We can all taste summer in the Northern Hemisphere, but spring weather continues to hold on with rain and cool temps around the globe. Battling the elements was a popular phrasing across the tours, and the hardiest of them all emerged as champions. Splish, splash, let’s mash!
PGA Tour: Memorial to Dufner after rain delay
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 5, 2017
After Jason Dufner opened with 65-65, pundits were ready to inscribe his name in the slot reserved for the 2017 Memorial champion. When he signed for a third-round 77, those same wags offered that he was toast; he was done; he couldn’t win.
There was another 65 at Muirfield Village on Sunday, but it went to Anirban Lahiri. It moved him into a tie for second with Rickie Fowler. Dufner, meanwhile, made two late birdies and a 40-foot bomb for par at the last to finish at 13-under par, two clear of the field.
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Golfers like Fowler, Justin Thomas, Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar and Daniel Summerhays all began the day in contention, but none of them were able to summon the round required to overcome the 2013 PGA Champion. Two late-round rain delays did nothing to stop the Dufner Express from its appointed stop at the champion’s station.
European Tour: Nordea Masters to Italy’s Paratore
Renato Paratore's winning round in under three minutes pic.twitter.com/sFJkIC1tXE
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) June 4, 2017
When you’re 20, you make all the putts. That’s the way it seemed for Renato Paratore, not yet 21, on Sunday in Sweden. By rights, one of England’s 2016 Ryder Cuppers (Chris Wood and Matthew Fitzpatrick) should have won, but they didn’t. Fitz made a bunch of birdies, but an early double left him one back. Wood was tied at the top at the last, but a wayward drive compelled him to make bogey and drop into a tie for second.
As for Paratore, he chipped and putted his way to victory. Time and again, the lanky lad found himself in position to collapse, yet he never did. His long putt for par at No. 17, followed by a massive lag putt on No. 18 to tap-in range, sealed the deal for the youngest winner on tour since countryman Matteo Manassero. Finishing in a tie for fourth were South Africa’s George Coetzee and Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen.
Web.com Tour: Rex Hospital Open marks Shindler’s 1st triumph
— Web.com Tour (@WebDotComTour) June 4, 2017
Conrad Shindler had a mighty battle on his hands. In order to earn his first Web.com Tour victory, he would have to derail Chesson Hadley, hometown Raleigh boy and once a victor at this event. The local hero matched Shindler shot for shot on Sunday, and the two headed to overtime to decide the keeper of the trophy.
Shindler ended things quickly with a routine par on the first playoff hole. Hadley was unable to par the difficult 18th, and the Texas A&M alumnus had his trophy. The triumph took Shindler from 50th to fifth in the chase for a PGA Tour card. Hadley, splitting time between the PGA and Web.com tours, moved from 57th to 18th on the same list.
Tied for third place at 14-under, one shot out of the playoff, were Andrew Putnam, Andrew Landry, and Kyoung-Hoon Lee.
LPGA: I.K. Kim makes Shoprite Classic her fifth win
— LPGA (@LPGA) June 4, 2017
Anna Nordqvist was on a quest to win her third-consecutive Shoprite Classic, and she beat every player in the field but one on the way. In-Kyung Kim matched Nordqvist shot for shot on the day, and her lead after two rounds held up for a two-stroke win.
Making the biggest runs of the day were Michelle Wie (65 for 7-under and 3rd) and Jaye Marie Green (66 for 6-under and T7). Paula Creamer, tied with Kim for the lead entering the final day, had a forgettable afternoon with 74, and she dropped to 6-under and T7.
PGA Tour Latinoamerica: Quito Open in Yonke’s hands
— PGATOURLA (@PGATOUR_LA) June 4, 2017
Curtis Yonke might have figured that his work was done after six consecutive birdies to close his outward Sunday nine. For the most part, it was. Jose Toledo opened his front nine with three bogeys, two birdies and an eagle. Other than the those three burps, his card was clean. An 18th-hole birdie brought Toledo within two of Yonke at 12-under.
Yonke’s U.S. countryman Chip Lynn was 3-under on the day through 10 holes, but he must have felt steamrolled by the eventual winner’s run of birdies. Lynn’s last shot at victory was derailed by a bogey at No. 15, and he ended in third place by himself at 10-under.
Correction: This story originally stated that Lydia Ko lost her top spot in the Rolex Rankings to Ariya Jutanugarn. Long story short, there was a bug in the projections and she didn’t (by 0.01 points). Golf Digest has the full story.