Vincent fizzles out in Philippines

HARARE - Zimbabwe's Scott Vincent found the going tough at the richest golf tournament in the Philippines over the weekend, where he tied for 48 after carding eight under par 280.

After experiencing the euphoria of a tied second finish in Korea last month, Vincent seemed to be on course for his first Asian Tour win after firing a fiery opening round 66 which he followed up with a 68.

The 288 world ranked golfer, however, fizzled out at the homestretch with rounds of 71 and 75, to finish 11 shots off eventual winner Shiv Chawrasia from India.

The 24-year-old is in his maiden Asian Tour since turning professional in June last year and is hoping to finish as high as he can on the Order of Merit so that he can qualify for the bigger events.

As for Chawrasia, the son of a greens keeper, the win saw him lift his first Asian Tour title abroad after prevailing at the second play-off hole to win the $1 million Resorts World Manila Masters.

The 38-year-old had birdied the 18th play-off hole twice to clinch victory over Sam Chien of the US and Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung.

Meanwhile, the United States Golf Association (USGA) has invited Zimbabwe born golfer Sean Crocker to participate in a Walker Cup practice match as one of 16 players in a provisional squad  for the 46th Walker Cup Match in September next year.

The USGA is responsible for selecting the team of 10 golfers that will represent USA in that match which will be played at the Los Angeles Country Club.

Crocker was born in Harare and learned golf from father Gary, who was a professional cricket player.

The family moved to California and Sean turned out to be a very good junior. He earned 2013 AJGA Rolex All-American and 2012 AJGA Junior All-American honourable mention honours before enrolling at the University of Southern California.

He led USC during the 2014/15 season with a 70.39 stroke average, posting 19 rounds under 70, the most since Jamie Lovemark in 2007.

He won the Monroe Invitational in the summer of 2016, posting a final round of 63 to take the title.

He was second in the Northeast Amateur.

In 2015, he was second in the Sahalee Players and reached the semi-finals of the US Amateur.

Elsewhere, the 2016th edition of the Hwange Open is on this weekend at Hwange Golf Club but problems with finances has seen the tournament being restricted to amateurs only.

At least 120 amateurs are expected to take part in the tournament which will not feature any professionals.

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