Let’s start with a quick heads-up for next week…because after much delay (for obvious reasons!) we have the first golf Major of 2020 to look forward to.
Now you’ll probably know the US Masters is traditionally the first Major on the golfing calendar (played in early April), but this year the Augusta showpiece has been pushed back to November, promoting the USPGA Championship to the front of the queue.
Held this year at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, the USPGA will see the world’s best players competing for top honours. It all starts next Thursday (August 6th), so that’s definitely one date for your diary. Let's hope Jason Day can hold aloft the wanamaker Trophy again, like he did in 2015.
But before then we have not one, not two, but three tournaments ahead of us this week…
On the European Tour, there’s the HERO OPEN at the Forest of Arden course just outside Birmingham where the Dutchman, Joost Luiten, is the favourite.
And over in the States, we have the WGC-FEDEX ST. JUDE INVITATIONAL played at TPC Southwinds in Memphis, Tennessee, plus the BARRACUDA CHAMPIONSHIP at the Tahoe Mt. Club in Truckee, California.
So it looks like being a busy week!!
Before all this, a quick look back to last week’s action.
Starting in the UK, the BRITISH MASTERS went to Renato Paratore after he led impressively from wire-to-wire at Close House. This was the first professional win for the Italian in his 158th tournament. Best placed Aussie was Jason Scrivener in T29
Golf Insider provided us with their thoughts of some good tournament chances and one, Andy Sullivan was best placed. The Englishman, advised at 35/1, finished tied 4th to guarantee an E/W payout.
In an interesting footnote, Dale Whitnell placed at odds of 1,000/1… when was the last time you saw a horse return at those odds?
BRITISH MASTERS – Final results
-18 Renato Paratore
-15 Rasus Hojgaard
-14 Justin Harding
-13 Andy Sullivan
-13 Robert Rock
-13 Dale Whitnell
Meanwhile, on the US PGA Tour in America it was a strange week as most of the leading names in the 3M OPEN failed to shine (all of Dustin Johnson, Tommy Fleetwood, Paul Casey and Brooks Koepka missed the cut in Minnesota).
This left the door open for the unfancied Michael Thompson to bag a second PGA Tour win, and his first since 2013.
Australian Cameron Davis had a good week finishing T12 (just two shots shy of T3), while Aaron Baddeley finished T23 that included a final 64, rocketing him up the leaderboard 22 places in the final round.
3M OPEN – Final results
-19 Michael Thompson
-17 Adam Long
-16 Robby Shelton
-16 Charles Howell
-16 Emiliano Grillo