The hot showers and baths to alleviate nighttime chills. The right-handed swing with a left-handed club to extricate his ball from shrubbery. The upstart challenger who wouldn’t go away, but at the end, Phil Mickelson overcame it all.
England’s Laura Davies won her second Australian Women’s Open after a dramatic final day at Metropolitan Golf Club in Melbourne. The English veteran, who last won the title in 2004 at Concorde Golf Club, closed her late challenge with a best-of-the-day, five-under-par 68 to edge out Spain’s Tania Elosegui by a shot.
But she might not have managed it without a spectacular monster putt for eagle at the 13th and a miscalculation on the Spanish player’s part.
Mike Goodes, who turned pro two years ago, shot a 66 to win his first career Champions Tour title at the Allianz Championships in Boca Raton.
The 52-year-old Goodes finished in 15-under 201 at the Old Course at Broken Sound, beating practice partner Fulton Allem by one stroke to pocket $255,000 in his 32nd career event.
“In any dreams I had of this, I feel better than I thought I would,” said Goodes, who played top amateur golf while growing the plastics recycling business he co-owns before joining the Champions Tour in 2007.
Bernhard Langer, the 2008 Champions Tour leader and Rookie of the Year, struggled with his putting throughout to finish third with a 12-under 204.
American Anthony Kang ended an eight-year title drought last weekend, sealing victory at the Maybank Malaysian Open with a last-hole birdie.
The Asian Tour regular held his nerve during a nail-biting final round at Saujana Golf and Country Club to pick up his third and biggest career victory after a five-under-par 67 gave him a winning total of 17-under-par 271.
He had bogeyed the 15th hole to slip back into a tie for the lead in the two-million-dollar event but produced a majestic birdie on the par-five 18th to beat India’s Jyoti Randhawa, Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng and Englishmen David Horsey and Miles Tunnicliff by a single shot.