Rookie Im Rocks At Valspar!
In just his first year on the PGA Tour as a rookie, South Korea’s Sungjae Im (pictured) came in fourth at the 2019 Valspar Championship.
He held his own against the game’s greats like Dustin Johnson and other regulars. Im was tied for fourth at 5-under par with Bubba Watson.
The eventual winner of the tournament was England’s Paul ‘Alley Oop’ Casey – the defending champion. His winning score was 8-under par.Read More
Scottie Wins In Malaysia
Veteran Australian golfer Scott Hend (pictured) sent another US$500,000 to his bank account when he claimed the 2019 Maybank Championship.
This was Hend’s third European Tour title and he beat Spain’s Nacho Elvira in a play-off following a remarkable finish at the US$3 million dollar event, Southeast Asia’s richest national golf tournament.
Play was suspended in the final round in Kuala Lumpur with the last group on the 18th green when a thunderstorm hit Saujana Golf and Country Club.
When play resumed Elvira holed his putt for an unlikely birdie to join Hend on 15 under par.
Hend was left with a putt to win from a similar distance but could not convert and the two players went into a sudden-death play-off to decide the winner.
When the pair returned to the par-five 18th, Hend enjoyed a slice of luck when his drive hit the base of a tree and rebounded back into the fairway.
Elvira found a bunker off the tee and after laying up, hit a mediocre approach and was unable to make birdie, but Hend got up and down from a greenside bunker to seal an eventful victory.
Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond finished third on his own at 13-under par and four-time major winner Ernie Els came home tied 7th.Read More
Faldo Discovers A New Star!
When a member of the fairer sex takes down a guy in the final round of a major international amateur golf tournament, the golf world needs to sit up and pay attention!
This is exactly what happened at the 13th Faldo Series Asia Grand Final when rising Chinese Taipei teenage star Chang Hsin-chiao (the lady) took down the top-ranked Chen Ting-Yu (the guy) in a nail-biting sudden-death play-off to claim the most notable victory of what many are predicting will be a glittering golfing career.
“I was so nervous,” admitted the 16-year-old who was doused in water and had a large bucket of ice poured over her by members of the Chinese Taipei contingent as she departed the 18th green.
It was the second successive triumph for a female in the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, following the success of Japan’s Suzuka Yamaguchi in 2018. Given that it was achieved after an epic head-to-head duel with one of the region’s leading male amateurs made Chang’s triumph all the more remarkable.
Tournament host Sir Nick Faldo (pictured presenting the prize), said: “What an exciting finish and what an outstanding performance from Hsin-chiao. There can’t be many amateur sports where you have a boy and girl facing off like that on equal terms. I think it’s fantastic that golf is able to do that.”
Watch out for the Seoul-based 16-year old where she is undergoing a strict golf training programme. She is a star in the making!Read More