In another entertaining week on the links, Marc Leishman captured the BMW Championship on the PGA Tour, a Frenchman picked up his first European Tour victory, while controversy loomed in the LPGA Tour's final major.
Here are this week's winners and losers from the world of golf.
The Frenchman claimed his first European Tour victory on Sunday at the KLM Open, beating Austin Connelly by one stroke. The win came in his 187th start, and gives him European Tour status until 2019, while also moving him inside the top 60 in the Race to Dubai. "I have been in contention before and while I had not won before I knew what I had to do," Wattel told europeantour.com after the round. "I knew what I had to expect and thankfully this time it was my week. It feels amazing to win for the first time - I am so happy right now."
The 30-year-old Swede holed a four-foot bogey putt to beat American Brittany Altomare on the first playoff hole of the Evian Championship Sunday. Nordqvist erased a five-shot deficit in the final round to win her second career major title, just a month after being diagnosed with mononucleosis. "These last couple of weeks have been hard, it's been frustrating, it's been disappointing," Nordqvist told the Golf Channel. "So...it's just been very testing, but couldn't be more proud."
While many players would be dispirited missing the Tour Championship, that's not the case for McIlroy, who finished well back of the top 30 in the FedEx Cup standings. The Northern Irishman has been playing with a rib injury since January, and hinted Friday the decision to enter the playoffs wasn't entirely his, but will now focus on his health. "If I have a really good offseason and prepare and practice on the right things, come out mentally fresh and physically fresh, I feel like 2018 will be a really good year for me," McIlroy told Will Gray of the Golf Channel. " And that’s sort of where my mind is at."
The last qualifying spot at East Lake came down to 0.72 points or one shot, and Oosthuizen was unfortunately the odd man out Sunday evening. The South African played well on the weekend at the BMW Championship, but was forced to play catch up after opening with 77-74 on Thursday and Friday.
The fifth and final major on the LPGA schedule, the Evian Championship, was reduced to a 54-hole event for the second time in five years due to rain and strong winds on Thursday. The tournament started fresh on Friday, meaning all scores recorded Thursday were erased from the leaderboard. "While we did not make this decision lightly, we believe that this is the right decision - to have the fairest, most competitive tournament for all players in this field," said commissioner Mike Whan in a statement.
The announcement wasn't well received by many of those in the field:
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