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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Justin Thomas recovers with 64 to win CIMB Classic

PGA Tour CIMB Classic final leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html

Yesterday Anirban Lahiri was in control of this CIMB Classic, today after an 18 handicappers wild, wide right slice off the par 5 3rd tee, a thinned wedge and a missed 3 footer he took a quadruple 9 and his lead was gone.

Justin Thomas on the other hand came out all calm and composed, played like the defending champion and posted -8 64 for a three shot win at -23 win over Hideki Matsuyama (66) -20.

Lahiri fought hard for 72 and ended up -19 T3.

Adam Hadwin T21, 71 69 67 70 while David Hearn added a pair of 68's over the weekend to finish E T66.

Bryan Angus

Brooke Henderson finishes 8th as Minjee Lee wins Blue Bay LPGA

Blue Bay LPGA final leaderboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/blue-bay-lpga/results

Minjee Lee captured her third career win on the LPGA Tour on Sunday at the Blue Bay LPGA where the 20-year-old held off a charging Ariya Jutanugarn for her second win of the season. Lee carded a two-under par, 70 to win by one-stroke at -13, one ahead of Jessica Korda and two-strokes ahead of Jutanugarn.

Canada's Brooke Henderson who battled Lee all through her amateur career, posted scores of 69 75 70 71 -3 for an 8th place finish while Alena Sharp T37 +5 and Maude Aimee LeBlanc battled back from an opening 84 with rounds of 74 71 73.

You'll remember Lee held both the first and second round leads, which she extended to six-strokes heading into the weekend but yesterday she blew that lead as Korda came from seven-strokes back to catch her, putting the pair in a share of the 54-hole lead.

Jutanugarn and Lee stood on the final tee in a share of the lead at -12 with Korda trailing by one at -11. The Thai star drove her 3 wood into the water and made bogey, but Lee matched Korda's birdie for the win.

Lee also won the 2016 LOTTE Championship in Hawaii and the 2015 Kingsmill Championship

Next week the tour moves to Malaysia.

Bryan Angus
(notes from lpgatour.com)

Paddy Harrington returns to winners circle at Portugal Masters

European Tour Portugal Masters final leaderboard http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2016/tournamentid=2016082/leaderboard/index.html#/leaderboard

He can drive you crazy, heck he drives himself crazy, but this week all of his fidgeting, practice swings, agonizing over clubs were working and with rounds of 66 63 67 65 Paddy Harrington played the Victoria GC in 23 strokes under par, good for a one shot victory over a surging defending champion, Andy Sullivan (65) who was cheered all the way by Sully's Army, his mates who all took a week off work to enjoy the sun, surf and suds down in Vilamoura.

The three-time Major Championship winner's last triumph on Tour was his 2008 win at the US PGA Championship.
"I haven't won yet this year, so I know the year is nearly done, it's always important to get a win every year, a winning year, it's a big win. Portugal Masters is a big tournament. I've been coming here for ten years so I've always liked it down here. I've always liked coming down to Portugal.
"There's so many Irish people here. It always felt like a home away from home, so it's really nice to win the tournament

This was also the last tournament for players to get into the top 111 in the Race to Dubai playoffs. Two shots back at -21 were semi-retired Anders Hansen and Finn Mikko Korhonen - who secured his playing privileges after starting the week 116th on the Race to Dubai. Oli Fisher, Jason Scrivner, are also in while David Howell and Daniel Im also just secured their cards at 111 and 110.
Bryan Angus


Saturday, October 22, 2016

Minjee Lee blows 6 shot lead, caught by Korda at Blue Bay LPGA

LPGA Tour Blue Bay LPGA leaderboard

On Thursday and Friday Minjee Lee could do no wrong, but as is often the case, today in warm, calm conditions, she could do no right.

Standing on the first tee after rounds of 65 67, with a 6 shot lead over her nearest rival, the 20 year old Aussie star didn't know she was about to shoot a messy 73 to let the rest of the field back into the tournament, including American Jessica Korda who's 66 moved her to -11, T1 with Lee.

Lurking just 2 shots behind at -9 is 20 year old Thai star, Ariya Jutanugarn with the round of the day, a 65 as she looks for her sixth victory of the season. She leads the tour in victories and has caught and passed Lydia Ko in the player of the year points race.

Brooke Henderson who was in that race, continued her steady play as she birdied three of last five holes for a 70, -2 total good for T9.

Alena Sharp 73 72 76 +5 T41,  Maude Aimee LeBlanc 84 74 71 +13.

