PETER FOWLER had a T9 finish at the Senior British Open in Scotland, Geoff Ogilvy hit the same mark in Canada, while the US won the international women’s team event in Chicago.
Fowler was let down by a bit of a blowout in his third round at Carnoustie Golf Links in Scotland but bounced back to record another good finish in a senior major.
His 69-69-75-71 week saw him close at 4-under alongside multiple winner Bernhard Langer and American Billy Andrade.
England’s Paul Broadhurst shot a bogey free 4-under 68 to take the title in his debut in the event.
The 50 year old said it was “the biggest achievement of my life” as he signed for an 11 under par total and a two stroke winning margin over American Scott McCarron, with third round leader Miguel Angel Jiménez sharing third place with Swede Magnus P Atlevi a further shot back.
Mike Harwood was the next best placed Aussie at T54 with Guy Wall and Craig Parry missing the cut.
Ogilvy posts best score of 2016 at Canadian Open
Geoff Ogilvy stormed home with two eagles in his final three holes to shoot an equal best round of the day 63 at the Canadian Open on Sunday.
It was the former US Open winner’s best score of the year and his 9-under T9 finish was his first top-10 since last year’s Wells Fargo tournament.
Ogilvy’s blistering finish gave him top honours among the Australians this week ahead of World Number One Jason Day who recovered well from a disastrous second round 76 to be T14.
Defending champion Jason Day was in danger of missing the cut but rallied late in his second round 76, then put together a 69-67 weekend to finish T14 and show some encouraging signs ahead of his US PGA Championship defence this week.
“Yeah, I played good today,” said Day. “I hit a lot good-quality shots. 18 was a little iffy with the drive there but for the most part there, played good. So I felt much better.Only thing I need to work out is the putting. I didn’t putt well this week. Just struggling with the lines.
“I think it was a combination of last week rolling into this week where you’ve got 9.5 on the Stimp and you’re used to seeing one kind of line last week, and you come here and it’s anywhere between 12 and 13 the line changes.
“Should have that worked out before the start of next week hopefully. It was a good confidence builder going into next week. I feel good about my game.”
The championship was won by Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas, who picked up his second US PGA TOUR title with a one shot victory over Dustin Johnson, Martin Laird and John Rahm.
They all spoilt the party for local fans who were hoping 21 year old amateur Jared du Toit would be the first Canadian to win their national event since 1954. He would also have been the first amateur to win a TOUR event since 1991.
The young Canadian drained a 40-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole on Saturday in order to get himself in the final pairing with Brandt Snedeker in the final round.
Unfortunately his 1-under final round 71 left him at 9-under and tied ninth, three short of the winning mark.
Vegas rallies to win 2016 Canadian Open: Final Round Video
Aussie women bow out in Chicago
The USA team won the UL International Crown teams event for women in Chicago, finishing two points clear of pre-tournament favourites, Korea, with England and Taipei sharing third and Japan in 5th position.
The US dropped just one single match in the final round with Stacy Lewis, Cristie Kerr and Gerina Piller all victorious.
The Australian team of Minjee Lee, Su Oh, Karrie Webb and Rebecca Artis finished last in their group against Korea, China and Taipei.
Women’s golf now heads to England for the Women’s British Open at the Woburn Golf Club in Berkshire.