American Captures Asian Tour
Handa Faldo Cambodian Title
American rookie David Lipsky produced a
superb chip-in birdie to defeat a luckless Elmer
Salvador, of the Philippines, in the first playoff
hole and win the inaugural US $300,000 Handa
Starting the day seven shots off the lead,
Lipsky, who played college golf at Northwest-
ern, closed with a stunning 7-under-par 65
for a 15-under-par 273 total. The gritty Salva-
dor had a 10-foot birdie putt at the last hole
in regulation play for the outright win but he
missed for a 68.
It was a frenetic final day as there were six
players tied for the lead at one stage before
Lipsky and Salvador, who also lost in a play-off
at last year’s ISPS Handa Singapore Classic,
edged ahead of the pack.
“I really can’t believe I’m here right now,” said
a jubilant Lipsky, who earned $47,550 and an
exemption on the Asian Tour till the end of 2014.
Before the play-off, the pivotal moment for
Lipsky came at the 15th hole.
“I won Q-School and I knew I had the game
in me. I’m happy it showed up here,” he said.
“On 15, I saw that everyone was bunched on
13 under. I had a 50-foot putt (for birdie) and I
jarred it and thought I could have a chance to
win,” said Lipsky.
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FOLEY SNAGS EGOLF TOUR WIN
On a day when the lead in the eGolf Tour’s
Pine Needles Classic changed hands approxi-
mately 10 times, Kevin Foley’s putt on the 72nd
green left little doubt as to who the tourna-
ment’s victor would be. A flawless 35-foot
bomb on the par- 4 18th gave the former Penn
State star a final-round 67, a 16-under 269
total, and the event’s $29,000 first-place prize.
Foley entered Saturday’s final round at
12-under par, trailing 36- and 54-hole leader
Chesson Hadley, of Raleigh, N.C., by one shot.
Early on in the round, however, it seemed as
though Foley was playing his way backwards
instead of into tournament contention.
After a birdie on the first hole, Foley fell into
a funk, making bogeys on the fifth and sixth
holes. A birdie at the short par- 4 ninth moved
Foley back up to 12 under for the event, three
back of Zimbabwe’s Bruce McDonald, who had
birdied four of his first nine holes to assume
the tournament lead at 15-under par.
A member of Zimbabwe’s 2011 World Cup
team, McDonald’s torrid final-round start stalled
in the form of nine consecutive pars on the closing
nine of the Donald Ross-designed Pine Needles
course. His final-round 67 left him alone in second
place at 15-under 270, one back of Foley.
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the best drivers in the
world drives off with a
new Kia Optima this week
as Sandra Gal defends her title
against one of the strongest fields
(49 of 50) on the LPGA Tour at
this year’s Kia Classic.
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