KORN FERRY TOUR
Ben Kohles birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Ben Silverman in the HomeTown Lenders Championship. With the win, Kohles became the first two-time winner on the Korn Ferry Tour while denying Silverman an opportunity to be the first. Silverman, who started the day tied for the lead with Kohles, appeared to have his hand on the trophy, playing a bogey-free final round until he made a double-bogey on the final hole to fall into a playoff. It was only the fourth time all weekend that he dropped a shot. The tournament was reduced to just 54 holes after fog and thunderstorms suspended play until Friday. Silverman remains No. 2 on the points list and is assured of finishing in the top 30 this season which will earn him a PGA Tour card for 2024.
NEXT EVENT: AdventHealth Championship (May 18)
Tony Finau carded a bogey-free round of 66 to win the Mexico Open, denying Jon Rahm a chance to successfully defend his title. Rahm, the Masters champion and No. 1 player in the world, finished three shots back. The Spaniard has finished seventh or better in eight of 11 stroke-play events this year. Finau now has two wins this season to join Rahm, Scottie Scheffler and Max Homa as the only multiple winners on tour. With his second-place finish, Rahm pushed his season earnings to $14,462,840 – a new single-season PGA Tour record. Brandon Wu finished third in a repeat of the same three finishers from a year ago when Rahm won and Finau and Wu tied for second. …The first round 65 was the second lowest opening round score for Taylor Pendrith this season. …Michael Gligic notched his second straight top 40 result
NEXT EVENT: Wells Fargo Championship (May 4)
CANADIANS ENTERED: Corey Conners, Adam Hadwin, Mackenzie Hughes, Taylor Pendrith, Adam Svensson,
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Steven Alker made five birdies over a seven-hole stretch on the back nine to successfully defend his title at the Insperity Invitational. It was the first win of the year for the defending Charles Schwab Cup champion, who also has two runner-up results in five starts. Steve Stricker finished four shots off the pace but his runner-up result enabled him to take over the lead in the points race from David Toms. He finished in a tie for third with Colin Montgomerie. Stricker has six top-10 results in six starts this season. Bernhard Langer, who is chasing a record 46th career win on the Champions Tour, finished tied for 23rd. …Stephen Ames picked up his second top-10 result in six starts. …Mike Weir finished over par for only the second time in six starts this season
NEXT EVENT: Mitsubishi Electric Classic (May 5)
CANADIANS ENTERED: Stephen Ames
Pablo Larrazabal birdied four of his first six holes on the back nine to break a five-way tie for the lead on his way to a two-stroke victory at the Korea Championship. It was his eighth career win on the European Tour. Denmark’s Helligkilde finished held off a four-strong chasing pack that included home favourite Park Sanghyun to finish solo second. Scotland’s Scott Jamieson joined Park in third place along with Spaniard Jorge Campillo and Dutchman Joost Luiten. …A week after notching a runner-up finish, Aaron Cockerill carded his third top-25 result in as many starts
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NEXT EVENT: DS Automobiles Italian Open (May 4)
CANADIANS ENTERED: Aaron Cockerill
Hannah Green made a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole of regulation and only needed par on the second extra hole to defeat Aditi Ashok and Xiyu Lin and win the JM Eagle LA Championship. Green won for the third time in her career and the first since 2019. As many as five players were tied for the lead late in the final round. Ruoning Yin, who won last month in LA, built a two-shot lead with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 14 and 15. But she finished with two bogeys to miss the playoff by a single stroke. Ayaka Furue made a furious charge up the leaderboard with birdies on four of her last five holes but also came up a stroke short.
NEXT EVENT: Hanwha LIFEPLUS International Crown (May 4)
PGA TOUR LATINOAMERICA
Marcos Montenegro made six birdies over a seven-hole stretch to rally from a six-shot deficit and win the Diners Club Peru Open by a single stroke. It was his first career win on the Latinoamerica Tour. …Stuart Macdonald has three consecutive top-20 results. …Joey Savoie started the final round two back of the lead before settling for his third top-30 finish of the year
NEXT EVENT: KIA Open (May 4)
CANADIANS ENTERED: Blair Bursey, Myles Creighton, Matt Kang, Stuart Macdonald, Joey Savoie
A bogey on the second playoff hole was enough to give Savannah Vilaubi the win over Jenny Coleman and Therese Walker at the Copper Rock Championship. Vilaubi, who broke the course record with her opening round 63, became the first player this season to go wire-to-wire for the victory. Walker had a chance to win on the final hole but her birdie putt came up short while Coleman birdied five of her last six holes to get into the playoff. Alena Sharp rocketed up the leaderboard with a bogey-free final round of 64, just missing the playoff by a single stroke. Her fourth-place finish was her best result on the development tour since a win back in 2014.
NEXT EVENT: Garden City Charity Classic (May 5)
CANADIANS ENTERED: Josee Doyon, Selena Costabile, Sarah-Eve Rheaume, Kate Johnston, Brogan McKinnon (reserve), Christina Foster (reserve), Megan Osland (reserve)