KIWI PRO WATCH: KO FINISHES EIGHTH IN MALAYSIA

13/10/2014

World No.3 Lydia Ko has failed to fire in the final round of the Sime Darby LPGA event in Malaysia. 

The 17-year-old, who began in a share of third place, was hunting her third title in her rookie season on the LPGA Tour but had to settle for a share of eighth place in Kuala Lumpar.

 

She carded a one-under par 70 to finish seven shots back from China’s Shanshan Feng.

The former NZ Women’s Open Champion had rounds of 69, 64, 70 and 70 for an 11-under par total at the Kuala Lumpar Golf and Country Club.

Ko never really got going in the final round.

She mixed two birdies and two bogeys on the outward nine and then made one birdie coming home to drop off the pace of Feng who closed with an eight-under par 63 to claim the title.

The New Zealand No.1, who is still yet to miss a cut in a professional event since making her debut in 2010, banked $56,000 (NZD) and is projected to remain in third place on the Race to CME Globe, LPGA money-list.

PGA Tour: Lee and Wilkinson fade in the final round

New Zealand professionals Danny Lee and Tim Wilkinson have slipped back in the final round of the season-opening Frys.Com Open on the PGA Tour.

Lee, a former US Amateur Champion, had a one-over par 73 at the Silverado Country Club to finish in a share of 43rd place.

The 24-year-old made three birdies and four bogeys in his final round to finish off the pace set by South Korean Sang-Moon Bae who leads by four shots on 16-under par with 10 holes to play in California.

Meanwhile Wilkinson made four birdies, two bogeys and a triple bogey in his one-over par 73 to finish in a share of 65th place.

Waikato professional Steven Alker, who is back on the PGA Tour after qualifying through the Web.Com Tour, missed the cut by three strokes after shooting rounds of 75 and 71.

OneAsia Tour: Gillespie completes solid week in China

Wellington professional Nick Gillespie has earned his biggest pay day after a solid week at the Nanshan China Masters on the OneAsia Tour.

The former Fiji Open Champion had rounds of 68, 68, 74 and 73 for a one-under par total at the Nanshan International Golf Club to finish in fifth place.

The one-time winner on the Charles Tour was eight shots back from the local hero Li Hao-Tong who lived up to his favourite billing with a four stroke win.

Gillespie, who was looking to become only the second Kiwi to win on the OneAsia Tour after Michael Hendry, banked $54,000 (NZD) for easily his best payday as a professional.

Fellow Wellington professional Gareth Paddison, a perennial contender on the OneAsia Tour, will be disappointed with his final round four-over par 76 that saw him slip to a share of 11th place.

The Victorian PGA Champion still took home a good pay cheque of $26,000.

Perth-based Kiwi Michael Long was tied 28th, Brad Shilton was tied 50th, and Auckland professional Richard Lee saved his worst for last when he signed for a 10-over par 82 to finish tied 66th.

Web.Com Qualifying: Fox and Campbell advance in the States

Auckland professional Ryan Fox and Otago pro Thomas Campbell have advanced to the second stage of qualifying for the Web.Com Tour.

Fox had rounds of 71, 66, 70 and 74 for a seven-under par total at The Woodlands Tournament Course in Texas to finish in a share of 14th place.

The 27-year-old, who had his dad, former All Black Grant Fox on his bag as his caddy, signed for a two-over par 74 in the final round but it didn’t matter as he had done enough to finish inside the top 32 and ties who qualified for the second stage.

Campbell, who now lives in Minnesota after studying on a golf scholarship from 2006 – 2010 at the University of Minnesota, also delivered under pressure at the Nebraska qualifying event.

The 28-year-old from Dunedin had rounds of 79, 68, 70 and 72 at the Arbor Links Golf Club to finish on a one-over par total and in a share of 18th place.

He held his nerve well in the final round with an even-par 72 to finish inside the top 32 and ties by three strokes.

It is a big break for Campbell, who earned full exempt status for NGA Tour Pro Series (formerly the Hooters Tour) in 2014. He is climbing through the ranks of the golf tours in the States and taking his chances.

Campbell will return home this week and will be one of the feature players at the John Jones Steel Harewood Open on the Charles Tour in Christchurch next week.

Masterton professional Ben Campbell, who was playing at the same venue as Fox, and Mount Maunganui pro Josh Geary were not as fortunate.

The former World No.6 amateur Campbell had rounds of 73, 75, 73 and 75 for an eight-over par total to finish in 62nd place in Texas.

Meanwhile Geary, who was looking to return to the Web.Com Tour, had a frustrating week at The Standard Club in Georgia.

The 29-year-old had rounds of 72, 73, 72 and 71 to finish in a share of 49th place.

Geary closed with a one-under par 71 to finish on an even-par total, five shots back from the top 31 players and ties who advanced to the second stage.

The four-time winner on the Charles Tour will now turn his attention to a busy schedule on the PGA Tour of Australasia which includes his title defence at the Western Australian Open.

 

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    OOM LEADERBOARD

    RANK PLAYER SCORE
    1 Kobori, Kazuma 144.73
    2 Lee, Jang Hyun 126.40
    3 Wood, Tyler 96.00
    4 Brown, Luke 94.40
    5 Hillier, Daniel 92.00
    RANK PLAYER SCORE
    1 Khoo, Caryn 113.33
    2 Lee, Jeong Hyun 103.20
    3 Dryland, Brittney 91.91
    4 Lim, Carmen 87.47
    5 Lee, Danika 70.82