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Chan takes early honours at inaugural Jakarta Classic

Chan Shih-chang of Chinese Taipei shot a five-under-par 67 to snatch the opening round lead at the inaugural US$60,000 Jakarta Classic at the Imperial Klub Golf on Wednesday. Chan posted a bogey-free round that was highlighted by five birdies to take  a one-shot lead over Indonesia’s Johannes Dermawan and Malaysia’s Arie Fauzi who posted matching 68s at Asian Development Tour (ADT) event.

England’s Shaun Malone carded a 69 to secure third place while American James Bowen, Indonesia’s Andik Mauludin, Australia’s Jake Stirling and Japan’s Mitsuhiko Hashizume are bunched in equal fifth place on matching 70s at the Jakarta Classic, which is the seventh leg on the ADT schedule.


Els accepts honorary membership and international ambassador role with the Asian Tour

Ernie Els, a four-time Major champion and a World Golf Hall of Famer, has accepted an invitation to become an Honorary Member and International Ambassador of the Asian Tour. The South African star, who will defend his Open Championship title at Muirfield this week, said he was delighted to receive the recognition from Asia’s premier Tour which is celebrating its milestone 10th season as a players’ organisation this year.

“It is a great honour for me to receive an Honorary Membership from the Asian Tour. This is absolutely wonderful. I’ve played in Asia for many, many years and for them to do that, to basically be their International Ambassador as well, is something which I will take seriously,” said Els.


Home star Salvador aims for repeat win at Aboitiz Invitational

Elmer Salvador of the Philippines will defend his title at the Aboitiz Invitational, which makes a return on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) Schedule for the third consecutive season later this month. The 43-year-old Salvador dominated the event last year by defeating countryman Antonio Lascuna by six shots. He will aim for a repeat win when he returns to the Cebu Country Club from July 24 to July 27.

Reigning ADT Order of Merit winner Jay Bayron of the Philippines, talented local teenager Miguel Tabuena, Artemio Murakami, a former Asian Tour winner and ADT regular Carl Santos-Ocampo, will also feature at the US$65,000 event.


Magical Mickelson downs Amazing Grace in thrilling play-off at the Castle

Phil Mickelson claimed his first victory in a regular European Tour event at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open thanks to a typically magical chip on the first extra hole of a play-off against Branden Grace.

Mickelson is famed for his short game prowess, and the four-time Major winner showed exactly why after making light of a bare lie to stop his wedge shot on the par five 18th hole within a matter of inches of the cup. Having tapped in for birdie, Mickelson watched on as Grace’s valiant attempt to follow him in from 30 feet drifted past the hole, so handing the American the win and, with it, a cheque for €579,079.


Victor victorious in Swiss Challenge

Victor Riu overcame a nervous start to claim his maiden Challenge Tour title at the Swiss Challenge, posting a final round one under par 70 to win by three shots.

The Frenchman, who started the day with a four stroke lead, was two over par after ten holes, but rallied on the back nine to hold off Englishman Adam Gee, who drew level at one stage but ultimately had to settle for a share of second place after a 67.

Alongside Gee was young American Brinson Paolini, who was playing his first tournament as a professional and first event in Europe, and showed he is one to watch after carding weekend rounds of 64 and 65.


Stenson and Mickelson set for battle royal at the Castle

Henrik Stenson will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Scottish Open, with American Phil Mickelson heading the chasing pack in a stellar final grouping. Stenson posted a superb round of 66 at Castle Stuart Golf Links to move to 16 under par, with Mickelson in hot pursuit after matching the Swede’s effort.

Mickelson was joined in a share of third place on 14 under par by South African Branden Grace (66), Denmark’s JB Hansen (69) and England’s John Parry (66), but all eyes will be on the last group on what is set to be a dramatic final day in Inverness.

Stenson suffered a dramatic slump in fortunes two years ago, finishing in 136th place in The Race to Dubai, but returned to the winners’ enclosure in the SA Open Championship at the end of last year and has been a model of consistency this term.


Victor Rui romps 4-strokes clear at Swiss Challenge

Frenchman Victor Riu put himself in pole position to win his maiden Challenge Tour title with a magnificent nine under par 62 in the third round of the Swiss Challenge. The 28 year old leads by four shots at Golf Sempachersee near Lucerne thanks to seven birdies and an eagle, with Scotland’s Jamie McLeary the nearest challenger at 14 under par after a 65 which featured five straight birdies to finish.

Italian Andrea Perrino also shot 65 to be another shot back at 13 under, while it was a less enjoyable day for overnight leader Jamie Elson, who signed for a 73 to slip back into the pack.

Riu, who was tied third in Germany last week and tied seventh at Saint-Omer last month, said: “It was another great day where everything seemed to go right. I holed many putts, and on the ninth I had some luck when I holed my second shot from the rough from about 140 metres for an eagle two.


Kiradech and Thaworn eye magical week at The Open Championship

Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand is gearing up for the biggest challenge of his career when he makes his Major debut at The Open Championship at Muirfield next week. The big-hitting Kiradech, who secured his second Asian Tour title at the Maybank Malaysian Open in March, is determined to put on his best performance despite his unfamiliarity with links golf.

“I’ve been trying to work on my swing because the conditions will be different at The Open. The wind will be a big challenge for us (Asians) because we don’t play in windy conditions in Asia,” said the 23-year-old.

“I’ve played in several links-type golf courses in Japan but it is different in Scotland. It will be very windy and it might even rain. It will be tough. I must feel comfortable with the conditions,” added Kiradech.


Doak delights the locals in Inverness, Stenson and Molinari give chase

Chris Doak praised the influence of his coach, Bob Torrance, after securing the lead at the midway stage of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

A second successive 66 saw the Glaswegian end the second day as the surprise leader on 12 under par, one stroke ahead of the English duo of Ross Fisher and Matthew Southgate, Dane JB Hansen and America’s Peter Uihlein.

The 35 year old, who has just a single top ten finish to his name on The European Tour, carded five birdies, a solitary bogey and an eagle three at the par five 12th hole at Castle Stuart Golf Links, in Inverness.


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