Monday 1 September 2014

2014 - Week 35 Winners

Hennie Otto (ranked 10th by Golf Predictor) won the 71° Open D'Italia pres. by Damiani on the European PGA Tour. The 38 year old South African won his third tour title with a masterful display of scrambling on the weekend. Despite not having his A game, Otto managed to do enough to secure what was an emotional victory after his recent travails, which included serious back problems. It was somewhat emotional for me too, as I had tipped and backed him each way at 80/1! Scotland's Stephen Gallacher came up agonisingly short in his heroic last gasp attempt to force his way onto the European Ryder Cup team. Needing to finish at least tied second with one other golfer, his good friend David Howell denied him with a final round 63 (-9) to finish second and beat him into solo third place. Our top ranked player, local favourite Francesco Molinari, finished in tied 18th and we had eleven of the top eighteen plus ties in total (11/23).

Chris Kirk (ranked 32nd by Golf Predictor) won the Deutsche Bank Championship on the US PGA Tour. The 29 year old American won his third tour title by two shots with an assured final round of 66 (-5). Kirk jumps to the top of the FedEx Cup ranking with the biggest win of his career and will be waiting anxiously by the phone for a possible call from Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson! Our top ranked player, Rory McIlroy, finished in tied 6th and we had eight of the top sixteen plus ties (8/22).

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