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. Mo Yoshimoto will take a much deeper delve into what took place at Harbour Town in The Takeaway.
1st. -12 C.T. Pan (Odds: 125/1, DraftKings pricing: $6,900)
2nd. -11 Matt Kuchar (Odds: 20/1, DraftKings pricing: $10,000)
T3. -10 Patrick Cantlay (Odds: 22/1, DraftKings pricing: $9,700)
T3. -10 Scott Piercy (Odds: 125/1, DraftKings pricing: $6,700)
T3. -10 Shane Lowry (Odds: 125/1, DraftKings pricing: $6,500)
Notes: The tournament trend continued as another 54-hole leader bit the dust. This time it was Dustin Johnson who entered the final round on top but went through a stretch on the back nine of BOGEY-BOGEY-BOGEY-DOUBLE-DOUBLE to drop seven shots in just five holes. He ended the week outside the top 25.
After that, it became an open race and a few big names like Matt Kuchar and Patrick Cantlay poked their heads but it was C.T. Pan who got the job done in the end. Pan entered the week with 10 straight finishes outside the top 40 but he was T4 thru 54 holes at this event last year. He used those good vibes to get back into the mix and didn't let it slip away this time. This was his 79th career PGA TOUR start and the sixth time he's ended inside the top 10.
Fate of the Favorites
Dustin Johnson (Odds: 7/1, DraftKings pricing: $11,600) -- Finish: T28th (4-under 280)
Francesco Molinari (Odds: 14/1, DraftKings pricing: $11,300) -- Finish: Missed Cut (+4)
Bryson DeChambeau (Odds: 18/1, DraftKings pricing: $10,400) -- Finish: Missed Cut (+1)
Xander Schauffele (Odds: 18/1, DraftKings pricing: $10,900) -- Finish: T63 (5-over 289)
Jordan Spieth (Odds: 20/1, DraftKings pricing: $9,500) -- Finish: T54 (2-over 286)
Matt Kuchar (Odds: 20/1, DraftKings pricing: $10,000) -- Finish: solo 2nd (11-under 273)
Notes: Perhaps a bit of a Masters hangover for Molinari who struggled to find the same groove and found himself well outside the cut line by the end of round two. The putter went ice cold Bryson DeChambeau (-5.7 SG Putting) to miss the cut on the number.
Overall, it was a tough week for the favorites when all was said and done. Kuchar and Cantlay were the only two contenders down the stretch that started the week near the top of the odds board.
Coming up this week …
Zurich Classic of New Orleans
Location: TPC Louisiana. 7,425 yards, par 72.
Notes: Sticking with the theme of laidback events, the TOUR continues to let its foot off the gas as they head to NOLA a team event. This will be the third edition that has been played in this format. Golfers that teed it up this week might be at the slightest advantage since they'll see a Pete Dye design for a second straight week.
Patrick Cantlay & Patrick Reed
Sam Burns (LSU product) & Cameron Champ
Jason Day & Adam Scott
Tommy Fleetwood & Sergio Garcia
Dylan Frittelli & Joaquin Niemann
J.B. Holmes & WATSON, Bubba
Brooks Koepka & Chase Koepka
Cameron Smith & Jonas Blixt (2017 champs)
Scott Piercy & Billy Horschel (defending champs)
Last 5 Winners
2016 (-15) Brian Stuard (weather-shortened to 54 holes) – 1st PGA TOUR win
2015 (-22) Justin Rose – 7th PGA TOUR win
2014 (-19) Seung-Yul Noh – 1st PGA TOUR win
Notes: This Pete Dye design generally favors distance and off-the-tee play in general but that narrative has flipped a little since the switch to team play. The event is often hit with rough weather so keep an eye out for that, as well.
Trophee Hassan II
Location: Royal Golf Dar Es Salam. 7,557 yards, par 72.
Notes: This event started in 1971 but it's been a Euro Tour event since 2010. The winner receives a golden dagger. How cool is that? Other than those qualified for the Masters, the Euro Tour has been out of action since the Hero Indian Open (March 31st) so guessing a golfer's form becomes a fun game this week.
Who's Playing? Joost Luiten, Adrian Otaegui, Alexander Bjork, Jorge Campillo, Tom Lewis, Julian Suri, Chris Wood, Kurt Kitayama, Aaron Rai, Alexander Levy (defending champ), Paul Dunne, Jordan Smith, David Lipsky, Andy Sullivan, Thomas Detry, Erik van Rooyen, Dean Burmester, Mike Lorenzo-Vera, Matthias Schwab, Victor Dubuisson, Adri Arnaus, Victor Perez, Sean Crocker, et al.
Last 3 Winners
2018 (-8) Alexander Levy – 5th European Tour win
2017 (-9) Edoardo Molinari – 3rd European Tour win
2016 (-5) Jeunghun Wang – 1st European Tour win
Notes: The first European Tour edition of this event was held at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in 2010 but went to Golf du Palais Royal after just one year. It stayed there for five years before returning to Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in 2016 when Jeunghun Wang won his first European Tour event. Tree-lined and stretching out past 7,500 yards this course is a real brute.