Sergio Garcia stiffed his tee shot on the par 3 17th on the 1st and only playoff hole to edge Paul Goydos and capture the 35th THE PLAYERS Championship. Goydos' tee ball had ballooned to a water logged landing enabling Sergio three putts to win from four feet. He only used two. Garcia is only the 2nd European to win the title.
Confounding wind wreaked massive havoc all day with pretenders and contenders. Defending champ Phil Mickelson shot 78 to slip from 7th to 21st. Kenny Perry, tied for 3rd when he woke up this morning posted an 81 to land in 15th place. Jeff Quinney's -2, 70 put him in contention with three holes to go. On 18 Garcia's par acted like a birdie since Goydos and Quinney both bogeyed the hole from hell that averaged 4.85 strokes on the final day of play. That set up the Goydos/Garcia finale.
Great win for Garcia. It was his 1st P.G.A. victory in 53 events spanning three years. His putter didn't fail him down the stretch, evidenced by the pressure 7 footer on 18 he had to make to create the playoff. This should be a real confidence builder leading into the US Open. It was introduction to the world week for Paul Goydos. We got to take a liking to his game and his humor. I for one hope he gets more face time. He was a delight to watch and even more so to listen to. Don't feel too bad for Goydos. He pocketed $1,026,000.00 for his efforts. Garcia gets to figure out how to budget his pay day of $1,710,000.00. Average Golfer gets to decide if he wants fries with that.
Annika Nukes Field at Michelob Ultra Open
Annika Sorenstam's -5, (66), left her at -19 for the tournament and an overwhelming victory at The Michelob Ultra Open. Seven full shots back was a logjam for runner up consisting of Allison Fouch, Jeong Jang, Christina Kim, and Karen Stupples. Lorena Ochoa landed 12 back of Annika. Sorenstam's victory, her 3rd of the year, but 1st with Ochoa in the field, is a great stage setter for the rest of the L.P.G.A.'s season. This could get interesting. Rivalries are a blast to watch unfold.