Golf Talk With Greg Holman – #19

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Before we talk about the World Golf Championship at the Concession Golf Course in Bradenton, Florida this past weekend I wanted to give you an update on Tiger Woods. As you probably know, Tiger was seriously injured in a one car crash last Tuesday the 23rd of February when he rolled his SUV after traveling at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was totaled and Tiger had to be extricated from the wreckage and rushed to the hospital where he was treated for a broken leg and ankle. The surgery was a complete success and Tiger is recuperating. At the time of the accident, he was recuperating from back surgery. Many thought he would mark his return at the 2021 Masters in April. That certainly won’t happen now, it’s possible that he could miss the entire season.

In respect for Woods many of the pros wore Tiger’s traditional black pants and red shirt on the final day of the tournament in Bradenton this past weekend, Rory Mcllroy and Patrick Ried looked like twins since they were paired together in the final round. Eventual winner Collin Morikawa, the residing PGA champion was not dressed in black and red even though Tiger has always been his favorite player and hero. He was planning to, but his clothes shipped to him did not arrive in time. Morikawa played a round that would make Tiger proud though, with a two shot lead going into the final round, Morikawa forced everyone to chase him and they never did catch him on a course where birdies were rare. His 3 under 69 was good enough for a 3 shot victory, but just at a punctuation mark, Collin sank a ten foot putt on the last hole for birdie. With the win Morikawa became only the second golfer under the age of 25 to win a major and a World Golf Championship title. The other golfer, Tiger Woods. Collin is 24, Woods was 23 at the time.

Three golfers tied for second this past weekend. Brooks Koepka, Billy Horschel, who was playing in the group with Morikawa, and Viktor Hovland from Norway who fired one of the best final rounds of the day 5 under par, which could have been a lot better had it not been for 3 bogies, 2 on par 3 holes. Mcllroy finished 1 under on the last day for a 12 under total, which was good for a tie for 6th. Of the notables which include Patrick Ried who tied for 9th, Tony Finau in 14th, and Justin Thomas who just hasn’t had his game since the homophobic slur.

The Arnold Palmer Invitational is this weekend.

The weather is turning warmer across central Missouri so if you get chance hit the links! Hopefully you’ve been taking my advice and practicing you putting in the off season!