CAMERON CHAMP MOVES TO WORLD NO.66
PGA Tour – 3M Open
Cameron Champ won a third PGA Tour title at the 3M open moving to a career best of World No.66.
The 26-year-old Champ had five birdies in a bogey-free round to finish at 15-under 269 at TPC Twin Cities. Louis Oosthuizen, Jhonattan Vegas and Charl Schwartzel tied for second.
Oosthuizen shot 66, too, in a much stronger finish than the previous weekend at the Open Championship, where his 54-hole lead turned into a tie for third after a fourth-round 71.
Playing six pairs ahead of Champ, Oosthuizen birdied three of the last four holes to give himself an outside chance. His approach to the 18th green almost yielded an eagle on the PGA TOUR's hardest par-5 hole, but the ball lipped out. He made a 2 1/2 foot putt for birdie instead. Schwartzel, his fellow South African, posted a 68 to match Vegas in the final round.
During another 90-degree day, Champ was far from his physical best. He felt some dizziness along the back nine, putting his hands on his knees at one point as he hung his head to try to regain some composure. He had plenty of it on the last hole, after his safe strategy with the tee shot to stay away from the lake landed way left in a trampled, sandy area directly behind a clump of trees.
Champ managed to chip out onto the primary rough, then scoot up the fairway. His approach was a beauty that landed perfectly and rolled back toward the pin. He sank the easy par putt and had enough energy to pump his arms in celebration of his first top-10 finish of the year. Champ had the best putting performance of the entire field with 8.48 strokes gained.
The Texas A&M product won the Sanderson Farms Championship in 2018, the year he turned pro, and the Safeway Open in 2019. He missed the cut in his last two majors this season and hadn't had a top-10 finish since tying for eighth in October in the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP in California.
KPGA Korean Tour - YAMAHA·HONORS K OPEN with Sollago CC
Korean Hanbyeol Kim moves up the Ranking 106 spots to a career best of World No. 240 with his victory at YAMAHA·HONORS K OPEN with Sollago CC
The victory is his third in eleven months since the HAZZYS Golf KPGA Open with Ildong Lakes Golf Club in August 2020.
European Tour - Cazoo Open supported by Gareth Bale
Nacho Elvira overcame a heartbreaking bogey on the 72nd hole to beat Justin Harding in a play-off and win his first European Tour title at the 2021 Cazoo Open supported by Gareth Bale. Elvira moves to Word No.268 from 694.
The Spaniard entered the final day at The Celtic Manor Resort with a six shot lead but quickly saw that eaten into as he turned in level par, with Harding, Mikko Korhonen and Callum Shinkwin all looking to deny him a wire to wire victory.
A bogey on the 12th saw him caught at the top and while Elvira made birdies on the 15th and 17th, he three putted the last to sign for a 71 and finish at 16 under alongside Harding, who had carded a bogey free 65.
Both men hit the green in three at the first trip back up the par five 18th and after Elvira missed a birdie chance to win it from nine feet, Harding completed a three putt from 24 to hand the 34-year-old the title.
Finn Korhonen finished at 15 under after a 66, a shot clear of Englishman Shinkwin who closed with 67.
Elvira's victory comes at the 195th attempt and sees him finally get over the line after three second place finishes on the European Tour, two of them coming via a play-off.
With four wins on the European Challenge Tour, Elvira's class has never been in doubt, but he arrived in South Wales having not recorded a top ten for over two years and with nine missed cuts in his last 11 events.
Korn Ferry Tour – Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper
Dylan Wu earned his first win and secured his PGA TOUR card at Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper. The takes Wu to World No.275 from 424.
Entering the day tied for the lead, Wu birdied three of his first four holes out of the gate to build the advantage. He tacked on two more at Nos. 7 and 8 to turn in 5-under 31. At one point Wu held a five-stroke lead, though that dropped to two late as last week’s champion Taylor Moore made a late charge. A weather delay halted play for more than two and a half hours from 1:45 p.m. to 4:18 p.m. as the final group was on the 10th fairway. After coming back out, he added two more birdies at the 11th and 16th holes down the stretch for the two-stroke win.
