Monday, 16 January 2017

2017 - Week 2 Winners

In the opening golfing week of 2017 on the European tour, Graeme Storm (ranked 29th by Golf Predictor) won the BMW South African Open Championship. The 38 year old Englishman won his second tour title ten years after his first in a play-off against Rory McIlroy. Storm took a three shot lead into Sunday, but his cautious play say crowd favourite McIlroy overtake him on the back nine. However, sand trouble on the penultimate hole for the Northern Irishman saw them play the final hole four times before Storm weathered the McIlroy challenge! The world number two was our top ranked player and we had nine of the top eighteen plus ties (9/20) in total.

In the first full field event of the year on the US PGA Tour, Justin Thomas (ranked 5th by Golf Predictor) won the Sony Open in Hawaii. The 23 year old American kept his hot streak going from last week and became only the second person ever (after Ernie Els in 2003) to win the Hawaii slam. Thomas started with the latest 59 on the PGA Tour and was never threatened after that, winning by seven shots in the end. Along the way he set the 36, 54 (tied) and 72 hole tour scoring records. Our top ranked player, Jordan Spieth, finished in third for second week in a row and we had ten of the top thirteen plus ties (10/19*) in total.

*Si-Woo Kim didn't play, promoting Simpson into the top nineteen in the GP rankings.

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