17 Aug 2020 | Professional golf |
Aussies On Tour: Aug 17
by Golf Australia
Rod Pampling hit "the big 50" late last year which gave him eligibility to play on the PGA Champions Tour, and the Queenslander is not about to miss his chance to make a mark.
Pampling closed with the low round of the day at Firestone Country Club, a 66, to jump into a top-five finish in the Senior Players Championship, a major, ending up just five shots back from the winner, American Jerry Kelly.
It is Pampling’s fourth top-10 finish in his first six starts on the veterans’ tour and he is surely not far away from a win.
He stands out as the #AussieOfTheWeek on the golf tours of the world.
Meanwhile six Australians have qualified for the playoffs on the United States PGA Tour by finishing inside the top 125 on the Fedex Cup points list across the 2019-20 season.
They are Marc Leishman, Adam Scott and Cameron Smith (who have all won tournaments this season), Jason Day, Matt Jones and Cameron Davis. They will tee it up in the first of the playoff events, the Northern Trust, in Boston this week trying to become the first Aussie to win the Fedex Cup.
For the 25-year-old Sydney product Davis, it is a first-ever appearance in the playoffs, and he celebrated with a T15 performance at the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina that was notable for a trio of 65s to finish.
Davis, the 2017 Australian Open champion, began his tournament with consecutive double bogeys after hitting water balls at Greensboro Country Club. But he refused to yield, and he shot 18-under par for the remainder of the tournament.
Perth’s Hannah Green and Minjee Lee both warmed up for this week’s Women’s British Open by finishing in the mix at the Ladies’ Scottish Open in North Berwick, locked together in a tie for 16th behind American Stacy Lewis.
Green birdied the opening three holes of the final round and jumped on to the leaderboard before fading on the back nine, but her performance was encouraging given a five-month absence from tournament golf.
Meanwhile Lee began the final round five shots back from the lead and with a chance, before a disappointing back nine undid her.
The Women’s British Open is this week at Royal Troon.
Senior Players Championship
Firestone Country Club, Ohio
Won by Jerry Kelly at -3 by two shots
T5 – Rod Pampling, +2, 68-73-75-66 T16 – Stephen Leaney, +7, 76-76-66-69 T48 – David McKenzie, +15, 75-71-76-73
Sedgefield Country Club, North Carolina
Won by Jim Herman at -21 by one shot
T15 – Cameron Davis, -14, 71-65-65-65 T37 – Matt Jones, -8, 68-67-72-65 MC – Aaron Baddeley, 73-70 MC – Greg Chalmers, 70-73 MC – John Senden, 73-71 MC – Rhein Gibson, 74-73 WD – Cameron Percy, 71-WD
Ladies' Scottish Open (co-sanctioned with Ladies European Tour)
Renaissance Club, North Berwisk
Won by Stacy Lewis at -5 in a playoff
T16 – Hannah Green, E, 72 -72 -70-70 T16 – Minjee Lee, E, 68-73-70-73 T39 – Katherine Kirk, +5, 72-73-73-71 MC – Sarah Kemp, 76-73 MC – Su Oh, 73-76 MC – Whitney Hillier, 75-77 MC – Steph Kyriacou, 78-76 MC – Sarah Jane Smith, 77-79
Celtic Manor, Wales
Won by Sam Horsfield at -18 by two shots
T14 – Jake McLeod, -11, 65-69-69-70 T14 – Jason Scrivener, -11, 69-69-65-70 T31 - Maverick Antcliff, -8, 68-71-70-67 T39 – Scott Hend, -7, 75-65-68-69 72 – Min Woo Lee, +3, 68-71-71-76 MC – Zach Murray, 79-87
Longbow Golf Club, Indiana
Won by Sarah White at -15 by one shot
T11 – Robyn Choi, -7, 70-70-69 T18 – Hira Naveed, -6, 73-70-67 MC – Steph Na, 74-71 MC – Julienne Soo, 75-72
KORN FERRY TOUR
Hillcrest Country Club, Indiana
Won by Stephan Jaegar at -22 by two shots
T48 – Harrison Endycott, -9, 70-68-72-65 MC – Curtis Luck, 73-66 MC – Ryan Ruffels, 69-70 MC – Bret Coletta, 70-72 MC – Brett Drewitt, 70-73
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