Sam Burns made eight birdies on his final 10 holes to wrap up a 6&5 win over Cameron Young in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. It was the second-largest margin of victory in an 18-hole match in this tournament. Burns won for the fifth time on Tour while it was the sixth runner-up finish for Young in the last 18 months. Rory McIlroy won the third-place match 2&1 over defending champion Scottie Scheffler, who was trying to join Tiger Woods as the only back-to-back winners of the event. Match Play will not be on the Tour schedule in 2024 as it moves toward more elevated events for the top 70 players, a response to the threat of Saudi-funded LIV Golf. …Mackenzie Hughes made it all the way to the quarterfinal stage before losing to Burns, 3&2. Hughes was 2up after three holes before Burns made birdies on three of the next four holes to flip the match. Hughes advanced to the quarterfinals by beating Taylor Montgomery twice within the span of a few hours. First, he beat him 6&4 in a group play match and then, two hours later, faced him in a sudden-death playoff where he won on the first hole with a birdie. …Corey Conners (2-1-0), Nick Taylor (1-2-0), Adam Hadwin (1-2-0), and Adam Svensson (0-2-1) all failed to advance past the group stage. Both Hadwin and Taylor likely needed to make it to the semifinals in order to secure enough world ranking points to earn them an invitation to the Masters. Taylor can still get in with a win at this week’s Valero Texas Open.
Matt Wallace made four birdies over his final six holes, then watched as Nicolai Hojgaard missed a 20-foot birdie putt that would have forced a playoff for a one-stroke win at the Corales Puntacana Championship. Wallace, a four-time winner on the European Tour, picked up his first career PGA Tour win. While a Tour win usually guarantees you a Masters invitation, this one doesn’t because it was held opposite the WGC-Match Play event in Texas. However, he does get into the PGA Championship and the Tournament of Champions next year in Hawaii. …Michael Gligic made the weekend cut for just the second time in 15 starts this season. …Taylor Pendrith is a combined +14 in his last three tour starts …Cougar Collins made his PGA Tour debut after Monday qualifying for the event. He missed the weekend cut by one stroke.
NEXT EVENT: Valero Texas Open (Mar. 30)
CANADIANS ENTERED: Corey Conners, Michael Gligic, Taylor Pendrith, Nick Taylor
Celine Boutier made birdie on the first playoff hole to defeat Georgia Hall at the LPGA Drive on Championship. Boutier forced a playoff with a birdie on the final hole. This was the LPGA’s first full-field event of the season. It was Boutier’s third LPGA victory making her the winningest French player on tour. Seventeen players were within three shots of the lead to start the final round. …Golf Canada Team Canada member Maddie Szeryk records her first-ever top-10 result in her 23rd career start on the LPGA Tour. The 16-under total is her lowest career 72-hole score on the Tour. Her career-low second-round 65 left her with a share of the lead for the first time in her career.
NEXT EVENT: DIO Implant LA Open (Mar. 30)
CANADIANS ENTERED: Maude-Aimee Leblanc, Maddie Szeryk, Alena Sharp (reserve)
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
David Toms went wire-to-wire for a four-shot victory at The Galleri Classic. It was his second win in three starts and fourth career Champions Tour title. With the win, Toms becomes the first two-time winner on the Tour this season. Steven Alker birdied two of the last three holes to finish runner-up, one shot better than Retief Goosen and Paul Stankowski. Bernhard Langer, who was trying to win his record 46th Tour title, finished in a tie for 20th. …Mike Weir recorded his third top-30 result of the season …Stephen Ames’ first-round 77 was his highest opening-round score since April 2021.
NEXT EVENT: Invited Celebrity Classic (Apr. 21)
KORN FERRY TOUR
David Skinns carded his third straight round of 68 for a one-stroke victory at the Club Car Championship. It was his third career Tour win and first since 2021. Shad Tuten and Tom Whitney finished tied for second. For Tuten it’s his fourth career top-3 finish and second at this event. …Roger Sloan’s second-round 64 was his lowest score on the Korn Ferry Tour since shooting 63 in the final round of the Albertsons Boise Open in 2018.
NEXT EVENT: Astara Chile Classic (Mar 30)
CANADIANS ENTERED: Chris Crisologo, Richard Jung, Roger Sloan
Nick Bachem carded eight birdies on his way to a final round 64 and a four-stroke win at the Jonsson Workwear Open. It was his first career European Tour title. He was a three-time winner on a German-based pro tour. South Africans Hennie du Plessis and Zander Lombard finished tied for second. …Aaron Cockerill notched his first top-15 result in five months.
NEXT EVENT: The Masters (Apr. 6)
PGA TOUR LATINOAMERICA
Chandler Blanchet holed out from the fairway for an eagle on the final hole to cap off a three-shot win in the Roberto de Vicenzo Memorial 100 years. Leandro Marelli finished runner-up for the second time in his career – first since 2016 …Golf Canada Team Canada member Max Sekulic, who was one of only four players to have four sub-70 rounds this week, notched his first career top-10 finish. …Stuart Macdonald equalled his career-best result on Tour
NEXT EVENT: JHSF Aberto do Brasil (Mar 30)
CANADIANS ENTERED: Michael Blair, Blair Bursey, Myles Creighton, Brandon Lacasse, Stuart Macdonald, Joey Savoie, Max Sekulic
Miranda Wang birdied two of her final six holes for a one-shot victory over Natasha Andrea Oon in the IOA Championship. It was her first career victory and she is the third first-time winner in three events to start the season. Oon bogeyed the final hole and missed a chance to force a playoff with Wang. …Selena Costabile recorded the third top-10 result of her career
NEXT EVENT: Casino Del Sol Golf Classic (Mar 30)
CANADIANS ENTERED: Selena Costabile, Alena Sharp, Sarah-Eve Rheaume (reserve), Kate Johnston (reserve), Brogan McKinnon (reserve), Josee Doyon (reserve), Megan Osland (reserve)