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Week 38

HOMA WINS THIRD PGA TOUR TITLE

PGA Tour - Fortinet Championship

Max Homa holed out from the rough from 95 yards for eagle on the par-4 12th to start a back-nine comeback and added three birdies for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke victory in the PGA TOUR season-opening Fortinet Championship. Homa moves ten spots up the Ranking to a career best of World No.31.

Three strokes behind Maverick McNealy with seven holes left, Homa followed the eagle with a birdie on the par-4 13th. The 30-year-old former University of California player tapped in for another birdie on the par-5 16th and ran in an 18-footer on the par-4 17th. He parred the par-5 18th to finish at 19-under 269.

Homa won for the second time this year and the third time on the PGA TOUR. He won at Riviera in Los Angeles in February.

Japan Golf Tour – ANA Open

Scott Vincent fired a final-round 66 to claim the 2021 ANA Open with a total of 18-under 270, moving to career best of World N0.123. It was Vincent's second victory on the Japan Golf Tour in his last three tournaments. He also won the Sansan KBC Augusta in late August.

Starting the final round tied for third and three strokes behind the leader, the Zimbabwean reeled off four birdies on his opening six holes to erase the deficit. Then his eagle on the par-5 ninth gave him the outright lead he would not relinquish.

KPGA Korean Golf Tour - DGB Financial Group Irvine Open

Korean Sanghyun Park recorded a final total of 23-under 261, to beat Hanbyeol Kim by two strokes, moving back into the Top 200 at World No.167.

The win marks Sanghyun Park’s tenth victory on the KPGA Korean Tour.

European Tour - Dutch Open

Kristoffer Broberg claimed his second European Tour title just under six years on from his first after holding off the chasing pack in a roller coaster final round to win the 2021 Dutch Open by three shots moving up the Ranking 535 spots to World No. 237.

A brave and battling level par 72, which contained three birdies, three bogeys and some very important par saves, was enough to see Broberg return to the winner's circle for the first time since November 2015 when he won the BMW Masters.

The Swede came into the fourth round with a commanding eight shot lead but his advantage had been cut in half by the time he reached the turn, as one birdie and a single bogey on the front nine saw him remain at 23 under par, while Matthias Schmid and Alejandro Cañizares both turned in 31.

Broberg got his second birdie of the day at the tenth to extend his lead to five strokes with eight holes to play, but things started to unravel shortly thereafter as he did well to escape with just one dropped shot - and a two shot swing - at the 12th before finding the water at the 14th and carding another bogey there.

But he kept his emotions in check and produced a hugely impressive up-and-down from the sand for par at the 15th to steady the ship before another par on the 16th gave him a two shot advantage with two holes to play.

And he nervelessly holed his birdie putt from 13 feet at the 17th to stretch his lead to three before a par on the last saw him finish the tournament on 23 under par and secure the trophy.

Challenge Tour - Hopps Open de Provence

Alfie Plant came out on top in a three-way play-off to secure his first European Challenge Tour title at the Hopps Open de Provence.

The Englishman started the day six shots behind overnight leader Lukas Nemecz before carding a fantastic five under par round of 67 to move to 17 under par alongside Nemecz and Germany’s Marcel Schneider at Golf International de Pont Royal.

Plant put himself out of position off the tee on the first play-off hole but recovered brilliantly to make birdie and defeat Nemecz and Schneider, who could only make par.

The 29-year-old was ecstatic to pick up the title in Provence after admitting he felt he was out of contention before he made the turn.

“It feels amazing,” he said. “I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet to be honest but I’m over the moon. I felt like I was out of it on the first nine but just kept telling myself to keep playing my game, try to nick a few birdies here and there and you never know what can happen. I made two great birdies at 16 and 17 and also a great up and down at the last to get in the play-off. I can’t really believe it.”

The Englishman, participating in his eighth consecutive Challenge Tour event, felt mentally and physically drained before the week but believes the lack of expectation allowed him to flourish in France.

Sunshine Tour - Vodacom Origins of Golf - Mt Edgecombe

Louis Albertse won the third leg of the Vodacom Origins of Golf Series at Mount Edgecombe Country Club Estate moving to World No. from 599.

