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Roope Kakko closed out the Madeira Islands Open -- Portugal -- BPI with a bogey-free, 9-under-par 32-31=63 to post 24-under 262, good for a three-stroke victory over Scotland's Scott Henry.

The 33-year-old from Finland hit 14 greens in regulation and needed only 24 putts at Clue de Golf do Santo da Serra today. He supported a chip-in eagle-2 at the 10th hole with seven birdies. While this is his first European Tour title, Kakko is only the second from Finland to hoist hardware on the circuit, joining five-time winner Mikko Ilonen. "I’m speechless," Kakko said. "I came here to try and win this event and change my career so I’m over the moon to have done it. There was a lot of pressure but I had some pretty good thoughts in me, so I was able to handle it today. ... I was really nervous coming down the stretch on the last five holes. I almost started crying with three holes to go; I was really getting emotional. But my caddie was very helpful, he gave me a couple of songs to sing and cracked a few jokes and that really helped me get into the moment."
Aug 2 - 1:26 PM

With a four-foot conversion for birdie on the final hole of the championship match, Kiradech Aphibarnrat defeated Robert Karlsson 1 up at the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play at Murcar Links Golf Club in Aberdeen, Scotland.

In what was a brilliant display of golf theater, the Thai nearly coughed away this title. The duo matched birdies on the par-4 first hole before Aphibarnrat grabbed the lead with a birdie-3 at No. 2. He extended to 3 up through six, but Karlsson chipped away with wins at 8 and 9 to turn 1 down. Aphibarnrat won the 11th with a birdie-3 and No. 14 with a par-4 to regain the 3-up margin. With little room to spare, Karlsson took his cuts. He played Nos. 15-17 birdie-par-birdie, winning all three holes to even the match. At the par-4 18th, the Swede's tee ball landed on the green at the second hole, but Aphibarnrat's drive also failed to find the fairway, drifting right and into the rough. It was the eventual champ's escape that set up the clinching birdie. Karlsson's birdie attempt from 10 feet never threatened. This is the 26-year-old's third career victory on the European Tour and second this season.
Aug 2 - 12:59 PM

Robert Karlsson beat David Howell at the 20th hole in their semi-final clash at the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play at Murcar Links GC on Sunday.

The tall Swede was in front for most of the match but needed extra holes before securing his place in this afternoon's final against Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who beat Marc Warren 3&2 in the other semi. Karlsson made his move by winning 6, 9 and 12 to go 3up with six to play but the tenacious Howell took the next, holed a monster putt from off the green at 16 for a birdie and pulled level when Karlsson bogeyed 17. At the 18th, Karlsson had a four-foot par putt to win that lipped out but a Howell bogey at the second extra hole clinched the Scandinavian's spot in the final. Although the 45-year-old has played Ryder Cups, it was hard to see this coming as Karlsson had missed his last six cuts on the European Tour. Be honest, who could have predicted a Karlsson v Aphibarnrat final?
Aug 2 - 8:25 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat defeated a lackluster Marc Warren 3&2 on Sunday morning to reach the final of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play in Scotland.

Home favorite Warren didn't manage a single birdie and was 5-over for the 16 holes played. That made it easy for his Thai opponent, who never had to do anything special at Murcar Links GC. A par at the opening hole was enough to give Warren an early lead but Aphibarnrat made it all square after the Scot bogeyed the second. Thanks to wins at 4, 8 and 11, Aphibarnrat went 3up and, with Warren unable to find a response, a par at 16 secured the 26-year-old a somewhat unexpected place in this afternoon's final.
Aug 2 - 7:28 AM

Patton Kizzire could only muster a 1-under-par 35-36=71 in the third round of the Utah Championship, but it was good enough to had him a two-stroke lead at 16-under 200 with 18 to play.

Kizzire had to feel like he was posting a terrible number on the heels of his second-round 62, circling two birdies and dropping a lone bogey at GC at Thanksgiving Point. The ball-striking let him down a bit, splitting just five of 14 fairways and landing 11 GIR. Already the Tour money leader and assured of a 2015-16 PGA TOUR card, the only thing he hasn't done is lock up a win. That could come in Sunday's finale.
Aug 1 - 9:30 PM

David Lingmerth rallied for a 3-under-par 36-32=68 in today's third round of the Quicken Loans National for a three-day aggregate of 12-under 201.

