Ricardo González gets a glorious win in Morocco

Ricardo González gets a glorious win in Morocco

Last week, Argentina’s Ricardo González earned a thrilling win at the Trophy Hassan II.

Ricardo got into the Champions Tour event through his last year’s fourth place finish at the European Senior Tour’s OoM Rankings.

At the Trophy Hassan II, Ricardo got two good rounds of 69-70 to move into joint-lead with YE Yang at seven-under-par.

However on the final day, Ricardo lost his lead following a bogey on the 12th to move -6 whereas Thomas Bjørn, who scored birdie on the same hole (12) was leading the tournament at -8.

Following a slow start which featured two bogeys, one birdie, Ricardo made a charge from hole 13th.

As the Argentine scored four consecutive birdies (13-16) to reclaim his lead and move to -10.

A crucial par save:
But on the seventeenth hole, Ricardo shanked his tee shot into the rough. For his second shot, Ricardo played a chip shot between two trees, his ball rolled and fell into the greenside bunker.
From the bunker, Ricardo found the greens as his ball fell 5-10 feet away from the cup.
Ricardo made an amazing putt as the ball went to dead center for a par.

That par save on the 17th turned out to be crucial for Ricardo. Because on the same hole, Thomas scored a birdie to move -9. Here, if Ricardo had scored a bogey on that hole (17), than Thomas might had been the co-leader with Ricardo.

Nonetheless, Ricardo went to the final hole with a one-stroke lead over Thomas.

Both Ricardo and Thomas scored pars on their final hole (18) to finish at -10 and -9 respectively. Hence, Ricardo won the Trophy Hassan II.

The Trophy Hassan II was Ricardo’s maiden triumph on the Champions Tour.

“Very comfortable, very happy, and very emotional, everything is inside my body. I worked so much to be here, and this is my trophy. I like that,” said an emotional Ricardo, who became only the fourth Argentine to win on the PGA Tour Champions.

For Ricardo, it was a big thing to win on the Champions Tour because now, he is a full time member of the US Senior Tour and is eligible for the five Senior Majors!
“Everybody likes to play in the Champions Tour and (I’m) one of the lucky men to get in there.”

It was Ricardo’s fabulous putting skills which helped him to win the title in Morocco. One of the best putts he made in round three was on the 15th. As Ricardo made a superb right to left putt for birdie.

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February 27, 2024 - By Dhruv Trivedi

Matthieu Pavon gets his breakthrough PGA Tour win at the Farmers Insurance Open

Matthieu Pavon gets his breakthrough PGA Tour win at the Farmers Insurance Open

Last Wednesday, Matthieu made his third start of the year in Torrey Pines with the Farmers Insurance Open.

Matthieu after carding 69, 65, 72, was at 10-under-par for the tournament. Going into the final round, Matthieu trailed German Stephan Jaeger by one stroke.

During the first nine holes, Matthieu scored four birdies, one bogey to reach -13 and tie with Stephan for the joint-lead. Who at that time, carded three birdies, one bogey to increase his score to -13.

The turning point of the day came on the 12th hole. When Stephan’s fourth shot missed the cup for an eventual bogey.
Stephan got another bogey on the 14th which made him out of contention. Now, it was all on Matthieu, who had a two shot lead over the field.

During the dying stages of the tournament, there was some drama! After Matthieu scored a bogey on his seventeenth hole, reduced his lead to just one over Nicolai Højgaard.

At the 72nd hole, Matthieu’s tee shot found the bunker, from there Matthieu’s second shot found the thick rough.

After getting his ball into the rough, Matthieu was in risk of losing the tournament. But Matthieu had the grit of a warrior! As Matthieu played a solid shot which cleared the water area in between to fell on the greens. Once it reached the greens, his ball rolled and stopped within 10 feet of the cup.

Nicolai, who played first, scored the birdie on his 18th hole to join Matthieu for the clubhouse lead at -12. Whereas Matthieu, who moments earlier played a superb recovery shot, scored the winning birdie to claim his maiden PGA Tour win.

Matthieu’s winning score was 13-under-275.

Ever-since, Matthieu went to the United States at 17-years-old. It was his dream to win a tournament on the American soil. Finally on Saturday, Matthieu achieved his dream by winning the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, California.

“I still can't believe it,” said Matthieu after his win.

For Matthieu, it was a long journey to go from a struggling amateur golfer to become a PGA Tour winner.

Matthieu, who was born in Toulouse, France, had struggled during his amateur career and was ranked outside of the top-500 on the World Amateur Golf Rankings. But when he turned pro at age 20, Matthieu found some quick success on European tier-3, tier-2 tours. However when it came to the main tour (DP World Tour), Matthieu had a hard time in getting victories. Matthieu was unsuccessful during his first seven years on the Tour. At last in 2023, Matthieu finally claimed a DP World Tour win at the Spanish Open. Following a career changing year (2023) which included seven top-tens and a win, Matthieu earned his PGA Tour card for the 2024 season. In the first month of the new year, Matthieu won the Farmers Insurance Open.

"I hope it will inspire a lot of people because coming from an amateur player which is 800 in the world to a PGA TOUR winner, it's pretty big,” said Matthieu after he became only the second French golfer after Arnaud Massy to win on the PGA Tour.


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January 28, 2024 - By Dhruv Trivedi

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