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Week 47


PGA Tour of Australasia – Emirates Australian Open

Jordan Spieth has emerged victorious at the Emirates Australian Open following a three-way playoff for the Stonehaven Cup.

With rounds of 69, 70, 68 and 69, Jordan Spieth finished regulation play tied with Queenslander Cameron Smith and Victorian Ashley Hall on 12-under 276.

It took just one trip down the 18th for Spieth to be pronounced the champion. He birdied the first playoff hole with the Australian duo unable to match him.

"We love coming here. I had a chance last year on 18 and didn't hit a great putt. This time I had that same chance with a very similar putt in the playoff and capitalised. I drew back a little bit on that and said this is our time to close this one out," said Spieth.

"I didn't have much confidence in my swing on the last couple of holes today in regulation. I was able to calm down in between and said let's go ahead and prove to ourselves that we can make clutch swings when it matters.

"A few people probably wanted it to go back into Aussie hands and Matt Jones wasn't there to reclaim it. So we're happy to take it in his absence."

This becomes Spieth's second Emirates Australian Open title after he won in 2014 at The Australian Golf Club.

That win teed off Spieth's phenomenal 2015 season which saw him win two Major Championships.

"We love coming here. I certainly plan on (coming back)...but how can you argue with coming here and getting the confidence we get out of this event," added Spieth.

Japan Golf Tour - Dunlop Phoenix Tournament

Brooks Koepka won the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament by a stroke from Japan’s Yuta Ikeda.

European Tour – DP World Tour Championship

Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick holed a nerve-shredding putt at the 18th to win the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai by a single shot.

The 22 year trailed Tyrrell Hatton by one shot as he stood at the 18th tee, but after Hatton carded a bogey at the last, Fitzpatrick calmly slotted in his birdie putt to get to 17 under and secure his third European Tour title.

Hatton was alone in second on 16 under, with Charl Schwartzel another two strokes back in third.

Swede Henrik Stenson posted a stunning 65 on Sunday to clinch his second Race to Dubai title, while Rory McIlroy also shot a closing 65 to get to 12 under.

Asian Tour - BANK BRI-JCB Indonesia Open

Gaganjeet Bhullar of India won the US$300,000 BANK BRI-JCB Indonesia Open for the second time in his career after closing with a four-under-par 68 on Monday.

Bhullar, who also won the event in 2013, sealed his seventh Asian Tour victory and a second title this season with a 16-under-par 272 total at the Pondok Indah Golf Course.

With his win at the BANK BRI-JCB Indonesia Open, Bhullar is now the fifth player after Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand, Frank Nobilo of New Zealand, Frankie Minoza of the Philippines and Lu Hsi-chuen of Chinese Taipei to win the event twice.

“It is never easy in a Monday finish especially when you only have a two-shot lead. I slept at 7pm last night and woke up at 2am because there was so much adrenaline rush. I just couldn’t focus on anything.

“I was not focussed on sleeping. I just could not divert my mind anywhere else apart from the last few holes. At the end of the day I’m proud of myself and I’m glad I pulled it off,” said Bhullar.

“I was full of confidence from tee number one. I told myself that I will play aggressive golf and gave myself a lot of birdie chances. I putted really well and made single putts in the first seven holes,” he added.

PGA Tour China – Zhuhai Hengqing Phoenix Tree Open

Charlie Saxon figured if he shot 1- or 2-under in Sunday’s final round of the Zhuhai Hengqing Phoenix Tree Open, his four-shot, 54-hole lead would probably hold up. Saxon’s plan didn’t exactly work. Saxon could only muster a 2-over 73—by four shots his worst round of the week—yet he was still able to coast to an easier-than-expected, four-stroke triumph over England’s Callum Tarren. Canada’s Justin Shin was third.

In the first three rounds, Saxon made at least one birdie on his opening two holes. Twice this week, he birdied both holes. In Sunday’s final round, the University of Oklahoma graduate didn’t get anything going early as he parred not only the first and second holes but also the third. Then back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 4 and 5 showed up on his scorecard, and suddenly Saxon’s lead was down to two shots midway through his front nine.

“I kind of got off to a bit of a rocky start. I had a couple of bogeys there late in the front nine. I knew my lead was dwindling,” said Saxon, who combined this victory with his win earlier in Beijing at the Ping An Bank Open. He is the second multi-tournament winner this season, joining four-time champion Zecheng Dou. “I didn’t really have my best stuff today, but I was able to get around it, and I hit some good shots when I needed to. I made some really clutch putts that kind of kept my momentum going. I felt those were important.

PGA Tour LatinoAmerica – 111 VISA Open de Argentina presentado por OSDE

Kent Bulle won a three-man playoff at the VISA Open de Argentina.

In the final round of the 111 VISA Open de Argentina presentado por OSDE, Kent Bulle emerges the victor of a three-man playoff with Nathan Lashley and James Beck III to earn his second PGA TOUR Latinoamérica title.