The winners throughout a long day of golf on Sunday were Charlie Beljan, Matteo Manassero and Rory McIlroy (pictured). The day began in Singapore with virtually two complete rounds of the European Tour event. It ended almost 20 hours later with the final round of the Children’s Network Classic on the US Tour.
Manassero won the Singapore Open by beating Louis Oosthuizen on the third play-off hole. With Oosthuizen failing to win the tournament McIlroy clinched the Race to Dubai by finishing third in Singapore.
The world number one has now won the money titles on the PGA and European Tours. He emulates Luke Donald who became the first player to win both titles last year. McIlroy has won three regular tournaments in the States and the PGA Championship and is now clearly the best player in the world.
There are still three tournaments remaining on the European Tour schedule this season and McIlroy can now not be overtaken in the race for most money won. He may alter his programme and withdraw from one or both of the next two events but he will appear at the Dubai Tour Championship, the season finale on the European Tour.
Manassero was highlighted in one of our recent slideshows as one of ten players with the potential to succeed Tiger Woods as a player who could win multiple major championships. The Italian teenager justified his inclusion in that list with his win in Singapore.
Manassero is the only teenager to have won three European Tour events and this is now his third consecutive season with a victory. He has finished inside the top ten seven times in 2012 and is now the highest ranked player yet to turn 20 in the latest world rankings.
Beljan won his first tournament on the US PGA Tour at the Children’s Network Classic despite spending Friday evening in hospital after suffering with panic attacks during his second round. Despite a double bogey on the 13th and bogey at the last he won by two shots and finishes 63rd on the money list.
The biggest loser of the day could have been Jerry Kelly. Despite a 6 under par round of 66 he finished 126th on the money lost and missed out on an automatic spot by one position. However, he maintains his exempt status due to career money won