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Jamie Donaldson scraped his way into the all-important Race to Dubai top 100 with a final round level-par 36-35=71 for solo fourth on 5-under 279 in the Andalucia Valderrama Masters.

In 12 rounds at Valderrama prior to this week the Welshman had never once equalled the par of 71 and yet with his playing rights for 2018 apparently out of his grasp he turned in one of the performances of his career, logging rounds of 73-67-68-71. On Sunday there was an early mistake at the second which cost him a bogey, but he made his way to the turn without any further errors. A birdie-birdie start to the back nine appeared to allay the nerves only for a final dropped shot at the 12th. With the nerves high he missed the 16th green, but from tangly rough he found the putting surface and polished off the par, just as he did at 17 and 18. Initially projections had him outside the top 100, but this was later changed and he moved inside the magic figure at 99th. There was never a moment he looked like challenging the leaders, but it's possibly he never thought of doing so; instead he completed the win that mattered for next year.
Oct 22 - 12:28 PM

Wade Ormsby earned his 2018 European Tour playing rights with a final round of 1-under-par 35-35=70 for solo fifth in the Andalucia Valderrama Masters on 4-under 280.

The Australian confounded his previous experience of Valderrama, which had seen him card 78-80 in last year's Open de Espana. He entered the week 106th on the Race to Dubai and solo fifth projected him inside the top 90 afterwards. It was a tight and nervous Sunday, but the Australian made just the one error, at the seventh, having made six straight pars from the first. He got the shot back with birdie-3 at No. 9 and added another at the 13th before parring his way home, completed with an up-and-down at the 72nd hole. He was never in the hunt for the title, yet on this particular final day there was arguably a more important target in his crosshairs and he hit it. UPDATE:- He moved to 82nd in the Race to Dubai.
Oct 22 - 12:27 PM

Daniel Brooks withstood huge pressure to complete a final round of level-par 35-36=71 which earned him solo third on 7-under 277 at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters and, in addition, his tour card for 2018.

The Englishman finished a distant four shots behind second-placed Joost Luiten and five outside of winner Sergio Garcia, but the two, his playing partners for the final lap, always had a different goal to his own. He may have started the day in second, but he was always peering in the wing-mirror rather than the road ahead - and quite understandably having entered the week at 123rd on the Race to Dubai. His only previous start at Valderrama didn't hint that he had this result in him. He shot a weekend 78-79 18 months ago at the Open de Espana so this year's 64-71 is a wonderful improvement. He opened with a birdie at No. 3 before taking two steps backwards at 8 and 11. His drive at 13 found the cork trees but his escape was not only safe but superb, setting up a 4'0" birdie chance he took. Another followed at 14 allowing him to bogey 16 and still play the final two holes with a two-shot buffer over fourth place which he could not afford to give up, and didn't.
Oct 22 - 12:18 PM

Joost Luiten's bold bid was thwarted by home hero Sergio Garcia in the Andalucia Valderrama Masters; his 5-under-par final round of 32-34=66 left him four clear of third placed Daniel Brooks on 11-under 273, but crucially one swing adrift of the winner.

Victory may have proved elusive for the Dutchman, but this result emphatically reaffirmed his fondness for playing golf within the narrow confines of the Valderrama fairways. His log book there now reads: 5-MC-2-2. For most of Sunday his performance was exemplary. He moved to the turn in smart fashion, ticking 5, 6 and 9 to turn the contest into a head-to-head with playing partner and pre-round leader Garcia. The Spaniard then made birdie at 10 and 11 to move three clear, whereupon Luiten turned predator. A bogey from the leader started the move, red numbers at 13 and 15 from the chaser drew him level, whereupon, having found the heart of the 16th green, he inexplicably three-putted for bogey. He matched Garcia's birdie at 17, and his par at 18 as well, as that one shot proved frustratingly impossible to match.
Oct 22 - 12:09 PM

Sergio Garcia withstood a late Joost Luiten charge to complete victory in the Andalucia Valderrama Masters with a final round of 4-under-par 33-34=67 for a 12-under total of 272, just one swing clear of the Dutchman at Real Club Valderrama.

With their playing partner Daniel Brooks understandably focussing on his playing rights for 2018, Garcia (the pre-round leader) and Luiten were quickly involved in a head-to-head contest. For most of the day the Spaniard held a narrow advantage, making birdie at four and a genuine move with three ticks in a row at 9 (from the fringe with 3-wood), 10 and 11. But his bogey at 12 and Luiten's red numbers at 13 and 15 drew them level. Luiten blinked with a three-putt bogey at 16 before both men finished birdie-par, Garcia showing a delicate touch to confirm the former after his approach at the par-5 17th went over the back. Garcia duly completed his second win within the cork trees of Valderrama, his sixth on home soil, his 14th on the European Tour, 32nd around the world, third of 2017 and first since he slipped his arms inside the green jacket in April.
Oct 22 - 11:59 AM

Making his first start of the season, World No. 32 Brian Harman concocted a 1-under-par 35-36=71 in the final round of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES to conclude on 5-under 283, up five spots to T5, four adrift of a two-man playoff involving Marc Leishman and overnight co-leader and eventual champ Justin Thomas.

