Aussies on Tour: Roundup of our top men and women golfers’ latest tour performances

A regular roundup of how Australia’s top men and women golfers are performing on the world’s golf tours. Provided by Golf Australia, the PGA of Australia and the WPGA Tour of Australasia


Aussies on Tour 28/6/2021

It was billed as Jason Day’s unlikely return to the winner’s circle yet it was Marc Leishman who came from the clouds to be the best of the Aussies at the PGA TOUR’s Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

A breakthrough victory by Junseok Lee at the Kolon 63rd Korea Open – the richest event on the Korean PGA Tour – was the standout performance by an Australian this week but the attention was focused intently on TPC River Highlands and a host of Aussies in contention.

Battling a back injury and hay fever, Day held the 36-hole lead at the Travelers Championship as he sought to end a three-year winless streak and started the final round in a share of third one stroke back.

A second consecutive round of even-par 70 would see Day fall into a tie for 10th as Leishman rose from the pack with a final round of 6-under 64.

Tied for 17th at the start of the final round, Leishman made birdie at one, four six and nine to charge up the leaderboard and was well and truly in the hunt after birdies at 13 and 15.

Knowing that 12-under might not be enough, Leishman took an aggressive line with his approach shot at the 72nd hole and found the greenside bunker, recalling Jordan Spieth’s 2017 playoff heroics as he sought one final birdie.

“Definitely thought about Spieth there,” Leishman said, Spieth holing out from the same bunker to win in spectacular fashion four years ago.

“I said to Matty (Kelly, Leishman’s caddie), it’s probably the most makeable bunker shot I’ve had
in five years.

“If all I do is get it out of the bunker there was a little downslope and then back up to the hole, so I was thinking about making it.

“Thought I had made it there for a little bit.”

The 2012 Travelers Championship was Leishman’s first on the PGA TOUR. He came storming home from six strokes back in the final round and was trying to channel that performance again nine years later.

“It’s just a hard place to lead at because it’s that sort of golf course where there is trouble everywhere,” Leishman added.

“That’s kind of an interesting thing about this course. One, two, three, six and seven are all birdie holes, so if you get out two, three hours before the leaders you can get ahead of them early and put a little bit pressure on them, make them have to push.

“Every time I’ve seemed to have played well here I’ve come from behind. I guess you play a lot freer when you’re behind.

“It’s nice to be able to do that and have a little less pressure.”

Like Leishman, Adam Scott (67) made a significant move up the leaderboard in the final round to finish tied for 13th – equal to his best result since January – and Lucas Herbert (69) took advantage of his effort to Monday qualify to finish tied for 19th.

A double-bogey at the par-3 eighth and a triple at the par-4 12th brought Cameron Smith’s hopes undone as he fell from a share of third to a tie for 30th with a Sunday 74, Matt Jones (73) and Cameron Percy (70) also playing all four rounds.

