firstly let us look at how we did last week.
In Scotland we had a 100/1 runner up in Joakim Lagergren. He carded a 66 in the final round at St Andrews but failed by two strokes to catch the winner Danny Willett. I did think that Willett may struggle to get the win after a long gap in time from his previous win, but after an early wobble got it done. Also tied for second place was two time winner here, Tyrrell Hatton. A valid effort from him after the Ryder Cup defeat.
Our in play selection here, Shane Lowry, played OK on Sunday, but could not get his putter working. He finished three stokes behind the winner, in joint fourth place. Our other initial selections did not fare so well. Branden Grace finished in a tie for twenty seventh place. Usually a good links course player, he had a 74 on Friday which wrecked his chances. Billy Horschel finished in a tie for thirty sixth place. Billy invited his father over to play with him as part of a Pro Am partnership. So it seems he treated the week as a sort of family holiday! In hindsight Billy was not a good pick but I think that if he stays in Europe until season end he can pick up another win on a more suitable course.
In Mississippi there was the predicted shoot out, including a number of younger end professionals. However, Sam Burns showed a bit of class to win by one stroke from the chasing pack. Sam carded a final round 67 to get it done. Our two initial selections did not fare well. Mito Pereira finished in a tie for thirty first place, nine strokes behind the winner. No particularly bad round, just well off the pace. Sebastian Munoz missed the cut. A previous winner of this tournament but inconsistent. We caught him on a bad week.
So, overall last week we lost 0.5 points on the week, with Joakim Lagergren being our only return for a place at 100/1. The cumulative profit of the service for 2021 to date is 60.541 points.
Onto this week – the European Tour heads to the Madrid region of Spain. On the USPGA Tour we are off to Las Vegas for two weeks, initially for the Shriners Childrens Open. Details of both courses and expected playing conditions are detailed below, as well as our initial selections for both tournaments.
Good luck Martin