last week was a bad one for us. We lost 13 points. We missed a place by one stroke with both Pep Angles – first round leader and John Catlin in play. But the rest of our selections fared badly. Patrick Reed missed the cut; Sungjae Im was well placed going in to the weekend but had a poor two days; Garrick Higgo faded on Sunday and Max Kieffer missed the cut. I do not see much point dwelling on it. Lessons need to be learnt and we need to work hard and do better.
I have written a brief review of both tournaments below.
Trial tournament match bets are dealt with on Wednesdays.
The Tenerife Open
Was won by the South African Dean Burmeister, who carded a 62 final round to win by five strokes. His opening round on Thursday of 63 laid the foundations for this second win on the European Tour.
Nicolai Von Dellinghausen had his best finish to date on tour in the runner up spot. The young German may be one to watch in 2021? Tied in third were the Pole Adrian Meronk and Yiyaun Chang of South Korea. Meronk missed some crucial putts on Sunday that would have put pressure on the winner if they had gone in. Chang is new on tour and so we will have to wait and see how he goes if he stays.
Included in the pack one stroke behind was Adri Arnaus of Spain. The 71 he carded on Friday put him out of things on a birdie laden course, but his other rounds were 65, 66 and 66. One to watch this week! Garrick Higgo struggled a bit on Sunday and his 69 was well off of what was required. Thorbjorn Olesen was his usual inconsistent self, having opened with a 62 on Thursday, but still finishing ten strokes off of the winning score.
Pep Angles opened with a 65 and 64 for the first two days. But then had a 73 and 71 on this easy course. Laurie Canter opened with a 65 on day one after a five week lay off. But his lack of playing recently told on Sunday when he carded a 73 and finished in a tie for 48th place.
Those missing the cut included – Jorge Campillo, who seems right off his game; Kurt Kitiyama for the second week running; Renato Paratore of Italy, who is overrated by a number of pundits and the afore mentioned Max Kieffer of Germany. Joost Luiten withdrew after round three, presumably through injury, after having a hole in one on Thursday on the second hole.
The Valspar Championship
Sam Burns, a star of U.S. collegiate golf a few years ago pulled it all together in Florida to get his maiden tour win by a margin of three strokes. An excellent ball striker who is often let down by his putting comfortably got over the line. It was a week where the big names teeing it up failed to deliver.
In the runner up spot was the first round leader Keegan Bradley. Despite his previous good course form Bradley could only card a 71 on Sunday. Tied in third place was the fast finishing Viktor Hovland and the consistent Cameron Tringale. Abraham Ancer came back to good form in finishing fifth. However the second round 70 stopped him contesting once again.
Other golfers to note – Louis Oosthuizen managed a tied eighth finish despite carding an opening round 73. Louis needs to get off to a good start to contend. Joachin Niemann was one of those tied with Louis. His closing round 72 was a weak finish in a good week otherwise. Justin Thomas played well but his putting woes surfaced and ruined his scoring. He finished in a tie for thirteenth place and is not one to trust at short odds. Sungjae Im had a good first two days and was in contention, But his inconsistency reared its ugly head again and he slid down in to a tie for 29th place. Dustin Johnson had a 74 on Saturday and still seems off his game. A tied 48th finish for DJ.
Missing the cut of note – Gary Woodland, who dropped five strokes in the first two holes; Patrick Reed, despite his excellent course form; Justin Rose, still off his game despite his Masters showing and Emilliano Grillo, runner up last week and after carding a 66 on Thursday.
I will be back with initial outright selections for this week on Tuesday evening.
Tournament match bets will be dealt with on Wednesday.
Good luck Martin