07 Jun 2021 | Professional golf |
Aussies On Tour: June 7
by PGA of Australia
The Aussie assault never materialised but it was another drama-filled chapter of golf history written at the US Women’s Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.
Entering the final round well off the pace, the only two Australians to make the cut both posted rounds of 4-over 75 as Minjee Lee and Hannah Green finished tied for 54th and tied for 62nd respectively.
American Lexi Thompson seemed destined to win the tournament she first played as a 12-year-old when she held a five-stroke lead late on the front nine but a double-bogey at 11 and further dropped shots at 14, 17 and 18 meant that the 26-year-old missed out on the playoff altogether.
That was left to Yuka Saso and Nasa Hataoka to contest and it was Filipino Saso who clinched her maiden Major championship, the 19-year-old winning on the third playoff hole and thus becoming the first player from the Philippines to win a golf Major.
Bogeys at the second and sixth holes saw Minjee Lee make the turn at 2-over but after a birdie at the par-4 12th had back-to-back bogeys at 13 and 14 quelled any sense of a late surge up the leaderboard.
The exacting nature of The Olympic Club’s Lake Course made birdies difficult to come by for Green on the final day as she hit seven of 14 fairways and 10 of 18 greens in her round of 4-over 75.
There were a host of top-20 finishes from Australians elsewhere around the globe this week.
Adam Scott tuned up for next week’s US Open with a strong showing at the Memorial Tournament to be tied for 16th, Lucas Herbert registering his best result in a PGA TOUR event as he finished T18th at Muirfield Village.
Stephanie Kyriacou continued her promising start to her second season on the Ladies European Tour with a tie for 15th at the Jabra Ladies Open in France and Anthony Quayle enjoyed his best result on the Japan Golf Tour since December 2019 courtesy of a tie for 13th at the JGTC Mori Building Cup in Ibaraki.
It was a disappointing final day for Rod Pampling at the Champions Tour’s Principal Charity Classic in Iowa, falling from a share of second to a tie for 15th with a final round of 3-over 75.
On the European Tour, Maverick Antcliff and Englishman Matthew Southgate will both be vying for a maiden title on Monday after taking a share of the lead after two rounds at the Porsche European Open. Read more.
U.S. Women's Open
The Olympic Club (Lake Course), San Francisco, California T35 Lydia Ko 71-75-76-72—294 $US29,074 T54 Minjee Lee 73-73-77-75—298 $12,540 T62 Hannah Green 73-75-78-75—301 $11,430 MC Sarah Jane Smith 78-74—152 MC Emily Mahar (a) 77-75—152
The Memorial Tournament Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, Ohio T16 Adam Scott 74-68-71-73—286 $US155,775 T18 Lucas Herbert 71-69-71-76—287 $110,670 T57 Marc Leishman 69-75-75-76—295 $21,111 MC Cameron Smith 73-74—147 MC Matt Jones 76-73—149 MC Cam Davis 77-76—153 MC Danny Lee 80-75—155
Japan Golf Tour
JGTC Mori Building Cup Shishido Hills Country Club (West Cse), Ibaraki T13 Anthony Quayle 73-67-69-73—282 ¥2,820,000 T26 Andrew Evans 72-71-68-74—285 ¥1,170,000 T38 Dylan Perry 73-74-71-70—288 ¥795,000 T44 Brad Kennedy 71-75-72-72—290 ¥570,000 64 David Bransdon 73-72-85-80—310 ¥337,500 MC Michael Hendry 71-78—149 MC Adam Bland 73-80—153 MC Matthew Griffin 74-79—153 MC Scott Strange 75-78—153 MC Todd Sinnott 76-85—161
D+D REAL Czech Challenge Golf & Spa Kunětická Hora, Dříteč, Czech Republic T24 Daniel Hillier 71-69-70-69—279 €1,800 T50 Blake Windred 70-69-75-72—286 €806
Ladies European Tour
Jabra Ladies Open Evian Resort Golf Club, Evian-les-Bains, France T15 Stephanie Kyriacou 76-72-68—216 €3,400 T23 Whitney Hillier 70-76-72—218 €2,560
Korn Ferry Tour
REX Hospital Open TPC at Wakefield Plantation, Raleigh, North Carolina T30 Cameron Percy 67-68-70-68—273 $US4,066 T55 Jamie Arnold 68-70-71-68—277 $2,698 MC Nick Voke 66-73—139 MC Harrison Endycott 71-69—140 MC Rhein Gibson 69-72—141 MC Brett Coletta 71-73—144 MC Curtis Luck 71-76—147 MC Ryan Ruffels 72-79—151
Principal Charity Classic Wakonda Club, Des Moines, Iowa T15 Rod Pampling 67-67-75—209 $US30,525 T28 Stephen Leaney 70-72-71—213 $13,443 T67 David McKenzie 72-72-75—219 $1,813 73 John Senden 73-75-73—221 $1,295
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