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Dylan Frittelli defeated Arjun Atwal at the first extra hole of a play-off to win the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at Heritage GC after posting a final lap 4-under-par 33-34=67 to catch the Indian pre-round leader on 16-under 268.

The South African smashed his approach shot at the 572-yard par-5 18th hole to 22'0" and two-putted after Atwal failed to complete a greenside scramble. In doing so he completed a second European Tour victory having claimed the Lyoness Open last season. Earlier in the day he found a terrible lie from the sixth tee, broke his 4-iron chopping out, but saved a sensational par by chipping in from off the green. It came after an early birdie at the second and bogey at the fourth. He then made his move, ticking 7, 9, 10 and 14 to take charge of the tournament. A huge birdie putt at the 11th lipped out from fully 60'0", but his failure to break par at 18 left the door open for Atwal whose eagle putt for the win caught the edge of the hole. It came to nought, however, as Frittelli continued his race up the world rankings. "It's been a pretty good year for me," he said. "I've set some pretty lofty goals and achieved most of them. I can't wait to set more goals."
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 07:44:00 AM

In an unscheduled Monday finish and playing out of the final twosome, third-round quad leader and World No. 704 Hunter Mahan back-pedaled with a 1-under-par 35-36=71 in the two-day final round of the Barbasol Championship to finish up on 19-under 269, down six places to a season-best T7, four in arrears of third-round co-leader and champion Troy Merritt, who shot 67.

The 36-year-old, playing this season on Past Champion status, records his first top 10 of the season in 18 events and first since T4 at the 2015 Deutsche Bank 67 starts ago. After opening with 66-68-64, he mustered four birdies versus three bogeys on 10 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation. The six-time winner on TOUR, most recently in 2014, lost 1.954 strokes approaching and 1.479 tee-to-green and bogeyed both of the par 5s on the back nine. For the week, he totaled 24 birdies against five bogeys and was T1 in GIR at 88.89 percent (64/72). This was Mahan's second 54-hole lead/co-lead in 396 events, first since 2011, and drops to 0-for-2.
Jul 23 - 12:38 PM

In an unscheduled Monday finish and playing out of the fourth-to-last twosome, World No. 98 Billy Horschel carded a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the two-day final round of the Barbasol Championship to conclude his tournament debut on 22-under 266, up three spots into a three-way T2, one short of third-round quad leader and champion Troy Merritt, who also shot 67.

After opening with 65-66-68, the 31-year-old began T5 and one back. He found 10 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, gaining 1.174 strokes off-the-tee, No. 1 for the tourney in the latter (4.963). The Floridian, who was the top-ranked player remaining in the field after the cut, squared a lone bogey-4 at hole 7, offset by six circles, all from inside of 14 feet. He recorded 1.643 putts per GIR and 0.533 SG: Putting with 28 total putts. For the week, Horschel totaled 24 birdies versus just two bogeys en route to his fourth runner-up in 198 events, first since P2 at last season's RSM.
Jul 23 - 12:24 PM

Richy Werenski put on a stripe show en route to a bogey-free, 6-under-par 32-34=66 during the final round of the Barbasol Championship, ending the week on 22-under 266 to fall one off the winning number posted by Troy Merritt.

Werenski started his round with a missed 3'3" birdie putt which he'd surely like to have back. He would miss another good chance at the par-4 fourth (7'5") but it wasn't an ice-cold putting performance overall. He did sink four putts from outside eight feet including a 20'5" birdie at the par-3 11th. The key was steady striking today as he striped all 14 fairways and landed 17 greens in regulation. Werenski ended the week tied for 1st in GIRs. This finish takes him off the FedExCup Playoffs bubble (117th --> 88th) and also matches his career-best finish on TOUR (T2, 2017 Barracuda Championship). The 26-year-old is a fairways-and-greens machine over the last few months and gamers should continue to ride the hot hand while the irons are hot.
Jul 23 - 12:15 PM

In an unscheduled Monday finish and playing out of the penultimate twosome, third-round quad leader and World No. 327 Troy Merritt hung up a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the two-day final round of the Barbasol Championship for a 72-hole tally of 23-under 265, good for the tournament-scoring record (to par) and a one-shot win over Billy Horschel, Richy Werenski and playing competitor Tom Lovelady.

