we made a loss of 9 points last week . We did make an error in not getting on Bernd Wiesberger, a previous winner at the course, at 20/1. Apologies for that error. We were also a week too early with Jason Kokrak as we backed him at big odds for The USPGA Championship but left him alone last week. We did suggest unofficially a lay of Jordan Speith on Sunday at 2/5 that was a winner.
Made In Himmerland
Was won easily by Bernd Wiesberger by five strokes. A joint first round leader and never off the lead . His poor recent form in America put us off him here but the 20/1 should have really been snapped up as a recent previous winner here in a weakened field. Perhaps this win can get him going again?
In second place again was the fast finishing Italian Guido Migliozzi . He does seem the man to go for on Sunday for a low finish. Jordan Smith carded a 65 for joint third place, along with the in form Richard Bland and Aussie Jason Scrivener. All bodes well for Smith in Germany this week on a course he won on in 2017.
Our in play selection Josh Geary finished in a tie for sixth. He played well all week but could not find enough birdies to push in to the top four. The Aussie looks one to watch though. Ross Fisher found some form at last to tie 8th. Selected others in the multiple tie for 8th were the consistent Matthias Schwab and a back to form Laurie Canter. Josh Luiten continues to bubble under, being tied for 15th place.
Another golfer making the top 20 again was Masahiro Kawamura of Japan. Thorbjorn Olesen flattered to deceive, with an average 31st place. Adrian Otaegui did not have a good week but found a 64 on the final day, but it only got him to tied 37th. Included in that tie were the pre start favourite Robert MacIntyre and Eddie Pepperell.
Andy Sullivan was an out of sorts 4oth after a poor start to the week. Young Aussie Min Woo Lee was well touted by tipsters but could not make the top 50.
Those missing the cut included – another golfer well tipped up earlier in the week, Ryan Fox . I could not see it myself and was proved right. The out of form Rasmus Hojgaard back in his home country struggled. Our each way selection Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston. I apologise for this poor pick and he is now on my cold list until he achieves a top 5 finish. The young South African sensation Wilco Nienaber continues to struggle . Paul Dunne was put up in some quarters at 200/1 but withdrew after round one.
Charles Schwab Challenge
Was won by Jason Kokrak by two strokes from a lacklustre Jordan Speith. Kokrak’s closing 70 was enough to catch Speith, who carded a 73. Neither played well on Sunday but had a clear lead over the rest of the field.
Tied in third place were the in form Charley Hoffman who finished with a 65; Patton Kizzire; a back to form Ian Poulter and the Colombian Sebastian Munoz . Troy Merritt placed in 7th after going off as a 125/1 shot.
Gary Woodland, after his final round failure last week, was a credible tied 14th, along with amongst others Abraham Ancer . Ancer started slowly but seems to play better over the weekends. Also included in that tie was Collin Morikawa, who messed up his score with a 72 on saturday. Defending champion Daniel Berger finished in a tie for 20th place.
Tony Finau finished in the top 20 (just) again . Sergio Garcia had a mega blow up on Sunday and dropped from 3rd to tied 20th with a 76. Sergio had won on course as a twenty one year old many years ago. Justin Thomas finished in a tie for 40th place. His best round being a 66 on Friday. Very ordinary stuff all week from JT. Joachin Niemann was very average down in 50th place on a course that should have suited him. Will Zalatoris was out of sorts and could only tie 59th place.
Notables to miss the cut – Our selection of Patrick Reed started well. He was three under par after three holes but struggled round on Thursday to card a 68 . But it all went wrong on Friday with a 74. Reed either blows hot or cold. Phil Mickelson, after his major win the week before, unsurprising was poor on Thursday and that was enough to see him go home early. Sungjae Im continues to struggle to score low. Lee Westwood has a bad Thursday with a 75 .
Unfortunately we were a week early with Kokrak . But Speith’s poor play on Sunday did help Jason get the win, the second of his tournament career.