This week, DownThe18th tallk all things Chris Kirk and Byeong-Hun An
Golf Betting Blog: Outsiders take home the winnings
What sport do you see two guys with a combined age of 96 chasing down a 23-year-old? There can't be many.
Wentworth proved to be better than ever this week with Byeong Hun An (100/1) adding to the ever-growing list of triple figure winners on the European Tour (opens in new tab).
It was a week that promised so much for the Golf Monthly tipster (opens in new tab) with Francesco Molinari (30/1) holding the 54-hole lead and Miguel Angel Jimenez (80/1) not far behind.
But both had to settle for place money as a Korean announced his arrival on the world stage. The third first-time winner at Wentworth and a record 21-under total to boot.
Despite the relative ease in which he won, An was still available at 9/4 going into Sunday such was the likelihood of a Molinari masterclass.
After over five months on the sidelines, Chris Wood (150/1) finished solo 4th and his place money wasn't the only prize he took home this week.
His hole-in-one at 14 saw him walk away with a £100,000 BMW, the fifth slam dunk of the week. The most on Tour since 2006. Insurance policies were made for weeks like this.
Thongchai Jaidee (150/1), Tommy Fleetwood (66/1) and Shane Lowry (35/1) were the other people to finish inside the top six.
It's Lowry and the aforementioned Wood that lead our charge into this week's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open (opens in new tab).
Across the pond, Chris Kirk (33/1) shattered the hopes of both (opens in new tab) of us as Jason Bohn (125/1) and Charley Hoffman (50/1) missed out on top spot. The latter dropped outside the top 5 all together...
In fact, only Hoffman, Poulter and Na were over-par in round 4 of the top 23 players on the leaderboard.
Much was said of Ian Poulter (45/1) and his Wentworth omission. His record there stands at one top 10 and “19.11” ranking points from 13 events. A T5 and $220,350 later at the Crowne Plaza, we'll call that one-nil Poults.
Jordan Spieth (6/1) and Brandt Snedeker (50/1) tied for 2nd while Pat Perez (70/1), Adam Hadwin (400/1), Kevin Kisner (40/1) and George McNeil (80/1) rounded out a pretty packed top 5.
And we have to mention Colin Montgomerie (10/1) on his Senior PGA Championship victory, his 3rd major on the senior circuit. Let's take a look at the numbers: regular majors record (0-for-72). Senior majors record (3-for-10). Oh Monty.
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Current Standings after 19 weeks
Golf Monthly European Tour: £-50.62 PGA Tour: £23.75 Total: £-26.87
DownThe18th European Tour: £-71.95 PGA Tour: £-25.94 Total: £-97.89
Golf Monthly leads by: £70.02
Tom Clarke joined Golf Monthly as a sub editor in 2009 being promoted to content editor in 2012 and then senior content editor in 2014, before becoming Sports Digital Editor for the Sport Vertical within Future in 2022. Tom currently looks after all the digital products that Golf Monthly produce including Strategy and Content Planning for the website and social media - Tom also assists the Cycling, Football, Rugby and Marine titles at Future. Tom plays off 16 and lists Augusta National (name drop), Old Head and Le Touessrok as the favourite courses he has played. Tom is an avid viewer of all golf content with a particularly in depth knowledge of the pro tour.
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