Hendry best at weekend29 Aug 2016
Refreshed by a month’s recess from the Japan Tour, Michael Hendry resumed the second half of the season where he left off with a tie for 2nd and a cheque of nearly $NZ 100,000 in the RIZAP KBC Augusta tournament in Fukuoka. Hendry finished alongside 2016 NZ PGA champion Brad Kennedy on -10, both five shots behind winner Ryo Ishikawa. Hendry now sits 4th on the Tour, with earnings approaching $NZ 600,000 for the year.
Elsewhere, it was another Top 10 finish, but no fourth Canadian Pacific Women’s title for Lydia Ko. She finished T7 on -13, some 10 shots adrift of Ariya Jutanugarn who took out her 5th LPGA title of the year. Arguably she is the form female golfer of the moment, and is closing in on Lydia’s 1# world ranking, being now only 248 points behind in the Race to the CME Globe. With 10 tournaments left in the regular LPGA season, the Evian Championship next month – the final major of 2016, with Lydia defending – could well determine who comes out on top in the end.
Danny Lee failed to make the cut in the Barclays, dropping to 85# in the FedEx Cup rankings and needing a good result in this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship to stay in the playoffs.
Meanwhile Steven Alker will join Tim Wilkinson in the Web.Com playoff series, where another 25 PGA Tour cards are up for grabs over the next four weeks. Josh Geary will have to wait for Web.Com Q-School in December if he wants to continue pursuing his US Tour options, after failing to make the cut in the Winco Foods Portland Open in Oregon, in which Alker finished T50 on -4.
Also missing the cut this weekend was Ryan Fox on the European Challenge Tour, at the Bridgestone Challenge at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire. The winner, Thomas Detry of Belgium, started with a course record 60 (12 under) in Round One and carried on in like vein to finish -29 for the tournament, a whopping 12 shots clear of the field.
Finally, there was better news on the Champions Tour where Grant Waite was in genuine contention after a 2nd round 65, finally finishing T11 on -8 in the Boeing Classic, won by Bernhard Langer in a three man playoff. Grant’s best result of the season earned him $NZ 60,000, and took him to 66# on the Charles Schwab Cup rankings, and in line to qualify for the Cup Championship in November. Grant has hit form at the right time, doubling his year’s earnings in his last two tournaments, after patchy results earlier in the year.