Here is you Weekend Fantasy Golf Roundup, November 7, 2016 edition.
Olesen Dominates in Turkey
The talk leading up to the 2016 Turkish Airlines Open was centered on the players who decided not to attend the event due to security concerns. But through three rounds it looked like it wouldn’t have mattered who showed up.
Denmark’s Thorbjron Olesen led by seven shots through 54 holes after rounds of 65,62 and 68 and completed the rout with a final round 69 on Sunday.
And even though the Dane had a few nervous moments on Sunday, courtesy of England’s David Horsey and China’s Li Haotong, the result never looked in doubt since Friday morning.
Horsey particularly applied a bit of pressure, shooting 29 on the opening nine on championship Sunday to draw within two. But Olesen, birdied 12, 14 and 15 to restore a comfortable lead.
Horsey and Li fired 65 on the final day to tie for second place. Bernd Wiesberger was alone in 4th with a 72-hole total of 269, five shots behind Olesen.
It’s was the 26-year old Olesen’s fourth career European Tour win.
Final Results of the 2016 Turkish Airlines Open
|T10||Byeong Hun An||68||69||69||68||274|
Pampling Surprise Winner in Las Vegas
Australia’s Rod Pampling certainly wasn’t on many people’s list of favorites heading into the 2016 Shriners Hospital for Children Open.
The 47-year old veteran hadn’t had a top 10 finish on the PGA Tour since March, 2015 at the Puerto Rico Open.
But the now three-time Tour winner opened with a career best 11-unde par 60 and stayed in contention all weekend. On Sunday he shot a final round 65 to pull away from 54-hole leader Lucas Glover and U.S. Ryder Cupper Brooks Koepka. The final result was a two-shot victory for Pampling.
It was Queensland native’s 1st first PGA tour win in over 10 years, with his last victory coming at the 2006 Bay Hill Classic.
Koepka shot 67 on Sunday for a 72-hole total of 266. Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open champion slipped to third, but still recorded his best tour finish since 2011.
Geoff Ogilvy, Francesco Molinari and Harris English tied for fourth at 268. Molinari had the round of the day on Sunday, posting an 10-under par 60 on the TPC at Summerlin layout.
Final Results of the 2016 Shriners Hospital for Children Open
|T15||Billy Hurley III||68||71||66||66||271|
|T15||Charles Howell III||67||67||67||70||271|
Around the Golfing World
On the Japan Golf Tour, Hideto Tanihara beat fellow Japanese pro Yuta Ikeda in a playoff to win the Heiwa PGM Championship. Ikeda shot 66 in the final round to catch Tanihara, who held a share of the 54 hole lead. It was Tanihara’s third win of 2016 on the Japan Golf Tour and moved him up to 60th in the Official World Golf Ranking.
On the European Challenge Tour, Germany’s Berd Ritthammer won for the third time this season, a one shot victory over Sweden’s Jens Dantorp in the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final.
On the Sunshine Tour in South Africa, Zimbabwe’s Mark Williams posted a two-shot victory over South Africa’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout in the Vodacom Origins of Golf Final. It was Williams first career professional victory.
On the PGA Tour’s China Series circuit, Australia’s Daniel Nisbet also became a first time winner, edging American Alex Kang in a playoff to win the Clearwater Bay Open. Nisbet shot 64 on Sunday to make it into the playoff.