08 Nov 2021 | Professional golf |

Aussies on Tour: Trio of top tens in Europe

by Dane Heverin

Whitney Hillier, Min Woo Lee and Steph Kyriacou all recorded top ten finishes this week.
Whitney Hillier, Min Woo Lee and Steph Kyriacou all recorded top ten finishes this week.

Whitney Hillier, Steph Kyriacou and Min Woo Lee all recorded top ten finishes on their respective European tours this week to add to their already impressive results in 2021.

Hillier (T5) and Kyriacou (T9) tackled the heat of Saudi Arabia in their strong showings at the Ladies European Tour’s Aramco Saudi Ladies International.

West Australian Hillier did not drop a shot on the back nine all week as she charged home each day to secure her place towards the top of the leaderboard.

Following that pattern proved effective in her final round of 67 where she took her chances with the flat stick and clinched her first top five finish on the Ladies European Tour since 2019 with a birdie at the last.

Kyriacou ran hot across the weekend to storm into the top ten and boost her chances of finishing in the top three of The Race to Costa del Sol - the Ladies European Tour’s order of merit standings.

The Sydneysider matched winner Lydia Ko’s round of the day with a bogey free seven-under round of 65 that was highlighted by an eagle at the par-5 9th.

Australia’s highest ranked golfer Minjee Lee also joined Hillier and Kyriacou in the Saudi desert this week and she put together a steady week to finish in a share of 17th.

In Portugal, her little brother Min Woo Lee (8th) jumped into the top ten at the European Tour’s Portugal Masters with a five-under par final round of 67.

It was the West Australian’s best round of the week and it puts him into sixth place in the lucrative Race to Dubai rankings with one event remaining before the season finale.

On the PGA Tour, Matt Jones and last week’s Butterfield Bermuda Championship winner, Lucas Herbert, both missed the cut at the Worldwide Technology Championship in Mexico.

Herbert was placed in the marquee grouping for the first two rounds alongside eventual winner Viktor Hovland, and Patrick Reed, but a four-over par opening round of 75 hindered his chances of progressing to the weekend.

Elsewhere, Harrison Endycott (T86) was the best of the Australians at the Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying School Finals and Blake Windred ended his year in Europe with a T33 finish at the Rolex Challenge Tour Grand Final in Spain.


European Tour

Portugal Masters

Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura, Portugal

Winner Thomas Pieters 68-64-65-68-265 €237,810

8 Min Woo Lee 68-68-71-66-273 €30,879.85

MC Scott Hend 75-77-152

PGA Tour

World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba

El Camaleon Golf Club, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Winner Viktor Hovland 67-65-62-67-261

MC Matt Jones 70-70-140

MC Lucas Herbert 75-68-143

Ladies European Tour

Aramco Saudi Ladies International

Royal Greens Golf and Country Club, Saudi Arabia

Winner Lydia Ko 67-70-63-65-265 €129,680.70

T5 Whitney Hillier 70-69-70-67-276 €28,962.03

T9 Stephanie Kyriacou 73-72-68-65-278 €19,452.11

T17 Minjee Lee 73-68-71-70-282 €14,048.75

63 Amy Walsh 72-75-81-76-304 €2,334.25

Korn Ferry Tour

Qualifying School Finals

The Landings Club (Marshwood Cse), Savannah, Georgia

Winner Zack Fischer 67-67-65-199

T86 Harrison Endycott 67-75-73-215

T122 Jason Scrivener 71-76-73-220

T143 Justin Warren 77-79-70

Challenge Tour

Rolex Challenge Tour Grand Final supported by The R&A

T-Golf & Country Club, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain

Winner Marcus Helligkilde 69-67-68-72-276 €78,000

T33 Blake Windred 71-71-76-70-288 €3,200

Legends Tour

Sergio Melpignano Senior Italian Open

San Domenico Golf, Italy

Winner Stephen Dodd 66-71-62-68-267 €333,836.01

T28 Peter Fowler 67-70-73-71-281 €17,975.13

T53 David McKenzie 68-77-69-73-287 €7,7521.51

T64 Robert Allenby 67-75-76-71-289 €4,546.90

Japan Golf Tour

Mynavi ABC Championship

ABC Golf Club, Hyogo

Winner Yosuke Asaji 69-67-68-68-272 ¥30,000,000

60 Todd Sinnott 73-69-71-76-289 ¥346,500

MC David Brandson 75-70-145

MC Dylan Perry 71-74-145

MC Anthony Quayle 72-75-147

Champions Tour

Timbertech Championship

The Old Course at Broken Sound, Boca Raton, Florida

Winner Steven Alker 68-63-68-199

22 Rod Pampling 71-70-71-212

T36 Stephen Leaney 76-68-74-218

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