In Week 12, a two-under-par, final round of 70 at Lake Karrinyup Country Club ensured that Matt Jager completed a five-stroke victory at the Australian Men’s Stroke Play Championship. The Western Australian set a blistering pace early on, opening with a seven-under-par 65, before consistent rounds of 70, 71 and 70 saw him home with shots to spare on 12 under par.
“It’s a good feeling and I set out at the start of the week to try and dominate and enjoy having the event in my home state so it’s definitely a great start to the week,” said the 21-year-old, who is up nine places in the Ranking to 28th.
Over at the European Nations Cup, held at Sotogrande Golf Club in the south of Spain, Italy’s Nino Bertasio took individual medalist honours after closing with a 68 to edge out England’s Tommy Fleetwood by one stroke. It was a grandstand finish to the event: Bertasio responded to a Fleetwood eagle on the 14th with a birdie on 15, before the Lancastrian came back again with a birdie at the 17th. And despite missing the fairway on 18, the Italian held his nerve to pip the Englishman to the title.
Bertasio is rewarded with a 54-place leap to WAGRank 85, while Fleetwood remains in sixth.
Over in the USA, the University of Mississippi’s Jonathan Randolph took the Schenkel Invitational with a birdie at the first play-off hole. After finishing tied with Alabama’s Hunter Hamrick and Jordan Gibb of North Florida on five under par after 54 holes, the junior wasted no time in sinking a six-footer at the 55th to take the title and equal his School record of three wins in a season. Randolph moves up four to enter the Top 10 at 10th in Week 12.
"I didn't like how I finished every day,” said the 21-year-old. “I had at least a 15-foot par-putt both days on my last hole. Yesterday I bogeyed number 18, and then today I three-putted from about 60 feet. I hit the ball really well and putted pretty well, but nothing went in. Coach, Joe (David) and I stayed behind, while the team raced to try and make the flight. We decided that if we were going to miss our flight, I might as well win. I was ready to take care of business”
Over in Arizona, South African Dylan Frittelli secured his second collegiate triumph with victory at the National Invitational, held at the par-72, 7,200-yard Omni Tucson National Golf Resort. Having trailed by one shot going into the final round, the University of Texas sophomore, who is up 19 to WAGRank 40, fired a two-under-par 70 to reach six under and claim a three-stroke win.
Italy’s Matteo Manassero remains WAGR Number One.