This is the 30-year-old's 22nd top-10 finish in 186 career events (183 pro) and his first since T10 at the John Deere 14 weeks and nine starts ago. After opening with 68-72-72, the Georgia alum began T10 on 4-under, five shy of Thomas. Playing out of the fourth-to-last threesome, he found 10 (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, recording 1.917 putts per GIR. The Georgia native and resident squared two bogeys at Nos. 5 and 13, slightly outpaced by three circles at 1, 3 and 15. He finished last season a career-high 25th in the FedExCup standings, qualifying for the TOUR Championship for the first time. Harman posted 14 top 25s among 22 cashes in 30 starts, seven for top 10s, highlighted by his second TOUR title at the Wells Fargo 14 starts ago.
Oct 22 - 9:45 AM

World No. 86 Jamie Lovemark crafted a 1-under-par 35-36=71 in the final round of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES to finish up on 5-under 283, up five places to T5, four back of a two-man playoff involving Marc Leishman and overnight co-leader and eventual champ Justin Thomas.

After kicking off in 70-74-68, the 29-year-old began T10 on 4-under, five shy of Thomas. Playing out of the fourth-to-last threesome, he hit 12 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, posting 1.786 putts per GIR. The California native squared four bogeys at holes 4, 7, 11 and 14, slightly outpaced by five circles at 1, 3, 6, 12 and 18. This is his first top 10 of the season in three starts, with form of T43 (Safeway) and T32 (CIMB), and his first top 10 since T3 at The Greenbrier Classic 15 weeks and 10 starts ago. Overall, it's the Jupiter, Florida, resident's 11th top-10 finish in 122 career events (114 pro).
Oct 22 - 9:34 AM

World No. 65 Anirban Lahiri stalled out to a 2-over-par 35-39=74 in the final round of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, dropping two spots to T5 on 5-under 283, four shy of a two-man playoff involving Marc Leishman and overnight co-leader and eventual champ Justin Thomas.

This is the 30-year-old's second top 10 of the season in as many starts, joining a T10 at last week's CIMB. Overall, it's his seventh top-10 finish in 61 career TOUR starts, third straight dating to a T9 at the BMW Championship five weeks ago. After opening in 69-71-69, Lahiri began T3 on 7-under, two back of playing competitor Thomas. Playing out of the final threesome, he went out in blemish-free 1-under, circling the par-5 third, but came home 3-over, outbalancing a final birdie-4 at 12 with bogeys at 14 and 18 and double bogey-6 at 15. The Indian mustered eight (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, posting a dismal 2.067 putts per GIR. Tied for the lead with five holes remaining, he played those final five holes in 4-over.
Oct 22 - 7:41 AM

Second-round leader and World No. 138 Luke List navigated an even-par 35-37=72 in the final round of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES to conclude on 5-under 283, up three places to T5, four adrift of a two-man playoff involving Marc Leishman and 54-hole co-leader and eventual champ Justin Thomas.

After kicking off with 68-67, the 32-year-old led by one at the midpoint but a R3 76 knocked him off the pace and drops to 0-for-2 when leading/co-leading after 36 holes. Playing out of the third-to-last threesome, he began T8 on 5-under, four shy of Thomas. The Seattle, Washington, native peppered all 14 fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, recording a commercial 1.929 putts per GIR. He cancelled four birdies at Nos. 1, 3, 5 and 16 with four squares at 4, 7, 11 and 14. This is the Vanderbilt alum's first top 10 of the season in three starts, chasing T37 (Safeway) and T13 at the CIMB. Overall, it's his sixth top-10 finish in 96 career TOUR starts, first since T3 at the 2017 Houston Open 29 weeks ago.
Oct 22 - 7:27 AM

Overnight co-leader and World No. 125 Scott Brown coughed up a 4-over-par 40-36=76 in the final round of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, falling four spots to T5 on 5-under 283 and dropping to 1-for-4 when leading/co-leading after 54 holes.

After opening in 66-70-71, the 34-year-old began T1 with eventual champ Justin Thomas (72). Playing out of the final threesome with Thomas and Anirban Lahiri (74). he striped 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation, posting a pedestrian 1.917 putts per GIR. The Augusta, Georgia, native dropped out of the race with back-to-back double bogey-6s at holes 4 and 5, trading three birdies at 8, 15 and 16 with three squares at 7, 10 and 17 the rest of the way. This is his first top 10 of the season in three tries, with form of T62-T23-T5, and his fifth top 25 in his last eight starts. It's Brown's first top 10 since P2 at the 2017 Zurich (teamed w/ Kevin Kisner), and his first individual top 10 since T2 at the 2017 Genesis 35 weeks ago.
Oct 22 - 7:05 AM

World No. 20 Pat Perez twirled a day-low bogey-free 4-under-par 35-33=68 in the final round of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES for a 72-hole aggregate of 5-under 283, up 19 places to T5 and the only blemish-free lap in the finale.

