It was a jam-packed day of golf, literally 8 hours of coverage, thanks to a painstakingly slow final round and a five-hole playoff that's not over yet! At the end of regulation, Alex Noren, Jason Day and Ryan Palmer were tied for the lead at ten under par. Noren and Day birdied the first playoff, knocking out Palmer who made par. The pair then went on to play four additional holes, halving each with birdies and pars before darkness forced a Monday morning finish. The pair will tee it up for more sudden death golf at 8 am PST. Noren will vie for his first win on the PGA Tour, while Day will look to win for the first time in 18 months. Scores
In his first official PGA Tour start since last year's Farmers, Tiger put together a solid debut, finishing in a tie for 23rd at 3 under par. It was the first time that Woods made a cut on the PGA Tour in 888 days. Tiger accomplished this despite hitting a career-low 17 fairways over the four rounds. The good news is that his short game was solid, regularly bailing him out on the weekend.
Few courses in the world do less with more from a design standpoint than Torrey Pines. During his 2002 redesign of the seaside site, Rees Jones failed to utilize the many great features. I wrote an article that shows how the course's natural features could be better used to create more strategy and interesting golf.
Worse than a Rees Jones championship course? Slow play.
To put the cherry on top of a six-hour final round, J.B. Holmes spent four minutes and ten seconds contemplating his second shot on the par-5 18th. Holmes needed an eagle to have a chance at the playoff and eventually decided to layup. It was an egregious act by Holmes, especially considering that co-leader Alex Noren had to wait to play his second shot while Holmes mulled. In a sense, Holmes essentially iced his playing partner. Six hours for a round of golf is pathetic, and the PGA Tour should be ashamed that it allowed it to happen. Officials are supposed to monitor and enforce slow-play penalties, but they have only done it once in the last 22 years. In golf, a slow product is a bad product, fix it.
A Sunday to not remember
Jon Rahm looked primed for a strong title defense heading into to the weekend in 2nd place after rounds of 68-66. The weekend was not kind to Mr. Rahm, who fired rounds of 75-77. The world's number-two ranked player's putter left the tournament early, losing over five shots to the field on the greens over the weekend.
Charles Howell notched his 8th top-10 finish since 2003, the most of any player.
Maverick McNealy notched his best finish as a professional, finishing in a tie for 29th. Of the high profile Sponsor exemptions, McNealy and Justin Suri (t62nd) were the only two to make the cut.
Rickie Fowler missed his first cut since last June's FedEx St. Jude.
Keegan Bradley's t5th is his second top five of the 2017-2018 season, the most since 2014.
21-year-old Haotong Li captured the Omega Desert Dubai Classic birdieing four of the last six holes to win by one shot over Rory McIlroy. With Rory on the par-5 18th in two, Li was able to get up-and-down with a wedge to make birdie and win the championship. The China native now has two European Tour titles to his name and moves to 35th in the world rankings. Li will be in excellent position to earn his first trip to Augusta National by way of being inside the top 50 of the world rankings. Full scores
It looks as though Rory is back, starting the season with a t3rd and 2nd. I expect a win to come soon.
Chris Paisley has been outstanding. Paisley won the South African Open and has backed it up with t5th finishes at Abu Dhabi and this week's Omega Dubai. Paisley's world rank has climbed from 297 to inside the top 80 since the end of 2017.
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