Sunday 3 February 2019

2019 - Week 5 Winners

Dustin Johnson (ranked 2nd by Golf Predictor) won the inaugural Saudi International on the European PGA Tour. The 34 year old American won his first regular tour title in a final day battle with Hao-Tong Li. Tied overnight after a marvellous eagle-eagle finish (in a round with four eagles in total!) by Li on Saturday, Johnson pulled clear on the back nine Sunday when Li recorded three bogeys. Despite a mini comeback by the Chinese golfer, Johnson easily kept him at bay to win by two shots in the end. Our top ranked player, Justin Rose, disappointingly missed the cut and we had only eight of the top nineteen (8/21) in an event where many struggled on the slow undulating greens.

Rickie Fowler (ranked 3rd by Golf Predictor) won the Waste Management Phoenix Open on the US PGA Tour. The 30 year old American eventually won his fifth tour title in an error filled final day in Phoenix. On an uncharacteristically damp final day in the desert, Fowler outlasted the rest to win by two shots from Branden Grace. Despite a four shot overnight advantage and a five shot mid round lead, Fowler fell behind mainly due to a calamity on the eleventh hole, when he found water with his third shot. After placing his ball on the bank, it rolled back in for an extra penalty shot. However, the popular American bounced back admirably to come through for the win. Our top ranked player, John Rahm, finished in tied 10th and we had ten of the top fifteen plus ties (10/19) in total.

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