WEEK 31 Phil Mickelson 25 consecutive years inside the World Top 50

Week 41


European Tour – BMW PGA Championship

Home favourite Tyrrell Hatton won the BMW PGA Championship by four shots to secure his third Rolex Series title becoming the 10th English player to break into the World Top 10.

Earlier in the week, Englishman Hatton spoke of his desire to win this event having visited Wentworth Golf Club as a fan with his father when he was five years old.

And although he was pushed all the way by Victor Perez in a tense final round battle, Hatton produced a short game masterclass to put his name alongside the European Tour greats who have won this iconic trophy before him.

Hatton, who moves into the top ten on the Official World Golf Ranking after claiming his fifth European Tour title, finished the tournament on 19 under par after making six birdies and a single bogey in his closing 67.

Perez finished alone in second on 15 under after bogeys on the 13th and 17th saw his challenge fade.

Race to Dubai leader Patrick Reed and Englishman Andy Sullivan were in a share of third another shot further back after finishing their final rounds strongly.

PGA Tour - Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

Martin Laird birdied the second playoff hole in three-way playoff by making a 20-foot birdie putt on to win the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, moving back into the Top 100 at World No.88 from 351.

Martin Laird lost a chance to win by making bogey on the 18th hole, only to redeem himself in a three-way playoff by making a 20-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole Sunday to win the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Laird ended seven years without a victory in a year filled with so much doubt, which included knee surgery right about the time golf was set to resume from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 37-year-old Scot suddenly is flying high.

He needed a sponsor exemption to play the tournament he won in 2009. He ended it with a birdie to beat Matthew Wolff and Austin Cook. It was the third three-man playoff in Las Vegas for Laird, who won in 2009 and lost the following year when Jonathan Byrd made a hole-in-one on the 17th hole at the TPC Summerlin.

Korn Ferry Tour - Orange County National Championship presented by Knight 39

After entering the day with a three-stroke lead, Trey Mullinax ended up coming from behind to claim victory at the Orange County National Championship presented by Knight 39. The 28-year-old birdied Nos. 16 and 18 en route to a one-stroke win over Brandon Wu and Stephan Jaeger jumping 264 spots to World No. 271.

“It means a lot; it’s been a long time and it’s been a long year with COVID-19 doing some crazy things,” reflected Mullinax. “After my injury to come back and win, it means the world…It was a weird day, but I knew it was going to play a little bit harder with the wind and if I could shoot something under par I would have a chance.”

In the end, Mullinax’s 2-under round on Sunday was enough to hold off Brandon Wu and Stephan Jaeger. Wu, who has now earned five top-10s in his nine starts this season, made a late charge with seven birdies countered by a bogey in the final round. Jaeger came up one stroke shy after birdieing three of his final four holes. Jaeger was looking to become the sixth player to earn at least six wins on the Korn Ferry Tour.

The tournament was the final event of 2020 for the Korn Ferry Tour, though the schedule is being combined with the 2021 slate for one extended season concluding in the fall of 2021.