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KOEPKA WINS FIRST WGC TITLE

WGC - FedEx St Jude Invitational

Brooks Koepka claimed a first World Golf Championships title as he cruised to a three shot victory at the WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

The World Number One carded a closing 65 at TPC Southwind to get to 16 under, with fellow American Webb Simpson providing the nearest competition as Koepka added a WGC title to his four Major Championship victories.

The 29-year-old started the day a shot behind overnight leader and playing partner Rory McIlroy but looked in total control from the moment he made the first of five birdies at the third.

Australian Marc Leishman finished four shots off the lead, one clear of McIlroy and English duo Matthew Fitzpatrick and Tommy Fleetwood.

 

PGA Tour - Barracuda Championship

Collin Morikawa birdied his last three holes Sunday to win the Barracuda Championship, making him the second player this summer to go from college to a PGA TOUR winner. The win takes Morikawa into the Worlds Top 100 at World No.90.

Morikawa, who graduated from Cal last month, closed with seven birdies against no bogeys in the modified Stableford scoring system, giving him 14 points in the final round at Montreaux Golf and Club.

He finished with 47 points for a three-point victory over Troy Merritt, who had the lead on the back nine until the 22-year-old Morikawa made his final charge. Merritt had a chance to win on the par-5 18th with an eagle, but his chip raced 12 feet by the hole and he missed the birdie putt. He finished with seven points in the round.

Robert Streb, tied for the lead after a birdie on No. 10, finished with eight pars and tied for third with John Chin.

Morikawa joins Matthew Wolff of Oklahoma State as players who have gone straight from college to their first PGA TOUR victory. Wolff won the 3M Open in Minnesota three weeks ago, making an eagle putt on the final hole to beat Morikawa.

"It was something really special to finally get the win," Morikawa said.

 

Korn Ferry Tour - Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper

Harry Higgs captured his first Korn Ferry Tour title on Sunday at the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper. With the win, Higgs officially secured his PGA TOUR card and will be a rookie on TOUR during the 2019-20 season and breaks into the World Top 200 for the first time at World No.146.

“It’s relief and satisfaction,” Higgs said of his emotions after the victory. “I’ve had a few chances throughout the year, and I’ve played well. It’s just nice to put four days together and come out on top.”

Higgs began his Sunday in the final pairing one stroke behind 54-hole leader Grant Hirschman. Higgs got off to a hot start that featured birdies on his first three holes. After a bogey on the par-3 fourth, he fell back to 19-under for the week.

Hirschman added a birdie on the par-4 seventh to match Higgs at 19-under. Both players recorded birdies on the par-5 eighth to reach 20-under and went to their final nine holes tied for the lead.

“It was very good to settle in,” Higgs said of his quick start. “I hit a really good pitch from the back of the green on No. 1. I hit a good wedge on No. 2, and it was kind of a deep breath after that. I tried to continue to do what I thought of last night and continue to stick with the game plan.”

 

Nordic Golf League – Borre Open

Christopher Sahlstrom won a fourth Nordic Golf League title this season at the Borre Open, jumping to a career best of World No.436.

 

Alps Tour Golf - Nazionale Open

With a -10 (206) for the three days, Rome native, Enrico Di Nitto, had an emotional first 2019 Alps Tour victory here in the Nazionale Open at the Golf Nazionale. In front of plenty of local support from friends and family, his win keeps him right on track for his goal of being in the top 5 at the end of the season.

Indeed, his first place today now puts him in third place on the Order of Merit with just one event to go before the Grand Final in October.

Di Nitto: “This is my second win on the Alps Tour but my first win for a very long time and I’m happy to win here in Rome too.”

He admitted to having had some problems with his performance in the second rounds during the season However, he managed to put yesterday’s disappointing second round, result behind him to card a -4 (68) with five birdies and just a single bogey. With 8 top ten finishes this season before today’s win, he was pleased to finally get the desired result:

Di Nitto: “I’ve had some great rounds this year but never finished the way I liked. I have made a lot of good first rounds on the Alps Tour, but the second rounds have often been really bad. Yesterday I was a little bit frustrated with the ending of the second round, but my coach Maximus Scarpa helped me a lot this week so I’m very happy he was here.”

In second place was the English player, Ben Amor at -8 (208) for the tournament. He started the round with an extremely strong front nine finishing with a -4 (32) including an eagle on the par 3 seventh.

PGA Tour Series China – Dongguan Open

American Joey Lane earned his first professional victory after being declared the 36-hole champion at the Dongguan Open. Officials had originally reduced the event to 54 holes, but after another weather delay Sunday they determined the tournament would be a 36-hole event. Roughly half the field was forced to complete its second rounds Sunday, but Lane didn’t have to play a single hole after he set clubhouse lead at 10-under a day earlier, which was more than enough to secure the victory.

Japan’s Yuwa Kosaihira had the best chance to catch Lane and was just three shots back, at 7-under, with six holes to play. He failed to close the gap after finishing with six straight pars to secure solo second. Fellow Japanese player Masamichi Uehira carded a 67 to share third, with Canada’s Richard Jung (68), one shot ahead of American Charlie Netzel (65) and France’s Cyril Bouniol (67).

Big Easy Tour - Big Easy Challenge 7 – Killarney

Kyle Barker pipped Jason Smith in a play-off to lift his maiden Big Easy IGT Challenge Tour title in the seventh event of the series at Killarney Country Club on Wednesday, jumping to a career best of World No.935.

Barker from Randpark Golf Club held a two-stroke lead after 36 holes, but it was Smith who set the clubhouse target on four-under 206 with a final round one-under-par 69. When Barker missed his chance to close out victory at the last hole, the pair returned to the 18th tee box, but the Sunshine Tour rookie was not to be denied for a second time, and he sealed his fifth professional victory with a bogey at the first extra hole.

“I’m so pleased that I got it done, but I made that really tough on myself,” said the delighted Barker. “It was tough out there, today. Everyone had a couple of bad holes, especially on the front nine. I really wanted this win, and patience won out in the end.”

Barker made a solid start with back-to-back pars, but he opened the door for his pursuers with a double bogey at the par four third.

“I snap-hooked my heavenly wood (7-wood) out of bounds and then I short-sided myself on the tough par three (six) and dropped another shot,” said Barker. “I got two shots back, though, before the turn. I lagged it to six feet at the eighth and boxed a three-footer for birdie at nine. But the door was open.”

Smith, Jason Rossiter and Matthew Spacey all made a run at the leader.

 

EuroPro Tour - The Penta Hotels Championship

Sean Towndrow (Southport & Ainsdale/G4L) made a birdie three on the first sudden death play-off hole to beat Bradley Moore (Kedlestone Park GC) and claim his first PGA EuroPro Tour title at Caversham Heath.

The pair played the final round together and both posted -14 totals by signing for two 68s on a topsy-turvy day when 15 players had a realistic chance of getting their hands on the trophy.

Towndrow got to -15 with six birdies and six pars through 12 holes and he showed great grit to hole a slick 20-foot downhill par putt at the tricky par-3 13th. He went bogey-birdie-bogey over the next three holes before finishing off with a couple of pars.

Moore had looked to be in pole position with a couple of holes to go before bogeying the 17th from a greenside bunker and parring the 18th.

But it was the Southport & Ainsdale player who emerged victorious by navigating the 18th hole in picture-perfect fashion and holing a 12-foot birdie putt in the play-off.

“I hit driver as best as I can and had 112 yards, which is perfect for me with a 52° wedge,” said Towndrow. “I’d been pitching really nicely all day and to do that under the gun was really good. I’m ecstatic and still in a bit of shock but it’s starting to sink in.”