Victor Perez outlasted Matthew Southgate in a round-four thriller to claim his maiden European Tour title at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

The duo were level heading into Sunday's play at St Andrews' old course and were still unable to be split by the 17th after a ding-dong battle.

However, a costly bogey from Southgate at the penultimate hole meant Frenchman Perez – who now resides in nearby Dundee – was able to lift the trophy thanks to a two-under-par 70 that left him at 22 under overall.

"The emotions were really high all day," said Perez, who graduated from the European Challenge Tour last season.

"It was really cold and windy, a long day out there and I felt I was able to battle.

"It wasn't easy, Matt played amazing. I was expecting some of the guys to charge and we were fortunate that it was kind of a one on one battle on the back nine.

"JP [Fitzgerald, Perez's caddie] knows the three courses like the back of his pocket, especially St Andrews, and it was a huge advantage for me to know where to hit it and really trust him."

A run of four birdies in five holes prior to the turn seemingly saw the momentum shift to Southgate, but dropped shots at 14 and 17 proved his undoing as he finished one stroke back.

Perez's victory means he enters the world's top 70, and also the top 20 in the European Tour's Race to Dubai Rankings.

Paul Waring and Joakim Lagergren finished two shots back in a tie for third, while Tommy Fleetwood and Tom Lewis each signed for sensational 64s to finish among a cluster of five players three strokes adrift.

Rory McIlroy has not quite been able to keep pace with the leaders this weekend but a classy 67 saw him finish the tournament at 15 under, one shot above Justin Rose. 

Cameron Champ earned a commanding three-stroke lead after the third round of the Safeway Open.

American Champ carded a five-under-par 67 in the penultimate round at Silverado Country Club on Saturday.

Winner of last year's Sanderson Farms Championship, Champ – seeking his second PGA Tour title – was flawless as he holed five birdies in Napa, California.

Champ improved to 14 under through 54 holes, ahead of last week's Sanderson Farms Championship winner Sebastian Munoz (67), Adam Hadwin (67) and Nick Taylor (70).

Justin Thomas – winner of the 2017 FedEx Cup and US PGA Championship – is a stroke further back following his one-under-par 71.

Thomas was among five players tied for third heading into day three, however, the American star was unable to maintain that charge.

A second 71 saw Thomas fall into a tie for fifth alongside Chez Reavie (69), Collin Morikawa (70) and Nick Watney (72), who was two shots off the pace at the start of the round.

Overnight leader Bryson DeChambeau endured a forgettable round as he slid down the leaderboard following a four-over-par 76.

A five-time winner on the PGA Tour, DeChambeau held a two-stroke lead when he teed off but the American had a double bogey and two bogeys to be six shots adrift.

Victor Perez and Matthew Southgate hit the front at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Saturday as several big names faltered in Scotland.

Perez has never won a European Tour event but, after tackling St Andrews and Carnoustie with some success, he kicked clear on the Kingsbarns leg, only to be caught by Southgate.

Paul Waring had set a clubhouse target of 18 under before Perez crept into contention and then seized control of the tournament with five consecutive birdies.

The Frenchman started from the 10th but left his best work for the way back on the traditional front nine, picking up shots from the second to sixth holes.

Perez recovered from a bogey at the eighth to end with a birdie and carded an eight-under 64 to move to 20 under.

But he was matched by Southgate, playing St Andrews, at the last, the 30-year-old's late birdie securing a seven under - his scores this week reading: 65, 66, 65.

Invitee Matthew Jordan, who had led heading into the weekend, saw his form tail away at Carnoustie, firing three straight birdies on the back nine but ending with two bogeys across the final three holes, slumping to joint-ninth with a 71.

But he was far from the only player to have excelled on Friday and found the following day's play rather trickier.

Justin Rose lit up the tournament with a sensational first nine holes on Friday, scoring just 28 before the turn, but he was back in a tie for 14th after 48 holes.

The Englishman could only manage a two-under 70 even with a birdie at the last at St Andrews.

Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy also shot a 70 at the Old Course after a slow start and was joint-40th, a shot back from Tommy Fleetwood, who recorded the same score in a very mixed round.

