I wanted that to be the end of the post, because I think he is awesome, but that would have left a lot unsaid. Another time I will tell the story of when I caddied for a friend on The Senior Tour and played with Palmer. Also a story where The King watched me hit balls and talked to me.
Bay Hill has a few of the design issues I have a problem with, but it is such a good course over all, how can you not like it? Maybe the fact it was built so long ago as most courses built after 1990 are just bad…but I digress…as usual.
I usually don’t say this about Tour players with homemade swings, but Spencer Levin has gone as far as he is going to with that action. He needs to clean up his transition or he will continue to struggle when he has a chance to win. I am not suggesting a swing change. I mean clean up the transition. He sets the club in a different place every swing. Your average 5-10 handicap sets the club in the same place every time. so do most 15’s that play regularly. By definition, if you are setting it in a different place every time, it’s not a repeatable swing.
Tiger continues to prove to me that he is too swing conscious. That shot he hit on 18 Sunday is just not something he does…or did. He essentially had one good round where he made everything and one 17 hole round. That is not going to cut it at Augusta and sure as hell won’t cut it at the US Open.
I am calling for a missed cut and a 25th place finish in those two events as an over/under.
I think Martin Laird is solid and will win more. I am really rooting for Marino to win soon, I really like his game and the way he plays.
What a wild finish. First no one wanted to win, then they both played hard and hit some awesome shots. The scores and difficulty of the course were almost like a major championship.
Marino’s birdie on 18 after his debacle at 17 showed me he isn’t quite there yet, but has what it takes.
Laird playing the last 4 holes two under was also great to watch. Birdie, birdie, awesome up and down for par, two putt from 90 feet. Nice finish.
He often lifts it with his arms to the outside, but gets it right at impact.
So much for “Low and Slow” and “Inside/Out”