Alfred Dunhill Championship 2018

Date Posted:18 December 2018 

Lipsky wins again

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The European tour held the Alfred Dunhill Championship at the Leopard Creek CC in Malelane, South Africa. On his first visit to this course, David Lipsky (-14) from the USA closed with a 68 and had no trouble in holding off the chasers to capture his second Euro title. Scotland's David Drysdale (-12) was alone in second place. Tied for third were fellow Scotsman Scott Jamieson (-11) and Zander Lombard from South Africa. Enlish duo Ben Evans (-8) and Oliver Wilson were tied for fifth place. Aussies in the field were Deyen Lawson (+1) and Dimitrios Papadatos (+2).


Early in the week the Ladbrokes tour held the Noosa Legends Pro-Am at the 
Noosa Golf Course in Tewantin, Queensland. Scoring his ninth victory of this season, local Brad Burns (-8) held off a star studded field with a brilliant 64 and took top place on the Order of Merit. Tied for second place three shots back were Victorian David McKenzie and New Zealand's Michael Long. Tied for fourth place were Canadian Ken Tarling (-3) and Aussie trio Glenn Joyner, Tod Power and Nigel Lane. Notables in the field were DG Fearns (+2), Peter Senior (+2), Ian Baker-Finch (+4) and Rodger Davis (+7).


Later in the week the Ladbrokes tour had some big money on offer for the Sunshine Coast Masters played at Twin Waters & Pelican Waters Golf Clubs on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Closing with a 68 after a birdie on the final hole, Queensland's Richard Backwell (-11) was tied for the lead and had to go down the eighteenth one more time to defeat Kiwi Michael Long. In solo third place was veteran Peter Senior (-7). Tied for fourth place were Victorian's Mike Harwood and John Wade. Canada's Ken Tarling (-3) had another good week finishing alone in sixth place.


The Champions tour held the PNC Father Son Challenge at the Ritz-Carlton GC in Orlando, Florida. Playing an ambrose on the final day, Davis Love III (-26) and son Dru Love closed 56 and set two tournament records to win the day by three shots. Tied for second place were John(-23) and Little John Daly, Retief and Leo Goosen and Stewart and Connor Cink. Greg Norman (-10) and his son Greg Jr flew the flag for Australia.

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The European Staysure tour held the MCB Tour Championship - Seychelles at Constance Lemuria, Praslin in Seychelles. England's Roger Chapman (-6) closed with a 65 and thought the tournament was his. However, Phillip Price from Wales had other ideas and stormed home with a 63 to be tied for the lead. They headed back down the 18th once more and both players found the green with their second shots, Chapman holed a fantastic eagle putt of some 30 feet and Price missed his handing Chapman his first regular Staysure Tour victory. American Tom Lehman (-5) was alone in third place. Tied for fourth were James Kingston (-3) from South Africa and Spaniard Miguel Angel Martin. Peter Fowler (+2) was the only Australian in the field.


The Canadian and Latin American tours held the Go Vacaciones Cup at the Cozumel Country Club in Cozumel, Mexico. Despite a late charge by the MacKenzie tour, the Latin Americans came out on top with a 5.5 to 4.5 victory in the final day's single matches. The end score was 11.5 to 8.5.


The Asian tour held the BNI Indonesian Masters at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club in Indonesia. Thailand’s Poom Saksansin (-20) shot a new course record of 63 on Friday and them closed with a 68. Thanks to his uncle for carrying the bag he was able to repeat winning this tournament like he did back in 2016. Following close behind were his compatriots Jazz Janewattananond (-17) and Panuphol Pittayarat (-15). Sweden's Henrik Stenson (-14) was alone in fourth place. Aussies in the field were Steven Jeffress (-6), Jarryd Felton (-5), Marcus Fraser (-3), Jake Higginbottom (-3), Josh Younger (-1), Scott Hend (-1), Maverick Antcliff (+2) and Andrew Martin (+4).

PGA Tour up coming event

There will be a two week break and then in the first week of January the PGA tour will hold the Tournament of Champions on the Plantation Course at Kapalua on Maui, Hawaii. Dustin Johnson will be back to try and reclaim the title. Australians Jason Day and Marc Leishman both qualified for the tournament.

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Driver: TaylorMade M4, 9.5˚

Tensei White 60TX

Fairway: TaylorMade M4, 15˚

Tensei White 70TX

Irons: TaylorMade P790 3-iron, P750 4-iron, P730 5-PW

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Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind 52˚, 56˚, Hi Toe 60˚

KBS $ Taper 125S+

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: TaylorMade TP5

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