Bryson DeChambeau opened up a two-stroke lead at the Safeway Open after firing an eight-under 64 in the second round, while Tony Romo missed the cut.

American DeChambeau produced a bogey-free round in Napa, California, to move into 12 under on Friday.

DeChambeau made three birdies on the front nine before five more followed, including three straight from 10 through 12.

A five-time winner on the PGA Tour, DeChambeau holds a two-shot lead over Nick Watney (65).

Justin Thomas carded an eight-under 64 to be among five players tied for third at nine under.

Nick Taylor (66), Dylan Frittelli (65), Adam Long (68) and Cameron Champ (68) are alongside Thomas.

Defending champion Kevin Tway was among those who missed the cut after shooting rounds of 71 and 72.

Romo, the Dallas Cowboys great and an amateur golfer, fired a second-round 78 to finish at four over.

Justin Rose played the front nine in just 28 at Kingsbarns on day two of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship but could only move into a share of fifth as invitee Matthew Jordan led.

Rose, who is playing with pop superstar and actor Justin Timberlake in the team event, produced an incredible flying start to put himself in contention at the Kingsbarns course.

A run of six birdies and an eagle in eight holes from the second saw the Englishman quickly build on his opening 68 at Carnoustie, moving to 12 under for the week at the tournament that is contested at three Scottish courses.

However, Rose ended the day on the same score as a double-bogey at the 11th stunted his progress, signing for an impressive yet slightly underwhelming eight-under 64.

Joakim Lagergren also made hay at Kingsbarns as he signed for a stunning bogey-free 10-under 62.

That put him joint-second and one shot behind surprise package Jordan, who lit up St Andrews with a 64 to reach 14 under, despite, like Rose, slowing in dreary conditions on his second nine holes.

The 23-year-old Jordan made an eagle at the par-four third on the Old Course and then reeled off five consecutive birdies, yet he added only one more, at the 13th hole.

Jordan, fifth in the Challenge Tour rankings, jumped at the chance of an invitation to play this week.

He told Sky Sports, when asked if a possible 59 had crossed his mind: "It did once.

"I've got a couple of friends here and they were quick to tell me they wanted the same on the back nine. It was in my head but I knew the rain was coming in as well.

"I wish I could maybe have given it a better chance but I'm still happy."

Calum Hill (St Andrews) and Matthew Southgate (Kingsbarns) joined Lagergren on 13 under with rounds of 65 and 66 respectively, with Victor Perez, Jordan Smith, Ryan Fox, Russell Knox (all Carnoustie) and Richie Ramsay (St Andrews) joining Rose a shot further back.

South African Justin Walters had led overnight but carded a 71 at Carnoustie, falling to a tie for 17th on 10 under.

Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy each played Kingsbarns, with the former shooting 69 to improve to nine under as the latter moved up the leaderboard with a 66 but was still only eight under.

Former world number one Adam Scott ended the opening round in a tie for the Safeway Open lead alongside Andrew Landry, while former NFL quarterback Tony Romo produced a fine display.

Scott carded a seven-under-par 65 for a share of the one-stroke lead after day one of the PGA Tour tournament in Napa, California on Thursday.

The Australian golfer was almost flawless at the Silverado Country Club, where Scott bogeyed one hole while posting an eagle and six birdies.

American Landry joined Scott atop the leaderboard thanks to his bogey-free performance, which included seven birdies.

Francesco Molinari – winner of the Open Championship in 2018 – and Matthew NeSmith are a shot off the pace following their first-round 66s.

Ex-Dallas Cowboys QB Romo posted a two-under-par 70 to be among 22 players tied for 29th position heading into the second round.

Romo – a four-time Pro Bowler who retired in 2016 – is appearing in just his fourth PGA Tour event.

The 39-year-old, who won the 2018 celebrity tournament American Century Championship – used five birdies to help come back from an up-and-down round.

Amateur Romo upstaged stars Justin Thomas and Phil Mickelson in the opening round of the Safeway Open, as well as defending champion Kevin Tway following his 71.

Thomas – winner of the 2017 FedEx Cup and US PGA Championship – experienced a mixed round with an eagle, three birdies and four bogeys for a one-under-par 71.

