“Old Bones” Mickelson Bags Another One!

If you thought that Phil Mickelson (48) was old, think again! For the world’s favourite “lefty” Mickelson, proved yet again that his demolition of Tiger Woods in the recent mana-o-mano duel was no fluke. He came back to Pebble Beach on day five of extended play to complete his 44th Tour victory and did so easily, finishing at 19-under par with a 65.

Winning for the fifth time at Pebble, he maintained the three-stroke lead he had taken over Paul Casey and Scott Stallings when play in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am was suspended because of darkness in the final round. Casey finished alone in second place, Stallings completed play Sunday. South Korea’s Si Woo Kim and Australia’s Jason Day were tied for 4th at 13-under par.

Although suspended play didn’t last six months, as it did for Mickelson at Pebble in 1998, that record is destined to stand as the “longest event in PGA history”. Mickelson won at the course for the first time in 1998 and the tournament was suspended for six months because of a several days of poor weather on the Monterey Peninsula. Play was suspended on Feb. 2 and resumed and ended on Aug. 17. Mickelson trailed Tom Watson and Tim Herron by one shot when play resumed and won with a 5-under 67.

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A New Record Is Set!

With the start of the Year Of The Pig, the Asia Pacific Golf Group (APGG) is proud to report that its Facebook “Likes” have gone past the 80,000 mark!

This is a major milestone and it augurs well as APGG primes itself to scale new heights over the next 12 months.

Thank you for all your support and we will strive to be driven by a continuous quest for excellence in covering the game of golf.

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Super Cool Johnson “Prince” For The Day!

American hot-shot Dustin Johnson (pictured) was crowned as the winner at the inaugural Saudi International after staving off a determined challenge from China’s Li Haotong.

The former world number one and currently ranked number three, pulled away from Li towards the later stages of the final round to win by a score of 19-under par, two strokes ahead of Li.

This was Johnson’s first major international win and he raked in the winner’s purse worth US$583,330 which does not include a tidy sum that he was paid to appear in the tournament.

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Dragon Boy Li Does Asia Proud

China’s Li Haotong (pictured) put up a gallant fight at the inaugural Saudi International that ended yesterday in the oil-rich nation of Saudi Arabia.

The 23-year old Chinese phenom was paired with former world number one and current reigning number three Dustin Johnson who went on to win the tournament.

Li finished second just two strokes behind Johnson at 17-under par and proved yet again that he is a player destined for the big time in professional golf. Since he broke onto the European Tour, Li has secured two wins and a second placing. Li’s second place earned him a pay-check for US$388,880, a real bonus for the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year!

Malaysia’s Gavin Green finished tied 11th and banked in a check for US$62,300.

The surprise of the tournament was 20-year old Min Woo Lee, the kid brother of LPGA star Min Jee Lee. The youngster, playing on a special invitation finished fourth on his own for a check for US$175,000, his first check as a professional golfer. Lee who is of South Korean descent just turned professional.

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Fowler Toughs It Out To Win!

For a moment, it looked like Rickie Fowler (pictured), the third-round leader at the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open, would lose out to the charging South African Branden Grace.

Fortunately for Fowler, two late birdies allowed him to hang on to a final score of 17-under par for a two-shot victory over Grace.

Fowler started the day with a four-shot advantage over Matt Kuchar. Instead, Fowler gave two shots back with a double bogey on No. 5. He appeared to settle in with four straight pars and a birdie before things fell apart on No. 11. His triple bogey gave Grace an opening to briefly take the lead before settling for second place.

But like the champion that he is, Fowler stuck out, regained his composure and went on to win.

Asians had a good outing at the tournament with new-comer, South Korea’s Sungjae Im tied for 7th at 11-under par. Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama wrapped up his campaign tied at 9-under par.

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Dragon Boy Li Is Ablaze In The Desert

China’s Li Haotong (pictured) was in full flight as he slam-dunked four eagles in the third round of the inaugural Saudi International being played in the oil-rich nation of Saudi Arabia.

Li’s blazing performance earned him a share of the lead with the world’s number three ranked golfer, Dustin Johnson on 16-under, five clear of the chasing pack.

The 23-year-old began his third round in perfect style when he holed out from the rough at the first for a stunning eagle-two. He did so again on the 10th and 17th holes before finishing off with a total of four eagles.

With this spectacular performance, Li became the first player to card four eagles in a single round on the European Tour since 2007.

In response to his four eagles, Li said: “I think I was very, very lucky today …… the last couple of shots were really solid.. I just want to play my best on Sunday and enjoy myself in the final round.” Li will be paired with Johnson in the final round.

Commenting on Li’s startling performance, Johnson said: “I’m going to have to play really good golf …. Li Haotong is a good player and he’s been playing well. Four eagles in a golf tournament is pretty good, but four in one round, I’d take that any day. I’ll just go out, play my game and not worry about what he’s doing, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Meanwhile Spaniard Sergio Garcia was disqualified for damaging the greens in frustration. “I respect the decision of my disqualification. In frustration, I damaged a couple of greens, for which I apologise for, and I have informed my fellow players it will never happen again, “ Garcia said.

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