Monday 11 May 2015

2015 - Week 18 Winners

George Coetzee (ranked 1st by Golf Predictor) won the inaugural AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open on the European PGA Tour. The 28 year old South African won his third tour title at the second extra hole of a play-off with Thorbjorn Olesen. After coming out of the blocks quickly on the final day, the birdies dried up after the fifth hole for Coetzee until he holed the tying putt on the last to catch the Dane. It was an impressive return to action for Olesen, who was making his first outing in three months following an operation on a hand injury. Including the winner, we had six of the top thirteen plus ties (6/19) in the weak fielded event.

Rickie Fowler (ranked 26th by Golf Predictor) won The Players Championship on the US PGA Tour. The 26 year old American responded to the recent poll which named him as the most overrated golfer (with Ian Poulter) in the best possible fashion, winning the prestigious title in some style. On an exciting final day at Sawgrass, Fowler produced one of the great finishes in the tournament history, covering the final six holes in six under par to post what looked like a winning score. However, a barrage of late birdies saw Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner draw level and a couple of others just fall short. However, Fowler was not to be denied and he continued hitting great shots at the par three seventeenth in particular. Indeed, Fowler won the aggregate play-off in overtime at the seventeenth against Kisner after Garcia was eliminated after the initial three extra holes. Our top ranked player, Rory McIlroy, finished in tied 8th without ever threatening the lead and we had seven of the top seventeen plus ties (7/23) in an event where a lot of the bigger names floundered.

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