First my apologies for the long gap between tour updates. I think I had March (and February) Madness.
The last several PGA tournaments have provided some dramatic finishes, first time winners and a great lead up to this week’s event “The Masters” which will be previewed separately.
Mark Wilson picked up his 2nd event of the 2011 season at The Waste Management Open in Phoenix showing that winning the Sony Open was no fluke and he is a force to be reckoned with this year.
DA Points channeled a little “Caddy Shack’ action with his Pro AM partner Bill Murray. The circus like atmosphere created by Murray was to Points liking all week and he won by 2 shots over the always dangerous Hunter Mahan. Ohhhhhh Billy Billy Billy…………a true Cinderella Story!
Aaron Baddeley showcased his talents in LA at The Northern Telecom Open. An impressive putting performance capped off his two shot victory over Vijay Singh (welcome back to quality golf Vijay).
At the 1st WGC event of the year we got to really see some world-class play. With the top 64 players in the world going at it in match play format it came down to European Tour stars Luke Donald and Martin Kaymer in the 36 hole final. Donald prevailed 3 & 2 and the two of them finished the event as the No. 1 (Kaymer)and No 3 (Donald)players in the World Golf Rankings.
Rory Sabattini won the next week at The Honda Classic as the Florida swing began. He hung on to best Y. E. Yang by one shot and Jerry Kelly by two.
The 2nd WGC event came the following week at Doral as Nick Watney beat a world-class field to lock down the event with a two stroke victory. Dustin Johnson the 3rd round leader came in second and felt the sting of yet another opportunity to win slip through his fingers.
Gary Woodland secured his first tour victory at The Transition Championship in Tampa. He held on for a one stroke win over another potential 1st time winner, Webb Simpson. By winning, Gary a long hitting young player, earned his 1st trip to Augusta this week and must be STOKED!!!
At Arnold’s tournament, The Bay Hill Classic a young Scotsman played an extraordinary week of golf to secure his 2nd victory on tour. His 75 on Sunday was the highest final round score of an eventual winner the tour had seen in many years. His fortune was offset by Steve Marino’s late round collapse and further heartache while trying to get into the winners circle for the 1st time.
This past weekend found us in more familiar territory with Phil Mickelson turning on the after burners, making birdies in bunches and winning the Shell Houston Open by 3 shots over Chris Kirk and Scott Verplank and by 7 over the next closest competitors Steve Stricker and Aaron Baddeley.
That’s all for know and look for my Masters Preview piece later today.
In Good Health and Good Golf,
Terp Golf Dude