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Davis in the hunt in Kuala Lumpar

Amazing golf from the past week

Posted Oct 29, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Matteo Manassero

It’s great to see Englishman Brian Davis doing so well in the CIMB Asia-Pacific Classic, the PGA Tour’s inaugural event in south-east Asia.
He is currently two shots off the lead after firing six birdies in a bogey-free 65 and was left trailing American pair Ricky Barnes, who hit a majestic 63, and Ryan Moore, equally good with a round of 64.
Other Europeans doing well included Scotland’s Martin Laird who is in a group of four players on five under, whilst Luke Donald and Ernie Els are on four under.
This event features only the leading 25 golfers from the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings along with the top 10 players from the Asian Tour and five sponsor exemptions.
In other news, Jonathan Byrd knocked in a sensational hole-in-one as darkness descended on the fourth play-off hole to beat Scotsman Martin Laird to the Justin Timberlake PGA Tour event in Las Vegas.
Byrd, defending champion Laird and Cameron Percy were involved in a three-way play-off as darkness set in. The trio had debated whether to stop playing but when they decided to carry on, Byrd holed out at the 204-yard par three 17th to earn a remarkable victory.
It was a sensational shot worthy of winning any event and, despite all three finishing 21 under for their four rounds, was a fitting way for the contest to be decided. Brilliance should always be recognized, especially out on the golf course.
And finally, what a great win for Matteo Manassero as he became the youngest ever player to win on the European Tour by finished four shots ahead of Ignacio Garrido on 16 under at the Castello Masters in Valencia.
The 17-year-old played superbly over the whole contest and he thoroughly deserved the victory and the praise that followed. He hailed it as ‘unbelievable, a very special moment’ and it broke the previous record held by New Zealander Danny Lee who was 18 years and 213 days old when he won the 2009 Johnnie Walker Classic. Manassero was 17 years and 188 days old for his win. Well done to him and I can’t wait to see more of this Italian talent over the coming years.

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