Tim Wilkinson lets useful payday slip in Texas

FRED WOODCOCK
Last updated 12:25 26/05/2014
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IN CONTENTION: Kiwi golfer Tim Wilkinson is tied for seventh at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

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New Zealand golfer Tim Wilkinson has let slip another chance for a useful payday and a leap up the FedEx Cup standings after tumbling down the leaderboard at the PGA Tour's Crowne Plaza Invitational today.

The Manawatu leftie started the final round in a share of 18th, just three shots off the lead, but a four-over par 74 - two birdies, four bogeys and a double-bogey - resulted in him falling from a share of 18th to a tie for 51st at even-par.

A sub-par round would have netted him a top-15 finish and a good helping of FedEx Cup points; instead he will climb just two spots to 120th in the season rankings. The top 125 players at season's end will retain their PGA Tour card for next year.

Compatriot Danny Lee fared better today, with a even-par 70 to finish at two-under for the week and in a tie for 38th. Lee climbs from 106th to 99th in the FedEx Cup standings.

World No 1 Adam Scott made a final-round charge, carding a four-under 66 to force his way into a playoff with American Jason Dufner, who also signed for a 66 today.

Both players made par at the first playoff hole, the 18th, then made birdie at the second playoff hole, the 17th, before Scott drained a six-footer for birdie after a stellar approach at the third playoff hole, the 18th, to secure his 11th PGA Tour win and celebrate his world No 1 ranking in style.

Meanwhile, Michael Hendry finished in a tie for 49th at the Kansai Open on the Japanese tour.

Hendry faded at the weekend, carding a five-over 77 and two-over 74 to drop to two-under for the tournament. It was his worst finish in five starts on tour this season. Japan's Koumei Oda won the tournament with a 15-under par total.

In other golf news, Caroline Bon has been awarded the New Zealand Professional Women's Golf scholarship for the second successive year.

The $10,000 scholarship is designed to help talented Kiwis achieve their golfing ambitions.

Northland's Bon used last year's scholarship to help fund her trip to China and Asia, where she secured her full playing rights on both tours.

She said the funds this year would enable her to plan for a significant playing season in China and Asian events.

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