Monday, 4 November 2019

2019 - Week 44 Winners

Rory McIlroy (ranked 1st by Golf Predictor) won the WGC - HSBC Champions on the European/US PGA Tour. The 30 year old Northern Irishman won his third WGC title in a play-off in Shanghai with defending champion Xander Schauffele. Despite going bogey free over the weekend, third round leader McIlroy was caught by Schauffele with a birdie on the final hole. The world number two then played the par five eighteenth in exemplary fashion in the play-off, with his tap in birdie good enough after Schauffele had to lay up and missed his birdie try. McIlroy was our top ranked player and including the winner, we had eight of the top seventeen (8/19*) in total.

Brendon Todd (ranked 55th by Golf Predictor) won the inaugural Bermuda Championship on the US PGA Tour. The 34 year old American overcame a major career slump to win his second tour title in Bermuda. Trailing Harry Higgs by two shots overnight, Todd came out with all guns blazing, hitting seven birdies in a row on the front nine to leave the field in his wake. A sub-60 round was on when he started the back nine with two further birdies, but he slowed down coming down the stretch. In the end, Todd finished with a bogey on the final hole for a 62 (-9) and a four shot victory over Higgs. Our top ranked player, Alex Noren, finished in tied 15th and we had ten of the top eighteen plus ties (10/23) in total in this second tier event.

*Poulter's withdrawal promoted Hatton into the top 19 of the GP Rankings.

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