Tyrrell Hatton wins in Turkey Scrivener 21st

Tyrrell Hatton has survived a five-way playoff to win the Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya, outlasting the long-time leader in the event, Matthias Schwab, with a birdie at the 4th extra hole to Schwab’s bogey securing the title for the 28-year old Englishman.

It was Hatton’s 4th European Tour title and the US$2 million winner’s cheque moves him to 6th in the Race to Dubai rankings for 2019.

The event was completed under floodlights given the extended playoff.

“It’s so surreal. I mean, I actually can’t believe that I’ve won,” said Hatton. “It’s been quite a difficult year in terms of things happening off course, and you know, the last month, I feel like I really found my game again.

“I said to a few people on my team that if I was lucky enough to win again, then I would definitely savour the moment, because I think it’s quite easy to take it for granted.

And you know, sport’s great when it’s going well, but when it’s not going well, it kind of hits home, so I’m absolutely thrilled. Obviously amazing to have Mick on the bag and he’s done a great job this week. I’m just so happy.

“You don’t think about the money, at all. It’s all pride. And yeah, obviously it’s a bonus at the end of it after a great week, and I’m just so happy, I don’t know what else to say.”

Jason Scrivener finished as the leading Australian in 21st place, a position he shared with New Zealand’s Ryan Fox.

Scrivener improved two places to 59th on the Race to Dubai raking but needs to be inside the top 50 by the completion of this coming week’s event in South Africa if he is to force his way into the field for Dubai in two weeks’ time.

Scott Hend 36th and Wade Ormsby 38th were the other Australians in the field.

 

 

 

Japan Tour rookie Dylan Perry claims biggest cheque

Gold Coast based New South Welshman, Dylan Perry, has recorded the best finish of his rookie Japan Tour season with a share of 3rd place at the Heiwa PGM Championship in Okinawa today.

Perry, who earned his playing rights for Japan at last year’s Japan Tour School after turning professional in November of last year, reeled off a last round of 66 to finish three shots from the winner, Ho Sung Choi of Korea, and earn the biggest cheque (A$155,000) to date of his fledgling career.

He also finished 3rd at the NSW Open on his professional debut last year.

The finish will move Perry to 36th on the Japan Tour money list and assure him of full status for Japan in 2020.

Perry’s fellow Gold Coast based, Brad Kennedy, finished one shot behind in a share of 5th place with the other Australian to make the cut, Won Joon Lee, finishing back in 60th place.

For the 46 year old Choi, the Korean with the most unusual of golf swings, it was his third Japan Tour title.

The Japan Tour now begins their end of season flagship events beginning next week with the Mistui Sumitomo Visa Taiheyo Masters.

Below the rather unique swing of this week’s winner Ho Sung Choi

 

 

 

Another good week for Minjee Lee

Australian, Minjee Lee, has finished alone in third place at the LPGA Tour’s Toto Japan Classic, six shots behind the winner, Ai Suzuki, at the Seta Golf Club in Shiga, Japan.

Lee birdied three of her last five holes to move clear of what would otherwise have been a three-way tie for third and after a runner-up finish at last week’s event in Taiwan she is finishing her season strongly.

With only one more event to play Lee is now in 5th place on the LPGA Tour money list with earnings beyond US$1.5 million.

Lee’s fellow West Australian, Hannah Green, struggled to a final round of 72 to finish tied for 10th while Su Oh was 32nd along with New Zealander Lydia Ko.

The LPGA Tour now heads back to the US for the season ending CME Group Tour Championship in Naples in Florida in tend days time.

The winner, Suzuki, who regularly plays the Japan LPGA Tour finished three shots clear of Korean, Hyo Joo Kim to win her first LPGA Tour title and qualify to play the LPGA Tour if she so chooses.

Big weekend ahead of Jason Scrivener

Perth’s, Jason Scrivener, is just two behind the lead as the Turkish Airlines Open heads into the weekend in Antalya in Turkey.

Scrivener put together a bogey free second round of 66 to be sitting just off the lead held by Austrian Matthias Schwab and with just this week and next week’s Nedbank Challenge remaining ahead of the season ending DP World Tour Championship Dubai, he needs to capitalise on this start if he is to force his way into the top 50 who will make it to the event in three weeks time

Scrivener is currently 61st in the Race to Dubai Rankings but his start has lifted him to a projected 54th. A good weekend might just be enough to qualify for Dubai without the pressure of being forced to play well in South Africa next week.

Scott Hend showed improvement on recent efforts to be tied for 25th, three shots behind Scrivener, New Zealander Ryan Fox is 33rd and Wade Ormsby 43rd in a field where this is no cut.

For the leader, Schwab, his start to the event continues an impressive run of form of late having been 4th in two of his last three starts and inside the top ten in five of his last eight.

The 24-year-old leads the standings in the highest number of top ten finishes on the European Tour this season, with nine.

Schwab has yet to win on the European Tour but many believe that once he does he will win many.

Despite an eagle at the first hole today he struggled through much of the front nine but things improved on the way home.

I wasn’t really hitting them great at all, especially early on but kept it together,” said Schwab.

“Obviously the start was good with an eagle on the first hole, but then it was not very nice to watch I think. The long game wasn’t on but I managed to make a few good pars. On the back nine I found my swing a little bit and made a few good birdies coming home.”

photo Matthias Schwab – Getty Images

 

Brad Kennedy remains in touch in Japan

Queensland’s Brad Kennedy is in a share of 3rd place and three from the lead at the halfway stage of the Heiwa PGM Championship on Okinawa in Southern Japan.

