European Tour Year in Review: Part II

This is the second of two blogs recapping the year that was for the European Tour in 2015. This blog will cover tournaments played between July 2015 and November 2015. For coverage of the Majors, see the PGA Year in Review blogs.

July

Alstom Open de France – Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger picked up his third career title with a 3-stroke win over James Morrison.

Scottish Open – After playing in the Irish Open at the behest of friend Rory McIlroy, the American Rickie Fowler stuck around for the Scottish Open and shot a 12-under 268 to win the crown by one stroke.

Omega European Masters – His second win of the season came quite similar to the first, outdueling a fellow Brit, this time besting rookie Matthew Fitzpatrick by one stroke and finishing 17-under.

Paul Lawrie Match Play – Aphibarnrat won for the second time in four months, knocking off Robert Karlsson in the final 1up.

 August

Madeira Islands Open – The Portuguese tournament actually made it all four rounds for once, and Finland’s Roope Kakko emerged victorious with a 24-under 264.

Made in Denmark – David Horsey won a third straight tournament by finishing 13-under, having done so previously in 2011 and 2014. His win here came by two strokes.

D+D Real Czech Masters – Belgium’s Thomas Pieters recorded his first career win, firing a 20-under 268 to take the title by three strokes.

September

M2M Russian Open – The UK’s Lee Slattery won on tour for the first time in nearly four years, eking out a 1-stroke victory over Argentina’s Estanislao Goya. Slattery was sub-70 in all four rounds, finishing with a 15-under 269.

KLM Open – Belgium’s Pieters made it two titles in three weeks, edging Slattery and Eudardo de la Riva with a 19-under 261. He was dominant on the weekend, shooting a 62 on Saturday and a 65 on Sunday to take the 1-stroke win.

Open d’Italia – Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg became the seventh first-time winner on the tour in 2015, nipping former No. 1 Martin Kaymer in a playoff ith a birdie on the second extra hole. He totaled a 19-under 269.

Porsche European Open – Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee picked up his first tour win of the season and seventh overall with a 1-stroke victory over Graeme Storm. He finished with a 17-under 267 for his 20th professional title (13 on the Asian Tour).

October

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship – Norway’s Thorbjorn Olesen wrapped up his third career title with a 2-stroke win over Americans Brooks Koepka and Chris Stroud. He fired an 18-under 270.

British Masters – Rookie Matthew Fitzpatrick won his country’s biggest prize, and became the first man since Arnold Palmer to capture both the US Amateur  title and the British Masters Having turned 21 a month earlier, Fitzpatrick won the crown by two strokes with a 15-under 269.

Portugal Masters – Andy Sullivan notched his third title of the year in dominant fashion, routing the field by nine strokes with a 23-under 261. He fired back-to-back 64s on the opening two days to put the field in his rear-view mirror early.

UBS Hong Kong Open – Justin Rose made it four straight years with at least one win on both the European and PGA Tours, winning the tournament by one stroke over Lucas Bjerregaard. Rose shot 65-66-64 in the first three rounds, and added a closing 68 to finish 17-under for his eighth Euro title, tying him for 38th on the all-time list and 20th on the active list.

 

November

Turkish Airlines Open – Two years after making his initial splash with a win here, France’s Victor Dubuisson did it again, a 1-stroke victory over Jaco Van Zyl. His second-round 64 was a huge key to his 22-under 266, giving him an early leg up in the Final Series.

WGC-HSBC Champions – Russell Knox of Scotland won his first career European Tour title, taking the title by two strokes over American Kevin Kisner with a 20-under 268.

BMW Masters – Sweden’s Kristoffer Broberg became the ninth first-time winner on the European Tour in 2015, claiming the title with a birdie on the first extra hole of a playoff with American Patrick Reed. Broberg hadn’t won a title of any kind since October of 2012. His 2012 season had been a storied one – three wins in the Nordic League and four on the Challenge Tour.

DP World Tour Championship – With his lead all but gone ahead of hard-charging Danny Willett, Rory McIlroy came through in the clutch, winning the title and the Race to Dubai for the third time in four years with a 1-stroke win over Andy Sullivan. It was his fourth title overall in 2015, and the fourth time in five years he has topped the €4 million in earnings on the European Tour.

 

 

 

 

 

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