Sunday 6 November 2016

2016 - Week 43 Winners

Thorbjorn Olesen (ranked 31st by Golf Predictor) won the Turkish Airlines Open on the European PGA Tour. The 26 year old Dane overcame recent poor form to win his fourth and biggest title in Turkey. Olesen built up a huge seven shot lead going into Sunday, helped in no small part by a course record 62 (-9) on Friday. However, he didn't have it all his own way on the final day and his lead was cut to a single shot after a mid round wobble. However, he managed to steady the ship to win by three shots in the end. Our top ranked player, Danny Willett, had another poor week and finished in tied 68th. Overall, despite the great playing conditions, not many of the bigger names played well and we had eight of the top seventeen plus ties (8/21).

Rod Pampling (ranked 118th by Golf Predictor) won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on the US PGA Tour. The 47 year old Australian won his third tour title and first for ten years with an unexpected victory in Las Vegas. Pampling opened up with a 60 (-11), narrowly missing a twelve foot foot putt on the last for a 59. Although he was subsequently overtaken, he came fighting back on the final day. In a tense battle with Lucas Glover and Brooks Koepka, Pampling held his nerve down the stretch with a strong finish to win by two shots. Our top ranked player, Jimmy Walker, had another poor week and missed the cut. Overall, we had only six of the top fifteen plus ties (6/23), in an event where many of the lesser lights came to the fore.

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