WEEK 16 Ryan Evans

Week 46

MATSUYAMA WINS IN HOME COUNTRY JAPAN

Japan Golf Tour - Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters

Hideki Matsuyama won the Mitsui Sumitomo Visa Taiheiyo Masters at the Taieheiyo Golf Club in Shizuoka by a massive seven shots moving to a World No.6.

Matsuyama led the tournament event from his opening round of 65.

European Tour - Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player

Alex Noren posted a closing 63 to win the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player by six shots and claim his fourth European Tour victory of the season moving to World No. 9.

The Swede carded an eagle, eight birdies and a solitary bogey to finish the week on 14 under par and will move up to third in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex.

Jeunghun Wang, who held a three-shot lead on Saturday night, finished six shots behind Noren in second, one stroke clear of Ricardo Gouveia, Alejandro Cañizares, Victor Dubuisson, home favourite Branden Grace and Andy Sullivan.

Noren's countryman Henrik Stenson, who leads the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex, fired a birdie at the last to finish eighth on six under.

“I've tried to get in this tournament for so many years, and when I got in here, ending up winning, it feels unbelievable”

PGA Tour – OHL Classic at Mayakoba

Pat Perez won the OHL Classic at Mayakoba on Sunday in his third start since returning from shoulder surgery.

Perez closed with a 4-under 67 for a two-stroke victory over third-round leader Gary Woodland on the Greg Norman-designed El Camaleon course. Perez finished at 21-under 263.

"I had an attitude that I can't really repeat, but I had a lot of thoughts going on," Perez said. "The main one was I wanted to stay aggressive. I knew if I just stayed aggressive I was seeing the line great on the putting green. ... This type of grass and these greens, if you can get it on line you can make them.

"I just saw the line, I thought I could make them all and I just had a confidence. I had an entirely different attitude than I would have had a few years ago. It was definitely a different win than last time. Last time, I was a little more scared coming down the stretch. I didn't really believe and this and that. This time, I really had like this calmness, kind of like a madness to get it done."

Perez had surgery on his shoulder in February. He returned with a tie for 33rd in Malaysia, and tied for seventh last week in Las Vegas.

Asian Tour - Resorts World Manila Masters

India’s S.S.P. Chawrasia lifted his first Asian Tour title abroad after prevailing at the second play-off hole to win the US$1 million Resorts World Manila Masters on Sunday.

Victory at the richest golf tournament in the Philippines was the first for the 38-year-old outside India and it was one to remember after he birdied the 18th play-off hole twice to clinch victory over Sam Chien of the United States and Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung.

“I am very happy. This is my first win outside of India. I am very excited. Everyone has been telling me I have won a lot of times in India and it’s about time to win outside of India. I am glad I did it this week,” said Chawrasia.

Chawrasia finished regulation play with a flawless six-under-par 66 to force his way into a three-way play-off after Fung and Chien had earlier set the clubhouse lead at 19-under-par 269.

When Fung bowed out with a bogey at the first play-off hole, it was down to Chawrasia and rookie Chien to battle for top honours at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club.

PGA Tour of Australasia – NSW Open Championship

Firing 1-under 71 in the final round at Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club, Adam Blyth has won the NSW Open.

Adam BlythWith rounds of 65, 63, 66 and 71 for a tournament total 23-under 265, Blyth claimed the Kel Nagle Trophy by three shots.

"It's been a magical week. I enjoyed it. I played probably the best golf of my life," said Blyth.

"To share it with my girlfriend and dad is just super special."

It was a hard fought victory for Blyth who after opening with two birdies went onto drop six shots on the front-9.

After starting with a four shot lead, Blyth started the back-9 tied with four players. He went onto make five birdies including one at the last to secure the $72,000 pay cheque.

"Take away the front-9 today and I played beautifully and putted so well," added Blyth, who steadied the ship with a birdie on the 10th.

"I was thinking I would probably still be in the lead or at least very close. I was thinking it was lucky that I had that four shot lead overnight.

Korean Golf Tour - Caido Korea Tour Championship

Hyungjoon Lee won the Caido Korea Tour Championship earning 9 first place points moving to World No. 391.

PGA Tour China - Caido Korea Tour Championship

Taewoo Kim missed the first cut of his PGA TOUR China career in May. He’s been pretty solid since.

The South Korean opened a five-shot, 54-hole lead at the Putian Open then survived his worst round of the week but was still able to win for the second time this season. Kim fired a 5-over 77 Sunday at the Putian Mazu Golf Club and Resort to to finish at even-par, defeating Australia’s Taylor Cooper and American Sejun Yoon by four shots.

The victory earned Kim ¥216,000 (approximately U.S. $35,400) and moved him to ¥544,086 ($89,200) in season earnings. He started the week at No. 6 on the Order of Merit and improved to No. 4, putting him in excellent position to earn 2017 Web.com Tour membership with two tournaments remaining on the 2016 schedule. Earlier this year, Kim won the Ping An Private Bank Wanda Open in Baishan.

His five-shot cushion at the start of the round gave Kim enough of an advantage to overcome a couple of loose swings that, at least early on, gave the impression that he might falter. He started slowly, making bogey on his opening hole, seemingly opening to door to possible challengers. The door really swung open at the par-5 fourth hole when Kim he made a quadruple bogey-9. But countryman Rak Cho, at the time his closest pursuer, made a 7 on the same hole, and nobody was able to mount a serious charge after that.

“Today I didn’t play very well. On No. 4, I had two shots out of bounds. I played in nine strokes. I felt very nervous and bad. But luckily my dad was my caddie, and he encouraged me a lot,” Kim said of his only true scoring mishap of the week on a course where there were many. “My dad told me to calm down, that we just needed to save par. That’s what I did for the following holes.” After the quadruple bogey, Kim was even-par until he made a bogey on his final hole of the day. After his final stroke of the tournament, fellow Koreans all waiting greenside to congratulate him doused him with water.

PGA Tour LatinoAmerica – Argentina Classic presented by NEC

Samuel del Val was declared the winner of the 16th tournament of the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica season when thunderstorms moved into the Club Campos de Golf Las Praderas de Lujan to force the cancelation of the fourth round on Sunday.

After postponing the start of the final round several times throughout the day, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica officials found the course saturated by rain that made it unplayable. The final round was cancelled at 12:50 p.m.

Del Val, who posted rounds of 69-66-68, secured the title with a score of 13-under 203. He won by one over Augusto Núñez of Tucuman, Argentina and Derek Gillespie of Ontario, Canada.

“This is a long-awaited victory. I've been seeking this win for four years and it's finally here,” said the champion who had had two runner-up finishes in 58 previous starts thru four seasons in Latin America.

“When stuff like this happens is hard to control the emotions. You really don’t know if you are going to play or not, but I kept telling myself that we were going to play and that is was going to be a long day, a good battle with several good players near the top. You know we didn’t play and I guess it was enough to claim the win, so I’m very happy for the way things turned out.”