Safeway Open 2018

Date Posted:9 October 2018 

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The PGA tour held the Safeway Open at the Silverado Resort and Spa North in Napa, California. At the end of regulation play there were three players tied on 14 under par. On the first extra hole a devastated Brandt Snedeker from the USA was eliminated after leading overnight and looking a certain winner until he bogeyed his second last hole. That left fellow Americans Kevin Tway and Ryan Moore to battle it out and after they both birdied the 18th hole for a third time they headed down the tenth. They both hit great drives but Moore came up just short on his approach and then missed the putt leaving Tway who had found the green on his second to calmly stroked in his ten foot putt for birdie and his maiden victory on tour. Tied for fourth place were Australia's Aaron Baddeley (-13) who had one bogey in his closing 69 to fall just short of the playoff, Korea's Sungjae Im and American trio Luke List, Sam Ryder and Troy Merritt. Other Aussies making the cut were Cameron Davis (-8) and Brett Drewitt (-7).


The Latino American tour played the San Luis Championship at La Loma Golf in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. After firing a brilliant 63 on Saturday, Nicolas Echavarria (-19) from Colombia started the day with an eight shot lead and he finished four in front collecting a second win in his last three starts. Alone in second place was Mexico’s Raúl Cortes (-15) followed by Austin Smotherman (-14) from the USA. The only Australian to make the cut was Harrison Endycott (-13) and he closed with a pair of 69's on the weekend to be tied for fourth place along with American trio Eric Steger, Corey Pereira and Sam Fidone.

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The European tour played the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on the 
Old Course St. Andrews, Carnoustie & Kingsbarns in Scotland. Starting the day four shots back, Lucas Bjerregaard (-15) from Denmark closed with a 67 to grab his second tour title. Overnight leader Tyrrell Hatton (-14) from England was trying to become only the fifth player to win the same event three times in a row but he stumbled home with a 72 to be tied for second place along with his compatriot and Ryder Cup teammate Tommy Fleetwood. Finland's Tapio Pulkkanen (-12) was alone in third followed by China's Li Haotong (-10) who closed with a 66 to be tied fifth with Italy's Andrea Pavan. Tied for seventh place were Australia's Lucas Herbert (-9), Ireland's Padraig Harrington and American duo Brooks Koepka and Tony Finau. Thirteen other Aussies teed it up on Thursday and those making the weekend were Marcus Fraser (-8), Jason Scrivener (-6), Deyen Lawson (-5) and Jake McLeod (-2).


The European Staysure tour held the Farmfoods European Senior Masters at the Forest of Arden Hotel & CC in Coventry, United Kingdom. Starting the day with a share of the lead, Santiago Luna (-10) from Spain fired three birdies on his front nine to build up a healthy buffer. He hung on to the end closing with a 69, collecting a two shot victory and his fourth title on tour. Tied for second place were England's Peter T Wilson (-8) and Markus Brier from Austria. Coming in next was Welshman Ian Woosnam (-7) who tied for fourth place along with Peter Baker from England. Peter Fowler (+3) was the only Aussie in the field.

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The European Challenge tour held the Monaghan Irish Challenge at the 
Concra Wood GC in Castleblayney, County Monaghan, Ireland. Opening and closing the week with 69's, England's Oliver Wilson (-12) captured his second title of the season and moved himself up to 15th in the Road to Ras Al Khaimah. Switzerland's Marco Iten (-10) closed with a 68 to be alone in second. Overnight leader Niklas Lemke (-9) from Sweden closed with a 73 and was in third place. Coming in tied for fourth place were Englishman Simon Khan (-7) and Robert MacIntyre from Scotland. There were no Australians in the field.


The Asian tour played the Yeangder TPC at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club in Chinese Taipei. After closing with a flawless 65, American John Catlin (-15) became one of a select few to win three times in the same season on the Asian tour. Firing a final round of 66 and hot on his heels all day was compatriot Sihwan Kim (-13) who had a costly bogey on the 16th hole. Local hopeful Hung Chien-yao (-12) was alone in third place followed by India’s Viraj Madappa (-11). Aussies making the cut were Jake Higginbottom (-5) who jumped up the leader board with a closing 65, Andrew Martin (-4), Josh Younger (-3), David Gleeson (-1), Steven Jeffress (+4) and Matt Stieger (+5).


The Women's golf tours from around the world held the UL International Crown at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea. Thirty two players from eight countries played three rounds of match play fourball with five teams proceeding to the singles finals. With play on Saturday called off due to the wild weather brought by Typhoon Kong-Rey, remaining play was crammed into a beautiful final day. With home crowd support the local team of Sung Hyun Park, In Gee Chun, In-Kyung Kim and So Yeon Ryu came home with 15 points and put Korea's name on the trophy for the very first time. Next in line were the defending champions United States on 11 points then England 11, Thailand 10 and Sweden 9. The Australian team made up of Minjee Lee, Katherine Kirk, Su Oh and Sarah Jane Smith were eliminated with Japan and Taipei before the single matches along.


The Chinese tour held the Zhuhai Championship at the Orient Golf Club in 
Guangdong, China. Even with four bogeys and a closing 73, American Kevin (Tech) Techakanokboon (-4) was able to hold off a tight field and capture his maiden tour title. After closing with a 69, Japan’s Yuwa Kosaihira (-3) came in solo second. In third place was money-list leader Charlie Saxon (-2) from the USA who closed with a 72. Sharing fourth place was Chinese amateur Yilong Chen (-1) and Korea’s Todd Baek followed by China’s Zeming He (E) and New Zealand’s Luke Toomey (E). Aussies making the cut were Max McCardle (+4), Kevin Yuan (+7), DJ Loypur (+13), Sean Underwood (+13), Jack Munro (+18) and James Gibellini (+18).

PGA Tour up coming event
Pat Perez CIMB

Next week the PGA tour will play the CIMB Classic at TPC Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Flamboyant Pat Perez will be back to defend his title. Keep an eye out for Kevin Tway, Satoshi Kodaira, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, John Catlin, Si Woo Kim, Brandt Snedeker and Paul Casey. The only Aussies coming to this one will be Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith.

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Driver: TaylorMade M2 2017 (9.5°)

Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 70TX

3 Wood: TaylorMade M2 2017 (15°)

Mitsubishi Diamana W-Series 80X

Driving Iron: Mizuno MP-H5 (2)

Irons: Mizuno JPX-919 Forged (3 & 4), JPX-919 Tour (5-PW)

True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X-Seven

Wedges: Titleist SM7 (54-08 M, 60-10 S)

True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (54°), S400 (60°)

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Limited

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