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Ben Evans penciled a 3-under-par 32-37=69 during the final day of the Alfred Dunhill Championship, climbing seven spots into a share of fifth place alongside Oliver Wilson (8-under 280).

The 32-year-old Englishman started the day five shots off the pace and was never truly in contention to win but it was a still a solid round. Evans made an early splash with an eagle at the par-5 second and a birdie at the par-4 third but leader David Lipsky was also off to a strong start. Evans slowed his pace with just two more birdies and two bogeys on his way into the clubhouse. Spending most of his time on the Challenge Tour last year, this is his first top 5 on the big stage since a T3 at the 2017 Made in Denmark. Evans recently finished T20 at Q-School to earn his way back to the Euro Tour. His mark of 16-under in Q-School was right on the number and he's making good use of that status so far, now 16th in the Race to Dubai.
Dec 16 - 10:47 AM

Oliver Wilson twirled a 3-under-par 33-36=69 during the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship, capping off the week with a four-day tally of 8-under 280 for a share of fifth place.

The Englishman finished T3 last week to earn a ticket to The Open Championship and he rode that wave of momentum this week at Leopard Creek. The hunt was slow and steady and he never truly contended but it was a strong week nonetheless. Wilson carded 17 birdies this week but failed to really capitalize on the back nine where most of the field feasted. There are three par 5s on the homeward nine but Wilson posted inward scores of 1-under 36 on all four days. On the week he played the par 5s at just 1-under (6 birdies, 2 bogeys, 1 double bogey). Heading into 2019, Wilson now finds himself at 10th in the Race to Dubai.
Dec 16 - 10:30 AM

Overnight co-leader Scott Jamieson fell flat during the final round with an even-par 38-34=72 to end his week at the Alfred Dunhill Championship on 11-under 277 which put him in a share of third place alongside Zander Lombard.

Jamieson shared the stage with David Lipsky today but Jamieson made an early exit with three bogeys on a double on his outward nine. He circled two birdies, as well but the damage had been done. The Scot made a late push with five birdies in his final seven holes but it was too little, too late. On the bright side, this will go in the books as his third top 5 over his last six visits to Leopard Creek. He also posted a runner-up finish at the Nedbank just 11 months ago and a win at the 2012 Nelson Mandela Championship, so it's clear that the Scot feels comfortable in South Africa. The 35-year-old had a bit of a letdown in 2018 after a monster 2017 campaign but this result shows that he still packs plenty of fantasy value.
Dec 16 - 10:19 AM

Zander Lombard made a mid-round charge before one big blemish soiled his chances during round four of the Alfred Dunhill Championship, settling for 3-under-par 35-34=69 to reach 11-under 277 by week's end, three shots behind eventual winner David Lipsky.

The South African started the day two shots off the lead. He was slow out of the gate by trading two birdies with two bogeys before making the turn. From there, he went BIRDIE-BIRDIE-PAR-EAGLE-BIRDIE to find himself at 13-under for the week. A triple bogey at the par-3 16th derailed his momentum. Lombard nearly chipped in for an eagle-3 at the closing hole but settled for birdie and a share of third place. Entering the week, the 23-year-old had just one round in red numbers at Leopard Creek (6 rounds) but he made progress this week. The youngster continues to flash brilliance at times but he will need to tidy up the consistency before he becomes a reliable option for gamers.
Dec 16 - 10:09 AM

David Drysdale made a valiant push toward the winner's circle but settled for second place at the Alfred Dunhill Championship after a 5-under-par 32-35=67 to end his week on 12-under 276, two shots behind the winner David Lipsky.

The Scot was entering the week fresh off a WD at the South African Open due to an arm injury. At the same time we knew he was comfortable at Leopard Creek as he said this in 2016, "It’s a fantastic golf course – one of my favourites. It’s one of the first events I pencil in for my season every year. I love coming down here. The course is amazing. It’s such a good golf course, I think every aspect of your game is tested." Despite the renovations, Drysdale still appears to be fond of Leopard Creek. He capped off his week with just seven bogeys and nothing worse (19 birdies). Drysdale added that 19th birdie at the closing hole to apply some extra pressure to Lipsky who still had two holes to play at the time and was just coming off a double bogey at the 16th. In 471 career starts, Drysdale now has nine podium finishes, three of them being runner-up finishes. He may be taking the scenic route but the 43-year-old is still searching for his way to the winner's circle.
Dec 16 - 9:58 AM

Overnight co-leader David Lipsky bobbed and weaved his way toward a 4-under-par 31-37=68 during the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship to end the week on 14-under 274 which was good enough for a two-shot victory over his closest competitor David Drysdale.

