A Boring Week! Monday Rewind #81.
Today is March 26th, 2018 and we present A Boring Week! Monday Rewind #81. A Golf Video Blog with Mel Sole, Director of Instruction and Master Professional at the Mel Sole Golf School, headquartered at Pawleys Plantation GC in Pawleys Island, SC.
A Boring Week!
I, very seldom, if ever, call golf boring. However, this is the danger of Match Play. Get one player playing well and the other slightly off his game, over 18 holes, and you get a ho-hum type of game. Bubba Watson beat Justin Thomas 3&2 in the first semi-final and Kevin Kisner beat Alex Noren 5 &3. Again, no real excitement there.
In the Final, Bubba went 5 up after the first 5 and 6 up after 7. That match, in essence, was all over bar the shouting!
The Dangers of Match Play.
In any stroke play event, barring a runaway like Tiger used to do, is always exciting because there are always four or five (sometimes more) players in the mix coming down the stretch. In head to head, there are only two players and in this case, it was over before it even started.
Does the PGA need to rethink this format? I think so. I turned off my TV after 7 holes. No one was interested in the Thomas/Noren Match and Kevin Kisner, after playing some fabulous golf over the last 4 days, played like he was still learning the game. We all have days like that, but it does spoil the chances of the sponsors getting their moneys worth.
The Picadilly World Match Play was the only Match Play event that I have ever found exciting to watch and the PGA needs to revisit that format (the top 8 players in the world are paired against each other and all matches are 36 holes.) This format turned out to be really exciting and who could ever forget the match between Gary Player and Tony Lema in 1965! If you never saw it, check it out on YouTube right here.
PGA Tour – Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship
Brian Garnett became the first wire-to-wire winner on the PGA TOUR in 2017-18 after shooting a 2-under-par 70 on Sunday and finishing at 18-under par for the tournament.
The weather made for a struggle. “It was a big mental grind,” he said. “Some of those shots coming in with the wind straight in your face, raining… we were just trying to leave the golf ball in the right spot.”
He won by four shots over Keith Mitchell, en route to becoming the fifth first-time winner on TOUR this season. Garnett, who won twice on the Web.com Tour a year ago, finished first in the Regular Season money list.
Garnett’s girlfriend, Suzanne, was with him when he won the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft Heinz in 2017, and she was with him again this week in Puntacana.
With tears in his eyes, he said he couldn’t have done it without her. Although he played this tournament last year when it was part of the Web.com Tour schedule, he admitted he had played the golf course all wrong. And the changed mindset paid off big time this week. He also received a text last night from a fellow TOUR pro telling him that he was the only guy in the field this week to have won twice last year. “So go get another one,” the text said.
With the win, Garnett earns 300 FedExCup points – moving to 35th on the FedExCup standings – and will be exempt until the 2019-20 season. He also earns a spot into THE PLAYERS Championship plus the PGA Championship in August.
“We’re going to enjoy this one a lot,” he said. “But we’re back to it next week and we’ll see what happens.”
This was the only tournament on the world tours that did not have a boring week. Eun-Hee Ji won the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, CA by two over Cristie Kerr, who continues her stellar play in 2018. Lizette Salas ties Christie for second at -16.
The 2009 U.S. Women’s Champion stepped on the tee at the par 3, 14th hole with a one-stroke lead, but walked off with a three-stroke lead and a new car. Ji made a hole-in-one with a seven iron from 166 yards to win the car sitting on the hole, a 2019 Kia Sorrento. The ace is the eighth of her career. The hole-in-one came at just the right time as it extended her lead ahead of a charging Cristie Kerr, who had just made birdie up ahead to pull within striking distance of the lead. In the end, Lizette Salas and Christie tied for second.
PGA Tour Champions.
One of my favourite players on the PGA Tour Champions, Steve Sticker, won the Rapiscan Systems Classic in Biloxi, MS for his second victory in as many weeks. Finishing on -11 he won by 3 over Billy Andrade. Gene Sauers, Scott Parel, David McKenzie and Jesper Parnevik finished tied for 3rd. Steve Stricker is playing in the Houston Championship next week. A victory there will get him into the Masters the following week.
PGA Tour – Houston Open at GC of Houston, in Humble, TX
LPGA Tour. ANA Inspiration at Rancho Mirage, CA. This is the first Major of the year for the ladies.
Source: Mel Sole Golf School