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.
1. (-13, 271) Gary Woodland (Odds: 80/1, Draftkings $8,000)
2. (-10, 274) Brooks Koepka (Odds: 40/1, Draftkings $11,600)
2. (-7, 277) Xander Schauffele (Odds: 30/1, Draftkings $8,700)
4. (-7, 277) Jon Rahm (Odds: 30/1, Draftkings $9,200)
4. (-7, 277) Chez Reavie (Odds: 300/1, Draftkings $6,900)
4. (-7, 277) Justin Rose (Odds: 22/1, Draftkings $9,700)
Fate of the favorites
20. (-10, 274) Brooks Koepka (Odds: 7/1, Draftkings $11,600)
35. (+1, 285) Dustin Johnson (Odds: 8/1, Draftkings $11,300)
1. (-2, 282) Tiger Woods (Odds: 12/1, Draftkings $10,700)
9. (-5, 279) Rory McIlroy (Odds: 16/1, Draftkings $1000)
Notes: There weren't many surprising early exits this week as Justin Thomas and Tony Finau were the only golfers less than 100/1 to miss the cut this week. It wasn't one of the favorites that came out on top, though. Favorites like Koepka, Rose, Schauffele, Rahm, and McIlroy all put their names near the top of the board but it was Woodland who found himself at the top for most of the weekend also at the very end. He opened the event with odds in the 75/1 to 80/1 range.
By week's end it looked like a Waste Management Phoenix Open leaderboard with Woodland and Koepka both being past champs at TPC Scottsdale, Chez Reavie finishing runner-up in 2018, and Jon Rahm impressed there as an amateur. This is Woodland's fourth PGA TOUR win and first in a major championship. He was 0-for-7 converting 54-hole leads/co-leads before today's victory.
Coming up this week…
Location: TPC River Highlands, Connecticut. 6,841 yards, par 70.
Notes: Check that short yardage. Perhaps it's no surprise that Jim Furyk shot the PGA TOUR's only 58 here three years ago. Last year, Bubba Watson came from six back to win this title for the third time. Fellow left-hander Phil Mickelson will be playing the Travelers for the first time since 2003.
Who’s playing? Patrick Cantlay, Paul Casey, Jason Day, Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau, Tommy Fleetwood, Kevin Kisner, Brooks Koepka, Marc Leishman, Phil Mickelson, Francesco Molinari, Louis Oosthuizen, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Bubba Watson.
Last 5 winners
2018 (-17, 263) Bubba Watson – 12th PGA TOUR win
2017 (-12, 268) Jordan Spieth – 10th PGA TOUR win
2016 (-14, 266) Russell Knox – 2nd PGA TOUR win
2015 (-16, 264) Bubba Watson – 8th PGA TOUR win
2014 (-15, 265) Kevin Streelman – 2nd PGA TOUR win
Notes: Bubba has won his three titles with -14, -16 and -17.
BMW International Open
Location: Golfclub München Eichenried, Munich, Germany.
Notes: No yardage is given on the official European Tour website. But we do get some info: "The renovation of all greens on the course has been completed in spring 2019, ensuring ideal conditions for the BMW International Open. The Championship Course can only be played during the BMW International Open, as it comprises elements of the three courses at GC München Eichenried – courses A, B and C." Since 2011, the host course has alternated between Golfclub München Eichenried and Gut Laerchenhof.
Last 5 winners (only odd numbered years at this week's course)
2018 (-10, 278) Matt Wallace – 3rd European Tour win
2017 (-17, 271) Andres Romero – 2nd European Tour win
2016 (-17, 271) Henrik Stenson – 10th European Tour win
2015 (-17, 271) Pablo Larrazabal – 4th European Tour win
2014 (-19, 269) Fabrizio Zanotti – 1st European Tour win
Notes: Stenson and Larrazabal have won this tournament twice. Both the Spaniard's victories came at Golfclub München Eichenried while the Swede has triumphed at both the courses used.