Of the testy closing stretch at the Copperhead Course—the Snake Pit—many feel the most dangerous hole is the watery, 475-yard 16th. Hadwin almost drowned his chances for good at the hole when he lost his tee shot into the water and made double-bogey. When Cantlay made par, they were tied for the first time all day, but Cantlay seemed to have all the momentum.

“I told him, ‘Forget about it,’” said Hadwin’s caddie Joe Cruz. “‘All you wanted was a chance and you still have that chance.’ He said, ‘You’re right. I can’t be mad.’ I think this proves we belong out here. I know he’s believed it ever since Palm Springs, and it’s cool to pull one out.”

Hadwin went from 15th to fourth in the FedExCup standings, qualified for his first Masters, and became just the second player to win on the PGA TOUR, the Mackenzie Tour—PGA TOUR Canada, and the Web.com Tour. Although he came into the week 98th in the Official World Golf Ranking, the victory moved him up to 51st, making him eligible for the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play. (He’ll be getting married and will miss it.)

He almost lost it all with the splash of his errant 3-wood tee shot on 16.

“I was still in the golf tournament,” Hadwin said. “I was tied for the lead with two holes to go.”

Both players made par on 17, and on the walk to the 18th tee Hadwin told caddie Cruz that they were still in better shape than they’d been in at the CareerBuilder Challenge. That was where Hadwin shot a third-round 59 but lost to Hudson Swafford by a shot.

This time there were no such regrets. Cantlay smoked a 3-wood down the 18th fairway, and Hadwin did the same. Then Cantlay made one of his only mistakes, losing his approach shot into the right greenside bunker. Hadwin kept his own approach just left of the pin, his ball rolling up against the back fringe, and with Cantlay unable to get up and down, and Hadwin cozying his bellied-wedge third shot to within a foot, it was over.

“I just went out there today and stuck to what I do best, and just hit some quality golf shots, and really made the game super easy outside of hole No. 16,” Hadwin said. “I feel a little fortunate after that hole to be sitting here with you, but I’ll certainly take it and I can’t wait for everything that comes with this win.”

Local favourite SSP Chawrasia won the Hero Indian Open for the second successive year with a sensational seven-shot victory over Malaysia’s Gavin Green to claim his fourth European Tour title. The 38-year-old gained 275,828 points and made a massive jump in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, moving from 194th to 18th position, as he targets a debut appearance in the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, hosted by Jumeirah Golf Estates from November 16-19, which is open only to the top 60 ranked players.

Chawrasia, who became the first Indian to defend a European Tour title, entered the final round of the rain affected tournament two strokes clear of Spain’s Carlos Pigem.  While the Spaniard had a day to forget, carding four bogeys and a double bogey for a six over par 78, the man from Calcutta produced a steady one under par 71 to sign for a 10 under par total of 278, taking his season total to 289,309 points.

Green, meanwhile, hit five bogeys and two birdies for a round of three over par 75 which proved good enough to secure second place at three under par 285 for the tournament.

Pigem’s one under par total of 287 saw him drop into a share of fifth place with compatriot and Dubai favourite Rafa Cabrera Bello as well as last year’s runner up Anirban Lahiri.

Each gained 59,249 points, with Pigem moving from 73rd to 49th, while Cabrera Bello broke back into the Race to Dubai’s top five and Lahiri moved from 58th to 43rd.

Italy’s Matteo Manassero and Scotland’s Scott Jamieson were tied in third on two under par 286.

Manassero and Jamieson claimed 93,177 points each, with the Italian moving from 98th to 47th while the Scotsman jumped from 77th to 39th.

South Africa’s George Coetzee, England’s David Horsey and Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey finished in a share of eighth to gain 37,182 points each. Coetzee moved from 53rd to 46th, Horsey progressed from 157th to 98th and Hoey advanced from 216th to 111th.

England’s Tommy Fleetwood remains at the head of the Race to Dubai rankings with 1,550,987 points with Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti in second place with 585,311 points and Spain’s Sergio Garcia in third place with 533,846 points.

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Tshwane Open final leaderboard:
-18 D Burmester (Rsa); -15 M Korhonen (Fin), J Campillo (Esp); -14 P Uihlein (US); -13 A Bjork (Swe); -12 J Blaauw (Rsa), P Dunne (Irl), J Morrison (Eng).
Selected others:-9 R Ramsay (Sco); -7 D Stewart (Sco), O Fisher (Eng); -6 G Storm (Eng), M Warren (Sco), S Jamieson (Sco); -5 J Donaldson (Wal), L Slattery (Eng), J Smith (Eng).