Five-time major champion Mickelson struggled in his three-over-par 75, which left the American with plenty of work to do.

Justin Walters hit top form at St Andrews as he took a one-shot lead at the end of the first round in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

Walters has struggled with injury and the sadness of the death of his father this year. He has failed to register a top-20 finish in 23 starts on the 2019 European Tour heading into this event, which is held at St Andrews, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie.

But the 38-year-old South African rallied with a superb nine-under-par 63 on Thursday, taking a one-shot lead ahead of Ryan Fox, Victor Perez and Jordan Smith and Adrian Otaegui, who was playing at Kingsbarns.

Despite the adversity of this season, Walters used memories of being at St Andrews with his father to spur him on.

"It was quite hard. I just kind of decided not to feel sorry for myself, really, and kind of dust myself off, and just coming here it has a healing quality," Walters said in a European Tour interview.

"It's hard to describe. I was here with my dad when we lost Mum, and it felt like I was with them both."

Walters started his round on the 10th, picking up shots throughout the back nine as he drew level with early leader Russell Knox.

He later hit the flag on the seventh but made par before sinking a 20-foot putt at the ninth to edge ahead.

Matthew Southgate – one of six players on seven under – carded a 65 for the lowest round of the day at Carnoustie, and at the same course Lee Westwood made his second hole-in-one of the European Tour season.

Tommy Fleetwood and Tyrrell Hatton, a two-time champion at this event, finished the round at six under, while Rory McIlroy carded a two-under 70. BMW PGA Championship winner Danny Willett could only record level par and was tied for 122nd.

Rory McIlroy has little confidence he can add to his FedEx Cup title by winning the European Tour's Race to Dubai.

McIlroy won the Tour Championship and with it the $15million in prize money awarded to the FedEx Cup champion with a three-stroke victory at East Lake last month.

He is 24th in the Race to Dubai rankings with eight more events before the World Tour Championship in Dubai brings the European Tour season to a close.

McIlroy will attempt to improve his standing at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship this week. 

However, the four-time major winner is not holding out much hope of being able to win the Race to Dubai for the fourth time in his career, as his schedule is unlikely to help him secure enough points.

"I wouldn't be too confident about doing the double," McIlroy told Sky Sports. "I'm just not playing enough to do that.

"I'm playing here, then I'm going to the Far East to play a PGA Tour event in Japan and then play in China [at the WGC-HSBC Champions], which is a co-sanctioned event, and then play Dubai.

"I'm probably not playing enough to win the Race to Dubai, but you never know if I win a couple and at least give myself a chance."

McIlroy has five top-10 finishes from his past six events across both tours and is determined to try to keep the momentum going until the end of the campaign.

"I guess it's been hard to not view what happened a few weeks ago in Atlanta [at the Tour Championship] as like the end of the season for me," McIlroy added.

"I've really needed to try to reset and try to focus on these next few weeks and play well going into the real end of the year."

Sebastian Munoz secured his maiden PGA Tour victory with a play-off win at the Sanderson Farms Championship on Sunday.

The Colombian holed a late birdie in regulation at the Country Club of Jackson to force a play-off with Im Sung-jae.

A par at the first play-off hole was enough for Munoz, who became just the second Colombian to win on the PGA Tour, joining Camilo Villegas.

"It was just a great day," Munoz told the Golf Channel.

"Putts weren't going in but me and my caddie just stayed confident, like it's coming, it's coming, it's coming and when it came, this place just erupted, it was awesome. Just speechless.

"[Joaquin Niemann's win at the Greenbrier Classic] definitely gave me the belief that I needed, the little extra belief that I'm good enough, that I'm here and it's just crazy."

Munoz fired a two-under 70 in the final round, but needed a dramatic late birdie to finish at 18 under alongside Im (66).

He holed a 14-footer for birdie at the last before both players made a nervous start to the play-off, wayward off the tee and with their second shots.

But, having left himself in a better position, Munoz managed a par after Im missed his attempt.

Byeong Hun An (69) was outright third at 17 under, a shot ahead of Kevin Streelman (64) and Carlos Ortiz (71).

