In Week 20, Scott Langley took the Metropolitan Match Play Championship at Old Warson Country Club in St Louis, Missouri, defeating Skip Berkmeyer in a thrilling final. Throughout the contest, neither player would lead by more than one and, by the time they reached the 17th tee, the pair were all-square. It was Langley, the 2010 Big Ten Player of the Year, however, who held his nerve on the 18th green, holing for par from six feet to take the title.
The University of Illinois junior makes an 14-place leap to WAGRank 33, while Berkmeyer is up 175 places to 540th.
Down in Australia, the Keperra Bowl was won by Gavin Fairfax. The 21-year old fired rounds of 64, 70, 63 and 68 around Brisbane’s Keperra Country Club for a 23-under-par total of 265 and a four-stroke victory. Fairfax’s winning total marks the lowest aggregate score that has been achieved since the event arrived at Keperra six years ago.
“Today’s win is simply awesome,” said Fairfax, who is moving to Augusta State University to play on the US collegiate circuit. “Hopefully, I can continue this form when I arrive in the US later this year and go from there. All week I played solid, both with my iron play and with my putting. I’ve put a lot of hard work into my game lately and that’s paid off here with this win.”
Fairfax’s victory is rewarded with a new ranking of 1025th, up 195 from last week. Second-placed Jin Jeong, who shot a course record 63 in the final round, moves up four places to 13th.
In Argentina, Jorge Fernandez Valdes battled through constant cold and perpetual rain to claim the Abierto del Norte at the 7012-yard, par-70 Jockey Club de Tucumán. A two-under-par tournament total of 278 ensured a two-shot win and a third 2010 title for the Córdoba Golf Club member. Fernandez Valdes sees his ranking climb 21 positions to reach WAGRank 116 in Week 20.
Back in the United States, University of Tennessee sophomore Stephan Jaeger shot a final-round 70, one under par, to take the Signal Mountain Invitational. The 20-year-old, who was born in Munich, Germany, finished on an 11-under-par total of 202 to finish one stroke off the tournament record at Signal Mountain Golf and Country Club in Tennessee. He finishes the week in 90th place, up 12 from his previous ranking of 102nd.
The USA’s Peter Uihlein remains the WAGR Number One.