The 32-year-old, a pre-tourney 40/1 outright, claims his second PGA TOUR title, joining the 2015 Quicken Loans 82 starts ago. He won the Quicken Loans as a 54-hole co-leader as well, and improves to 2-for-3 when leading/co-leading at the three-quarter mark. The Boise State product, who led outright after rounds 1 and 2, hit 11 (of 14) fairways and 16 greens in regulation, gaining 4.018 strokes tee-to-green. He squared a lone bogey-4 at hole 5, outflanked by four birdies and a hole eagle-2 at 8 from 133 yards out. The Iowa native posted 1.688 putts per GIR and -1.106 SG: Putting with 30 total putts. For the week, he tallied two eagles, T1 in that stat, and 24 birdies, versus five bogeys and ranked No. 1 in SG: Approach at 10.210. With the win, Merritt earns a 2-year exemption on TOUR and a host of invites, including the 2018 PGA Championship in three weeks.
Jul 23 - 12:11 PM

Overnight co-leader Tom Lovelady steadied a 4-under-par 35-33=68 during the final round of the Barbasol Championship, falling one short of the final number as he closed on 22-under 266, still good for his career-best finish.

Lovelady was a tee-to-green machine this week. He gained at least 2.2 strokes tee-to-green in each of the first three rounds. His approach play dipped a bit in R4 but still walked off the course gaining 1.747 strokes tee-to-green during his final round. On the week he ranked 2nd in that department, largely buoyed by off-the-tee and around-the-green play. He flashed some of that off-the-tee play today at the par-5 14th when he pipped a 314-yard drive to set up a 215-yard approach which he landed to 8'3" and rolled it in for eagle. His lone blemish came earlier in the round when he missed a 4'9" par-saver. This co-runner-up finish goes in the books as his best finish on TOUR (T5, 2018 Corales) and also moves him up to 128th in the FedExCup race. This Alabama product is now officially a bubble boy to watch closely over the next month.
Jul 23 - 12:06 PM

The weather-delayed final round of the Barbasol Championship was suspended for the day at 7:31 PM ET with play scheduled to resume on Monday morning at 7:30 AM. UPDATE: Play resumed at 7:30 AM as scheduled with 52 players (of 73) needing to complete their respective rounds.

The inaugural edition in Kentucky is not faring too well weather-wise. After already enduring several delays on Friday, there were two more delays on Sunday totaling 5-plus hours. Making his tournament debut, PGA TOUR rookie and World No. 272 Ben Silverman was bogey-free 7-under thru 10 holes when play was abandoned and is up 27 places to T5 on 17-under total. The final four pairings have yet to tee off, so it's going to be a nearly full day of action on Monday.
Jul 22 - 8:17 PM

Scotland's Sam Locke posted rounds of 72-73-70-78=293 (+9) during The 147th Open, securing the Silver Medal that is awarded to the low amateur for the week.

Locke entered the week ranked 447th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. He had just three other amateurs to battle with this week and secured the Silver Medal early in the week as he was the lone amateur to play his way through the cut line. Locke ended his week on a sour note but it was an impressive week, nonetheless, and also a great learning experience. The 19-year-old has Paul Lawrie as a mentor and will now re-evaluate his options in terms of amateur versus pro golf. "I was wanting to make the Walker Cup next year. That was a goal of mine. And this is obviously a slightly different thought in my mind, too. But as I said, we need to sit and have a proper think about this. Right now we just need to enjoy the situation we're in. It will be a few days before we come to a decision."
Jul 22 - 2:36 PM

Overnight co-leader Xander Schauffele wobbled out of the starting gate but rebounded to manage a 3-over-par 40-34=74 during the final round of The 147th Open, ending the week on 6-under 278, just two shots shy of the winning score posted by Francesco Molinari.

