Crafty young players looking like vets and squeamish vets playing like rookies
Wait, that doesn’t make sense? Well, if you have taken the time to read my report on the Tiger Effect, it makes perfect sense and it is the new normal. So, it’s time to set PGA Tour.com player profiles as a favorite (right after you set Golf-Newz) just so you can follow Sunday Golf.
Paul Casey, a very accomplished player comes out and shoots an opening round 64 and Justin Rose sits atop the leader board on Sunday morning. It’s a scene that’s played out quite a bit lately. Casey proceeds to go 71 – 71- 74 and finishes T37. Rose follows up consecutive 65’s on Friday and Saturday with a 3 over par 74 on Sunday. By the way, Rose has woken up Sunday Morning 7 times recently with a lead and 6 of those 7 he has bleeped the bed.
The New Face of Golf
Meanwhile Gary Woodland, Webb Simpson, Scott Stallings, Brandt Snedeker and some guy named Marc Turnesa have big weekends.
Scott Stallings (25), who had missed every cut during his rookie season so far, made the most of a Sponsor’s Exemption by picking up a big check finishing 3rd alone. This one comes out of the “it pays to know people” category. Stallings is good friends with Kenny Perry who has an obvious endorsement deal with the tournament sponsor Transition Optical. Nothing wrong with that, this is how the world turns and rightly so. Way to go Scott!
Webb Simpson, long putter in hand, put together a four consecutive rounds in the 60’s, one of only two to do so, and finished in 2nd by himself. He would have been in a playoff at least, if he was able to hit the driver straight at all. Unfortunately, Webb had a bit of the “slices” going, beating a number of tee shots right on Sunday. You could see him fighting the slice as he set up for his tee shot on 18. His back foot was set up about 5 inches closed a blatant attempt to fight the balloon to the right. Well, it worked, as he hooked his drive into a tough lie in a fairway bunker with the ball below his feet . He hit his second deep into the 18th and was left in an impossible position to get up and down. Made Bogie.
Gary “Woody” Woodland, if his nick name isn’t “Woody” it should be!
Gary Woodland only needed 23 putts all day to shoot a final round 67 and achieve his first PGA Tour win! What a great looking young golfer. Strong and long! Demonstrated by his 219 yard uphill 5 iron on the long par 3 17th to about 10 feet, he then proceeded to drain the put on a tough burnt green. He then followed that heroic 5-iron with a 284 yard 2-iron on 18. Wow! He wound up making an incredible up and down from an equally impossible spot on 18 as Simpson.
The score card from the back nine on Saturday and Sunday for Woody reveals a good player who knows how to drain putts and make birdies. By the way Woody went 17 for 17 on putts inside 20 feet on Sunday! He simply deserved to win this tournament. The back nine on the two days shows 10 birdies against 3 bogies. On Sunday he only made one par on the back nine. The kid can putt!
This type of young athlete will be the new normal on tour. The rebound effect of the young player growing up watching Tiger bulk up and win, is truly changing the game of golf.
guys kids are good.