Overnight leader Scott Jamieson produced a nightmare final round of 78 to blow his chances at the Tshwane Open in South Africa.

Home favourite Dean Burmester carded a 65 to win his first European Tour Title on 18-under.

Scotland’s Jamieson shared the lead with Sweden’s Alexander Bjork after rounds two and three at Pretoria Country Club.

But his hopes evaporated early when he bogeyed three of his first four holes.

The 33-year-old ran up a double bogey on the eighth on his way to a front nine of 39 and he double-bogeyed the 12th and 13th, eventually finishing in a tie for 22nd.

Bjork carded a 71 to end the tournament in fifth spot.

Burmester began the day one shot behind Jamieson and Bjork but his second successive 65 ensured he finished three clear of both Finland’s Mikko Korhonen and Spain’s Jorge Campillo.

“I can’t believe it,” Burmester, 27, said. “I sharpened my teeth as a youngster on the Big Easy Tour here at home and I think I had five seconds in one year and then two years later I had four wins on the Sunshine Tour.

“It’s gone from strength to strength and now I’m a European Tour winner and that sounds great.”

Ireland’s Paul Dunne carded a final round 66 to finish in a share of sixth on 12 under, with England’s James Morrison also finishing in sixth after a 69.

WGC Mexico Championship, final leaderboard:
-14 D Johnson (US); -13 T Fleetwood (Eng); -12 R Fisher (Eng), J Rahm (Spa); -11 T Pieters (Bel), J Thomas (US); -10 B Snedeker (US), P Mickelson (US), R McIlroy (NI)
Selected others: -9 T Hatton (Eng); -7 S Garcia (Spa), J Spieth (US); -6 P Casey (Eng), M Fitzpatrick (Eng); -5 A Sullivan (Eng); -2 L Westwood (Eng)

American Dustin Johnson held off a strong European challenge to win his first tournament as world number one at the World Golf Championships in Mexico.

Johnson, 32, closed with a round of 68 to finish 14 under par, one shot clear of England’s Tommy Fleetwood (66).

Another Englishman, Ross Fisher (65), was tied for third on 12 under with Spanish rookie Jon Rahm (68).

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, the halfway leader, did not threaten as he ended with a level-par 71 for 10 under.

Johnson moved to the top of the rankings last month and becomes only the fifth player after Ian Woosnam, David Duval, Vijay Singh and Adam Scott to win his first tournament after becoming number one.

“It means a lot – it’s a tough spot to be in,” said Johnson. “There a lot of pressure on you. I played just well enough I guess, because I won by one.”

Johnson looked to be cruising to victory when he led by four shots midway through the final round but he was briefly overhauled by Rahm.

The 22-year-old from northern Spain is based in the US but confirmed last week he had taken out affiliate membership of the European Tour to be eligible for the Ryder Cup team.

A victory in his maiden WGC event looked possible when Rahm moved to 14 under – and a one-shot lead – with birdies on 14 and 15, but successive bogeys followed to leave him in a tie for third.

Fleetwood closed with two rounds of 66 to finish second

Southport’s Fleetwood, 26, sank a superb 40ft putt on the last to secure second place on his own, and with it a cheque for £850,000.

Fisher, from Ascot, surged into contention with nine bogeys in a final round that left the 36-year-old tied with Rahm in third place.

“That last putt [a birdie at the 18th hole] was a big one wasn’t it?” Fleetwood said. “It was just nice to have a chance going down the stretch and it just shows you’re never quite out of it if you just hang in there.”

Frustrating afternoon for McIlroy

Two strokes from the lead starting the day, McIlroy missed a seven-foot birdie chance at the first hole, which set the tone for a frustrating afternoon.

“I needed to get off to a fast start and I didn’t. The course got a little tricky over the weekend and maybe I didn’t adjust to that,” said McIlroy, who had returned to action following a seven-week lay-off with a rib injury.

“First start back, it’s OK, but being two ahead going into the weekend [it is] obviously disappointing to finish where I have.

“These two rounds were the sort of rounds I would have expected the first two days, not the last two. I was hoping to improve as the week went on.”

