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CANTLAY BREAKS INTO THE WORLD TOP 10

PGA Tour - the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide

Starting four shots behind, Cantlay closed with an 8-under 64 for a two-shot victory Sunday. It was the lowest final round by a winner in tournament history, and it moved the 27-year-old Californian up to 6th in the FedExCup and a career best of World No.8.

Martin Kaymer, trying to end five years without a victory, started with a two-shot lead and never recovered from back-to-back bogeys on the back nine. He shot 38 on the back nine and finished with a 72.

Adam Scott was the last player with a chance to catch Cantlay when he ran off three straight birdies to get within two shots, but he narrowly missed birdies on the last two holes and had to settle for a 68.

Cantlay first met the tournament host in 2011 when he won the Jack Nicklaus Award as the top player in college at UCLA. And he leaned on the advice of Nicklaus going into the final round to relax, enjoy the surroundings and finish it off.

"I finished it," Cantlay told Nicklaus as he walked off the 18th green after making an 8-foot par putt that effectively sealed it.

Cantlay finished at 19-under 269 and won for the second time in a PGA TOUR career that is younger than it seems. A rising star coming out of UCLA -- he was low amateur at the 2011 U.S. Open and opened with a 60 at the Travelers Championship a week later -- he missed two full years with a back injury that nearly cost him his career.

He is in his third full year since returning, and a victory over a strong field on a strong course is what long was expected of his skills.

And there some atonement at Muirfield Village for Cantlay. A year ago, he took a two-shot lead to the back nine and didn't make a birdie the rest of the way, missing a playoff by two shots. This time, he putted for birdie on every hole on the back nine until the 18th.

"Being able to win on this golf course, in front of Jack, making that putt on the last hole, I can't tell you how good it feels," he said.

Scott finished at 17-under 271. Only six other players have had a lower 72-hole score at the Memorial since it began in 1976.

 

European Tour - Belgian Knockout

Guido Migliozzi claimed his second European Tour win of the season with a four shot victory over Darius van Driel in the final of the Belgian Knockout, breaking into the World Top 200 for the first time at World No. 95.

The Italian only came through the Qualifying School in November and now has two victories in just 20 events after his triumph at the Magical Kenya Open presented by Absa in March.

He laid down a marker on day four at Rinkven International Golf Club with a win over Bernd Wiesberger in his quarter-final and then defeated Scotsman Ewen Ferguson in the last four.

Van Driel beat Matthew Southgate and Grégory Havret en route to the final on Sunday - his 30th birthday - but the Dutchman could not match Migliozzi's three under par total.

Ferguson beat Havret by four shots in the play-off to claim third place ahead of the Frenchman.

 

Japan Golf Tour - Gate Way To The Open Mizuno Open at The Royal GC

Yuta Ikeda won his first tournament of the season at the Gate Way To The Open Mizuno Open at The Royal GC moving from World No. 141 to World No. 106.

 

Web.com Tour - Rex Hospital Open

Beginning the final round of the REX Hospital Open four strokes off the lead at 14-under 199, Denmark’s Sebastian Cappelen rallied over the course of the next 16 holes with seven birdies and an eagle. He finished his round in convincing style by sinking a 26-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to post a 7-under 64, good for the tournament record of 21-under 263 and a three-stroke victory.

“Going to No. 3, I told my caddie this was going to be one of those rounds where I make two bogeys early and then am going to play great,” Cappelen said. “That’s basically everything I was thinking about, just not letting those two bogeys cost me in the end…and it worked out.” 

Cappelen’s victory, his second on the Web.com Tour, comes 108 starts after winning in his first Web.com Tour start at the 2014 Wichita Open Supporting Wichita’s Youth.

“When you come straight out of college golf and win your first event, you think this is not that hard,” he said. “Then, literally, from there, it has been downhill, because I haven’t won since. But, I’ve worked with some good people and it just reiterated that I need to focus on the process, know that I’m good enough and let the process take you to the goal someday.”

With his victory at The Country Club at Wakefield Plantation, Cappelen moves from No. 685 to World No. 342, a career best.

 

All Thailand Golf Tour – Singha Classic

Sarit Suwannarut fired a stunning 65 in the final round to win by a shot at the Singha Classic 2019 on Sunday.

With four shots behind the leader after three rounds at the 2-million baht tournament, Sarit enjoyed his bogey-free round firing six birdies for a 6-under at par-71 Royal Hills Golf Resort & Spa in Nakhon Nayok.

He won the title on 14-under 270, one ahead of Joohyung Kim (66), Kasidit Lepkrute (68) and overnight leader Poosit Supramai (70).

Sarit, who earned himself the second title on the All Thailand Golf Tour after the Singha Pattaya Open 2016 took home 300,000 baht and five world ranking points. Kim, Kasit and Poosit each got 130,667 baht at the 7 th leg of the ATGT 2019.

“My wait is over. I have waited for the title for a long time. I have struggled with an injury and a minor accident of late,” said Sarit, who won the 2016 edition as an amateur.

“I have gradually improved this year and coming to this tournament played at the course I am quite familiar with, I feel more confident.”

Sarit credited his caddie and also a putter for a victory.

“I have just changed my putter and it works really well. It helps me a lot. My caddie makes me feel more comfortable.

“My goal this year is to win a big tournament in the country so that I can be eligible for a bigger tour.”

