A gutting lip out on the first hole of the play off in Memphis robs us of 25 points profit! Hideki Matsuyama hit the eighteen foot putt sweetly and it caught the right side of the hole but it span out! Abraham Ancer won the play off from Hideki and Sam Burns on the next hole. So on the week we had a loss of 4.5 points. Our cumulative profit for 2021 to date is 68.44 points.
I have gone through both tournaments and all of our selections below. So please read on.
The Hero Open
A good day for the home country with Scots placing first and tied fourth twice. A very weak field allowed the promising Grant Forrest to bring it home for the home country. Grant won by one stroke from Englishman James Morrison. A real birdie barrage in Scotland on a course far too easy for professionals on this tour.
Another newcomer to tour, the Spaniard Santiago Tarrio was placed third. He played well all week. We need to see how he gets on when the fields are of a better standard? Two Scots tied for fourth place, David Law and Calum Hill. They are both solid tour pro’s but this was a big chance to win but they did not do enough.
Our initial selections for this one did not fare well. Marcel Siem was pretty ordinary and plodded all week to finish well down the field. Marc Warren had a nightmare in his home country and easily missed the cut. In hindsight we should have gone no selection pre tournament and look to get involved in play.
other golfers to note – Niall Kearney managed another top ten finish. One week he is on it and the next not. Lucas Bjerregaard was right up there going into the final round but carded a 73 on Sunday. Andy Sullivan went off the bookies favourite this week but finished tied forty eighth. I did say to swerve him.
Let us move on.
WGC Fedex St Jude Invitational
Harris English led this tournament from day one until the final nine holes. He did hold a three stroke lead but then dropped five strokes to miss the play off by one stroke. what a blow up!
Hideki Matsuyama carded a 63 on Sunday; Sam Burns a 64 and Abraham Ancer a 68 to force a three way play off. Hideki was a 25/1 initial selection for us. He lipped out on the first hole of the play off and we so narrowly lost 25 points profit with that small margin. Abraham Ancer got his maiden win on tour after a lot of tries. Perhaps he will now have the confidence to win regularly? Hideki looked back to his best after a slow start on Thursday. Sam Burns continues to contend and does look an exciting prospect from now on.
Daniel Berger placed for us at 22/1 in fifth place. Solid and consistent all week without finding enough putts to win. Jordan Speith hit the ball in the water too many times this week. It seems the course did not suit him. Jordan finished in a tie for twelfth place, six strokes off the play off score.
Our in play selections did not go well – Dustin Johnson never got much going on Sunday and finished in a tie for tenth. I need to leave DJ alone for a while I think? Bryson DeChambeau was joint leader early in his round on Sunday. However he played some irresponsible shots and dropped well off the lead. Bryson finished tied eighth, four strokes off of the play off. Will he learn???
Tied in joint fifth place were Cam Smith, who had a late double bogey to miss the play off and the ever consistent Paul Casey. Will Zalatoris made a good comeback from the injury he sustained in the rough at The Open to tie eighth place. I do worry about his putting though in regard to winning at this level. Ian Poulter managed a top ten finish and Rory McIlroy played OK to finish joint twelfth and was tied with Jordan Speith.
Webb Simpson also played OK in preparation for his favourite tournament next week The Wyndham Championship. He finished tied fifteenth. Tied with Webb was Robert MacIntyre, who continues to show up on this tour. Phil Mickelson made the top twenty. Definitely not one to trust these days though. Louis Oosthuizen was going well until a final round 74!
Those narrowly missing the top twenty – Patrick Cantlay, Collin Morikawa and Justin Thomas. Bubbling under as they say! Tony Finau was set for a top twenty finish but then carded a final round 74. Xander Schauffele was down in 46th place the week after winning his gold medal in Tokyo. Brooks Koepka struggled all week and could not make the top fifty finishers. Is he still injured?
Gutted to lose the play off on a putt that lipped out but that is golf.
I will be back tomorrow with this weeks initial selections.