Monday, 18 January 2016

2016 - Week 2 Winners

Hadyn Porteous (ranked 79th by Golf Predictor) won the Joburg Open on the European PGA Tour. The 21 year old South African secured his first tour win in only his 23rd start with a two shot victory over the field. Porteous held off his contemporary, Zander Lombard, with a solid final day performance to delight the home crowd. As an added bonus, Porteous (along with Lombard and Anthony Wall) qualified for The Open Championship at Royal Troon in July. In a disappointing week, our top ranked player, Jaco van Zyl, missed the cut and we had only four of the top thirteen plus ties (4/20) in this large field event with a relatively poor field.

In the first full field event of the year on the US PGA Tour, Fabian Gomez (ranked 43rd by Golf Predictor) won the Sony Open in Hawaii. The 37 year old Argentinian came from four shots back with a closing 62 (-8) to win his second tour title. Gomez was helped by an impressive streak of seven straight birdies from the sixth hole on Sunday, which got him into a play-off with Brandt Snedeker. After the American missed a twelve foot birdie putt on the first extra hole, Gomez took his chance on the next to secure the title. Our top ranked player, Zach Johnson, finished in tied ninth and we had eleven of the top thirteen plus ties (11/27) in total.

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