PETER FOWLER had a top 10 in the Wales Senior Open, Marc Leishman and John Senden were our best on the US PGA TOUR as Jason Day stumbled, and impressive 21 year old Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick won his second European Tour title.
Fowler shot a final round even par 70 at The Celtic Manor Resort to finish at 2-under and 10th outright at the Wales Senior Open.
The field was blitzed by China’s Lianwei Zhang with his sizzling 8-under 62 final round and 12-under total, three better than nearest rival Paul Broadhurst (66) of England.
Australians Mike Harwood and Peter O’Malley came home strongly with 67’s but finished T22 and T33 respectively.
At the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village golf club Jason Day looked threatening at times and was within chipping distance of the lead late Saturday before a final hole double bogey.
Going into the final round Sunday he was just a few strokes back and with birdies on 1 & 4 the world No.1 looking like it might be back to back wins.
Things started going seriously awry though with bogies on 5, 9,10, 15 and 18 and a double on the par three 12th, offset by just three further birdies on 7, 13 and 14.
He finished with a 2-over 74 to be 9-under and T27, with the winning score 15-under.
Marc Leishman (68) and John Senden (70) were our best, finishing on 11-under at T11. Matt Jones (71) at 10-under and T20, Geoff Ogilvy (73) at 8-under and T33 and youngster Ryan Ruffels (73) 7-under and T38 also did well.
American William McGirt (71) [pictured above with tournament host Jack Nicklaus] won what was his first TOUR victory after a playoff with fellow countryman John Curran (70).
Dustin Johnson (71) was third on 14-under while Rory McIlroy (68) shared fourth at 13-under. Jordan Spieth (73) was way back at 3-under and T57.
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Parry opens with 68 on Champions Tour
Champions Tour rookie Craig Parry was looking good at the Principal Charity Classic with his opening round 68 but couldn’t match it on the weekend. He closed with a pair of 72s to finish on 4-under tied for 32nd, his second best finish in his first senior season.
The event was won by America’s Scott McCarron (65) at 15-under with fellow countryman Billy Andrade (68) sharing second with Miquel Angel Jimenez (67) a stroke further back.
Matthew Fitzpatrick won his second European Tour title at the Bro Hof Slott Golf Club in Sweden as he strolled to a three-shot victory at the Nordea Masters.
The talented young Englishman came into the final day with a five-shot advantage and while he saw that cut to two around the turn, he kept his head on the back nine to sign for a 71, get to 16 under, and hold off the challenge of Lasse Jensen and Nicolas Colsaerts.
None of the Aussies scored that well on the course with Richard Green the best at T48, but we were impressed by Scott Hend’s no nonsense guest commentary stint on the UK TV coverage.