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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 166
GIBSON PGA TOUR BOUND A BRILLIANT final round of 65 in the Web. com Tour Championship has catapulted NSW’s Rhein Gibson onto the PGA Tour in 2016. The 29-year-old started the Tour Championship in 18th place on the Web. com money list with the top-25 being awarded PGA Tour cards at the end of the tournament. Gibson opened his campaign with an outstanding seven under 63 to grab the championship lead. But he was brought back to earth in the second round when eight bogies littered his scorecard and resulted in a 76 that saw him drop to just inside the cut line. He showed great fighting qualities over the weekend, shooting back-to-back five under 65s to finish fourth and seal his PGA Tour card for next year. With the PGA Tour now played in a wrap-around season, he moved alongside Millar at the top of the leaderboard with a birdie at the par-5 14th. The championship reached its turning point on the 15th hole when Millar’s drive on the par-4 finished in a palm tree and he had to take an unplayable lie penalty drop resulting in a double bogey six. Obviously rattled, Millar bogeyed the 16th and double bogeyed the 18th hole to leave Nitties well in front. MORE> __ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ ___ NOTHIN’ LIKE A DANE DENMARK’S Thorbjorn Olesen was able to bounce back from a nervous start to his final round to win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship – his first European Tour title since the 2014 Perth International. The 25-year-old, who finished runner-up in this event three years ago, began the final round on the Old Course at St Andrews with a three stroke lead but he quickly squandered his advantage with a double bogey at the par-4 2nd hole and a bogey at the next. It might have been the stumble he needed as he bounced back with birdies at the next two holes, followed by nine consecutive pars that had him still tied for the lead. The telling blow was at the 15thy when the Dane rolled in a birdie putt from 50 feet to grab the outright lead. He played smart down the stretch, finishing with a trio of pars for an 18 under total and a two-stroke victory over American duo Brooks Koepka and Chris Stroud. Olesen, who was sidelined for three months earlier this year after hand surgery, said he was ecstatic about the win. "On these three golf courses and finishing off especially on St Andrews is a great feeling,” Olesen said. "It's been a very tough can make his debut in the ‘Big Show’ in two weeks at the Frys.com event. MORE> ____ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ _ NITTIES WINS IN NOUMEA NEW South Welshman James Nitties carded a final round 69 to win the South Pacific Open Championship in New Caledonia by six shots. It was Nitties’ first tournament victory since the 2011 Midwest Classic on the secondary US Tour. Starting the day with a two-stroke lead after rounds of 65-67-67, Nitties’ advantage had evaporated through three holes after his playing partner Matt Millar birdied the 2nd hole and parred against his bogey at the 3rd hole. Nitties birdied the 6th hole for a one-stroke lead, but Millar stole the lead from him with back-to-back birdies at the 11th and 12th. In a great head-to-head tussle, Nitties season for me, and I would like to give a special thanks to my coaches, family and friends, and anyone who has been there. "It was nice this week just to play three great rounds of golf – the first three – and keep it together in this last round.” ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ _____ CHENG CLAIMS ASIA-PACIFIC AMATEUR China’s Jin Cheng was crowned the 2015 Asia-Pacific Amateur Champion after the final round of the Championship was cancelled due to the high winds and rainfall from a nearby typhoon. The first group teed off as scheduled at 6.40am with nine groups making it on course for the start of round four. Play was subsequently suspended an hour later. With conditions not improving by midday, Jin, the 54-hole leader at 11-under-par, became the winner over joint runners-up, Ryan Ruffels and Cameron Davis of Australia. The Chinese No.1 amateur golfer managed to retain his place at the top of the leaderboard at the end of round three thanks to a well- judged chip that led to a tap-in birdie on the par-5 18th hole at the Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club. It would prove to be a decisive blow for Cheng’s chasers. MORE> TRAPS AROUND the
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