There’s been some serious bubble shifting with tournament winners Emiliano Grillo, Justin Thomas, Russell Knox and Victor Dubuisson vaulting into the top 50 in recent weeks and pushing a few guys out in their quest to reach the Masters by the year-end deadline.
SHANGHAI - Russell Knox made an unexpected trip to Shanghai and left with a most surprising victory Sunday.
Knox became the first player to win a World Golf Championship in his debut when the 30-year-old from Scotland closed with a 4-under 68 for a two-shot victory in the HSBC Champions.
With the Masters field size sitting at even-par 72 with the additions of rookie PGA Tour winners Smylie Kaufman and Emiliano Grillo, the next major expansion approaches as the end of the year draws near.
Smylie Kaufman became the second straight rookie to win Sunday when he closed with a 10-under 61 and then waited more than two hours to see if anyone could catch him in the Shriners Hospital for Children Open.
Third-round leader Jin Cheng of China won the Asia-Pacific Amateur championship without hitting a ball on Sunday after the fourth round was abandoned due to heavy rain and high winds at Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club.
Jin Cheng had four birdies and an eagle in a five-hole span on the way to a tournament-record 8-under 62 Thursday and a two-stroke lead after the weather-affected opening day of the Asia-Pacific Amateur.
Eighty junior golfers representing 30 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces have earned an invitation to Augusta National Golf Club to compete in the third annual Drive, Chip and Putt Championship National Finals.
IRVING, Texas - Steven Bowditch rode his best birdie binge on the PGA Tour to a 5-under 64 and a four-shot victory Sunday in the AT&T Byron Nelson, winning in the Australian's adopted home for his second career title - both in Texas.
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