Amateur Grace Kim continues to rack up professional victories while Brett Drewitt took another step towards a return to the PGA Tour with a third top-10 finish in his past four starts on the Korn Ferry Tour.
Continuing the recent run of success enjoyed by Aussie golfers and her own scintillating form, Kim claimed her second All Womens Pro Tour title and third pro win in the US with a three-stroke victory at the Texarkana Children’s Charities Open in Arizona.
With a professional career beckoning, Kim followed up her round of 7-under 64 in the third round at Northridge Country Club with an even par round of 72 at Texarkana Country Club, bouncing back from two early bogeys to clinch a comfortable win.
Expected to turn professional ahead of LPGA Tour Qualifying School that begins in August in California, the 2021 Australian Amateur champion is currently 30th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, the highest position the 20-year-old has achieved to date.
As Kim eyes the beginning of her pro career, Drewitt is plotting a return to the PGA Tour in 2022.
The defending champion at the Memorial Health Championship in Illinois, Drewitt showed his affinity with the Panther Creek Country Club layout to finish tied for sixth to move to 22nd on the moneylist.
Starting with this week’s Price Cutter Charity Championship there are three more events in the Korn Ferry Tour’s 2020/2021 regular season, the top 25 after the Pinnacle Bank Championship to earn promotion to the PGA Tour next season.
Drewitt began the final round in a tie for fifth and six strokes off the lead, two birdies on the front nine and an eagle at the par-5 16th adding up to a round of 4-under 67 and a total of 17-under, the New South Welshman making just one bogey for the week.
West Australian Minjee Lee teamed with Women’s US Open champion Yuka Saso to finish fifth at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational on the LPGA Tour and Blake Windred remains in contention for promotion to the European Tour in 2022 after securing a tie for 11th at the Challenge Tour’s Euram Bank Open in Austria.
ASG Addition: The Aussies didn’t fare so well at The Open Championship at Royal St Georges, won by golf’s big new thing Collin Morikawa.
The only Aussie who had a real chance of featuring on Sunday was Cameron Smith who began the day six strokes off the lead and his hopes were effectively over when he followed a bogey at four with a double-bogey at the par-four fifth.
“Hit a bad tee shot off five. Just didn’t go my way and I got really frustrated,” said Smith, whose round of four-over 74 saw him finish in a tie for 33rd.
The only other Aussie to make the cut was Adam Scott who closed with a 20 under 68 to finish T46.
Final scores The Open Championship Royal St George’s Golf Club, Sandwich, England
Winner Collin Morikawa 67-64-68-66—265 €1,752,861
T33 Cameron Smith 69-67-68-74—278 €50,928
T46 Adam Scott 73-66-73-68—280 €28,518
MC Marc Leishman 75-67—142
MC Matt Jones 72-71—143
MC Min Woo Lee 74-69—143
MC Lucas Herbert 70-73—143
MC Jason Scrivener 73-71—144
MC Jason Day 75-70—145
MC Brad Kennedy 71-74—145 MC Aaron Pike 74-75—149
MC Deyen Lawson 80-77—157
Womens All Pro Tour
Texarkana Children’s Charities Open
Texarkana Country Club, Texarkana, Arizona
Winner Grace Kim (a) 72-68-64-72—276
MC Laura Hoskin 78-79—157
Keene Trace Golf Club, Nicholasville, Kentucky
Winner Seamus Power 65-68-67-67—267 $US630,000
Won on the sixth hole of sudden death
T31 Greg Chalmers 66-71-67-71—275 $20,475
T42 Cameron Percy 67-69-71-71—278 $12,425
MC Aaron Baddeley 71-71—142
MC John Senden 70-74—144
MC Rhein Gibson 71-74—145
Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational
Midland Country Club, Midland, Michigan
Winners Ariya Jutanugarn/Moriya Jutanugarn 67-59-71-59—256 $US553,076
5 Minjee Lee/Yuka Saso 69-65-66-62—262 $96,833
T22 Lydia Ko/Danielle Kang 68-63-74-63—268 $19,062
T33 Sarah Kemp/Alena Sharp 72-64-72-65—273 $9,911
T35 Katherine Kirk/Amy Olson 73-63-68-70—274 $8,846
MC Sarah Jane Smith/Pernilla Lindberg 70-68—138
Korn Ferry Tour
Memorial Health Championship
Panther Creek Country Club, Springfield, Illinois
Winner Taylor Moore 66-66-60-65—257 $US108,000
T6 Brett Drewitt 65-67-64-67—263 $17,880
T49 Steven Alker 66-69-68-68—271 $2,554
MC Nick Voke 69-68—137
MC Harrison Endycott 73-67—140
MC Jamie Arnold 72-69—141
MC Brett Coletta 70-72—142
Euram Bank Open
GC Adamstal, Ramsau, Austria
Winner Stuart Manley 67-65-65-65—262 €30,400
?T11 Blake Windred 66-65-68-69—268 €3,515
?T55 David Micheluzzi 67-72-70-68—277 €712
Ladies European Tour
Gant Ladies Open
Aura Golf, Turku, Finland
Winner Matilda Castren 71-69-68—208 €30,000
MC Amy Walsh 77-75—152
MC Victoria Fricot 86-80—166
Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic
Brook Lea Country Club, Rochester, New York
Reduced to 36 holes due to rain
Winner Emma Broze 67-65—132 $US26,250
T24 Julienne Soo 69-68—137 $1,494
T24 Julianne Alvarez 68-69—137 $1,494
MC Gabriela Ruffels 72-68—140
MC Robyn Choi 71-69—140
MC Hira Naveed 69-71—140
MC Stephanie Na 66-76—142
MC Soo Jin Lee 70-73—143
SOURCE: Aussies on Tour is a regular roundup of how Australia’s top men and women golfers are performing on the world’s golf tours and is provided by Golf Australia, the PGA of Australia and the WPGA Tour of Australasia