WEEK 47 Phil Mickelson 25 consecutive years inside the World Top 50

Week 46

JOHNSON CLAIMS MAIDEN MASTERS VICTORY

Masters Tournament

The World Number One had an early scare on Sunday as his four shot overnight lead was reduced to a single stroke in the space of five holes after he followed up a birdie at the third with back to back bogeys on the fourth and fifth, giving the chasing pack hope.

But he steadied the ship with two more birdies on the front nine before reeling off a hat-trick of gains from the 13th to finish the tournament on 20 under par - the lowest score ever seen at the Masters by two shots.

Johnson's victory sees him add a second Major Championship title to his CV, having won the U.S. Open Championship in 2016.

Australian Cameron Smith and South Korean Sungjae Im finished in a tie for second on 15 under, with Justin Thomas three shots further back in fourth.

Smith set a landmark of his own, signing for a closing 69 to become the only player in Masters history to shoot four straight rounds in the 60s, following previous scores of 67, 68 and 69.

Challenge Tour – Andalucía Challenge de Cádiz

Pep Angles claimed an emotional maiden victory on home soil by winning the Andalucía Challenge de Cádiz at Iberostar Real Club de Golf Novo Sancti Petri.

The Spaniard posted a closing three under par round of 69 for a 14 under par total, one stroke clear of his final round playing partners Alfredo Garcia-Heredia, his countryman, and England’s Matthew Baldwin, who finished in a tie for second place on 13 under par.

Garcia-Heredia was the overnight leader and he still held a one stroke advantage as Angles made the turn on one under par, two off the lead, but a run of three birdies in a row for the 27-year-old catapulted him to the top of the leaderboard and he subsequently held on for a first European Challenge Tour victory.

The victory means Angles climbs two places on the Road to Mallorca Rankings to second position ahead of next week’s Challenge Tour Grand Final, and overhauling current leader Marcel Schneider is at the forefront of his mind.

“My goal was to win one of these two events and win the whole Rankings. I’m just trying to play my best and see if I can win the Grand Final. I don’t know if he’s too far away, Marcel, but I’ll do my best to win it and see if I can lead the Rankings.”

Spanish amateur Eduard Rousaud finished in fourth place on nine under par, marking the end of an excellent two weeks for the 20-year-old after he finished tied fifth in last week’s Andalucía Challenge de España.

German duo Schneider and Allen John finished in a tie for fifth place on seven under par alongside Norway’s Kristian Krogh Johannessen, while Germany’s Hurly Long finished eighth on six under par.

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

Chandigarh’s Karandeep Kochhar clinched victory on his home turf with a stoic last round effort of three-under-69 at the TATA Steel PGTI Players Championship 2020 Presented by Chandigarh Golf Club.

Twenty-one-year-old Kochhar’s long-awaited win was his second on the PGTI and his first since turning professional in 2017. His first win on the PGTI came in 2016 at the age of 17 while he was still an amateur. Karandeep, the leader since round two, ended up with a tournament total of 18-under-270 to finish two shots ahead of the rest at the Rs. 30 lakh event.

Kochhar, who took home the winning cheque worth Rs. 4,84,950, has now climbed from seventh to second position in the PGTI Order of Merit. Pune-based Udayan Mane continues to lead the merit list.

Twenty-six-year-old Sunit Chowrasia of Kolkata, nephew of Indian golfing great SSP Chawrasia, broke the course record with a sensational 10-under-62 to secure the runner-up spot at 16-under-272.

Karandeep Kochhar (66-68-67-69), the overnight leader by a massive four shots, kept his nerves on the final day to register his first win on the PGTI in four years after having come close to winning on several occasions including posting three runner-up finishes.