WEEK 9 Phil Mickelson 25 consecutive years inside the World Top 50

Week 5


PGA TOUR – Farmers Insurance Open

Patrick Reed pulled away for a five-shot victory Sunday in the Farmers Insurance Open earning 58 Ranking points moving from World No. 11 from 10.

Reed closed with a 4-under 68 at Torrey Pines, making an eagle on the par-5 sixth and finishing off his ninth PGA TOUR title with a birdie on the 18th.

The former Masters champions finished at 14 under after a consistent four days at the blufftop municipal courses overlooking the Pacific Ocean. He shared the first-round lead with Alex Noren, was in a group one shot off the lead in the second round and then shared the third-round lead with Carlos Ortiz.

On Sunday, Reed jump-started his round with a 45-foot eagle putt on the No. 6 to get to 12 under and followed with a birdie on the par-4 seventh. His only bogey was on the par-3 eighth, and he rebounded with a birdie on the par-5 ninth. He played par the rest of the way until sinking an 8-foot birdie putt on No. 18.

Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Ryan Palmer, Henrik Norlander and Viktor Hovland tied for second.

Reed moved up 55 spots in the FedExCup standings to No. 10.

European Tour – Omega Dubai Desert Classic

The Englishman has an excellent record in the United Arab Emirates with victories in Abu Dhabi in 2007 and 2009 and he made it a desert hat-trick as he finished 17 under at Emirates Golf Club, four ahead of South Africa's Brandon Stone, with Scot Robert MacIntyre at 12 under.

Casey entered the day with a one shot lead and while he turned in level par 35, that was enough for a three shot advantage which had been extended to five with five to play.

That gap was trimmed over the closing holes but the 43-year-old never looked in any real danger as he cruised to a triumph that moves him back into the top 20 on the Official World Golf Ranking.

Casey has spoken this week of his desire to make a fifth Ryder Cup appearance in September, and this win sees him match captains Thomas Bjørn and Padraig Harrington for European Tour wins.

The victory also takes him past the tally of three time Race to Dubai champion Rory McIlroy and makes it 350 wins for English players on the European Tour.