Well that was one hellava tournament. Again it’s great to see tough courses, tough conditions and high scores. These guys are supposed to be the best of the best (WGC should mean something), so I was happy to see guys aiming for par instead of being upset over their mediocre 65s. Anyways here are the winners and losers from this week at Doral.
Patrick Reed – This kid can play. Sure he looks like an overweight, unathletic 30-something out there but the fact is that he is 23 and just dominating these days. Make no mistake about it this was a legit win. This kind of victory is how guys win majors, specifically a US Open, where everyone is trying to tread water and he just kept on going. Not to mention he causally went wire to wire and was never in real jeopardy down the stretch. Kid kept his nerves in check for his biggest win of his very young career. If he keeps this up he will play himself into major contention and maybe even onto the Ryder Cup team (guy dominates match play).
Doral and The Donald – Completely redone course in under 12 months. Only 3 guys under par and only 2 more at even. Seriously the US Open might have more guys in the red. The lack of trees may make for fewer blocked shots, but wind, water and length all mixed to bring the “monster” moniker back to Doral. The Donald took this over and while the TV couldn’t get enough of him you have to give the guy credit who apparently played a large role in the redesign. Food for thought – he wants to add more water for 2015. Have fun guys.
Rory, Adam, Tiger – Talk about a mega letdown. Pair the top 3 in the world for the first 2 rounds and they just sucked. Combined for only 2 rounds under par between the 3 of them and while Tiger shot up the leaderboard on moving day with his 66 his back (and insanely inconsistent game) let him down on Sunday. All 3 finished T-25 at +5. I expect more from these guys and honestly so does the majority of people watching, not to mention the TV execs. Need to step it up boys.