BMW Championship 2018

Date Posted:11 September 2018 

Keegan wins playoff

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The PGA Tour held the BMW Championship on the Aronimink GC in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. After a number of rain delays and some brilliant work by the ground staff the final round began early Monday morning on a very slow and wet golf course. The top of the leader board was jam packed and it was anyone's trophy but in the end Keegan Bradley (-20) from the USA closed with a 64 to reel in and tie overnight leader Justin Rose from England. Without his beloved 'banned' belly putter, a very happy Bradley tapped in a two footer on the first extra hole to grab his fourth tour title. A disappointed Rosie's second place was still enough for him to become the best player in the world. Tied for third place were Americans Billy Horschel (-19) who fired a final 64 and Xander Schauffele who came home with a 67. Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy (-18) was alone in fifth after a closing 68. Tied for sixth place after both closing with respective 65's were the USA's Webb Simpson (-17) and a reinvigorated Tiger Woods. With spots in the Fedex Cup final up for grabs there was a lot of jostling by those on the cusp, Jordan Spieth notably missing out by one spot. Aussies in the field were Jason Day (-9), Marc Leishman (-3) who luckily came 29th in the Fedex Cup standings, Adam Scott (-2) and Cameron Smith (+1). Unfortunately Adam Scott will not progress to the Tour Championship in two weeks.

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The Canadian tour played the Mackenzie Investments Open at the Elm Ridge CC on the North Course in Montreal, Quebec, Canadian. After closing with a 67 and then being tied for the lead on 19 under par, American Blake Olson needed only one extra hole to capture his maiden tour title. Eliminated in the playoff was his compatriot Corey Pereira. Sharing fifth place were fellow Americans George Cunningham (-18) and Zach Wright. After closing with a 67, Australia's Brett Coletta (-16) came in tied for fifth place along with American duo Ryan Elmore and Theo Humphrey. Other Aussies in the field were Ruben Sondjaja (-7) and Mathew Goggin (-6).

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The European tour played the Omega European Masters at the Crans-sur-Sierre GC in Crans Montana, Switzerland. Starting the day with a four shot lead, England's Matthew Fitzpatrick (-17) was chased down by Denmark's Lucas Bjerregaard who closed with a sizzling 63. Fitzpatrick needed only one extra hole and his birdie made him the first man since Seve Ballesteros to successfully defend the title. In solo third was Frenchman Mike Lorenzo-Vera (-15) followed by Nacho Elvira (-12) from Spain and then Daniel Brooks (-11) from England. Tied for sixth place were Hideto Tanihara (-10) from Japan and Ashun Wu from China. Out of the nine Aussies that teed it up on Thursday, Scott Hend (-1) was the only one to make the cut.

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The European senior tour held the European Tour Properties Senior Classic at the Lighthouse Golf & Spa Resort in Balchik, Bulgaria. After opening with a 66 and closing with a 67, Magnus P Atlevi (-14) from Sweden went wire-to-wire and won easily by three shots. Coming in second was Stephen Dodd (-11) from Wales who needed a birdie on the final hole to force a playoff but he pushed too hard and took a double bogey. Following close behind was James Kingston (-10) from South Africa. Australians taking part in this one were Peter Fowler (-9) who tied for fourth place with Mauricio Molina from Argentina and Mike Harwood (-2).

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The European Challenge tour played the Bridgestone Challenge at the Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa,Luton in Bedfordshire, United Kingdom. Starting the day one shot back, England's Tom Lewis (-23) overtook the leaders with a brilliant 64 and grabbed his second career victory, the last coming seven years ago in Portugal. Joint overnight leader Dimitrios Papadatos (-18) from Australia closed with a 70 to be tied for second place along with Sweden's Sebastian Soderberg. Sharing fourth place were Cormac Sharvin (-16) from Northern Ireland, Nicolai Von Dellingshausen from Germany and English duo Matt Ford and Tom Murray. The only other Aussie in the field was Nick Cullen (-13) and he was tied for twelfth.

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The Japanese tour played the ISPS Handa Match Play at the Hatoyama Country Club in Saitama, Japan. The final was won by Thanyakorn Khrongpha from Thailand (2 and 1) over Shugo Imahira from Japan. The consolation match was won by Rattanon Wannasrichan from Thailand (2 up) over Yuta Ikeda from Japan. The best placed Aussie was David Bransdon who was eliminated by Wannasrichan (1 up) in the group of eight.

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The LET held the Lacoste Ladies Open de France at Golf du Medoc on the Chateaux Course in Le Pian-Médoc, France. Starting the day seven shots out of the lead, Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall (-12) grabbed her sixth career title and her first victory in six years with an incredible course record of 62. South Africa's Stacy Lee Bregman (-10) also closed well with a 66 to give her solo second. Overnight leader Nanna Koerstz Madsen (-9) from Denmark had a final round of 72 to put her in a tie with Spain’s Luna Sobron, Lynn Carlsson of Sweden and Sarah Kemp who was the only Australian girl in the field.

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The Chinese tour held the Qinhuangdao Championship at the Qinhuangdao Golf Club in Qinhuangdao, China. Having just joined the tour this year, New Zealand's Nick Voke (-12) closed with a 66 to put himself in the lead. Overnight leader Stephen Lewton from England birdied the last hole to force a playoff. The Kiwi birdied the par 3 eighteenth hole on the second extra hole to capture his maiden title. American Charlie Saxon (-9) was alone in third place. After both closed with 69's Australian duo James Marchesani (-8) and Max McCardle along with Sejun Yoon from the USA and Kevin Lee from Korea. Other Australians making the cut were Corey Hale (-5), Bryden MacPherson (-3), Deyen Lawson (-3), Kevin Yuan (-3), David Lutterus (+3) and DJ Loypur (+12).

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Next week the PGA is having a rest and the European tour will head to the Netherlands for the KLM Open. Frenchman Romain Wattel will aim to defend his title. Aussies trying their luck will be Bland, Brazel, Cullen, Dodt, Hend, Munro, Norris, Ormsby, Rumford and Scrivener.

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Keegan Bradley

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Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017 (10.5°)

Graphite Design Tour AD IZ-6X

3 Wood: TaylorMade M4 HL (16.5°)

Project X HZRDUS Smoke 80 grams 6.5-flex

Hybrid: Callaway Apex 3 Hybrid (20°)

Project X Even Flow Blue 85 grams 6.5-flex

Irons: Srixon Z-U45 (3 iron), Z-745 (4-9 iron), Z-945 (PW)

Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 120X

Wedges: Cleveland RTX-3 proto (52°), RTX-4 (58°)

True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

Putter: Odyssey Works Versa 1W prototype

Golf Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV

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