 

China Tour - Wuhan Optics Valley Open

Jung Woojin won his first China Tour title after a thrilling final day battle in Wuhan Yishan Golf Club. The Korean earned 6 Ranking points taking him from No. 1212 to World No. 671, a career best.

The 21-year-old Korean started to play golf at the age of 14, turned pro five years later and joined China Tour at the same year.

Australian Kade McBride finished the final day with a shocking score of -12 which, the lowest score ever recorded in Wuhan Yishan Golf Club and China Tour.

 

PGA Tour Canada - Bayview Place DCBank Open presented by Times Colonist

Entering the day two-strokes behind Doc Redman, Paul Barjon played his second-consecutive bogey-free round at Uplands Golf Club, making three birdies and an eagle to sign for a 4-day score of 19-under to pick up his second-career Mackenzie Tour victory by one stroke.

“Everything ended up going my way. I just wanted an opportunity to compete on the last day and to get a shot at winning,” said the 26-year old Barjon, who made only two bogeys the entire tournament. “It was a great match with Doc (Redman), and he made a pretty big charge towards the end, so that got in my head for sure.”

With large crowds lining the fairways and greens for the final group on Sunday, Barjon and Redman served up a thrilling neck-and-neck match as each player jockeyed for position.

All-tied up after nine holes, Redman started the fireworks on hole No. 10 after hitting his tee shot in the water, making a 25-footer to save par and stay knotted with Barjon.

A few holes later, Barjon played what may have been the hole of the tournament. With a long-iron in his hands, and his second-shot into the par-5 hole No. 12 partially blocked by trees, the New Caledonia, France native hit a cutting slinger to the back portion of the green before rattling a 40-footer off the flagstick and into the hole for eagle to reclaim the lead.

“I left the pin in which I don’t normally do, but I figured it could only help me,” said Barjon, who’s first Mackenzie Tour victory came at the 2016 Canada Life Championship. “It was a good putt, but it would have rolled at least a good five or six-feet past.  You need a little bit of momentum going your way and that helped for sure.”

The pair exchanged birdies once again on hole No. 16, and on No. 17 Redman chipped in from a tough lie to get within one of Barjon. However, with Redman unable to make his long birdie putt on the final hole, Barjon tapped in a 3-footer to pick up the victory, which comes with an exemption into next week’s RBC Canadian Open in Hamilton, Ontario.

 

Abema TV Tour - Taiheiyo Club Challenge Tournament

Yoshikazu Haku won the Taiheiyo Club Challenge Tournament earning 4 Ranking points moving from 1113 to World No. 754.

 

PGA Tour LatinoAmerica –Bupa Match Play

Patrick Flavin won six consecutive matches, his final triumph a 1-up victory over Brazil’s Rodrigo Lee, on his way to his first professional title. The victory was worth $30,000 and vaulted him from No. 58 on the Order of Merit to No. 9. So much for any slump.

To get to the finals, Flavin edged Argentina’s Tommy Cocha in 19 holes in their semifinals match Sunday morning. He handed Cocha only his second loss in nine matches, dating to last year. Meanwhile, in the Battle of Brazil, No. 31 seed Rodrigo Lee outlasted No. 11 Alex Rocha, 1-up—setting up the final 18-hole duel.

In his semifinal match with Cocha, Flavin led for 12 consecutive holes until Cocha caught him at No. 15. Cocha then took a 1-up lead with a hole to play, forcing Flavin to win the final hole or go home. He parred to Cocha’s bogey, and that moved the proceedings to a playoff, with Flavin winning on the first extra hole as he rolled in a 13-foot birdie pump followed by an emphatic fist pump.

In the final, Lee won the first hole, Flavin won the second and third and never trailed after that. Lee made the match all square at No. 6, Flavin retook the lead at No. 7 and moved 4-up with six holes to play when he rolled in a 15-foot slider for birdie.

“That was a huge putt. That was the first time I thought, Oh, crap. I might win this thing,” he said.

Immediately after those thoughts, though, Flavin lost the next two holes and saw his advantage drop to 1-up with one hole to play. The two players halved the 18th hole, and the victory was Flavin’s.

“I can’t even believe it,” said Flavin, moments after his win. “Coming into this week, I’d been struggling with my scores. But I knew my game was there. I kept the belief and tried to focus on one thing at a time.” said Flavin, something he obviously did exceedingly well through his six matches. 

EuroPro Tour –The Matchroom Sport Championship

David Dixon clinched The Matchroom Sport Championship at Harleyford Golf Club in Marlow after a three-man playoff on the eighteenth hole.

With the leaders chopping and changing throughout the day it ended up being a straight three-way shootout between Seve Benson, Wentworth Club, David Dixon of Enmore Park Golf Club, and Dave Coupland of Woodhall Spa Golf Club.

All three ended their final rounds thirteen under leading to the play-off where on the 18th hole it was Dixon who reigned victorious in his first event back on the PGA EuroPro Tour since 2017.

An unblemished final round of three birdies and an eagle on the fifth put him in the position for the play-off. When it came to the play-off, Dixon birdied the par 4 18th to win with Coupland and Benson only able to par their finish. It was a consistent week for him overall with rounds of 70, 66 and 67.

It was Dixon’s first appearance on the tour in a couple of years and after recently playing in the British Masters he said playing at Harleyford was the next big focus and it clearly paid off.

He said he was happy with the three days work and looking forward to building on it in the Diamond X Open at Cumberwell Park Golf Club, a course he knows well.