DROITWICH GOLF CLUB TO HOST 37th JUNIOR GIRLS OPEN

In 2017 the Junior Girls Open takes place at Droitwich Golf Club on Thursday 13th April (Maundy Thursday) and we

 encourage Junior Girl

Golfers from all over the country to

join this historic competition.

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ur Junior Girl’s Open is a qualifier for the

Daily

Telegraph Junior Golf Competition

(@Telegraph Junior)
, making it an opportunity

to take part in the biggest junior golf competition in the world.

All girls who enter will be

competing for a place in the final, taking place from November 6 – 11, 2017, at the amazing resort of Quinta do Lago, Portugal.

 
Thirty six years ago, Droitwich organised the first Girls’ Open in the country, thanks to the dedicated lady members of the club who felt strongly about supporting young people taking up the sport. Today, our event continues to be an important date on the Junior Golfers’ calendar

and we are as dedicated as ever to supporting young golfers to achieve their ambitions.
The 18 hole competition is open to girls 18 years of age and under (on 1st January 2017) with an active CONGU handicap (maximum 36), and

o
ur 9 hole competition is open to

girls with handicap over 36 and those without handicaps

who will be
supported

on the day

by our members

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Over the years, the club has proudly observed the progress of girls who have regularly entered the competition. Several players advanced to professional golf with Helen Dobson

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who became British Ladies Champion

)

being just one example.

We are thrilled to have received support from Women & Golf Magazine who covered the event Women and Golf Online Coverage and from Midlands Golfer

who featured for Junior Captain Phoebe Stanley (@phoebestanley12) with junior players from Droitwich Golf Club (@golfDroitwich) during a lesson with our PGA Pro Phil Cundy (@cundygolf).
We

‘re looking forward to a full day of Junior Girls golf

at Droitwich

Golf Club

on Thursday 13th April

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To be a part of this event look for the

entry form

on

www.droitwichgolfclub.co.uk

and Golf Empire

www.golfempire.co.uk/entryforms2/Droitwich-Junior-Open2.htm

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The 18 hole competition is £8.00 and the 9 hole £5.00.

 
Johannesburg Open final standings
-15 D Fichardt (SA); -14 P Waring (Eng), S Manley (Wal); -13 J Kruyswijk (SA), J Morrison (Eng) B Stone (SA); -12 G Coetzee (SA), K Davidse (SA), P Peterson (US), A Rai (Eng)

South African Darren Fichardt won an abbreviated Johannesburg Open by one shot from England’s Paul Waring and Welshman Stuart Manley.

A birdie on the last gave Fichardt the tournament, reduced to three rounds because of bad weather.

Waring, 32, shared the lead with Fichardt going into Sunday and shot a three-under-par 69 to the victor’s 68.

Waring and 38-year-old Manley, both seeking a maiden European Tour victory, qualify for July’s Open Championship.

Honda Classic final round leaderboard:
-12 R Fowler (US); -8 M Hoffmann (US), G Woodland (US); -7 B Horschel (US), C Collins (US), W Bryan (US), M Kaymer (Ger), T Hatton (Eng)

Rickie Fowler won the Honda Classic in Florida to claim his first victory in 13 months.

The world number 18 had not won on the PGA Tour since the Deutsche Bank Championship in September 2015

He started the day with a four-shot lead, and finished with a 12-under total of 268, four shots ahead of Morgan Hoffmann and Gary Woodland.

“My putter saved me. It was tough out there today and I fought as hard as I could,” said the 25-year-old.

“I felt like I hit a lot of shots that I thought would turn out good. The wind was heavy today, it was blowing pretty good so it kept us on our toes.

“The two birdies I made on 12 and 13, if I didn’t make them it would have been a pretty tight race.”

His win means he moves to 10th in the FedExCup after his fourth career victory.

England’s Tyrrell Hatton, who started the day in second place, carded a two-over 72 to finish in a large group sharing fourth on seven under.

Genesis Open final standings
-17 D Johnson (US); -12 (S Brown (US), T Pieters (Bel); –11 W Bryan (US), C Hoffman (US), K Na (US), J Rose (Eng); -10 M Laird (Sco), O Schniederjans (US), C Tringale (US)
Selected others:-7 L Donald (Eng); -6 J Spieth (US), -3 P Casey (Eng), P Harrington (Ire)

American Dustin Johnson became world number one for the first time with victory at the Genesis Open.

