Aussies On Tour – Scott Leishman finish well at US Open in Boston

Aussies On Tour – Scott Leishman finish well at US Open in Boston

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Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick drew comparisons with an Australian great as Adam Scott and Marc Leishman were our best finishers at the 2022 US Open at the Country Club, Brookline.

Not since David Graham hit all 18 greens in regulation in winning the 1981 US Open at Merion had a player delivered a ball-striking performance conjured by Fitzpatrick in the most intense pressure imaginable in championship golf.

The US Amateur champion at Brookline in 2013, Fitzpatrick, and playing partner Will Zalatoris parried and thrust throughout the final round before two iron shots from either side of the 15th and 18th fairways sealed his status as a major champion.

A 50-foot birdie putt at 13 earned Fitzpatrick a share of the lead at five under and then a 5-iron from 225 yards from the trampled-down right rough at 15 set up the birdie that would ultimately prove the difference.

He had a one-stroke lead when he hit it into the same bunker left of the 18th fairway that defending champion John Rahm did 24 hours earlier on his way to a double-bogey. Yet Fitzpatrick didn’t flinch, hitting 9-iron to find his 17th green in regulation and two-putting for the apr that would clinch his place in history.

Fitzpatrick’s closing 68 edged Zalatoris (69) and world No.1 Scottie Scheffler (67) by one shot as Aussie pair Adam Scott and Marc Leishman also went under par in their final rounds to earn a share of 14th at two-over-par.

After a slight stumble with a bogey at three Leishman hit back with birdies at four, seven, and eight to turn in two-under, a birdie from 11 feet at the par-3 11th, and a bogey at 12 producing a Sunday 68 and his best result in the US Open.

Scott put himself in the mix on Thursday with a one-under 69 but was left to rue two bogeys in his final three holes on Friday that left too much ground to make up over the final 36 holes.

“The last three holes on Friday probably really cost me a good run at this tournament over the weekend,” Scott admitted.

“It would have been nice to be under par on Friday night and been feeling like I’m really in contention, but I was on the periphery all week.

“I’ve felt good all week, but US Opens are hard because you can derail so quickly. I managed to keep it together today.”

Birdies at 14 and 16 in a final round of three-over 73 was a fine way for Min Woo Lee to finish in his US Open debut while Todd Sinnott produced his best round of the week – an even-par 70 – to end his first major championship at six-over and tied for 31st.

A week out from the third women’s major of the year, Minjee Lee tumbled down the leaderboard in the final round of the Meijer LPGA Classic.

Chasing a third consecutive strokeplay title, Lee started with bogeys at two of her first three holes to fall out of contention, ultimately signing for a two-over 74 and a share of 18th.

Her West Australian compatriot and fellow major winner Hannah Green supplanted Lee as the best-performed Aussie, making five birdies in her round of three-under 69 to earn a share of 12th.

In a strong week for the Aussie girls around the world, Grace Kim continued her breakout season on the Epson Tour with a tie for fourth at the Ann Arbor’s Road to the LPGA and Whitney Hillier earned her second top-five finish of the year at the Ladies European Tour’s Aramco Team Series-London event.

US Open

The Country Club, Brookline, Massachusetts

Winner    Matthew Fitzpatrick    68-70-68-68—274    $US3.15m

T14    Marc Leishman    70-71-73-68—282    $241,302

T14    Adam Scott    69-73-72-68—282    $241,302

T27    Min Woo Lee    73-70-69-73—285    $127,002

T31    Todd Sinnott    71-71-74-70—286    $100,331

MC    Cameron Smith    72-74—146

MC    Lucas Herbert    74-79—153

MC    Jed Morgan    82-74—156

LPGA Tour

Meijer LPGA Classic

Blythefield Country Club, Belmont, Michigan

Winner    Jennifer Kupcho    63-67-69-71—270    $US375,000

Won on the second hole of sudden death playoff

4    Lydia Ko    70-68-65-68—271    $128,045

T12    Hannah Green    70-68-68-69—275    $39,849

T18    Minjee Lee    68-69-66-74—277    $28,274

T32    Su Oh    73-67-67-72—279    $15,724

T64    Katherine Kirk    68-71-73-72—284    $5,622

MC    Stephanie Kyriacou    71-72—143

MC    Sarah Jane Smith    71-72—143

Korn Ferry Tour

Wichita Open

Crestview Country Club, Wichita, Kansas

Winner    Norman Xiong    66-61-64-63—254    $US135,000

T18    Harrison Endycott    68-64-67-67—266    $9,825

T29    Nick Voke    65-67-68-69—269    $5,250

T33    Aaron Baddeley    65-66-69-70—270    $4,613

T51    Rhein Gibson    68-68-69-70—275    $3,183

MC    Harry Hillier    71-66—137

MC    Brett Drewitt    71-67—138

MC    Ryan Ruffels    71-74—145

Challenge Tour

Kaskáda Golf Challenge

Kaskáda Golf Resort, Brno, Czech Republic

Winner    Martin Simonsen    64-65-68-67—264    €41,600

T41    Dimitrios Papadatos    68-72-73-70—283    €1,508

T51    Deyen Lawson    72-67-69-77—285    €1,019.20

MC    Jarryd Felton    73-69—142

WD    Daniel Hillier    71

PGA TOUR Canada

ATB Classic

Edmonton Petroleum G&CC, Edmonton, Alberta

Winner

T27    Cameron John    69-65-70-70—274

MC    Will Barnett    72-70—142

WD    Danny List    30

EPSON Tour

Ann Arbor’s Road to the LPGA

Travis Pointe Country Club, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Winner    Kiira Riihijarvi    68-69-69—206    $US30,000

T4    Grace Kim    68-71-72—211    $11,019

T8    Gabriela Ruffels    74-71-68—213    $5,317

T20    Karis Davidson    72-74-70—216    $2,412

T53    Hira Naveed    71-75-75—221    $835

T58    Julienne Soo    72-74-76—222    $724

T64    Soo Jin Lee    70-77-76—223    $650

MC    Robyn Choi    73-76—149

MC    Amelia Garvey    75-76—151

Legends Tour

Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship

Trevose G&CC, Padstow, England

Winner    Paul Lawrie    64-71-70—205    

T32    Richard Green    72-74-75—221    

T41    Michael Long    72-75-77—224

T50    Peter Fowler    77-76-75—228

Ladies European Tour

Aramco Team Series – London

Centurion Club, London

Winner    Bronte Law    68-71-71—210    €71,587.50

5    Whitney Hillier    70-73-72—215    €17,181

 

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