Sunday 17 July 2016

2016 - Week 28 Winners

Henrik Stenson (ranked 6th by Golf Predictor) won The Open Championship on the European/US PGA Tour. The 40 year old Swede won his first major in a titanic weekend duel with Phil Mickelson that was reminiscent of the classic Duel in the Sun between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus at Turnberry in 1977. Both players traded blows over the final two days, but it was Stenson who prevailed with an incredible display on Sunday. In relatively difficult conditions, Stenson finished with a ten birdie 63 (-8) to win by three from a resurgent Mickelson, whose own 65 and finishing total would have won all but four of the previous 144 Open Championships! Our top ranked player, Jason Day, finished in tied 22nd and we had eight of the top eighteen plus ties (8/21) in the wind affected tournament. 

Aaron Baddeley (ranked 24th by Golf Predictor) won the Barbasol Championship on the US PGA Tour. The 35 year old Australian won his fourth tour title play-off with Si Woo Kim. Despite being twelve shots back going into the weekend, Baddeley finally holed a putt to beat the young Korean at the fourth extra hole. Kim had also finished strongly over the weekend, with both golfers overhauling Jhonattan Vegas who had led by six strokes after shooting a second round 60. Baddeley missed four putts to win, before finally sealing his first win in five years with a twenty seven foot birdie. It was an emotional victory for Australian, who had lost his card last season. Our top ranked player, Roberto Castro, finished in tied 11th and we had thirteen of the top twenty plus ties (13/30) in total in this second tier event.

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