Mayakoba Classic 2018

Date Posted:13 November 2018 

Kuchar ends drought!

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The PGA tour played the Mayakoba Golf Classic at the El Camaleon GC in Pnalaya del Carmen, Mexico. After opening the week with a pair of 64's and then a 65, Matt Kuchar (-22) from the USA started the day with a four shot lead and looked certain to grab the title. However, he had a couple of late bogeys that cut his lead to only one shot but after a couple of knee knocking three footers coming home he held on for his eighth tour title and broke a four year drought in the process. Hot on his heels was Kiwi Danny Lee (-21) who came home strong with a closing 65. Tied for third place were American duo Richy Werenski (-19) and J.J. Spaun followed by compatriot Brice Garnett (-18). Aussies in the field were Cameron Davis (-8) and Matt Jones (+4).


The Champions tour held the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at the Phoenix Country Club in Phoenix, Arizona. Starting the day six shots behind the lead, Vijay Singh (-22) played like a man on fire closing with a flawless 61 to capture the final event of the year. Coming in second was Tim Petrovic (-18) from the USA followed by compatriots Wes Short Jr. (-17) and Scott McCarron (-17). McCarron had a chance to win the money title but he was never in the hunt leaving the glory to Germany's Bernhard Langer who finished tied for thirteenth and now has five Cups in the bag. There were no Australians in the field.

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The Latino American tour played the Neuquen Argentina Classic at the 
Chapelco Golf Club in Nequen, Argentina. Local favorite Clodomiro Carranza (-17) closed with a 69 to claim his second tour victory, a distant six years since his first. Fellow Argentinian Andres Gallegos (-14) was alone in second place followed by Harry Higgs (-13) from the USA. Tied for fourth place was Victor Lange (-11) from South Africa and American Nicolo Galletti. Ryan Ruffels (-2) was the only Aussie in the field.


The European tour played the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player CC in Sun City, South Africa. Having gone winless for over four years, a delighted Lee Westwood (-15) from England romped backed into the winners circle with a flawless closing 64 capturing this title for the third time. Alone in second place after a final round of 70 was overnight leader Sergio Garcia (-12) from Spain. Hometown favorite Louis Oosthuizen (-11) closed with a 69 to be solo third. England's Ross Fisher (-8) was fourth followed by his compatriot Matt Wallace (-7) who tied for fifth place with Haotong Li from China. Aussies taking part in this invitational event were Wade Ormsby (-2) who closed with a 67, Jason Scrivener (-2) and Lucas Herbert (+1).


The Japanese tour held the Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters at the 
Taiheiyo Club on the Gotemba Course in Shizuoka, Japan. After thirteen years on tour and playing with a sponsor's exemption, 34 year old Tatsunori Nukaga (-9) from Japan became the thirteenth first time winner on tour after closing with 66. Alone in second place was Seung-Hyuk Kim (-7) from Korea. Tied for third was Japanese duo Yoshinori Fujimoto (-6) and Shota Akiyoshi , Shaun Norris from South Africa and Jung-Gon Hwang from Korea. Aussies taking part were Won Joon Lee (2), Brad Kennedy (-1), Matthew Griffin (E) and Brendan Jones (+2).

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The LPGA tour played the Blue Bay LPGA at Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Club on Hainan Island, China. After a helping hole in one in her third round, Mexico's Gaby Lopez (-8) started the day with a one shot lead. Closing with a 73 was just enough for Lopez to join her famous compatriot Lorena Ochoa as the only other female Mexican to win on tour. Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn (-7) also closed with a 73 to be solo second. Frenchwoman Celine Boutier (-6) was third followed by Danielle Kang (-6) from the USA and Korea's Sei Young Kim. Aussie girls in the field were Hannah Green (+3), Sarah Jane Smith (+3) and Su Oh (+5).

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The Australasian tour held the NSW Open at Twin Creeks Golf and CC in Luddenham, NSW. Starting the day with a four shot lead was Queensland's Jake McLeod (-20). He thought he was going to crumble after his advantage was gone at the start of the back nine but an eagle on the par five 11th gave him a two shot buffer which he held to the finish line for a closing 71 and a fabulous maiden tour victory. Victoria's Cameron John (-18) closed with a 67 to be solo second. Tied for third place were fellow Aussies Dylan Perry (-15), Josh Younger and amateur Blake Windred. Sharing sixth place were David McKenzie (-14), Douglas Klein and Jordan Mullaney.

PGA Tour up coming event

Next week the PGA tour will head over to the Sea Island Resort in Georgia for the RSM Classic. Austin Cook will be back trying to defend his title. Keep an eye out for Wesley Bryan, Padraig Harrington, Robert Streb, Jonas Blixt, Kevin Kisner, Whee Kim and Ernie Els. Aussies in the field will be Aaron Baddeley, Matt Jones and Curtis Luck.

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What s in the bag

Matt Kuchar

Driver: Bridgestone Tour B JGR (9.5°)

Fujikura Atmos Tour Spec 6S

3-wood: Titleist TS2 (13.5°)

Fujikura Speeder Evolution 757 X

Hybrids: Bridgestone Tour B XD-H (18°), Ping Anser (20°)

Fujikura Motore Speeder TS 8.8 X flex

Irons: Bridgestone J15CB (5-PW)

True Temper Dynamic Gold 105 S300

Wedges: Bridgestone J40 Forged (52°); Cleveland RTX-4 (58°, 64°)

Aerotech Steelfiber i110X, KBS Tour 120 S, KBS Tour 120 S

Putter: Bettinardi Kuchar Model 1 Arm Lock

Golf ball: Bridgestone Tour B X

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