The youth explosion in golf has hit new heights with the top five players in the world all under 30 for the first time in the history of the game - Rahm 27, Morikawa 25, Hovland 24, Cantlay 29 and Scheffler 25.

The closest to the Top 5 being under the age 30 came in Week 4 2016 with the Top 4 ranked players - Spieth 22, Day 28, McIlroy 26, and Fowler 27.

7TH MARCH 2022 | 08:00 AM

The youth explosion in golf has hit new heights with the top five players in the world all under 30 for the first time in the history of the game - Rahm 27, Morikawa 25, Hovland 24, Cantlay 29 and Scheffler 25.

The closest to the Top 5 being under the age 30 came in Week 4 2016 with the Top 4 ranked players - Spieth 22, Day 28, McIlroy 26, and Fowler 27.

PGA Tour - Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard

In a final round that featured some of the toughest scoring conditions in four decades, Scheffler made key putts to save two unlikely pars, followed with a pair of lag putts and closed with an even-par 72 for a one-shot victory.

Scheffler now has two PGA TOUR titles in the last month, having picked up his first victory at the WM Phoenix Open. He breaks into the Top 5 for the first time in his career.

The scoring average was 75.48, by a fraction lower than it was a year ago. Only 10 players finished the tournament under par.

Billy Horschel was the last player with a shot at catching Scheffler with a 30-foot birdie putt on the last hole that never really had a chance. Horschel shot 75 and tied for second along with Tyrrell Hatton (69) and Viktor Hovland (74).

Hovland was still tied for the lead until catching a plugged lie in the front bunker on the 17th and having to two-putt from 50 feet on the fringe for bogey. Needing a birdie on the last hole to catch Scheffler, with whom he was paired, the Norwegian missed from 18 feet.

In his final two holes Scheffler two-putted from 45 feet, the ball coming within inches of going in, for par on the 17th. And from deep rough left of the 18th fairway, he got it onto the green to just inside 70 feet. That putt stopped inches away, leaving a tap-in par and ultimately a big win at Arnie's place.

DP World Tour - Magical Kenya Open

Wu Ashun enhanced his record as the DP World Tour's most successful Chinese golfer as he became a four-time winner with victory at the 2022 Magical Kenya Open presented by Absa.

The 36-year-old entered the final day at Muthaiga Golf Club four shots off the lead but never looked back after making four birdies in a row from the seventh, signing for a closing 65 and a 16 under par total making his way back into the Top 200 at World No.158.

Canadian Aaron Cockerill, South African Thriston Lawrence and German Hurly Long finished four shots back but Wu's victory rarely looked in doubt on the back nine as he became the sixth different winner from a sixth different country on the 2022 DP World Tour.

Wu became the third Chinese winner in DP World Tour history when he won the 2015 Volvo China Open and since then he has added wins in Austria and the Netherlands, with this win moving him two victories ahead of countryman Li Haotong.

A two-time winner on the Japan Golf Tour, he will move up to sixth on the DP World Tour Rankings in Partnership with Rolex after triumphing in his 158th appearance with his wife and 13-week-old baby watching on in Nairobi.

"It's a big celebration, I'm so happy with my family here," he said.

Asian Tour - International Series Thailand

American Sihwan Kim finally secured his first victory as a professional after over a decade long wait when he claimed the International Series Thailand at Black Mountain Golf Club. The American moves back into the Top 200 for the first time since April 2019, to World No. 189.

The in-form 33-year-old, who has been in the final pairing on Sunday at three of the last six Asian Tour events, fired an inspired nine-under-par 63 to beat Thailand’s great hope of the future Phachara Khongwatmai by two strokes.

Phachara, the overnight leader chasing his second Tour victory, had no answer to Kim’s round and shot a 68.

South African Ian Snyman and Itthipat Buranatanyarat from Thailand finished two shots further back tied for third after rounds of 64 and 67 respectively.

Sihwan Kim, who turned professional in 2011, has recorded eight top-four results on the Asian Tour since 2018, including two runner-up finishes.

Today’s victory is the culmination of a fine run of form recently which has seen him finish joint fourth at the Blue Canyon Phuket Championship, fourth in the SMBC Singapore Open, and tied second in the Royal’s Cup last week.

PGA Tour - Puerto Rico Open

Ryan Brehm went out Sunday and ran away with the Puerto Rico Open for his first TOUR title and jumps 491 spots to World No. 282.

The 35-year-old Brehm birdied five of the first 11 holes at windy Grand Reserve and beat Max McGreevy by six strokes.

Three-strokes ahead entering the day, Brehm shot a 5-under 67 to finish at 20-under 268 in the make-or-break final start on a minor medical extension. He got the extension after he had to withdraw from the Zurich Classic last year because of COVID-19.

“It might sound like Bill Belichick or Nick Saban here, but honestly, wasn’t thinking about the impact of my status or anything this week,” Brehm said. “I think that’s probably the real lesson here. I have people on my team that will do that for me. Really, I just need to put my head down and hit good golf shot after good golf shot. That’s my job and I’m going to trust people around me to do their job and they can take care of all those details for me.”

