We recap the last week on tour where Nelly Korda returned to the LPGA winner's circle, Matthieu Pavon made history and their were a pair of albatrosses!
Here's a look back on what happened on tour last week. We'll be sharing the winners, shots and moments of the week.
Winner's circle - week ending 28th January
Here's who won:
LPGA Tour - Nelly Korda claimed her ninth LPGA Tour title at the LPGA Drive On Championship after winning on the second play-off hole against Lydia Ko. Whilst Ko wasn't able to claim back-to-back victories and that final point to get into the LPGA Hall of Fame, Korda was able to start the year as she means to go on after a disappointing 2023. Full final round round-up here.
PGA Tour - PGA Tour rookie Matthieu Pavon made history by becoming the first French golfer in 117 years to win on the PGA Tour at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego.
Pavon shot a three-under-par 69 to beat Denmark's Nicolai Hojgaard by one shot with a dramatic eight-foot birdie on the last hole to seal the win.
Pavon secured a PGA Tour card after finishing in 15th in the Race to Dubai rankings on the DP World Tour in 2023.
DP World Tour - Another player to secure their 2024 PGA Tour card but opting to play on the DP World Tour this week was Thorbjorn Olesen. It appeared to have been an inspired move as the Dane secured a convincing to a six-shot win at the Ras Al Khaimah Championship to claim his eighth DP World Tour title.
Olesen started Sunday with a four-shot lead, a double-bogey on the second hole wasn't enough to set him off course and he came home in 33 to sign for a 67 and a 27-under-par total.
The runner up position belonged to another Hojgaard, this time Rasmus.
WPGA Tour of Australasia & Challenger PGA Tour of Australasia - Kazuma Kobori holed a 12-foot putt down the hill at Rosebud Country Club’s 18th green and the 72nd hole of the Webex Players Series Victoria to write his own little piece of history.
The brilliant, young New Zealander, just eight tournaments into his professional career, completed back-to-back wins on the Challenger PGA Tour of Australasia, a feat not managed since Adam Scott in 2013.
The 22-year-old from Christchurch had won his first tournament as a professional in Cobram Barooga last weekend and now jumps to second in the Order of Merit, giving himself a strong chance of earning a DP World Tour card for next season.
Shot of the week
Nelly Korda's approach shot to 18 on Sunday in the final round of the LPGA Drive On Championship to end up forcing a play-off, was quite spectacular. As was the clutch birdie putt from Matthieu Pavon on 18 to win the Farmers Insurance Open.
However, this week belongs to a pair of albatrosses. Like buses, you wait for ages and then two come at once! Unfortunately there is only video evdidence of one but it was fantastic to see that Japanese player Mizuki Tanaka holed out for albatross on the par-5 15th hole during her second round of the Webex Players Series Victoria at Rosebud Country Club.
Whilst on the PGA Tour it was Shane Lowry who holed out from 256 yards on the 543 yard par 5 sixth hole at Torrey Pines South Course, during the final day's play at the Farmers Insurance Open on Saturday.
Moment of the week
There was really only one contender in the end for moment of the week and that was the Canal+ Golf commentating team as they watched Matthieu Pavon become the a first time PGA Tour winner. It's just a wholly uplifting piece of commentary...
There's no LPGA Tour or LET action this coming week but we'll still be back next week to share our winners, top shots and moments of the week across professional golf tours around the world.
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