Here’s a look back at what happened on tour last week. We share the winners, photos and moments of the week.
Winners Circle – week ending February 11th
This is who won:
Women’s European Tour – the 2024 season started this week in Kenya during the Magical Kenya Ladies Open. A unique event on the LET schedule where players share the fairways with wildlife such as giraffes and zebras.
What made the week even more memorable was Shannon Tan, the 19-year-old rookie who became the first player from Singapore to win at the LET. The young player entered the final day tied for the lead and pulled away from the rest of the field to win by four shots. Read the full overview here.
This week it’s the biggest event on the LET outside of the Majors at the Saudi Ladies International.
PGA Tour – It was a rough week in Arizona at the WM Phoenix Open. Known for the ‘loudest hole in golf’ with the par 3 16th hole, it is always quite a noisy affair. But this year it went to a new level: the spectator gates had to be closed earlier than planned, alcohol sales were halted and a fan ran onto the 16th green and jumped into a bunker.
The crowd’s exuberance spread throughout the rest of the course, causing Billy Horschel and Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson to lose their cool in front of the spectators.
Sunday turned out to be a marathon day as some players still had to complete their third round as play was suspended due to darkness. Canadian Nick Taylor had a one-stroke lead at 13 under par but had completed just six holes of his round on Saturday.
As the fourth round got underway, Scottie Scheffler, looking to claim a three-peat, made four birdies in the first five holes to move up the leaderboard. However, he simply had too much to do, while veteran Charley Hoffman and Taylor, among others, maintained their good form.
Although it looked like Hoffman might take control, Taylor birdied three of his last four holes to force a playoff.
Both players birdied the first playoff hole, while Hoffman missed his birdie attempt on the second hole and Taylor holed his 10-foot putt to win his fourth PGA Tour title.
This week is The Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club.
DP world tour – Japan’s Rikuya Hoshino claimed his first DP World Tour title at the Qatar Masters after a four-under par final round.
The win made up for his play-off loss to Joaquin Niemann at the ISPS Handa Australian Open in December.
The 27-year-old holed a par putt from five feet on the final hole on Sunday, which was enough to hold off his playing partner, Frenchman Ugo Coussard, who birdied the last to finish in second place.
The DP World Tour has a week off before returning for the Magical Kenya Open.
LIFE Golf – As the excitement built for the Super Bowl between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers in Las Vegas, LIV Golf rolled into town.
To avoid clashes with the Super Bowl, the tournament concluded on Saturday. In the individual competition it was Dustin Johnson who won a third LIV title. A birdie on 17 and a par on the final hole were enough to beat Peter Uihlein and Talor Gooch by one stroke at 12 under par.
In the team competition, Gooch, Jason Kokrak and Graeme McDowell led Brooks Koepka’s Smash GC to a seven-shot win over Johnson’s 4Aces GC.
WPGA tour of Australia – In the Webex Player Series Sydney, LET star Momoka Kobori’s brother Kazuma Kobori claimed his third title of the series at Caste Hill Country Club. He claimed victory after reaching the final lap, sharing the lead with three other players.
LPGA player Jenny Shin, who played before making her 2024 LPGA season debut at the Honda LPGA Thailand in two weeks, finished one shot behind to take second place.
Shot of the week
This week our shot of the week goes to Jordan Spieth during his opening round at the WM Phoenix Open, where he was able to make a birdie from this position:
Moment of the week
Moment of the Week goes to Cristobal Del Solar, who made a history of 57 on the Korn Ferry Tour – the lowest score ever in a PGA TOUR sanctioned event.
There is no LPGA action yet this week, but there will be a number of LPGA stars playing in the Saudi Ladies International in Riyadh, including Lexi Thompson, Leona Maguire and Gemma Dryburgh. A big week for women’s golf with $5 million in prize money, the largest outside the Majors and the LPGA season closing the CME Group Tour Championship.
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