Turkish Airlines Open
Notes: A six-way playoff! Hatton looked dead and buried at the first extra hole but stayed alive with a chip-in birdie. It eventually needed four trips back up the 18th to decide the outcome and Hatton emerged as last man standing after Schwab, the long-time leader in regulation play, missed a par putt. It was just the third six-man playoff in European Tour history (other two in 1990 and 2003). Hatton now has four European Tour wins - three in October and one in November - so he's definitely one to watch in late-season events.
Fate of the favorites
Notes: Hatton obviously was the star of the show and Reed threatened more than T10 after a pair of middle 65s. Rose shot himself out of it with a Saturday 73 while Wiesberger never made an impression.
Coming up this week…
Mayakoba Golf Classic
Location: El Camaleon GC, Playa del Carmen, Mexico, 7,039 yards, par 71.
Notes: After a dark week following the trio of events in Asia, the PGA TOUR returns in Mexico. The Greg Norman design bends through three distinct landscapes - tropical jungle, dense mangroves, and oceanfront stretches of sand with holes bisected by massive limestone canals. Rickie Fowler was meant to be one of the tournament's star turns but he withdrew last week due to an intestinal bacterial infection that he said he picked up while on his honeymoon last month.
Past winners at Mayakoba
2018/19 (-22, 262) Matt Kuchar – 8th PGA TOUR win
2017/18 (-19, 264) Patton Kizzire – 1st PGA TOUR win
2016/17 (-21, 261) Pat Perez – 2nd PGA TOUR win
2015/16 (-18, 261) Graeme McDowell – 3rd PGA TOUR win
2014/15 (-17, 124) Charley Hoffman – 3rd PGA TOUR win
Nedbank Golf Challenge
Location: Gary Player CC, Sun City, South Africa, 7,133 yards, par 72
Notes: The penultimate event of the season and 10,000 Race to Dubai points are up for grabs (that's more than WGCs). The top 50 in the RTD after this week qualify for the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai which follows the Thursday after. Despite the prize money and points bonanza, plenty of the top names are sitting this one out.
Who’s playing? Bernd Wiesberger, Louis Oosthuizen, Henrik Stenson, Tommy Fleetwood, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Ian Poulter, HaoTong Li, Matt Wallace, Alex Noren, Robert MacIntyre, Lee Westwood, Branden Grace.
Past winners of the Nedbank Golf Challenge
2018 (-15, 273) Lee Westwood – 24th European Tour win
2017 (-11, 277) Branden Grace – 8th European Tour win
2016 (-14, 274) Alex Noren – 8th European Tour win
2015 (-19, 269) Marc Leishman – 1st European Tour win
2014 (-18, 270) Danny Willett – 2nd European Tour win