European Tour
Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns, Scotland
Oct 2-5, purse €3,284,691, par 72

Robert Karlsson has moved to the top of the European Tour Order of Merit after recording his second victory of the year at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

The 38-year-old fired a final round of 65 around the Old Course at St Andrews to post a 72-hole total of 10-under-par. That matched the score already recorded by England’s Ross Fisher and the pair had to wait to see if Martin Kaymer could better their efforts.

The young German got to 11-under with a birdie at the 16th but he fell foul of the notorious Road Hole taking three putts from short of the green for a bogey five. It meant he needed a birdie at the 18th hole to win outright. He gave himself a good chance on the final green but narrowly missed from eight feet.

So a three-way playoff was required and Karlsson, Kaymer and Fisher made their way back to the first tee. Fisher immediately took himself out of the equation by driving into the Swilken Burn. Karlsson, with a fairway wood, played into perfect position then Kaymer followed suit with a long iron. The German’s approach finished ten feet beyond the cup then Karlsson fired in a superb wedge to just three feet.

As at the 18th, Kaymer’s birdie effort just missed and Karlsson tapped in to secure the win, a cheque for €546,000 and top position in the race for the Harry Vardon Trophy.

“I played a bad round yesterday and all of a sudden got myself into the play-off and made a birdie on the first hole and was like, oh, that was quick.” He said. “It was a nice day out there.”

Speaking about the race for the Order of Merit, Karlsson was keen to praise Padraig Harrington’s efforts in 2008. “Obviously that’s a bonus, but when I’m playing out here, you’re just trying to do your best in each event.” He said. “But Padraig has won two majors already, so it’s not down to who is the best player this year.”

Kaymer, whose amateur partner was his older brother Philip, was quick to take the positives from his performance. “I think still overall it was a really good week for me. I’m pleased.” He said. “Second place, you know I was really close to winning the tournament and it gives me a lot of pleasure.”

1 Robert Karlsson (Swe) 67 70 76 65 278 €545,811
T2 Ross Fisher (Eng) 64 76 73 65 278 €284,439
T2 Martin Kaymer (Ger) 65 72 73 68 278 €284,439

4 Jarmo Sandelin (Swe) 66 72 72 70 280 €163,743
T5 Jose-Filipe Lima (Por) 67 71 75 68 281 €117,240
T5 Anthony Wall (Eng) 66 76 71 68 281 €117,240
T5 Magnus A Carlsson (Swe) 70 68 73 70 281 €117,240
T8 Jamie Donaldson (Wal) 70 70 75 67 282 €67,461

T8 Rory McIlroy (NIR) 68 69 78 67 282 €67,461
T8 Paul Casey (Eng) 72 70 72 68 282 €67,461
T8 Soren Hansen (Den) 64 73 77 68 282 €67,461
T8 Lee Westwood (Eng) 68 70 76 68 282 €67,461

Note: Players in bold signifies Titleist ball usage.

PGA Tour
Turning Stone Resort Championship
Atunyote Golf Club at Turning Stone, New York
Oct 2-5, purse $6,000,000, par 72

Long hitting rookie Dustin Johnson secured a life-changing win in a closely contested Turning Stone Resort Championship in New York. The 24-year-old birdied the final two holes to win by one from veteran Australian Robert Allenby.

The competition went right down to the wire and a host of players were in with a chance of victory down the stretch. In fact, 21 players finished within five shots of Johnson.

But, it was the young rookie who holed a clutch eight-foot putt on the final green to take the title and catapult himself from 128th to 41st on the PGA Tour money list.

“It’s kind of hard to explain. I haven’t grasped everything yet.” Said Johnson. “I’m obviously very, very excited. Hopefully, it’ll hit me a little bit later. I’ll probably have to sit down and re-evaluate my goals.”

Allenby would have won the competition comfortably had it not been for his lacklustre putting. “I left everything short,” he said. “Yesterday, I probably had the worst putting round of my life. I just lost my nerve with the putter. I tried to regain it, took the putter home last night and slept with it. All you can do is just give it your best.”

Charles Howell III led the competition after three rounds but a poor final round of 73 saw him fall back into a tie for third with six other players. Howell has held or shared the 54-hole lead four times in his career and is yet to win.

Davis Love III who is on the road to recover from ankle surgery, also finished tied for third and, had it not been for lip outs at the fourth and 13th, he would have tied Johnson at nine-under.

Johnson who missed nine cuts in a row earlier this season and looked destined to lose his Tour Card can now breathe easily. With this win he’s secured his playing rights on the PGA Tour for next season.

1 Dustin Johnson (USA) 72 68 70 69 279 $1,080,000
2 Robert Allenby (Aus) 71 68 71 70 280 $648,000
T3 Steve Allan (Aus) 68 74 70 69 281 $244,714
T3 Woody Austin (USA) 74 69 69 69 281 $244,714
T3 Matthew Goggin (Aus) 71 70 71 69 281 $244,714
T3 Ryuji Imada (Jap) 72 71 69 69 281 $244,714

T3 Robert Garrigus (USA) 72 72 68 69 281 $244,714
T3 Charles Howell III (USA) 71 68 69 73 281 $244,714
T3 Davis Love III (USA) 75 70 66 70 281 $244,714
T10 Nick O’Hern (Aus) 71 72 71 68 282 $138,000

T10 Joe Ogilvie (USA) 75 69 68 70 282 $138,000
T10 Jeff Overton (USA) 67 69 73 73 282 $138,000

T10 Pat Perez (USA) 71 72 69 70 282 $138,000
T10 Charles Warren (USA) 73 71 67 71 282 $138,000

Note: Players in bold signifies Titleist ball usage.