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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Brett Rumford cruised to his second consecutive victory at the Volvo China Open. Rumford's three under par 33, on the front nine, increased his one stroke overnight lead to three. Competitors drew closer over the back nine, until Rumford posted birdies at 12, 13, and 14 to increase his lead to six. Rumford went on to post a four day total of 16 under par to win by four strokes over the competition.
The 35 year old, five time European Tour winner stated post round, "As with last week I’m kind of speechless at the moment." Continuing, “It’s quite surreal – it’s the first time I’ve actually played the week after a win so I’m more than pleased. It’s hard to get my head around it at the moment."
Rumford was cool and comfortable all week in head-to-toe FJ Performance Golf Apparel, FJ ICON, and SciFlex. Brett also became the 31st player to win consecutive titles on The European Tour.
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On the Asian Tour, fellow FJ Staffer and FJ Performance Apparel Ambassador Bernd Wiesberger locked down a one stroke victory at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters. Bernd shot a front nine 34 to climb the to top of the leaderboard.
The Austrian added an eagle at the 12th and a birdie at the 16th to post a four day total of 273 or 15 under par across the nearly 7,400 yard Royale Jakarta Golf Club, the total left him one stroke clear of the competition. This is Bernd's first victory of the 2013 season and sixth international victory overall.
Bernd also wore FJ ICON and StaSof en route to his victory.
Winning is never easy on a professional tour, which Wiesberger understood stating post round, "I was struggling in the beginning after my birdie on one. But at the turn I got a bit of momentum going because I was confident with my ball striking.”
The major of the year is upon us and excitement is stirring for the first tee shot to fly across the hallowed grounds of Augusta National! With countless story-lines abound and many of the games top players in peak form it should prove to be yet another historic major championship.
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Kevin Streelman (in FJ ICON and SciFlex) tamed the daunting Innisbrook Copperheard course to claim his first PGA Tour title in his 153rd PGA Tour start. Entering the weekend at even par, Streelman played his next 36 holes at 10 under, not dropping a single shot over the stretch. The ten under total was good enough to take home a two stroke victory.
"I just stayed really patient and had a peace about me today...It’s such a tough golf course where you’ve got to pick your battles.” said Streelman of his controlled round.
The win earns Streelman an invitation to this years' Masters Tournament.
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On the European Tour, Thomas Aiken won the Avantha Masters with a final round 67 to win by three strokes. Aiken, in FJ ICON MyJoys, shot all four rounds in the 60's, including a blistering ten under par 62 on Saturday to race to the top of the leaderboard. Aiken carded twenty-one birdies and two eagles versus only two bogeys over the 72 holes of tournament play.
“I’ve been playing very nicely the last four months, not making a lot of mistakes, but just not sinking enough putts,” said Aiken, continuing, “This week a few went in, I hit some better iron shots which gave me a better chance to sink some putts, and I played some phenomenal golf.”
This is Aiken's second European Tour Victory; the win also moves Aiken into the top 100 on the official world golf rankings.
Stacy Lewis has captured the world number one position with a win at the RR Donnelly LPGA Founders Cup. Entering the final round four behind, Lewis in FJ Sport BOA and StaSof, biridied nine of the final 18 holes to run away with a three shot victory.
Lewis's 23 under par total set a tournament record.
This is Stacy's seventh LPGA Tour victory and second of 2013.
Matteo Manassero holed a 12 foot putt for eagle on the third playoff hole to defeat fellow FJ staffer Louis Oosthuizen in the Barclay's Singapore Open.
Tropical storms on Friday forced the field to play most of their third round and all of the final round on Sunday. Matteo finished up his first 18 on Sunday with a bogey free 64 to race to the top of the leaderboard at 11-under par. Not to be outdone was former British Open Champion, Oosthuizen, who shot a third round 65 to keep pace with the Italian teenager.
Starting the final round with a two stroke lead, Manassero (FJ Sport and StaSof) rattled off two birdies in his first four holes to remain in control of the tournament. He then made 10 straight pars letting the South African back into the tournament, with Oostuizen (DryJoys Tour and SciFlex) drawing even on the 15th hole. Both players matched birdies on the final hole of regulation to finish at 13 under par.
Birdies were exchanged on the first playoff hole and pars on the next. Then Matteo closed out the tourney with a brilliant eagle for the victory.
Manassero stated post round, “The playoff was just a great honor to play with Louis - it’s been amazing, really. This year has been a tough year for me going through a few swing changes, but it has been amazing this week. I’m glad this came in such a great tournament."
This is Matteo's third win on the European Tour making him the first teenager ever to accomplish this feat.
Robert Karlsson overcame Ian Poulter in a play-off to win the season-ending Dubai World Championship for his second victory of the year. Karlsson wore FJ ICON style #52005 (all white traditional saddle) and a StaSof glove while Poulter opted for another FJ ICON all-white pattern through the MyJoys program and a SciFlex glove. The pair finished regulation ties at 14-under after Karlsson, three behind overnight, started his final round with consecutive birdies and a hole out for eagle on the par four third hole. He had two more birdies on the back nine before a fantastic approach shot that almost hit the pin on the 18th, spun back and landed within a few feet of the hole. He converted the birdie to force the playoff. Karlsson and Poulter, who was looking to win for the second consecutive week, birdied the first extra hole after hitting approaches within five feet. At the second extra hole Poulter left himself 30 feet for birdie while Karlsson again hit an approach to within three feet.Poulter then called a one shot penalty on himself when he dropped his ball on his marker and moved it. Two putts meant a bogey six for Poulter, but the penalty was irrelevant as Karlsson holed his birdie putt for the victory.Karlsson, who won the European Tour Order of Merit in 2008 and has suffered a serious eye problem and glandular fever since then, said: "It was a strange day to say the least. To start birdie-birdie-eagle is not what you expect to happen when you are three behind."Then there was the one shot penalty. It's not the way you want to win, but these things happen in golf.“It's a fantastic field, and obviously when we have all of the best players in Europe together, the way it looks now, it's going to be a great field - so to win here is fantastic.”