Van Sickle to the Rescue?
I just submitted this question to Gary Van Sickle, the epochal golf writer.
Dawn: What a great event! Emiliano Grillo, who won our award for Most Courageous Round two years ago, prevailed in a dramatic playoff to claim victory in his very first start as a PGA Tour member. Despite doing his best imitation of the Wolverines vs the Spartans on the 73rd hole, Emiliano hung tough and clinched the deal on the 74th.
I have to pat myself on the back for my calls regarding the three rookies. I predicted Grillo would have the best finish among he and Harold Varner and Smylie Kaufman: “It will be interesting to see how those three perform this weekend. My money is on Grillo, as he has European Tour experience.”
To follow up on my Players to Watch:
- Grillo won.
- Kaufman got a top ten in his first start as a PGA Tour member.
- Varner floundered on Sunday, but that sometimes happens, especially when you find yourself in contention in your first year on Tour. He should write it off to a learning experience, and think no more about it.
- Rory had a bland, forgettable tournament, ’nuff said.
- Justin Thomas played four solid rounds, which was not usually the case last year. He would play three or three-and-a-half good rounds, but shoot himself in the foot with one bad stretch. This solid performance bodes well for the new season. Had he made two more putts somewhere along the way, he would have been lifting the trophy.
Dusk: Finchem STILL Clings to Past:
A new PGA Tour season has begun, but Tim Finchem has ordered his minions to continue to shill for Tiger Woods. Woods, who has one top ten in the past two years, who is ranked #342 in the world, is still the player featured on the PGA Tour website’s Player page:
As we begin this new season, Finchem still features Woods, who has not won since… well, you have to go back four seasons now. Still, Finchem highlights Woods instead of the 22-year-old winner of two majors and Player of the Year, Jordan Spieth. Jason Day, wins five events including a major, and he is left off completely — so that Finchem can highlight Woods.