Dubuisson fends off big names at Turkish Airlines Open
It’s not often that a European Tour event fields three of the top five players in the world rankings, but there at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Club in Antalya, Turkey, were Tiger Woods (No. 1), Henrik Stenson (No. 3) and Justin Rose (No. 5). They all finished in the top seven, but the title went to France’s Victor Dubuisson, who carded a 24-under-par 264 and finished two strokes ahead of Wales’ Jamie Donaldson, four strokes better than Woods and Rose (who tied for third), and six shots in front of Stenson (T-7). After a 63 on Friday, Woods lurked just one shot off the lead, but he couldn’t catch Dubuisson, who earned his first career European Tour victory.
Scott cruises in Australia PGA Championship
Rickie Fowler shot a 63 on Thursday to take the early lead at the Australian PGA Championship in Gold Coast, but was overtaken on Friday by the crowd favorite, Adam Scott. The tourney marked the first time competing in his homeland since winning the Masters, and his 67 on Friday came on ‘Wear Green for Adam Scott Day.’ His 14-under-par 270 ended up four strokes better than Fowler, and nearly included an extremely rare albatross. With his first shot after a storm delay Sunday, Scott drilled a 4-iron fairway approach shot from 266 yards and nearly holed it. Instead, he tapped in an eagle putt. Scott is the sixth Aussie to win the three Australian majors: the Australian PGA, Australian Open and Australian Masters.
Kirk cards three rounds of 66 to claim McGladrey Classic
Chris Kirk lived in Sea Island, Ga., until about six months ago. But he still has a home there, which made for a short commute at this week’s PGA Tour stop, the McGladrey Classic at the nearby Seaside Course. That was a big factor in helping him win his second career PGA Tour event, becoming the first player from Sea Island to win the McGladrey Classic. Kirk then received the winner’s trophy from Davis Love III, another Sea Island resident who was Kirk’s boyhood idol. Tim Clark posted a final-round 62 to jump into a tie for second place with Briny Baird, who entered Sunday tied with Kirk atop the leaderboard. Baird recorded only one bogey in the final round and it came on 18; he and Clark finished one stroke behind Kirk.