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Week 11


PGA Tour – The PLAYERS Championship

In a dynamic conclusion to five days of bad weather and high drama, Cameron Smith one-putted eight of his last nine holes to win the PLAYERS Championship moving to a career best of World No.6.

Leading by two on the par-3 17th hole, 135 yards to the hole on an island green, Smith split the difference in the 12 feet that separated the flag from the water. The ball ended up 4 feet away and the Australian made his record-tying 10th birdie of the round.

Smith punched out from the pine straw right of the 18th fairway all the way into the water. After a penalty drop, his 60-yard wedge spun next to the hole to 3 feet for a bogey and a 6-under 66, giving him a one-shot victory over Anirban Lahiri of India.

Lahiri, who started the final round with a one-shot lead, birdied the 17th and needed one more to force a playoff. He came up short of the green, and his pitch was below the cup all the way. He closed with a 69.

Paul Casey shot 69 and was the victim of a horrible break on the 16th hole when he was in position to edge closer to the lead.

Smith, who finished at 13-under 275, won for the second time this year, and the fifth time in his PGA TOUR career, and picked up $3.6 million from the $20 million purse, the richest in golf. He earned a staggering 600 FedExCup points.

This was about more than money, more than the three-year exemption he earned to the four majors and a five-year exemption on the PGA TOUR.

Sunshine and DP World Tour - MyGolfLife Open hosted by Pecanwood 2022

Pablo Larrazábal claimed his sixth DP World Tour title as he defeated Adri Arnaus and Jordan Smith in a play-off at the 2022 MyGolfLife Open hosted by Pecanwood. Larrabal moved back in to the Top 200 at World No.116.

The Spaniard had entered the day two shots off the lead at Pecanwood Golf and Country Club but soon hit the front and engaged in an enthralling battle with Arnaus and Smith at the top of the leaderboard.

With the trio inseparable after 72 holes, they headed back to the 18th tee and although all three of them hit stunning approaches, Arnaus could not make his birdie putt and it was left to Larrazábal and Smith to go again.

While Larrazábal found the fairway, Smith was in the rough and it was the 38-year-old who put his second to four feet for another birdie and the victory, with Smith three-putting from off the green for a bogey.

The Spanish duo had carded rounds of 67 to finish the week at 22 under, where they were joined by Smith after a 65.

PGA Tour of Australasia - TPS Hunter Valley, Hosted by Jan Stephenson & Peter O'Malley

Aaron Pike won his third PGTA victory at the shortened TPS Hunter Valley over a three-hole playoff.

Pike earned 6 Ranking points moving from World No 564 to 401.

Professional Golf Tour of India - Mujib Borsho Chattogram Open 2022

India’s Kshitij Naveed Kaul cruised to a comfortable six-shot win after a solid final round display of four-under 68 at the Mujib Borsho Chattogram Open jumping 203 spots to World No. 512.

The 21-year-old Kaul, the overnight leader by five shots, drove home the advantage scoring eight birdies at the cost of two bogeys and a double-bogey in round four to total 19-under 269 at the INR 50 lakh event and register his third triumph on the PGTI. Kshitij collected a prize money cheque worth Rs. 8,08,250 that lifted him from 10th to first position in the TATA Steel PGTI Order of Merit.

Bangladesh’s leading star Md Siddikur Rahman (71-66-69-69), who was overnight tied second, finished as runner-up at 13-under 275 after his last round of 69.

Kshitij Naveed Kaul, who won his last PGTI event in November 2021, had an eventful front-nine as he made five birdies but dropped a bogey and a double-bogey. Kshitij’s front-nine featured two long conversions, two excellent bunker shots and a fantastic approach shot that landed within inches of the flag. He had nine one-putts on the front-nine.

With his commanding lead still intact, Kaul closed out the match with a steady back-nine sinking three birdies against a lone bogey. He ended up with the day’s best score of 68 and birdies on all the four par-5 holes.