Kennedy, who has recorded top ten finishes in each of his last two events on the Japan Golf Tour, shared the lead after his opening round of 66 but although he could only add a round of 69 today he remains within striking distance of the leader, Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe.

Kennedy shares third place with Ho-Sung Choi and Japan’s hottest player in 2019, Shugo Imahira, who appears the player for all the beat over the weekend.

Kennedy is currently in 29th place on the Japan Tour’s money list for 2019.

Australian rookie Dylan Perry, currently in 66th place on the Japan Tour Order of Merit, is tied for 7th at 5 under and two behind Kennedy.

Won Joon Lee was the other Australian to make the cut when he finished his opening 36 holes in a share of 32nd place.

Brendan Jones and Adam Bland missed the weekend by one shot.

27-year old Vincent is in his first season on the Japan Tour and although yet to win he has four top tens to date.

He did win on the Japan Challenge Tour earlier this season and is clearly a player good enough to win at the higher level.

Hannah Green takes share of early lead in Japan

Australian Hannah Green has reversed some indifferent recent form by taking a share of the opening round lead at the LPGA Tour’s Toto Championship in Shiga in Japan.

Green has won twice on the LPGA Tour this season, including when winning the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, but has been unable to record a finish better then 38th in her last four starts.

Today, however, she recorded an opening round of 67 at the Seta Golf Club today to lead along with Japan’s Ai Suzuki, the pair one shot ahead of a large group at 4 under 68 including Green’s in form fellow West Australian, Minjee Lee, and New Zealander Lydia Ko.

Victorian Su Oh was round in even par 72 to be tied for 40th.

“Very happy,” said Green. “It’s been a while since I’ve had a bogey-free round. Just very happy that I didn’t have any bogeys and then I was like really consistent throughout the whole entire round.

“Yeah, a very great year for me obviously having two wins and a major championship. I just wanted to make sure that during this Asia swing, even though there was no cut, that I didn’t try and breeze my way through and just focus on finishing strong through the end of the year.

“So now being in this position, definitely want to continue and hopefully have a win here and then just a strong finish at CME, which will be a nice way to finish and go to the off-season.”

Lee finished runner-up to Nelly Korda in Taiwan last week and appears on the verge of yet another LPGA Tour win. An eagle at her opening hole after holing out from the fairway and birdies at her final two holes provided great momentum heading into tomorrow’s second round in the 54-hole event.

With six of her nine previous rounds in the event in the 60’s, this is a layout that appears to suit Lee well and she shapes as a real threat over the weekend.

Golf Betting Thoughts for November 7th

Three events come under the spotlight this week as we assess the chances at the European Tour’s Turkish Airlines Open, the LPGA Tour’s Toto Classic in Japan and the Japan Tour’s Heiwa PGM Championship.

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Maverick Antcliff earns European Tour card

Photo courtesy of the Asian Tour

The remarkable consistency of 26-year old Queensland golfer, Maverick Antcliff on the China Golf Tour in 2019 has been rewarded in the form of a European Tour card for 2020.

The series, which consists of 11 events, saw Antcliff win on three occasions, finish runner-up once and record four other top tens in his eleven starts and finish atop the money list, thus qualifying for a full European Tour card for events beginning at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa in late November.

The former Hills International Academy in Jimboomba attendee, who also played collegiate golf for Augusta State in the US, turned professional in 2017 following an amateur career which saw him win the prestigious Rice Planters amateur event in the US amongst others.

In his third season on the China Tour, Antcliff has taken his game to another level in 2019 and with a European Tour card in his back pocket then more can be expected.

Antcliff also played the Asian Tour in 2018 but has focused all his attention on both the Asian and China Tours this year.

McIlroy passes US$50 million with WGC HSBC victory

Rory McIlroy has defeated Xander Schauffele in a playoff to secure his 18th PGA Tour title and his third World Golf Championship event, the WGC HSBC Champions in Shanghai, taking his PGA Tour earnings beyond US$50 million in the process.

Schauffele needed to birdie the 72nd hole to force the playoff before McIlroy was able to birdie the first hole of extra time to take the title and the US$1,745,000 first prize.

McIlroy was unable to birdie the 72nd hole but a stunning approach to the same hole in extra time set up a two-putt birdie and the win.

Louis Oosthuizen had a piece of the lead at various stages throughout the final day but he was unable to hold off the playoff pair although finished on his own in third place and two shots  from the playoff.

Adam Scott finished as the leading Australian when he tied for 11th, producing yet another strong finishing round of 67.

With final Presidents Cup selections named in the next few days, Sungjae Im, Byeong Hun An and Patrick Reed have done their respective chances no harm with solid weeks.

Near miss for Minjee Lee in Taiwan

Defending champion, Nelly Korda, did exactly that when she successfully held on to win the LPGA Tour’s Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA event in Taipei City, surviving a playoff to defeat Australia’s Minjee Lee and Germany’s Caroline Masson.

Not only did Korda win, but Lee had also finished runner-up last year so there was a little bit of déjà vu about the result which saw Korda win her third LPGA Tour title having also won the Women’s Australian Open earlier this year.

Korda appeared to have control of the event with five holes to play but three bogeys in four holes late in her round saw the American and Lee needing to birdie the par 5 last to draw level with Masson who, playing with the pair, had moved ahead with consecutive birdies at the 15th and 16th and the demise by Korda.

Lee’s fellow Australian, Su Oh, tied for 8th, Katherine Kirk 55th and a struggling Hannah Green 74th.

The LPGA now moves to Japan for the final event of their  Asian swing, the TOTO Classic.