FRITTELLI MOVES TO WORLD NO.55
Asian, European and Sunshine Tour – AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open
Dylan Frittelli beat Arjun Atwal at the first play-off hole to capture the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open.
The 27-year-old South African, birdied the first extra hole after both players had finished on 16 under par.
44-year-old Atwal from India, who will captain his continent in next month's EurAsia Cup, began the week with a sparkling 62 and almost snatched victory when his eagle putt on the last lipped out before settling for birdie and a closing 68.
Frittelli was quick to pay tribute to his closest challenger.
I've set some pretty lofty goals and achieved most of them so I can't wait for 2018 - Dylan Frittelli
"Arjun Atwal - great payer, tremendous player," he said. "I played with him yesterday and it was one of the most fun rounds I've had in recent times.
"He's a player who's played all over the world, won in America, won all over the world and I'm glad I could steal one from him here.
"It's been a pretty good year for me. I've set some pretty lofty goals and achieved most of them so I can't wait for 2018 - set more goals and go and chase them again."
Having begun the day one behind leaders Atwal and Louis De Jager, Frittelli birdied the second but failed to get up-and-down at the fourth to hand the shot back.
Frittelli chipped in for an unlikely par at the sixth, picked up another shot at the seventh and got up-and-down from a bunker at the ninth before chipping close at the tenth for back-to-back birdies.
Japan Golf Tour - Golf Nippon Series JT Cup
Yusaku Miyazato ended the season in sparkling form to take the Golf Nippon Series JT Cup title, his fourth Japan Golf Tour title this season and win the Japan Golf Tour Final Ranking.
PGA Tour of Australasia and European Tour – Australian PGA Championship
Queenslander Cameron Smith has thrilled a hometown crowd winning the 2017 Australian PGA Championship on the second playoff hole against New South Welshman Jordan Zunic.
Smith shot rounds of 68, 67, 67 and 68 to finish regulation play on 18-under the card alongside Zunic, who began the final round with a three shot lead. The pair were in a head-to-head battle through the 18 holes today, sharing and swapping the lead on multiple occasions.
The Queenslander edged to a one shot lead over Zunic on the 17th hole but dropped a shot on the 18th where Zunic made par to force the playoff.
The pair both made par on the first playoff and after Zunic made bogey on the second trip, Smith got to the hole in four shots to etch his name on the Joe Kirkwood Cup.
“That was a bit of a grind out there today. I didn't quite have my best ball‑striking stuff on the back-9 but managed to get away with some good short game and just holing the putts that I needed to hole,” said Smith.
“I tried to stay aggressive all day. With the lead Jordan had, I thought that I had to stay aggressive, I knew he was playing well.”
The win marks Smith’s first individual win as a Professional, his other coming in the PGA TOUR’s Zurich Classic, a team event he won with Swede Jonas Blixt, who watched on from the side of the 18th green today.
He said he remembers attending the Australian PGA Championship and has always had winning this tournament as a goal in his career and will play the tournament as long as he’s able to make it back home.
“I remember going out there with dad and mum watching Adam (Scott) and those type of guys up there at Coolum,” added Smith.
“And then it was really one of my goals, I wanted to win one down here, and just being in Queensland makes it a little bit more special.
“This will be on my schedule as long as I have my card and full status in the U.S.; I'll definitely come back down here and play two or three that are here, for sure.”
PGA Tour LatinoAmerica – Shell Championship
In the final round of the 2017 Shell Championship, Brady Schnell won the final tournament of the season with a round of 70.
Asian Tour – KG S&H City Asian Golf Championship
China’s Bowen Xiao lifted his first professional win after prevailing on the second extra hole in a play-off against Australian Bryden Macpherson at the US$350,000 KG S&H CITY Asian Golf Championship on Sunday.
The 27-year-old Xiao, who joined the play-for-pay ranks in 2012, held a three-shot lead after 14 holes but three bogeys in his closing four holes saw him sign for a two-over-par 74, which forced him to go the distance with Macpherson, who ended his campaign with a 69.
The duo were tied on three-under-par 285 total in regulation play at the Kaikou Golf Club’s West course. Xiao missed a five-footer for birdie on the first play-off hole held on the 440-yard par-four 18 to settle for par alongside MacPherson.
He redeemed himself by making a four-footer birdie putt in his second attempt on the same play-off hole to seal the victory while the 27-year-old Macpherson, who needed to claim the title to win the China Tour Order of Merit crown, bowed out with a par.
Xiao, who is playing in his Asian Tour debut this week, took home a winner’s cheque of US$63,000 and earned a one-year exemption on the Asian Tour following his victory.
Rising star Liu Yan-wei of China marked his best result on the Asian Tour after closing with a 71 to settle one shot back in third place on his own.
PGA Tour – Hero Challenge
Rickie Fowler and Tiger Woods each had cause for celebrations large and small Sunday in the Hero World Challenge.
Fowler rallied from a seven-shot deficit by starting his final round with seven straight birdies at Albany Golf Club and closing with an 11-under 61 for a four-shot victory over Charley Hoffman. It was the second victory of the year for Fowler, and the second time he has ended a year with multiple victories worldwide.
"Finally just kind of got everything to piece together," said Fowler, who moves to No. 7 in the world.
In a week that began with so much curiosity over how Woods would perform, he had his best result in four years. More than his score, he looked just as strong at end, including a vicious recoil on a 2-iron he hit from 265 yards on the third hole that ran through the green.
Playing for the first time in 10 months while recovering from fusion surgery on his lower back -- his fourth back surgery in three years -- Woods shot another 31 on the front nine, closed with back-to-back bogeys and shot a 68.
He tied for ninth in the 18-man field, his best result since a playoff loss at this holiday event in 2013 at Sherwood Country Club in California.
"I'm excited," Woods said. "This is the way I've been playing at home."
He still finished 10 shots behind Fowler. Then again, Fowler didn't give anyone much of a chance.