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.
AT&T Byron Nelson
1. (-23, 261) Sung Kang (Odds: 100/1, Draftkings $7,300)
2. (-21, 263) Matt Every (Odds: 200/1, Draftkings $6,700)
2. (-21, 263) Scott Piercy (Odds: 50/1, Draftkings $8,400)
4. (-20, 264) Brooks Koepka (Odds: 7/1, Draftkings $11,400)
Fate of the favorites
Notes: An unlikely 1-2 at the top of the leaderboard, while Koepka warmed up for his PGA Championship defence with a top four. Still no top 20 for Jordan Spieth this season after another flat Sunday (71) dropped him 17 spots down the board.
Fate of the favorites
Notes: Fleetwood was the second successive host after Justin Rose (Walton Heath) last year to finish T8. Breaking news: Lee Westwood will host for a second time when the tournament moves back to Close House in the north of England next year. Westwood was T15 there in 2017.
Coming up this week…
Location: Bethpage Black, Bethpage State Park, New York. 7,432 yards, par 70.
Notes: A new slot as 'Glory's Last Shot' now becomes the second major of 2019 as it moves from August to May. Host course to the U.S. Open wins of Tiger Woods (2002) and Lucas Glover (2009), Bethpage Black was also twice a venue for The Barclays, with two more Americans winning the trophy, Nick Watney (2012) and Patrick Reed (2016). Defending PGA champion Brooks Koepka seeks a fourth major title in the space of 23 months while Woods, of course, is the only man who can still do the Grand Slam after winning The Masters and moving his tally of majors to 15. Jordan Spieth would complete a career Grand Slam with victory at Bethpage.
Who’s playing? Everyone in the world's top 100 and more!
Last 5 winners
2018 (-16, 264 - Bellerive) Brooks Koepka – 3rd Major win
2017 (-8, 276 - Quail Hollow) Justin Thomas – 1st Major win
2016 (-14, 266 – Baltusrol) Jimmy Walker – 1st Major win
2015 (-20, 269 – Whistling Straits) Jason Day – 1st Major win
2014 (-16, 268 – Valhalla) Rory McIlroy – 4th Major win
Notes: Eight of the last ten champions had already posted a win that season although the change in date from August means there has been less opportunity this time. That said, the wraparound season didn't apply until 2014 so PGA winners before then had only from January to get a 'W' on board. Americans have won the last three PGAs and also the four tournaments (two U.S. Opens and two Barclays) held at Bethpage. The average winning score over the last five years is -14.8.