Sunday 25 August 2019

2019 - Week 34 Winners

Erik van Rooyen (ranked 5th by Golf Predictor) won the Scandinavian Invitation on the European PGA Tour. The 29 year old South African finally captured his first tour title with a gutsy one shot victory in Sweden. After starting strongly on Sunday, van Rooyen built up a three shot lead early in the back nine. However, in a nervy finish, he just managed to edge out Matthew Fitzpatrick with a birdie on the final hole. Our top ranked player, home favourite Henrik Stenson, finished in tied 3rd and although many of the bigger names didn't perform, we had eleven of the top twenty plus ties (11/28).

Rory McIlroy (ranked 2nd by Golf Predictor) won the Tour Championship (and therefore the FedEx Cup) on the US PGA Tour. The 30 year old Northern Irishman capped a good year by taking the lucrative season ending title at East Lake. Unlike recent times, McIlroy was particularly impressive on Sunday, save for a brief spell on the back nine. That allowed him to come through to win by four from Xander Schauffele, despite starting five shots behind Justin Thomas on -5 in the new handicap system. Our top ranked player, Brooks Koepka, faded on the back nine with some poor putting and finished in tied 3rd. Overall, we had fourteen of the top sixteen plus ties (14/18)* in the restricted field event.  

*The handicapped start makes this comparison pretty irrelevant!

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