The American set the tone early when he stuffed a wedge on the par-4 first hole for a tap-in birdie. He would sprinkle four more birds over the opening 10 holes before things got dicey. From there, he swallowed a bogey at the 12th, needed a miraculous recovery to save par at the 13th after finding the hazard and then dropped two shots at the 16th when he found himself with a brutal lie in the greenside bunker. It was a tough stretch but one he was able to overcome since he had developed such a large cushion. A closing birdie helped him secure the two-shot win, the second of his Euro Tour career and his first since the 2014 Omega European Masters up in the Swiss Alps. He's now won at the scenic Leopard Creek so perhaps the beauty surrounding these golf courses is what brings out the best in Lipsky. After his win he suggested the course renovation may have worked in his favor. That could be due to the change to bermuda or just the fact that everyone was re-learning the course.
Dec 16 - 9:49 AM

Marc Warren overcame a rough start to give himself a shot at success in the Alfred Dunhill Championship; he’s T5 on 7-under 209 after a Saturday level-par 37-35=72 at Leopard Creek CC in Malelane, South Africa.

The Scot was one of four compatriots in the top five heading into Moving Day, but he now trails one of them, the 54-hole leader Scott Jamieson, by four swings and will need some help to claim fourth European Tour win although after returning to Qualifying School last month he’ll count this as a successful start to the 2019 campaign. He’ll also be proud of hanging in during a difficult lap. He made a double bogey-7 at the second (he also has an eight there this week), and bogeys at the fourth, ninth and tenth. But he countered with early amends at the sixth and seventh, and gained later ground at the 11th, 12th and 17th.
Dec 15 - 10:51 AM

Brandon Stone’s defense of his Alfred Dunhill Championship title has been strong and he could complete it after a third round 3-under-par 34-35=69 left him T3 on 8-under 208.

The South African is three behind the lead of Scott Jamieson and two back of David Lipsky in second, with Zander Lombard sharing third. Having claimed three European Tour wins Stone betters those three players combined so he should have little fear Sunday although three multiple ET winners (Marc Warren, Pablo Larrazabal and Raphael Jacquelin chase him, one behind as things stand at Leopard Creek CC in Malelane). Stone completed his bogey-free round in wonderful style. He made just the three birdies: conventionally at the fourth and 15th, with a chip-in at the tenth. He has two previous top 20s on the course and looks set to continue that trend; he was three back in this year’s Scottish Open with 18 holes to play and he won with a final lap 60.
Dec 15 - 10:41 AM

Zander Lombard didn’t make one par in his final seven holes of the third round at the Alfred Dunhill Championship as he carded 4-under-par 32-36=68 to lie T3 on 8-under 208 heading into the final round.

The 23-year-old, still seeking his first European Tour win, lies three swings back of the 54-hole leader Scott Jamieson and two back of David Lipsky in second. But there were times when it looked as if he would do anything but contend. The front nine was a breeze: three birdies (at 4, 5 and 7, the latter a kick-in) plus six pars. When he ticked 12 and 13 early in the back nine a challenge looked imminent, but he made bogey at 14, retrieved the shot at 15, dropped two more at 16 and 17 before lashing his second shot at the 552-yard par-5 island green last to 15’0" and two-putting for birdie. He’s twice been second heading into the final round of a European Tour event and is yet to win. His performance is at odds with his record on the course: MC-T56.
Dec 15 - 10:33 AM

David Lipsky eventually carded a 2-under-par 36-34=70 to lie solo second on 10-under 206 heading into the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek CC, but it was a hairy ride.

The American is making his debut in Malelane, South Africa and perhaps it finally showed on Moving Day. After laps of 70-66 which saw just one dropped shot he had to deal with many problems in round three, but crucially he overcame them. The front nine witnessed a bogey-6 at the second which he responded to with a birdie-3 at the third before handing another shot back at No. 7. He made a birdie at 11 for the second time in the week before a bizarre little run. He started with an eagle-3 at the 580-yard par-5 15th, followed it with a double bogey-5 at the 205-yard par-3 16th and then went birdie-birdie at 17 and 18, the latter from 12’0". He has three times been second with 18 holes to play, twice on the Asian Tour, three times on the European Tour; he is yet to complete the win.
Dec 15 - 10:24 AM

Scott Jamieson endured a rollercoaster third round in Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek CC, but he ended it with a 4-under-par lap of 34-34=68 and a one-shot lead over David Lipsky on 11-under 205 heading into the final round.

