PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico – It’s far from settled at El Camaleón Golf Club.
Brendon Todd was heading towards his second win in as many starts at the Mayakoba Golf Classic until a two-shot swing on the 13th and 14th hole left him tied with playing partner Vaughn Taylor at 20-under-par before light issues halted play.
“Today was a great day,” Todd said. “You know, I went out there and hit it well, shot 9-under-par with two bogeys. It doesn’t taste so great that the last one came on the last hole (the par-4 14th), but it’s all right. I’m tied for the lead with three to play and excited about the opportunity.”
Harris English, the 3rd member of their group, is just one back.
Tommy Fleetwood defeated Marcus Kinhult in a play-off to win his second Rolex Series title at the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player.
The Englishman started the final day 3 shots behind but made three eagles and closed with 65 to set the target at 12 under.
Swede Kinhult was very consistent in a final round 68 as he tried to win for a second European Tour title of the season after he won the Betfred British Masters.
A bad tee shot on the first play-off hole meant Kinhult had to chop out sideways and accept a bogey, with Fleetwood making a great excellent up and down to save par and win US$2.5million – which is the biggest winner’s prize in European Tour history.
Race to Dubai leader Bernd Wiesbger, Belgian Thomas Detry and Australian Jason Scrivener finished in a tie for third at eight under.
This win takes Fleetwood up to 2nd on the Race to Dubai Rankings as he looks to be crowned Europe’s Number One for the second time in three seasons at next week’s season finale in Dubai.
Fleetwood stated “Golf is a funny old game and all we want to do is win,” he said. “Everybody strives for the same thing week in, week out and unless you do you’re never satisfied, even finishing second.
“I was struggling with levels of expectation because I wasn’t playing how I thought that I should or achieving the things that I wanted to.
“It’s such a great, great thing and a feeling to be playing with a chance to win the Race to Dubai in the last event. Everybody starts the Tour at the start of the season to get there and to be one of the guys that can actually finish at the top is very special.
“At a young age now you have a chance to set your family up for life and I think of all my achievements that’s the thing I’m most proud of.
“It’s great to have something like that and put that one in the bank account but nothing comes close to holding this trophy – this is the most special thing.”
While disappointed to miss out on the victory, Kinhult was proud of his performance at an event where he finished last on 15 over last season.
“I’m proud,” he said. “I shot a good score today, got into the play-off and made a silly bogey but I’m happy with the week and how I played. It’s a good week.”
Kinhult made a big early move as he holed from 15 feet on the first and produced an excellent chip on the par five next to get within one.
ith a single swing of a wedge, Jeff Maggert ended a four-year victory drought and landed Scott McCarron some dearly-sought hardware.
Maggert’s holeout from 123 yards on the third extra hole ended the 2019 PGA Tour Champions season in spectacular fashion. Entering the final round of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship with a one-shot lead, Maggert needed a birdie on the last hole of regulation to force a playoff with Retief Goosen. But with Goosen in tight on the third extra hole, Maggert’s wedge approach took two hops and found the hole and spark a fairway celebration.
The eagle gave Maggert his first victory on the over-50 circuit since he won four times during the 2015 season.
“It’s nice to be back in the winner’s circle. Four and a half years on this tour is an eternity,” Maggert said. “I’ve seen (playoff hole-outs) happen, but I never thought it would happen to me in my life. Obviously I didn’t make a lot of putts the last two days, but that just goes to show that sometimes you don’t need the putter working to play well.”
While Maggert and Goosen battled it out in overtime for the tournament title, the fate of the season-long Charles Schwab Cup also hung in the balance. Goosen was in position to win both trophies with a playoff win over Maggert, and he would have become the first PGA Tour Champions rookie to earn the season-long prize.
Instead Maggert’s victory meant that McCarron finally won the Charles Schwab Cup after a number of close finishes. The 54-year-old built a healthy lead in the standings thanks to a trio of early-season wins, but he failed to contend in any of the three postseason events and tied for 27th this week at Phoenix Country Club.
But after finishing second, third and fourth in the season-long race over the last three years, the 54-year-old finally got the job done this season and will receive a $1 million bonus.
“The pressure of winning this trophy got to me a little bit, and I didn’t play as well as I’d been playing,” McCarron said. “I put so much pressure on myself to win this thing. As they say when you’re only shooting for the prize, your arrows don’t shoot straight.”
The playoff result meant that Jerry Kelly finished second in the final standings behind McCarron, while Goosen finished third. Maggert moved up to 11th thanks to his victory, while Champions stalwart and five-time Schwab Cup champ Bernhard Langer finished fourth.
So here’s the Team Woods (captain) will take to Royal Melbourne Golf Club in December. The US is looking to make it 8 straight against Ernie Els’ team.
Brooks Koepka*: OWGR No. 1 Dustin Johnson: No. 3 Justin Thomas: No. 4 Patrick Cantlay: No. 6 Tiger Woods: No. 7 Xander Schauffele: No. 9 Bryson DeChambeau: No. 10 Webb Simpson: No. 11 Tony Finau: No. 14 Patrick Reed: No. 15 Gary Woodland: No. 16 Matt Kuchar: No. 22
*Koepka is still a question mark with a lingering knee injury.
With one of his four picks to fill out the USA’s roster for the upcoming Presidents Cup in December in Australia, Woods picked himself Thursday when he announced his selections. He will join Hale Irwin (1994) as the only playing captains in the competition’s history.
Reigning U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland, Tony Finau and Patrick Reed were his three other discretionary choices.
Woods won the Masters in April then became an obvious selection when the No. 7-ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking won his record-tying 82nd PGA Tour title at the Zozo Championship in October.
Tiger Woods equalled the PGA Tour record of 82 tournament wins with victory at the Zozo Championship
Tiger who is 43-year-old world number 10, had seven holes to finish in Japan on Monday as he matched fellow American Sam Snead’s record, set in 1965.
Snead was aged 52 when he won for the final time on the PGA Tour, while Nicklaus was 46 when he lifted the last of his major trophies.
After his record-equalling victory, Woods said: “As far as playing until 52, I hope that’s the case. If you would have asked me a few years ago, I would have given you a different answer, but certainly the future looks brighter than it has. The body can’t do what it used to but I can still think my way around the golf course. I know how to play and I was able to do that this week. There was a time if I didn’t know if I would play again so I am very appreciative.”
The 15-time major winner said the knee surgery provided the “most challenging” comeback of his career but he eased to a three-shot victory from Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama to win a PGA Tour title in a seventh different country.
He said: “I know some of my friends have made Olympic teams before in the past and they said it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I’ll be 44 and I don’t know if I have many more chances after that.”
Of players to have made 200 starts, Woods has the highest win percentage in PGA Tour history on 22.8% ahead of Ben Hogan (21.3%), Byron Nelson (18.1%) and Sam Snead (14%)
Woods reached 82 wins aged 43, Snead was 52
Woods has won 44 of 46 PGA Tour events (95.6%) where he has held the outright 54-hole lead.
He has won PGA Tour events in 19 different seasons, beginning in 1996
Woods has made the cut in 90.8% of his PGA Tour starts
Woods has won PGA Tour events in Japan, USA, England, Scotland, Spain, Canada and Ireland