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Lanto Griffin
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The Reset

Wins for 45/1 Griffin and 35/1 Wiesberger

by Dave Tindall
Updated On: October 13, 2019, 7:52 pm ET

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.

PGA TOUR

Houston Open

Final Leaderboard

1. (-14, 274) Lanto Griffin (DraftKings $8,000; Odds: 45/1)
2. (-13, 275) Scott Harrington (DraftKings $6,900; Odds: 110/1)
3. (-13, 275) Mark Hubbard (DraftKings $7,100; Odds: 100/1)
4. (-11, 277) Harris English (DraftKings $8,900; Odds: 40/1)
4. (-11, 277) Xinjun Zhang (DraftKings $8,000; Odds: 75/1)
4. (-11, 277) Talor Gooch (DraftKings $6,700; Odds: 125/1)
4. (-11, 277) Carlos Ortiz (DraftKings $8,200; Odds: 60/1)
​​​​​​​4. (-11, 277) Sepp Straka (DraftKings $7,100; Odds: 110/1)

Notes: A first win for Griffin, who had advertised his claims by connecting four straight top 20s coming in. Harrington (17) and Hubbard (15) were left to rue late bogeys. English could have finished solo fourth but for missing from 2ft 10in at 18.

Fate of the favorites

MC. (+2, 146) Henrik Stenson (DraftKings $11,400; Odds: 9/1)
MC. (+4, 148) Brian Harman (DraftKings $10,600; Odds: 22/1)
23. (-6, 282) Cameron Champ (DraftKings $10,800; Odds: 22/1)
MC. (+8, 152) Daniel Berger (DraftKings $10,400; Odds: 22/1)

Notes: A collective flop, with Stenson, Harman and Berger missing the cut by two, four and eight shots respectively. Champ managed a top 25 but was always behind after a second-round 75.

 

EUROPEAN TOUR

Italian Open

Final Leaderboard

1. (-16, 268) Bernd Wiesberger (Odds: 35/1)
2. (-15, 269) Matthew Fitzpatrick (Odds: 22/1)
3. (-12, 272) Kurt Kitayama (Odds: 125/1)
4. (-11, 273) Andrew Johnston (Odds: 80/1)
4. (-11, 273) Robert MacIntyre (Odds: 50/1)
4. (-11, 273) Matthias Schwab (Odds: 55/1)

Notes: A third in win in 13 European Tour starts for Wiesberger. This and the Scottish Open were Rolex Series events so he's now No. 1 on the Race to Dubai. One-shot overnight leader Fitzpatrick now has four second places this season after failing to complete his Italian job. Some decent prices on others in the top five.

Fate of the favorites

MC. (+5, 147) Paul Casey (Odds: 9/1)
15. (-7, 277) Justin Rose (Odds: 11/1)
MC. (+5, 147) Francesco Molinari (Odds: 16/1)
MC. (+1, 143) Shane Lowry (Odds: 16/1)

Notes: What a bizarre week. It's unthinkable that Casey, Molinari and Lowry would all miss the cut although it happened. And Casey and Molinari missed it by a mile (five shots). Justin Rose did at least make the top 15 although even he shot a third-round 78.

 

Coming up this week…

PGA TOUR

THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES

Location: The Club at Nine Bridges, 7,196 yards, par 72

Notes: The start of a three-week run in Asia. After South Korea, it's off to Japan for the inaugural ZOZO Championship and then the more familiar surroundings of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China. Fun fact: The Club at Nine Bridges only has eight bridges.

Who’s playing? A field of 78. Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama, Tommy Fleetwood, Billy Horschel, Viktor Hovland, Collin Morikawa, Sergio Garcia, Jason Day, Gary Woodland, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Danny Willett, Marc Leishman, Kevin Na.

Past winners at the Nine Bridges

2018/19 (-21, 267) Brooks Koepka – 5th PGA TOUR win
2017/18 (-9, 279) Justin Thomas – 7th PGA TOUR win

Notes: Just two years at Nine Bridges and two top-class American winners. Last year's 1-2 (Koepka and Woodland) would go on to win majors later that season.

 

EUROPEAN TOUR

Open de France

Location: Le Golf National, Paris, 7,245 yards, par 71

Notes: We're back at the scene of the 2018 Ryder Cup and all 12 American players who took part return, seeking... not really. In fact, the change in date has come at a huge cost with one of the European Tour's great courses attracting a far weaker field than its previous June/July date.

Who’s playing? Alex Noren, Mike Lorenzo-Vera, Thomas Pieters, Joost Luiten, Matthias Schwab, Jordan Smith, Erik van Rooyen, Martin Kaymer, Kurt Kitayama.

Past winners of the Open de France

2018 (-7, 277) Alex Noren – 10th European Tour win
2017 (-12, 272) Tommy Fleetwood – 3rd European Tour win
2016 (-11, 273) Thongchai Jaidee – 8th European Tour win
2015 (-13, 271) Bernd Wiesberger – 3rd European Tour win
2014 (-5, 279) Graeme McDowell – 9th European Tour win

Notes: The last six winners all had won at least twice on the European Tour.

Dave Tindall
Dave Tindall is former golf editor at Sky Sports.com in the UK and has been writing betting previews for the European Tour since 1997. He can be reached via e-mail on tindall_david@hotmail.com and on Twitter @davetindallgolf.