Elsewhere this week Grace Kim continued her impressive progression towards a professional career by finishing tied for 10th in her maiden start on the Symetra Tour as rookie Gabi Ruffels finished as the best of the Aussies at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
Travelers Championship
TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Connecticut
Winner Harris English                      67-68-67-65—267             $US1.332m
3              Marc Leishman                69-66-69-64—268             $510,600
T10         Jason Day                         69-62-70-70—271             $186,850
T13         Adam Scott                        69-69-67-67—272             $132,583
T19         Lucas Herbert                    70-67-67-69—273             $87,690
T30         Cameron Smith                  67-68-66-74—275             $45,325
T36         Matt Jones                         70-66-67-73—276             $30,743
T54         Cameron Percy                  70-66-72-70—278             $17,094
MC         Danny Lee                          71-69—140
Kolon 63rd Korea Open
Woo Jeong Hills Country Club, Cheonan, Korea
Winner Junseok Lee       66-69-70-71—276             KRW400m
T56         Kevin Chun      74-69-74-79—296             KRW5m
MC         Wonjoon Lee     80-74—154
KPMG Women’s PGA Championship
Atlanta Athletic Club, John’s Creek, Georgia
Winner Nelly Korda             70-63-68-68—269             $US675,000
T33         Gabriela Ruffels   76-65-72-75—288             $28,229
T40         Minjee Lee            73-72-74-70—289             $21,587
T52         Lydia Ko               72-72-74-73—291             $14,442
63           Su Oh                   73-72-75-74—294             $10,775
MC         Sarah Kemp         78-69—147
MC         Katherine Kirk      78-70—148
MC         Hannah Green     72-76—148
European Tour
BMW International Open
Golfclub München Eichenried, Munich, Germany
Winner Viktor Hovland                        68-67-64-70—269             €229,650
T14         Ryan Fox                             70-72-66-69—277             €21,175
T26         Scott Hend                           73-68-72-66—279             €14,584
T29         Josh Geary                          69-71-71-69—280             €12,365
T42         Min Woo Lee                       66-73-69-74—282             €7,994
T55         Wade Ormsby                      65-75-75-69—284             €5,438
T60         Maverick Antcliff                  70-69-73-73—285             €4,967
MC         Dimitrios Papadatos             67-77—144
MC         Deyen Lawson                     75-72—147
MC         Jake McLeod                       74-77—151
MC         Elvis Smylie                         76-75—151
Japan Golf Tour
Dunlop SRIXON Fukushima Open
Grandee Nasushirakawa Golf Club, Fukushima
Winner Ryosuke Kinoshita           70-66-65-62—263             ¥10,000,000
T37         Scott Strange                71-68-69-67—275             ¥245,000
T41         Andrew Evans               64-71-73-68—276             ¥200,000
Korn Ferry Tour
Live and Work in Maine Open
Falmouth Country Club, Falmouth, Maine
Winner Chad Ramey                       67-65-68-68—268             $US108,000
T30         Jamie Arnold                     67-70-69-73—279             $3,638
T41         Nick Voke                         71-69-74-66—280             $2,910
MC         Mark Hensby                     71-70—141
MC         Brett Drewitt                      72-73—145
MC         Harrison Endycott             75-71—146
Challenge Tour
Open de Bretagne
Golf Bluegreen de Pléneuf Val André, Pleneuf, France
Winner Julien Brun          64-68-66-69—267             €32,000
T23         Daniel Hillier     66-69-70-72—277             €1,820
Ladies European Tour
Tipsport Czech Ladies Open
Golf Club Beroun, Beroun, Czech Republic
Winner Atthaya Thitikul                  68-68-65—201   €30,000
T11         Stephanie Kyriacou         70-69-68—207   €3,916
MC         Whitney Hillier                  72-73—145
MC         Amy Walsh                       79-81—160
Symetra Tour
Prasco Charity Championship
TPC River’s Bend, Cincinnati, Ohio
Winner Meghan MacLaren          68-70-69—207   $US26,250
T10         Grace Kim (a)               68-72-71—211   —–
T47         Soo Jin Lee                  68-76-77—221   $881
MC         Stephanie Na                74-75—149
MC         Julienne Soo                 69-80—149
MC         Hira Naveed                  71-79—150
MC         Robyn Choi                   78-76—154
MC         Julianne Alvarez             83-77—160
Champions Tour
Bridgestone SENIOR PLAYERS Championship
Firestone CC (South Course), Akron, Ohio
Winner Steve Stricker                    63-68-72-70—273
T7           Rod Pampling                 70-75-69-70—284
T42         John Senden                  74-74-74-71—293
T52         David McKenzie             73-74-74-75—296
T52         Stephen Leaney             70-72-76-78—296  


Aussies on Tour 21/6/2021

Peter Fowler
Peter Fowler made a promising start as Europe’s Legends Tour kicked off its 2021 season

New South Welshmen Brett Drewitt and Blake Windred have taken significant steps toward promotions to golf’s two largest tours in 2022 after top-five finishes on their respective tours over the weekend.

As the golf world was enraptured by an enthralling final day at the US Open, Drewitt was putting himself in contention for a second Korn Ferry Tour title at the Wichita Open and a move deep inside the top 25 in the Order of Merit.

Thrust into the top five on the back of an 8-under par round of 62 on Saturday, Drewitt was treading water with nine straight pars to start his final round before making his charge early in the back nine.

He birdied the 10th and 11th holes and when he eagled the par-5 14th was just one shot off the lead.

