Hero World Challenge
Notes: Stenson has his first win for over two years (2017 Wyndham Championship). The Swede had it on a string this week and the new 3-wood served him proud. As did the 5-wood which he knocked to a couple of inches on 15 today which set up what proved a decisive eagle. Will this be a springboard for a big 2020 following his fall down the world rankings? Those who like a good morality tale will note that Reed finished two back. But for his two-shot penalty in round three which caused such a storm, he would have matched Stenson's total.
Fate of the favorites
Notes: A brave defense from Rahm, who hit the front with eagle at the par-5 15th before Stenson followed him in for a 3 at the same hole. Woods and Thomas also had a piece of the lead in round four but Cantlay never got in a blow and finished 17th of the 18-man field.
AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open
Notes: A good week for the Scandinavians with Sweden's Stenson winning Tiger's event and Danish teenager Hojgaard taking victory here on just his fifth European Tour start after making a decisive eagle at the third extra hole. Hojgaard, whose twin brother Nicolai finished runner-up to Sergio Garcia at the KLM Open in September, becomes the third youngest European Tour winner in history. Rozner finishes runner-up on his sixth start at this level.
Fate of the favorites
Notes: A solid collective effort. Pieters, Coetzee and Lombard were never in the title hunt but Detry missed a golden chance to secure his first European Tour win. A 4-4 (par-birdie) finish would have give him the title. Instead, he went 5-5 and missed the playoff by one.
Coming up this week…
THE PRESIDENTS CUP
Location: Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Melbourne, Australia. 7,055 yards, par 71.
Past Presidents Cups
2017 USA 19-11 Internationals (Liberty National, USA)
2015 Internationals 14½–15½ USA (Incheon, Korea)
2013 USA 18½–15½ Internationals (Muirfield Village, USA)
2011 Internationals 15–19 USA (Royal Melbourne, Australia)
Notes: Unlike the Ryder Cup, the USA have absolutely dominated this event. They've won 10 of the 12 editions and halved another. However, their only defeat came at this week's venue, Royal Melbourne, in 1999. That was a 20½–11½ hammering although the Americans gained revenge at the same venue in 2011.