That course was hard. I have never seen so many double bogeys and DFO’s made by the players on the first page of the leaderboard.
I don’t think I have seen course in recent memory in any tournament that allowed so many birdie opportunities for well played shots and so many double bogey opportunities for the slightest loss of focus.
Usually major championships are par and bogey fests with very few birdie opportunities, but most mistakes ended up in bogeys.
IMO, that is the way golf should be played. Good shots end up in birdie opportunities and bad shots end up in a 1/2 shot penalty and really bad shots end up in disaster. All too often in majors, good shots get unlucky and end up in disaster and on many of the new golf courses, bad shots get funneled back into play.
Going into Sunday, the leaderboard was very intriguing. Young, relative nobodies, that only hard core golf fans know. Two near seniors that have been long time winners, just never any majors…then you get to three straight major winners at the bottom of the first page.
(I write the following paragraphs early Sunday before anyone has played)
Playing analyst, I have no confidence in anyone until you get to Adam Scott and the three major winners, but they are all 5-6 shots back…which would lead me to say whoever doesn’t lose it will win.
I really want to see Steve Stricker win. It would validate my opinion that he has the simplest swing on Tour and maybe him winning a major at 44 would get golf fans admiring his swing and maybe that would get the golfing public off of Sergio’s lag, Dustin Johnson’s bowed wrist and all of the other ridiculous schemes to generate power.
Straight and solid not only leads to lower scores, but also to a longer AVERAGE drive as more will be hit solid with a simple move versus some contortion that creates a an “OOOOOH, AHHHHHHHHH” 1 out of 20 times.
I honestly wrote the first paragraph above early on Sunday. I realize these are all great players, but this is what happens when the course is scary and second tier players who have not won majors before are contending….but I didn’t think it was going to be that bad.
Brenden Steele…77 with an eagle…oops. Sounds like something I would do.
15 is nothing but an easy par 4.
I have to hand it to Bradley, he followed his triple with birdie-birdie and was great in the playoff.
I feel bad for Dufner. He is going to have some sleepless nights for a few days…or decades.