The birdies he needed to rise to the top of the leaderboard proved elusive over the final four holes as he closed with a 4-under 66 to take a share of third, two shots back of Englishman Harry Hall.

A winner at the Lincoln Land Championship last September, Drewitt’s top-five finish moves him up six spots to 23rd on the Korn Ferry Tour moneylist and within reach of one of the 25 PGA TOUR cards to be handed out at the end of the regular season.

Rhein Gibson was the only other Australian to make the cut at Crestview Country Club, moving up 14 spots to a tie for 13th courtesy of a final round of 5-under 65.

Like Drewitt, Windred has greatly enhanced his chances of playing on the European Tour next year with a runner-up finish at the Challenge de España on the Challenge Tour.

Tied for second at the ISUZU Queensland Open in March, Windred held a share of the 36-hole lead in Cadiz but dropped into a share of fifth following a third round of 2-under 70.

Starting the final round three shots off the lead, Windred made birdies at four of his first five holes but bogeys at three and six prevented him from a making a greater impression on the front-runners early.

Five pars in succession were followed by a run of three straight birdies from the 12th hole, his eighth birdie of the day at the par-4 17th leaving him one shot shy of the winner, Spain’s Santiago Tarrio.

Top-20 the week prior, Windred’s second placing moves him up 44 places on the Road to Mallorca points race to 24th, the top 20 at season’s end earning a European Tour card for the 2022 season.

It was a US Open in which Australians failed to feature towards the top of the leaderboard all week, Adam Scott (73) finishing as the leading Aussie at 5-over par at Torrey Pines in California and in a tie for 35th.

South Australian Wade Ormsby completed a memorable US Open debut with a final round of even par 71 to finish one shot back of Scott at 6-over and in a tie for 40th, his best career finish in a major championship.

A Sunday 77 saw Marc Leishman finish 64th at 12-over par, one shot ahead of Matt Jones who was tied for 65th with a 13-over par total for the four rounds.

Su Oh was in contention to record her first LPGA Tour win at the halfway mark of the Meijer LPGA Classic in Michigan but struggled to keep up with the hot pace over the weekend.

A third round of 3-under 69 saw Oh fall into a share of fourth with a round to play, her closing 1-under 71 resulting in a tie for 15th, her best result of the 2021 season.

Europe’s Legends Tour kicked off its 2021 season at the Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship where Kiwi Michael Long and Peter Fowler both finished inside the top 20.
Korn Ferry Tour
Wichita Open
Crestview Country Club, Wichita, Kansas
Winner                Harry Hall                          64-63-66-67—260               $US108,000
T3                        Brett Drewitt                      69-65-62-66—262               $31,500
T13                      Rhein Gibson                    68-67-66-65—266               $10,550
MC                       Steven Alker                     67-71—138
MC                       Jamie Arnold                     67-73—140
MC                       Harrison Endycott             69-71—140
MC                       Nick Voke                          72-73—145
MC                       Brett Coletta                      77-74—151
Challenge Tour
Challenge de España
Iberostar Real Club de Golf Novo Sancti Petri, Cadiz, Spain
?Winner                  Santiago Tarrio                 71-64-67-66—268           €32,000
T2                         Blake Windred                  68-65-70-66—269           €16,000
T9                         Daniel Hillier                     66-68-70-68—272           €4,250
T36                       Dimitrios Papadatos         69-70-72-69—280           €1,360
MC                        Jarryd Felton                    76-72—148
MC                        Deyen Lawson                 75-74—149
US Open
Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Cse), San Diego, California
Winner                Jon Rahm                         69-70-72-67—278           $US2.25m
T35                     Adam Scott                       70-75-71-73—289           $65,416
T40                     Wade Ormsby                   72-74-73-71—290          $52,074
64                       Marc Leishman                 74-70-75-77—296           $25,907
T65                     Matt Jones                        72-71-79-75—297           $25,907
MC                      Cameron Smith                72-75—147
MC                      Brad Kennedy                  74-78—152
MC                      Steve Allan                       80-79—159
Meijer LPGA Classic
Blythefield Country Club, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Winner                Nelly Korda                       68-66-62-67—263           $US345,000
T15                      Su Oh                               67-65-69-71—272           $30,620
T29                      Katherine Kirk                   70-67-70-68—275           $15,407
T45                      Gabriela Ruffels                67-72-69-69—277           $8,609
T45                      Hannah Green                  70-66-71-70—277           $8,609
T61                      Lydia Ko                            71-69-71-69—280           $5,493
MC                       Sarah Kemp                     73-73—146
MC                       Sarah Jane Smith             73-73—146
Legends Tour
Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship
Trevose Golf & Country Club, Padstow, England
Winner               Chris Williams                  69-68-70—207                 €50,000
T14                     Michael Long                   77-70-68—215                 €4,350
T17                     Peter Fowler                    75-72-70—217                 €2,906
T33                     Michael Campbell            78-72-71—221                 €1,650
PGA TOUR Latinoamerica
Holcim Colombia Classic
Club Campestre de Bucaramanga, Bucaramanga, Colombia
Winner                Sam Stevens                      66-69-69-69—273
MC                      Danny List                          73-76—149


