“Rambo” Rahm Rams His Way To A Win!

Young Spaniard Jon Rahm (pictured) showed who was boss at the Tiger Woods hosted Hero World Challenge.

In a flurry to grab the lead in the final round of the tournament, Rahm turned on the heat to smother the 18-man field by romping home with a clear four-stroke lead.

In the process, he bagged a check for a cool US$1 million.

Playing in the balmy weather of the Bahamas, Rahm carded a seven-birdie, seven-under-par 65 after starting the day tied for the lead with Tony Finau and Henrik Stenson. He finished at 20-under 268.

American Finau (69) birdied the last to claim second place on 16 under, with Englishman Justin Rose (65) another shot back in third.

Swede Stenson faded with a 71 to finish six shots back in fourth place in the elite 18-man field.

Host Tiger finished second last.

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Belgium – New World Champs!

Belgium proved yet again that size does not matter! The small European nation pulled off a massive coup when Team Belgium, represented by Thomas Pieters and Thomas Detry (pictured) blew away some of the biggest and best powers in golf to snatch the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf in Melbourne Australia.

The team of Pieters and Detry romped home victorious with a three-shot victory over Australia and Mexico who were tied for second place.

The Belgians warded off a determined challenge from Australia’s Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith and Mexicans Abraham Ancer and Roberto Diaz.

The best performance from Asia came from the South Korean team of Byeonghun An and Siwoo Kim who ended up six shots back of Team Belgium following a battling 70 while India’s Anirban Lahiri and Gaganjeet Bhullar matched the day’s efforts of Team Korea to settle for a share of 10th place at the prestigious US$7 million event.

Team China’s Li Haotong and Wu Ashun closed with a 67 to take 13th place on 277 while Thai duo Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Prom Meesawat marked their best round of the week with a 66 to finish a further shot back in tied-14th.

Thomas Pieters and Thomas Detry each took home a winner’s prize purse of US$1,120,000 following their victory.

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Banner Day For Asian Teams Down Under!

Wow, for the second day, teams from Asia have put on a terrific show at the 2018 ISPS Handa World Cup Of Golf.

Inclement weather did not put off South Korea’s Byeong Hun An and Si Woo Kim from determinedly holding on to the second round lead which they share with Belgium’s T. Pieters and T. Detry. Both teams are locked in battle at 10-under par.

India’s Anirban Lahiri and Gaganjeet Bhullar (pictured) are in joint third place at 8-under par with Malaysia’s Gavin Green and Ben Leong.

The other Asian teams from Thailand, Japan and China continued struggling.

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Asian Teams Looking Good Down Under!

The pairing of two young South Koreans are in the pole position after the first round of the 2018 ISPS HANDA Melbourne World Cup Of Golf.

Byeonghun An and Si Woo Kim (pictured) lead after setting a scorching pace by posting a round of 62 for a total score of 10-under par.

Just one stroke back at 9-under par is the Malaysian team of Gavin Green and Ben Leong. Another stroke back is Anirban Lahiri and G. Bhullar from India at 7-under par.

The other teams from Asia are China, Japan and Thailand. A win for an Asian team this year will be the fourth in this tournament.

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ZOZO Is In – CIMB Is Out!

The PGA Tour has swung right back after news got out that the long-running CIMB Classic in Malaysia was being canned starting with the TOUR’s 2019 season.

In its place, the giant American professional tour has teamed up with Japan’s ZOZO, Inc. – which operates the largest Japanese online fashion website “ZOZOTOWN”.

At a special press announcement held in Tokyo this morning, a six-year agreement that establishes the first annual, official PGA TOUR tournament in Japan.

The ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP, which will be co-sanctioned by the Japan Golf Tour Organization (JGTO), is set to debut at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club the week of October 21, 2019, during the opening segment of the 2019-20 PGA TOUR FedExCup Season.

The ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP, with a Japan-record purse of US$9.75 million, will become part of the TOUR’s swing through Asia, joining THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES in Korea and World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in China. The CIMB Classic in Malaysia no longer will be on the PGA TOUR schedule, as CIMB is realigning its sponsorship with the TOUR.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the first annual, official PGA TOUR event to Japan through our partnership with ZOZO, Inc.,” said Ty Votaw, PGA TOUR Executive Vice President, International. Read the full report in the December edition of ASIAN GOLF.

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Ariya Crowned As LPGA’s “Queen”!

She joined the LPGA Tour in 2015 and since then, there’s been no stopping her meteoric rise to the absolute pinnacle of the women’s game.

Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn (pictured), aged 22 was crowned the LPGA’s winner of the Race To CME Globe for 2018. Besides landing the prestigious title, the Thai phenom also banked in a check for US$1 million! This is her second CME Globe title having first won it back in 2016.

Besides wrapping up the year in grand style, Ariya was also declared the LPGA’s Player of The Year for 2018 and she capped it with the LPGA Tour’s Money Winner for the year 2018. She had previously won both these titles back in 2016.

She is the first golfer, male or female, from Thailand to win a major championship.

(Photo credit: LPGA Tour)

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