Johnson, 32, carded a par 71 on the final day to finish on 17 under with compatriot Scott Brown and Belgium’s Thomas Pieters tied second on 12 under.

The US Open champion had to play both his third and fourth rounds on Sunday after storms disrupted the tournament.

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England’s Justin Rose finished in a five-way tie for third as he shot a fourth-round 68 to finish on 11 under.

“I believe in myself. I think I’m a great player,” said Johnson after Sunday’s victory in California. “To finally get a win at Riviera feels good because I’ve finished second here a couple of times, lost in a play-off, and felt I should have won a couple of other times.”

Nearly seven hours of play were lost during Friday’s storms with the second round delayed by a further two hours on Saturday to clear up the course.

Johnson was unable to start his third round on Saturday evening as bad light suspended play 17 minutes before he was scheduled to tee off.

But the American continued his fine form from the first two rounds, dropping only two shots over the entire weekend.

Victory preserves Johnson’s record of having won at least once in each of the 10 seasons he has been a professional.

The Masters, the first major of the year, takes place in Augusta from 6-9 April.

Women’s Australian Open final leaderboard
-10 Jang (Kor); -7 N Madsen (Den); -6 M Lee (Aus), A Jutanugarn (Tha), H Nomura (Jpn), SJ Smith (Aus)
Selected others: -2 A Boulden (Wal); -1 JE Shadoff (Eng); level M Wie (US); +2 L Ko (NZ); +3 C Woods (US); +6 M Thomson (Sco); +7 C Hull (Eng)

Wales’ Amy Boulden finished in a tie for 21st as world number six Jang Ha-Na of Korea won the Women’s Australian Open by three shots in Adelaide.

Boulden, 23, dropped four strokes in a three-over final round of 76 to finish two under for the event.

England’s Charley Hull was joint 66th after a 78 left her at seven over.

Jang had an eagle and three birdies over her last six holes to close at 10 under, with defending champion, Japan’s Haru Nomura, tied third – four adrift.

American Lizette Salas began the final day with a two-stroke lead but struggled to a 78 and a share of seventh place at five under.

World number one Lydia Ko of New Zealand, with a new coach and new clubs, finished well off the pace at two over with rounds of 71, 75, 73 and 75.

American Michelle Wie mixed three birdies with three bogeys and a double to finish on level par, while compatriot Cheyenne Woods – Tiger’s niece – had four successive bogeys in a 77 and shared 52nd at plus three.

Scotland’s Michele Thomson, who returned an 81 in round three, had two birdies and four bogeys and finished in a share of 64th at six over.

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Australian Brett Rumford captured the inaugural World Super 6 title with victory over 17-year-old Thai Phachara Khongwatmai in his native Perth.

Rumford, 39, was top of the leaderboard for all three strokeplay rounds and had a bye into round two for Sunday’s six-hole knockout matchplay format.

He saw off Hideto Tanihara, Wade Ormsby and Adam Bland to reach the final, where a fine finish gave him a 2&1 win.

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Australian Bland beat compatriot Jason Scrivener to claim third place.

Khongwatmai finished nine shots behind Rumford after the three strokeplay rounds and was in the highest-scoring group of the 24 players to qualify for the matchplay rounds.

He had to play one round more than Rumford and saw off Australians Sam Brazel, Lucas Herbert and Matthew Millar to reach the semi-finals, where he easily overcame Scrivener 3&1.

Rumford won the opening hole in the final at Lake Karrinyup, only for his teenage opponent to level at the next following a wayward drive from the Australian.

At the fourth hole, Rumford was in a perilous spot in sandy soil under trees to the left of the green but played a deft escape over a bunker and holed from 12 feet for a birdie four.

Then at the next he pitched to two feet at the par three and Khongwatmai conceded after taking two to escape from a bunker.

It was a sixth European Tour title for world number 274 Rumford, who had gone 80 events since his last win at the China Open in 2013, and it enabled him to regain full playing rights on the Tour.

“It really comes down to the people,” he said of the new event, one of a series of innovations aimed at attracting new followers to golf. “If it’s going to grow the game and it becomes an event with a bit more excitement and thrill about it then as a tour we’ve done a great job.

“I’m back and can’t be happier.”

