Monday, 20 July 2009

2009 - Week 33 Winners

The fairytale just failed to come true at the British Open Championship (European/US PGA Tours). Stewart Cink (ranked 44th by Golf Predictor) won his maiden major title in an anticlimactic four hole play-off with legendary veteran Tom Watson (ranked 140). Needing a par up the last for the title, Watson over clubbed and his 8-iron went though the green. Despite the crowd willing him to succeed, he couldn't get up and down from just off the fringe and fell into the play-off with Cink. Despite having played superbly all week, this proved a bridge too far for the 59 year old Watson and Cink easily beat him by six shots with an impressive score of -2. This included him birdieing the 18th for the second time that day. England's Lee Westwood and Chris Woods were left kicking themselves after bogeying the last and finishing a single shot out of the play-off. Our top ranked player, Tiger Woods was out of sorts and missed his first cut in three years. In an event where many of the top players struggled in the in the windy conditions, we had six of the top thirteen plus ties (6/23).

On the US PGA Tour, Bo Van Pelt (ranked 21st by Golf Predictor) finally won a tournament after 229 starts. Van Pelt secured the second string US Bank Championship in Milwaukee at the second play-off hole after he finished tied with John Mallinger (ranked 5th). Our top pick Jerry Kelly finished in third place and we had three of the top seven plus ties (3/14).

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