BERNHARD LANGER won his seventh senior major, Brooke Henderson her first women’s major, 23 year old Daniel Berger his first US PGA TOUR event; as Aussie golfers had mixed results around the world.
Fifty eight year old Langer sunk a pressure 12 foot par putt on the last at the Philadelphia Cricket Club to win the 2016 SENIOR PLAYERS Championship by a stroke at a daunting Philadelphia Cricket Club course.
It was the German’s seventh senior major title — his fifth in the last 11 majors — to tie Hale Irwin for second place on the career list, just one behind Jack Nicklaus. He also has two US Masters wins to make it nine major victories overall.
“It was a tough, tough day,” said Langer, who won the title for the third straight year. “The wind was so gusty and so strong at times, I was wondering if they were going to call the tournament today. The ball was oscillating a lot and there were a few putts, if you hit them at the wrong time, the ball would have just continued to go.”
Going into the final round, Langer was 2-under with a two stroke lead and battled to finish with a 3-over 73 to finish at 1-over.
Miguel Angel Jimenez (68) and Joe Durant (68) tied for second while for the Aussies Peter Fowler beat Peter Senior home.
Battle of the teenagers at Women’s PGA
At the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at the Sahalee Country Club in Seattle 18 year old Canadian Brooke Henderson defeated 19 year old New Zealander Lydia Ko in a playoff to win her first major championship and second LPGA Tour title.
KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at the Sahalee Country Club in Seattle.
Twenty year old Thai Ariya Jutanugarn, chasing her fourth consecutive LPGA victory, finished just one shot behind the playoff pair.
Another 20 year old in Su Oh finished as the leading Australian, sharing 8th position while Minjee Lee tied 12th.
Henderson (pictured below) became the second youngest ever winner of a major championship in women’s golf behind Ko.
Berger takes St Jude Classic
American 23 year old Daniel Berger held off some much more seasoned campaigners in Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker and Brooks Koepka to win his first US PGA TOUR event, the FedEx St Jude Classic at the TPC Southwind in Memphis, by three strokes.
Dustin Johnson showed some good form heading into this week’s US Open, chipping in for an eagle on the 16th as part of a sizzling final round 7-under 63.
Matt Jones was the leading Aussie, finishing at 2-under tied for 26th.
POM has best European Senior Tour result
Peter O’Malley celebrated his recent appointment as Chairman of the PGA of Australia with his best finish on the European Senior Tour.
The 51 year old closed at 3-under at the Jersey Open to finish tied for 15th. Mike Harwood was just a stroke behind him at T21.
Austria’s Gordon Manson won what was his second European Senior Tour titlem beating Gary Wolstenholme and Ian Woosnam in a play-off at the La Moye Golf Club.
On the European Tour China’s Ashun Wu claimed his second title, taking the Lyoness Open in Austria by a single shot from Spain’s Adrian Otaegui with Englishman Richard McEvoy third.
Australian Masters winner (2014) Nick Cullen posted a career best European finish with a final round 70 seeing him finish tied 10th.
Blizard claims maiden China Tour win
Former Australian Amateur champion Rohan Blizard claiming his maiden PGA Tour China victory at the rain shortened Lanhai Open.
Blizard had a one shot lead through 54 holes but was declared the winner after playing just two holes of his final round when the course became unplayable because of heavy rain.