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Golf Results 2014 August 31

 

Kirk clinches Deutsche Bank title
On the US PGA Tour, the American Chris Kirk won the Deutsche Bank Championship by two shots after a weather-delayed final round on Monday.

As players took to the course on Labour Day for the last 18 holes of the tournament, Kirk came up from the back with two birdies to take the lead. After a solid front nine performance, Kirk’s precision short game came to the fore on the home stretch with birdies at the 13th and 16th holes.

Kirk’s two shot advantage ensured a comfortable victory over Russell Henley (the overnight leader), Billy Horschel, and the Australian Geoff Ogilvy, who were tied for second place. World number one Rory McIlroy was tied for third place with John Senden.

Monday’s victory marks Kirk’s second PGA Tour title this season – the 29-year-old is now ranked number one on the FedEx Cup money list.

Otto wins Italian Open
In Europe, South Africa’s Hennie Otto won his second Italian Open with a two-shot victory over David Howell.

Sunday’s final round saw Otto go head-to-head against Howell and Stephen Gallacher, who mounted a late charge for victory in the hope of securing a place on the European Ryder Cup team. Despite his competitors’ best efforts, Otto kept his cool to retain a two-stroke lead until the final hole.

Otto was visibly overjoyed at winning as he lifted the trophy, having held off two seasoned competitors on Sunday. The South African recently underwent back surgery and has been playing selectively over the past few months to aid his recovery.

As Otto celebrates his third win on the European Tour, Gallacher will be eagerly awaiting the Ryder Cup team announcement this week. Although he failed to win an automatic selection, Gallacher may be chosen as one of the wildcard players as the European Team faces off against the United States later this season. 

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