Wins for 70/1 Champ and 150/1 Perez

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Dave Tindall
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In a new regular column on Rotoworld, we reflect on the tournaments just gone and also take an early peek at the action ahead on the PGA and European Tours.


Safeway Open

Final Leaderboard

1. (-17, 271) Cameron Champ (DraftKings $7,400; Odds: 70/1)
2. (-16, 272) Adam Hadwin (DraftKings $7,500; Odds: 80/1)
3. (-14, 274) Marc Leishman (DraftKings $9,300; Odds: 40/1)
4. (-13, 275) Charles Howell III (DraftKings $8,100; Odds: 55/1)
4. (-13, 275) Zac Blair (DraftKings $6,400; Odds: 200/1)
4. (-13, 275) Justin Thomas (DraftKings $11,600; Odds: 7/1).

Notes: Watched by his ailing grandfather, Mack - the man who taught him the game - Champ kept his emotions in check to record a second PGA TOUR win. He's still just 24. Hadwin came hard at him down the stretch while Leishman's joint-low 65 jumped him 19 spots to solo third.

Fate of the favorites

4. (-13, 275) Justin Thomas (DraftKings $11,600; Odds: 7/1).
40. (-6, 282) Patrick Cantlay (DraftKings $11,200; Odds: 9/1)
17. (-9, 279) Adam Scott (DraftKings $10,700; Odds: 16/1)
MC. (Evs, 144) Hideki Matsuyama (DraftKings $10,500; Odds: 16/1)

Notes: A very mixed bag from the favorites. Scott started fast but went to sleep over his middle two rounds while Thomas couldn't really build on his Friday 64. Cantlay never really got going.


Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

Final Leaderboard

1. (-22, 266) Victor Perez (Odds: 150/1)
2. (-21, 267) Matthew Southgate (Odds: 150/1)
2. (-20, 268) Joakim Lagergren (Odds: 100/1)
2. (-20, 268) Paul Waring (Odds: 150/1)

Notes: The top four were all three-figure prices but there were some interesting local connections. Frenchman Perez has been living in nearby Dundee (20 minutes from Old Course) for the last 18 months as his girlfriend is at University there, Southgate had won the St Andrews Links Trophy in 2010 while Lagergren had a pair of top fours in this tournament.

Fate of the favorites

26. (-15, 273) Rory McIlroy (Odds: 5/1)
MC. (-4, 212) Jon Rahm (Odds: 15/2)
34. (-14, 274) Justin Rose (Odds: 12/1)
5. (-19, 269) Tommy Fleetwood (Odds: 16/1)

Notes: Fleetwood closed with 64 to register his fifth top five in the event and pip Rory to the Team title. Did that fuel Rory's outburst soon after? "I'm sort of honestly sick of coming back over to The European Tour and shooting 15-under par and finishing 30th," said McIlroy. "I don't think the courses are set up hard enough. There's no penalties for bad shots." Rahm's MC was a mystery while Rose fell away after a bright start.

Coming up this week…


Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

Location: TPC Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada. 7,255 yards, par 71.

Notes: Host since 1992. The last two winners - Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Cantlay - return, as does World No. 1 Brooks Koepka, who was runner-up on his last appearance in 2016

Who’s playing? Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Cantlay, Webb Simpson, Adam Scott, Gary Woodland, Hideki Matsuyama, Tony Finau, Collin Morikawa.

Past winners at TPC Summerlin

2018/9 (-21, 263) Bryson DeChambeau – 5th PGA TOUR win
2017/8 (-9, 275) Patrick Cantlay – 1st PGA TOUR win
2016/7 (-20, 264) Rod Pampling – 3rd PGA TOUR win
2015/6 (-16, 268) Smylie Kaufman – 1st PGA TOUR win
2014/5 (-20, 264) Ben Martin – 1st PGA TOUR win

Notes: Twelve American winners in the last 16 years. The fact that three of the other four are Aussies is a hint that good wind players are worth looking out for as it can certainly get gusty here. It's also been a good tournament for first-time winners (three of the last five).

Next events:

Oct 10-13 Houston Open
Oct 17-20 THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES - South Korea
Oct 24-27 The ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP - Japan


Open de Espana

Location: Club de Campo Villa de Madrid (7,112 yards, par 71), Madrid, Spain.

Notes: The big-name Spaniards are out in force to contest their home event. The course last staged this tournament in 1996 when Padraig Harrington lifted the trophy. However, Club de Campo Villa de Madrid was used more recently - although still over ten years ago - to stage the Madrid Masters in 2008. That was won by Charl Schwartzel.

Who’s playing? Jon Rahm, Sergio Garcia, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Miguel Angel Jimenez, HaoTong Li, Andrea Pavan, Justin Harding, Ross Fisher, Victor Dubuisson.

Past winners of the Open de Espana

2018 (-20, 268) Jon Rahm – 3rd European Tour win
2017 No tournament
2016 (+1, 285) Andrew Johnston – 1st European Tour win
2015 (-10, 278) James Morrison – 2nd European Tour win
2014 (-4, 284) Miguel Angel Jimenez – 21st European Tour win

Notes: Spaniards have won three of the last eight so home advantage is definitely real.