Wins for 50/1 Willett and 55/1 Munoz

Dave Tindall

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.


Sanderson Farms Championship

Final Leaderboard

1. (-18, 270) Sebastian Munoz (DraftKings $7,900; Odds: 55/1)
2. (-18, 270) Sungjae Im (DraftKings $10,500; Odds: 14/1)
3. (-17, 271) Byeong Hun An (DraftKings $10,000; Odds: 25/1)
3. (-16, 272) Kevin Streelman (DraftKings $7,900; Odds: 75/1)
3. (-16, 272) Carlos Ortiz (DraftKings $6,900; Odds: 125/1)

Notes: Niemann (Chile) last week and now Munoz (Colombia). It's a great time for Latin American golf. Sungjae Im looked to have one hand on the trophy after posting 18-under before Munoz matched him with a clutch 15-footer for birdie at the 72nd hole and then secured victory with par at the first playoff hole. An made it two Koreans in the top three.

Fate of the favorites

54. (-4, 284) Joaquin Niemann (DraftKings $11,300; Odds: 12/1)
2. (-18, 270) Sungjae Im (DraftKings $10,500; Odds: 14/1)
45. (-6, 282) Brandt Snedeker (DraftKings $10,700; Odds: 18/1)
3. (-17, 271) Byeong Hun An (DraftKings $10,000; Odds: 25/1)

Notes: Im and An proved excellent investments but Niemann dipped after last week's win and Snedeker fell away on the weekend.



BMW PGA Championship

Final Leaderboard

1. (-20, 268) Danny Willett (Odds: 50/1)
2. (-17, 271) Jon Rahm (Odds: 12/1)
2. (-16, 272) Christiaan Bezuidenhout (Odds: 125/1)
2. (-15, 273) Patrick Reed (Odds: 25/1)
2. (-15, 273) Billy Horschel (Odds: 45/1)

Notes: Willett certainly likes a big win. His last four? The 2016 Dubai Desert Classic, the 2016 Masters, the 2018 season-ending DP World Championship and now the European Tour's flagship event at Wentworth. Notably, the other four players in the top five were seeing the course for the first time. Willett, by contrast, had had nine previous looks, finishing third in 2016 and fifth on debut in 2010.

Fate of the favorites

9. (-11, 277) Rory McIlroy (Odds: 8/1)
2. (-17, 271) Jon Rahm (Odds: 12/1)
11. (-10, 278) Paul Casey (Odds: 16/1)
8. (-12, 276) Justin Rose (Odds: 16/1)

Notes: An extremely strong performance from the market leaders with all four making the top 11. Rose had mentioned a knee problem in the build-up which may have put some gamers off him. McIlroy flirted with the cut after coming home in 42 on Thursday but recovered well from there.


Coming up this week…


Safeway Open

Location: Silverado Resort and Spa North,  Napa,  California. 7,166 yards, par 72.

Notes: A sixth year at Silverado so we have a nice bank of course form to peruse. And a few of the leading lights are coming out to play.

Who’s playing? Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay, Phil Mickelson, Hideki Matsuyama, Francesco Molinari, Adam Scott, Bryson DeChambeau, Collin Morikawa, Sungjae Im, Brandt Snedeker, Lucas Glover.

Past winners at Silverado

2018/9 (-14, 274) Kevin Tway – 1st PGA TOUR win
2017/8 (-15, 273) Brendan Steele – 3rd PGA TOUR win
2016/7 (-18, 270) Brendan Steele – 2nd PGA TOUR win
2015/6 (-15, 273) Emiliano Grillo – 1st PGA TOUR win
2014/5 (-15, 273) Sangmoon Bae – 2nd PGA TOUR win

Notes: Overseas players won the first two editions but Americans have occupied both first and second spots since then.

Next events:

Oct 2-6 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
Oct 10-13 Houston Open
Oct 17-20 THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES - South Korea
Oct 24-27 The ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP - Japan



Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

Location: Old Course St. Andrews (7,318 yards), Carnoustie (7,394 yards) & Kingsbarns (7,227), Scotland. All are par 72s.

Notes: As usual, it's a three-course split for the first three days before St. Andrews hosts on Sunday. Some big Europeans make the trip north from Wentworth while Tony Finau stays on in Europe.

Who’s playing? Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Justin Rose, Tommy Fleetwood, Shane Lowry, Tony Finau, Tyrrell Hatton, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Matt Wallace, Danny Willett.

Past winners of the Alfred Dunhill Links

2018 (-15, 273) Lucas Bjerregaard – 2nd European Tour win
2017 (-24, 264) Tyrrell Hatton – 2nd European Tour win
2016 (-23, 265) Tyrrell Hatton – 1st European Tour win
2015 (-18, 270) Thorbjorn Olesen – 3rd European Tour win
2014 (-17, 271) Oliver Wilson – 1st European Tour win

Notes: Dominated by Englishmen and Danes the last six years, with four wins for the former and two for the latter.

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