Former Masters champion Danny Willett held off Jon Rahm to win the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

The Sheffield-born 31-year-old completed a stunning week in Surrey with a closing five-under-par 67 to reach 20 under through 72 holes.

It meant he finished three clear of Spaniard Rahm, with whom he had been level-pegging at the start of the day.

Rahm made 70 - his worst score of the week - to finish one in front of South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout, who carded a 68.

Americans Billy Horschel and Patrick Reed had stirring final rounds of 65 and 66 respectively to tie for fourth on 15 under.

Further down the field, Justin Rose tied for eighth after back-to-back double bogeys at 12 and 13 scuppered his hopes of a late charge.

And Rory McIlroy left it too late to challenge, with the Northern Irishman's opening 76 on Thursday having given him too much ground to make up.

He followed Saturday's 65 with 6, but McIlroy could only tie for ninth with Englishman Andrew 'Beef' Johnston. Open champion Shane Lowry closed with a 66 to tie for 11th with Paul Casey and Viktor Hovland.

If the crowds continued to lap up some McIlroy magic, the glory belonged exclusively to Willett, who has pulled his game together in the last 18 months after experiencing a miserable slump in form since his 2016 Augusta triumph.

At one stage he slipped outside the world's top 450. However, winning the World Tour Championship in Dubai at the end of 2018 proved to Willett he could be a champion again.

And after finishing joint-sixth at The Open in July, he has landed another significant trophy - the first European Tour title he has won in the United Kingdom.

Willett produced six birdies in his closing round, but it was arguably the putt he made for bogey at the 11th that made all the difference, after going a long way right off the tee and then being bunkered.

At that stage a double would have allowed Rahm to draw level on 17 under, but Willett rolled in a 40-footer to give away only one shot, to his obvious relief, and birdies at 17 and 18 completed the job in style.

"It doesn't get much better does it?" Willett told Sky Sports. "An emotional week. It was a good battle out there - with myself more than anyone else - and it’s nice to come through.

"[I've had] an undying want to get back there. I was willing to change whatever had to be changed and I think that's pretty hard to do, it's hard to jump full throttle into something that you're not quite sure if it's going to work out or not.

He added: "Dubai was a special week but to be able to come here at the BMW PGA Championship in front of home crowds at Wentworth and come away winning is special."

Sebastian Munoz climbed to the top of the Sanderson Farms Championship leaderboard with a nine-under-par 63 in the third round.

Munoz was flawless as the Colombian golfer earned a one-stroke lead heading into the final round of the PGA Tour tournament in Jackson, Mississippi on Saturday.

A one-time Web.com winner in 2016, Munoz had nine birdies without dropping a shot to improve to 16 under through 54 holes at the Country Club of Jackson.

Munoz birdied his first three holes and four of his opening five to set the tone on the penultimate day – the 26-year-old ending the round ahead of Mexico's Carlos Ortiz (65).

Overnight leader Byeong Hun An dropped down to third and two shots off the pace following his two-under-par 70.

An entered the round with a two-stroke advantage on the back of successive 66s but the South Korean was unable to maintain his charge.

A pair of birdies during his final three holes saw An close out the round at 14 under, one shot clear of Cameron Percy (68).

Meanwhile, Dominic Bozzelli (67), Im Sung-jae (67), Harris English (68), J.T. Poston (70) and George McNeill (70) are tied for fifth at 12 under.

As for defending champion Cameron Champ, he is nine shots off the pace following his 69.

Jon Rahm made a remarkable recovery at Wentworth's 18th hole on Saturday to retain a share of the BMW PGA Championship lead alongside Danny Willett.

An eagle at the last on Friday had seen Rahm join Willett at the top of the leaderboard through two rounds, but it appeared the same hole would prove his undoing 24 hours later.

Rahm, leading by a single stroke heading to the par-five 18th, sent an awful drive towards the bushes and looked to be facing a first double-bogey of the week.

The Spaniard's problems were compounded by Englishman Willett's proficiency at the same hole, lining up a birdie putt from four feet.

Willett executed the putt to move to 15 under for the week, but Rahm, having made the green with his fourth shot, sank a stunning effort to save par.

