Latest Golf News (Week 2 March 2018)

Tiger Woods one off the lead at the Valspar Championship

Tiger Woods, who has made quite a comeback after a year-long break due to his back surgery, now heads into the finals of Valspar Championship. He sits in the second position on eight under, in a three-way tie alongside Brandt Snedeker and Justin Rose. Meanwhile Corey Conners, who in fact entered the Valspar Championship as world 608, grabbed the top of the leaderboard with his three-under 68. The Copperhead Course at Innisbrook watched Woods put up an impressive game with five birdies and a single blemish, resulting in a score of four under 67. He missed out on his third straight birdie at the 11thand suffered a blemish at the short 13th. However, he recovered beautifully with a two-putt birdie at the 14th. This is the first time since August 2013 that the 14-time major champion is chasing a worldwide victory while fellow contender Justin Rose has won thrice in his nine worldwide tournaments.

 

Sharma and Wallace share lead at Indian Open

After the third round on Saturday, Shubhankar Sharma and Matt Wallace sit at the top of the leader board of Indian Open, taking place in New Delhi.  Sharma shot a level-par 72, including four initial birdies and two bogeys, after which he dropped two shots at the 17th, followed by a final birdie, which helped retain his lead. The 21-year-old held a 54-hole lead at the WGC in Mexico and is also the only two-time winner of the European Tour this season.  Meanwhile, Matt Wallace’s two-under effort helped him surge up the leader board and catch up to Sharma. The first five holes for Wallace saw three birdies and bogey, and gained lead when he shot a tricky eagle at the ninth green with an iron. Though he suffered three bogeys along with a single birdie towards the end of his game, he had played good enough to be atop the leader board. The Englishman had six victories in the Alps Tour of 2016 and also gained his European Tour card with his win at the Open de Portugal.

 

Conran and Backwell add their names to list of Legends winners

Steve Conran fired a phenomenal 6 under par 66 at the Sandhurst Golf Course, claiming victory of the KFC Sandhurst Ladbrokes Legends Pro-Am. He put up a flawless game with four birdies, an eagle and no bogies, a performance good enough to beat Martin Pettigrew, Guy Wall and Mike Harwood, by three. Richard Backwell maintained the heat at the Legends Tour by carding a 7-under 65 at Gardiners Run to win the AVG Ladbrokes Legends Pro-Am. The Legends Tour players would now move to RACV Healesville followed by two events at the Growling Frog and Club Mandalay in Victoria.