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This Week In Golf October 24th 2022

An interesting week in golf that saw McIlroy returning to world number 1, Dustin Johnson making piles of cash (surprise surprise), and locally, the emergence of a powerhouse amateur taking the Japan Open.

PGA Tour

Rory McIlroy successfully defended the CJ Cup in Congaree golf club, the 33-year-old Northern Irishman celebrating his 23rd PGA Tour win, which saw him return to the world number 1 spot. McIlroy was composed and consistent throughout the week, and even finishing with 2 bogeys saw him win by a shot over Kurt Kitayama and Korea’s CJ Kim in third. McIlroy said the key to his success in the last 12 months has been the work he had put in with his team and ‘being able to enjoy the game again’.

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LPGA

A resurgent Lydia Ko wins the BMW Championship in Korea. The Korean-born Ko started the day 1 back from  Thitikul, but with a plethora of birdies on the back 9 seen her get to -21 and put herself five ahead with one left to play. Ko closed it out with a par on the last to post a 7-under, 65 and capture her 18th title.

 

DP World Tour

In Europe, Rookie Yannik Paul claimed his maiden DP World Tour title at the 2022 Mallorca Golf Open in Spain. The German showed nerves of steel on his 26th start to win with a clutch birdie putt on the 18th over countryman Von Dellingshausen and England’s Paul Waring.

 

LIV Golf

LIV was not playing this week but it was announced after last week’s tournament in Bangkok that Dustin Johnson had won the Individual title. Banking 8.8 million dollars, bringing his year’s earnings to a staggering 39.5 million dollars (not including his reported signing bonus of north of 100m dollars).

Higher ranking LIV players have been very vocal about world ranking points this week, which the lack thereof making them ineligible for the majors, currently. The Liv season finale is this week at Trump National Dural, with the team winners for the season still to be decided.

 

JPGA

The JPGA Japan Open was sensationally won this week by amateur Taiga Semikawa, in a field that included Major champion, Adam Scott as well as Chan Kim, both finishing joint 10th, 12 shots behind Semikawa, who despite having an 8-shot lead after the fist 8 holes, was cut back to 4 after a triple bogey on 9 and bogey on 17th, but would hold on and win by 2 shots, securing his two-in-a-row JPGA victory. Adam Scott commented: “I’m disappointed with my result, but I saw a lot of good things in my game. On this incredibly tough golf course, I think my standard of play was very good. When you're playing at the very top level like this, it's a very fine line between 10th place and challenging for the win. There are positives to take, I feel good about my game."

 

JLPGA

In the JLPGA this week Haruka Kawasaki was cool, calm, and collected winning the Nobuta Group Masters GC ladies in Hyogo prefecture, Yui Kawamoto, in a comeback season finished second, having led the tournament for 3 days, but missing out by 1 shot.

 

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