Hideki Matsuyama improves on day 2 of US Open

Hideki Matsuyama improves on day 2 of US Open

Hideki Matsuyama is playing in his sixth US Open and Matsuyama started the 2020 US Open slowly by getting +1 in round one for a T33 in the leaderboard and for Matsuyama, there was a fear of missing the cut line following a slow start.
 
Round 2 of US Open was horrible for most of the players as we saw only six players getting under par score compared to 23 players who got under par score on Thursday and Matsuyama started his round two in the afternoon (1.16 PM) and got birdie of the first hole to move even par from round one’s +1 score but came back to +1 again, after getting bogey on the very next hole (Hole 2) and got even in next five holes (3, 4, 5, 6, 7) and ended first nine on high by getting back to back birdies on 8th and 9th hole of first nine to move -1.
 
Matsuyama was not able to produce a low score in back nine and remained quit for eight holes where he got even par from 10th to 17th hole and finally, when he scored, it was a bogey on the last hole (18) which reduced his score to even par from -1 and finished round two at 69. So, Matsuyama exchanged round one’s +1 with round two’s -1 for an even-par and this even par, helped Matsuyama to enter top ten and make a big leap in the leader boards to T7 from round one’s T33.

Hideki Matsuyama will start his round 3 on Saturday at 5:30 PM GMT.

[COVER PHOTO CREDIT: KYODO NEWS]


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September 19, 2020 - By Dhruv Trivedi

Former Asian Tour Order of Merit winner’s Shubhankar Sharma and Gavin Green misses the cut in 2020 English Championship

Former Asian Tour Order of Merit winner’s Shubhankar Sharma and Gavin Green misses the cut in 2020 English Championship

The duo of Shubhankar Sharma and Gavin Green missed the halfway cut on Friday after both players got -1 and -4 in English Championship.

Shubhankar Sharma was playing his second tournament in European Tour’s return and Sharma already had put himself in trouble by scoring even par in round one and the opening round saw a legion of players getting under par scores, due to this Sharma was pushed back in the leader boards to tied 110th for round one and in round two, Sharma, had a tough start as he got +1 in first nine but he recovered well by getting -2 in back nine for a total score of -1.
After this event Shubhankar Sharma, have missed cuts in back to back events, first in Hero Open and second in English Championship where the ace Indian golfer missed the cut-line by four strokes.
 
Gavin Green had a decent opening round (69) in English Championship and he got the same score in round two for a total score of -4 and scores of 69, 69 didn’t help him in securing the cut as Green missed the cut by just one stroke (cut-line was at -5) and got an MC (missed cut) in his first tournament after European Tour’s return.

Both Shubhankar Sharma and Gavin Green will play European Tour’s next event of Celtic Classic on 13th August 2020.

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August 08, 2020 - By Dhruv Trivedi

Cambodia’s first international golf tournament

Cambodia’s first international golf tournament

In late 2006, Asian Tour announced that they are going add 8 new tournaments in 2007 edition of Asian Tour.

Jonnie Walker Cambodian Open was one of the debut events in 2007 season and this tournament was a very special one for the country because for the first time Cambodia hosted an international golf event.



The Phokeethra Country golf course
(Photo Credit: exoticgolfholidays.com)

The Phokeethra Country Club was given the golden opportunity to host the country’s first international event where more than 125 players took part in the event.
 
The four-day event was scheduled from 29 November to 2nd December and was the second last event of 2007 season.



Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen tees off 
during the opening ceremony (Photo Credit: CAAI News Media).
 
Round 1:

Adam Groom (Photo Credit: Golf Grinder).

On day one, Australia’s Adam Groom led in round one by scoring seven under 65.

Round 2: 


Bryan Saltus (Photo Credit: golftrade.net)

Groom got -4 in the second round to overall score of -11 for a share in the lead with Bryon Saltus, who got 66 and 65 in first two rounds for his T1.
 
Round 3:
Groom got better of Saltus in round three as he got 70 compared to Saltus’s 71.
So, the Groom was the new leader with an overall score of -13 and Saltus was in second place on -12.
 
Round 4:
Groom and Saltus were separated by just one stroke before the final round begins on Sunday.
On Day four, both Groom and Saltus were the last groups (including Thaworn Wiratchant) in round four’s draw, to tee off at 11:20 AM.

Leader Groom got +1 and had a poor start in first nine and Saltus on other hand had a great start with a hat-trick of birdies in first three holes followed by a bogey and birdie to end first nine at -3.
After the end of the first nine, Groom was at -12 and Saltus was leading over Groom by three strokes with -15.
In second nine, Groom got more birdies (3) then Saltus (2) but still, Saltus won the tournament with an overall score of -17 and Groom who lost the lead on day four, got a score of -14 and had to take the runner-up finish.



2007 Cambodian Open Champion
Bryan Saltus (Photo Credit: The Associated Press).

To come back from one stroke deficit and win the tournament over three strokes was a big thing for Bryon Saltus who won his first professional tournament in 2007 at the inaugural Jonnie Walker Cambodian Open.

Final Result:

Position: Player Name: Par: Round 1: Round 2:
1. Bryan Saltus -17 66 67
2. Adam Groom -14 65 68
 
Round 3: Round 4: Score:
71 67 271
70 71 274

The two highlights of this tournament were, Indonesia’s first international tournament and the amazing contest between Australia’s Adam Groom and USA’s Bryan Saltus for first place.
 
After 2007, the country hosted three more Asian Tour events and 2010 was the last edition of Asian Tour’s Cambodian Open.
 
Nonetheless, the inaugural edition of Cambodia Open was a stepping stone in Indonesia golf because, after that, Cambodia hosted several international golf events and the most recent tournament was 2019 Asia Golf Championship which targeted South-East Asia golfers.


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May 23, 2020 - By Dhruv Trivedi

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