Some highlights throughout the final round and a little recap of our stellar picks.
- Vijay, in all his mighty Fijianness(yay for new words) had a great day shooting a final round 67. Vijay was able to birdie the 18th hole with a 10 foot putt to claim the victory over Steve Stricker. His final run for the lead was started on the back 9 with three straight birdies, which really set the stage for his victory. What’s even more amazing was that Vijay took a good deal of time off after his win at the FedEx Cup. He was not only able to play after 3 months off but he was also able to win in a field that was made up of some of the best golfers out there.
- Finishing third overall was Anthony Kim. He was the 54-hole leader coming into this round and still shot remarkably well, except for those two consecutive double bogeys on the 14th and 15th. The par-3 where A.K. hit his 7 iron short into the water was pretty disappointing especially after the 14th where he drove right into some bushes. Even though by now I totally realized I had no shot at K.J. Choi coming back. I was definitely pulling for A.K., but it seemed he didn’t have the gas to create a strong finish.
- I realize I am going 1,3 and 2, but Steve Stricker isn’t very exciting for me. Sorry to disappoint all you Steve Stricker fans out there, but I totally respect his game, he just doesn’t have the flare most other golfers have. He played some solid rounds of golf this week, ending up 71-71-68-68, talk about consistency, jesus. I will just say he’s a damn solid putter and hits the ball with ungodly amounts of straightness (creating grammar and words all over the place today) but there’s just no zing…
- I’d like to give some props to Luke Donald who played pretty damn well this week as well. This is his first time back since his wrist surgery and he was playing extremely well. Except for the one TOTAL miss-hit on a par 3(and I’m totally forgetting which one at the moment) you could not tell this was his first competitive round since his surgery. Welcome back Luke.
- Unfortunately for Jim Furyk, his time off did not help him as much. If you saw him in the early rounds he was a force to be reckoned with, unfortunately the rust caught up to him and he hit a few errant shots all over the course on Sunday. It’s unfortunate he didn’t keep the momentum going, but perhaps we will see a new Jim Furyk in the 2009 season.
- I was glad to see at least ONE of my predictions came somewhat close to fruition. Hunter Mahan played pretty damn well throughout the entire tourney and finished T-3 with A.K. this week. He’s just a great overall player with a lot of promise in the coming years.
Our ability to pick a winner still needs some tweaking but our picks for the week didn’t turn out too poorly. Spencer and Josh both had Anthony Kim at T-3. Kenny Perry and K.J. Choi didn’t end up to well, T-14 and T-9 respectively. At least Hunter Mahan scored well and came in for T-3 at least supporting my statement of a top 3 finish!