Last Week's Pick to Win (Bubba Watson) - Finished tied for 29th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Jaco Van Zyl) - Missed the cut
NOTES:The 2015 European Tour season continues this week in China with the
21st installment of the Volvo China Open. This is the 12th year that this
tournament is part of the European Tour International Schedule. Tomson
Shanghai Pudong Golf Club will host this event for the first time.
Only two players ranked in the top 60 of the world rankings are in the field -
Englishman Tommy Fleetwood (55) and Frenchman Alexander Levy (60), who is the
defending champion. Fleetwood finished third last week at the Shenzhen
International. That finish moved him to 55th in the world and qualified him
for next week's WGC-Cadillac Match Play.
Last year, Levy carded rounds of 68-62-70-69 and cruised to victory. Levy
finished his first European Tour victory at 19-under-par 269, which left him
four strokes clear of Fleetwood. In 20 stagings of this event, Levy became the
20th different winner.
In 2013, Brett Rumford fired four rounds in the 60s and cruised to a 4-stroke
victory over Mikko Ilonen. Rumford, who also won the Ballantine's
Championship the week prior, finished 72 holes at 16-under 272 and became
the 31st player to secure back-to-back titles on the European Tour. The last
Australian to record back-to-back wins on the European Tour was Jack Newton in
Amateur Wo-cheng Ye of China became the youngest player to compete in a
European Tour event in 2013 at the age of 12 years and 242 days old. Ye
missed the cut after carding consecutive 79s in the first two rounds. The
previous record was held by Tianlang Guan, who was 13 years and 177 days old
in this event in 2012.
Branden Grace carded rounds of 67-67-64-69 to cruise to a 3-stroke win over
2011 champion Nicolas Colsaerts in 2012. Grace finished at 21-under 267 for
his third of four wins in 2012. The South African became just the second
player in European Tour history to win three times in one season after
graduating from Q-School the year before. Johan Edfors was the first to do so
in 2006. Only Seve Ballesteros and Sandy Lyle won at least three titles in one
season at a younger age than the 23-year-old Grace. He joined Ernie Els and
Retief Goosen as the only South Africans to win at least three times in one
season on the European Tour.
Colsaerts fired four rounds in the 60s to earn his first European Tour victory
in 2011. Colsaerts finished his record-breaking win at 24-under-par 264. The
previous 72-hole scoring record at this event was 269, which Prayad Marksaeng
set in 1996 and Edward Fryatt matched in 1998. Colsaerts also set the 54-hole
scoring mark. He joined Phillipe Touissant as the only two Belgians to win on
the European Tour. In a week of great scoring, 73 of the 75 players who made
the cut finished under par for the tournament.
In 2008, Damien McGrane shot rounds of 68-69-68-73 to earn his first European
Tour win. McGrane completed the event at 10-under-par 274. That was good for a
9-stroke victory over Oliver Wilson, Simon Griffiths and Michael Lorenzo-Vera.
Scores soared in tough conditions during the final round and McGrane's 1-over
73 tied for the second best score of the day.
Paul Casey defeated fellow Englishman Oliver Wilson on the first playoff hole
to win the title in 2005. It was the first and only playoff in the history of
The best players on the European Tour will be in the United States next week
for the WGC-Cadillac Match Play at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco,
California, where Australian Jason Day will defend his title.
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