Wow, we definitely whiffed on that one… Rory didn’t make the cut and really didn’t get anything rolling in the first 36. No doubt as still one of the world’s best he’ll bounce back quickly. Joaquin Neimann had a great start to the tournament and was in striking position until a blustery Saturday round and back to back to back to back bogeys just killed all confidence finishing moving day with a 78 and Sunday with a 72, tied for 43. Picks results aside, this was another crazy good tournament and just goes to show you how healthy the PGA is right now. Sam Burns was rolling for 2 days and still had the lead going into Sunday, but monster rounds from Tony Finau and everyone’s favorite IG Roast King Max Homa gave us a roller-coaster 18th and 2 playoff holes. Magic Max Homa was dealt back-to-back bad rolls with the lip out to win on 18 and a tee shot that nestled itself right next to a tree trunk. We all thought Finau would finally break the curse but Homa unleashed some sorcery with his chip shot to force a second playoff hole and eventually win Tiger’s Tourney.
This week we are looking for Top 10 finishes from both Cameron Smith and Tyrrell Hatton. Tyrrell, a top-10 finisher last year has been spending most of his time across the pond this season consistently in the top 25. Hoping he can grind out a solid weekend. Cameron Smith’s penchant for flair and confidence isn’t only showing in his expertly crafted mullet, he has the golf game to match. Looking for him to continue to play well after his top-5 finish last week.
Prayers, thoughts, well-wishes, good vibes, whatever you believe can bring comfort, go out to the Woods family after Tiger’s horrific accident. I’ve seen too often this week, people criticizing over the outpour of love for Tiger because he’s “not dead”. But if it’s the only thing we have learned over the past year is that life is too short to hold your tongue in telling people how you feel about them. Tiger is the single reason I became a fan of golf, and likely the reason that the game is in the shape it is right now. He has had a cultural, worldwide effect, I would dare say eclipsing the Michael Jordan impact on basketball. Watching the emotion from Max Homa and the giddiness he had winning his golf idols tournament last week coupled with the stunning honesty and genuine concern from Justin Thomas talking about his friend was a reminder to always give flowers and show appreciation before it's too late. As I write this on the anniversary of Kobe Bryant’s untimely passing it is eerily apropos. If last year was the last time we see Tiger Woods play golf, we have been truly blessed, with all of his human faults, he was masterful with a golf club, his sheer presence in Sunday red made it must-watch TV even if he “wasn’t” in contention. So Thank You Tiger for everything, especially the confidence to take up a sport I now love, and that has made an indelible mark on my life. G.O.A.T!
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