Lingmerth began Moving Day at 9-under (solo fourth) and two shots back of 36-hole leader Ryo Ishikawa. Playing in the penultimate pairing with Kevin Chappell, he missed premium scoring chances from inside nine feet at the first and second, before circling birdies at Nos. 5 and 7. The Swede would reach the break right where he started however, swallowing a double bogey-5 at the par-3 ninth after his tee shot found the water long and left. He bounced back with consecutive birdies on 10 and 11, and added two more at 14 and 17. Each of the 28-year-old's six conversions today came from inside nine feet. Lingmerth enjoyed his breakout victory on the PGA TOUR four starts ago in a playoff at the Memorial, where he entered the final round three shots back of the lead. He's two off the pace of co-leaders Troy Merritt and Chappell here in Gainesville, Virginia.
Aug 1 - 7:56 PM

Charles Howell III conjured up a 4-under-par 32-35=67 in the third round of the Quicken Loans National to post 12-under 201, two shots back of 54-hole co-leaders Troy Merritt and Kevin Chappell.

In his 443rd career start as a pro, Howell III has two wins on TOUR, the last coming in 2007 at the Nissan Open. He's in the hunt with his third straight 67 to open the tournament. The 36-year-old began his day at 8-under (T5) and three swings back. He opened bogey-free on his outward nine, circling birdies at the par-4 second and the par-5 eighth (from 16'9") to augment an eagle-3 at the par-5 fifth from 31 inches. After the break, he added three more circles on the card, each from inside five feet, but cancelled them out with three bogeys. He had an 8'2" chance for a walk-off 3 at the par-4 finisher, but missed. Howell III entered the tournament ranked 192nd in driving accuracy (51.56 percent) but hit 12 (of 14) on Saturday, good for an 85.71 percent rate of return.
Aug 1 - 7:25 PM

Jason Bohn turned in a 4-under-par 35-32=67 after today's third round of the Quicken Loans National to reach the three-quarter mark at 12-under 201, two shots back of co-leaders Troy Merritt and Kevin Chappell.

Bohn began the Saturday festivities in a nine-way logjam at 8-under (T5) and three off the pace. He overshadowed two bogeys with six birdies, including back-to-back to conclude his round. The 42-year-old landed 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, recording 1.643 putts per GIR. His split included a 15'7" roll at the par-4 opener and a 13-footer at the par-3 11th. He squared bogeys at the seventh and the 12th, two of his four missed greens on the round. Bohn has two wins on the PGA TOUR in 290 career starts, the last coming at the 2010 Zurich Classic of New Orleans. He has two runner-up finishes on his season of 22 starts (Sanderson Farms Championship; Crowne Plaza Invitational).
Aug 1 - 7:10 PM

Overnight leader Ryo Ishikawa stalled out to an even-par 34-37=71 in today's third round of the Quicken Loans National to post 11-under 202, three shots in arrears of 54-hole co-leaders Troy Merritt and Kevin Chappell.

Ishikawa began the day with a one-stroke advantage over two players, including Chappell and playing partner Rickie Fowler. On his round, he exchanged three birdies with three bogeys to drop seven places on the leaderboard and into a four-way tie for eighth place. The 23-year-old striped 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, but posted negative numbers in both strokes gained statistics for the first time in the tournament. After converting 13 birdies and an ace thru two rounds, Ishikawa could muster only three circles today on 14 GIR, contributing to a -1.066 in strokes gained: putting. This was his first time leading after 36 holes on the PGA TOUR (116th career start) and he played his outward nine in 2-under. However, he went birdie-less on his inward half, squaring two bogeys. His best scoring chance on the back came from 5'1" at the par-4 15th, but he missed, concluding his loop with five consecutive two-putt pars.
Aug 1 - 6:50 PM

Rickie Fowler settled for a 3-under-par 34-34=68 in today's third round of the Quicken Loans National to enter Sunday's finale at 13-under 200, one stroke adrift of 54-hole co-leaders Troy Merritt and Kevin Chappell.

Fowler overshadowed three bogeys with six birdies on his loop but dropped one place on the leaderboard. After playing in the final pairing on Saturday, he'll peg it with Jason Bohn (12-under) in the penultimate pairing on Sunday. Fowler began the day at 10-under (T2) and just one back. He circled par breakers on Nos. 2, 4 (from a whopping 70'9") and 6 to offset bogey at the par-4 third. He didn't birdie either of the par 5s on the front and made the turn in 2-under. His bogey on 11 erased birdie on 10 and his bogey on 17 silenced birdie on 16, managing a two-putt birdie in-between at the par-5 15th. Fowler missed four greens in regulation and saved par only once. The 26-year-old will be looking to add his second PGA TOUR title of the season (THE PLAYERS) and third overall in 141 career starts as a pro.
Aug 1 - 6:20 PM

Kevin Chappell signed for a 4-under-par 34-33=67 after today's third round of the Quicken Loans National to join the 54-hole lead of Troy Merritt at 14-under 199.

