some near misses in regard to placing last week. Also John Catlin looked set to contend in Northern Ireland on Sunday but dropped three strokes in the final five holes. We lost 12 points on the week. We are currently 73 points in profit for 2021 to date.
I have gone through both tournaments below including how all of our selections fared.
Men’s Olympic Tournament
Xander Schauffele managed to actually win a tournament and claimed the gold medal. He held on from the fast finishing Rory Sabbatini, now representing Slovakia, by one stroke. I was incorrect in doubting Xander to get it done. He is now off of my ‘swerve’ list.
There was a seven way play off over three holes for the Bronze medal. CT Pan was victorious, representing Chinese Taipei. He saw off Rory McIlroy, Paul Casey, Mito Pereira, Sebastian Munoz, Hideki Matsuyama and Collin Morikawa.
The in play bet I posted at the halfway stage on Rory McIlroy was paid as a two thirds place, as he finished in fourth place on scoring. But those of you who did not see the selection until the next morning would have only had three places and that was a loser. Let me know if anything different happened to anyone?
I am not a fan of Asian golf courses and found this one just ordinary and no more. Not much of a test for an Olympic medal in my view.
Of our initial selections – Justin Thomas was sluggish and only played well in the final round. JT finished in a tie for 22nd place. My mistake in thinking that he was back to near his best. Mackenzie Hughes was poor all week and was well down the field. Apologies for those picks.
Other golfers that caught my eye – Mito Pereira continues to impress in his first season on the main tour. He was very close to a medal. Rory was solid all week without pulling something special out of the bag. Collin Morikawa carded a 63 in the final round to get in to the Bronze medal play off. He struggled to get going earlier in the week.
Tommy Fleetwood, whilst playing OK, again failed to challenge in 2021. Patrick Reed arrived late as a substitute for Bryson DeChambeau and he did not get a practice round in. It did show and he only got going in the final round. Tied 22nd. Sungjae Im and See Woo Kim did not show much and so are off to do eighteen months national service in South Korea.
ISPS HANDA Open
A second rate event in Northern Ireland and I am disappointed that either of our two initial selections did not manage to win this one. The tournament was won by Englishman Daniel Gavins, not a golfer I know a lot about. By carding a 65 on Sunday he won by one stroke, as the leaders lost strokes on the final holes to hand it to the winner. A Number of tour regulars bottled it here!
Davis Horsey blew five strokes on the back nine to throw this one away. Nothing else to say really.
In fourth place was Alejandro Canizares, who did not do anything special but moved up due to others dropping strokes. In fifth place was top ten regular Masahiro Kawamura.
Of our initial selections – both tied for seventh place (we were on at six places only). John Catlin was on the winning score with five holes to play but then dropped three strokes on the way in!! Justin Harding had a poor start on Thursday but got in to position going into the final round. He failed to deliver. A big miss for these two in a weak field.
Others that caught my eye – Hugo Leon of Chile carded a 73 on Friday but played well otherwise and finished tied seventh. Andy Sullivan missed the third round cut. Bad in this weakened field.
I will back Tuesday PM with initial selections for this coming week.
Good luck Martin