PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Stephen Ames went wire-to-wire to cap off a dominant week with a four-stroke victory at the Mitsubishi Electric Classic. Despite hitting his tee shot on the final hole into the water, he made a 30-foot par putt to finish at 19-under 197 to break his own 54-hole record at TPC Sugarloaf by four shots. It’s his second win of the season after winning in Morocco and he joins David Toms as the only multiple winners on the Champions tour this year. It’s the first time in his Champions tour career that he’s won multiple times in one season. The victory also vaulted him up to No. 4 in the Charles Schwab Cup standings. A birdie on the final hole enabled Miguel Angel Jimenez to finish solo second. Steve Stricker finished tied for seventh, extending his streak of top-10 finishes in all seven tour events this season. He has 11 straight top-10 results dating back to last August.
NEXT EVENT: Regions Tradition (May 11)
Wyndham Clark carded a final round 68 for a four shot win over Xander Schauffele at the Wells Fargo Championship. Clark started the final round with a two shot lead but relinquished it to Schauffele after seven holes. But he stormed back, playing the final 11 holes in 4 under par to claim his first career PGA Tour win. His winning score of 19-under 265 is the second-lowest score in relation to par in tournament history. Tyrrell Hatton and Harry English finished tied for third. Rory McIlroy, a three-time winner at Quail Hollow, played the final three rounds in 3-over par to finish tied for 47th – his worst outing since missing the cut 12 years ago. …Corey Conners picked up his third top-10 result of the season, second in his last four starts. …Adam Svensson recorded his fifth top-30 finish of the season
NEXT EVENT: AT&T Byron Nelson (May 11)
CANADIANS ENTERED: Michael Gligic, Adam Hadwin, Mackenzie Hughes, Roger Sloan, David Hearn (alternate)
Adrian Meronk sank a seven foot birdie putt on the final hole to hold off Romain Langasque and win the Italian Open by one shot. It was his third win on the European Tour and vaults him up to No. 4 in the Race to Dubai points standings. Third-round leader Julien Guerrier finished three strokes back in third. …Aaron Cockerill notched his fourth top-20 finish of the season, his third in his last four starts
NEXT EVENT: Soudal Open (May 11)
CANADIANS ENTERED: Aaron Cockerill
Atthaya Thitikul birdied the 16th hole to beat Stephanie Kyriacou 4 & 2, earning the clinching point as Thailand defeated Australia for the country’s first International Crown team match play title. Sixth-seeded Thailand, which had never finished better than fourth in the first three editions of this tournament, finished the week winning 11 of 12 matches. The United States beat Sweden in the consolation match to finish third. Canada did not qualify for the event.
NEXT EVENT: Cognizant Founders Cup (May 11)
CANADIANS ENTERED: Maude-Aimee Leblanc, Maddie Szeryk, Alena Sharp (reserve)
PGA TOUR LATINOAMERICA
Toni Hakula erased a four stroke deficit for a one-shot victory over Julian Itulain in the Kia Open. It was his second career win on the Latinoamerica Tour and first since 2018. His previous best finish in this event was a tie for 33rd back in 2016. Brazil’s Rafael Becker carded a final round 63 to climb 30 places on the leaderboard up into a tie for third with Brent Ito. …Stuart Macdonald recorded his fourth top-20 finish in as many starts this year.
NEXT EVENT: Colombia Classic (May 25)
Gabriela Ruffels carded a final round 71 for a wire-to-wire victory in the Garden City Charity Classic. Her 19-under 197 total tied the Epson Tour 54-hole scoring record. The former U.S. Women’s Amateur Champion also broke the course with an opening round 62 before before breaking a 20-year-old Tour record with a second round 64 that moved her to 18-under par. It’s her second win of the season, giving her a significant lead in the points race. Isabella Fierro, Agathe Laisne and Ga Yul Kang finished tied for second, four strokes back. ..Selena Costabile, playing in the final grouping, notched her second top-10 result of the season
NEXT EVENT: IOA Golf Classic (May 19)
CANADIANS ENTERED: Selena Costabile, Sarah-Eve Rheaume, Kate Johnston (reserve), Brogan McKinnon (reserve), Christina Foster (reserve), Josee Doyon (reserve), Megan Osland (reserve)