KOEPKA BREAKS INTO THE TOP 20
PGA Tour - Waste Management Phoenix Open
Brooks Koepka secured his maiden PGA Tour title with a narrow one-shot victory at the Phoenix Open.
Going in to the final round in a group three shots adrift of overnight leader Martin Laird, the 24-year-old carded three birdies and a eagle in a five-under final round 67.
Koepka rolled in a 51-foot putt from short of the green at the par-five 15th for the eagle that saw him parachute clear of a crowded leaderboard.
Hideki Matsuyama had a chance to take the tournament in to a play-off with a birdie putt on the 18th, but saw his effort fall well short.
Koepka, who won on the European Tour at November's Turkish Airlines Open, then tapped home a close-range putt to secure the win.
"It feels amazing," Koepka said. "The last few weeks I've put in a lot of hard work, changing my putting stroke completely and everything seems to be going right. I'm happy to get the win."
European Tour - Omega Dubai Desert Classic
Rory McIlroy produced an immaculate display of front running to win the Omega Dubai Desert Classic for a second time at Emirates Golf Club.
The World Number One, who had been in front since his sublime 64 on Friday, closed with a two under par 70 to win by three shots on a tournament record equalling 22 under par: only Thomas Bjørn and Stephen Gallacher had previously won with such a low total.
Sweden’s Alex Noren, who missed almost all of 204 with tendonitis in both wrists, carded a final round 65 to announce his return to action with a runner-up finish – his best on The European Tour since 2011.
McIlroy made this his maiden professional title back in 2009, and was delighted to end a string of runner-up finishes by going one better.
“It’s nice to be able to put my name on that trophy again,” said McIlroy, who has now won four and been runner-up in three of his last seven European Tour starts.
“It felt like I was coming second every time I was teeing it up so it was time for a change and obviously the only way I wanted to go was one better and thankfully I was able to do that today.
“I played very nicely all week; I did what I needed to do today. I didn’t play quite as well as the first three days but I played a solid round of golf and kept my nose in front.”
Web.com – Panama Claro Championship
Australia's Mathew Goggin won the Web.com Tour's season-opening Panama Claro Championship on Sunday, closing with a 3-under 67 in hot, windy conditions for a four-stroke victory.
Also the 2011 winner, the 40-year-old Goggin finished at 11-under 269 at Panama Golf Club. He earned $112,500 for his fifth victory on the tour and first since 2011.
"It just reminds you that you can still play a bit," Goggin said. "I played so poorly last year and you start wondering, at 40, what do I need to change or what do I need to do more of?"
Goggin also was second in the event in 2013. He birdied Nos. 1, 7 and 17 in his bogey-free round.
"There's no explanation for it," Goggin said. "You just get a bit of confidence. You get a course you like and these conditions really suit me, but you've still got to take advantage of those because there are going to be a lot of weeks where guys that carry it 320 off the tee get a massive advantage. So when you get an opportunity like this you have to take advantage of it."
Asian Development Tour - PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship
Local hope Arie Irawan survived a late scare to win his first Asian Development Tour (ADT) title after shooting a four-under-par 68 at the PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship on Saturday.
The 24-year-old made a crucial par save on the 16th hole from the rough after a poor drive to win by one-shot with an 18-under-par 270 total at the RM200,000 (approximately US$60,000) ADT event.
Newcomer Sean Riordan of New Zealand and overnight leader Sukree Othman of Malaysia settled for tied second after returning with a 67 and 70 respectively to finish on 271 at the Harvard Golf and Country Club.
“I still feel a little nervous. I’m still shaking. I don’t know how I did it but I did it. I told myself to focus on my breathing. If I do that, then I can play well. I wanted to stay in the present and not think too far ahead,” said Arie.
Rated as one of the most promising talents in Malaysia, Arie finished in sixth place on the ADT Order of Merit last year to earn an Asian Tour card for 2015. It was a special case for the Malaysian as Sattaya Supupramai, ranked fourth on the ADT Order of Merit, finished inside the top-60 on the Asian Tour Merit list.
Arie rode on his luck again today when he was distracted on his downswing on the 16th hole. He escaped with a par but admits that three-foot putt was decisive in his victory.