In a new regular 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.
The ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP
1. (-19, 261) Tiger Woods (Odds: 33/1)
2. (-16, 264) Hideki Matsuyama (Odds: 16/1)
3. (-13, 267) Rory McIlroy (Odds: 8/1)
4. (-13, 267) Sungjae Im (Odds: 33/1)
4. (-12, 268) Gary Woodland (Odds: 25/1)
Notes: Wow! Tiger makes his return from a knee op, must surely be rusty and yet comes out and wins at 33/1, tying Sam Snead's record of 82 PGA Tour wins. How many more from here? Putted like a god and showed he's still a master at protecting a lead. Back up to World No. 6.
Fate of the favorites
Notes: A generally solid week for the market leaders although Thomas never threatened to get involved and Spieth finished a massive 24 shots behind Tiger!
Notes: The 'needing to keep card' angle played out big time. All four started this last-chance saloon week outside the top 115 (Stone was exempt) on the Race to Dubai and Brown and Walters did enough to secure their playing privileges for another season. Saddier fell just short.
Fate of the favorites
Notes: Three in the top eight and decent from Kaymer too although none got in the title mix.
Coming up this week…
PGA TOUR/European Tour
Location: Sheshan International GC, Shanghai, China, 7,261 yards, par 72.
Who’s playing? As with the last two weeks, it's a 78-man field. However, for a WGC tournament, this is far from the greatest line-up. No Tiger for example. Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Hideki Matsuyama, Xander Schauffele, Paul Casey, Tommy Fleetwood, Tony Finau, Patrick Reed.
Past winners of the WGC-HSBC Champions
2018 (-14, 274) Xander Schauffele – 1st WGC win
2017 (-14, 274) Justin Rose – 2nd WGC win
2016 (-23, 265) Hideki Matsuyama – 1st WGC win
2015 (-20, 268) Russell Knox – 1st WGC win
2014 (-11, 277) Bubba Watson – 1st WGC win
Notes: This concludes the PGA TOUR's three-week Asian Swing.
Location: Port Royal Golf Course, Southampton Parish, Bermuda, 6,842 yards, par 71
Notes: Yes, we have an 'opposite' event on the PGA TOUR this week with the inaugural staging of a new tournament in Bermuda. The short course was designed by Robert Trent Jones and will be somewhat familiar having staged the Grand Slam of Golf from 2009-2014.