Tour Talk: April 11
PGA Tour Recap
The PGA Tour visited the Masters this week for the first major of the year. Once again Augusta National was in immaculate condition and playing extremely tough. Rain and high winds early in the week cancelled the majority of the Par 3 contest, a long standing tradition for the players and their families along with the fans. Thursday was blustery again with strong winds and only a few players able to go under par. Through 54 holes, Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose held a share of the lead with Rickie Fowler hot on their heels. Garcia and Rose were the final group to tee off on Sunday and they put on a show. The two battled all day long alternating birdies and bogies through 18 holes where the score was tied at 9 under par. In 2017 only one playoff hole was needed to claim the green jacket. Sergio Garcia played a flawlessly draining his birdie putt to claim his first major tournament in 73 starts. Rose will likely carry his second place finish with him for a while as a costly bogey on 17 and missed birdie putt on 18 allow Garcia to force a playoff.
This week the tour moves to Harbour Town Golf Links for the RBC Heritage. Many of the top players will be taking this week off before the tour returns to Texas in the following weeks. Branden Grace looks to defend his title this week after a slow start to the 2017 season.
LPGA Tour Recap
The LPGA is back this week as they tee it up in Hawaii at the Ko Olina Golf Club in Kapolei, Oahu. Look for Michelle Wie to contend this week on home turf as a native of the island not to mention her 2014 title.
Play of the Day
This week the honour goes to Sergio Garcia making his birdie putt on his first playoff hole to win his first major and green jacket. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEA_j26Deww
Noteworthy play also includes Matt Kuchar’s hole-in-one on the 16th
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