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Week 44: Back to back wins for Rose

November 06, 2017

European Tour - Turkish Airlines Open

Justin Rose birdied the last at the Turkish Airlines Open to make it back-to-back wins and move to within touching distance of Tommy Fleetwood at the top of the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex.

The Rolex Series events have brought high drama to the European Tour all season and it was no different at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort as Rose and playing partner Nicolas Colsaerts were tied at 17 under stood on the 18th tee.

Both men put their approaches to eight feet but it was Rose who held his nerve to make a birdie, sign for a 65 and claim a tenth European Tour title to heap the pressure on fellow Englishman Fleetwood heading into the final two events of the season.

The Olympic champion leapfrogged Sergio Garcia into second in the Rankings and the gap is now just 134,839 points at the top as Rose aims to be Europe's Number One for the second time after winning the Order of Merit in 2007.

South African Dylan Frittelli finished alongside Belgium's Colsaerts at 17 under after a 64, a shot clear of three-time Major Championship winner Padraig Harrington and two ahead of defending champion Thorbjørn Olesen.

PGA Tour - Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

Patrick Cantlay won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on Sunday in a playoff for the first victory in a PGA TOUR career mostly derailed by a severe back injury.

The 25-year-old former UCLA star hit from behind a tree and got up-and-down for par from off the back of the 18th green to beat Alex Cejka and Whee Kim on the second extra hole.

"I knew that I'd be able to get to where I wanted to be if I felt healthy," Cantlay said. "If I felt like I didn't have pain and I could practice and prepare for tournaments. I know how to practice and prepare for tournaments, so I can do what I want. I feel like I can play well and compete with anybody."

Cantlay bogeyed the final two holes of regulation for a 5-under 67 to get in at 9-under 275 at windy TPC Summerlin. Cejka shot a 63 more than two hours before Cantlay and Kim -- playing together in the third-to-last group -- finished the round.

The three played the 456-yard, par-4 18th twice in the playoff, matching bogeys the first time. On the second extra hole, Cantlay escaped the trees in the right rough, hitting a 4-iron from 185 yards.

"I felt like as long as I kept it below the tree branch that was in front of me and cut it enough, I felt like it would go in a pretty decent spot," Cantlay said. "I maybe didn't cut it as much as I wanted to. I think the rough stopped it from being able to spin and get any cut on it, but it ended up in a good spot. It was a good shot."

Kim bogeyed 18 in regulation for a 66, then went bogey-double bogey on the hole in the playoff.

"It was brutally tough," Kim said. "The wind is blowing, and it's really tough."

Cejka birdied the final four holes in regulation for a back-nine 30.


Chan Kim won his 3rd Japan Golf Tour title this season, moving from 104 to World No. 72.

Challenge Tour - NBO Golf Classic Grand Final

Clément Sordet claimed a memorable second victory of the season at the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final as Scott Fernandez and Bradley Neil dramatically clinched European Tour cards on the final day of the 2017 European Challenge Tour season.

The top 15 in the season-long Road to Oman Rankings will play in the Race to Dubai next year and there was much movement throughout the fourth round at Al Mouj Golf, with Sebastian Heisele and Robin Sciot-Siegrist ultimately the two to drop out of the European Tour places in the final week of the season.

Estanislao Goya and Oliver Lindell were two others who were inside the top 15 in yesterday’s projected rankings but endured difficult days as the wind picked up off the Sea of Oman, ultimately sharing 11th place – not enough to hold those European Tour positions.

Fernandez and Neil both turned in 33 to climb the leaderboard but started to falter on the back nine, each bogeying the 17th before making impressive pars on the last hole in the knowledge that a dropped shot would be costly.

They took the 14th and 15th cards for next season, Neil finishing 4,436 points ahead of Heisele for that final position, and they will both now embark on rookie seasons on the European Tour.

By contrast, Sordet’s progress to a fourth Challenge Tour title seemed relatively serene.

The Frenchman stretched his overnight lead to four shots with two early birdies and, with the charges of Erik van Rooyen and Goya falling away, he walked down the 18th with a two-shot lead.

A comfortable par saw him sign for a two under par round of 70 and a 15 under par total, taking the 25 year old to second place in the Rankings, with Marcus Kinhult the runner-up and Fernandez and van Rooyen sharing third place on 12 under par.

Asian Tour - Panasonic Open India

India’s Shiv Kapur completed his lifelong dream of winning at the Delhi Golf Club when he won the Panasonic Open India with a final round four-under-par 68 on Sunday.

While Kapur’s two previous Asian Tour titles were won in Thailand and Chinese Taipei, the Panasonic Open India title was Kapur’s first professional victory at the Delhi Golf Club, which is also his home course.

The title race was evenly poised at the turn with only a single shot separating the leaders at the top of the leaderboard. But it was Kapur who eventually broke away from the chasing pack when he fired four birdies on holes 11, 12, 14 and 15 to sign off with a winning total of 17-under-par 271.

American Paul Peterson’s chase for his first Asian Tour title fell short after he marked his card with three birdies and two bogeys to fall off the pace.

Peterson had to settle for a share of second place with six other players that included compatriots S.S.P. Chawrasia and Ajeetesh Sandhu at the US$400,000 event.

The Panasonic Open India is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) and is the second leg of the Panasonic Swing, which is an aggregate points race that spans five events – in Thailand, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan.

KPGA Korean Tour - Caido Series 2017 Tour Championship with Sol Moro CC

Gowoong Choi won the Caido Series 2017 Tour Championship with Sol Moro CC moving from 809 to World No. 473

Sunshine Tour - Vodacom Origins of Golf Final

Even though he’d built up a five-shot lead going into the final round, Jaco Prinsloo wasn’t able to relax and enjoy himself on his way to his maiden Sunshine Tour victory which he claimed by a single stroke in the Vodacom Origins of Golf Final at Simola Golf and Country Estate.

He made three birdies and three bogeys in his final round of level-par, in stark contrast to his opening pair of eight-under 64s, but his 16-under-par overnight total was enough to give him the edge over perennial runner-up Ockie Strydom.

“Relieved, I guess is the word,” laughed Prinsloo afterwards. “It was a tough day out there. I was very nervous. I hit decent shots but I was always so scared to make a mistake, and I knew the guys were going to be gunning for me.”

Besides Strydom, who left his charge a little late with four birdies in the final seven holes – including three in a row down the final stretch – he had to keep a wary eye on Doug McGuigan, who had already won two Vodacom Origins of Golf tournaments this season. McGuigan carded a three-under-par 69 to finish two off the pace. But for three bogeys largely brought about by swirling winds which picked up during the latter part of the final round, McGuigan could have made it three titles for the season.

Prnisloo was only too aware of the threat posed by Strydom and McGuigan, and tried to keep his attention on his own play. “I didn’t look at the leaderboards until the 15th,” he said. “With three holes left, I wanted to know if I should push or just play solidly for the last couple of holes. At that point, Doug was just one behind me, so I knew there was no room for mistakes. But luckily I finished with three pars.

“And I’m good mates with Ockie. He’s come second so many times this season. But I wished I could feel like he does going into a final round in the leading group, because he’s been there so often this year.”



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