Sneds storms back
Last year, Torrey Pines ranked as the Tour’s fourth most difficult non-major stop. After Sunday’s massacre, it will likely finish 2016 as the toughest. With winds gusting upwards of 50 mph on Sunday, golf shots and scores ballooned for a staggering scoring average of 78 (6-over-par) before play was called with leader Jimmy Walker on the 11th hole. Any golf fan who enjoys watching PGA Tour pros look like average joes was in for a treat on Sunday as 11 players shot in the 80s, a number sure to increase when play finishes today.
Sunday’s conditions were summed up best by Brandt Snedeker as “playing a U.S. Open course in British Open conditions.” This was after Snedeker played what could be the round of the year, shooting a 3-under 69 to pull himself into a tie for second, one shot behind Walker. After starting the final round 6 shots off, Snedeker is the only player better than 1 over par on his final round and stands a good chance to win when play resumes.
Looking for a good distraction this morning? The completion of the final round is scheduled for 8 am PST.
Big names miss the cut
With the pre-tournament hype centered around defending champion Jason Day, last week’s winner Rickie Fowler and hometown fan favorite Phil Mickelson, it was disappointing to see them all (and a few other big names) miss the cut. While Day came down with a flu-like virus that limited his ability to practice leading up to the tournament, Fowler had the excuse of a tiring travel schedule following his win in Abu Dhabi.
That said, what makes a true legend is the ability to compete no matter what the circumstance. Tiger Woods, for instance, once made 142 cuts in a row.
Mickelson ruffled by the youngster
Late Wednesday, Phil Mickelson took time to address the story that broke just two weeks ago regarding a $5,000 bet he allegedly lost playing 17-year-old Ryan Ruffels (who made his pro debut this week). Phil described Ruffels’ story as “high school stuff” and added that Ruffels has a lot to learn when it comes to what should and should not be said. With both in the field, Ruffels was able to best Lefty again, making the cut on the number and leaving astute viewers to wonder if a follow-up wager was placed.
It was an incredible Saturday of shots at the Farmers as viewers were treated to 3 hole-outs from over 180 yards. None were better than Jason Gore’s on the par 5 18th where Gore had 250 yards in....
Meanwhile on the LPGA tour, a first-ever hole-in-one on a par 4 was recorded by Ha Na Jang. While this feat sounds quite impressive on paper, the par 4 was a measly 218 yards.
Grace repeats in Qatar
Often overlooked within the young guns of golf is 27-year-old South African, Branden Grace. This weekend, Grace notched his 7th career victory and became the first repeat champion of the European Tour’s Qatar Masters. Grace used a final round 69 to finish -14 for the tournament and edge out Rafa Cabrera-Bello and Thorbjørn Olesen by two shots. Grace entered the tournament ranking 11th in the world and will move into the top 10 with this win.
Spieth finishes one shot short
The final leg of Jordan Spieth’s world tour found him playing in the Asian Tour’s Singapore Open. It’s rumored that the fine folks in Singapore paid Spieth a handsome $1.2 million appearance fee, a sum of money that makes you a winner regardless of how you play. Competitors played through numerous weather delays that ultimately caused a Monday finish (or Sunday in America).
Before play was called in the final round, Spieth was standing over a 5-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to pull him within 1 of leader Younghan Song, who was standing over an equally pressure-packed 12-foot par putt on the 16th green. Each player made their putts, and Song was able to par the 17th and 18th for a one-shot victory over Spieth.
Spieth heads home to join his caddy, Michael Greller, who didn’t make the trip due to an ankle injury. This forced Spieth’s agent, Jay Danzi, to take Greller’s place in Singapore, where temperatures were in the mid-80s and humidity at nearly 100%. Talk about a tough break….
Golf course tour: Shoreacres
We at the fried egg are excited to announce a new section of the site housing photographic tours of iconic golf courses around the world. Thanks to one of our subscribers, this week’s spotlight is on Shoreacres, the beautiful Seth Raynor design in Lake Bluff, Illinois. Consistently ranked in the top 100 courses in the United States, the most impressive part of Raynor’s design is how he was able to route the course through the natural topography, featuring many ravines.
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