Danny Lee matched it with one of the world’s best, all the way to the finish line of the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges. Lee lipped out a long-range eagle putt on the last, which would have given him a chance at a playoff. The second place alone was a great result for Lee after a quiet start to the season, all but securing his card, and also leapfrogging Ryan Fox to be the top-ranked Kiwi.
Ryan Fox recorded another solid performance with a T18th finish at the Open de France. Highlight of the week was an opening day 65 at the difficult Le Golf Nationale course.
Challenge Tour/ China Golf Assn Tour
Fraser Wilkin, T23rd, was the best of the Kiwis at the Hainan Open, posting 4 under par for the week. Josh Geary came in next in 30th, while Kieran Muir missed the cut and Hayden Beard withdrew during the second round with a back niggle.
Denzel Ieremia got off to a good start at the Japan Open, getting himself near the lead early in the second round. Unfortunately, the difficult set up of the Koga Country Club got the better of him and a tie for 51st was the final result. Read More
Chang Gi Lee stormed home in the final round of the WA Open to get up for a share of 11th. Lee started his final round on the 10th hole and made 7 birdies in a row from the 13th, eventually signing for a 7 under par 65. Ryan Chisnall recovered well after a sloppy opening round, finishing the week at -8, in a tie for 15th. Campbell Rawson also improved as the week went on, a shot further back in the 19th. James Anstiss, T32nd, was the only other Kiwi to get 4 rounds in, with
Michael Long and Fraser McLachlan narrowly missing the cut.
PGA Professionals Teeing up this week ahead
The inaugural Zozo Championship is the first official PGA Tour event to be held in Japan. Danny Lee will be there along with a host of the top players of the PGA Tour.
Cape Shanck hosts the Victorian PGA Championship for the second straight year. There will be a strong list of Kiwi pro’s lining up, Ben Campbell, Gareth Paddison, Mark Brown, Ryan Chisnall, James Anstiss, Denzel Ieremia, Mark Hutson, Campbell Rawson, Chang Gi Lee, and Fraser McLachlan will fly the flag.
Challenge Tour/ China Tour
The Foshan Open is another co-sanctioned event being played in China’s Nanhai District. Josh Geary, Fraser Wilkin, Hayden Beard, and Kieran Muir will all be lining up.
Harry Bateman plays the final event of the Japan Challenge Tour season. The JGTO Novil Final is the last chance for Bateman to score playing rights for next season’s main tour, and he’ll likely need a top 2 finish.
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