November brings football glory across the United States to professional and university teams. It offers redemption, inauguration, and awareness. Five tours were unable to contest time-honored events, and five champions expressed gratitude for the chance to practice their craft this late in the year. Although it’s not the cauldron for majors or the caldera international team play, it is difficult and challenging. Let’s look at the events that took place from Arizona to South Africa, Houston to Egypt and Florida. Sometimes, it’s a good idea to have a few.
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— DP World Tour (@DPWorldTour November 13, 2022
PGA Tour – Tony Finau wins the Houston Open in a walk
Tony Finau, the man who taught himself to win, held a five shot advantage after 36 holes in Houston. After nine holes, his lead grew to seven. How can you play with an eight-shot lead in your game? It turns out that Sloppily is the right word. Finau finished with a par 38, three-over on the inward. Although it wasn’t enough for Finau to lose his victory, it raised questions about his ability close the deal, regardless of the circumstances.
Finau’s third victory in the 2022 campaign was for 87 per cent of the week a masterclass. Over the first 63 holes, Finau recorded 22 birdies and three bogeys. To reach minus 20, he needed a one-under finish. Although the back nine was not a masterpiece, it did the job for the 33-year-old Utahn.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR November 13, 2022
LPGA: Nelly wins at PWC to complete her comeback from illness
On Sunday, Belleair, Florida was captivated by three stories. Allisen Corpuz won the inaugural LPGA title thanks to twin 65s. Lexi Thompson wanted to end a three year drought of victories, while Nelly Korda was hoping to make a complete comeback from illness that had kept her sidelined for most of the season. Each of these victories would have been a compelling story.
Corpuz began slowly on Sunday. After seven pars on her scorecard, a bogey at 8 dropped her further back. She finished the day with a total of 69, including three birdies and another bogey. This was her best finish in her career. Thompson seems to find a new way each week to win a tournament. On Sunday, Thompson’s consecutive bogies at 11 & 12 were sandwiched between Korda birdies at 10 & 13. Thompson was penalized four strokes for this four-hole stretch.
Nelly had seven birdies in the first 17 holes, giving her a two shot advantage on the last tee. The young Floridian won her eighth career win, her first since the Pelican last year, by playing safely for bogey.
Club twirl ?
Another birdie ?
Fist pump? @NellyKorda leads with two heading into 18.
LPGA (@LPGA November 13, 2022
DP World Tour: Fairway Jesus wins first tour title after 2019 event
Shubhankar Sharma and Ryan Fox were still on the Nedbank Golf Challenge’s final three holes. Tommy Fleetwood was even at 11-under par. The final holes at Gary Player Country Club show the importance of water avoidance. Each hole requires a low-percentage shot in the wet stuff and each one is susceptible to tournament shape-shifting.
Sharma is an unproven commodity and was the first to fail. Bogey’s 16- and 17-year-old scores dropped him to nine under par and he ended up in third place. Fox has been able to win, but great length can lead to a lot of misfortune. He finished second solo at ten deep after his bogey at last.
Fleetwood, also known as Fairway Jesus, held firm over the final stretch, with three boring pars. His nerves have been strengthened by all the Ryder Cup gauntlets, even when playing with less talent. Fleetwood won his sixth title with a convincing triumvirate, of fairways and greens. He also won his fifth title at the Nedbank. His desire to play the Sun City course is growing.
Asian Tour: Ogletree asserts International Series Egypt at Madinaty
Andy Ogletree, one of the COVID golfers, was a member of the COVID generation. His senior season and professional summers were ruined by the pandemic. Although 2020 may seem so far away, this group experienced the worst of times. Since leaving Georgia Tech, Ogletree has experienced the journeyman lifestyle, including Monday qualifying, international events and the inaugural LIV in London. Ogletree won confidence and bankroll this week in Egypt as he beat Bernd Wiesberger from Austria by four shots.
Ogletree started the week with 66 and then added 64, 65 and 65 to gain a three-shot lead through 54 holes. Many golfers shot rounds in the 60s, but it was always the final group that won the tournament. Wiesberger and Ogletree fought hard, making it a back-nine match. Ogletree was the better player, having one bogey. Wiesberger had a bucket full of birdies on the front nine. Ogletree was one shot ahead. Ogletree had birdie, but the Austrian won the tenth. But the young American didn’t wilt. Wiesberger reduced the deficit by two at the 13th but couldn’t get any closer. Ogletree made birdie to beat his opponent on the 16th. Although the walk down the last 100 meters was not easy, the winner won with birdie to win the inaugural major-tour.
Only his fifth Tour victory
— Asian Tour (@asiantourgolf November 13, 2022
PGA Tour Champions: Harrington ends Champions season in style
After a Saturday 62, Padraig Harrington had built a substantial lead. Alex Cejka knew that he would make the Irishman sweat on Sunday. The German player played seven holes in five under, which put a dent in Harrington’s win stroll. Cejka was able to cool off with his birdie run. He wouldn’t make another birdie in the remaining eleven holes and victory was assured.
Harrington’s seven shot victory was a record. Harrington played a round no higher than 66 and had 27 birdies and 1 eagle. He made his second bogey in the week with just 40 holes left. His scorecards on Saturday and Sunday were flawless. His total of 257 shots in four rounds was a Champions Tour record. The victory gave Steven Alker a scare in the long season-long race to the Charles Schwab Cup. Alker won the championship for his own title, and Harrington came in second.
Another birdie for @padraig_h, to reach 25-under
He is now only two short of the 72-hole scoring record at 27-under pic.twitter.com/cT55WeGDxy
— PGA TOUR Champions (@ChampionsTour November 13, 2022