“I just hung out with a few buddies,” said Wu of his time spent during the rain delay. “One of the guys was Max McGreevy, who won this last year. We were talking inside. A lot of my buddies were just saying the round's probably going to get canceled, and I don't want to hear this because I have a five shot lead right now, I don't want to go into a playoff or something like that.”
The win came a month after switching caddies to his younger brother, Jeremy Wu, at the Live and Work in Maine Open. Since the switch, the Northwestern University alum has finished top-25 in three out of four events, including this victory.
“He's been great; for me, having him on the bag just gave me a little more confidence in my own ability to call my own shots and play my own game,” said Wu, a former hockey star in high school. “He's kind of just there for support and to keep it chill and keep it fun while I'm playing just because golf is really stressful, playing these tournaments is really stressful, but he keeps it calm.”
Challenge Tour - Italian Challenge
Ricardo Gouveia won a fourth challenge Tour title at the Italian Challenge earning 12 Ranking points moving from World No. 564 to 324.
PGA Tour Latino America - Bupa Championship presented by Volvo
Kentucky native Patrick Newcomb edged Mexico’s Oscar Fraustro on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica season-ending Bupa Championship presented by Volvo.
Trailing by two at the start of the day and playing together in the nex-to-last group, Newcomb and Fraustro pulled away from the rest of the pack with Sunday-low-rounds of 4-under 68 to finish regulation tied for first, at 5-under 283.
The next-best player was Frenchman Jeremy Gandon, who carded a 71 to finish solo third, three-shots behind. At 1-under, making it a group of five players in red numbers, 54-hole leader Andrew Alligood carded a 74 to tie for fourth with 36-hole leader Ben Cook, who posted a 73.
ProGolf Tour - Raiffeisen Pro Golf Tour St. Pölten
Amateur Robert Foley won the Raiffeisen Pro Golf Tour St. Pölten in a playoff with his German opponent Maximilian Oelfke.
Both had managed the first extra hole of the play-off with a par, but then Maximilian Oelfke missed his fifth tee shot of the tournament week on hole 18, a par 5 of only 434 metres, left into the woods. The ball landed out-of-bounds and the way to the first Pro Golf Tour title was paved for Foley.
Foley earned 4 Ranking points moving from World No.1060 to a career best of 672.
Forme Tour - Bolingbrook Golf Club Invitational
Mac Meissner began the Bolingbrook Golf Club Invitational final round with a five-shot lead, and he said his aim was to win big. He moved ahead by seven on the back nine, and was ready to make good on his goal. Meissner eventually saw his lead shrink to two shots before he buried a 12-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to win the by three strokes over Canada’s Joey Savoie, who was making his Forme Tour debut.
Meissner moves from unranked to World No.704 in only his fourth OWGR eligible tournament.
Nordic Golf League - AUDI Finnish PGA Golf Tour Championship
Niclas Hellberg won the AUDI Finnish PGA Golf Tour Championship moving from unranked to World No. 848.
EuroPro Tour – The ORIDA Championship
Jack Yule has won The ORIDA Championship at Park Wood Golf Club by three shots after a final round four under 68 sealed a convincing victory for the King’s Lynn golfer.
Yule led from the outset this week having carded an opening round 64 to take a share of the lead into day to before asserting his dominance on day two for a two shot advantage heading into the final round in Westerham, Kent.
He started quick out the blocks going four under thru three after a birdie on 1 and 3 with an eagle on 2 eventually going out in 31 (-5). A slight wobble on the back nine though didn’t deter Yule who could’ve let the nerves get to him where at one point the lead was extended to four shots.
The closest man to Yule all week was Jamie Rutherford. The Knebworth Golf Club man tried to keep pace with Yule throughout the day but in truth the damage was already done on day two by his competitor.