Thursday 22 February 2018

European tour and USPGA tour: This week's tournaments

European Tour

Tournament The Championship at Laguna National, Tampines, Singapore

Length 7207 yards (Par 72)

Purse €1.085m  (Winner: €180,531)

Champion Brett Rumford (73 67 69 68, -11 won 3-way play-off in Korea)

Course Note A late replacement for the Korean venue which hosted the ‘Ballantines’, The Masters Course was designed by Andy Dye, nephew of Pete, in 1993. Four big lakes influence play on 12 holes. Tight fairways make accuracy essential. Thunder’s likely each afternoon and the humidity should be oppressive.

Irish link Simon Thornton, Damien McGrane, Gareth Maybin, Peter Lawrie

Betting 14/1 B Wiesberger, 18/1 R Cabrera-Bello, 22/1 K Aphibarnrat, R Fisher, 25/1 A Lahiri, T Fleetwood, 28/1 G Bourdy, 33/1 A Sullivan, S Dyson

Selection Tommy Fleetwood. NB: Berndt Wiesbeerger.  EW: Peter Uihlein



Tournament Wells Fargo Championship, Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, NC

Length 7,442 yards (Par 72)

Purse $6.9m (Winner: $1.242m)

Champion Derek Ernst (67 71 72 70, -8)

Course Note Built in 1962 by George Cobb and tweaked by Arnie Palmer (1986) and Tom Fazio (1997 and 2003), this classic’s being remodelled by Fazio for the 2017 US PGA. Its greens have been relaid and several holes have changed, most dramatically the par four 16th, entrance to the infamous ‘Green Mile’.

Irish link Rory McIlroy (won 2010 with course record 62, lost playoff to Rickie Fowler 2012), Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke.

Betting 7/1 R McIlroy, 16/1 L Westwood, P Mickelson, 20/1 J Rose, 25/1 J Furyk, 28/1 R Fowler, 33/1 J Walker, 40/1 Z Johnson, R Moore, W Simpson.

Selection Rory McIlroy. NB: Rickie Fowler. EW: Webb Simpson.

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