28 Mar 2022 | Professional golf |
Aussies on Tour: Percy's helping hand in top-five finish
by PGA of Australia
By Tony Webeck
Cameron Percy has flirted with a maiden PGA TOUR title on his way to his best finish in more than a decade at the Corales Puntacana Championship in the Dominican Republic.
Starting the final round tied for fourth, an eagle from deep at the par-5 seventh gave the 47-year-old Victorian a share of the lead and the prospect of improving on his tie for second at the 2010 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
A bogey at the 10th was a setback and despite a late birdie at the par-4 16th Percy was unable to keep pace with eventual champion Chad Ramey, shooting five-under 67 to earn a share of fourth just two shots from the winner.
Headed for an eye operation when he returns home, Percy credited an impromptu putting lesson with roommate for the week, Greg Chalmers, for his strong showing on Sunday.
“I’m rooming with Greg Chalmers and he gave me a putting lesson in the room last night and I putted fantastic,” said Percy, who was tied for eighth at Puntacana two years ago.
“My tempo was all off. It was a blast thing you put on your putter. We hit some putts with that and I was all over the place.
“He goes, ‘No, you’ve got to be two-to-one.’ Hit putts for about 45 minutes and it ran out of battery and it was way better today, so it was good.
“At the start of the week if you said I was going to come fourth, I think I’ll take and not play, but played really nicely today.”
It was a solid week too for Chalmers who shot 70 in the final round to earn a tie for 28th but Aaron Baddeley and Brett Drewitt both missed the cut.
Adam Scott was the lone Aussie to make it out of the group stage at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club in Texas.
Scott fell to eventual runner-up Kevin Kisner 1 down in the Round of 16, Lucas Herbert failing to advance after losing a playoff to Japan’s Takumi Kanaya following wins over Tony Finau and Xander Schauffele.
Queensland’s Sarah Jane Smith displayed her class to earn a share of second at the Epson Tour’s IOA Championship with Minjee Lee’s tie for 23rd the best of the Aussies at the JTBC Classic on the LPGA Tour, 19-year-old Atthaya Thitikul snaring her first LPGA Tour title in a playoff.
Travis Smyth made a Sunday charge on his way to a top-10 finish at the Asian Tour’s The DGC Open at Delhi Golf Club and Wade Ormsby’s tie for 12th led the Australian charge at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters on the DP World Tour.
WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Austin Country Club, Austin, Texas Final Scottie Scheffler def. Kevin Kisner 4&3
Round of 16 Kevin Kisner def. Adam Scott 1 up
Round 3 results Min Woo Lee tied Tom Hoge Adam Scott def. Jordan Spieth 3&2 Marc Leishman def. Luke List 3&2 Takumi Kanaya def. Lucas Herbert 5&4
Round 2 results Lucas Herbert def. Xander Schauffele 1 up Min Woo Lee def. Thomas Pieters 1 up Adam Scott tied Keegan Bradley Justin Thomas def. Marc Leishman 5&4
Round 1 results Lucas Herbert def. Tony Finau 4&3 Adam Scott def. Justin Rose 2 up Kevin Kisner def. Marc Leishman 4&3 Billy Horschel def. Min Woo Lee 3&2
PGA TOUR Corales Puntacana Championship Corales Golf Course, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Winner Chad Ramey 70-65-69-67—271 $US666,000 T4 Cameron Percy 71-68-67-67—273 $166,500 T28 Greg Chalmers 73-69-69-70—281 $23,749 MC Aaron Baddeley 75-69—144 MC Brett Drewitt 73-72—145
DP World Tour Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Doha GC, Doha, Qatar Winner Ewen Ferguson 67-71-73-70—281 €308,344 T12 Wade Ormsby 68-72-73-72—285 €25,836 T27 Jason Scrivener 72-72-69-74—287 €15,870 MC Scott Hend 77-69—146 MC Maverick Antcliff 77-70—147
LPGA Tour JTBC Classic Aviara Golf Club, Carlsbad, California Winner Atthaya Thitikul 69-70-69-64—272 T23 Minjee Lee 69-71-70-71—281 T58 Hannah Green 73-69-74-70—286 T68 Katherine Kirk 71-73-72-72—288 T72 Stephanie Kyriacou 73-69-71-78—291 MC Sarah Kemp 76-73—149
Asian Tour The DGC Open Delhi Golf Club, Delhi, India Winner Nitithorn Thippong 68-70-70-73—281 $US90,000 T10 Travis Smyth 67-73-79-68—287 $8,240 T15 Kevin Yuan 71-75-72-70—288 $6,208 T28 Cory Crawford 72-74-72-76—294 $4,083 66 Blake Collyer 71-76-78-85—310 $1,300 MC Will Heffernan 78-72—150 MC Jack Munro 72-78—150 WD Ben Eccles 76
Korn Ferry Tour Lake Charles Championship Country Club at Golden Nugget, Lake Charles, Louisiana Winner Trevor Werbylo 70-69-64-63—266 $US135,000 Won on the third hole of sudden-death playoff T21 Curtis Luck 66-70-69-69—274 $6,312 T21 Ryan Ruffels 70-67-70-67—274 $6,312 T21 Rhein Gibson 66-71-71-66—274 $6,312 T41 Nick Voke 71-69-66-70—276 $3,488 MC Harrison Endycott 73-71—144 MC Steven Bowditch 73-74—147
Epson Tour IOA Championship Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon, Beaumont, California Winner Linnea Strom 71-67-67—205 T2 Sarah Jane Smith 69-70-69—208 T47 Amelia Garvey 72-71-73—216 T54 Robyn Choi 76-67-74—217 T64 Hira Naveed 70-74-76—220 MC Soo Jin Lee 76-71—147 MC Grace Kim 76-72—148 MC Gabriela Ruffels 73-76—149 MC Julienne Soo 76-74—150
PGA TOUR Latinoamerica Termas de Rio Hondo Invitational Rio Hondo GC, Rio Hondo, Argentina Winner Kevin Velo 66-67-64-73—270 MC Louis Dobbelaar 75-70—145 MC Denzel Ieremia 74-74—148 MC Tim Stewart 78-74—152
Challenge Tour SDC Open Zebula Golf Estate & Spa, Limpopo, South Africa Winner Clément Sordet 64-66-70-67—267 €35,935 T31 Deyen Lawson 69-65-73-71—278 €2,176 MC Daniel Hillier 77-75—152
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