Valspar Championship: Adam Hadwin claims maiden PGA Tour title

Adam Hadwin celebrates victory

Valspar Championship final leaderboard
-14 A Hadwin (Can); -13 P Cantlay (US); -12 J Herman (US), D Bozzelli (US); -11 T Finau (US); -9 C Schwartzel (SA)
Selected others: -8 H Stenson (Swe); -5 G McDowell (NI); -2 S Power (Ire); Level I Poulter (Eng)

Canadian Adam Hadwin survived a late scare to claim his maiden PGA title with a one-shot win at the Valspar Championship in Innisbrook, Florida.

The 29-year-old, who carded a round of 59 in January, began the final round with a four-stroke lead.

But he put his tee shot into the water at the 16th, made a double bogey and was tied for the lead at 14 under.

However, Hadwin parred in for a level-par 71 and Patrick Cantlay bogeyed the last to finish second.

Open champion Henrik Stenson was the top-placed European, finishing six shots back after a 70.

Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell had five birdies in a 67 and was nine shots adrift, while 41-year-old Ian Poulter, playing on a medical extension having missed four months of last season due to a foot injury, finished level for the tournament.

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Chawrasia defends Indian Open to make history

SSP Chawrasia

Indian Open final leaderboard
-10 SSP Chawrasia (Ind); -3 G Green (Mal); -2 S Jamieson (Sco), M Manassero (It); -1 R Cabrera-Bello (Sp), A Lahiri (Ind), C Pigem (Sp)
Selected others: Level M Hoey (NI) +3 J Smith (Eng); +6 S Gallacher (Sco); +14 N Colsaerts (Bel)

SSP Chawrasia retained the Indian Open with a comfortable seven-stroke victory at the Indian Open in New Delhi.

The 38-year-old Indian began the final day at the DLF Golf and Country Club with a two-shot lead and carded a final round of 71 to close on 10 under par.

World number 258 Chawrasia is the first Indian player to retain a European Tour event and it is his fourth Tour title.

Scotsman Scott Jamieson shared third place on two under, with only seven men finishing the tournament under par.

Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey carded a disappointing final round of 75 to finish in a tie for eighth position.

Hoey, who lost his European Tour playing card last year, had posted three consecutive rounds of 71 to lie two off the lead going into day four but ended the tournament on level par.

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Arnold Palmer Invitational: Tiger Woods out with back injury & Masters doubt

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods is a doubt for the Masters after pulling out of next week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, saying he has “no timetable” for his return.

The 14-time major winner has been suffering with back problems and has not played since he withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic on 3 February.

Woods, 41, has won the Masters four times and the first major of the season begins at Augusta on 6 April.

“I’m especially disappointed because I wanted to help honour Arnold,” he said.

“This is one event I didn’t want to skip. Arnold has meant so much to me and my family; I thought of him as a close friend. He will be greatly missed and can never truly be replaced.”

Palmer, who won seven majors, died last September at the age of 87.

Woods who last played in the event at Bay Hill in Orlando in 2013 has won it a record eight times. No other player has won it more than twice.

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Tshwane Open: Scot Jamieson suffers horror final round in South Africa

Scott Jamieson had shared the lead after rounds two and three at Pretoria Country Club

Tshwane Open final leaderboard:
-18 D Burmester (Rsa); -15 M Korhonen (Fin), J Campillo (Esp); -14 P Uihlein (US); -13 A Bjork (Swe); -12 J Blaauw (Rsa), P Dunne (Irl), J Morrison (Eng).
Selected others:-9 R Ramsay (Sco); -7 D Stewart (Sco), O Fisher (Eng); -6 G Storm (Eng), M Warren (Sco), S Jamieson (Sco); -5 J Donaldson (Wal), L Slattery (Eng), J Smith (Eng).
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Overnight leader Scott Jamieson produced a nightmare final round of 78 to blow his chances at the Tshwane Open in South Africa.

Home favourite Dean Burmester carded a 65 to win his first European Tour Title on 18-under.

Scotland’s Jamieson shared the lead with Sweden’s Alexander Bjork after rounds two and three at Pretoria Country Club.

But his hopes evaporated early when he bogeyed three of his first four holes.

The 33-year-old ran up a double bogey on the eighth on his way to a front nine of 39 and he double-bogeyed the 12th and 13th, eventually finishing in a tie for 22nd.

Bjork carded a 71 to end the tournament in fifth spot.

Burmester began the day one shot behind Jamieson and Bjork but his second successive 65 ensured he finished three clear of both Finland’s Mikko Korhonen and Spain’s Jorge Campillo.

“I can’t believe it,” Burmester, 27, said. “I sharpened my teeth as a youngster on the Big Easy Tour here at home and I think I had five seconds in one year and then two years later I had four wins on the Sunshine Tour.

“It’s gone from strength to strength and now I’m a European Tour winner and that sounds great.”

Ireland’s Paul Dunne carded a final round 66 to finish in a share of sixth on 12 under, with England’s James Morrison also finishing in sixth after a 69.