Aussies on Tour 7/6/2021


Rod Pampling is starting to hit his stride on the US Champions Tour, tied for 2nd going into the final round of the Principal Charity Classic in Iowa on Sunday

The Aussie assault never materialised but it was another drama-filled chapter of golf history written at the US Women’s Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Entering the final round well off the pace, the only two Australians to make the cut both posted rounds of 4-over 75 as Minjee Lee and Hannah Green finished tied for 54th and tied for 62nd respectively.

American Lexi Thompson seemed destined to win the tournament she first played as a 12-year-old when she held a five-stroke lead late on the front nine but a double-bogey at 11 and further dropped shots at 14, 17 and 18 meant that the 26-year-old missed out on the playoff altogether.

That was left to Yuka Saso and Nasa Hataoka to contest and it was Filipino Saso who clinched her maiden major championship, the 19-year-old winning on the third playoff hole and thus becoming the first player from the Philippines to win a golf major.

Bogeys at the second and sixth holes saw Minjee Lee make the turn at 2-over but after a birdie at the par-4 12th had back-to-back bogeys at 13 and 14 quelled any sense of a late surge up the leaderboard.

The exacting nature of The Olympic Club’s Lake Course made birdies difficult to come by for Green on the final day as she hit seven of 14 fairways and 10 of 18 greens in her round of 4-over 75.

There were a host of top-20 finishes from Australians elsewhere around the globe this week.

Adam Scott tuned up for next week’s US Open with a strong showing at the Memorial Tournament to be tied for 16th, Lucas Herbert registering his best result in a PGA TOUR event as he finished tied for 18th at Muirfield Village.

Stephanie Kyriacou continued her promising start to her second season on the Ladies European Tour with a tie for 15th at the Jabra Ladies Open in France and Anthony Quayle enjoyed his best result on the Japan Golf Tour since December 2019 courtesy of a tie for 13th at the JGTC Mori Building Cup in Ibaraki.

