WEEK 33 Phil Mickelson 25 consecutive years inside the World Top 50

Week 17

CAMPILLO JUMPS TO WORLD NO.65

European Tour - Trophee Hassan II

Jorge Campillo ended his long wait for a maiden European Tour win at the 229th time of asking with a two shot victory at the Trophée Hassan II.

The Spaniard arrived at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam with two second places and a third in his last four events and when he bogeyed two of his first three holes in round four, it looked like he may miss out again.

But the 32-year-old held his nerve brilliantly, birdieing the 16th and 17th to hit the front at nine under and finish ahead of Americans Sean Crocker and Julian Suri, and South African Erik van Rooyen after a closing 71.

After a stellar amateur career, Campillo turned professional in 2009 and graduated from the European Challenge Tour in 2011, finishing inside the top 100 on the Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex in every season since.

That included six second places - with four in the last three seasons - four thirds and 18 further top tens from 150 made cuts but he can now call himself a European Tour champion at long last.

"It's been a long road," he said. "I'm grateful, but it's been way too long. Way too many hours of work since I was a boy to today. I'm just proud that I can say I'm a winner on the European Tour.

Web.com - Dormie Network Classic at Briggs Ranch

Xinjun Zhang pulled away from the field on Sunday at the Dormie Network Classic at Briggs Ranch to earn his first career Web.com Tour victory. The 31-year-old entered Sunday with a commanding lead and never lost control of the round, finishing five shots ahead of Chase Seiffert and Lanto Griffin who tied for second.

Zhang started his round with a bogey on No. 1 but calmed his nerves with pars on Nos. 2 and 3. He converted birdies on Nos. 4 and 5 to take a commanding lead on the field. He added a birdie on No. 8 but gave it back after a bogey on the par-4 ninth.

Zhang bounced back from his bogey with pars on Nos. 10, 11 and 12. A birdie on the par-5 13th got him to 26-under for the week. The former PGA TOUR member closed out his round with five consecutive pars to earn his first Web.com Tour victory. Zhang remained steady down the stretch, posting a final-round, 2-under 70 to finish the week at 26-under 262.

“Today the game plan was to be very steady and consistent out there,” Zhang said. “We knew the course would play much harder today with the greens being much firmer. We knew that if we could go out there and shoot a few under, we’d probably take this one.”

Zhang had his game in control throughout the week, leading the field in greens in regulation. He tied Mark Hubbard’s total of 26-under 262 at the LECOM Suncoast Classic to match the lowest four-day total on the Web.com Tour this year.

With the win, Zhang earned 500 Web.com Tour Points and is now No. 1 in The 25 standings. With the estimated total of 830 points needed to secure a PGA TOUR card, Zhang is poised for a return to the TOUR with 1,135 points through the first nine events.

“It takes a lot of pressure off for the rest of the season,” Zhang said. “I’ll probably play a little more aggressively, but it’ll be situational. I need to continue with our strategy and hopefully we’ll be able to put another victory away.”

Zhang previously played on the PGA TOUR during the 2017-18 season but failed to retain his card after finishing No. 167 in the FedExCup. Zhang mentioned that his positive attitude should help in his return to the TOUR.


Challenge Tour - Turkish Airlines Challenge

Connor Syme claimed his first European Challenge Tour title in style at the Turkish Airlines Challenge as he held his nerve to defeat Francesco Laporta in a play-off to triumph at Samsun Golf Club.

The duo played in the same group together for the second successive day and both carded five under par rounds of 67 to reach a 23 under par total, meaning extra holes were required to determine a winner.

Returning to the 18th hole, both players found the fairway with an iron off the tee before Syme hit a sensational seven iron approach to five feet and subsequently holed the birdie putt to win the first Challenge Tour Rankings event of the season.  

The 23-year-old was showered with water in celebration by his compatriots after securing victory and he believes this win justifies his decision to play in Turkey, and not in Morocco at the Trophée Hassan II.

“It’s massive, I’m absolutely thrilled,” he said. “A few people might have been thinking why I hadn’t gone to Morocco this week so it was good to justify my decision to come here and win. I’m absolutely delighted and it sets me up for the season so hopefully it’s just the start.

“Of all the holes, I probably wouldn’t have wanted to play 18 because I’ve not really got a club for it. I’ve got a five wood in the bag this week but that brings the bunker into play off the left, so I just had to hit four iron.

“I had 190 yards in regular play and it was right in between and eight and a seven for me because it’s a little bit down breeze, so I had to hit eight and try and draw it and didn’t quite get it right, so I holed a good putt for par.

“There in the play-off, I had 196 yards and it was very quick, I just pulled seven because it was the shot I’d been practising on the range and it was the right shot at the right time, so I’m delighted.”

With players shooting rounds of 11 under par and ten under par in the first three days, the course setup team set some testing pins for the final round, meaning scoring was more moderate and suited Syme’s game plan.

 

Asian Development Tour - Butra Heidelberg Cement Brunei Championships

Thai star Prom Meesawat showed his battling spirit by rallying with a birdie on the third play-off hole to defeat Japan’s Naoki Sekito and clinch the Butra Heidelberg Cement Brunei Championships in the final round on Saturday.

