RSM Classic 2018

Date Posted:20 November 2018 

CH3 wins playoff

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The PGA tour held the RSM Classic at the Sea Island Resort on the Seaside Course in Sea Island, Georgia. After starting the day with a one shot lead, Charles Howell III (-19) from the USA thought he had blown his chance yet again after a bogey, double bogey start. He dug deep and was back to square by the tenth and then came home with three birdies to put himself into a playoff with compatriot Patrick Rodgers who had a sensational weekend coming home with 61/62, (the lowest closing weekend score in PGA tour history). They headed back down the eighteenth twice more and Howell clinched his third tour title with a birdie. Americans following close behind were Webb Simpson (-18), Ryan Blaum (-17), Luke List (-17) and Cameron Champ (-16). Aussies making the cut were Stuart Appleby (-9) and Aaron Baddeley (-7).

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The Australian tour held the 103rd Emirates Australian Open at the Lakes Golf Club in Eastlakes, NSW. Starting the day with a five shot lead after a sizzling 65 on Saturday in difficult conditions, 27 year old Abraham Ancer (-16) held his nerve and closed with his third 69 to become the first Mexican to etch their name on the Stonehaven Cup. There were a number of challengers but they were only playing for second and that spot went to Lakes favorite Dimitrios Papadatos (-11) who will join Ancer at next year's British Open. Last week's NSW Open winner, Jake McLeod (-10) closed with a 66 to be third followed by Marcus Fraser (-9). Tied for fifth place were Japanese amateur Keita Nakajima (-8) and Aussie quartet John Senden, Matthew Millar, Cameron Percy and amateur David Micheluzzi.

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The Latino American tour held the 113 Visa Open de Argentina at the Pilara Golf Club in Pilar, Argentina. There was another Mexican grabbing a victory this week and Isidro Benitez (-18) claimed his maiden tour title after starting the day with a five shot lead. Tied for second place were Harry Higgs (-15) from the USA and Canada's Russell Budd. American Evan Harmeling (-13) was alone in fourth place followed by Paulo Pinto (-12) from Argentina and Jared Wolfe (-11) from the USA. Danny List and Ryan Ruffels were the only Aussies taking part but unfortunately neither made the weekend cut.

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The European tour held the DP World Tour Championship at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. After closing with a pair of 68's, England's Danny Willett (-18) finally made his way back into the winner's circle having last won at the 2016 Masters. Willett came home strong with three birdies in his final five holes to hold off compatriot Matt Wallace (-16) who tied for second place along with Patrick Reed from the USA. Sharing fourth place were South Africa's Dean Burmester (-14) and Spanish duo Jon Rahm who was defending the title and Adrian Otaegui. Australians in the field were Wade Ormsby (-4) and Lucas Herbert (+2). NB: After his finest year on tour that included a major title and a perfect Ryder Cup, Francesco Molinari won the Race to Dubai and became the first Italian to be crowned the European Tour's best player.

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The Japanese tour held the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament at the Phoenix Country Club in Miyazaki, Japan. Starting the day five shots behind the lead, thirty six year old local star Kodai Ichihara (-15) came home with a brilliant 63 to capture his second tour title. Coming in solo second was his compatriot Mikumu Horikawa (-14) followed by Brendan Jones (-13) from Australia. Tied for fourth place were Argentina's Emiliano Grillo (-12) and Korean trio Sang-Hyun Park, Dong-Kyu Jang and Rikuya Hoshino. Other Aussies making the cut were Brad Kennedy (-7), David Bransdon (-5) and Won Joon Lee (-2).

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The LPGA tour held the CME Group Tour Championship at the Tiburón Golf Club in Naples, Florida. With the crowd urging her along, Lexi Thompson (-18) from the USA was a well deserved winner after a year of ups and downs. Taking solo second was her compatriot Nelly Korda (-14) followed by Brittany Lincicome (-13) who tied for third place along with Korea's So Yeon Ryu. Tied for fourth place were Marina Alex (-12) from the USA, Lydia Ko from New Zealand, Ariya Jutanugarn from Thailand and Carlota Ciganda from Spain. Australian girls in this exclusive event were Katherine Kirk (-1), Minjee Lee (+1), Su Oh (+3), Hannah Green (+3), and Sarah Jane Smith (+7).

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Next week, pairs of the best players from around the globe will compete in the World Cup of Golf. Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen and Thorbjørn Olesen will head to The Metropolitan in Melbourne and try to defend their title. Teams to watch out for will be Germany, USA, Thailand, Japan and Mexico. Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith will be representing Australia.

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What s in the bag

Charles Howell III

Driver: Titleist TS3 (10.5°)

Mitsubishi Tensei AV Blue 65

Fairway woods: Titleist TS2 (15° & 21°)

Fujikura ATMOS Tour Spec Black 8X, ATMOS Tour Spec Black 9X

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB 4-iron, 718 AP2 (5-7), 718 CB (8-PW)

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Wedges: Vokey SM7 (52°, 56°, 60°)

True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: Titleist Pro V1 (proto)

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