Monday 21 January 2019

2019 - Week 3 Winners

Shane Lowry (ranked 26th by Golf Predictor) won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on the European PGA Tour. The 31 year old Irish man won his fourth tour title during a topsy turvy last day in Abu Dhabi. Despite leading by three overnight, Lowry found himself four shots behind the charging Richard Sterne with seven holes to play. However, the South African tightened up and Lowry made some great clutch putts to stay in the hunt until the last, where a birdie sealed a one shot win. Our top ranked golfer, Dustin Johnson, finished strongly for tied sixteenth and we had nine of the top sixteen plus ties (9/21) in total.

Adam Long (ranked 138th by Golf Predictor) won the Desert Classic on the US PGA Tour. The 31 year old rookie and rank outsider won his first tour title in a final day duel with seasoned pros Phil Mickelson and Adam Hadwin. Long hung in there on the back nine Sunday with a few chip ins and arrived on the final tee tied with his two more illustrious competitors. Despite having the worse lie by some margin, he hit a great approach from a hanging lie to set up the winning birdie. Our top ranked golfer, word number one Justin Rose, finished in tied 34th in the first event with his new clubs. Overall, in a birdie fest where most of the bigger names failed to perform, we had only had eight of the top eighteen plus ties (8/27) in total.

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