Monday, 23 July 2018

2018 - Week 29 Winners

Francesco Molinari (ranked 3rd by Golf Predictor) won The Open Championship on the European/US PGA Tour. The 35 year old Molinari won his first major with a blemish free weekend on the fiendishly difficult Carnoustie links. Despite trailing three players by three shots overnight, Molinari opened with a Faldoesque thirteen straight pars while everyone around him made multiple mistakes. He didn't flinch either when his more famous playing partner Tiger Woods hid the front around the turn. Molinari closed with two birdies in the last five holes, including one at the difficult finishing hole, to win by two strokes in the end. Our top ranked player, Dustin Johnson, surprisingly missed the cut and we had nine of the top seventeen plus ties (9/23) on the testing layout. 

Troy Merritt (ranked 16th by Golf Predictor) won the Barbasol Championship on the US PGA Tour. The 32 year old American won his second tour title by a single shot in a shoot out in Kentucky. Although he opened up with 62 (-10), Merritt had to keep his pedal to the metal to edge out Billy Horschel, Tom Lovelady and Richy Werenski at the rain delayed event. Our top ranked player, Chris Kirk, finished in tied 40th and we had eight of the top fifteen plus ties (8/19) in total in this second tier event.

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