Before the Masters two weeks ago, Justin Rose’s 2015 record read CUT, CUT, 55, CUT, T37. With only 32 FedExCup points and No.182 in the standings, the Englishman’s response has been fantastic and he now finds himself ranked No.15.
Rose’s consistency on the PGA Tour in recent seasons has been admirable. Since 2010, and with at least one win per year for the past six years, the 34-year-old has never been outside the top 15 in the FedExCup ranks and he’ll be hoping to continue his current form with the WGC-Cadillac Match Play and the Players Championship in the next two weeks.
At the other side of the world in Indonesia, another Englishman was victorious as Lee Westwood won the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters.
The 23-time European Tour winner, who turned 42 on Friday, finished on seven-under alongside Thailand’s Chapchai Nirat but beat him in a play-off to seal the win, with Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn two shots back in fourth spot.
Another strong showing from Ramsay
China’s Ashun Wu made history by becoming the first Chinese player to win an event on home soil at the Volvo China Open as he saw off the challenge of David Howell to win by one shot.
Four shots behind Wu in seventh place though was Richie Ramsay, who continued his fine form since winning the Trophee Hassan II last month.
Ramsay, who was named European Tour Golfer of the Month for March, backed up his win in Morocco with a T11 finish at the Shenzhen International last week before this showing in Shanghai.
Ko keeps winning
We’re surely running out of superlatives for Ko, who celebrated her 18th birthday by defending her title at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.
The win was Ko’s seventh on the LPGA Tour and her second in 2015 after she won the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open in February. She also won the ISPS Handa Women’s NZ Open a week later.
With the season barely even in full swing, Ko has earned almost $1 million in LPGA Tour prize money alone in 2015 and will surely have her sights set on becoming the youngest winner of women’s major in the four remaining events this year.
Mickelson out, Ilonen in
Five-time major winner Phil Mickelson has withdrawn from the WGC-Cadillac Match Play this week citing personal reasons.
The 44-year-old hasn’t played in the tournament, which brings together the top 64 ranked players in the world, since 2011, and he’s been replaced in the line-up by Mikko Ilonen.
It’s been a hectic couple of weeks for the Finn, who went from Augusta, back home to Finland for a few days, out to the Volvo China Open, where he finished T18, and now to San Francisco.