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Johnson holds off Europeans to win in Mexico

Dustin Johnson

WGC Mexico Championship, final leaderboard:
-14 D Johnson (US); -13 T Fleetwood (Eng); -12 R Fisher (Eng), J Rahm (Spa); -11 T Pieters (Bel), J Thomas (US); -10 B Snedeker (US), P Mickelson (US), R McIlroy (NI)
Selected others: -9 T Hatton (Eng); -7 S Garcia (Spa), J Spieth (US); -6 P Casey (Eng), M Fitzpatrick (Eng); -5 A Sullivan (Eng); -2 L Westwood (Eng)
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American Dustin Johnson held off a strong European challenge to win his first tournament as world number one at the World Golf Championships in Mexico.

Johnson, 32, closed with a round of 68 to finish 14 under par, one shot clear of England’s Tommy Fleetwood (66).

Another Englishman, Ross Fisher (65), was tied for third on 12 under with Spanish rookie Jon Rahm (68).

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, the halfway leader, did not threaten as he ended with a level-par 71 for 10 under.

Johnson moved to the top of the rankings last month and becomes only the fifth player after Ian Woosnam, David Duval, Vijay Singh and Adam Scott to win his first tournament since becoming number one.

“It means a lot, it’s a tough spot to be in,” said Johnson. “There a lot of pressure on you. I played just well enough I guess, because I won by one.”

Johnson looked to be cruising to victory when he led by four shots midway through the final round but he would be briefly overhauled by Rahm.

The 22-year-old from northern Spain is based in the US but confirmed last week he had taken out affiliate membership of the European Tour to be eligible for the Ryder Cup team.

A victory in his maiden WGC event looked possible when Rahm moved to 14 under – and a one-shot lead – with birdies on 14 and 15, but successive bogeys followed to leave him in a tie for third.

Southport’s Fleetwood, 26, sank a superb 40ft putt on the last to secure second place on his own, and with it a cheque for £850,000.

Fisher, from Ascot, surged into contention with nine bogeys in a final round that left the 36-year-old tied with Rahm in third place.

Tommy Fleetwood

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World Golf Championships: Justin Thomas leads after hole-in-one in round three

Justin Thomas

WGC Mexico Championship, third-round leaderboard:
-12 J Thomas (US); -11 D Johnson (US); -10 R McIlroy (NI), P Mickelson (US); -9 L Westwood (Eng), J Rahm (US); -8 T Fleetwood (Eng), T Hatton (Eng), T Pieters (Bel)
Selected others: -7 J Spieth (US); -6 R Fisher (Eng); -5 A Sullivan (Eng); Level J Rose (Eng)
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American Justin Thomas made a hole-in-one at the 13th on his way to taking the lead from world number one Dustin Johnson in round three of the World Golf Championships event in Mexico.

Thomas, 23, watched as his ball bounced once and flew into the hole on 13, helping him to a round of 66.

He leads on 12 under, one clear of Johnson (66) and two ahead of Rory McIlroy (70) and Phil Mickelson (68).

Jordan Spieth of the US made a bogey-free 63 to move to seven under par.

Johnson led for much of the day as overnight leader McIlroy failed to fire, but after five birdies the American slipped back with a bogey on 16, allowing Thomas to go past him.

Thomas came through the back nine in 31 shots, adding birdies at the 15th and 16th to ensure he will go out last alongside Johnson on the final day.

Mickelson finished the day on 10 under par after an extraordinary back nine, which saw him require three free drops in succession after a spectator picked up his ball on the 10th, and he then drove into the bushes on 11 and 12.

Playing partner McIlroy remained very much in contention after a back nine that produced one birdie and eight pars.

England’s Westwood moved within a shot of the Northern Irishman thanks to a 66, while compatriots Tommy Fleetwood (66) and Tyrell Hatton (68) are one further back on eight under.

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World Golf Championships: Rory McIlroy leads by two shots at halfway stage

Rory McIlroy

WGC Mexico Championships, second-round leaderboard:
-9 R McIlroy (NI); -7 P Mickelson (US), R Fisher (Eng), J Thomas (US); -6 A Sullivan (Eng), D Berger (US), D Johnson (US)
Selected others: -5 T Hatton, -4 M Fitzpatrick (Eng), L Westwood (Eng), R Fowler (US); -3 T Fleetwood (Eng); -1 C Wood (Eng); Level J Rose (Eng); +1 J Spieth (US); +6 D Willet (Eng)
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Rory McIlroy carded a stunning six-under-par 65 to take a two-shot lead at the halfway stage of the World Golf Championships event in Mexico.

The Northern Irishman is nine under after a round that included an eagle, as he holed out from 151 yards on the par-four 14th, and six birdies.

Americans Phil Mickelson and Justin Thomas are tied for second with England’s Ross Fisher.

Another Englishman, Andy Sullivan, is on five under after a 65.

He is tied for fifth with world number one Dustin Johnson, while England’s Tyrell Hatton is a shot further back.

Hatton’s compatriot Lee Westwood, the joint overnight leader, stayed at four under after a level-par 71 and is in a five-way tie for 14th that includes compatriot Matthew Fitzpatrick.

