KIWI GOLF UPDATE 8/07/19

8/07/2019

Wilkinson pipped in playoff for maiden Korn Ferry Tour title



Tim Wilkinson has come agonisingly close to securing a win on the Korn Ferry Tour, finishing second after losing in a playoff.

Wilkinson started the final day at the LECOM Health Challenge atop the leader board after rounds of 65, 67, 67 to be at 17-under for the tournament, one shot clear of the rest of the field.

The Manawatu golfer would fire a bogey-free final round of three-under par to find himself right in the mix at 20-under for the tournament.

The final round wasn’t without drama with American Ryan Brehm standing on the final hole of the tournament with a two-shot lead. However, Brehm let the tournament slip away from his grasp temporarily with a double bogey to move back in a tie with Wilkinson at 20-under par, and a playoff needed to decide the tournament.

Brehm would regain his composure and birdie the very same hole in the opening leg of the playoff to take the tournament out of Wilkinson’s grasp.

After his best finish for the year, Wilkinson is projected to move up 19 places in “The 25” into 14th, with the top 25 players automatically earning their PGA Tour cards at completion of the regular season on the Korn Ferry Tour.

On the European Challenge Tour, Josh Geary has also come within touching distance of his first win of 2019 with a second-place finish at the D+D REAL Slovakia Challenge.

Geary shot rounds of 68, 68, 69, and 66 to finish at 17-under par for the event, just one shot behind Welshman Rhys Enoch.

Geary came out of the gates flying with five birdies in his opening nine holes to close in on the lead. He could only manage one more on the back nine to close for a bogey-free six-under par round.

He now moves up into 21st on the European Challenge Tour rankings, with the top 15 claiming their European Tour cards at the end of the season.

New Zealand had three players tee it up on the China Tour this week at the Tianjin Binhai Forest Open.

Kieran Muir was the pick of the crop after rounds 68, 73, 74, and 71 to finish at two-under for the tournament, well back of the runaway winner who finished on 17-under.

This is Muir’s second-best tournament result on the China Tour this season, after finishing in a tie for second earlier in the year.

Nipping at Muir’s heals was fellow Kiwi Fraser Wilkin, who finished one shot back of Muir at one-under for the tournament.

Wilkin posted rounds of 70, 71, 77, and 69 around the par 72 layout to record his best finish for the year on the China Tour in a tie for 20th.

Two shots further back of Wilkin at one-over par for the tournament was BOP professional, Hayden Beard. He shot rounds of 70, 76, 71, and 72 finishing in a tie for 35th place.

Over on the Japan Golf Tour, Michael Hendry has also had a sound performance finishing in a tie for 32nd at the Japan PGA Championship.

Hendry carded rounds of 67, 71, 71, and 70 to finish at three-under for the event, well back of Japanese golfing Rockstar Ryo Ishikawa, who took out the event at 13-under.

The North Harbour professional currently sits at 62nd on the Japan Golf Tour money list.

Both Danny Lee and Ryan Fox had weeks to forget in their respective tournaments on the PGA Tour and European Tour. Danny lee posted rounds of 71 and 70 to miss the cut by two shots at 1-under par at the 3M Open. Ryan Fox carded rounds of 73 and 77 at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open to finish at 10-over par, well outside the cutline.

 

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    2 Lee, Jang Hyun 126.40
    3 Brown, Luke 107.88
    4 Hillier, Daniel 105.14
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