Wins for 13/2 Thomas and 90/1 Colsaerts

Dave Tindall
Rotoworld

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.

PGA TOUR

THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES

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Final Leaderboard

1. (-20, 268) Justin Thomas (DraftKings $11,700; Odds: 7/1)
2. (-18, 270) Danny Lee (DraftKings $6,200; Odds: 250/1)
3. (-15, 273) Hideki Matsuyama (DraftKings $10,700; Odds: 16/1)
4. (-15, 273) Gary Woodland (DraftKings $9,400; Odds: 22/1)
4. (-15, 273) Cameron Smith (DraftKings $9,000; Odds: 33/1)

Notes: This event has had three editions and Thomas has now won two of them after taking the title with just -9 under in windier 2017. This is his 11th PGA TOUR victory while in nine starts in Asia, he's emerged victorious four times. JT's take: "It is kind of bizarre knowing that I've won four times here. Yeah, I don't know. I obviously like the golf courses and I feel like they fit my game well, but it must be all the beef, maybe that's what it is. No, I don't know. I feel comfortable over here. I think it's at a good time of year."


Fate of the favorites

1. (-20, 268) Justin Thomas (DraftKings $11,700; Odds: 7/1)
WD (Evs, 144) Brooks Koepka (DraftKings $11,400; Odds: 8/1)
3. (-15, 273) Hideki Matsuyama (DraftKings $10,700; Odds: 16/1)
20. (-9, 279) Tommy Fleetwood (DraftKings $10,300; Odds: 20/1)

Notes: The betting market correctly predicted first (Thomas) and third (Matsuyama) but Koepka aggravated a knee injury and withdrew at the midpoint while Fleetwood was never in the mix..


EUROPEAN TOUR

Open de France

Final Leaderboard

1. (-12, 272) Nicolas Colsaerts (Odds: 90/1)
2. (-11, 273) JB Hansen (Odds: 66/1)
3. (-10, 274) George Coetzee (Odds: 90/1)
4. (-9, 275) Kurt Kitayama (Odds: 35/1)

Notes: Who could have predicted that top four?! Softer fall conditions meant wider fairways, thus helping the longer, more wayward drivers, so the switch from the summer date appeared to have an effect. This was Colsaerts' third European Tour win but first for seven years.

Fate of the favorites

18. (-3, 281) Alex Noren (Odds: 11/1)
MC. (+4, 146) Erik van Rooyen (Odds: 12/1)
MC. (+4, 146) Matthias Schwab (Odds: 16/1)
11. (-6, 278) Joost Luiten (Odds: 16/1)

Notes: Solid performances from defending champion Noren and Luiten but a surprise to see Van Rooyen and Schwab miss the cut.


Coming up this week…

PGA TOUR

THE ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP

Location: Accordia Golf Narashino CC, Chiba, 7,041 yards, par 70.

Who’s playing? As with last week, it's a 78-man field. Tiger WoodsRory McIlroyHideki MatsuyamaJustin ThomasXander SchauffeleTony FinauBubba WatsonPaul CaseyTommy FleetwoodJordan SpiethJason Day.

Notes: The first official PGA TOUR event to be played in Japan and the second leg of a three-week swing in Asia. Next week, it's off to China for the WGC-HSBC Champions.


EUROPEAN TOUR

Portugal Masters

Location: Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura, Portugal, 7,191 yards, par 71

Notes: Only 2,750 Race to Dubai points on offer but, with just the big money-spinners to come, this is the last-chance saloon for many on the European Tour as they look to keep playing privileges.

Who’s playing? Alex NorenMike Lorenzo-VeraThomas PietersJoost LuitenMatthias SchwabErik van RooyenMartin Kaymer.

Past winners of the Portugal Masters

2018 (-22, 262) Tom Lewis – 2nd European Tour win
2017 (-20, 264) Lucas Bjerregaard – 1st European Tour win
2016 (-23, 261) Padraig Harrington – 15th European Tour win
2015 (-23, 261) Andy Sullivan – 3rd European Tour win
2014 (-18, 124) Alexander Levy – 2nd European Tour win

Notes: Levy's -18 was over just 36 holes. Yep, scoring is low here.


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