Monday, 26 January 2015

2015 - Week 3 Winners

Branden Grace (ranked 8th by Golf Predictor) won the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters on the European PGA Tour. The 26 year old South African won his second title of the season with a one shot victory over Marc Warren. Grace needed an eagle on the drivable par four sixteenth and a closing birdie to pip the Englishman to the title. A miracle birdie from the trees during the third round also helped Grace land his sixth tour title. Our top ranked player, Sergio Garcia, had a horror finish to his third round and finished tied 46th. In an event where many of the bigger names failed to perform, we only had six of the top nineteen (6/22) in total.

Bill Haas (ranked 13th by Golf Predictor) won the Humana Challenge in pship with the Clinton Foundation on the US PGA Tour. The 32 year old American also won his sixth tour title by a single shot over the field. After breaking the logjam at the top with a birdie on sixteen, Haas overcame a sticky stance with his second on eighteen to clinch the title for the second time. Haas had to stand in the bunker with the ball on the edge at almost waist height. However he managed to advance it up the fairway and then rescue a par on the closing par five. Our top ranked player, Matt Kuchar, failed to get up and down at the last for a birdie and finished tied 2nd. Overall, we had only six of the top fifteen plus ties (6/20)* in total.

*Due to a non-start and a withdrawal, Charley Hoffman gets promoted to the top 19 in the GP rankings.

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