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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 178
FOWLER FUELS ‘BIG 4’ NOTION RICKIE Fowler arrived at the European Tour’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship announcing that he needs to win a major to join the ‘Big’ conversation at the top of the world ranking. He made some inroads in the Middle East by snaring a one-shot victory in a field that included chief rivals Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy. Fowler holed out twice in the last 11 holes to pip Belgian Thomas Pieters, who missed an eagle putt to tie on the final green by millimetres. Fowler finished 16-under, propelled to the top of the leaderboard via a third-round 65. Earlier on Sunday, Fowler rebounded from a double- bogey at the par-3 7th by holing a long bunker shot for eagle at the par-5 next. A chip-in birdie from the rough beside the penultimate green gave the American the cushion he needed up the last hole. Fowler now jumps above Bubba Watson into the World No.4 position, right on the heels of Spieth, Jason Day and McIlroy. “I’d like to jump in and be a part of that crew and see if we can continue to win some majors if I can jump in there,” Fowler said. “The goal right now with where my game’s at – the best it’s been this early in the season in my career – I’m working on getting ready for Augusta. And I’d like to have my shot at getting the green jacket there. “The ultimate goal this year is to go win a major and this is a step in the right direction, for sure.” __ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ Q-SCHOOL NO PROBLEM FOR HOUSTON ANTHONY Houston will enjoy full playing rights on the PGA Tour of Australasia after he won the final stage of qualifying school at Melbourne’s Sandhurst Golf Club. Houston fired an impressive 8-under 64 in the last round to finish at 17-under, turning a three-shot overnight deficit into a four-shot victory over fellow Victorian Jack Wilson and Queenslander Taylor Macdonald. MORE> ____ ______ ______ ______ ______ ______ _ SHIN DOUBLES UP IN OZ FORMER world No.1 Jiyai Shin will use the two main Australian women’s tournaments next month to rekindle her LPGA fire after 18 months playing almost exclusively in Asia. Shin, 27, will play her first event outside Asia since July 2014 when she tees it up at The Grange Golf Club in Adelaide for the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open and a week later at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast for the RACV Ladies Masters. Depending on the outcomes and her comfort levels, Shin might use her Australian sojourn as a return to the global tour she once ruled. MORE> TRAPS AROUND the
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