Monday 27 July 2009

2009 - Week 34 Winners

Chopping trees at home last week proved to be ideal preparation for Ricardo Gonzales (ranked 103rd by Golf Predictor), who won the SAS Masters on the European PGA Tour by two strokes. The 39 year old Argentinian sealed his fourth tour win with a fantastic finish on the Barseb├Ąck course, at 7,665 yards the longest course ever used on the European PGA Tour. The "Axe Man" grabbed five birdies in the final six holes, including a holed bunker shot on 17 and an escape from the trees to five feet on the last. Our top ranked player, Henrik Stenson, was never in contention and finished poorly over the weekend for tied 73rd position. Despite poor performances by a lot of the bigger names, we had seven of the top seventeen plus ties (7/23)*.

On the US PGA Tour, Nathan Green (ranked 89th by Golf Predictor) grabbed his first title at the rain delayed RBS Canadian Open. The Aussie beat Retief Goosen (ranked 2nd) at the second play-off hole after Goosen came up very quickly after his final missed putt. After a great opening round, our top pick Camilo Villegas finished in tied 24th place and we had four of the top eight plus ties (4/15).

*There were 5 late withdrawals in the top 23 predicted places (S Hansen, Broadhurst, Drysdale, Cevaer and Foster) and therefore not counted in the analysis of performance.

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