PGA Update & Honda Classic Pick
The last 2 weeks on the PGA Tour have been high drama and a decent substitute for Sunday football TV. At the AT&T Pro Am, at Pebble Beach, Jonas Blixt, Vaughn Taylor and Phil Mickelson went down to the wire. Blixt made a charge early but couldn’t keep draining putt after putt and fizzled toward the end. Vaughn Taylor, who hadn’t won since 2004 and better yet, was an alternate to even play in the tournament, kept pouring in putts to post 17 under. Then, after the announcing crew described it as a forgone conclusion, Mickelson missed a 7 foot putt on 18 to force a playoff. Vaughn Taylor was the victor (highlights below).
Last week, the Northern Trust Open featured the best names in the game including Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson and Adam Scott. And if it wasn’t for Spieth’s 79 on Thursday, it would have been a star studded Sunday finish as all others had a shot at the trophy. Rory faded early and Dustin never really made a charge. However, Adam Scott was able to go low early and finish with an exclamation point (see video below). In the end, Bubba would not be denied. He two putted 18 to seal his 9th career victory.
This week, we should be in for more drama come Sunday evening at the Honda Classic. Last year featured a playoff between Padraig Harrington, 3 time major winner, and Daniel Berger, an up and coming PGA Tour talent. Our pick this week is Russell Henley, who has won, tied for 13th and tied for 44th the last three years at the Honda Classic.