02 Aug 2021 | Professional golf |

Aussies on Tour: Kemp, Windred lead way at World Invitational

by PGA of Australia

Sarah Kemp tees off during the ISPS Handa World Invitational.
Sarah Kemp tees off during the ISPS Handa World Invitational.

By Tony Webeck

Sarah Kemp is on course to record a career-best finish on the LPGA Tour money list following her third top-10 finish of the year at the ISPS HANDA World Invitational in Ireland.

In a true celebration of golf’s diversity, the LPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour, European Tour and European Disabled Golf Association had players competing across Galgorm and Massereene golf clubs for four days.

Thailand’s Pajaree Anannarukarn defeated American Emma Talley in a playoff to claim the women’s event, Englishman Daniel Gavins was a two-stroke winner in the men’s event and Irishman Brendan Lawlor is set to go top of the World Ranking for Golfers with a Disability after his win in the World Disability Invitational.

Top-20 a week ago at the Aumundi Evian Championship, Kemp’s tie for eighth in Ireland adds to two top-five finishes earlier in the year and moves her to 47th on the Race to CME Globe moneylist and destined to improve significantly on her best previous finish of 86th in 2019.

Having enjoyed an early share of the lead after an opening round of 4-under 68 Su Oh was just one shot back of Kemp in a tie for 11th with Stephanie Kyriacou the other Australian to make the cut in a tie for 34th.

Kiwi Daniel Hillier’s tie for third in the men’s event represents his best finish on a major tour with Newcastle’s Blake Windred continuing his strong European season to end the week just outside the top-20.

Currently 31st on the Challenge Tour moneylist, Windred used a third round of 6-under 64 to get within reach of the top 10 at the start of the final round but bogeys at two of his final three holes saw him fall to a tie for 22nd with a closing 1-over 71.

Queensland’s Maverick Antcliff produced a strong weekend to fiish one shot back of Windred in a tie for 26th with Dimi Papadatos falling just short of making the 54-hole cut-off.

Cameron Smith had the weight of a nation on his shoulders entering the final day of the men’s Olympic golf competition, producing a brilliant final round of 5-under 66 to miss the seven-man playoff for the bronze medal by just a single stroke.

Marc Leishman ended the week with a round of 2-under 69 to earn a share of 51st position.

In the tour senior events played this week David McKenzie was tied for fourth in England at the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship while amateur Sue Wooster made the cut and finished tied for 47th at the US Senior Women’s Open won by Annika Sorenstam.

Results

European Tour

ISPS HANDA World Invitational presented by Modest! Golf Management

Galgorm Castle & Massereene, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland

Winner Daniel Gavins    71-65-66-65—267         €191,640

T22      Blake Windred  69-70-64-71—274         €13,176

T26      Maverick Antcliff 68-70-68-69—275         €11,831

T53      Dimitrios Papadatos      69-68-72—230  €4,845

MC       Austin Bautista 72-69—141

MC       Bryden Macpherson      71-71—142

MC       Jake McLeod     76-70—146

MC       Scott Hend        71-76—147

MC       Deyen Lawson  72-77—149

WD      Elvis Smylie

LPGA Tour

ISPS HANDA World Invitational presented by Modest! Golf Management

Galgorm Castle & Massereene, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland

Winner Pajaree Anannarukarn   70-69-66-70—275         $US225,000

T8        Sarah Kemp      70-71-69-70—280         $32,046

T11      Su Oh   68-72-69-72—281         $25,088

T34      Stephanie Kyriacou       70-72-72-73—287         $9,149

MC       Whitney Hillier  74-73—147

MC       Sarah Jane Smith           75-74—149

Olympic Games

Men’s Golf Competition

Kasumigaseki Country Club, Saitama, Japan

Winner Xander Schauffele         68-63-68-67—266

T10      Cameron Smith 71-67-66-66—270

T51      Marc Leishman 70-71-72-69—282

Japan Ladies Golf Tour

Rakuten Super Ladies

Tokyu Grand Oak GC, Hyogo

Winner Yuri Yoshida      65-67-66—198  ¥14.4m

T15      Karis Davidson  66-68-72—206  ¥848,000

Women’s All Pro Tour

Babe Zaharias Open

Beaumont Country Club, Beaumont, Texas

Winner Kaitlyn Papp     68-71-65-69—273         $US8,000

9          Grace Kim (a)    73-68-72-70—283         ------

LET Access Series

Big Green Egg Swedish Match Play Championship

Johannesberg Golf Club, Sweden

Winner Sofie Bringner   66        €6,400

T40      Kristalle Blum   77        €418

Legends Tour

Staysure PGA Seniors Championship

Formby Golf Club and Formby Ladies Golf Club, England

Winner Paul Broadhurst 72-72-68-69—281         €65,250

T4        David McKenzie 70-68-76-69—283         €21,423

15        Peter Fowler     76-69-77-67—289         €7,699

US Senior Women’s Open

Brooklawn Country Club, Fairfield, Connecticut

Winner Annika Sorenstam         67-69-72-68—276

T47      Sue Wooster (a)            74-78-74-78—304

MC       Jan Stephenson 78-80—158

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