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WATSON BREAKS INTO THE WORLD'S TOP 3
Week 45

Bubba Watson enters the World Top 3 for the first time in his career after a play-off with Tim Clark on a dramatic final day in Shanghai.

Bae Sang-Moon moved to World No 77 having won a second event this year, returning home to the Korean Golf Tour. Japan’s, Tomohiro Kondo capped off a run of consistently good form in recent weeks by capturing the Japan Tour’s Heiwa PGM Championship in Kasamigaura.

10TH NOVEMBER 2014 | 10:08 AM
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WGC HSBC Champions

Two moments of magic on Sheshan International’s 18th hole saw Bubba Watson win the WGC-HSBC Champions after a play-off with Tim Clark on a dramatic final day in Shanghai.

 Watson was two shots clear with three holes to play, only to bogey the 16th and run up a double bogey on the 17th after failing to escape a greenside bunker at the first attempt.

 That dropped the Masters Tournament champion one shot behind playing partners Clark and Rickie Fowler, as well as the final group of Graeme McDowell, Hiroshi Iwata and Martin Kaymer.

 Clark looked in pole position when he hit his third shot to the par five 18th to four feet and saw Fowler find the water and Watson a greenside bunker.

 However, Watson then amazingly holed his bunker shot for an eagle and Clark's birdie was only good enough to leave the pair tied on 11 under, with the final group needing to birdie the last to join the play-off.

Korean Golf Tour – The 30th Shinhan Donghae Open

Bae Sang-moon on Sunday made a pledge to donate the W200 million (US$1=W1,094) in prize money he earned by winning the KPGA Shinhan Donghae Open in Incheon.

Bae won the event with 13-under 275 after he shot three birdies and two bogeys in the final fourth round moving to World No. 77.

Bae became the third golfer to claim the title back to back, after Han Jang-sang, who won the inaugural 1981 and 1982 events, and Choi Kyung-ju, who won in 2007 and 2008.

Japan Golf Tour – HEIWA PGM CHAMPIONSHIP in KASUMIGAURA

Japan’s, Tomohiro Kondo capped off a run of consistently good form in recent weeks by capturing the Japan Tour’s Heiwa PGM Championship in Kasamigaura in Ibaraki     moving up the ranking from 164th to 117th.

 Although he has not won on the Japan Tour since April of 2011, Kondo has put together several top five finishes of late

 Kondo began the day two ahead of the field and after opening the door for others with two consecutive bogeys towards the end of his opening nine holes the 37 year old steadied the ship with five birdies in his last eleven holes for a round of 66 and a four shot victory.

Challenge Tour – Dubai Festival City Challenge Tour Grand Final hosted by Al Badia Golf Club

On a day of drama at the Dubai Festival City Challenge Tour Grand Final hosted by Al Badia Golf Club, it was Benjamin Hebert who wrote his name into the record books, thanks to an emphatic third win of the 2014 European Challenge Tour season moving to World No. 120.

 The Frenchman finished five clear of compatriot Jérôme Lando Casanova on 12 under par thanks to a three under closing 69 on Saturday, a feat which ensured he became the first player in Challenge Tour history to win three titles in one season on two separate occasions.

 Few could question the serene way in which Hebert went about his business on the final day, as he built an unassailable lead thanks to five birdies and just two dropped shots, meaning attention soon turned to the battle for a place in an increasingly fluid top 15 on the Rankings.

PGA Tour – Sanderson Farms Championship

Canadian rookie Nick Taylor kept his composure to claim a two-shot victory in the Sanderson Farms Championship for his maiden PGA Tour success.

 The 26-year-old from Winnipeg made the most of the perfect conditions on a sunny afternoon at the Country Club of Jackson in Mississippi to shoot a six-under-par 66 in the final round.

 That took him to 16-under 272 for the tournament and two shots clear of American duo Boo Weekley (66) and Jason Bohn (69).

 Taylor, who began the day four shots off the lead, made a flying start and birdied the first, third, fifth, seventh and eighth holes on the front nine, with his only bogey coming at the sixth.