The duo held a three-shot joint-lead, with Indian Shubhankar Sharma having surged into contention with nine birdies before a bogey at the last left him on 12 under with a 66.

Justin Rose also dropped a shot at the last to join Sharma, having made an eagle at the 17th, with Christiaan Bezuidenhout the third man at the same score.

Elsewhere, Rory McIlroy had been made to work hard to make the cut on Friday following a dismal opening-round 76, but he was back on form as the weekend began.

A fine 65 left the world number two on six under for the week, low enough to provoke a sliver of optimism that an unlikely title challenge might still be on the cards.

McIlroy, who was hoping for Rahm and Willett to slump, told Sky Sports: "I've done what I can and shot a good score.

"If I go out [on Sunday] and shoot something similar, I don't know if it's going to be quite good enough but at least I've given myself something to hope for. That's a nice thing."

American Patrick Reed appeared to be in contention after signing for a 67 to reach nine under, while Italian Francesco Molinari was a shot further back.

The 18th did not cause Englishman Ross Fisher as much trouble as it had others, as he achieved a brilliant albatross to finish his third round - earning a new BMW for the feat.

Byeong Hun An carded another six-under 66 to open up a two-stroke lead as the second round of the Sanderson Farms Championship was suspended.

The South Korean continued his fine start at the Country Club of Jackson on Friday, moving into 12 under after his second straight 66.

An started his round with four consecutive birdies before finding water to bogey the par-five fifth.

The 28-year-old recovered with back-to-back birdies at eight and nine before picking up another shot at the 17th.

An holds a two-shot lead over J.T. Poston (70), George McNeill (67), Scottie Scheffler (66) and Tom Hoge (70).

Hoge and Scheffler are coming off strong showings at the Greenbrier Classic, where they finished second and tied for seventh respectively.

Inclement weather led to a delay on the opening day and darkness meant 57 players were unable to finish their second rounds.

Cameron Percy is the best-placed of those yet to get through 36 holes, sitting at nine under through 11 and in outright sixth.

Carlos Ortiz (71) and Harris English (71) are tied for seventh at eight under, alongside Seamus Power, who is through 11.

Joaquin Niemann, the 20-year-old Chilean who won the Greenbrier Classic, is back at four under through 16 holes in his second round.

Rory McIlroy scraped into the weekend at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, where Jon Rahm and Danny Willett claimed a share of the lead through 36 holes.

McIlroy's first round had unravelled in spectacular fashion as he carded a four-over-par 76, leaving him with plenty of work to do when he headed back out onto the course on Friday.

The world number two needed to get back to one over to make the cut but saw his early progress, with two birdies in four holes, checked by a bogey at the fifth.

McIlroy was still two strokes shy of his target with five holes remaining but picked up shots at the par-three 14th and par-four 16th to get the job done.

"I guess I played a bit better today - while still not quite feeling in sync with everything," McIlroy told Sky Sports.

"I battled well, the conditions were a lot trickier out there today than they were yesterday [Thursday]. I definitely didn't think I was going to get into a position where I didn't need to birdie either of the [last two] holes coming in."

McIlroy will still require a remarkable turnaround to have any hope of challenging leaders Rahm and Willett over the next two days, though.

Rahm had already been in contention with a 66 on Thursday but started poorly with bogeys at the first and second.

A fine recovery followed, with four birdies on the bounce, yet he was still two shots shy of Willett's clubhouse target of 11 under for the week until a superb eagle at the last.

Willett might have been in an even stronger position, having been five under for the day through five and eight under through 12, signing for seven under as his form faltered on the way back.

He acknowledged: "I'm probably not back to my best, and I'm still working on the moves and there's still shots in there that I don't like."

Home hopeful Justin Rose is two shots back and is joined in a tie for third by Christiaan Bezuidenhout and Henrik Stenson, while Francesco Molinari and Patrick Reed are both in the top 20.

Matt Wallace had led overnight but collapsed completely with seven bogeys in a four-over round.

Tommy Fleetwood, like McIlroy, came close to missing the cut, albeit in different fashion - carding a three-over 75 on a disappointing day.

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