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Andrew Landry broke a tie with Abraham Ancer with a 7-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole and then made par on the 18th to win The American Express after blowing a six-stroke lead on the back nine. Landry’s victory came two years after losing a playoff to Jon Rahm at PGA West. …Michael Gligic posted his best career result on the PGA Tour with his lowest score relative to par … David Hearn has made the cut in four of his last five starts. …Canadian amateur Laurent Hurtubise made a hole-in-one playing alongside PGA Tour pros Troy Merritt and Greg Chalmers during the first round Thursday. Born without a right hand, Hurtubise aced the 151-yard par-3 fourth hole at PGA West’s Stadium Course after the ball landed near the front of the green and rolled in.
NEXT EVENT: Farmers Insurance Open (Jan. 23)
CANADIANS ENTERED: Graham DeLaet, Michael Gligic, Mackenzie Hughes, Roger Sloan,
PGA TOUR LATINOAMERICA
Jared du Toit notched a two-shot victory at the PGA Tour Latinoamerica Qualifying Tournament in Mexico, securing exempt status for the entire 2020 season. It’s the third time in his career that he has earned exempt status on the development tour at this event, having finished fourth in 2018 and 22nd last year. The former Golf Canada National Team member is the second Canadian player to win this Qualifying Tournament at Estrella del Mar, joining fellow countryman David Rose who did it in 2016. …Hugo Bernard, a former Golf Canada National Team member as well, earned exempt status through the first half of the 2020 season after finishing in a tie for sixth. …Derek Gillespie and Sonny Michaud both finished tied for 29th and earned conditional exempt status through the first half of the 2020 season. Gillespie started the final round outside the top 35 needed to secure any kind of status.
NEXT EVENT: PTLA Qualifying Tournament – Argentina (Jan 28)
CANADIANS ENTERED: TBA
Lee Westwood notched his 25th European Tour win after shooting a final round 67 for a two-shot victory in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Westwood now has won in each of the last four decades. Eleven players in the field at Abu Dhabi were not even born when the 46-year-old won his first title back in 1996. …There were no Canadians entered in the event.
NEXT EVENT: Omega Dhabi Desert Classic (Jan 23)
CANADIANS ENTERED: Aaron Cockerill (alternate)
KORN FERRY TOUR
Tommy Gainey birdied his last three holes to capture his third career Korn Ferry Tour win at the season opening Bahamas Great Exuma Classic. John Oda, who has never finished lower than fourth in three starts on islands on the Korn Ferry Tour, and Dylan Wu finished tied for second, four strokes back. …Adam Svensson finished ninth. …Taylor Pendrith finished tied for 58th.
NEXT EVENT: The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic (Jan. 19)
CANADIANS ENTERED: Taylor Pendrith, Ben Silverman, Adam Svenson
Gaby Lopez made par for the seventh time on the 18th hole of a playoff against Nasa Hataoka to win the season opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions. The pair finished regulation tied with Inbee Park at 13-under par to force extra holes. Park was eliminated on the third extra hole and Lopez and Hataoka played the 18th hole two more times before darkness forced them to return early Monday to determine a winner. The event featured 26 LPGA tournament winners from the last two seasons. …Brooke Henderson finished in a tie for fourth, one stroke out of a playoff. Henderson was paired with former Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson and former Atlanta Braves pitching great John Smoltz in the first round. Smoltz went on the win the celebrity portion of the event.
NEXT EVENT: Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio (Jan. 23)
CANADIANS ENTERED: Brooke Henderson, Alena Sharp
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Miguel Angel Jimenez made a 12-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole Saturday to beat Ernie Els in the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship. Els was making his PGA Tour Champions debut. The 56-year-old Spaniard has nine victories on the 50-and-over tour. Fred Couples was part of the three-man playoff, but missed a short par putt on the first extra hole. …There were no Canadians entered in the event.
NEXT EVENT: Morocco Champions (Jan 30)
CANADIANS ENTERED: Stephen Ames
Matt Kuchar fired a final round 70 for a three-shot victory over Justin Rose in the Singapore Open. …Richard T. Lee, who was tied second after the first two rounds and started the final round three shots back of the leaders, carded a 1-over 71 to finish fifth. It was his third top 10 result in his last 10 starts on the Asian Tour.