The 25-year-old began the final round with a share of the lead, and produced an impressive four-under-par 66 to finish on nine-under-par for the tournament and clinch victory by one stroke over CJ du Plessis (65).

But, as well as Albertse played, a bogey on the par-four 16th left him needing pars on the tricky last two holes of The Woods course. Albertse negotiated the elevation changes and water bordering the 18th green with aplomb.

“There are so many emotions, but it feels really good to have my first Sunshine Tour title. It’s never easy to win and the last nine holes when you’re going for your first win is particularly tough, but I tried hard to stay in the moment. The bogey on 16 was a bit unsettling, but I knew I was still 100% in it. I had been playing nicely the whole day and all I could do was give it my best.

Abema TV Tour - PGM Challenge

Konosuke Nakazato won the PGM Challenge on the Abema TV Tour earning 4 Ranking points. The win takes Nakazato from World No. 903 to 623.

EuroPro Tour - Castletown Golf Links

Calum Fyfe has won The Castletown Golf Links Championship on the Isle of Man to claim his first long-awaited victory on the PGA EuroPro Tour by four shots with the lowest overall winning score ever on the Tour. Fyfe moves up the Ranking to World No.680 from 1069.

Fyfe (Trinifold Sports) has been there or thereabouts for some time on the Tour without ever seeing through his week to victory but that duck was finally broken as he signed for a final round of 64 (-8). Leading by two going into the final day, Castletown G0lf Links showed its teeth as the weather started to turn but Fyfe showed complete composure for his third 64 of the week in a display worthy of breaking a tour record.

The Scotsman went around bogey-free as the wind picked up and made early birdies at one and three to pick up from where he left off yesterday before birdies at five, six, and seven put him five under through seven. Nothing seemed to get in Fyfe’s way even when in deep rough on at the 10th where he made birdie to extend his advantage. An eagle at the 12th was the icing on the cake as Fyfe ran away with it for his first win.

 

Nordic Golf Legaue - Great Northern Challenge

Peter Launer Baek earned 4 Ranking points after winning the Nordic Golf League’s Great Northern Challenge, moving 404 spots to World No. 736.

Professional Golf Tour of India - J&K Open 2021 presented by J&K Tourism

Delhi’s Honey Baisoya ended a three-year title-drought with his determined display at the J&K Open 2021 Presented by J&K Tourism played at the Royal Springs Golf Course in Srinagar.

There was a reversal in fortune for Baisoya (67-69-66-68), who was struggling for form through the season, as he totaled 18-under 270 for the week following his classy final round of four-under 68 to win by four shots. Honey skyrocketed from 85th to 22nd place in the PGTI Order of Merit after capturing his seventh title.

Gurugram-based Veer Ahlawat (67-71-70-66) also made his presence felt in the last round with a score of 66 to finish second at 14-under 274 at the Rs. 40 lakh event.

Patna’s Aman Raj (68-71-70-66) too shot a 66 on day four to take third place at 13-under 275.

Honey Baisoya, the overnight leader by four shots, had a nervy start to the day as he made some tough par putts from five to six feet on the first six holes even as the likes of Angad Cheema and Kartik Sharma were piling on the pressure on the leader with early birdies.

The 25-year-old Honey almost found the hole with his chip on the seventh but eventually tapped-in for his first birdie of the day. A 20-feet birdie conversion followed on the ninth as he made the turn with a two-shot cushion.

Baisoya dropped his first bogey of the tournament when he three-putted on the 13th. That narrowed down his lead over Veer Ahlawat to just two shots. But Honey, who has interestingly won at another hilly course before in Shillong, made a final push for victory with birdies on the 14th and 15th as a result of some long conversions thanks to his new putter.

Baisoya landed his approach from 134 yards to within a foot to set up another birdie on the 17th that all but sealed the deal for him.

An elated Honey, who had just one top-20 from 10 starts in the season prior to this week’s event, said, “It still feels like a dream because till last week I was very low on confidence and not even sure of shooting an under-par score. So this win is all the more special.