Sunday 24 August 2008

2008 - Week 40 Winners

Ireland's unbelievable golfing year continues with Darren Clarke's second victory of the season in the KLM Open (Europe). Clarke (ranked 38th by Golf Predictor) continued his roller coaster form to bag the 8th Irish win of the season and give a very timely nudge to Nick Faldo for a wildcard Ryder cup spot. For good measure, Ireland's Paul McGinley (ranked 5th) finished runner up with a storming 64 in his final round. We may have to give extra weighting to Irish golfers for the remainder of the season! Our top pick, Henrik Stenson, bogeyed the last to fall down to 3rd place and altogether we had ten out of the top 20.

Across the pond on the PGA Tour, another man with recent up and down recent form, Vijay Singh (ranked 10 by Golf Predictor), won for the second time in four outings in an exciting "play-off play-off" at The Barclays. Poor old Sergio Garcia (ranked 3) once again failed to seal the deal in the first of the Fedex Cup play-offs, succumbing on the second extra hole despite help from a gopher! Both golfers hit long range birdies on the first extra hole, knocking Kevin Sutherland out. Singh's 2 putt, tap in birdie sealed it on the next hole after an errant drive forced Garcia to eventually settle for par. Our top pick, Phil Mickelson, finished well to end up in a tie for 19th and we had nine out of the top 20.

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