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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Felton, Min 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 Strange, Brad Kennedy and Kiwi Michael Hendry all finishing inside the top-15.
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
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
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
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