A bogey on the third playoff hole was enough for Will Zalatoris to defeat Sepp Straka and win the FedEx St. Jude Championship, the first event of the FedEx Cup playoffs. It was his first career PGA Tour win after coming close several times this past year including two previous playoff losses – one at Southern Hills in the PGA Championship. Zalatoris needed a 10-foot par save on the final hole in regulation to secure his spot in the playoff, then on the second playoff hole needed a 15-footer for par to set up a wild third extra hole finish. His tee shot hit the bank on the par-3 11th and then bounced seven times on the rocks before coming to rest. Straka followed with a shot that hit the bank, took one bounce off the rocks and went into the water. After Straka hit his fourth shot to within four feet, Zalatoris put his to within seven from the drop zone and made the winning putt. With the win Zalatoris moves into the No. 1 spot in the FedEx Cup standings, assuring him a reasonable shot at the $18 million prize in two weeks. …Corey Conners (30), Mackenzie Hughes (53), Taylor Pendrith (69), and Adam Hadwin (61) have all qualified for the second FedEx Cup playoff event.
NEXT EVENT: BMW Championship (Aug 18)
CANADIANS ENTERED: Corey Conners, Adam Hadwin, Mackenzie Hughes, Taylor Pendrith
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Miguel Angel Jimenez birdied five of the first 12 holes and then parred the last six for a two stroke victory over David McKenzie at the Boeing Classic. The Spaniard has not had a bogey in his last 45 holes. It is his third Champions Tour win this season which ties him with two others for the most this year. McKenzie started the week as the third alternate and matched his career-best result on the tour. …It was a tale of two nines for Stephen Ames, who posted his fifth top-5 result of the season. Ames was 6-under on the front nine to move into the lead before three bogeys over the final seven holes relegated him back to third. …Mike Weir notched his second best result of the season and third top-15 finish. …Alan McLean has made the cut in three of four Champions Tour events this season
NEXT EVENT: DICK’S Sporting Goods Open (Aug 19)
CANADIANS ENTERED: Mike Weir
Maja Stark of Sweden overcame a two stroke deficit, shooting a final round 63 for a five stroke win at the ISPS Handa Invitational. It was her third victory this year on the Ladies European Tour and the 22-year-old also has the option of taking immediate LPGA membership or waiting until 2023 for her rookie year since the tournament is co-sanctioned. The event was held at Galgorm Castle and Massereene, played concurrently with an official European tour event. The men and women competed separately but for the same $1.5 million prize fund.
NEXT EVENT: CP Women’s Open (Aug 25)
CANADIANS ENTERED: Monet Chun (a), Selena Costabile, Katie Cranson (a), Savannah Grewal (a), Brooke Henderson, Lorie Kane, Maude-Aimee Leblanc, Rebecca Lee-Bentham, Megan Osland, Sarah-Eve Rheaume (a), Alena Sharp, Maddie Szeryk, Lauren Zaretsky (a)
KORN FERRY TOUR
Robby Shelton carded a final round 65 to erase a two-shot deficit and go on to win the Pinnacle Bank Championship by a single stroke to close the Korn Ferry Tour regular season. It was his second victory of the season and fourth on the tour. There were no Canadians in the Top 25 in the regular-season standings who earned PGA Tour cards for next season. An additional 25 PGA Tour cards will be awarded at the conclusion of the three tournament FINALS series.
NEXT EVENT: Albertsons Boise Open (Aug 18)
CANADIANS ENTERED: Michael Gligic, Roger Sloan
Scotland’s Ewen Ferguson went wire-to-wire to win the ISPS Handa World Invitational by three shots. It was his second title in his European Tour rookie campaign. Connor Syme and Borja Virto finished tied for second place. There were no Canadians entered in the event.
NEXT EVENT: D+D Real Czech Masters (Aug 18)
CANADIANS ENTERED: Lindsay Renolds,
Yan Liu of China made a three foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to win Four Winds Invitational over Kiira Riihijarvi and Gabby Lemieux. Liu, the leader through each of the first three rounds, moves into the top 10 in the Race for the Card standings. …Selena Costabile finished in four way tie for fourth – her career-best result on the development tour and second top-10 result in her last three starts.
NEXT EVENT: Circling Raven Championship (Aug 26)
CANADIANS ENTERED: Christina Foster (reserve), Brogan McKinnon (reserve), Nayan Calsin Murdoch (reserve), Valerie Tanguay (reserve), Josee Doyon (reserve)
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