Fathauer, Luiten jump in world rankings after victories

Derek Fathauer’s breakthrough victory at the Tour Championship solidified his season cementing his promotion to the PGA Tour for the 2014-2015 wrap-around season.

He was one of 50 players securing their Tour cards including Adam Hadwin, Carlos Ortiz, Bud Cauley and Colt Knost.

Zac Blair finished second at 13-under and earned his card as well. Blair had a three-shot lead through 36 holes at TPC Sawgrass. He was a shot ahead of Jason Gore, 40, who advanced to the PGA Tour for the first time since 2009. Fautauer’s win moved to No. 174 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

On the European Tour, the Netherlands’ Joost Luiten opened bogey-bogey in his final round at the ISPS Handa Wales Open. But, he rallied to win his fourth career European Tour title by a shot at 14-under overall. He improve to 10th in the Race To Dubai standings and to 36th in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Luiten, who shot even-par 71 in the final round, held off a charging Tommy Fleetwood and Shane Lowry. Fleetwood capped off a back-nine 30 at Celtic Manor with four birdies and an eagle in his final five holes. Nicolas Colsaerts, Jamie Donaldson and Edoardo Molinari headlined a group finishing T-4 at 12-under.

Other Golf News:

  • M.J. Hur shot 6-under-66 to finish 21-under overall and four shot ahead of Rolex Ranking No. 1 Stacy Lewis at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic in Alabama. For Hur (who contended last week at the Evian), it marked her second career LPGA Tour title winning the Safeway back in 2009. She finished 75th on the LPGA Tour money list a season ago.
  • Marita Engzelius (10-under) won the Symetra Tour Championship Sunday making eagle-3 on the first playoff hole to beat two others.
  • Paul Goydos, a Champions Tour rookie at age 50, won the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship Sunday at 19-under. He finished a shot in front of Fred Funk and Scott Dunlap. Goydos carded four birdies on four of his last five holes in the final round.
  • Luiten, who entered the Wales Open ranked 48th in the world, won twice on the European Tour in 2013. Luiten carded first and three-round 65s at Celtic Manor.
  • The 40th Ryder Cup takes place this week in Scotland at Gleneagles pitting Team USA against Team Europe. Europe won the matches in 2012 in comeback fashion in America 14 1/2 to 13 1/2. The U.S. leads the all-time 25-12-2.
  • The Top 10 in the men’s rankings remained mostly unchanged topped by Rory McIlroy. Jim Furyk switched places with Henrik Stenson (both idle this week preparing for the Ryder Cup) into the No. 4 slot.