Sunday 26 February 2017

2017 - Week 8 Winners

Darren Fichardt (ranked 23rd by Golf Predictor) won the Joburg Open on the European PGA Tour. The 41 year old South African won his fifth tour win with a two shot victory in soggy Johannesburg. In an event shortened to 54 holes due to the excessive rain, Fichardt pipped Paul Waring and Stuart Manley in a tight final day to win for the first time in four years. As an added bonus, the top three qualified for The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale in July. In a disappointing week, our top ranked player, Jordan Smith, finished in tied 60th and we had only five of the top sixteen plus ties (5/22) in this event with a large, poor field and difficult weather conditions!

Rickie Fowler (ranked 4th by Golf Predictor) won the Honda Classic on the US PGA Tour. The 28 year old American won his fourth tour title after finally converting a 54 hole lead on the PGA Tour. Although leading by four overnight, Fowler made it hard on himself initially, with his lead cut to a single shot at one stage. However, he steadied the ship on the back nine and won by four shots in the end, thanks in part to Gary Woodland's poor finish! Our top ranked player, Adam Scott, finished in tied 14th, and we had eight of the top fourteen plus ties (8/20*)

*Due to the withdrawal of Branden Grace, Martin Kaymer is promoted to the top 20 of the GP rankings.

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