Sunday, October 28, 2012

WEEKEND RECAP 10-28-2012

Nick Watney shot a great 61 to win Malaysia’s $6.1 million CIMB Classic and hold off charges by Tiger Woods and defending champion Bo Van Pelt on Sunday.

Watney, 31, became the second player in two days to flirt with a 59  at the par-71 Mines Resort and Golf Club, before bogeying the last.

But his 10-under-par round was enough for a thrilling one-shot win, while  Van Pelt botched a chance to force a play-off on the 18th  the same hole  where he also missed a 59 on Saturday.

Sweden's Peter Hanson won the BMW Masters on Sunday for his second European Tour victory of the year, shooting a 5-under 67 to hold off Ryder Cup teammate Rory McIlroy by a stroke.

Hanson finished at 21-under 267 and earned $1,166,600 in the European Tour's richest regular event. He won the KLM Open last month in the Netherlands and has six career tour victories.

Suzann Pettersen lifted her second trophy in as many weeks Sunday after a three-shot victory at the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship.

The world number seven braved strong winds and fired three-under-par 69 in her final round to snatch the win from South Korea's In-Bee Park, who had led by two overnight but had to settle for second.

David Frost won the AT&T Championship on Sunday, beating Bernhard Langer with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff after overcoming a six-stroke deficit in the final round.
Frost and Langer each shot 6-under 66 to finish at 8-under 208 on TPC San Antonio's Canyons Course.

Second-round leader Mark Calcavecchia had a 74 to finish two strokes back. He bogeyed four of the first 11 holes.

Justin Bolli closed with a 6-under 65 to win the Tour Championship on Sunday. He moved into the top 25 on the money list with the $180,000 first prize to earn a PGA Tour card for next year.

Bolli was at No. 44 on the money list coming into the final event at TPC Craig Ranch. He won by two shots over James Hahn, who closed with a 69. The top 25 on the money list earned PGA Tour cards, and Hahn was at No. 13, making him safe going into the last round. But his final hole determined the fate of two players.

Hahn's birdie to finish alone in second meant Jim Herman finished 25th on the money list. Had Hahn made par, Adam Hadwin would have claimed the last PGA Tour card.

Padraig Harrington is a winner for the first time in two years, even if the PGA Grand Slam of Golf was only an exhibition.

Four days after Harrington agreed to fill in for British Open champion Ernie Els, he ran off three straight birdies early on the back nine and closed with a 4-under 67 Wednesday for a one-shot win over U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson at Port Royal.

His last official win was the Johor Open on the Asian Tour in late 2010.

John Daly has a chance to be fully exempt and set his own schedule next year for the first time since 2006.

Daly is No. 88 on the European Tour money list, courtesy of a fourth-place finish in Qatar, along with his tie for 11th in the Sicilian Open and tie for 18th in PGA Championship at Kiawah Island. He is about $226,336 short of the cutoff to qualify for the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, which makes this next month important.

He is playing in Shanghai this week at the BMW Masters, which has a $7 million purse and no cut. Then, he plans to play in Singapore and Hong Kong to try to crack the top 60 and get to Dubai, which would be his 13th event in Europe.

The top 118 on the money list get a card. Daly has been playing out of a lower status as a past major champion.

Tiger Woods is expected to get a $2 million appearance fee and Rory McIlroy $1 million for their one-day exhibition match Monday in Zhengzhou, China.
The top-ranked McIlroy and Woods, a 14-time major winner, will play their first head-to-head match in an event without other competitors at Lake Jinsha International Golf Club.

The 18-hole medal-match has been dubbed the ''Duel at Lake Jinsha.''

McIlroy finished second Sunday in the BMW Masters in Shanghai, while Woods tied for fourth in the $6.1 million CIMB Classic in Malaysia.


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