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.
Arnold Palmer Invitational
Notes: Previously only good enough to win on that European Tour (hi Zinger), Hatton produced a gutsy front-running performance in brutal conditions to hold off 2017 Bay Hill winner Leishman by a single shot. The 28-year-old becomes the first Englishman, but also the third European in a row, to win Arnie's event. Im followed up last week's Honda Classic win with third place while DeChambeau was the only other player to break par over 72 holes. To give the scores context, Hatton's winning score was the highest since Mike Nicolette beat Greg Norman in playoff after both finished at -1 way back in 1983.
Fate of the favorites
Notes: Rory battled hard but eventually couldn't hang on to the leaders. Nevertheless, this was his seventh straight worldwide top five. DeChambeau shot one of the few under-par rounds Sunday to land in the top four but Matsuyama shot 80-77 on the weekend to fall outside the top 50. Fleetwood's MC was a major shock. The Englishman had entered the week with a TOUR-best cuts-made streak of 33 events.
1. (-13, 271) Jorge Campillo (Odds: 125/1)
2. (-13, 271) David Drysdale (Odds: 350/1)
3. (-12, 272) Niklas Lemke (Odds: 250/1)
3. (-12, 272) Kalle Samooja (Odds: 80/1)
3. (-12, 272) Jeff Winther (Odds: 125/1)
Notes: A second win in 250 European Tour starts for Campillo (his first came after 229) and it was landed in dramatic style, the Spaniard eventually defeating Drysdale at the fifth extra hole. Drysdale is now 0-for-498. Overall, an unpredictable leaderboard in the first edition to be played at Education City GC although it's worth recalling that Campillo was runner-up at the former course, Doha GC, last year.
Fate of the favorites
Notes: Kaymer's missed cut was a major surprise given his consistent form in the desert events this season. The other three threatened something better but none could crack the top 15.
Coming up this week…
THE PLAYERS Championship
Location: TPC Sawgrass, 7,189 yards, par 72.
Who’s playing? Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Cantlay, Bryson DeChambeau, Hideki Matsuyama, Webb Simpson, Tommy Fleetwood, Adam Scott, Xander Schauffele, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day.
Past winners at PGA National
2019 (-16, 272) Rory McIlroy – 15th PGA TOUR win
2018 (-18, 270) Webb Simpson – 5th PGA TOUR win
2017 (-10, 278) Si Woo Kim – 2nd PGA TOUR win
2016 (-15, 273) Jason Day – 10th PGA TOUR win
2015 (-12, 276) Rickie Fowler – 2nd PGA TOUR win
Notes: The third leg of the four-tournament Florida Swing which finishes at Innisbrook next week and it's the big one. Then again, after winning scores of -6 at the Honda and -4 at the Arnold Palmer, will TPC Sawgrass feel like its offering a little respite?! Three of the last four have been won with 15-under or lower. It's a stellar field as always although Tiger Woods will not be teeing it up. "My back is simply just not ready for play next week. I’m sad to miss one of the best events of the season, OUR Championship,” he tweeted.
Magical Kenya Open
The tournament has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak.