Monday, 16 March 2009

2009 - Week 15 Winners

Phil Mickleson (ranked 4th by Golf Predictor) won the battle of Butch's Babes by winning his first WGC title at the CA Championship in Miami yesterday. Mickelson overcame Nick Watney (ranked 53th) and debilitating dehydration to clinch his second title of the season and move back to second in the world ranking. Tiger Woods, our top ranked player, finished in a credible tie for 9th (for anyone else anyway!) on his return to stroke play action. The rest of the top ten had an unexpected dearth of top players. Brief highlights, including Watney's brilliant chip on the 9th and agonisingly close birdie effort on the 18th, are available here:

Elsewhere, the lesser lights on the US PGA Tour were at the Puerto Rico Open. Even if all the top players were trying to tame the Blue Monster, the victory of the 816th ranked golfer in the world was an impressive feat. Michael Bradley (ranked 107th by Golf Predictor) secured his first Tour victory in eleven years courtesy of a sharp short game. The win propelled him up to 260th in the world ranking and the earned him an invaluable two year tour exception, among other things. Our top ranked player for this event (Jerry Kelly) also finished tied 9th and we had three other golfers in the top 9 plus ties.

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