Tour Talk: March 6
PGA Tour Recap - The Week of the Caddy
The PGA Tour traveled to Mexico this week for the WGC Mexico Championship hosted at Club de Golf Chapultepec. The PGA Tour plays most of it’s events in the USA and this week's event offered a special international venue as well as some interesting physics for the tour players. Most events are within a couple hundred feet of sea level making it easy to calculate the carry distance on your clubs each week. This week was played at 7000 feet giving the players incredible distance off the tee and also changing the spin of the ball dramatically. The altitude had the caddies working very carefully to calculate the “actual yardage” to the hole for their pros. The rough formula was a 15% reduction in distance and then adjusting for uphill or downhill. Get it wrong and players could find themselves among the 6000 trees on property. The #1 ranked player, Dustin Johnson (USA), wasted no time notching his first win as the world’s best with a fantastic final round of 68 to post a one shot victory over Tommy Fleetwood (UK). Johnson’s stats for the week were incredible across the course until he got inside 10 feet, where he was almost the worst player for the week missing a whopping 16 putts. His comments on this couldn’t be more accurate, “It felt like there was a goalie in front of the hole”.
Other notable performances include Jon Rahm, 22, who made a great charge on Sunday taking a share of the lead before making back to back bogeys late in his final round to finish T3. Brandt Snedeker surged Sunday and was on pace to post a back 9 round of 30 until the finishing hole where a bogey took him out of contention.
The boys are back to the mainland this week at the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbour Florida where Charles Schwartzel looks to defend his title. Our early picks for the weekend include Justin Thomas, Kevin Na, and Ryan Moore who fell just short of the playoff last year.
LPGA Tour Recap - A Triumphant Return
This week the LPGA traveled to the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore where Inbee Park collected the win and the course record during her final round with a 8-under-par 64. Did we mention that she bogeyed 18 to shoot 32-32? Dominate.
Brooke Henderson had a very respectable weekend with a final round 66 finishing T4. She opened her final round with a 31 (-5) but couldn’t get them to drop on the back with only one birdie on the 10th.
Michelle Wie went into Sunday with the overall lead thanks to a well rounded game plan. After back to back birdies on 2 & 3, Wie posted a double bogey and went cold after that finishing with a final round 72 (even) for a very respectable T4.
The tour is off this week before returning the week of March 13th when they visit Phoenix, Arizona for the Bank of Hope Founders Cup.
Play of the Weekend
On his way home to the WGC Mexico Championship DJ needed to make one more clutch shot from the fairway bunker on 18 to seal the deal. (Start at 2:55)
Very reminiscent of Tiger’s self professed best ever shot struck at 2002 PGA Championship.
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