CJ Cup 2018

Date Posted:23 October 2018 

Koepka makes No 1

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The PGA and Korean tours played the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges on Jeju Island in Korea. Starting the day with a four shot lead, Brooks Koepka (-21) from the USA had a shaky start but soon settled into his rhythm eventually firing a 64 that included eight birdies and an eagle on his final hole. Koepka, who was recently crowned 'player of the year' captured his fifth tour title and became the new world number one in the process. Closing the gap with 6 birdies in his front nine was compatriot Gary Woodland (-17) who finished with a 63 to be alone in second place. Fellow American Ryan Palmer (-15) birdied his final seven holes to close with a 62 and be tied for third with Rafa Cabrera Bello from Spain. Tied for fifth place were Aussie Jason Day (-12) who closed with a 67 and Scott Piercy from the USA. Other Australians in the field were Cameron Smith (-11) who closed with a 69 to be tied for seventh, Adam Scott (-10) closed wit h a flawless 63 to jump into a tie for tenth place, Marc Leishman (-8) and Rod Pampling (-4).


The Champions tour held the Dominion Energy Charity Classic at the Country Club of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia. Woody Austin (-11) from the USA drained a six footer on his final hole to capture his fourth senior title and the first of the playoff series. Hot on his heels all day was defending champion Bernhard Langer (-10) from Germany who took second place on his own. Tied for third place were American trio Fran Quinn (-9), Kent Jones and Jay Haas. David McKenzie (+2) was the only Australian in the field.


The Latino American tour held the Diners Club Peru Open at Los Inkas GC in Lima, Peru. Three late birdies gave American Harry Higgs (-19) a closing 68 and a two shot maiden victory. Tied for second place were American David Denlinger (-17) and Spain’s Mario Beltrán. Next in line and sharing fourth place were American pair Will Collins (-16) and Brian Richey. The only Aussie in the field was Harrison Endycott (-9).

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The European tour played the Andalucia Valderrama Masters at the Real Club Valderrama in Sotogrande, Spain. Reduced to 54 holes due to continual rain delays the tournament was successfully defended by the host, Sergio Garcia (-12) from Spain who won the event for a third time by a convincing four shots. Ireland's Shane Lowry (-8) was alone in second place followed by Mikko Korhonen (-6) from Finland. Ashley Chesters (-5) from England was fourth. Aussies in the field were Jason Norris (-3) tied for eighth, Jason Scrivener (E), Marcus Fraser (+1), Andrew Dodt (+2), Wade Ormsby (+3) and Scot Hend (+6).


The European Challenge tour held the Foshan Open at the Foshan Golf Club in Shishan Town, Nanhai District, Foshan City, China. After 3 birdies and an eagle on the eighteenth, Victor Perez (-19) was happy to be in a playoff on his favorite hole. Another birdie was enough for the Frenchman to secure his tour card for next year after he defeated Scotland's Robert MacIntyre on the first extra hole. Tied for third place were Sean Crocker (-18) from the USA and Max Orrin from England followed by Darius Van Driel (-17) from the Netherlands and Jack Singh Brar (-17) from England. Aussies in the field were Jack Wilson (-16) who closed with a 68 to be tied for seventh, Ben Eccles (-14), Dimitrios Papadatos (-8) and Bryden MacPherson (-6).


The Japanese tour played the Bridgestone Open at the Sodegaura Country Club on the Sodegaura Course in Chiba, Japan. Local favourite and recent winner Shugo Imahira (-16) closed with a 66 for a one shot victory. Masahiro Kawamura (-15) from Japan was alone in second followed by Shih-Chang Chan (-13) from Taiwan. Tied for fourth place were Japanese duo Ryo Ishikawa (-11) and Mikumu Horikawa as well as Sang-Hee Lee from Korea. Australians in the field were Matthew Griffin (-9), Brendan Jones (-2), Brad Kennedy (-2), Anthony Quayle (-1) and Scott Strange (+2).

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The LET held the Hero Women's Indian Open at the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurgaon, India. Starting the day with a share of the lead, Becky Morgan (-7) closed with a 69 and captured her maiden tour title after eighteen years of trying. Tied for second place were Caroline Hedwall (-5) from Sweden, Felicity Johnson from England, Christine Wolf from Austria and Nicole Broch Larsen from Denmark. The only Aussie girl to make the cut was Sarah Kemp (E) and she was tied for ninth place.


The LPGA held the Buick LPGA Shanghai at the Qizhong Garden Golf Club in Shanghai, China. Fighting hard to control her inner demons, Danielle Kang (-13) from the USA cleared her mind and then came home with four birdies and a closing 69 to secure her second tour title. Banked up in second place were New Zealand's Lydia Ko (-11), American trio Marina Alex, Annie Park and Brittany Altomare, Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn, China's Wenbo Lu, and Sei Young Kim from Korea. Australians making the cut were Minjee Lee (-7), Su Oh (-7), Sarah Jane Smith (-2) and Katherine Kirk (+5).

PGA Tour up coming event

Next week a select field will head to Shanghai for the WGC-HSBC Champions. Justin Rose will return to defend his title. Watch out for Koepka, Molinari, Johnson, Snedeker, Matsuyama, McIlroy, Fleetwood and Poulter. Aussies in the field will be Justin Norris, Jason Day, Adam Bland, Brett Rumford, Adam Scott and Cameron Smith. The PGA tour will also play the Sandersons Farms Chamionship in Mississippi. Ryan Armour will be back to try again. Aussies playing will be Baddeley, Appleby, Davis, Jones and Luck.

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What s in the bag

Brooks Koepka

Driver: TaylorMade M3 460 (9.5°)

Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 70TX

3 Wood: TaylorMade M2 Tour HL (16.5°)

Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80TX

Driving Iron: Nike Vapor Fly Pro (3)

Fujikura Pro 95 Tour Spec X-Flex

Irons: Mizuno JPX-900 Tour (4-PW)

True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 Raw (52-12F, 56-10S) SM4 TVD Raw (60-08)

True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

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