This is Perez' second top 5 of the season in as many starts, chasing his win at last week's CIMB as 36- and 54-hole leader. He bumps one spot to a career-high 1st in the FedExCup standings, 34 points ahead of Brendan Steele, who was idle, and 42 points clear of this week's playoff winner Justin Thomas. After kicking off with 69-71-75, the 41-year-old began T24 on 1-under, three short of the overnight top 10. He carded four birdies at holes 1, 11, 12 and 16 on 10 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, registering 1.786 putts per GIR. Perez has three top 10s in his last five starts with his worst finish a 16th (of 30) at the TOUR Championship.
Oct 22 - 6:43 AM

World No. 205 Whee Kim carved out an even-par 35-37=72 in the final round of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES for a 72-hole tally of 6-under 282, up one spot to solo 4th, three swings short of a two-man playoff involving Marc Leishman and overnight co-leader and eventual champ Justin Thomas.

The 25-year-old was one of 17 Korean players in the 78-man field and the only top-10 finisher. It's his seventh top 10 in 80 career TOUR starts, first this season in three tries, chasing progressively better finishes of T54 (Safeway) and T39 at the CIMB. After opening in 68-70-72, the Seoul native began T5 on 6-under, three adrift of Thomas. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he landed 11 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, posting 1.846 putts per GIR. Kim cancelled six birdies at holes 1, 3, 8, 9, 14 and 18, with four squares at 2, 6, 7 and 17, and double bogey-6 at 10. This is his second top 10 in his last 12 starts, joining a career-best T2 at the 2017 FedEx St. Jude back in early-June.
Oct 22 - 6:15 AM

World No. 124 Cameron Smith enjoyed a 2-under-par 35-35=70 in the final round of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES to reach 8-under 280, up two places to solo 3rd, one shot short of a two-man playoff involving countryman Marc Leishman and overnight co-leader and eventual champ Justin Thomas.

This is the 24-year-old's second career top-3 finish in 65 career TOUR starts, joining his playoff win at the 2017 Zurich Classic teamed with Jonas Blixt. Overall, it's his eighth career top 10, second straight after opening the season with T5 at last week's CIMB. In the Aussie's last nine events, he has four top-12 finishes and five missed cuts, a bit feast-or-famine, but has form of T12-T5-3. After kicking off in 69-68-73, the Jacksonville, Florida, resident began T5 on 6-under, three short of Thomas. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he hit 12 (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, posting 1.800 putts per GIR. Smith squared bogey-5s at Nos. 4 and 10, outpaced by four circles at 3, 5, 11 and 12, concluding with six straight pars.
Oct 22 - 5:44 AM

Making his first start of the season, World No. 16 Marc Leishman fashioned a 2-under-par 36-34=70 in the final round of THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES to match overnight co-leader Justin Thomas on 9-under 279, and then lost to Thomas' birdie on the second playing of the par-5 18th in extra time, dropping his record to 0-2 in playoffs.

After opening in 66-72-71, the 33-year-old began T3 on 7-under, two shy of Thomas. Playing out of the penultimate threesome, he found 11 (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, recording 1.700 putts per GIR, No. 1 in the latter with a cumulative 1.706. The Aussie, who celebrates his birthday on Oct. 24th, circled six at holes 1, 2, 9, 12, 14 and 18, taking some luster off with four squares at 5, 7, 8 and 17. In sudden death, the duo matched pars (after errant tee shots) but Leishman would drink his second in the sequel and Thomas walked through the door. This is his fifth runner-up in 225 career events, first since a playoff loss at the 2015 Open. In his last four starts, the Virginia Beach, Virginia, resident has three top-3 finishes, highlighted by his third TOUR title at the BMW Championship.
Oct 22 - 5:06 AM

First-round leader and third-round co-leader Justin Thomas tacked on an even-par 37-35=72 in the final round of the inaugural CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES to match Marc Leishman (70) on 9-under 279, and then defeated him with birdie on the second playing of the par-5 18th in sudden death, improving to 5-for-7 converting as 54-hole leader/co-leader.

The World No. 4 and pre-tourney fave outright (15/2), bags his seventh TOUR title in 96 career events (92 pro), first in extra time. It's his first win of the season in his second start after T17 as defender at last week's CIMB. The 24-year-old is just the seventh fave/co-fave in the last 96 TOUR events to go on to win. After kicking off in 63-74-70, he began T1 with playing competitor Scott Brown (76), two clear of Leishman (one group ahead). The reigning FedExCup champ found nine (of 14) fairways and 14 GIR, posting 1.857 putts per GIR. He played his first eight in birdie-less 2-over, eating double bogey-7 at 3, but got back on track with a hat-trick of circles at 9-11. Thomas squared 13 and 17 before a 2-putt birdie at 18 secured the playoff. After halving the first playing with pars, Leishman would find water with his second and Thomas claimed the trophy with a stress-free 4. In his last seven starts, the Kentuckian has five top 10s, including a runner-up and three wins.
Oct 22 - 4:42 AM



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