Mikko Ilonen cruised to a three shot victory at the Nordea Masters, winning his first European Tour title for six years at Bro Hof Slott.
The 33 year old, whose two previous victories came in 2007, the latter in this event, started the day two clear and an imposing display meant the gap was not closed, despite a hugely impressive 12 under weekend total from FJ Apparel Ambassador Bernd Wiesberger (FJ Sport & StaSof)
After turning in 34, Ilonen (FJ ICON & StaSof) then birdied the 11th from 12 feet, before his only set-back with a three-putt bogey at the long 12th. A sublime chip to three feet at the next quickly atoned for that error, and there were no dramas over the closing stretch.
A three under par 69 ensured a 21 under total and three shot victory margin for the Finn.
“It’s pretty special. I could feel a lot of support from Finland, especially today," said Ilonen,
Asked about his bogey at the 12th, he added: “I just got ahead of myself with the first putt. I’ve said for weeks now it doesn’t really bother me if I make a bogey because I know I can make it up and it was the first time I went for the 13th in two.”
Ilonen had been a runner-up in Morocco before finishing second to Brett Rumford in China already this season, and was pleased with the way he dealt with those disappointments.
“To bounce back this soon is really good,” he continued. “It’s really satisfying, but the show I saw in China - I didn’t lose the tournament, Brett won it, so hats off to him."
“Obviously I’ve been waiting for this moment for a few weeks now. People have been expecting me to win but most of all I’ve been expecting myself to win, so to pull it off here after those second places is very satisfying.
Last week’s winner Matteo Manassero (DryJoys Tour & StaSof) put in another admirable performance finishing tied fourth. The Italian carded an ill-timed double bogey on the 18th green on Saturday, however, which left him with too much to do in his final round.
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Italy's Matteo Manassero became the youngest ever winner of the BMW PGA Championship as he claimed his fourth European Tour title at the age of 20 on the fourth hole of a sudden-death play-off at the magical Wentworth club.
It what was a testing week due to the ever changing weather conditions, the Italian (DryJoys Tour and StaSof) held strong scoring 4, 5, 4, and 4 in the play-off to take the title.
Overnight leader Alejandro Cañizares (Contour and SciFlex) missed from 18 feet on the last for an eagle to join the play-off and Lee Westwood (FJ ICON and StaSof) held a two shot lead after birdies on the second, third and fourth, but the Worksop born professional couldn’t keep his momentum playing the back nine and he finished equal ninth.
Manassero who looked very comfortable on the range at the start of the week shot rounds of 69, 71, 69 and 69 – a total of 10 under par and at the age 20 years and 37 days, beats the previous record of Bernard Gallacher, who was 20 years and 97 days when he won in 1969.
"I feel unbelievable, really emotional," The Italian announced after his dramatic win.
"It's been an amazing week. I have always felt something really special about this place and this tournament. Everything has come together this week. I managed to play well and managed to stay in contention after a tough day on Friday and pulled it off with this play-off."
"I am the happiest man in the world right now."
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On the PGA Tour, Ted Potter Jr. won the Greenbrier Classic in a three hole playoff over fellow FJ staffer Troy Kelly (DryJoys Tour). Potter, three off the lead with two holes to play, eagled the 600 plus yard par five seventeenth to get within one of the leader. The PGA Tour rookie, in FJ Icon, added another birdie on the par three finishing hole to take the clubhouse lead at 16 under par. Opting to watch the action unfold instead of staying loose on the range, Potter watched Kelly par his final two holes to tie him in the clubhouse.
With the playoff set, they headed to the par three 18th where both players exchanged pars. Moving to the seventeenth, Potter narrowly missed a short birdie putt that would of sealed the deal on Kelly's chances, but Potter calmly tapped in his par and they headed to the par three last for the third time today. This time Potter stuck one into a few feet and made the birdie putt for the win. This is Ted Potter Jr's first PGA Tour win.
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Now, moving to Paris for the European Tour's Alstom Open De France, where Marcel Siem put together a final round five under par 67 to outlast the field by one. Siem, in FJ Icon MyJoys and StaSof, started his day with a drive into a hazard but the German showed some grit, fighting back to save his par despite the errant opening shot. Marcel added five birdies and a single bogey to close out the field and win the Championship.
This is Siem's first victory since the 2004 Dunhill Championship, stating post round, "It means so much to me to win after that long stretch. It's all about
winning in the end and it puts so much pressure every time you don't win
and people start talking, you will never win again and stuff like that,
so it's very important for me."
On the LPGA Tour, Na Yeon Choi battled the long and tough Blackwolf Run U.S. Women's Open venue to win by four shots over fellow FJ player Amy Yang. Choi, in Women's DryJoys, was around the top of the leaderboard all week but a third round 65, the fifth lowest round in U.S. Women's Open history, catapulted her to the top field by six strokes. Shooting even par on the front nine, Choi tripled the tenth hole to give the other players an outside chance of catching her. She bounced back with birdies at 11, 15, and 16 to promptly slam the door on her competition and win the championship.
This is Choi's first major triumph and the win will moves her to second on the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings.
Zach Johnson held off fellow FJ staffer, Jason Dufner to win the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Forth Worth, TX. Dufner, coming off two wins in the past month, had the upper hand beginning the round with a one stroke lead over Johnson.
Johnson in DryJoys Tour MyJoys and StaSof, struck first birdieing the second hole to Dufner's bogey. Dufner (FJ Apparel and FJ ICON) fought back with birdies at five and six to retake the lead. Johnson remained steady and both players headed to the back nine tied.
On the par five 11th Johnson birdied to Dufner's bogey creating a two shot lead for the Iowa native. Johnson extended the lead on the 15th hole to three shots. Johnson would not relinquish his lead eventually winning by one stroke over Dufner.
“In some respects, I kind of feel like I took down a lion,” Johnson said of Dufner post round, adding, "He’s been at the top of his game.”
This is Johnson's eighth PGA Tour victory and first since winning the Crown Plaza Invitational in 2010. The win also moves Johnson to third in the FedEx Cup race while Dufner remains at the top.
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Greg Chalmers held off the 54-hole leader and fellow countryman John Senden (FJ ICON and StaSof) to win the Emirates Australian Open title at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney. Senden had a two stroke lead over Chalmers at the start of the final round. Stumbling out of the gate, Senden dropped three shots in the first four holes to open the door for Chalmers.
Chalmers, wearing DryJoys Tour, seized the opportunity with birdies on the first two holes to create a two stroke lead. Senden fought back on the back nine, cutting the lead to one until Chalmers birdied the par three fifteenth to extend the lead.
Senden responded with a birdie on the 17th, cutting the lead back to one. On the final hole Chalmers would miss the green in a tricky spot while Senden hit the green and had a good look at birdie. Senden's birdie putt narrowly skirted across the hole, and Chalmers would get up and down for par to win the tournament.
This is the second time Chalmers won the Emirates Australian Open; the victories coming 12 years apart.