South of the border
In just his 3rd start since a 7-month layoff for shoulder surgery, Pat Perez was able to find the winner’s circle at the OHL Classic. Perez used a scorching Saturday 62 to pull within 1 shot of 54-hole leader Gary Woodland. Sunday saw Perez stay hot as he blitzed Woodland with a front-9 31 to pull ahead by 3 shots and cruise to his 2nd career victory. With his 62-67 weekend scores, Perez was able to tie the tournament scoring record at 21-under, finishing 2 shots ahead of Woodland and 3 shots ahead of Russell Knox.
Jon Rahm’s consecutive under-par streak was broken on Sunday at 24 when the 22-year-old shot a 73 to slip into a tie for 50th. Rahm has shown remarkable consistency for a young player, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise given his amateur and collegiate track record, where he finished in the top 10 in 23 of his last 25 collegiate events.
Check out our latest player profile on the phenom, who is quickly becoming one of the PGA Tour’s best players here.
From 6 back to 6 up
Alex Noren surged on Friday to take the lead at the Nedbank Challenge, but Saturday saw a rare poor round as he shot a 3-over-par 75 to fall 6 shots back of leader Jeunghun Wang. Lucky for Noren, he saved his best for last at the difficult Gary Player Golf Club, shooting a scintillating 9-under-par 63 to win by 6 shots over Wang.
Noren has been the story of the fall with the Swede winning 4 of his last 11 starts. The run has moved Noren from 99th to 9th in the world rankings, and he now sits in 3rd place in the European Tour’s Race To Dubai standings behind only Henrik Stenson and Danny Willett heading to the tour’s final event.
The Champions’ Champion
For the third straight year, Bernhard Langer took home the Champions Tour’s season-long Charles Schwab Cup. Langer used a 2nd place finish at the weekend’s season finale to edge Colin Montgomerie, who finished 3rd for the Cup. Langer’s dominance on the Champions Tour has been astounding. The German has finished 1st in scoring average, greens-in-regulation, ball-striking, birdie average, par breakers, par-3 scoring and earnings in each of the last 3 seasons.
The Sun Bowl
Some of the nation’s best collegiate golfers headed to El Paso, TX to tee it up in the prestigious Sun Bowl College All-American Golf Classic. The Sun Bowl is a 3-round individual competition whose past champions include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Davis Love III. This year’s event saw LSU sophomore Sam Burns shoot a final-round 66 to take home the title, edging out USC’s Justin Suh by 3 shots. It was Burns’ 2nd win of the season, moving him squarely into the player of the year conversation as the fall season draws to a close.
The field is set for the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School. Check out all the 2nd stage scores here.
Ciganda picks up her second win of the season at the LPGA’s Lorena Ochoa Invitational.
Don’t think Dustin should quit his day job anytime soon.
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