Prom, a two-time Asian Tour winner, who is playing on a sponsor’s invitation this week, started his final day four shots back of the lead.

He hauled himself quickly back into contention by firing seven birdies on holes two, six, seven, 10, 11, 12 and 15 before dropping his only shot of the day on hole 16 at the US$75,000 Asian Development Tour (ADT) event.

Prom’s four-day total of 20-under-par 260 was enough for him to force his way into a play-off with Sekito, who stunned the field with an impressive 61 in regulation play at The Empire Hotel and Country Club.

The duo went head-to-head on the first play-off hole held on 18 but both of them had to settle for pars after missing their birdie attempts. Sekito had an opportunity to win on the second extra hole but narrowly missed a 10-footer and settled for par with Prom.

The play-off was then moved to the ninth hole where Prom eventually triumphed after striking a solid approach to eight-feet and rolling a decisive putt in for birdie. Naoki settled for second place after failing to make birdie from off the green.

“I had a birdie on hole 15 and was three-shots clear of the field. I thought it was good enough, but I didn’t expect to make that bogey on hole 16 and for Naoki to birdie the last two holes.

“But I am glad to have won on the third play-off hole, it was a great fight. That last approach shot on the ninth hole was probably the best iron shot of the week for me,” said Prom.

With good friend Kiradech Aphibarnrat withdrawn from the event due to a knee injury, Prom was pleased to have won the title on his behalf.

“It always feels great winning a golf tournament especially playing on an invite this week it’s an honour to win this event. Kiradech won last year and it’s a shame he didn’t get to play all four rounds.

 

China Tour - Shenzhou Peninsula Open

Australian Maverick Antcliff won a consecutive title this week at the Shenzhou Peninsula Open.

Anticliff started the year Ranked World No. 587. Two victories and a top ten finishes takes Antcliff to a career best of World No. 279.

Abema TV Tour - Japan Create Challenge in Fukuokaraizan

Justin de la Santos jumps to a career best of World No. 524 following a victory at the Japan Abema TV Tour’s Japan Create Challenge in Fukuokaraizan.

 

KPGA Korean Golf Tour - NS Home Shopping Gunsan CC Jeonbook Open

Korean Bio Kim won 9 Ranking Points at the NS Home Shopping Gunsan CC Jeonbook Open jumping from 1072 to World No. 532.

 

All Thailand Golf Tour - Singha Chiang Mai Open

Kwanchai Tannin won his second ATGT title with a playoff win over Settee Prakongvech at the Singha Chiang Mai Open on Sunday.

Kwanchai and Settee, who closed with a 69 and a 66 respectively, were tied at the top of the leaderboard on 15-under in regulation play at par-71 Mae Jo Golf Resort & Spa in Chiang Mai.

At the first playoff hole at par-four 18th, Kwanchai birdied and earned himself the second win on the All Thailand Golf Tour after the 2013 Singha Pattaya Open victory.

The Hua Hin native, who is prolific golfer Prayad Marksang’s nephew, got the winner’s cheque of 300,000 and seven world ranking points while Settee, whose round included a final hole birdie, received 185,000 baht at the 2-million-baht tournament, the fifth leg of the All Thailand Golf Tour 2019.

 

PGA TourLatinoAmerica – 88 Abierto OSDE del Centro presentado por FiberCorp-Telecom

Shooting a final-round, 7-under 64, Tom Whitney stormed from behind on the final day to post a clubhouse score of 14-under and then watched to see if anybody could catch him. They couldn’t. Whitney won his first PGA TOUR Latinoamérica title, defeating Nicolo Galletti by a shot. Colombia’s Santiago Gómez finished alone in third, at 12-under.

It has been a strong start to the season for Whitney, who has yet to miss a cut in four starts and has a top-10 and a top-15 finish already this season. This victory allowed him to move to the No. 1 spot on the Order of Merit, supplanting Jared Wolfe. Whitney leads Wolfe by U.S. $720. He also takes the lead in the Zurich Argentina Swing, $3,383 ahead of No. 2 Andrés Echavarría, who missed the cut this week after winning the first event of the Swing, in Buenos Aires.

Nordic Golf League - Master of the Monster

Nicolai B Kristensian won the the Master of the Monster jumping from 1218 to a career best of World No. 836.

Pro Golf Tour - Haugschlag NÖ Open

Jan Cafourek from the Czech Republic secured himself the trophy on the first extra hole of the playoff against Frenchman Jean Bekirian at the Haugschlag NÖ Open.

For Cafourek it is his maiden win on the Pro Golf Tour. After 54 holes in Golfresort Haugschlag in Austria both players had shared 1st place with a total 12 under par. On the first playoff hole, No. 18 of the Haugschlag Course, a 139 yard par 3 with an island green, the 16 year old from France unluckily hit his teeshot into the water.

"I'm incredibly happy and proud that I finally won my first tournament outside the Czech Republic," said Jan Cafourek. "In the winter I practiced very consistently, and last week I also played a few practice rounds here on this beautiful course in Haugschlag, which I do know very well and which I like a lot because it is demanding but fair at the same time."