Darren Beck (Photo: PGA of Australia)

The ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia returned ahead of a huge summer of golf with a thrilling finish at the WA PGA in Kalgoorlie.

41-year-old Darren Beck overcame a slow start on Sunday at the 2019 TX Civil & Logistics WA PGA Championship to power home in the afternoon, needing just eight putts on the back nine on his way to a drought-breaking win 10 years in the making.

With his 2020 European Tour card locked up, rookie pro Min Woo Lee headed to Korea for the Genesis Championship where he, too, finished with a bang.

Lee backed up a Saturday 81 with a brilliant Sunday 68 to rocket into the top 10.

Elsewhere, Brad Kennedy cracked the top 10 over 36 holes in Japan, while Aaron Wilkin matched that feat at the season-ending Macau Championship on the PGA Tour China.

But #AussieOfTheWeek came from the US this week though he continued the theme of strong finishes, with David McKenzie shooting a 9-under 63 in the final round, the lowest score of the week, to be runner-up on the Champions Tour.

The Victorian was 1-over through two holes before catching fire with eight birdies and an eagle, enough to cash a $US185,000 cheque and win our #AussieOfTheWeek!

CHAMPIONS TOUR
SAS Championship
Prestonwood CC, North Carolina
Won by Jerry Kelly at -16 by one shot

2 – David McKenzie, -15, 69-69-63
T12 – Rod Pampling, -8, 69-69-70
T56 – Stephen Leaney, +2, 73-72-73

EUROPEAN TOUR
Italian Open
Olgiata GC, Rome
Won by Bernd Wiesberger at -16 by one shot

T34 – Lucas Herbert, -3, 74-65-69-73
T40 – Wade Ormsby, -2, 71-70-68-73
T55 – Jason Scrivener, E, 71-70-72-71
MC – Sam Brazel, +7, 77-72
MC – Scott Hend, +14, 82-74

JAPAN TOUR
Bridgestone Open*
(Shortened to 36 holes due to typhoon)
Sodegaura Country Club, Japan
Won by Shugo Imahira at -11 by one shot

T6 – Brad Kennedy, -8, 68-66
T12 – David Bransdon, -7, 68-67
T12 – Brendan Jones, -7, 71-64
T12 – Adam Bland, -7, 70-65
T21 – Matt Griffin, -6, 69-67
T41 – Won Joon Lee, -2, 73-67
T51 – Dylan Perry, -1, 72-69
T72 – Anthony Quayle, +1, 71-72

PGA TOUR
Houston Open
GC of Houston, Texas
Won by Lanto Griffin at -14 by one shot

76 – Rhein Gibson, +8, 73-68-77-78
MC – Aaron Baddeley, +3, 72-75
MC – John Senden, +5, 72-77
MC – Robert Allenby, +8, 76-76
MC – Cam Davis, +8, 79-73
WD – Matt Jones, +1, 73

KOREAN TOUR
Genesis Championship
Jack Nicklaus Golf Club, Korea
Won by Sungjae Im at-6 by two

T6 – Min Woo Lee, -4, 68-71-81-68

JAPAN LPGA TOUR
Stanley Ladies Golf Tournament
(Shortened to 36 holes due to typhoon)
Tomei Country Club, Japan
Won by Ah-Reum Hwang at -8 by two shots

MC – Karis Davidson, +6, 78

PGA TOUR CHINA
Macau Championship
Caeser’s Golf Club, Macau
Won by Justin Shin at -25 by three shots

T5 – Aaron Wilkin, -13, 66-67-67
T17 – Kevin Yuan, -12, 70-68-68-66
T17 – Max McCardle, -12, 70-70-65-67
T17 – Tim Stewart, -12, 67-66-70-69
T25 – Bryden Macpherson, -11, 69-69-66-69
46 – Charlie Dann, -6, 72-67-68-71
65 – James Grierson, +3, 70-67-72-78

 

EUROPEAN CHALLENGE TOUR
Stone Irish Challenge
Headfort Golf Club, Ireland
Won by Emilio Cuartero Blanco (-11) in a playoff over Oscar Lengden

MC – Deyen Lawson, +4, 68-80

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