Tour Championship 2018

Date Posted:25 September 2018 

Tiger pounces again

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The PGA Tour held the Tour Championship at East Lake GC in Atlanta, Georgia. 30 of the world's best teed it up to try and grab some of the huge purse on offer. In the end it was all about one man and the money really meant nothing. Starting the day with a three shot lead, Tiger Woods held his nerve and his closing 71 was good enough to put him back into the winners circle after five years in limbo. Beginning the season at #656 in the world, Tiger would have been happy just to finish the year without any pain but the new world # 13 even surprised himself with his 80th tour title. Thousands of fans followed the final pair down the last fairway and an emotional Tiger couldn't help but smile at the masses that were all so happy to see his return to form. Fellow Americans Billy Horschel (-9) who closed with a 66 and once again world # 1 Dustin Johnson (-7) who shot 67 were next in line. England's Justin Rose (-6) had a 1 foot putt to win ten million dollars and he was delighted after he holed out and came tied fourth along with Japan's Hideki Matsuyama and Webb Simpson from the USA. Aussies in the field were Jason Day (-2), Cameron Smith (E) and Marc Leishman (+1).

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The Champions tour held the inaugural Sanford International at the Minnehaha Country Club in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. With little time to prepare and less than nine holes of practice due to rain, Steve Stricker (-13) still opened with a 63 to lead the tournament and then closed with a pair of 67's to grab a wire-to-wire victory by four shots. Fellow Americans tied for second were Tim Petrovic (-9) and Jerry Smith followed in fourth place by Brandt Jobe (-8) and Kevin Sutherland. Australians in the field were David McKenzie (E) who opened with a 63 and Peter Lonard (E).

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The Web.com tour held their Tour Championship at the Atlantic Beach Country Club in Atlantic Beach, Florida. With a closing 65, Denny McCarthy (-23) from the USA won the title and grabbed the top spot in the order of merit, his card for the main tour and a spot in next year's Players Championship. Fellow American Lucas Glover (-19) was alone in second place after a final round of 69. Tied for third place were Australia's Cameron Davis (-18) who closed with a 66, American duo Chase Wright and Cameron Tringale, Canada's Ben Silverman and Austria's Sepp Straka. Other Aussies making the cut were Curtis Luck (-17) who closed with a 71 and Brett Drewitt (-12).

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The European tour held the Portugal Masters at the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura, Portugal. After opening with a 72, Englishman Tom Lewis was nine shots off the lead. After rounds of 63 and 61 he was only two shots back on the final day and his closing 66 was good enough for a three shot victory, his second at this tournament. Aussie Lucas Herbert (-19) led the first three days after opening with 63/67/64 but his closing 71 put him in a tie for second place with Eddie Pepperell from England. South Korea's Soomin Lee (-17) was tied for fourth place with Sweden's Marcus Kinhult followed by Shane Lowry (-16) from Ireland. Other Australians making the cut were Jason Scrivener (-14) and Jason Norris (-7).

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The European Challenge tour played the Hopps Open de Provence at Golf International de Pont Royal in Mallemort, France. Starting the day two shots off the lead, local favourite Romain Langasque (-15) closed with a 67 to claim his maiden tour title. Closing with respective 71's and tied for second place were Joel Girrbach (-12) from Switzerland and Joel Sjöholm from Sweden. Tied for fourth place were Hugo Leon (-10) from Chile and overnight leader Victor Perez from France who closed with a disappointing 74. Dimitrios Papadatos was the only Aussie in the field but he failed to make the cut.

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The Japanese and Asian tours played the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup Golf at the Musashi Country Club on the Sasai Course in Saitama, Japan. Having won every year since 2009 and starting the day with a one shot lead, local star Yuta Ikeda (-15) closed with a 67 and captured his 20th tour title by an impressive six shots. In second place on his own was an in form Justin Harding (-9) from South Africa who closed with a 66. Japan's Hiroshi Iwata (-8) was solo third. There were five players tied for fourth place on seven under par. Australians in the field were Travis Smyth (-2), Anthony Quayle (-2), Brad Kennedy (-1), Shae Wools-Cobb (+2) and Matthew Griffin (+3).

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The LET played the Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open at Golf Club de Terramar in Sitges, Barcelona, Spain. Capturing her second tour title with rounds of 64/64/65/65, Anne van Dam (-26) from the Netherlands dominated the rest of the field with booming drives and a deft touch around the greens. A distant eight shots back in a tie for second place were Caroline Masson (-18) from Germany, amateur Selin Hyun from South Korea and Caroline Hedwall from Sweden who shot 62/68 on the weekend. South Africa's Ashleigh Buhai (-16) and Aditi Ashok from India were tied for fifth. Rebecca Artis (-6) was the only Australian girl to make the cut.

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Next week the Ryder Cup will be heading to France where the USA will be back in force to try and defend their title. Le Golf National is located in Guyancourt and is well respected among the players on the European circuit. It was built by architect Hubert Chesneau, who designed the Albatros Course (one of two on the property) and is perfect for spectators viewing pleasure. The Open de France has been played there almost exclusively since it opened in 1991 and Argentinian Eduardo Romero was the first victor. It’s a difficult layout often played in brisk winds that don’t cater to players who wish to bomb it deep as the rough can be quite testing. Precise ball striking will reward those who wish to conquer the 7,200 yard, par 71 course.

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Driver: TaylorMade M3 460 (9.5°)

Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White Board 70TX

3 Wood: TaylorMade M3 (13°)

Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White Board 80TX

5 Wood: TaylorMade M1 2017 (19°)

Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White Board 80TX

Irons: TaylorMade TW-Phase1 prototype (3-PW)

True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind Raw (56° & 60°)

True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS

Golf Ball: Bridgestone TourB XS

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