Eagle on 3rd playoff hole seals 1st victory on European Tour
18: Age, in years, of Denmark’s Rasmus Hojgaard, who won the European Tour’s AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open on Sunday. Hojgaard made eagle-3 on the third playoff hole in Heritage Bel Ombre, Mauritius, to defeat France’s Antoine Rozner. They had tied with Italy’s Renato Paratore at 19-under 269. Paratore bowed out of the playoff with a par on the first extra hole, the 572-yard, par-5 18th, as Hojgaard and Rozner made birdie. They birdied it again on the second extra hole before returning to the tee for a third sudden-death attempt, before Hojgaard holed a 9-foot eagle putt to win. It was only the fifth career start on the European Tour for Hojgaard, a recent Q-School graduate. At 18 years and 271 days, he became the tour’s third-youngest winner in history. Italian Matteo Manassero won twice as a 17-year-old, and New Zealand’s Danny Lee won at 18 years and 1 month (scores).
19: Number of players who have won multiple Australian Open titles as Matt Jones joined the elite club with a victory in his national open. Jones shot 2-under 69 in the final round at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney, his home course, for a 15-under 269 total and one-stroke victory. South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen (66) finished second at 14-under 270. It was the second Australian Open title for Jones, 39, who also won in 2015. Gary Player won the open seven times, followed by Jack Nicklaus (6), Greg Norman (5) and Ivo Whitton (5). With his victory, Jones qualified via the Open Qualifying Series for the 2020 British Open at Royal St. George’s Golf Club. Australia’s Aaron Pike and Japanese amateur Takumi Kanaya, who tied for third at 9-under 275, also qualified for the British Open (scores).