Schauffele penciled four pars before going bogey-bogey-double bogey at 5 thru 7. The main problem was finding too many bunkers. After the turn, he got back into contention with birdies at 10 and 14 but the damage had been done. Schauffele stuffed one close at the par-3 16th but couldn't convert the birdie and then scrambled his way to a bogey on the 17th. Needing an eagle at the last to tie Molinari, he settled for par to stay at 6-under and tie with Rory McIlroy, Kevin Kisner, and Justin Rose as second-place finishers. Despite the sour finish, this will still go in the books as his career best in a major championship (T5 at the 2017 U.S. Open). The 24-year-old now has three finishes of T6 or better in six major-championship appearances.
Jul 22 - 2:21 PM

World No. 15 Francesco Molinari finished off a blemish-free weekend as he carded a bogey-free, 2-under-par 36-33=69 during round four of The 147th Open to secure his first win in a major championship, ending the week on 8-under 276 to beat Xander Schauffele by two strokes.

The Italian is known for his fairways-and-greens style of play but he split just 26-of-60 fairways on the week. Perhaps that was strategic in order to avoid as many of the 112 bunkers as possible, still finding 66.7% of his greens in regulation this week. After Saturday's round he spoke of the Sunday conditions and said "It's not a day to be aggressive. It's more a day to make as many pars as possible." That's exactly what Molinari did as he started his round with 13 straight pars while playing alongside Tiger Woods, before circling birdies at 14 and 18, capitalizing on the chances when they arose. The 35-year-old entered the week with the best form of anyone in the world over the past few months (WIN-2-T25-WIN-T2 over his last five worldwide starts). Recently becoming a PGA TOUR winner for the first time, he is now a major champion and the Champion Golfer of the Year.
Jul 22 - 1:53 PM

Tiger Woods had us all believing it was his time again when holding the outright lead on the back nine in round four of the 147th Open Championship but he wobbled down the stretch to card a closing even-par 34-37=71 and post 5-under 278, three back from Francesco Molinari's winning number.

Woods now has a first top ten in a major since the 2013 Open at Muirfield but will have some regrets that he couldn't hold it together over Carnoustie's tough back nine today. For 10 holes, this was vintage Tiger as he picked off birdies at 4 and 6 and added eight pars. As the leaders fell back in the windy conditions, Woods briefly led on his own at 7-under but he doubled the 11th after an attempted flop shot when wrong and followed that with bogey at 12. He just about stayed in the game with birdie-4 at 14 but playing partner Molinari shut the door with a bogey-free 69. Woods, who is currently T6 with play coming to a close, hit 40% of fairways today, pelted 10 greens in regulation and took 28 putts. This week's display has done plenty to convince gamers that Tiger can still add to his tally of majors which has been stuck on 14 since 2008.
Jul 22 - 1:39 PM

Rory McIlroy tossed together a 1-under-par 37-33=70 during the final round of The 147th Open, reaching 6-under 278 to join Justin Rose as the current co-leaders in the clubhouse as the leaders enter the final stretch. UPDATE: McIlroy finished T2 with three others, two back from winner Francesco Molinari.

McIlroy started the day in a share of sixth place but it looked like it wasn't his day after bogeys at 2 and 5 and then settling for par on the par-5 sixth hole. From there, he turned on his scoring machine and circled birdies at 9 and 11 before dropping just one more shot. The highlight came at the par-5 14th, though, when he bombed in an extremely lengthy eagle putt to fly back into the mix. He penciled pars on the tough, four-hole closing stretch and will now wait in the clubhouse to see if his 6-under 278 is good enough for a playoff. The story of his week was the flat stick, needing just 114 putts on the week (31-29-26-28) which is the area that can sometimes plague him. McIlroy's most recent major win came at the 2014 PGA Championship (Valhalla Golf Club).
Jul 22 - 1:14 PM




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