Bryan Angus

Anirban Lahiri in control of CIMB Classic after 3 rounds

PGA Tour CIMB Classic http://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html

Most golfers are notoriously streaky aren't they. Time and time again they go on runs where they are winning or in the top 10 for a few weeks before returning to the obscurity of the pack. Only the greats stay at the top for prolonged periods of time.

Anirban Lahiri finished second at the Asian Tour’s Macau Open last week and has brought that form with him to TPC Kuala Lumpur and after defending champion Justin Thomas started bogey, bogey, double bogey, the Indian star took over with 9 birdies on his way to 65 and a 4 shot -19 lead over Thomas heading into the final round.

Thomas to his credit finished with 5 straight birdies to recover with a -1 71 -15 total.

Scotland’s Russell Knox remains in contention with a 68, -15 T2 with Thomas. Derek Fathauer, James Hahn and Hideki Matsuyama are all -14.

Bryan Angus

Friday, October 21, 2016

Canadian women's scores at LPGA Tour school...updated

LPGA and Symetra Tour qualifying school leaderboard http://scoring.symetratour.com/public/QSLeaderboard.aspx#

Ten Canadians are among 210 competitors vying to punch their tickets to the third and final stage of LPGA Qualifying School from Oct. 20-23 at the Plantation Golf & Country Club.

Playing on the Bobcat and Panther courses, all athletes will compete in the 72-hole stroke-play event (with no cut) to earn one of the Top 80 slots (plus ties) to advance to the third stage at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla., from Dec. 1-4.

Round 3 is currently underway.

Canadians in the field:
  • Aram Choi, Surrey, B.C.  +12 80 77
  • Christina Foster, Toronto, Ontario  +8 76 76
  • Jennifer Ha, Calgary, Alberta   T5 -4 69 71
  • Sara-Maude Juneau, Quebec City, Qu├ębec  +2 74 72
  • Anna Kim, Richmond Hill, Ontario  +11 75 80
  • Taylor Kim, Surrey, B.C. T52 +8 73 79
  • Jennifer Kirby, Paris, Ontario  +9 80 73
  • Megan Osland, Kelowna, B.C. T20 E 72 72
  • Elizabeth Tong, Thornhill, Ontario  +8 76 76
  • Vivian Tsui, Markham, Ontario  +15 80 79

Players failing to advance to the final stage will receive 2017 Symetra Tour status depending on completion of 72 holes.

Asia takes center stage for CIMB Classic, Blue Bay LPGA

With one last blast of the summer of 2016 on Wednesday, we soaked up the sun and warm air as the Blue Jays finally succumbed to the stellar pitching and clutch hitting of the Cleveland Indians before clearing out their lockers, just in time for a cold wet front to move, perhaps appropriately, into the Golden Horseshoe signally the real start of fall.

The PGA and LPGA Tours like many of our snowbirds have also moved on to warmer climes, the men are in hot humid Malaysia for the CIMB Classic while the women are on the 4th leg of their Asia swing this time back in China on Hainan Island for the Blue Bay LPGA.

Here's what's happening after two rounds of both..

PGA Tour CIMB Classic leaderboard http://www.pgatour.com/leaderboard.html

Justin Thomas obviously loves this TPC Kuala Lumpur course, he won on it last year in a record -26, and after posting 14 strokes under par 64,66 he leads by 2 shots over Indian star Anirban Lahiri 66 66 -12 at the halfway stage.

Hideki Matsuyama, Russell Knox, and American James Hahn are T3 at -11.

Canadian scores: Adam Hadwin T34 71 69 -4, David Hearn 77th 79 73 +8. There is no cut for this 78 man field.

Next week the big boys are due to show up for the WGC HSBC Champions in the sprawling city of Shanghai in China

LPGA Tour Blue Bay LPGA leaderboard http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/blue-bay-lpga/leaderboard

There was some doubt as to whether the weather would allow a full event on Hainan Island after Typhoon Sarika hammered this South China Sea resort on Monday and Tuesday, but the grounds keeping crew did a remarkable job to get the course ready and play began on time in calm conditions on Thursday.

The wind finally blew in this afternoon and most scores rose with it, except for Australia's Minjee Lee who is running away from the field with scores of 65 67 -12, a full 6 shots ahead of Germany’s Caroline Masson 69 69 -6.

Lee is only 20, she was the world #1 amateur and the 2012 U.S. Girls’ Junior champion has two wins previously this year.

Canadian scores: Brooke Henderson T18 69 75 E, Alena Sharp 73 72 +1 T24, Maude Aimee LeBlanc 84 74 +14.

The Asian swing moves on next week to Malaysia then finally Japan.

Bryan Angus