World number three McIlroy, 27, is playing his first tournament after seven weeks out with a rib injury.

His round could have been even better but he bogeyed the 12th and 17th.

“I’m in a great position, but I felt like I could have been a few more ahead,” said McIlroy.

Olympic champion Justin Rose shot a 72 to move to level par, while American Jordan Spieth is one over and Masters champion Danny Willet is six over.

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Scotland's Jamieson shares lead in South Africa

Scotland's Scott Jamieson

Tshwane Open leaderboard after round two:
-10 S Jamieson (Sco), A Bjork (Swe); -9 J Morrison (Eng); -8 J Walters (Rsa), T Aiken (Rsa), P Karmis (Rsa); -7 M Korhonen (Fin), G Havret (Fra), G Mulroy (Rsa).
Selected others: -5 S Webster (Eng), J Smith (Eng), J Donaldson (Wal); -4 L Slattery (Eng), M Warren (Sco), R McGowan (Eng), M Southgate (Eng), R Ramsay (Sco), C Paisley (Eng), D Stewart (Sco), G Storm (Eng); -3 C Hanson (Eng), D Horsey (Eng).
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Scotland’s Scott Jamieson shares the lead with Sweden’s Alexander Bjork at the halfway stage of the Tshwane Open in South Africa.

Jamieson followed his first-round 67 with a 65 on Friday, while Bjork has gone 65, 67 to leave both on 10 under.

Home favourite Thomas Aiken bagged the round of the day, a nine-under-par 62 that took him to eight under overall.

Glasgow-born Jamieson, 33, said: “It was very solid again from tee to green, like Thursday.”

Jamieson has spent the last two seasons battling to retain his playing privileges, finishing 106th and 107th in the Race to Dubai, but won his sole European Tour title in South Africa at the rain-shortened Nelson Mandela Championship in 2013.

“I’m delighted with that today,” the Scot added after his 65 at Pretoria Country Club. “I struggled a bit last week from tee to green but it seems to have clicked this week. Hopefully I can hole a few more putts this weekend.

“The rough out there is pretty extreme but there’s not a great deal of drivers (off the tee), which is probably suiting me right now because I struggled last week with my driver.”

England’s James Morrison is a shot off the lead on nine under thanks to a second round of 66, with Scots Marc Warren, Richie Ramsay and Duncan Stewart in a share of 18th on four under thanks to second rounds of 67, 70 and 72. Fellow Scot David Drysdale is back on two under after a second round 68.

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World Golf Championships: Westwood shares lead in Mexico

Lee Westwood

WGC Mexico Championships, first-round leaderboard:
-4 L Westwood (Eng), R Fisher (Eng), P Mickelson (US), R Moore (US), J Walker (US), J Rahm (Spa); -3 R McIlroy (NI), C Wood (Eng), S Garcia (Spa), F Zanotti (Par), M Kuchar (US), P Perez (US)
Selected others: -2 T Fleetwood (Eng), R Fowler (US); -1 T Hatton (Eng), J Rose (Eng), D Johnson (US), M Kaymer (Ger); Level J Spieth (US), +5 P Reed (US)
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Lee Westwood is in a six-way tie for the lead after round one of the World Golf Championships event in Mexico.

The Englishman, 43, was on course to be the sole overnight leader but bogeyed the final two holes to finish with a round of 67 in Mexico City.

Westwood is joined on four under by compatriot Ross Fisher, Americans Phil Mickelson, Ryan Moore and Jimmy Walker and Spain’s Jon Rahm.

World number three Rory McIlroy is a shot further back after a 68.

The 27-year-old Northern Irishman is playing his first tournament after seven weeks out with a rib injury.

McIlroy made par on 14 holes, hitting one eagle, two birdies and one bogey in a solid round.

Westwood was more uneven in his scoring, making eight birdies in his first 16 holes before ending with back-to-back bogeys to add to two others earlier in his round.

England’s Chris Wood and Spain’s Sergio Garcia are part of a six-man group tied for seventh, a shot behind the leaders.

Tommy Fleetwood carded a two-under-par 69, a shot ahead of fellow Englishmen Tyrrell Hatton and Justin Rose, with world number one Dustin Johnson also on one under.

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IOC warns Tokyo 2020 over men-only golf course

Kasumigaseki Country Club

The International Olympic Committee warns it will move the Tokyo 2020 golf event from its current venue if it does not admit women.

The Kasumigaseki Country Club does not allow women to become full members or play on Sundays.

“I respect it’s a private club but our position is clear. We will only go to a club that has non-discrimination,” said IOC vice president John Coates.

“At some point there has to be a cut-off.”

However Coates added that he does not expect to have to find another host for the event.

Kasumigaseki

“It’s possible to go elsewhere but I think this is going to work out,” he added.

“My understanding is as recent as this week there have been more discussions with the club, that it’s heading in the right direction for them to have a non-discriminatory membership.

“It would appear that we should be able to have this resolved by the end of June.”

In February, club chairman Kiichi Kimura described the controversy as “annoying” after initial internal discussions had not resulted in any decision on Kasumigaseki’s membership policy.

“We are baffled,” he said.