CIMB Classic 2018

Date Posted:16 October 2018 

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The PGA and Asian tours played the CIMB Classic at TPC Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Starting the day in tie for the lead, Aussie Marc Leishman (-26) made sure he didn't miss out on this one. After firing four birdies in a row in his front nine he eventually closed with a 65 and secured a fourth tour title. Coming in tied for second place a distant five shots back were Emiliano Grillo (-21) from Argentina and American duo Bronson Burgoon and Chesson Hadley. Tied for fifth place were Abraham Ancer (-20) from Mexico, Louis Oosthuizen from South Africa and American trio Justin Thomas, Charles Howell III and Gary Woodland. The only other Australian in the field was Cameron Smith (-16) who closed with a 68 to be tied for 22nd.

The Champions tour held the SAS Championship at the Prestonwood CC in Cary, North Carolina. Capturing a 38th senior title by shooting a final bogey free round of 65 and setting a tournament record was nothing more than an normal day at the office for 61 year old Bernhard Langer (-22) from Germany. A staggering six shots back was American Scott Parel (-16) followed by compatriots Jerry Kelly (-15) and Tom Lehman. Tied for fifth place were Spain's Miguel Angel Jiménez (-12) and joint overnight leader Gene Sauers from the USA who came home with a 75. Australians in the field were David McKenzie (-6) and Peter Lonard (+5).


The Latino American tour played the Volvo Abierto de Chile at Club de Golf Mapocho in Santiago, Chile. Jared Wolfe (-14) from the USA closed with a 67 and a two shot victory. Tied for second place were Tano Goya (-12) from Argentina and Chilean duo Felipe Aguilar and Horacio Leon. Alone in fifth place was Nicolas Echavarria (-11) from Colombia followed by Angel Cabrera (-10) from Argentina. The only Aussie in the field was Harrison Endycott (-8) who shot four consecutive 69's and came in tied for tenth.


The European tour held the Sky Sports British Masters at Walton Heath GC in Walton on the Hill, Surrey, England. Home favorite Eddie Pepperell (-9) faced rain and wind on the final day but even with two late bogeys he held on to close with 72 for a 2 shot victory, his second of this season. His nearest competitor was Sweden's Alexander Björk (-7) who closed with a 71 to be alone in second. Tied for third were Australian Lucas Herbert (-5) who closed with a 69 and England's Jordan Smith. They were followed by two more Englishmen in Sam Horsfield (-4) and Tom Lewis as well as American Julian Suri. Other Aussies taking part were Wade Ormsby (+1), Marcus Fraser (+4), Andrew Dodt (+6) and Brett Rumford (+8).


The European Staysure tour held the Paris Legends Championship at Racing Club de France in La Boulie, Paris, France. After closing with 68 including birdies on his final two holes, Gary Orr (-12) from Scotland who had not won on tour for 18 years until last month captured his second title in back to back tournaments. Coming in tied for second place only one shot back were Frenchman Jean-François Remesy (-11) and Markus Brier from Austria. South African James Kingston (-10) was fourth followed by English duo Paul Eales (-9) and Paul Streeter (-9). Peter Fowler (+2) was the only Australian in the field.

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The European Challenge tour played the Hainan Open at the Sanya Luhuitou Club in Sanya City, Hainan Province, China. A closing 71 was enough for Finland's Kalle Samooja (-15) to win the title and push him up to number two on the money list. Grant Forrest (-13) from Scotland was alone in second followed by Sean Crocker (-11) from the USA. Tied for fourth place were Niklas Lemke (-10) from Sweden and Adri Arnaus from Spain. After closing with a 70, Aussie Ben Eccles (-9) took sixth place on his own. Other Australians in the field were Troy Moses (-7) who closed with 75 to be tied eighth, Kade McBride (-2), Jack Wilson (-1), Dimitrios Papadatos (+2), Bryden MacPherson (+2) and Dale Brandt-Richards (+7).


The Japanese tour held the Japan Open Golf Championship at the 
Yokohama Country Club in Kanagawa, Japan. After closing with a 68, local Yuki Inamori (-14) took the title by two shots. Shaun Norris (-12) from South Africa closed with a 65 to be alone in second. Tied for third place were Japanese duo Terumichi Kakazu (-8) and Hiroshi Iwata. Aussies making the cut were Brendan Jones (-5), Matthew Griffin (-3), Anthony Quayle (+3), David Micheluzzi (+3). Brad Kennedy (+3), Adam Scott (+6) and Won Joon Lee (+7).


The Asian tour held the UMA CNS Open Golf Championship 
at the Karachi Golf Club in Pakistan. Closing with a 65, Thailand's Tirawat Kaewsiribandit (-12) came out on top. Tied for second place were his fellow countrymen Jakraphan Premsirigorn (-11) and Namchok Tantipokakul. Coming in fourth on his own was local hopeful Muhammad Munir (-10). Also from Pakistan and tied for fifth place was Matloob Ahmed (-8) along with China's Yanwei Liu and Thailand's Suradit Yongcharoenchai. The only Australians in this one were Marcus Both (+1) and Nabil Abdul (+5).


The Australian tour held the Victorian PGA Championship at RACV Cape Schanck in Cape Schanck, Victoria. Starting the day two shots off the lead, Aaron Pike (-10) from Queensland secured an emotional one shot maiden victory. After closing with a 68 Pike had a nervous wait while Ryan Chisnall (-9) from New Zealand finished the final hole with a par. Coming in solo third was fellow Kiwi Harry Bateman (-8). Tied for fourth place were Aussies Matthew Millar (7), Stephen Leany, Rick Kulacz and Frazer Droop. Tied for eighth place were Victorian trio Andre Lautee (-7), Cameron John and Andrew Martin.

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The LPGA held the Keb Hana Bank Championship at the Sky 72 Golf Club on the Ocean Course in Incheon, Korea. After closing with a second consecutive 66, local favourite In Gee Chun (-16) erased the two shot deficit she started the day with and captured her third LPGA title. Three shots back and alone in second place was overnight leader Charley Hull (-13) from England. Number one ranked Sung Hyun Park (-12) from Korea was tied for third place with Thai superstar Ariya Jutanugarn, (71), Minjee Lee from Australia and overnight co-leader Danielle Kang from the USA. Other Aussie girls in this selective field were Su Oh (-3), Katherine Kirk (+7) and Sarah Jane Smith (+10).

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The Chinese tour played the Clearwater Bay Open at the Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club in Hong Kong. In only his first year on tour, New Zealand's Nick Voke (-14) has now won three times in his last four starts ensuring his confidence will continue to grow. After a flawless 62, England's Callum Tarren (-11) jumped up the leader board and finished alone in second. American Benjamin Lein (-10) was third followed by compatriot Charlie Netzel (-7) who tied for fourth along with Thailand’s Gunn Charoenkul and Australia’s Deyen Lawson. Other Aussies in the field were Andrew Schonewille (E), DJ Loypur (+1), Max McCardle (+1), James Marchesani (+2), James Gibellini (+3), Corey Hale (+5), Sam Earl (+11), Kevin Yuan (+12) and Jack Munro (+13).

PGA Tour up coming event

Next week the PGA tour will head to Nine Bridges on Jeju Island in Korea where Justin Thomas will try and defend his CJ Cup title. Keep an eye out for Hideki Matsuyama, Kevin Na, Brandt Snedeker, Louis Oosthuizen, J.B. Holmes, Abraham Ancer and Ernie Els. Australians taking part will be Marc Leishman, Rod Pampling, Cameron Smith, Adam Scott and Jason Day.

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