WEEK 48 Phil Mickelson 25 consecutive years inside the World Top 50

Week 37

HORSCHEL BACK IN THE WORLD TOP 20

European Tour - BMW PGA Championship

Billy Horschel made a stunning closing birdie to fulfil one of his great golfing ambitions and win his first Rolex Series title at the 2021 BMW PGA Championship moving back into the World Top 20 to World No.18

The American used to watch the event on television as a child and fell in love with Wentworth Golf Club when he finished in the top five on his debut two years ago.

The 34-year-old said he would rank a win at European Tour HQ alongside a victory at The Players Championship - the event known by many as the 'fifth Major' - and he carded a closing 65 to finish at 19 under and beat Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat, home favourite Laurie Canter and Welshman Jamie Donaldson by one shot.

South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout finished at 17 under, a shot clear of England's Andrew Johnston and Justin Rose and Italian Francesco Laporta.

In the race for an automatic place in Padraig Harrington's Ryder Cup team, a closing 72 was enough to see Bernd Wiesberger edge out Shane Lowry and join Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Rory McIlroy, Viktor Hovland, Paul Casey, Matt Fitzpatrick and Lee Westwood as the nine qualifiers.

Sunshine Tour - Sunshine Tour Invitational

Jacques Kruyswijk ended a five-year win drought and claim his second Sunshine Tour title in the Sunshine Tour Invitational at Centurion Country Club breaking into the World Top 200 at World No. 192.

Kruyswijk closed with a 67, and then watched as Albert Venter, tied for the lead with him on 18 under par, bogeyed the last to hand him the title.

Venter, who signed for a final round of 71, shared second place with Michael Palmer, who posted a 66, on 17 under par. Jaco van Zyl was next best on 16 under par with a closing 70.

“It’s great to finally get it done, and even more special to do so at my home course,” said Kruyswijk, who last won in the 2016 Lions of Africa Cape Town Open but who since has had his resolve tested as he’s tried to get back into the winner’s circle.

“This is the result of all the hard work I’ve put in over the last couple of years. You know, to be winless since 2016 was a big monkey on my back, and I’m so glad to finally be rid of that. I’ve got a fantastic team around me who have supported me since day one, and that’s made the difference for me. I’ve grown a lot in the last couple of years and I’ve learnt so much.”

Challenge Tour - Big Green Egg German Challenge powered by VcG

Angel Hidalgo posted four consecutive rounds of 68 to win the Big Green Egg German Challenge powered by VcG at Wittelsbacher Golfclub and claim his maiden European Challenge Tour title moving to a career best of World No. 242.

The Spaniard started the day one shot behind overnight leader Lukas Nemecz but managed to storm ahead by posting five birdies on the front nine. Two bogeys on the back nine brought Road to Mallorca Number One Santiago Tarrio and Austria’s Nemecz into contention but making par on the last three holes was enough to secure victory, finishing on 12 under par, two shots clear of Tarrio and Nemecz.

The 23-year-old received a last-minute invite to play at Wittelsbacher Golfclub and is ecstatic with his victory, surpassing his goal of trying to stay within the top 70 on the Road to Mallorca Rankings.

“Amazing, honestly it feels amazing,” he said. “I didn’t expect it because I started the year on the Alps Tour and I only have a few wildcards for the Challenge Tour. I started really well on the Alps Tour and the Spanish Federation gave me the opportunity to play a few Challenge Tour events and I played quite well.

“The first step was Italy, I finished sixth and I thought I could earn my Challenge Tour card from here and when I played in Denmark and I finished third it took all the pressure off me.

“Honestly the goal was to finish top 70 this year or take the card from the Alps Tour, but this is another level and I’m so happy right now.”

Hidalgo admits that compatriots Tarrio and Alfredo Garcia-Heredia, who have three collective Challenge Tour titles to their name and both finished inside the top ten this week, gave him the confidence required to earn his maiden victory.

KPGA Korean Tour - The 37th Shinhan Donghae Open

25-year-old Yoseop Seo moved from World No.468 to 327 after winning the 37th Shinhan Donghae Open.

Professional Golf Tour of India - TATA Steel PGTI Players Championship 2021 presented by Govt. of Haryana & Panchkula Golf Club

Bengaluru’s Chikkarangappa S saved his best for the last as he shot a final round of seven-under 65, the day’s joint best score, to emerge victorious by two shots at the TATA Steel PGTI Players Championship Presented by Govt. of Haryana & Panchkula Golf Club (PGC).

The 27-year-old Chikkarangappa (69-65-69-65), who began the day in third place, three shots off the lead, put up a determined performance on the last day to end up with a tournament total of 20-under 268, two shots ahead of the rest at the Rs. 50 lakh event. The former PGTI Order of Merit champion had nine birdies and a double-bogey to show on his card as he wrapped up his 15th career title and 14th win on the PGTI.