It was a disappointing final day for Rod Pampling at the Champions Tour’s Principal Charity Classic in Iowa, falling from a share of second to a tie for 15th with a final round of 3-over 75.
U.S. Women’s Open
The Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco, California
T35        Lydia Ko                             71-75-76-72—294        $US29,074
T54        Minjee Lee                        73-73-77-75—298        $12,540
T62        Hannah Green                  73-75-78-75—301        $11,430
MC         Sarah Jane Smith             78-74—152
MC         Emily Mahar (a)                77-75—152
the Memorial Tournament
Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, Ohio
T16        Adam Scott                       74-68-71-73—286        $US155,775
T18        Lucas Herbert                   71-69-71-76—287        $110,670
T57        Marc Leishman                69-75-75-76—295        $21,111
MC         Cameron Smith                73-74—147
MC         Matt Jones                        76-73—149
MC         Cam Davis                         77-76—153
MC         Danny Lee                          80-75—155
Japan Golf Tour
JGTC Mori Building Cup
Shishido Hills Country Club (West Cse), Ibaraki
T13        Anthony Quayle                73-67-69-73—282        ¥2,820,000
T26        Andrew Evans                   72-71-68-74—285        ¥1,170,000
T38        Dylan Perry                       73-74-71-70—288        ¥795,000
T44        Brad Kennedy                   71-75-72-72—290        ¥570,000
64          David Bransdon                73-72-85-80—310        ¥337,500
MC         Michael Hendry                71-78—149
MC         Adam Bland                      73-80—153
MC         Matthew Griffin                 74-79—153
MC         Scott Strange                    75-78—153
MC         Todd Sinnott                     76-85—161
Challenge Tour
D+D REAL Czech Challenge
Golf & Spa Kun?tická Hora, D?íte?, Czech Republic
T24        Daniel Hillier      71-69-70-69—279        €1,800
T50        Blake Windred   70-69-75-72—286        €806
Ladies European Tour
Jabra Ladies Open
Evian Resort Golf Club, Evian-les-Bains, France
T15        Stephanie Kyriacou         76-72-68—216              €3,400
T23        Whitney Hillier                 70-76-72—218              €2,560
Korn Ferry Tour
REX Hospital Open
TPC at Wakefield Plantation, Raleigh, North Carolina
T30        Cameron Percy                 67-68-70-68—273        $US4,066
T55        Jamie Arnold                     68-70-71-68—277        $2,698
MC         Nick Voke                          66-73—139
MC         Harrison Endycott           71-69—140
MC         Rhein Gibson                    69-72—141
MC         Brett Coletta                     71-73—144
MC         Curtis Luck                         71-76—147
MC         Ryan Ruffels                      72-79—151
Champions Tour
Principal Charity Classic
Wakonda Club, Des Moines, Iowa
T15        Rod Pampling                   67-67-75—209              $US30,525
T28        Stephen Leaney                70-72-71—213              $13,443
T67        David McKenzie                72-72-75—219              $1,813
73          John Senden                      73-75-73—221              $1,295

Aussies on Tour 31/5/2021

Jason Scrivener
Jason Scrivener

West Australian Jason Scrivener will edge closer to breaking into the world’s top 100 after continuing his outstanding European Tour season at the Made in Himmerland tournament in Denmark.

Fresh from his best result in a Major championship at the US PGA Championship where his tie for 23rd was the best finish by an Australian and elevated him to a career-high of 111 in the Official World Golf Rankings, Scrivener’s status will improve even further following his latest performance.

He fired a bogey-free round of 5-under 66 in the final round to finish tied for third in Denmark and move up to seventh in the Race to Dubai rankings, his ascension into the top echelon of world golf continuing on its upward trend.

Four sub-70 rounds and a tie for sixth is also a significant result for Kiwi Josh Geary in Denmark who moved up 82 spots in the Race to Dubai rankings.

That will assist Geary in continuing to get starts as the European Tour season heats up and give him a greater opportunity to secure full status on tour for the 2022 season and beyond.

A 6-under 65 in the final round is hopefully a precursor of a big European summer ahead for Wade Ormsby while Jarryd FeltonMin Woo Lee and Dimi Papadatos all played the four rounds in Denmark.

In her first start of her second season on the Ladies European Tour Sydney’s Stephanie Kyriacou gave no indication that she will suffer any second-year syndrome, finishing tied for fourth at the Ladies Italian Open in Piemonte.

In the US Minjee Lee progressed to the quarter-finals of the Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play before falling to Ariya Jutanugarn at Shadow Creek 5&4 while Stephen Leaney and Rod Pampling were both top-20 finishers at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club.

Dylan Perry went into the third and final round of the Gate Way to The Open Mizuno Open with a chance to play his way into a spot at Royal St George’s in July but a final round of 71 saw him fall into a tie for eighth.

It was a strong week for the Aussies on the Japan Golf Tour with Perry, Scott StrangeBrad Kennedy and Kiwi Michael Hendry all finishing inside the top-15.

