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Week 45


European Tour – Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Showdown

Robert MacIntyre produced a birdie-birdie finish to win his first European Tour title at the 2020 Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Showdown moving to a career best of World No. 62.

The Scot had been a picture of consistency all week at Aphrodite Hills Resort, comfortably finishing in the pack as the field was cut to 32 and then 19 players after rounds two and three, with the scores reset to par for the final two days as part of the innovative format.

He finished in a tie for third over this layout last week at the Cyprus Open after a closing 65, and he went one shot better seven days later to finish at seven under, a stroke clear of Japan's Masahiro Kawamura.

Spaniard Jorge Campillo finished at five under after a birdie-eagle finish, a shot ahead of Belgian Thomas Detry, England's Callum Shinkwin and American Johannes Veerman.

MacIntyre claimed the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award last season as he finished 11th on the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex, with three runner up finishes and a further four top tens.

PGA Tour – Vivint Houston Open

Carlos Ortiz held off Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama by closing with a 5-under 65 to win the Vivint Houston Open on Sunday, becoming the second player from Mexico to break into the World Top 100 and the first to win on the PGA TOUR in 42 years.

Challenge Tour - Andalucía Challenge de España

Ondrej Lieser wrote his name into golfing history by becoming the first golfer from the Czech Republic to win on the European Challenge Tour with victory at the Andalucía Challenge de España jumping from World No.554 to a career best of World No. 301.

The 29-year-old posted a closing five under par round of 67 to reach ten under par at Iberostar Real Club de Golf Novo Sancti Petri, two strokes clear of England’s Richard Mansell in second place on eight under par, with fellow Englishman Matt Ford and home favourite Pedro Oriol a shot further back on seven under par in tied third place.

Lieser earned entry into this week’s event courtesy of his first ever Challenge Tour top ten at the Italian Challenge Open Eneos Motor Oil and he was visibly emotional after securing a historic victory in Andalucía.

“It feels awesome,” he said. “To be the first player from Czech Republic to win on the Challenge Tour, especially the way I did it, I was on fire, especially on holes seven, eight and nine.

“I went birdie-birdie-birdie there, I knew I was leading because I saw the leaderboard and I was just trying to make another birdie, another birdie, because the finish we have here; 16, 17, 18, you don’t even need to hit a bad shot and it’s an easy bogey.

“I was just so calm. I was really enjoying that moment. I think what really helped me was the Challenge Tour event in Italy where I was kind of knocking on the door and trying to put myself in contention. That put me where I needed to be and I was trying to play the same strategy, the same course management as the first three days, which was just hit it hard, find it and hit it again, and it worked out.”

The Prague native previously plied his trade on the Pro Golf Tour and he credits the circuit in preparing him for the step up to the Challenge Tour.

Professional Golf Tour of India - Tata Steel PGTI Players Championship 2020 presented by Panchkula Golf Club

Week 45 saw the welcome return of the Professional Golf Tour of India with Akshay Sharma registering a five-shot victory at the TATA Steel PGTI Players Championship 2020 Presented by Panchkula Golf Club.  Sharma earned 5 Ranking points moving to a career best of World No. 793.

The 30-year-old Akshay captured his second title in style by taking his tournament tally to 24-under-264 which also equaled the record for the lowest winning total on the PGTI previously jointly held by Anirban Lahiri and Rashid Khan.

It was a wire-to-wire win for Sharma who led from the first round till the end at the Rs. 30 lakh event, the first tournament to be staged on the PGTI in eight months.

Karandeep Kochhar, also hailing from Chandigarh, put together an error-free 67 to maintain his overnight second position. His totaled 19-under-269 for the week.

Pune-based Udayan Mane shot the day’s joint best round of 66 to claim tied third place at 14-under-274 along with Bengaluru’s Chikkarangappa (69). Udayan thus extended his lead in the PGTI Order of Merit and is set to move up in the world rankings from his current 290th position.

Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, another Chandigarh golfer, finished fifth at 11-under-277 after he carded a last round of 67.

Akshay Sharma (64-66-67-67), the overnight leader by a massive five shots, who looked extremely relaxed and confident at the start of the final round, never seemed in trouble during the round as his lead was not under threat at any stage with the rest of the field struggling to catch up.