28 Feb 2022 | Professional golf |
Aussies on Tour: Pampling top-10 on Champions Tour
by PGA of Australia
By Tony Webeck
Queensland’s Rod Pampling has dusted off the rust to log his first top-10 finish of the Champions Tour season at the Cologuard Classic in Arizona.
Outside the top 25 in each of his first two starts for 2022, Pampling’s bogey-free five-under 67 set him on a path to contend for a second Champions Tour title inside 12 months but was unable to keep pace with Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez over the final two rounds.
Jimenez recorded a hole-in-one in both his first and third rounds to record a four-stroke win, Pampling nine shots back of the winner in a share of sixth place to be the best performed Aussie on tour this week.
Currently second on the ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit, Andrew Dodt was the top Australian at the Royal’s Cup on the Asian Tour, a closing 68 in Thailand earning the Queenslander a share of 23rd position, one shot clear of New South Welshman Travis Smyth (69) who was tied for 32nd.
It was a disappointing title defence for Matt Jones at The Honda Classic as he failed to progress to the weekend while after shooting 64 in round one Blake Windred faded to finish tied for 57th at the Challenge Tour’s Jonsson Workwear Open in South Africa.
PGA TOUR The Honda Classic PGA National (Champion Cse), Palm Beach Gardens, Florida Winner Sepp Straka 71-64-69-66—270 $US1.44m T55 Brett Drewitt 74-68-75-68—285 $18,160 MC Lucas Herbert 72-71—143 MC Matt Jones 73-74—147
Asian Tour Royal’s Cup Grand Prix Golf Club, Kanchanaburi, Thailand Winner Chan Shih-chang 64-66-67-68—265 $US72,000 T23 Andrew Dodt 73-66-70-68—277 $3,648 T32 Travis Smyth 70-70-69-69—278 $2,920 MC Ben Campbell 71-71—14 MC Jake Higginbottom 73-70—143 MC Todd Sinnott 71-73—144 MC Cory Crawford 73-71—144 MC Kevin Yuan 73-71—144 MC Josh Younger 72-73—145 MC Scott Strange 73-73—146 MC Daniel Fox 74-72—146 MC Scott Hend 73-74—147 MC Ben Eccles 75-72—147 MC Will Heffernan 77-75—152
Challenge Tour Jonsson Workwear Open Durban Country Club, Durban, South Africa Winner JC Ritchie 61-63-65-71—260 €35,369 T57 Blake Windred 64-73-72-71—280 €1,048 MC Daniel Hillier 69-71—140
Champions Tour Cologuard Classic Omni Tucson National, Tucson, Arizona Winner Miguel Ángel Jiménez 66-67-65—198 T6 Rod Pampling 67-70-70—207 T20 Steven Alker 70-69-72—211 T29 Stuart Appleby 70-73-70—213 T43 Stephen Leaney 71-72-73—216 T54 Robert Allenby 74-72-73—219 T64 John Senden 75-75-71—221
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