Sunday, 28 August 2016

2016 - Week 34 Winners

Thomas Pieters (ranked 3rd by Golf Predictor) won the Made in Denmark on the European PGA Tour. The 24 year old Belgian won his third tour title with an impressive display under pressure. Seeking to secure a Ryder Cup captain's pick from Darren Clarke, Pieters needed to win to have any chance. After opening with a course record tying 62 while playing with Clarke, the tall Belgian finished with three birdies to pip Bradley Dredge to the title. Pieters gave a great display of driving and approach play under the severest of pressure and has made himself very difficult to leave out of the team. Our top ranked player, home favourite Soren Kjeldsen, finished tied 8th and we had only seven of the top eighteen plus ties (7/23). 

Patrick Reed (ranked 14th by Golf Predictor) won The Barclays on the US PGA Tour. The 26 year old American won his first FedEx Cup play-off event and fifth tour title in total with another solid display. After a string of high finishes this season, Reed finally got into the winner's circle, albeit with help from his nearest challenger at the start of the day Rickie Fowler. After having only one bogey on the tough Bethpage Black layout over the first 64 holes, Fowler imploded down the stretch and Reed was able to close out the win without too much pressure. Our top ranked player, defending champion Jason Day, finished in tied 4th and we had nine of the top eighteen plus ties (9/21*) in total.

*Stenson withdrew, promoting Oosthuizen into the top 21 of the GP Rankings.

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