European Tour
Made in Himmerland
HimmerLand, Farsø, Denmark
T3           Jason Scrivener  70-67-66-66—269            €70,619
T6           Josh Geary          69-66-68-67—270            €44,680
T19        Wade Ormsby    71-69-69-65—274            €16,456
T52        Jarryd Felton       70-67-73-69—279            €5,627
T52        Min Woo Lee      71-69-69-70—279            €5,627
T68        Dimitrios Papadatos        67-71-67-77—282            €3,755
MC         Ryan Fox              71-70—141
MC         Scott Hend          73-71—144
MC         Jake McLeod      77-68—145
MC         Maverick Antcliff              75-71—146
Charles Schwab Challenge
Colonial CC, Fort Worth, Texas
T40        Danny Lee           72-66-69-71—278            $US29,625
T45        Cam Davis           70-70-71-68—279            $22,335
MC         Matt Jones          71-71—142
MC         Cameron Percy  72-71—143
Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play
Shadow Creek, Las Vegas, Nevada
Ariya Jutanugarn def. Minjee Lee 5&4
Round of 16
Minjee Lee def. Mel Reid 5&4
Group Stage, Round 1
Gerina Piller def. Hannah Green 3&2
Jaye Marie Green tied Minjee Lee
Sarah Kemp tied Patty Tavatanakit
Sung Hyun Park def Su Oh 3&1
Group Stage, Round 2
Sarah Kemp tied Stacy Lewis
Sophia Popov def Su Oh 5&4
Hannah Green def Azahara Munoz 1 up
Minjee Lee def Cheyenne Knight 4&3
Group Stage, Round 3
Sarah Kemp tied Mi Hyang Lee
Su Oh def Hee Young Park 2 up
Hannah Green def Mel Reid 1 up
Minjee Lee def Moriya Jutanugarn 4&3
Japan Golf Tour
Gate Way To The Open Mizuno Open
JFE Setonaikai Golf Club, Okayama
Reduced to 54 holes due to rain
T8           Dylan Perry         67-68-71—206   ¥1,761,000
T12        Scott Strange      69-67-72—208   ¥1,272,000
T14        Brad Kennedy     69-70-70—209   ¥792,000
T14        Michael Hendry  68-68-73—209   ¥792,000
T31        Todd Sinnott       73-66-72—211   ¥363,600
T36        David Bransdon  67-75-70—212   ¥306,000
T40        Matthew Griffin 74-69-70—213   ¥252,000
MC         Anthony Quayle 71-74—145
MC         Adam Bland        71-74—145
MC         Andrew Evans     74-79—153
Korn Ferry Tour
Evans Scholars Invitational
The Glen Club, Glenview, Illinois
T66        Aaron Baddeley 75-69-74-69—287            $US2,388
T69        Brett Drewitt      69-70-76-73—288            $2,340
MC         Ryan Ruffels       74-72—146
MC         Nick Voke            74-73—147
MC         Mark Hensby      76-72—148
MC         Harrison Endycott            75-75—150
WD        Curtis Luck          72-69—141
KB Financial Live Championship
Black Stone Icheon GC, Icheon-si, South Korea
T14        Wonjoon Lee      71-72-73—216   ?10,640,000
T34        Junseok Lee        72-70-78—220   ?3,948,000
T61        Kevin Chun          75-73-80—228   ?2,333,333
Champions Tour
KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship
Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Oklahoma
T11        Stephen Leaney 70-69-71-71—281           
T20        Rod Pampling     74-71-70-69—284           
T63        Peter Fowler       72-71-76-75—294           
MC         John Senden       75-74—149
MC         David McKenzie 77-75—152
MC         Brad Burns          80-79—159
Challenge Tour
Irish Challenge
Portmarnock Links, Co. Dublin, Ireland
T10        Daniel Hillier       72-72-68-68—280            €4,620
T35        Blake Windred    71-72-70-73—286            €1,430
MC         Deyen Lawson    74-75—149
Ladies European Tour
Ladies Italian Open
Golf Club Margara, Piemonte, Italy
T4           Stephanie Kyriacou          69-72-70—211   9,400    
T29        Whitney Hillier   71-72-73—216  2,253.33
MC         Amy Walsh          74-79—153
Symetra Tour
Mission Inn Resort and Club Championship
Mission Inn Resort and Club, Howey-In-The-Hills, Florida
T21        Robyn Choi         73-74-72—219   $US2,328
T34        Stephanie Na      76-74-71—221   $1,443
MC         Julienne Soo       77-75—152
MC         Hira Naveed        79-76—155
MC         Soo Jin Lee          86-75—161

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