WEEK 49 Phil Mickelson 25 consecutive years inside the World Top 50

Week 13

DAY BACK TO WORLD NO.1

WGC - Dell Match Play

Jason Day won the WGC-Dell Match Play for the second time in three years with a 5 and 4 victory over Louis Oosthuizen in the final at Austin Country Club.

Day's short game had been in brilliant shape all week and proved to be his most potent weapon on Sunday as he first defeated defending champion Rory McIlroy in the semi-finals and then overcame Oosthuizen, who like Day had a 100 per cent record coming into the final.

Oosthuizen had beaten Rafa Cabrera Bello in his semi-final, and the 52nd seed topped off a week that had seen him qualify for the Masters Tournament by beating McIlroy in the consolation match to finish third.

But the star of the show was Day, who overcame a back injury suffered on Wednesday to win his third European Tour title, and he will move back to Number One in the Official World Golf Ranking.

For South African Oosthuizen, it was a continuation of the fine form that saw him win the ISPS HANDA Perth International last month, for a player who had made the quarter-finals in the past two years at this event.

"I'll take a lot out of this week," said Oosthuizen. "I finished quarter-finals a few times and missed out, so now to get to the finals, it's better.

 

PGA Tour - Puerto Rico Open at Coco Beach

Tony Finau won the Puerto Rico Open at Coco Beach on Sunday for his first PGA TOUR title, beating Steve Marino with a birdie on the third hole of a playoff at windy Coco Beach Golf and Country Club.

The 26-year-old Finau won with his third straight birdie in the playoff on the par-5 18th, blasting out of the back bunker to 3 feet.

"I think I'm still a little bit overwhelmed," Finau said. "It probably hasn't all sunk in."

Marino was just off the back edge of the green in two, but left his putt from the fringe 4 1/2 feet short and missed his birdie try to the right.

"I finally played the hole like you're supposed to," Marino said. "I hit the fairway and then hit it on the back fringe. I didn't think that putt was going to be that slow and then I just hit a poor putt on the second putt. Pretty disappointing, played really well."

Finau and Marino each shot 2-under 70 to finish at 12-under 276. Marino birdied the 18th to tie Finau, and got into the playoff when Finau missed a 6-foot birdie putt.

"In regulation, it was a putt that I kind of dreamed of making my whole life," Finau said. "It's a putt that you practice for your first PGA TOUR victory or just for any PGA TOUR victory, so I was a little bit bummed that that sneaked by the hole because I hit a really good putt. But I was happy I had another chance at it and was able to make the second one."

Finau and Marino each birdied the 18th on the first two playoff holes.

On the first extra hole, Marino got up-and-down from the left bunker, blasting to 8 feet. Finau pitched to a foot from left of the green. On the second, Marino hit a flop shot over the right-side bunker to 10 feet, and Finau pitched to 6 feet from in front of the green.

 

Asian Development Tour - PGM LADA Langkawi Championship

George Gandranata closed with a one-under-par 70 to become the first player from Indonesia to win on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) at the PGM LADA Langkawi Championship on Saturday.

The 30-year-old Indonesian, who held a one-shot advantage heading into the round, stumbled with a double-bogey on second but fought back with five birdies against two bogeys to triumph by two shots with a winning total of 14-under-par 270 at the Gunung Raya Golf Resorts.

Malaysia’s Danny Chia came in second after carding a 69 while Australian Jordan Sherratt and Malcolm Kokocinski of Sweden shared third on 274 following rounds of 67 and 73 respectively.

American John Michael O’Toole returned with the day’s best score of 65 to finish five shots back in fifth place with Korea’s Chan-woo Kim, who posted a 66. Current Order of Merit leader Itthipat Buranatanyarat of Thailand signed for a disappointing 76 to slip to tied-19th on 281.

“It was really special. The win means a lot to me. To win my first international title on my birthday week makes it even more special. I am overwhelmed with joy,” said Gandranata, who celebrated his 30th birthday on Tuesday.