Hensby Wins Scandinavian Playoff

By Sports NetworkJuly 31, 2005, 4:00 pm
04 Scandinavian Masters Scandinavian Masters MALMO, Sweden -- Mark Hensby parred the second playoff hole Sunday to edge Henrik Stenson and win the Scandinavian Masters.
 
Hensby and Stenson both fired 6-under 65s in the final round to end the tournament at 22-under-par 262, three strokes clear of Marc Cayeux and overnight co-leader Bradley Dredge.
 
Stenson held the clubhouse lead at minus-22 after an eagle at the par-5 17th and an up-an-down par from a bunker at the 18th. But Hensby -- playing in the final group with Dredge and Barry Lane, the other overnight co-leader -- followed by collecting birdies on his final two holes.
 
He drained a huge putt at No. 18 to force the playoff.
 
'Sometimes it's easy to make a putt when you've only got one option, and my one option was to hole it to get into a playoff,' said Hensby. 'I just thought, 'get up and hit a solid putt and see where it goes.''
 
The players parred their first playoff hole before heading back to No. 18 for the second, where they each landed safely in the fairway off the tee.
 
Stenson then pushed his second shot to the right side of the green, while Hensby dropped his short, but within 15 feet.
 
Looking at a long putt for birdie, Stenson missed the hole well-left and long, leaving the Swede with a little work for par. Hensby, on the other hand, came up just short and had an easy tap-in for his par.
 
That left Stenson with a knee-knocker, which he pulled left to give Hensby the win.
 
Hensby, who finished tied for third place at last month's U.S. Open, picked up his first win on the European Tour and earned a two-year exemption. He is the first Australian ever to win this event, and the victory has him looking for more.
 
'Now that I've won, I think I can come over here (Europe) and play a little bit more, which I really want to do,' said Hensby. 'You get so used to the same faces, and I love the American tour, but now I'm definitely going to spend a bit more time over here.'
 
Hensby played the final four Kungsangen holes at 11 under for the tournament, so his late charge to tie Stenson wasn't surprising.
 
'The back-nine was good to me this week, no doubt,' Hensby said.
 
Hensby and Stenson both fired 7-under 64s in the third round to enter Sunday tied for second place behind Dredge and Lane.
 
Stenson reached 19 under par around the turn after mixing four birdies with one bogey on the front nine. He collected another birdie at No. 10 and parred six straight holes before his eagle on 17.
 
Hensby played 1 under over the front nine after a birdies at Nos. 5 and 9 and a bogey at the seventh. But he played the back-nine at 5 under, collecting birdies at 10, 13, 15, 17 and 18.
 
Cayeux also fired a 65 Sunday thanks to birdies on seven of his last nine holes. Dredge shot a 1-under 70 for a share of third place after posting a 5-under 66 Saturday to share the lead.
 
Pierre Fulke and Adam Scott tied for fifth place at 16-under-par 268 after both shot 3-under 68s in the final round. Lane struggled to a 3-over 74 to fall into a seventh-place tie with three other golfers at 15-under-par 269.
 
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    DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

    Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

    “I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

    Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).

    Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

    Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

    “It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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    Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

    What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

    Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    “I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

    McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

    He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.


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    McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

    Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

    “DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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    Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

    Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

    Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials phoned Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

    Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

    Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

    Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial. 

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    Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

    By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

    Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.