Tuesday 8 September 2020

2020 - Week 36 Winners

John Catlin (ranked 49th by Golf Predictor) won the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucia Masters on the European PGA Tour. The 29 year old unfancied American won his first tour title with an impressive display at Valderrama. Leading by two strokes overnight, a closing round of four over par 75 was good enough for Catlin to pip Martin Kaymer on the closing hole. The duo had reached the final tee all square, but Catlin took the title with a par to the German's bogey. Strong winds made the already testing Valderrama layout even more challenging and the entire field finished over par. Our top ranked player, Bernd Wiesberger, finished in tied 31st after a poor final round and we had eight of the top seventeen plus ties (8/23*).

Dustin Johnson (ranked 1st by Golf Predictor) won the Tour Championship (and therefore the FedEx Cup) on the US PGA Tour. The 36 year old American capped a great play-off series by taking the lucrative season ending title at East Lake. After a win and play-off loss in the previous two FedEx Cup events, DJ started on -10 in the new handicap system. That proved too much of a head-start to give the hottest player in the world and despite the gap closing somewhat on the back nine Sunday, he won fairly comfortably by three from Xander Schauffele and Justin Thomas. DJ was our top ranked player and we had twelve of the top fifteen plus ties (12/16**) in the restricted field event.  

*Withdrawals mean Syme is promoted to the top 23 of the GP Rankings.

**The handicapped start and small field makes this comparison pretty irrelevant!

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