KLM Open 2018

Date Posted:18 September 2018 

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The European tour held the KLM Open at The Dutch in Spijk, Netherlands. After coming home with three birdies in his last five hole, Ashun Wu (-16) closed with a 67 and his win gave him his third career victory and in the process he became the most successful Chinese golfer on the Euro tour. England's Chris Wood (-15) started the day with a one shot lead but a costly double bogey on his 12th hole landed him in solo second. One shot back in a tie for third place were Belgium's Thomas Detry and Japan's Hideto Tanihara. Ireland's Padraig Harrington (-13) was alone in fifth. Ten Aussies teed it up on Thursday and making the cut were Jason Scrivener (-9) who closed with a 65 to be tied for 15th, Wade Ormsby (-8), Lucas Herbert (-6), Sam Brazel (-6), Adam Bland (-2) and Andrew Dodt (-2).


The Champions tour held The Ally Challenge at the Warwick Hills G&CC in Grand Blanc, Michigan. With a birdie on his final hole, Paul Broadhurst closed with a 66 to capture his third title this season. The Englishman was lucky to be playing considering he spent most of last week with his physio after pulling a muscle in his back. American Brandt Jobe (-13) closed with a 67 to be solo second followed closely by his compatriots Mark O'Meara (-12) and Tom Lehman. Coming in tied for seventeenth, David McKenzie (-8) was the only Australian in the field.


The Web.com tour held the Albertsons Boise Open at the Hillcrest CC in Boise, Idaho. Having recently spent two years in the Korean military, Sangmoon Bae (-19) started the day in a tie for the lead and then closed with a 66 for a welcome return to the winner's circle and the main tour. Tied for second place and all returning to the PGA tour next season will be Canada's Roger Sloan (-18) as well as American duo Adam Schenk and Anders Albertson. Mexico's Roberto Diaz (-17) was fifth followed by Michael Thompson (-16) from the USA. Aussies playing were Aaron Baddeley (-11), Cameron Percy (-10), Curtis Luck (-10), Rhein Gibson (-8), John Senden (-8), Brett Drewitt (-8) and Stuart Appleby (-6).

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The Canadian tour played the Freedom 55 Financial Championship at the 
Highland CC in London, Ontario, Canada. Starting the day four shots off the lead, American Danny Walker (-19) only had one bogey all week and closed with a 64 to capture his first professional title. Next in line and tied for second were his compatriots George Cunningham (-17) and overnight leader Jonathan Garrick who closed with a 70. Also from the USA and tied for fourth place were Ian Holt (-16) and Carter Jenkins. Australians in the field were Brett Coletta (12) and Ruben Sondjaja (+1).

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The European Staysure tour held the Scottish Senior Open at the Craigielaw GC in Craigielaw, Longniddry, Scotland. Starting the day with a three shot lead it looked like smooth sailing for Scotsman Gary Orr (-4). However, the winds came up and for a while it looked like he would capsize but he held his nerve and closed with a 75 that was still good enough for a one shot victory, his first on home soil. In second place and the only other player under par was England's Paul Streeter (-3) who just missed an eagle putt on the final hole. Tied for third place on even Par were Austria's Markus Brier, Argentina's Rafael Gomez, Welshman Phillip Price and David Shacklady from England. Sharing seventh place were Switzerland’s André Bossert (+1) and English duo Barry Lane and Gary Marks. Aussies in the field were Mike Harwood (+5), Peter Fowler (+8) and Peter O'Malley (+8).

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The European Challenge tour played the Kazakhstan Open at the Zhailjau Golf Resort in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Starting the day one shot out of the lead and then bogeying his first hole, Liam Johnston (-24) from Scotland bounced back with four birdies and an eagle to claim his second tour title and secured his card for the main tour next year. Closing with a 65, England's Tom Murray (-22) bogeyed his final two holes and had to be happy with second. Tied for third place were Tom Lewis (-21) from England and Sean Crocker from the USA. There were four players tied for fifth place on 18 under par. The only Aussie making the cut was Dimitrios Papadatos (-10).


The Asian tour held the 34th Shinhan Donghae Open at the Bear's Best Cheongna Golf Club in Korea. Opening with a 65 and then closing with a flawless 63, Sanghyun Park (-22) from Korea completed a wire-to-wire record setting victory, his career second. Zimbabwe’s Scott Vincent (-17) was second followed by Nick Voke (-15) from New Zealand. Tied in fourth place were Korean duo Doyeob Mun (-14) and Hyunwoo Ryu followed by compatriot Hyunjoon Lee (-13). Alone in seventh place was Australia's Travis Smyth (-12) who notched up his first top ten on tour. Other Aussies in the field were Junseok Lee (-7), Minwoo Lee (-4), Jake Higginbottom (-1) and Jarryd Felton (+14).


The LET and LPGA held the Evian Championship at the Evian Resort Golf Club in Évian-les-Bains, France. Starting the day five shots off the lead, 40 year old Angela Stanford (-12) from the USA closed with a 68 to overtake her compatriots and finally grab a major title after 76 starts. Tied for second place were fellow Americans Austin Ernst (-11), Mo Martin and overnight leader Amy Olson who closed with a double bogey for a final round of 74. Also sharing second place was Korea's Sei Young Kim who closed with a one over 72. Tied for sixth place were Ryan O'Toole (-10) from the USA and Jeong Eun Lee from Korea. Australian girls in the field were Katherine Kirk (-8) and Minjee Lee (-6).

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Next week 30 of the best players on the PGA tour will head to East Lake in Atlanta for the Tour Championship where the Fedex Cup winner will be crowned. Xander Schauffele and Justin Thomas will both be back to defend their respective titles. The big guns will be out in force including Brooks, the Justin's, Dustin, Rickie, Jon, Bryson, Bubba, Rory, Tommy, Hideki and of course Tiger. Aussies trying their luck will be Jason Day, Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith.

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What s in the bag

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Driver: Ping G400 Max (12.8°)

Graphite Design Tour AD-GT 5S

5 wood: Ping G400 (16.65°)

Graphite Design Tour AD-MT 6SR

7 wood: Ping G400 (20.5°)

Graphite Design Tour AD-YS 6S

Irons: Ping i200 (4-PW)

Nippon 950 SR

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 SS (52°, 56° & 60°)

Nippon 950 SR

Putter: Ping Vault 2.0 Dale Anser

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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