Another eventful weekend has come to an end in both the European and PGA Tours.
Crowd favourite Patrick Reed came out on top at Torrey Pines in the Farmers Insurance Open. A dominant performance throughout the week saw Reed take the win by 5 shots. Opening the tournament with scores of 64, 72, and 70 was enough give him a tie for the lead at 10 under par with Carlos Ortiz with just 18 holes to play.
A tame start to his final round, with 5 straight pars, was kickstarted with an eagle on the 6th hole. A birdie, bogey, birdie finish to the opening nine was then followed by 8 straight pars and finally, a closing birdie.
A final round 68 shot him 5 clear of his nearest competitors. Tony Finau, Henrik Norlander, Ryan Palmer, Xander Schauffele and Viktor Hovland finished their respective weeks in a tie for second at 9 under par.
Reed's good golf over the week was once again overshadowed by a rules dispute. Walking to his third shot off the 10th on Saturday, Reed believed his ball was embedded and understood he was entitled to a free drop. However, Reed may have got his actions the wrong way around as he picked up his ball, placed in near his bag, and then asked for the rules official to confirm whether his ball was embedded.
This was then further questioned as the broadcast showed Reeds ball taking a bounce, before becoming "embedded". PGA Tour Rules official Ken Tackett later said "we're fine with the outcome of the situation".
This weeks European Tour event was contested at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai for the 2021 Omega Dubai Desert Classic. This week saw promising Australian Lucas Herbert try and defend his championship which he won in a tightly contested playoff last year. While Herbert was unable to go back-to-back, he had a solid performance, finishing in a tie for 22nd.
It was Englishman Paul Casey who took home the 2021 instalment of the Dubai Desert Classic. Scores of 67, 70, 64 and 70 was enough to get him to 17 under for the week, along with a comfortable win. This was his 15 European Tour win, coming 20 years after his first victory.
Casey admitted he had struggled to find motivation to play good golf during 2020, describing the feeling on tour as "totally soulless". The limited amount of patrons allowed at this weeks tournament helped to inspire Casey to find his form. Casey began the final round with a 1 shot lead, which he built to a 5-shot lead with seven holes to play. Walking down the last, he had a comfortable 3 shot buffer and finished the tournament 4 shots clear of South African Brandon Stone.