 He then broke clear of a tightly-bunched leaderboard with a three-birdie blitz from the 13th and coolly sank a par-saving putt from nine feet at the 16th to remain in command.

 He could then even afford the luxury of a three-putt bogey at the last as he became the first Canadian winner on the PGA Tour since Stephen Ames five years ago.

 "It's been a whirlwind of a summer; six months ago I was struggling," said Taylor, who was making just his 13th full-time start. "I'm shocked but I'm happy about it.

Asian Tour – Panasonic Open India

S.S.P. Chowrasia clinched his third Asian Tour title at the Panasonic Open India after defeating Rahil Gangjee of India and Sri Lanka’s Mithun Perera on the first extra hole on Sunday.

 The popular Indian coolly rolled in a 15-footer birdie in extra time to cap a sensational comeback as he was five shots off the lead at the start of the day at the US$300,000 event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI).

 With his trademark short game in full display at the Delhi Golf Club, Chowrasia returned with the day’s low score of six-under-par 66 highlighted by eight birdies to finish on 12-under-par 276.

 “I worked very hard for this win because I wanted to boost my confidence. It is three years since I last won and I will take a lot of positives from the win,” said the 36-year-old Chowrasia, who won his first Asian Tour title at the 2008 Indian Masters on the same venue.

Asian Development Tour – PGM UMW Impian Championship

Thailand’s Sattaya Supupramai carded a third consecutive five-under-par 67 to clinch his third Asian Development Tour (ADT) victory at the weather-disrupted PGM UMW Impian Championship on Saturday.

 The RM200,000 (approximately US$60,000) ADT event, which was affected by several suspensions due to inclement weather throughout the week, had earlier been reduced to 54-holes by tournament officials.  The third and final round, scheduled to resume at 9.30am local time, was delayed by two-hours on Saturday morning due to persistent rain.

 Sattaya compiled a three-day total of 15-under-par 201 to win by two shots over Ben Leong of Malaysia, who signed for a 67, at the Impian Golf and Country Club.

Sunshine Tour – Nedbank Affinity Cup

 Louis de Jager made back-to-back birdies at the 18th of Lost City Golf Course on Thursday to beat Vaughn Groenewald and Danie van Tonder in a sudden-death playoff for the Nedbank Affinity Cup.

 “It’s always a great feeling to win, especially when you do it in a playoff. There’s extra pressure and I’m really happy that I could play some goods shots and make it count,” De Jager said.

 During regulation play the 27-year-old birdied the 17th and 18th to match the clubhouse lead of 12-under-par and add his name to the playoff.

 On the first extra hole he and Groenewald made birdie and Van Tonder fell away.

 A second extra trip down the 18th was required in order to decide a winner and De Jager was up to the task. He chose to lay up from a waste bunker right of the fairway and proceeded to chip it up to eight feet and secure his victory.

 The win marks a second playoff victory in 2014 for De Jager, who ended a five-year title drought in September at the Vodacom Origins of Golf presented by Samsung Wild Coast.

PGA Tour LatinoAmerica – 61st Aberto do Brasil / Aberto do Atlântico presented by Credit Suisse Hedging-Griffo

 A dreamed final round that featured three eagles on the last eight holes turned Brazil’s own Rafael Becker into the champion of the 61st Aberto do Brasil / Aberto do Atlântico presented by Credit Suisse Hedging-Griffo.

 The 23-year-old from Sao Paulo carded a 7-under 62 on Sunday afternoon to claim a three-stroke victory in Rio de Janeiro. By winning his National Open Championship just 15 months into his career as a professional, Becker also became the first Brazilian player to win on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.

 Becker finished the week at 14-under 262 to set a new 72-hole record at the historic Gavea Golf and Country Club. The old record had stood since 1982, when World Golf Hall of Fame member Hale Irwin shot 11-under to win this same event.

 “I shot 29 on the back nine, making three eagles, what else can you say,” said Becker following his sensational closing stretch. “It was really a dream final round. Halfway (through that stretch) I didn’t know what my score was. I was in a zone just trying to go as low as possible.”

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