Hero World Challenge 2018

Date Posted:4 December 2018 

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Tiger Woods hosted the Hero World Challenge on Albany in New Providence, Bahamas. Starting the day in a three way tie for the lead, Spain's Jon Rahm (-20) relied on his brilliant ball striking and a putting tip from Tiger to close with a 65 and a four shot victory. Coming in solo second after a closing 69 was joint overnight leader Tony Finau (-16) from the USA followed by Justin Rose (-15) from England. Henrik Stenson (-14) from Sweden also had a share of the lead at the beginning of the round but he stumbled home with a 71 to be alone in fourth place. Defending champion Rickie Fowler (-13) fired a 69 and was tied for fifth place with fellow American Patrick Cantlay who closed with a very classy 64. Jason Day (-5) was the only Aussie in the field and he just beat the host TW (-1) who opened and closed with a pair of 73's.

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The Champions tour held the final stage of their qualifying tournament at TPC Tampa Bay in Lutz, Florida. After his fourth time at Q-school, Gibby Gilbert III (-4) from the USA closed with a 65 to win the day and gain fully-exempt status for the 2019 season. Compatriots Skip Kendall (-3) and Cliff Kresge finished in a tie for second and also gained their cards for next year. American Greg Kraft (-2) and Australia's Stephen Leaney survived a four-man playoff to earn the final two fully-exempt cards. Other Aussies in the field were Peter Lonard (+2), Craig Parry (+9) and Gavin Coles (+21).

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The Latino American tour held the Shell Championship at the Trump National Doral Golden Palm in Miami, Florida. After a near fatal bogey on his 15th hole, Michael Buttacavoli (-18) held on and closed with a birdie and a one shot victory over fellow American Evan Harmeling. Brazil's Alexandre Rocha (-15) was alone in third. Tied for fourth place were Harry Higgs (-13) from the USA and Tano Goya from Argentina. There were no Australians in the field.

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The European and Asian tours held the Mauritius Open at the Four Seasons GC Mauritius at Anahita in Beau Champ, Mauritius.Ernie Els has outdone himself with this course, one of the prettiest you could ever see. Having only just qualified for the tour a month ago, American Kurt Kitayama (-20) openend with a pair of 65's and closed with a 68 for a two shot maiden victory. After both closing with 67's, India's S Chikkarangappa (-18) and Frenchman Matthieu Pavon finished in a tie for second. South Africa's Justin Harding (-17) was alone in fourth followed by his compatriot and defending champion Dylan Frittelli (-16) who fired a flawless 65 and tied for fifth place along with Japan's Masahiro Kawamura. Aussies in the field were Travis Smyth and David Gleeson but neither made the weekend cut.

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The Staysure tour held the Costa Blanca Benidorm Senior Golf Masters at the Meliã Villaitana GC in Benidorm, Spain. England's Paul Streeter (-14) captured his second senior title after beating Spain's Miguel Ángel Jiménez on the first hole of a sudden death playoff. Joint overnight leader, Rafael Gomez (-11) from Argentina closed with a 70 to be tied for third place along with England's David Shacklady. After both firing 67's, Welshman Stephen Dodd (-10) and Austrian Markus Brier were tied for fifth. Peter Fowler (-9) was the only Aussie playing in this one and he came in tied for seventh place.

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The Japanese tour held the invitational Golf Nippon Series JT Cup at the Tokyo Yomiuri Country Club in Tokyo, Japan. Having lost in similar circumstances over the last two years, local favorite Satoshi Kodaira (-8) closed with a 64 to put him into a playoff with compatriot Ryo Ishikawa and Korea's Jung-Gon Hwang. Kodaira had his wife nearby for good luck and a birdie on the first extra hole awarded him the title. Alone in fourth place was Japan's Yoshinori Fujimoto (-7) followed by compatriots Hiroshi Iwata (-6) and Mikumu Horikawa who tied for fifth place along with Sang-Hee Lee from Korea. The only Australians in the field were Brendan Jones (-1) and Brad Kennedy (E).

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The Asian tour held the Queen's Cup hosted by Jaidee Foundation at the Legacy Golf Club in Bankok, Thailand. After a three year drought and then a bogey on his opening hole, Miguel Tabuena (-20) from the Philippines closed with a 66 and was back in the winners circle. American Johannes Veerman (-17) closed with a 66 and was solo second followed by home favorite and defending champion Jazz Janewattanond (-16). Close behind were fellow Thai players Natipong Srithong (-13) and Chapchai Nirat (-12). Australians taking part were Andrew Dodt (-7) and Andrew Martin (-3).

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The Australasian tour held the Australian PGA Championship at RACV Royal Pines Resort in Ashmore on the Gold Coast, Queensland. Starting the day with a three shot lead, Australia's next superstar Cameron Smith (-16) had a nervous start to find himself trailing by one after only four holes. He dug deep and finished strong, albeit with some 'grate' luck from the gods and defended the title he won last year. Hot on his heels all day was good buddy Marc Leishman (-14) who had a couple of closing bogeys to put him back into second place on his own. After closing with a flawless 63, England's Ross McGowan (-11) raced up the leader board to be tied for third place along with Aussie Matthew Millar. Korea's Jae-woong Eom (-7) was alone in fifth place. Tied for sixth place were Aussie trio Jason Scrivener (-6), Nick Flanagan and Ben Eccles.

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Next week the PGA tour will head down to Florida for the QBE Shootout. American duo Sean O'Hair and Steve Stricker will be back to try and win it again. There were no Aussies in the field.

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Driver: TaylorMade M2 (9.5°)

Aldila Tour Green 75TX

3-wood: TaylorMade M3 (16°)

Aldila Tour Green 75TX

Driving iron: TaylorMade RSi TP UDI (23°)

Project X Rifle 6.5

Irons: TaylorMade P-750 (4-PW)

Project X Rifle 6.5

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (51° & 55°), Hi-Toe (60°)

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Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: TaylorMade TP5X

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