Tiger Contends at Valspar Championship!
Today is March 12th, 2018 and we present Tiger Contends! Monday Rewind #79. A Golf Video Blog with Mel Sole, Director of Instruction and Master Professional at the Mel Sole Golf School, based in Pawleys Island, SC.
PGA Tour: Tiger Contends!
This was an exciting week at the Valspar Championship at the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida. It came down to the final hole. Tiger Woods needing to make birdie to force a playoff with Englishman Paul Casey. Casey had just shot a final round 65 to put him in the clubhouse at -10. But it was not to be as Tiger’s putt came up a fraction short. Yet I was pleased for Paul Casey, one of the really nice guys on the PGA Tour. Congrats Paul!
It was so cool to see the old Tiger stalking and grinding to get the very best out of his round. In the end, his iron play was not as sharp. As a result, the putts were longer than he needed them to be to make that famous charge on Sunday. Cannot wait for next week!
European Tour: Beef almost makes it!
The Indian Open was played at the Gary Player designed DLF Golf Club near New Delhi. What a challenging course and it was in such great shape! Would love to play there someday. Shubhankar Sharma came into the week having won two European Tour events in the last 3 months and was the 54 hole leader last week at the WGC Mexican Championship. Phil Mickelson ended up winning there, but Shubhankar put on a great show.
This week he started poorly with an opening 41 on the first 9 but came back strong on the back 9 shooting 30. With a second round 64, he was right in the mix and was tied for the lead after 54 holes. Unfortunately, all the travel over the last month caught up with him and he really tired over the final 18. It was up to Beef Johnson and Matt Wallace to put on a show. Both tied at -11. In the playoff, Beef laid up on the par 5 18th, and Matt hit the shot of the tournament over the lake and onto the green. After Beef failed to get his pitch close and made par, Matt had 2 putts for the victory!
PGA Tour Champions. Vijay wins for the first time in 4 1/2 years!
Singh won the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach, CA for his first individual victory in 4 1/2 years, beating Tommy Tolles, Tom Pernice Jr nd Scott Mc Carron by 1. He birdied the final hole to finish with a 66 for -11 total.
Source: Mel Sole Golf School.