Pebble Beach Pro-Am final leaderboard (US unless stated)
-19 Spieth; -15 K Kraft; -14 D Johnson; -13 B Snedeker; -12 G Woodland, J Day (Aus), J Rahm (Spa); -9 S-Y Noh (Kor), R Oppenheim; -8 C Percy (Aus), K Kisner, N Taylor (Can), M Hughes (Can)
Selected others: -7 S Lowry (Ire); -6 L Donald (Eng); -4 J Rose (Eng); E M Laird (Sco); +1 P Mickelson

American Jordan Spieth won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am by four shots for his ninth PGA Tour title.

Spieth is the second youngest player to reach the landmark at 23 years and six months, a month later than 14-time major winner Tiger Woods.

The two-time major winner carded a two-under-par 70 to finish on 19-under, with American Kelly Kraft in second after he shot 67 in the final round.

World number one Jason Day of Australia shot a 67 to finish fourth on 12-under.

The Masters, the first major of the year, takes place in Augusta from 6-9 April.

Victory in California means Spieth is the only player in PGA Tour history to win by three strokes or more, five times before the age of 24.

The Texan, who had led since the halfway stage, hit two birdies in his bogey-free final round, including one from 30ft on the par three 17th.

He managed to play the final 28 holes of the tournament without a bogey.

“I could afford to make a couple of mistakes today if I needed to but fortunately I didn’t and managed to stay ahead,” said Spieth, who won his first tournament since the Australian Open last November.

“It was just kind of a dream round when you are leading by a bunch. I finally got one [a birdy] to go in at 17.”

“I kept saying, ‘I don’t like playing boring golf,'” he added. “But that’s what was needed today and that’s how we closed it out.”

American and world number four Dustin Johnson was third on 14-under.

Spain’s Jon Rahm, who won his maiden PGA Tour title at the Farmers Insurance Open in January, was fifth on 12-under.

Luke Donald was the highest placed Briton, tied for 23rd on six-under, with Olympic champion Justin Rose two shots back.

Congrats after his splendid final round 63

• His second European Tour International Schedule victory in his 241st official European Tour event.

• Moves to 461,689 points in the Race to Dubai.

• Could move to inside the top 90 in the Official World Golf Ranking from 187th.

• His first European Tour victory since the 2014 BMW International Open. A gap of two years and 228 days.

• In that time he has played 59 European Tour events between victories.

• This victory beats his previous best finish since his 2014 triumph of tied second in the 2015 British Masters supported by Sky Sports.

• This victory beats his previous best 2017 performance of tied 84th in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. (Missed the cut in his first three events of the 2017 season).

• Victory comes in his second appearance in the Maybank Championship.

• This victory beats his previous best performance in the Maybank Championship of tied 85th in 2016.

• Began the final day six shots behind the 54 hole leader, Danny Willett. This is the largest final round comeback by a winner of the 2017 season, beating the two shots of Harold Varner III (Australian PGA Championship).

• Becomes the third winner this season to make up a final round deficit.

• His final round of 63 (-9) is the lowest final round by a winner and by a winner in relation to par since Alex Noren (2016 Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player – Nov 16).

• His six shot final round winning comeback is the largest since Alex Noren once again (2016 Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player – Nov 16).

OTHER FACTS

• Is Paraguay’s second European Tour victory.

• Has made up a final round deficit for both of his European Tour victories. Came from five back to win the 2014 BMW International Open and six at the 2017 Maybank Championship.

• Becomes the first player to win a European Tour event with an eagle three since Bubba Watson at the 2014 WGC – HSBC Champions. (The American won at the first extra hole of a sudden-death play-off with an eagle three).

• Becomes the first player to win a European Tour event with an eagle three at the final hole of regulation play since Felipe Aguilar (2014 Championship at Laguna National) and win by one shot.

• Gains a European Tour exemption until the end of 2019.

• Gains his largest European Tour prize of €461,689.

• Gains his fourth win as a professional.

• Becomes the fourth former Challenge Tour player to win on the European Tour in the 2017 season. They are: Brandon Stone (Alfred Dunhill Championship), Graeme Storm (BMW SA Open hosted by City of Ekurhuleni), Tommy Fleetwood (Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship) and Fabrizio Zanotti (Maybank Championship).

• Becomes the 395th European Tour victory by a former Challenge Tour player.

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