The Scot has always enjoyed his visits to Malelane, South Africa. Indeed he has two top fours from his seven course visits and seven top tens from 25 starts in South Africa. Coming into this week he had held or shared the 54-hole lead in two of his last four starts in the country so his vibes about the country were strong. After a quiet 71 to open the week he has burst into life with 66-68 and on Saturday it was quite the ride. The front nine not so much: two birdies, one bogey. But on the back nine he made an eagle-2 at the 348-yard par-4 11th and a double bogey-4 at the 414-yard par-4 14th. However either side of that poor effort he ticked 13, 15 and 16. He has twice held the solo 54-hole lead and twice shared it; on neither occasion did he complete the win. He did, however, complete his only European Tour success in South Africa, at the 2013 Nelson Mandela Championship.
Dec 15 - 10:01 AM

Brandon Stone remains in good position to win his second straight Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek after overcoming an early double bogey-7 to card a 2-under-par 35-35=70 in round two and finish the day T6.

That's a drop of two spots on the day but, at 5-under 139, the South African is just three behind leader David Lipsky and ready to pounce. His hopes took an early whack with that seven at the par-5 2nd but he responded quickly with birdies at 3 and 6. Stone surged up the board by connecting four red circles from Nos. 12-15 but either side of that burst he bogeyed 11 and 16. Two closing pars kept him in the top 10. The course is playing much harder this year after the changes (he won with -22 when the last edition was held here in 2016) but gamers who invested will be content with his position so far.
Dec 14 - 12:27 PM

Kim Koivu lowered the course record at the newly-renovated Leopard Creek with a 7-under-par 31-34=65 in round two of the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa, surging 69 spots up the leaderboard to T12 on 4-under 140.

The Finn swallowed five bogeys in an opening 75 but went ten shots lower today to finish just four behind new leader David Lipsky. Despite beating first-round leader Oliver Bekker's 66 by a shot, it could have been even lower. Koivu birdied half the holes, twice stringing together three birdies in a row (1-3 & 11-13) but he also put two bogey-6s on his card, the second square coming at 18. Still, that's a round to remember for the man who won three times on the Challenge Tour last season. Koivu withdrew from last week's South African Open after a 75 but started the new campaign off with T9 at the Hong Kong Open.
Dec 14 - 12:10 PM

Charl Schwartzel has four wins and four second places at Leopard Creek but the course horse didn't take to the renovated par 72 this week, shooting 2-over-par 36-38=74 in round two to finish 36 holes at 3-over 147, a shot outside the cut line.

Who saw that coming? Despite the alterations, past course form seems to be holding up fairly well this week and Schwartzel returned to his favorite track on the back of T3 in the South African Open. All seemed okay when he birdied two of his first four holes today but a bogey at 14 and a double at 3 left him in a precarious position. A birdie at 6 seemed to have allayed the fears but the agony hit late as he bogeyed the final two holes to fall the wrong side of the cut line. Others to miss out included: 147- Matthieu Pavon ... 149- Kurt Kitayama 150- Haydn Porteous ... 152- Trevor Immelman, Dean Burmester ... 153- Shaun Norris.
Dec 14 - 12:00 PM

World No. 4 amateur Braden Thornberry has announced his intentions to officially become a professional golfer, foregoing the rest of the 2019 NCAA season to start his new career.

Thornberry shared the news via social media saying, "A dream that I had as a kid is now reality. I am a professional golfer." He provided a link to a letter he wrote which explained his thought process of making the decision. Thornberry first made a splash with a T4 finish at the 2017 St. Jude Classic, a hometown event for him. More recently the Ole Miss product stormed to a R1 co-lead at the Final Stage of Web.com Tour Q-School with a 10-under 62. He ultimately finished T74 that week which means he'll start the Web.com Tour season with conditional status only. His college pedigree should help him earn a few sponsor's invites along the way to aide in his goal of earning full-time status on the Web or even better, the PGA TOUR. Thornberry reached as high as No. 1 on the World Amateur Golf Rankings during his time at Ole Miss and should be one to watch as soon as he starts to pick up some PGA TOUR starts.
Dec 14 - 11:41 AM



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