This week's winners and losers from the golf world

The 2017-18 PGA Tour season got underway this week in Napa, Calif., while across the pond the European Tour held the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland.

Here are this week's winners and losers from the golf world.


Matthew Southgate

Just two weeks ago, Southgate found himself in the 'losers' category below, after incurring a three shot penalty at the Tour's DAP Championship. The unfortunate break would eventually cost the Englishman a PGA Tour card for the 2017-18 season, but he took full responsibility for the mistake in Ohio this week. "It was poor form of me not to know the rules of the game I've been playing since I was two. I take full responsibility," Southgate told The Telegraph. "People say it's bad luck, but it's not bad luck, because I should have replayed the shot and I could have made 4. But I didn't, and it became 9, and that became me missing my card. I've got only myself to blame. I'm not annoyed with anyone else."

Ross Fisher

There have been a lot of professional rounds played at the Old Course at St. Andrews, but only one man can lay claim to the lowest score. Ross Fisher made eleven birdies and no bogeys in the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, posting a 61 for the course record. Fisher's score could've been one shot better, but he failed to birdie the short 357-yard par-4 18th hole, when he three-putted for par.

John Daly

After his opening round Thursday at the Safeway Open, Daly paid tribute to the late Tom Petty, joining Gavin DeGraw on stage with a rendition of "I Won't Back Down." On Friday, the two-time major champion birdied two of his final five holes to make the cut at Silverado Resort & Spa. It was his first 36-hole cut made since 2015, when he finished in a tie for 10th at the Puerto Rico Open.


Phil Mickelson's tee game

Erratic would be an understatement in describing Mickelson's driving accuracy at the Safeway Open this week. The 47-year-old could've ended a four-year winless drought if he simply found more fairways off the tee. Mickelson missed the fairway with drivers and irons, putting pressure on his recovery game for 72 holes. The five-time major champion hit only 26.8% of the fairways, tying him for last in the field.

PGA Tour offseason

The problem with the PGA Tour offseason is there isn't one. Three days after the U.S. clinched the Presidents Cup at Liberty National, the 2017-18 campaign kicked off in Napa, Calif., with the Safeway Open. Just seven players inside the top 50 were in the field, with 47-year-old Phil Mickelson the highest ranked at No. 30. The Tour wrapped up with a Monday finish, giving those who earned their cards only two days to prepare for their opening round.

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This week's winners and losers from the golf world
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Tiger sounds off after another strong showing at Arnold Palmer Invitational
It was a great two weeks of being in contention again. I feel like I'm getting a little better. Great playing by Rory today to win at the King's place. Arnie would have been proud of golf today and the charges!!!
McIlroy holes out with long birdie putt on 18
Watch out world, @McIlroyRory is BACK!
DeChambeau drops eagle on 16th hole
Perfect speed. ๐Ÿฆ…๐Ÿ’ช @B_DeChambeau is just one-shot back! #QuickHits
McIlroy extends lead with 3rd-straight birdie
๐Ÿฆ THREE ๐Ÿฆ STRAIGHT ๐Ÿฆ @McIlroyRory can't miss! #QuickHits
Stenson came so close to tying the lead
๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ @HenrikStenson's birdie to tie the lead somehow lips out. #QuickHits
McIlroy cruising with 5th birdie in 9 holes ๐Ÿ”ฅ
Five ๐Ÿฆ on his last nine holes. McIlroy is on ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ #QuickHits
McIlroy takes outright lead with birdie on 13
Rory is ROLLING. @McIlroyRory takes the outright lead at 14 under. #QuickHits
Tiger moves to within 1 shot of lead with birdie on 13
A vintage Sunday charge. @TigerWoods is 3 under thru four holes on the back nine. #QuickHits
Tiger pars 11th with around-the-hole putt
๐ŸŒ€๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐ŸŒ€ All the way around and in. #QuickHits
Rory making Sunday charge with 2nd straight birdie
The roars are getting louder for Rory after his second-straight birdie. ๐Ÿ‘€ #QuickHits
Tiger stuffs approach from 173 yards out to set up birdie
54 of 54 so far this week inside 9 feet. @TigerWoods has this 6 footer for ๐Ÿฆ coming up. #QuickHits
Tiger slams putt off flag stick, reacts with laughter
Hit a house. That'll do. #QuickHits
Tiger takes vicious hack with big stick
Anyone catch the recoil speed on this one?
DeChambeau makes long birdie putt from fringe
Hello co-leader, @B_DeChambeau. ๐Ÿ‘‹ #QuickHits
Patrick Reed stuffs approach
Tiger opens final round with par
Tiger is off and running on Sunday. #QuickHits
Rose birdies back-to-back holes
Justin Rose is feeling it down the stretch. Two-straight birdies and just three back @APInv. ๐ŸŒน #QuickHits
Fowler clears bunker, puts ball within feet of hole from 186 yards out
Aggressive shot...can it clear the bunker... Right on line for @RickieFowler. #QuickHits
Tiger records 4th birdie of day on hole 11
Tee shot: ๐Ÿ‘ Approach: ๐ŸŽฏ Putt: ๐Ÿฆ #QuickHits