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Home Favorite Molinari Claims Historic 2nd Italian Open Win

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 September 2016 21:25 Sunday, 18 September 2016 21:13

Francesco MolinariCanadian Press

MONZA, Italy (AP) — Home favorite Francesco Molinari withstood the pressure in a final-day struggle with Danny Willett to claim a second victory at the Italian Open.

Molinari posted a final round of 65 to reach 22 under and become the first Italian to win a European Tour event twice.

The 2006 winner began round four with an eagle-birdie and held a four-shot lead with six holes to play but Masters winner Willett went birdie-eagle on the 13th and 14th to cut the gap to one.

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Team Canada Finishes 9th At World Amateur

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 September 2016 21:13 Sunday, 18 September 2016 21:10

altRIVIERA MAYA, Mexico (Golf Canada with files from the International Golf Federation) — The Canadian trio held their ground in the final round at the World Amateur, posting a 1-under score to finish inside the Top-10 in 9th place, climbing back from a T23 standing after the first round.

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Fifteen Countries To Compete At The World Junior Girls Championship

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 September 2016 21:10 Sunday, 18 September 2016 20:58

Mika LiuMISSISSAUGA, Ontario — When the world gathers at Mississaugua Golf & Country Club for the third annual World Junior Girls Championship, a returning champion will be among the familiar faces at the tournament. A total of 47 athletes will represent 15 countries, including 2014 individual winner Mika Liu of Beverly Hills, Calif.

“We are extremely excited for this year’s field,” said Tournament Director Mary Beth McKenna. “There are not many opportunities in terms of international competitions for girls of this age-group. These players are some of the best junior girls in the world and Golf Canada, Golf Ontario and our partners are thrilled to host them in a tournament where they can continue their growth and development.

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Naomi Ko Cards Tournament-Low 66 At World Amateur To Lift Canada Into 10th Place

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 September 2016 21:24 Thursday, 15 September 2016 21:16

Naomi KoRIVIERA MAYA, Mexico (Golf Canada with files from the International Golf Federation) — Team Canada’s Naomi Ko was the lone bright spot on the day for the Canadian trio, carding a tournament-low 66 (-6) on the Iberoster Playa Paraiso Golf Course to lift the team into sole possession of 10th place through 36 holes at the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship.

Following her second round, the 19-year-old Victoria, B.C., native owns a share of third place individually at 3-under par (75-66), just two strokes off the pace. Ko’s round was a much-needed boost for the Canadian contingent, who otherwise struggled with a 78 (+6) from Maddie Szeryk and an 80 (+8) from Josée Doyon.

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Final Was Epic Battle Between Friends, Budding Rivals

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 September 2016 18:50 Thursday, 15 September 2016 18:47

Stewart Hagestad and Scott HarveyELVERSON, Pennsylvania (Dave Shedloski/USGA) — The match was competitive, convivial,and compelling. It brought two friends together, and it brought out their best golf – arguably some of the finest we’ve seen this year in any championship. It went the distance. And then some.

In other words, it was everything you could want from a championship final.

That’s the takeaway from the deciding match of 36th U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship Thursday, in which Stewart Hagestad rallied from 4 down with five to play to stun 2014 champion Scott Harvey in 37 holes at Stonewall.

“It was a heavyweight fight, with two great players going toe-to-toe,” mused Hagestad’s caddie, the veteran John Doherty, who has caddied in more than 50 USGA championships but had never shepherded a winner until Thursday.

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