Playing in the penultimate pairing, Chappell began Moving Day at 10-under (T2) and just one shot back of 36-hole leader Ryo Ishikawa. On his round, he circled five birdies to camouflage a lone bogey at the par-3 16th, three-putting from 30 feet nine inches. The 29-year-old's set featured all five conversions from inside 10 feet, including a long of 9'2" at the par-4 10th. After circling birdie at 17, he had a chance from 8'4" at the last for the birdie-birdie finish and outright lead, but missed left. Chappell has a pair of T8s on 21 starts to his season, the latest coming at the John Deere Classic in mid-July. He's yet to win on the PGA TOUR in 135 career starts.
Aug 1 - 5:49 PM

Pontus Widegren hung up a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in Saturday's third round at the Madeira Islands Open – Portugal – BPI and leads by one shot with 18 to play.

Fuelled by eagle-3s at the third and seventh, the Swede now sits at 16-under 200 and leads on his own after sharing top spot at halfway with Sam Walker, who fell back to T7 following a 1-over 73. Scott Henry and Roope Kakko are Widegren's nearest challengers at 15-under while it's a stroke further back to Brandon Stone in solo fourth. Be forgiven for not knowing anything about the 24-year-old. Widegren hasn't even won on the Challenge Tour, never mind the main European Tour and is ranked 567th in the world. However, he did finish T24 in this event last year and was T5 in a Challenge Tour event in France last week. Looking ahead to the final round, the UCLA grad said, "It’s been my dream since I was a kid to play on The European Tour and to compete, like where I am now, so I’m very happy to be here and hopefully I can have a good day."
Aug 1 - 5:34 PM

Whee Kim battled to a 4-under-par 33-34=67 in the third round of the Quicken Loans National for a 54-hole aggregate of 12-under 201, two strokes back of clubhouse leader Troy Merritt.

Kim began the day at 8-under (T5) and three strokes back. The Tour grad opened in bogey-free, 3-under on his outward half, circling birdies at Nos. 3, 5 and 9. After the break, he outpaced two bogeys with three birdies, including a 21-footer at the par-4 15th for his longest roll of the day. In total, he piped 10 (of 14) fairways and missed four greens in regulation, including at the last. On the par-4 finisher, he short-sided his approach (from the fairway) into a greenside bunker and it lead to a closing bogey. He also dropped a shot at the par-4 12th after failing to get up-and-down. The 23-year-old is making his QLN debut, and owns two top 10s on his rookie season of 20 starts, including a T3 at the Barbasol Championship where he co-lead after 54 holes.
Aug 1 - 5:29 PM

Marc Warren eagled the 19th hole to beat Tyrrell Hatton and secure his place in the last four of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play at Murcar Links GC in Scotland.

After Hatton had stayed alive by chipping in for birdie at 18, Warren finally slammed the door shut by holing his second shot from 59 yards to seal victory with an eagle-2. In a match with several twists, Hatton went 3up after just five holes before Scotsman Warren won five of the next six -- four with birdies -- to turn the match around. The 34-year-old was still 2up with three to play but eventually needed victory via a playoff after Hatton won 16 and 18. Warren, who will play Kiradech Aphibarnrat (a 2&1 winner over Michael Hoey) in the last four, said, "To be fair it was one of the most bizarre matches I have ever been involved in. It started on the first with poor tee shots from both of us into a bunker and he ended up holing out from 100 yards for a birdie. He hit two other chips in after that, one into 18 to go to extra holes and I guess it was just my turn at the 19th to hole out." England's David Howell will play Sweden's Robert Karlsson in the other semi-final.
Aug 1 - 5:14 PM

Steven Bowditch tacked on a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in the third round of the Quicken Loans National to reach the 54-hole mark at 10-under 203, four shots adrift of 54-hole clubhouse leader Troy Merritt.

Bowditch began his round at 6-under (T15) and five swings back. On his day, he split nine (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, circling five birdies to cover a lone bogey at the par-4 17th. After nearly holing his approach for eagle on the last, he had a nice look for a walk-off 3 from 8'1", but lipped out. The Aussie's set included birdie-4s on each of the three par 5s, a chip-in birdie on the 15th, and a conventional roll of 23'8" on the par-4 13th for his longest conversion of the day. He also rolled in a 19-footer to save par on the 10th. Making his 153rd career PGA TOUR start, Bowditch won the AT&T Byron Nelson at the end of May for his second career TOUR title. He also finished runner-up at the season-opening Open.
Aug 1 - 5:02 PM

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