Gurugram’s Veer Ahlawat (67-62-71-70), the leader for the last two days, was unable to hold on to his overnight two-shot lead as he fired a 70 to finish runner-up at 18-under 270 on a day that witnessed a constant light drizzle.

Yuvraj Singh Sandhu (72-67-66-67) had the best result among the Tricity golfers. The 24-year-old Chandigarh lad struck a 67 on Saturday to take third place at 16-under 272.

Chikkarangappa made an early charge in round four when he drained long birdie putts on the first and third and then produced a great approach on the fifth and accurate chips on the sixth and seventh to collect five birdies on the first seven holes and draw level with leader Ahlawat.

Chikka, who represented India at the World Cup of Golf in 2016, then suffered a setback with a double-bogey on the eighth where he found the trees twice. But the two-time winner on the Asian Development Tour came roaring back with two tremendous drives on the 11th and 12th that resulted in birdies and helped him restore parity with Veer.

Chikka’s then excelled with his chipping and putting on the last six holes extracting birdies on the 15th and 16th that propelled him into the sole lead. He finally saw it home and picked up a cheque of Rs. 8,08,250 to consolidate himself in second position in the PGTI Order of Merit.

Nordic Golf League - TRUST Forsikring Championship

Nicolai Tinning won the TRUST Forsikring Championship moving to World No. 476 from 619.

Forme Tour - Forme Tour Championship

On the final hole of the final round of the final Forme Tour tournament of 2021, Brad Miller recovered from an errant drive, hit one of the top shots of his life after a recovery chip out and then made a five-foot par putt to seal the win at the Forme Tour Championship. It was Miller’s first PGA TOUR-affiliated Tour title as he defeated Travis Trace by a stroke.

Holding a one-shot lead over Trace and standing on the 18th tee at Huntsville Golf Club, Miller hit his drive into the trees on the right. “That tee shot was giving me nightmares the whole week. I’ve been hitting this really nice cut driver the whole day—really the whole week. I tried to do it, and it just hung on a little too much at the end,” Miller said of his wayward drive.

His tee ball was so far right that he hit a provisional, just in case. “Luckily there were a lot of people out watching, so they were able to find [the ball] pretty quickly.” After chipping back into the fairway, Miller said he “got kind of lucky.” He faced a 219-yard approach shot into the par-4 green. “That’s a perfect 4-iron number. I can swing as hard as I can,” he added. “I hit a little cut and hit it to four feet and made the putt.” That was enough to secure the win.

Alsp Tour Golf - Alps de Anadalucia

Starting two strokes behind the leaders, Edgar Catherine held steady to win this year’s Alps de Andalucia at Añoreta Golf on -8 (208), three strokes ahead of the runner-up. This is his first win on the Alps Tour since the 2017 Citadelle Trophy when he was still an amateur and moves to World No. 840 from 1694.

He teed off from the 11th sitting third with yesterday’s joint leaders. The French player managed to counterbalance two bogeys on the first 8 holes with an additional four birdies to put him at -5 teeing up on the ninth. A double bogey on the notoriously tricky par 4 1st set him back, but his mental game held up and he finished solidly with three extra birdies and clean pars for a 68 (-4) for the day.

“I played really well, I just played my game, and it was enough to make it. My strategy for today was to play aggressively, use the driver every time I could, and it worked out well. Since the Gösser Open, where I led the tournament but made a lot of mistakes in the final round, I knew I could win and that is what I have worked for, specially mentally.  Previously my game was good but not my head but now I feel it is. It is as simple as that but simple is sometimes very hard”.

The win sees Edgar Catherine’s jump twelve places up the Order of Merit to seventh.

EuroPro Tour - The Motocaddy Masters

Jack South shot a life-changing final round of 59 to claim The Motocaddy Masters title at Leven Links as well as a £59,000 bonus from the EuroPro Tour and £60,000 from sponsors Cobra Puma Golf.

South started the day three shots back from overnight leader William Harrold and produced the most spectacular round in PGA EuroPro Tour history to do the unthinkable. He began with birdies at the first and second before going out in 27 to set all eyes on the Birmingham golfer as he hit the back nine having gone on a streak of five birdies from five to nine.

The Tippity Green golfer continued to apply the pressure and made birdies at 11 and 12 to be nine under through 12 and two clear of Jack Davidson. Davidson had his own 59 watch earlier on and ended up signing for a spectacular round of 60 (-10) to take finish tied 3rd overall at -13.

South’s work wasn’t finished knowing he needed to make two further birdies for a 59 and made one at the par 4, 14th meaning he only needed one more from his remaining four holes and that he did at the 16th. With the experienced Paul Maddy on the bag, South steered the ball home on the 17th and 18th plotting his ball 20ft from the hole knowing a two-putt would seal the 59 and bonus and that was what he did.