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.
PGA TOUR/EUROPEAN TOUR
1. (-18, 266) Patrick Reed (Odds: 50/1)
2. (-17, 267) Bryson DeChambeau (Odds: 28/1)
3. (-15, 269) Jon Rahm (Odds: 10/1)
3. (-15, 269) Erik van Rooyen (Odds: 125/1)
3. (-15, 269) Rory McIlroy (Odds:13/2)
Notes: The week started with Brooks Koepka calling Reed out for cheating. It ended with Reed walking off with his second WGC win, eighth PGA TOUR title and further evidence, if we needed it, that he thrives in adversity. DeChambeau looked to be powering to victory after seven birdies in nine holes around the turn but when he stalled, Reed sensed an opening and produced birdies at 15, 16 and 17. He ranked No. 1 putter for the week (SG: Putting and Putts Per GIR) and T1 for birdies with 25. Rahm's Saturday 61, including a hole-in-one at 17, matched the lowest score at a WGC but he ran out of gas after a hot start to round four. Rory just didn't do enough after a bright start (two-shot lead after R1) but still managed a sixth straight worldwide top five.
Fate of the favorites
Notes: Defending champion DJ came to Mexico with course form of 1-7-1 but was never at the races, finishing a massive 18 shots behind the winner. McIlroy, Rahm and Thomas all had a piece of the lead in the final round but couldn't get it done.
Puerto Rico Open
1. (-20, 268) Viktor Hovland (Odds: 28/1)
2. (-19, 269) Josh Teater (Odds: 125/1)
3. (-15, 273) Kyle Stanley (Odds: 60/1)
3. (-15, 273) Sam Ryder (Odds: 90/1)
3. (-15, 273) Emiliano Grillo (Odds: 25/1)
Notes: Sounds simple: Hovland was the tournament favorite in a weak field and went out and got it done. However, golf is never as easy as that and a triple bogey at 11 threatened to ruin the script. The classy Norwegian had a change of gear though. He made eagle at 15 and, with a sense of occasion to show that we're looking at a special talent here, secured his first win in thrilling fashion by draining a 30-foot birdie putt at 18 to edge out Teater by a shot! It came after just 17 starts (12 as a pro). Welcome to the club, Viktor.
Fate of the favorites
Notes: While Hovland justified his position at the front of the betting, Noren missed the cut by one. Rodgers and McNealy had the chance to top ten but played sluggish final rounds, shooting 75 and 72 respectively.
Coming up this week…
The Honda Classic
Location: PGA National (Champion), 7,140 yards, par 70.
Past winners at PGA National
2019 (-9, 271) Keith Mitchell – 1st PGA TOUR win
2018 (-8, 272) Justin Thomas – 8th PGA TOUR win
2017 (-12, 268) Rickie Fowler – 4th PGA TOUR win
2016 (-9, 271) Adam Scott – 12th PGA TOUR win
2015 (-6, 274) Padraig Harrington – 6th PGA TOUR win
Notes: It's the start of the four-tournament Florida Swing which also takes in Bay Hill, Sawgrass and Innisbrook. Six of the last seven editions here have been won with single digits under par. Yep, the Champions Course at PGA National is hard. Mitchell was the third straight American winner but from 2005-2016, nine of the 12 champions were from overseas.
Location: Al Mouj Golf, Muscat, Oman. 7,365 yards, par 72.
Past winners at Al Mouj
Notes: It's back to the Middle East for a mini Desert Swing (Qatar next week). This is just the third edition but Al Mouj was also used on the Challenge Tour from 2013-2017 so there's plenty of recent course form available for gamers/bettors.