There was plenty of spectacular golf to see over the weekend. Especially in the US.
The US PGA Tour started its new season in California. Matthias Schwab is at the Fortinet Championship in Napa for the first time as a full tour member, making the cut with laps of 70 (-2) and 69 (-3), but slipping after his excellent 16th place at halftime over the weekend Rounds back to finish 51st (-4) with 72 and 73 strokes.
Bernd Wiesberger starts in Chicago for the controversial LIV Tour, which is supported by the Saudis with billions of dollars. The Burgenlander finished the tournament on the private golf course in Rich Harvest Farms in Illinois after rounds of 74, 72 and 73 with 3 over par in 36th place.
The 36-year-old from Burgenland nevertheless collects a fat bonus, as he climbs onto the podium for the first time in the team classification of the LIV Tour. Together with captain Phil Mickelson, Matthew Wolf and Cameron Tringale (all USA), Wiesberger achieved third place behind the teams of Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka in the team competition, which was rewarded with 250,000 euros.
Open champion Cameron Smith came, saw and conquered
The headlines at the fifth event of the series, which started in London in early June, belong to Cameron Smith. The Australian came saw and won. The 29-year-old clinches the title on his LIV debut in Chicago and collects four million dollars in prize money after three rounds.
The number three in the world rankings has already won the Tournament of Champions and The Players Championship on the PGA Tour this year. After winning his first major at the 150th British Open in St Andrews in mid-July, Smith switched to the LIV Tour in late August.
In his debut win in Chicago (pictured above), Smith (66-68-69) triumphed three shots ahead of USA’s Peter Uihlein (71-66-69) and former world number one Dustin Johnson (63-73-70). ). The Spaniard Sergio Garcia (72-69-67) conquers fourth place (-8).
Max Homa wins as Danny Willett messes up the finish
The fans experience an unbelievable finale at the start of the PGA Tour season in California.
Danny Willett already looks like the certain winner in the rainy and chilly finale at the start of the 2022/23 tour before the Englishman needs three putts from a short distance on the last green (see Insta post below).
Max Homa successfully defended his title at the Silverado Resort in Napa with a birdie on the 72nd hole against Willett’s bogey and pocketed $1.44 million, while Willett went home with “only” $872,000 in prize money.
Homa (65-67-72-68) wins one shot ahead of Willett (68-64-72-69) and Taylor Montgomery (USA), who moves up 34 places to 3rd place with a final round of 64.
Incidentally, Montgomery will play the fourth round in Napa together with Matthias Schwab from Styria and Brandt Snedecker, Rohrmooser’s friend and supporter from his university days in Nashville.
Scot MacIntyre triumphs in Rome – Lukas Nemecz turns 55.
On the Ryder Cup course in Rome, Brit Robert MacIntyre (70-69-67-64) secured his second title on the DP World Tour at the Italian Open.
The 26-year-old Scot defeated Matt Fitzpatrick from England (65-69-69-67) after a splendid final round with ten birdies and three bogeys on the first extra hole of the play-off.
Lukas Nemecz (72-71-73-70) from Graz shows four consistent laps in the Marco Simone GC and improves by two places to the 55th place (+2) in the annual ranking of the tour (“Race to Dubai”) 109th place. Important, because the top 120 in the ranking at the end of October can look forward to full start authorization for the tour in 2023.