but he proved he had overcome those initial difficulties with a fine performance over 54 holes at Chart Hills moving from 1019th TO 706th in the World Ranking.
Pro Golf Tour – LOTOS Polish Open
With a double bogey on the last hole, Stephan Gross once again had the trophy taken out of his hands for the LOTOS Polish Open: on the final day of the tournament in the Sierra Golf Club in Wejherowo, Poland, the golfer from Leimen went onto the fairway with 6 under par, and a one stroke advantage at the tee of the 18th hole, yet ultimately he ended up in joint second place with the Frenchman David Antonelli with -4. The title went to the Frankfurter Martin Keskari, who prevailed with 5 under par (72, 68, 71) and therefore is already celebrating his third success of the season on the Pro Golf Tour.
Nordic Golf League – Made in Denmark by Ejner Hessel
It was Tapio Pulkkanen from start to finish in Silkeborg Ry Golf Club Friday, and despite a bogey on the last hole meant a play-off with Swedish Eric Blom, so could the talented Finn immediately after lifting his fourth winning check at Nordic Golf League in 2015. Quite impressive of Pulkkanen, now on its way to ensure the record for earnings in GolfBox Nordic League Golf Ranking .