Monday, 6 April 2009

2009 - Week 18 Winners

Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey (ranked 42nd by Golf Predictor) held his nerve to take his maiden European PGA Tour victory at the Open de Portugal. After closing with a superb 66 (-5), Hoey saw off Gonzalo Fdez-Castano (ranked 2nd) in a tense play-off at the third extra hole. The poor weather and relatively weak field made it a difficult event to predict. Our top pick, Anders Hansen, missed the cut but we had two of the top five.

The wind also played havoc on the US PGA Tour (see video below) where Paul Casey (ranked 7th by Golf Predictor) won his second title of the season and first in America. Casey also needed a play-off, where he defeated J.B. Holmes (ranked 90th) on the first extra hole. The three hour wait for the play-off did Holmes no favours as he hooked his drive on the tough 18th into the water. Unfortunately, this meant he narrowly missed out on a late berth in the Masters. Our top pick, Phil Mickelson, was blown away in the wind and missed the cut but we also had Geoff Ogilvy in the top six plus ties.

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