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RODUCED a short-game master class to win the
Wells Fargo Championship for his 12th victory
on the US PGA Tour. The 30-year-old fired four
rounds in the 60s to finish two strokes clear of Aaron
Wise and Nick Watney at Quail Hollow in North Carolina.
Day hit just six fairways and eight greens in regulation
in his two-under 69 on Sunday, but was able to win his
second title of the season due to incredible putting and
“I had no idea where the ball was going today, especially
off the tee,” Day said. “I missed a lot of fairways, missed a
lot of greens. My short game stood the test, which was nice.
This was probably one of the best wins I’ve ever had just
because of how hard everything was today.”
For the week, Day ranked first in putts per green in
regulation, first in strokes-gained/around-the-green,
second in scrambling, second in strokes-gained/putting
and second in sand saves (getting up and down on 15 of
With the victory, Day collected $US1,386,000 and
climbed to No.7 on the Official World Golf Ranking.
DANIEL GALE: Romped to a nine-stroke
victory at the SP PNG Open in Port Moresby
for his first PGA Tour of Australasia title. The
21-year-old Sydneysider, who won the Morobe
Open in Lae the previous week, was 45-under
par for the fortnight in Papua New Guinea.
ANTONIO MURDACA: Won his first
professional event at the inaugural Blitz
Golf tournament held at Adelaide’s Glenelg
Golf Club. Forty professionals took part
in the 18-hole qualifying format that was
eventually decided by a 75-metre nearest-
the-pin shootout on the second extra hole.
With a 60-degree wedge, Murdaca hit his
ball inside three metres to pip Dimitrios
Papadatos and collect $15,000.
MINJEE LEE: Lost a playoff to Lydia Ko for
the LPGA Mediheal Championship at Lake
Merced Golf Club in San Francisco where
the Kiwi conjured a miraculous 3-wood shot
to set up a tap-in eagle on the first extra hole.
ANTHONY QUAYLE: Tied for second at The
Crowns on the Japan Golf Tour, four strokes
adrift of former Major winner Y.E . Yang to
collect ¥10,080,000 (about $123,000).
MADDISON HINSON-TOLCHARD: Rattled
off 21 birdies to capture the Australian Girls’
Amateur Championship at Royal Perth. The
Gosnells member finished three strokes
clear of Grace Kim to earn a spot in next
year’s Women’s Australian Open.
SARAH KEMP [above]: Lost a three-way
playoff for the Lalla Meryem Cup on the
Ladies European Tour in Morocco. After
leading by three shots with eight holes to
play, Kemp carded a 74 to finish regulation
tied with eventual winner Jenny Haglund
and Klara Spilkova.
CONNOR FEWKES: Shot a closing
three-under 67 to win the Australian
Boys’ Amateur at Gosnells Golf Club in
Perth. The Kalgoorlie left-hander was two
ahead of Jordan Jung to secure entry into
November’s Australian Open.
WEST AUSTRALIAN GIRLS: Used
hometown advantage to triumph at the
Australian Girls’ Interstate Teams Matches
for the first time in 13 years. They regained
the title at Royal Perth with a match to
spare, finishing half a point clear of NSW.
QUEENSLAND BOYS: Won the Australian
Boys’ Interstate Teams Matches on a
dramatic final day at Hartfield Golf
Club where Lewis Hoath defeated newly
crowned boys’ champion Connor Fewkes.
The Queenslanders won six of their seven
matches, clinching the title from NSW on
CAMBRIA GREEN: Received approval to
rezone a parcel of farmland on Tasmania’s
east coast that may include 27 holes of golf.
Neil Crafter and Paul Mogford have been
selected as course designers at the proposed
eco-resort near Swansea, apparently
financed by Chinese and Australian
MATTHEW McKAY: Jailed for drunkenly
stabbing his best mate in the thigh during
a round at Broadford Golf Club, north of
Melbourne, in August 2017. Simon Mudd lost
almost three litres of blood and was minutes
away from death after the knife attack hit
a large artery. McKay, 31, was sentenced to
one year and eight months in jail.
SCOTT IRVING: Recovering from a freakish
workplace accident that saw him lose four
toes on his left foot. The 50-year-old course
superintendent at Latrobe Golf Club in
Melbourne’s inner eastern suburbs had been
undertaking routine tree work when he
sustained severe crush injuries that led to
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