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.
Wells Fargo Championship
1. (-15, 269) Max Homa (Odds: 300/1)
T2. (-12, 272) Joel Dahmen (Odds: 80/1)
T2. (-12, 272) Justin Rose (Odds: 12/1)
T4. (-9, 275) Paul Casey (Odds: 20/1
T4. (-9, 275) Jason Dufner (Odds: 225/1)
T4. (-9, 275) Rickie Fowler (Odds: 12/1)
T4. (-9, 275) Sergio Garcia (Odds: 22/1)
Notes: There were some big names lurking near the top of the board early (McIlroy, Fowler, Rose, Casey, Garcia) on Sunday but it was a trio of long shots (Homa, Dufner, Dahmen) that put their name in the mix down the stretch.
Fate of the favorites
Coming up this week…
AT&T Byron Nelson
Location: Trinity Forest. 7,371 yards, par 71.
Notes: Trinity Forest made its debut on the PGA TOUR last season so gamers have just one year of course form to go on. What we know from 2018 is that you have to make a bunch of birdies and eagles as only one course last season witnessed more par breakers.
Top 5 at Trinity Forest in 2018
Notes: In the 11 last editions of this event, three Australians have lifted the trophy.
Volvo China Open
1. (-20, 268) Mikko Korhonen (Odds: 50/1)
2. (-20, 268) Benjamin Hebert (Odds: 70/1)
3. (-19, 285) Jorge Campillo (Odds: 18/1)
4. (-16, 285) HaoTong Li (Odds: 11/1)
5. (-15, 273) Romain Langasque (Odds: 40/1)
5. (-15, 273) David Lipsky (Odds: 33/1)
5. (-15, 273) Mike Lorenzo-Vera (Odds: 35/1)
5. (-15, 273) Jordan Smith (Odds: 25/1)
5. (-15, 273) Ashun Wu (Odds: 175/1)
Notes: A slightly unlikely pair of play-off contenders although plenty of well-fancied and familiar names rounded out the top five.
Coming up this week…
Location: Hillside Golf Club, Southport, England. 6,953 yards, par 72.
Notes: A spectacular links layout located a very short hop from Royal Birkdale. Local man Tommy Fleetwood plays host. Make sure to check that weather forecast for wind speeds! The tournament only returned to the schedule five years ago and has been played at different venues around the UK. The previous four were in September/October so there's also been a move in the schedule. Eddie Pepperell won at Walton Heath last year.