LPGA Tour – Playoff Decides ANA Inspiration
The first LPGA Tour major championship of the season, the ANA Inspiration, finished up in Rancho Mirage, California under some controversial circumstances. Early in the back nine on Sunday, Lexi Thompson, the leader at the time, was informed that she was being penalized four strokes due to a rules violation the day prior.
Thompson, a former champion, fought back bravely, eventually earning a spot in a playoff with So Yeon Ryu. Ryu prevailed on the second extra hole. It was the fourth LPGA win and 2nd major championship for her. She previously won the 2011 United States Women’s Open Championship.
Canadian Brooke Henderson did her best to recover from a disappointing opening two rounds at the ANA Inspiration. After making the 36 hole cut right on the number, the Smiths Falls, Ontario resident shot 69, 68 in the final two rounds to push herself all the way to a share of 14th place. She earned (USD) $36,220 for the effort.
Symetra Success For Canadians
One again a Canadian was in the hunt for a title this week on the Symetra Tour. While New Zealand’s Liv Cheng won the Gateway Classic at Longbow Golf Club in a playoff, three Canadians finished inside the top 20.
Quebec’s Anne-Catherine Tanguay continued her season hot streak and took third place alone. It was her second top 3 finish in as many weeks.
Samantha Richdale of Kelowna, B.C. earned a share of 12th while LPGA TOUR member Augusta James of Bath, Ontario tied for 19th.
Sara-Maude Juneau of Quebec also made the cut. She tied for 57th.
PGA TOUR – Henley Takes Houston
Russell Henley used a final round of 65 to overtake the leaders and win the Shell Houston Open. It was the 3rd PGA TOUR victory for Henley who also earned the final invitation available to the 2017 Masters with the win.
Two Canadians, Mackenzie Hughes (Dundas, ON) and Nick Taylor (Abbotsford, ON), made the cut in Houston. Hughes posted a tie for 23rd place in his final run-up to his first Masters appearance. Taylor tied for 44th.
Mackenzie Hughes now joins Adam Hadwin and Mike Weir in the field at Augusta National this week.
PGA TOUR Champions – Jimenez Wins – Top Ten For Spittle
Miguel Angel Jimenez made short work of a playoff at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in Biloxi. He prevailed over Gene Sauers on the first extra hole.
Jimenez, 53, was the defending champion and once again looked very comfortable on the Tom Fazio-designed Fallen Oak layout.
Also looking like he was pleased with the course was Rod Spittle of Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Spittle finished the week at nine under par, enough for a share of 6th place. It was his second top ten of the year (just three events so far) and puts him in 16th on the Charles Schwab Points list.
Stephen Ames tied for 24th.
Azalea Invitational – Top 20 Finishes For Canadians
The Country Club of Charleston was once again home to one of the top men’s amateur events in the United States, the Azalea Invitational. The 69th playing of the event saw Chris Petefish win the title with a score of eight under par.
Two Canadians competed with Stuart MacDonald of Vancouver finishing in a share of 13th place.
Defending Canadian Men’s Amateur Champion Hugo Bernard tied for 20th place.