Nedbank Golf Challenge and Mayakoba Golf Classic Recaps
Nedbank Golf Challenge and Mayakoba Golf Classic Recaps

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Nedbank Golf Challenge

Tommy Fleetwood divides his time between the PGA and European Tours. And pretty equally at that. There aren't many golfers who do that, but those who do almost always play the biggest tournaments on both tours while skipping the weak ones. When you combine the toughest fields with the most travel, it is both grueling and impressive.

And when you consider that Fleetwood had made 40 straight worldwide cuts heading into last week, well, it was all that more remarkable. But as consistent as Fleetwood had been, he hadn't been great. His world ranking was tumbling perilously close to outside the top-20 in the world, and he hadn't actually won a tournament in almost two years.

That all changed Sunday in Sun City, South Africa, where Fleetwood came from six shots off the lead to start the final round to capture the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player in a playoff over Sweden's Marcus Kinhult.

By winning the Rolex Series event and the biggest winner's share in European Tour history at $2.5 million U.S., the Englishman now heads to this week's European Tour finale, the DP World Tour Championship, with a chance to win the season-long Race to Dubai for the second time in three years.

Fleetwood now trails only Austria's resurgent Bernd Wiesberger in the standings, with Spain's Jon Rahm right behind him. Wiesberger wound up tied for third in the Nedbank. Third-round leader Zander Lombard of South Africa tumbled into a tie for

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Len Hochberg
Hochberg covers golf for RotoWire. A veteran sports journalist, he contributes to Sports on Earth and was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years.
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