A Sunday Duel
Saturday’s shootout between Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia saw each charge up the leaderboard knocking down flags and putts, distancing themselves by four shots from nearest competitor Blayne Barber and turning Sunday’s final round into a two-man match for the title. The 35-year-old Aussie, Scott, prevailed by one over Garcia, shooting an even par 70 at the challenging PGA National. Scott played masterfully on the weekend, hitting superb golf shots and riding a rock solid putter, putting any lingering anchor ban concerns behind him. It was Scott’s 12th career PGA Tour victory, the most of any player under 40, and the win will move him up to 9th in the world rankings. Following last week’s runner-up at Riviera and this week’s championship, the former Masters champion looks to be rounding into top form at just the right time for the upcoming WGCs and Masters.
Sergio’s Sunday struggles
Sergio entered Sunday’s final-round averaging a staggering 4.3 strokes gained tee to green through the first 3 rounds at the Honda Classic. Sunday was a far different story as we saw the normally precise Spaniard off, missing greens and shots typically made with ease. Garcia was able to hang in there til the end, but his failure to execute clutch approach shots cost him the title.
PGA National proved to be quite the test as world number five, Rickie Fowler, entered the weekend as the 36-hole leader after a bogey-free Thursday and Friday that put him at eight under par entering the weekend. Things changed quickly for the fan-favorite with bogeys abundant on the weekend, struggling to a t-6th finish with rounds of 74 and 71. Fowler was uncharacteristically sloppy with his irons, something he will have to clean up quickly before this week’s WGC event at Doral.
Woodland does the no-pants dance
European Tour players have been making headlines by going shirtless to play balls out of the hazard. This week, Gary Woodland one-upped the boys across the pond by taking his white pants off before playing a shot from a water hazard at PGA National.
While his pants stayed clean, his scorecard did not, littered with big numbers leading to a final round 78.
Bohn suffers heart attack
In sad news, 42-year-old and two-time PGA Tour winner Jason Bohn suffered a major heart attack immediately following his second round at the Honda Classic. He had successfully made the cut but complained of chest pains to officials after the round and was rushed to Gardens Medical Center. Doctors found his LAD artery 99% blocked, a condition commonly called “the widow maker.” Luckily, Bohn survived and is now recovering in the intensive care unit.
Tiger on the mend
After reports surfaced earlier in the week that Tiger Woods had experienced a setback in his recovery from back surgery, Woods refuted claims through Twitter by posting a video captioned with “progressing nicely.” The video sent the golf world into a speculative whirlwind as analysts raced to critique the swing, and golf’s hypemen began to predict his comeback to tournament golf. Sources say he is even hitting drivers, exciting golf fans everywhere.
King Louis of Perth
Sweet-swinging Louis Oostheizen strolled into the winner’s circle for the 1st time in 2016 at the ISPS HANDA Perth International. The South African hit a mind-blowing 67 of 72 (93%) greens in regulation to fuel his 1-shot victory over Frenchman Alexander Levy. For the 21st ranked player in the world, it was his first victory in two years and the sixth time a South African has won out of the 11 European Tour events this season.
Lexi on cruise control
Young star Lexi Thompson spoke earlier in the week about her season goals of becoming the top-ranked American. It didn’t take her long to achieve that goal as Thompson’s dominant 6-shot win at the Honda LPGA Thailand moved her ahead of Stacy Lewis as the top-ranked American and 3rd-ranked player in the world. For the 21-year-old, it was her 3rd victory since July and the first of hopefully many in the 2016 campaign as Thompson has her sights set on representing America in the Olympics in Rio.
Golf Course Photo Tour
Sharing a fence with famous Winged Foot lies an A.W. Tillinghast gem, Quaker Ridge Golf Club, aptly nicknamed “Tillie’s Treasure.” Unlike it’s famed neighbor, Quaker Ridge hasn’t gained the fame and publicity that comes from hosting major events, and thus, frequently finds itself on golf course enthusiasts’ most underrated list. Click here to enjoy a photo tour of one of New York’s finest golf courses.