In a regular weekly column on Rotoworld, we reflect on the tournaments just gone and also take an early peek at the action ahead on the PGA and European Tours.
1. (-6, 274) Sungjae Im (Odds: 30/1)
2. (-5, 275) Mackenzie Hughes (Odds: 600/1)
3. (-4, 276) Tommy Fleetwood (Odds: 10/1)
4. (-3, 277) Brendan Steele (Odds: 110/1)
4. (-3, 277) Byeong Hun An (Odds:33/1)
4. (-3, 277) Daniel Berger (Odds: 33/1)
4. (-3, 277) Lee Westwood (Odds: 33/1)
Notes: The rise of the new wave continues. Wolff, Morikawa, Hovland and now Im (50th start); all PGA TOUR winners, all justifying the hype. Im went out and won this, producing brilliant birdies in the Bear Trap at 15 and 17 to set a target no-one could reach. At 21, he's this tournament's youngest ever winner. Fleetwood made a big run at his first PGA TOUR victory and stayed alive with birdie-2 at 17 but leaked his approach to 18 when needing a birdie to tie. An idiot shouting "get in the hole" on his downswing didn't exactly help. For the seventh time in eight years, the tournament was won in single digits under par.
Fate of the favorites
Notes: Fleetwood was in contention all week as noted above. Woodland shot himself in the foot with a Saturday 74 but came back strong Sunday with a 67. A miserable week for Koepka, who fired a pair of 74s to miss the cut by five. Putting was mainly to blame. Fowler also crashed out early although at least there were positives to take as he followed a 76 with a 68.
1. (-13, 275) Sami Valimaki (Odds: 200/1)
2. (-13, 275) Brandon Stone (Odds: 80/1)
3. (-12, 276) Adrien Saddier (Odds: 200/1)
3. (-11, 277) Mikko Korhonen (Odds: 80/1)
3. (-11, 277) Guido Migliozzi (Odds: 100/1)
Notes: An unlikely top five. World No. 372 Valimaki was outside the top 100 after day one but powered through the field to beat Stone at the third extra hole. The Finn had won four times on the Pro Golf Tour in 2019 so had plenty of recent experience of getting it done.
Fate of the favorites
Notes: Solid T10s for Kaymer and Luiten although both would have been disappointed not to contend on Sunday. Not great from the Belgian bombers though, with Pieters missing the cut and Detry failing to break 70.
Coming up this week…
Arnold Palmer Invitational
Location: PGA National (Champion), 7,140 yards, par 70.
Who’s playing? Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed, Xander Schauffele, Hideki Matsuyama, Adam Scott, Bryson DeChambeau, Rickie Fowler, Tony Finau, Jason Day, Justin Rose, Sungjae Im, Henrik Stenson, Marc Leishman
Past winners at PGA National
2019 (-12, 276) Francesco Molinari – 3rd PGA TOUR win
2018 (-18, 270) Rory McIlroy – 14th PGA TOUR win
2017 (-11, 277) Marc Leishman – 2nd PGA TOUR win
2016 (-17, 271) Jason Day – 8th PGA TOUR win
2015 (-19, 269) Matt Every – 2nd PGA TOUR win
Notes: The second leg of the four-tournament Florida Swing which also takes in Sawgrass and Innisbrook. A pair of European Ryder Cup stars have won the last two, while two Aussies took the silverware prior to that. Three of those were major winners. Tiger Woods has eight wins at Bay Hill but won't be teeing it up.
Commercial Bank Qatar Masters
Location: Education City GC, Doha. 7,307 yards, par 71.
Past winners (all at Doha GC)
2019 (-13, 275) Justin Harding – 1st European Tour win
2018 (-18, 270) Eddie Pepperell – 1st European Tour win
2017 (-16, 272) Jeunghun Wang – 3rd European Tour win
2016 (-14, 274) Branden Grace – 7th European Tour win
2015 (-19, 269) Branden Grace – 6th European Tour win
Notes: A new venue so past course form goes out of the window. It's Doha so there will be some common traits - desert conditions and windy.