SNEDEKER ENDS 18 MONTH TITLE DROUGHT
PGA Tour – AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
Brandt Snedeker ended an 18-month title drought on the PGA Tour by cruising to a three-shot victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
The American, who also lifted the title on the Monterrey Peninsula in 2013, carded a final-round 67 to finish on 22 under and earn a comfortable victory over Nick Watney.
Dustin Johnson and Jason Day finished strongly to claim a share of third.
Overnight leader Jim Furyk failed to recover from a poor front nine and he and Matt Jones tumbled out of contention, while Watney was also unable to sustain his challenge after making birdies on the opening four holes.
Snedeker was a model of consistency from the start and birdied the third and fifth before converting a delightful tee shot to two feet at the picturesque, par-three seventh to cruise to the turn in 33.
The 34-year-old rattled in another birdie putt at the 11th and did well to grind out pars at the next three holes before breaking the sequence with a sublime approach to 10 feet at the 15th, followed by the putt to match.
Snedeker negotiated the final three without alarm to keep the field a safe distance behind him, and he managed to complete 72 holes with just a single bogey on his card – the third at Pebble Beach in round three.
His winning score of 22 under was also a record for the tournament, beating the previous best he set in 2013 by one stroke, and he was barely under threat over the inward stretch as he cantered to his seventh PGA Tour title.
Asian / European Tour – True Thailand Classic presented by Black Mountain
Australia’s Andrew Dodt staged a dramatic fight back with a closing five-under-par 67 to lift the inaugural True Thailand Classic presented by Black Mountain trophy on Sunday.
Dodt’s winning total of 16-under-par 272 at the Black Mountain Golf Club left him speechless as his second victory on the region’s premier Tour finally ended a five-year title drought.
Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee’s double-bogey on 13 effectively ended all hopes of a local winner at the US$2 million Thai showpiece as he signed off with a 71 to share second place with overnight leader Scott Hend of Australia at the richest golf tournament in Thailand.
Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat meanwhile bounced back from the disappointment of missing the cut in Malaysia to enjoy a tied-fourth finish alongside Canada’s Richard T. Lee and Jason Knutzon of the United States following a 274 total.
After five years, Dodt completed his remarkable return to the winner’s circle with a performance that left him searching for words.
“There are no thoughts at the moment. I’m speechless,” said the Australian, who started the day four shots back of Hend.
PGA Tour of Australasia – Mercedes-Benz Truck & Bus Victorian PGA Championship
New South Welshman Aaron Townsend has won the Mercedes-Benz Truck & Bus Victorian PGA Championship by one shot over Western Australian Scott Strange.
Townsend was ecstatic about his win after he holed a bunker shot on the 18th to claim victory, particularly with storm conditions rolling in.
"I played great today, I couldn't have asked for a better start," said Townsend.
"5-under through 9 holes and I then made a birdie on 10, so I felt that set me up very well."
"It's nice to get a win so early in the season, hopefully I can build on it and maybe play better in some events coming up."
Townsend's win gives him a second state PGA Championship title after previously winning the 2009 NSW PGA Championship and prior to this, in 2008, New South Wales Open.
A number of Professionals at this week's tournament noted the conditions of Huntingdale Golf Course,including Townsend, who was nothing but complementary to the conditions of one of the standout courses on the Melbourne sand belt.
"I've always liked the golf course, but now I love the golf course, I've just enjoyed every round here this week," added Townsend.
Asian Development Tour – PGM LADA Langkawi Championship
Malaysia’s Wilson Choo earned his breakthrough on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) when he claimed a one-stroke victory at the PGM LADA Langkawi Championship on Saturday.
Choo, who led the first two rounds, fired a closing six-under-par 66 for a winning total of 18-under-par 270 at the Gunung Raya Golf Resorts, becoming the second Malaysian after Arie Irawan to win on the ADT this season.
Overnight leader Micah Lauren Shin of the United States marked his best performance on the ADT by signing for a 69 for a runner-finish while Singapore’s Lam Chih Bing took third place on 272 following a 68 at the RM200,000 (approximately US$60,000) ADT event.
Thailand’s Nakarintra Ratanakul settled for fourth place while Arie (69) and Australian Jack Munro (66) took fifth and sixth positions respectively at the PGM LADA Langkawi Championship, which is the second leg of the ADT schedule this season.Micah Lauren Shin (USA)
Choo was a very relieved man after battling tooth and nail with his spirited rivals who piled the pressure on him all day.
“I can finally calm down now. My heart was really beating fast out there. I kind of adjusted my game plan as it was a little windy and playing condition was slightly different today. I made some changes with my club approaches and my putting was much better as well,” said the 25-year-old Malaysian, who had previously won once on his local circuit in 2013.