Sunshine and Challenge Tour - Mangaung Open

Oliver Hundeboll Jorgensen carded a six under par final round 66 to secure a dramatic victory at the Mangaung Open with a 21 under par total leaping from World No. 965 to 398.

The Dane entered round three five shots off the pace but carded seven birdies and just one bogey in difficult conditions at Bloemfontein Golf Club to record a one-shot victory over South African duo Luke Jerling and Tristen Strydom, who shared second place on 20 under par.

The 22-year-old started the final round slowly before a birdie at the tenth hole ignited a back nine of 31 to set the target in the clubhouse.

Hundebøll watched on as players in the final three groups failed to convert birdie chances, and the Dane admitted he was not expecting to have his hands on the trophy when he signed his card.

“It feels amazing,” he said. “I still don’t quite believe it to be honest, especially after the front nine. I managed to put together a strong back nine and the conditions felt like I was playing in Denmark. I’m used to these conditions and the key moment was making a birdie at the tenth hole after my bogey at nine. The putts started to roll in after that and it felt amazing.

Professional Golf Tour of India - Glade One Masters 2022

Manu Gandas of Gurugram coasted to a comfortable three-shot win at the Glade One Masters 2022 as he totaled eight-under 208 following his two-under 70 in the final round at the Glade One Golf Resort & Club.

Chandigarh’s Harendra Gupta finished runner-up at a total of five-under 211 after setting a new course record of seven-under 65 in round four of the Rs. 40 lakh event. Harendra improved upon Aalaap I L’s previous course record of 67 set during round three on Thursday.

The first two rounds of the second tournament of the 2022 TATA Steel PGTI season comprised nine holes each. The third and fourth rounds comprised 18 holes each. The tournament was played over a total of 54 holes. The par for the course in the third and fourth rounds was 72.

Manu, the overnight leader by two shots, came up with four birdies featuring three long conversions on the front-nine to open up a mammoth seven-shot lead over the chasing pack. Gandas, the runner-up at last year’s inaugural edition, sank a birdie on the opening hole followed by three consecutive birdies from the seventh to the ninth. He landed his approach from 110 yards to within a couple of feet of the flag on the ninth.

The 25-year-old Manu, who didn’t look at the leaderboard through the day, made bogey-birdie on the 10th and 11th before making pars all the way till the 17th. On the 18th, he found the water to drop a double-bogey.

Manu, who bagged his second career title, collected the winning cheque worth Rs.6,46,600 which moved him up from sixth to first place in the PGTI Order of Merit.

Alps Tour Golf – Red Sea Little Venice Open 2022

17 year old French amateur Oihan Guillamoundeguy, won the Red Sea Little Venice Open 2022 at Sokhna Golf Club (course B+C) with an impressive total score of -24 (65-64-63).

The young golfer, coming directly from the Qualifying School held in November last year, maintained the lead since R2 and demonstrated to be able to compete at an incredible level.

He had a strong start, scoring 3 birdies on the first 4 holes and finishing the front nine with 1 bogey and 1 eagle. Then, he faced the back nine with steady mind. He holed 3 birdies and another eagle for a daily total of -9. “This victory is incredible. I’couldn’t even believe it yet. The main goal was to stay focussed on my game and I managed to do it very well , I just scored 2 bogeys in 3 days! I putted very well throughout all the three rounds. Today, as always, I’ve been asking my father some advices on the greens and he helped me to hole some putts, too”.

Guillamoundeguy, a first-time winner on a professional tournament (one of the youngest winner of all time), left Spaniard Jorge Maicas, 24 , 8 strokes back (-16, 68-66-66). Maicas scored a very solid 3rd round in 66 strokes with 7 birdies and just 1 bogey. He played consistently throughout the three days. “I’m very happy about how I worked on my game and this paid off with this performance here at Red Sea Little Venice Open 2022. I had a solid start which is what everyone wants from the first holes. Then I finished with 4 birdies in a row from 14th to 17th which is even greater”.

Alps Tour Golf - New Giza Open 2022

Tomas Bessa won the weather-shortened 2022 New Giza Open.

Due to the extreme weather conditions, the 3rd round of the 2022 New Giza Open has been cancelled.

After the final round started, the wind got stronger, more than expected. The ball couldn’t stay at rest on the greens and the game became unfair. Therefore, the Committee decided to cancel the final round and the results after the second round stood for the whole tournament.

Therefore, the winner of 2022 New Giza Open is Portuguese Tomas Bessa, who scored a total of 131 strokes (-13) in 2 days (66-65).

Bessa, 25 years old, is a first-time winner on the Tour since he started as a professional player back in 2019. He played consistently during the whole tournament and came out after a great second round thanks to 9 birdies and just 2 bogeys. “It’s awesome to see all the hard work paying off. I’ve been training myself a lot to play here on the Alps Tour and I’m very proud about my game and about the feelings I had on the course. It is very hard to win on the Alps Tour because there is plenty of great players and I’m really happy with this first title”.

Two players are tied on the second place, just one stroke back: Spaniard Joel Moscatel and French amateur Julien Sale.