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#WinnerStaysOn 2019-2020: Opening 12

The idea of #WinnerStaysOn is relatively simple. There is a champion, and each time he plays a round of competitive golf on the PGA or European Tour he defends his title against his playing partners.

Lowest score wins.

A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, Sept 12-15

Initial champion: Bryson DeChambeau (highest finisher from 2018-19 season playing in the event)

Round 1: Bryson DeChambeau (c) – 68 | Keegan Bradley – 67 | Scott Piercy – 69

A pretty incredible bogey-birdie-bogey-birdie finish got Bradley to a 67, and a single shot victory in the first round of the year.

Round 2: Keegan Bradley (c) – 68 | Bryson DeChambeau – 70 | Scott Piercy – 65

Piercy had been +2 after the first two holes, but rebounded to shot -5 for the day and take the win into the weekend.

Round 3: Scott Piercy (c) – 69 | Austin Cook – 68

16 pars and two birdies is a solid round of golf and ensured Cook better his playing partner in round three.

Round 4: Austin Cook (c) – 68 | Kevin Na – 68

Despite a double bogey on the par 5 12th, Cook matched his partner for the day and retained the crown.

Sanderson Farms Championship, Sept 19-22

Champion: Austin Cook, two rounds

Round 1: Austin Cook (c) – 70 | Andrew Landry – 69 | Ted Potter Jr – 73

A bogey on 16 saw Cook drop back to -2, having been tied with Landry. Andrew birdied 11, 12 and 14 to shoot the best round of the three.

Round 2: Andrew Landry (c) – 75 | Austin Cook – 73 | Ted Potter Jr – NR

A weather delay before starting and then suspension due to the light saw round two completed over two days. Ted Potter didn’t return to finish up the final two hole. Cook is the champion, but didn’t make the cut at +1.

Safeway Open, Sept 26-29

Champion: Austin Cook, one round, two-time champion

Round 1: Austin Cook (c) – 73 | Scott Piercy – 70 | Nate Lashley – 71

A birdie on their final hole of the day saw Piercy edge past Lashley and take the title. Austin did not putt well.

Round 2: Scott Piercy (c) – 72, Nate Lashley – 72, Austin Cook – 71

Five shots away from the cut line on the 10th tee, Cook managed to make four birdies on the way in to get back to even par for his two days and win #WinnerStaysOn again.

However, it wasn’t enough to make the cut – and both of his playing partners moved on to the weekend.

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Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, Oct 3-6

Champion: Austin Cook, one round, three-time champion

Round 1: Austin Cook (c) – 67 | Max Homa – 76 | Troy Merritt – 66

A very impressive 66 from Merritt helped him into the top 10 on the leaderboard, and gave him the #WinnerStayOn crown.

Round 2: Troy Merritt (c) – 68 | Max Homa – 67 | Austin Cook – 71

Max gave a decent account of himself in round 2 and managed a -4 67 to beat his playing partners. For a third week in a row, the #WinnerStaysOn failed to make the cut.

Houston Open, Oct 10-13

Champion: Max Homa, one round

Max elected not to play.

The CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges, Oct 17-20

Champion: Max Homa, one round

Round 1: Max Homa (c) – 69 | Charles Howell III – 67 | Pat Perez – 73

Third birdies in his first three holes helped Howell to a strong start, and a lead that he didn’t let up.

Round 2: Charles Howell III (c) – 70 | Max Homa – 82 | Pat Perez – 69

A day to forget for Max as Pat shot a nice 69 to move into the weekend (we’ll ignore that it was a no-cut event).

Round 3: Pat Perez (c) – 70 | Corey Connors – 69 | Harold Varner III – 68

Incredibly there were just two bogeys made by these three players in round three (one each for Pat and Corey). Harold shot a rock solid -4 to win.

Round 4: Harold Varner III (c) – 70 | Rafa Cabrera Bello – 70 | Kevin Na – 69

15 pars and three birdies – including one on the last hole – pushed Na to -9 for the tournament.

ZOZO Championship, Oct 24-27

Champion: Kevin Na, one round

Round 1: Kevin Na (c) – 71 | Kevin Kisner – 75 | Paul Casey – 69

With the leaders shooting 64 it wasn’t the most inspiring of threeballs during round one. However all that matters in #WinnerStaysOn is that Paul Casey had the best score.

Round 2: Paul Casey (c) – 69 | Kevin Na – 70 | Kevin Kisner – 70

A weather delay affected most players, though it was fairly steady from Paul Casey as he shot a second 69 to retain the #WinnerStaysOn title.

Round 3: Paul Casey (c) – 68 | Tomoharu Otsuki – 67 | Bubba Watson – 68

A win for Otsuki, with two birdies in his last four holes. He edged out Casey and Watson by one, but they had a chance for revenge in round four as the weather meant everyone stayed together.

Round 4: Tomoharu Otsuki (c) – 75 | Paul Casey – 68 | Bubba Watson – 75

I’m going to lie. I thought Otsuki – a PGA Tour debutant and someone who has never played on the European Tour – was going to spoil the party.

Thankfully PC can be relied on. 69-69-68-68 and he’s back in control.

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WGC-HSBC Champions, Oct 31-Nov 3

Champion: Paul Casey, one round, two-time champion

Round 1: Paul Casey (c) – 75 | Hideki Matsuyama – 75 | Jordan Spieth – 70

Starting on the 10th, Spieth got in front of his playing partners early and then stayed there.

Round 2: Jordan Spieth (c) – 73 | Paul Casey – 71 | Hideki Matsuyama – 67

An eight shot improvement from Matsuyama helped him to victory over his two playing partners. Three birdies in his last five hole was particularly delightful.

Round 3: Hideki Matsuyama (c) – 68 | Jordan Spieth – 74 | Cameron Smith – 74

Spieth missed an immediate chance to win the title back as Matsuyama was not to be denied.

Round 4: Hideki Matsuyama (c) – 67 | Byeong Hun An – 69 | Jazz Janewattananond – 70

A blisterring 31 on the back nine helped Matsuyama charge up the leaderboard and retain the #WinnerStaysOn title.

Where might he have finished without that 75 to start the week?

Mayakoba Golf Classic, Nov 14-17

Champion: Hideki Matsuyama, three rounds

Hideki elected not to play.

The RSM Classic, Nov 21-24

Champion: Hideki Matsuyama, three rounds

Hideki elected to play the Dunlop Phoenix tournament in Japan.

Up next? Presidents Cup

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