Recap: The weekend at the Honda Classic saw plenty unfold over the course of the two days. Rickie Fowler, who played magnificent golf the first two days, struggled to get it going and shot a 4-over par 74 on Saturday. Both Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia were able to pull away from the field Saturday. Scott grew the lead to as many as 3 on Saturday but proceeded to take a quadruple bogey on the par 3 15th hole. Coming into Sunday, Garcia and Scott were tied and Blayne Barber started 4 shots behind and Fowler finishing 5 shots off the lead. Sunday began with Scott rolling in a birdie at the first hole and he was able to stretch his lead to two thru 8 holes. Scott proceeded to bogey his next two holes and him and Garcia were even early on the back nine. Headed into the “Bear Trap” (holes 15-18), Scott held a one shot lead into the tough par 3 17th. Sergio pulled his iron left and Adam hit his tee shot to 18 feet. This led to a bogey for Garcia and gave a two shot lead to Scott with one hole to play. After both found the fairway on the par 5 18th, Scott laid up and found the green with a wedge while Sergio went for the green and pulled his second shot well left into the crowd. He was able to get up and down for birdie but it wasn’t enough as Scott two putted for victory. This is Scott’s 12th PGA Tour victory and first since May of 2014. I love Adam and I think he a hell of a player. I believe he will win another major at some point in his career but I want to talk about Sergio.
Sergio had a share the 54-hole lead entering Sunday. Sergio did what he does best, choke. He hasn’t won on the PGA Tour since 2012. He has had numerous 54-hole leads since then but hasn’t been able to finish. He folded under the pressure of the back nine again making bad swing after bad swing. He missed two critical greens on 16 and 17 and wasn’t even close to giving himself a chance at eagle on 18. He is not clutch. One of his most memorable moments was at the 2013 Players Championship while holding a share of the lead going to the 17th on Sunday, he put two balls in the water and proceeded to finish in 8th place. Its been well documented that he has never won a major and is argued as one of the best to never have done so. He has finished runner-up four times.
Shot of the Day: I decided to choose two shots of the day (I know, not fair). First is Justin Thomas chipped in for eagle on the par 5, 3rd hole. He hit a beautiful little flop shot to a close pin, landed just on the green and it rolled in perfectly. My second shot of the day is Adam Scott’s shot on the par 3 17th. With Sergio pulling his iron left of the bunker, the door was open for Scott to give himself a comfortable lead going into the last hole. Scott hit an absolute beautiful shot right at the pin, challenging the water and hitting it to 18 feet. That sealed the eventual victory.
Looking ahead: Next week, the PGA Tour heads to Doral for WGC Cadillac Championship. This is one of the premier stops on tour with fun golf course and field. The field features the worlds best including Speith, Watson, Fowler, Scott, McIlroy and more.
Prediction: With this skilled of a field predicting a winner is always tough. I think that the winners from the previous two weeks in Bubba and Adam Scott will have good showings along with Justin Rose. A sleeper to watch out for this week is Emiliano Grillo who has a win earlier this year and has made two straight cuts. He ranks 2nd in Total Driving this season and Doral demands long and straight drives.
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