Wyndham Championship 2018

Date Posted:21 August 2018 

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The PGA Tour held the Wyndham Championship at the Sedgefield CC in Greensboro, North Carolina. A maiden victory is always memorable and Brandt Snedeker (-21) from the USA summoned those memories to win the same tournament for a second time eleven years later. Capturing his ninth tour title after returning from a rib injury, his opening 59 showed no signs of any faults in his swing and he closed it out going wire to wire with a 65 having to play 29 holes on the final day. Pushing him to the finish line were his compatriot Webb Simpson (-18) who cam from nowhere with a closing 62 and C.T. Pan from Chinese Taipei. Tied for fourth place were fellow Americans Jim Furyk (-17) who closed with a 63 and D.A. Points closing with a 67. Aussies making the weekend cut Aaron Baddeley (-12) who opened with a 65 and closed with a 66 and Cameron Percy (-11) who closed with a 65.


The Champions tour held the DICK'S Sporting Goods Open on the En-Joie GC in Endicott, New York. Back in June after a lacklustre start to the year, Bart Bryant (-16) from the USA headed over to his local DICKS store and picked up a new putter. Ironically, double thanks to this week's sponsor as he made a few crucial 20 footers including a 30 footer on the last to win by one. Fellow Americans heading up the leader board were Michael Bradley (-15), Tom Gills (-13) and Marco Dawson (-13). Also from the USA and tied for fifth place were Kenny Perry (-12), Paul Goydos and Mark Calcavecchia. David McKenzie (-1) was the only Australian in the field.


The Web.com tour held the WinCo Foods Portland Open on the 
Pumpkin Ridge GC - W. Hollow in North Plains, Oregon. In the final event of their regular season there were 25 major tour spots up for grabs. Korea's Sungjae Im (-18) was the frontrunner from day one with an opening 65, held the lead and closed with a 67 for his second tour victory. Four shots back, John Chin (-14) from the USA was his closest competitor followed by compatriots Erik Compton (-13), Jim Knous (-12) and Derek Ernst (-12). Tied for sixth place after closing with a 69 was Australia's Curtis Luck (-11) along with American Kevin Dougherty. The only other Aussie taking part was Cameron Davis (-7).


The Canadian tour held the Players Cup at the Southwood G&CC in Winnipeg, Canada. After closing with a 67, Tyler McCumber (-22) from the USA captured his third victory from his last four starts and has shot an incredible 90 under from his last 16 tournaments. Chasing hard all day was fellow American Michael Gellerman (-20) who fired a closing 66 but fell two shots short. Drew Weaver (-18) from the USA was third followed by Canadian Michael Gligic (-17). Five players tied for fifth place on sixteen under par. Aussies in the field were Brett Coletta (-10) and Ruben Sondjaja (-7).


The European tour held the Nordea Masters at the Hills GC in Gothenburg, Sweden. After both closing with 68's on a rainy afternoon, joint overnight leaders Paul Waring (-14) from England and Thomas Aiken from South Africa headed back down the par five 18th for a sudden death play-off. Aiken found the water with his tee shot and Waring in form after several years of nagging injuries, made an easy par to capture his first tour title. Closing with a 65 and coming in solo second was Germany's Maximilian Kieffer (-13) followed closely by in-form Dane Thorbjørn Olesen (-12). Alone in fifth place after having a great week with rounds of 66/68/69/66, including six under in his final seven holes was Australian Lucas Herbert. Other Aussies making the cut were Adam Bland (-7), Richard Green (E) and Jason Scrivener (+2).


The European Staysure tour held the Russian Open Golf Championship at the Moscow Country Club in Moscow Region, Russia. After closing with a 69, England's David Shacklady (-8) was clearly an emotional victor after claiming his maiden title in his first year on tour. He finished two shots ahead of Welsh duo Stephen Dodd (-6) and overnight leader Phillip Price. Coming in tied fourth were English duo Malcolm MacKenzie (-3) and Gary Wolstenholme as well as Argentinian pair José Coceres and Mauricio Molina. Australians in the field of this no cut event were Peter Fowler (-1) who tied for tenth, Mike Harwood (+1) and Glenn Joyner (+7).

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The European Challenge tour held the Northern Ireland Open at Galgorm Castle in Galgorm, Ballymena, Northern Ireland. After starting the day four shots off the lead and then closing with a 64, Scotland's Calum Hill (-19) flew up the score board overtaking the leaders and grabbing his maiden victory by a single stroke. Tied for second place were overnight leader and fellow Scotsman Scott Henry (-18) and Welshman Stuart Manley. Tied for fourth place were England's Jack Singh Brar (-16), Korea's Minkyu Kim and Victor Perez from France. Australians taking part in the event were Dimitrios Papadatos, Jack Munro and Ben Eccles but unfortunately none of them made the cut.

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The Australian tour played the Northern Territory PGA Championship at the Palmerston Golf Course in Palmerston, Northern Territory. Starting the day three shots off the lead, Australia's Daniel Nisbet (-19) needed something special and his closing 63 was just what the doctor ordered. After his second win this season Nisbet is hoping to finish high on the order of merit to win some more international tour starts. Tied for second place were fellow Aussies Daniel Gale (-17) and Damien Jordan. Kiwi Mark Brown (-15) was fourth followed by Aussies Adam Burdett (-14) and Maverick Antcliff who tied for fifth.

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The LPGA played the Indy Women in Tech Championship at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Club in Indianapolis, Indiana. At the end of regulation play Korea's Sung Hyun Park and American Lizette Salas were tied on 23 under. After heading down the 18th once more it was Park who fired a winning birdie, securing her third victory this season and reclaiming the world no one spot. Following close behind were Korean duo Amy Yang (-22) and Jin Young Ko (-20). Coming in tied for fifth place were Americans Danielle Kang (-19) and Angel Yin. The only Aussie girls making the weekend cut were Hannah Green (-13) and Katherine Kirk (-11).

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Next week the PGA tour will head to New Jersey for the Northern Trust. Dustin Johnson will be keen to win again at Ridgewood. A strong field will be there to make things tough including Xander Schauffele, Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods, Francesco Molinari, Tommy Fleetwood, Hideki Matsuyama, Ian Poulter and Charl Schwartzel, Aussies in the field will be Jason Day, Adam Scott, Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith.

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Brandt Snedeker

Driver: Bridgestone Tour B JGR prototype (9.5°)

Graphite Design Tour AD IZ-6X

Fairway Woods: TaylorMade M3 (15° & 19°)

Fujikura Pro Tour Spec

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Wedges: Bridgestone J40 (48°), J15 (51° & 55°),

Titleist Vokey TVD Prototype (60-06K)

True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Odyssey White Hot XG Rossie

Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X

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