It was a week of extreme results on the global golf circuit.
A record-breaking week in Europe as Miguel Angel Jiminez won in Spain to make him the oldest winner on the European PGA Tour… AGAIN!
Meanwhile, over in the States, a maiden PGA Tour victory for Brendan Todd as the 28-year-old beat the field to land the Byron Nelson Championship.
Jiminez extends record as the oldest winner with Spanish Open title
The veteran Spaniard was already the oldest winner on the European PGA Tour thanks to his win in the 2014 Hong Kong Open (aged 49 years and 337 days).
His victory in the Open De Espana 2014 increased that record past the 50-mark… Jiminez was 50 years and 133 days on the final Sunday in Girona.
And his victory was well-deserved…
After a final day when a number of players had the chance to win, overnight leader Thomas Pieters was reeled in by the chasing pack (shooting a R4 75) and the man known as ‘The Mechanic’ kept his cool on the first play-off hole to defeat both Pieters and Richard Green.
It was also the Spaniard’s first success in this tournament, his native ‘Open Championship’, at the 27th attempt.
The elder statesman of Spanish golf, and Ryder Cup player, has now got 21 titles to his name… 14 of these have been won since he turned 40.
Jiminez is definitely getting better with age!
Open De Espana – Results
|1.||Miguel Angel Jiminez||-4||25/1|
Almost a bumper week for the bookmakers at the PGA Catalunya resort…
Jiminez beating the Australian Richard Green and young Belgian, Thomas Pieters – both big outsiders – to record a victory for one of the more fancied players.
Chalked up at 25’s he was third in the pre-tournament outright golf betting odds.
However, the tame weekend effort (73-76) of the 5/1 favourite Sergio Garcia put him down in T38th place. Another example of a single-figure no-show.
Next best in the betting, Francesco Molinari (14/1) also started brightly but he too faded over the last two rounds to finish T24th.
Brendon Todd holds nerve, shoots 66 wins Byron Nelson
A very creditable display by the American.
Taking the lead after a R2 64, the 28-year-old from Pittsburgh shot 68-66 over the weekend to bag a first career win on the PGA Tour in his 67th start.
And that final round beat the R4 score of any of his closest rivals.
Todd eventually came home two shots clear of nearest challenger Mike Weir.
Coming into this event after MC at the Wells Fargo, with no previous placed finishes in his career and a record at TPC Four Seasons of MC-MC-T17… there’s no doubt that the winner would have been passed over by many golf tipsters last week.
In fact, his odds of 100/1 seemed quite skinny given these details. Even for a guy who had won a couple of times on the Web.com Tour.
Stan James maybe knew a thing or two… they had him marked up at just 66’s.
Byron Nelson Championship – Results
And the field in Irving included plenty of talent/winning ability.
Ok, Jordan Spieth (12/1) was the market leader… and there still remains some serious doubts about Spieth’s value, at short prices, in the betting markets.
The young American golfer finished T37th.
But guys like Matt Kuchar, Keegan Bradley, Martin Kaymer, Dustin Johnson (who stayed on with Kuchar to finish best of the ‘big guns’ in T7th) all failed to make the frame in Texas.
What seems to be the case…
Away from the Majors and WGC events, we’re seeing minimal success for the market leaders as guys like Todd, Jones, Bowditch, Every, Senden & Hadley are winning regularly in the US.
Does this mean all tournament favourites should be given a wide berth?
Not necessarily but think twice about what value these ‘good things’ represent.
In this week’s events…
The European Tour stages on of it’s marque events the BMW/PGA Championship from Wentworth.
And in the US, the players stay in the ‘Lone Star State’ with the Crowne Plaza Invitational (formerly the Colonial) in Fort Worth.
Market leaders… Rory McIlroy & Lee Westoood are joint best in England with Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar co-favourites in the States.
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