We recap the last week on tour where the innovative Vic Open returned, LIV Golf kicked off their season and some 59 watching
Here's a look back on what happened on tour last week. We'll be sharing the winners, shots and moments of the week.
Winner's circle - week ending 4th February
Here's who won:
WPGA Tour of Australasia - Malaysia's Ashley Lau made her first professional win a significant one by winning the Vic Open, in doing so, she prevented former world No.1 Jiyai Shin from becoming the first woman to successfully defend the title.
Lau produced the low round of Sunday in the women’s Open, a 6-under-par 66, including seven birdies, to beat Shin by a shot.
A clutch birdie on the par-5 18th gave the University of Michigan graduate the clubhouse lead at 12-under-par. Shin was unable to make a birdie on the last to force a play-off.
“When the news came in that I’d won, I started crying.
“I came down here just to prepare for the upcoming Epson Tour. This is a big confidence boost.”
In the men's event, Victoria’s Brett Coletta came out on top to claim the biggest victory of his career to date, with Sydney’s Jordan Zunic and fellow Victorian Andrew Martin in second.
PGA Tour - The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am had to be reduced to 54 holes after extensive wind and rain forced the PGA Tour to cancel the final day of play.
That meant that American Wyndham Clark took home his third PGA Tour victory and his first since last year's U.S. Open win. It came off the back of a phenomenal round on Saturday which saw the 30-year-old shoot a course record 60 (12-under-par), to come from six shots behind at the start of the day.
Finishing on 17-under-par, Clark was one shot clear of Ludvig Aberg and a further shot back was last week's winner Matthieu Pavon.
DP World Tour - Dylan Frittelli won his first DP World Tour title in six years with a two shot victory at the Bahrain Championship. His last professional win had been at the John Deere Classic on the PGA Tour in 2019.
Starting the final round with a two shot lead, it was a tough final round of the 33-year-old as he was two-over-par after 12 holes. However, he rallied to birdie three of the next four holes and finish with a one-under-par 71.
Frittelli finished two shots ahead of fellow South African Zander Lombard and Sweden's Jesper Svensson.
LIV Golf - The new LIV Golf season kicked off this week. With new stars on show, the tour hoped to kick things off with a bang at LIV Golf Mayakoba and that's what eventual individual winner Joaquin Niemann did with a second round 59 at Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
Niemann would need a four hole play-off against Sergio Garcia, which eventually finished in the dark, to take home his first LIV title of the season.
The team victory went to newcomer team Legion XIII, led by Jon Rahm and including another new signing this season, Tyrrell Hatton. They won the team competition by four shots over Crushers GC led by Bryson DeChambeau.
Shot of the week
We appreciate that the following is not from a professional event but the shot (or in this case shots) of the week has to go to amateur Navaporn Soontreeyapas who made not one but two holes-in-one at this week's Women's Amateur Asia Pacific. The Thai teen's first was in the first round on the par-3 7th hole and the second (see below) came on the par-3 16th in her third round.
Soontreeyapas would go on to finish in a tie for 16th place. The Women's Amateur Asia Pacific was won by Chinese Taipei’s Chun-Wei Wu who went wire-to-wire to claim victory.
Moment of the week
With the conflict continuing in the men's professional game, it seemed apt (and well timed) that there were 59 watches on both LIV and PGA tours - Joaquin Niemann claiming his 59 on Friday and Wyndham Clark missing out by millimetres to get his 59 on Saturday. So we'll give the moment of the week to both of them - and you can all fight it out to decide which means more and was a better achievement...
The LET season gets underway this week as the players head to Kenya and the fantastic Magical Kenya Ladies Open, which features a lot of wildlife on the course. We'll be back next week to share our winners, top shots and moments of the week across professional golf tours around the world.
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