GRACE MOVES TO WORLD NO. 29
European Tour - Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player
Branden Grace produced a stunning closing 66 to win an eighth European Tour title and delight the home fans at the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player moving to World No. 29.
The seventh Rolex Series event of the season had brought an elite field to Gary Player Country Club and they did not disappoint, with the final group of Grace, Victor Dubuisson and Scott Jamieson producing an enthralling final-day battle.
The trio shared the lead with four holes to play but a brilliant 40-foot birdie putt on the 16th moved Grace to 11 under and handed him a one-shot victory over Jamieson.
Frenchman Dubuisson was then at nine under, two shots clear of China's Li Haotong - who produced the lowest round of the week with a 64 - and three ahead of two-time Major Championship winner Martin Kaymer.
Grace hit all 18 greens in regulation in his final round as he moved alongside Louis Oosthuizen into a tie for fourth on the list of all-time South African European Tour winners, behind only Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Charl Schwartzel.
JapanGolf Tour - Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters
Satoshi Kodaira won a second Japan Golf Tour title this season at the Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters moving to a career best of World No. 53.
PGA Tour - OHL Classic at Mayakoba
Patton Kizzire won his first PGA TOUR title on Sunday by beating Rickie Fowler in a 36-hole marathon in the rain-plagued OHL Classic at Mayakoba.
Kizzire closed with rounds of 66-67 for a one-shot victory over Fowler, who fell four shots behind at El Camaleon Golf Club until staging a late rally that again fell short. Fowler had rounds of 67-67 on the final day.
Kizzire won in his 62nd career start on the PGA TOUR, and it required some steady nerves on the back nine when it could have gotten away from him. Leading by four shots with seven holes to play, Kizzire saved par with an 8-foot putt on No. 12, a 10-foot putt on the par-5 13th and an 8-foot putt on the 14th.
He had a three-shot lead with three holes to play when Fowler made a 15-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole and rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole to close within one shot. But from the 18th fairway, Fowler sent his approach some 35 feet left of the flag and left the birdie attempt short.
Kizzire had to stand close to his approach shot to keep his feet out the sand, and he hit 8-iron to 25 feet. After Fowler left his birdie attempt well short, Kizzire rapped his putt to within a few inches and tapped in for the winning par.
"I was glad to get it done," Kizzire said. "Rickie made me work hard."
Kizzire finished at 19-under 265 and earned his first trip to the Masters in April.
Asian Tour – Resorts World Manila Masters
Asian Tour rookie Micah Lauren Shin of the United States overcame an early two-shot penalty incurred at the opening hole and defeated Thailand’s Arnond Vongvanij at the first play-off hole to win the Resorts World Manila Masters on Sunday.
Shin was set back by two shots after having discovered he had 15 clubs in his bag. But that mistake along with another bogey on the third hole only spurred the 20-year-old to force his way back into contention.
Shin reignited his charge starting with a birdie on the fourth hole before firing three successive birdies starting from seven. He added another four birdies in his inward-nine to earn a play-off spot with Arnond, who had closed with a five-under-par 67.
The duo were tied at 19-under-par 269 in regulation play.
At the first play-off hole on the par-five 18, Shin gained the early advantage by finding the fairway with his tee shot while Arnond’s landed in the left rough. After getting onto the green in three, Arnond missed his seven-foot birdie putt while Shin made no mistake in sinking his from inside four feet to win his maiden Asian Tour title at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club.
PGA Tour Latino America – NEC Argentina Classic
In the final round of the 2017 NEC Argentina Classic, Argentinian Julian Etulain came out on top to capture his fourth PGA TOUR - Latinoamerica title moving to World No. 415