Tiger Woods wrapped up his first 4-round tournament since 2015, and boy was it exciting seeing the Sunday red especially on someone other than Reed. Tiger finished Sunday’s round with an even par 72. He finished the week with a total score -3 under par. Shooting rounds of 72-71-70-72 for the week at Torrey. Tiger grinded all week, and I mean GRINDED. The driving issues were apparent on the first hole Thursday. His short game however, was majestic. For a player who hasn’t played competitive golf in a long sustained time, Tiger chipped and putted great. How’d the fusion back hold up? Strong as hell. Ripping shots this week with recoil that would hurt a limber 20-year old. It was amazing seeing how far he was hitting the ball. Blowing it past Hoffman and Reed, who are not short on Tour. The 2018 season for Tiger looks to be promising. With some work on the range, Tiger will tweak the driving issues, and iron accuracy. He has added the power-fade to his arsenal. What seems to be a growing “go too” shot for players these day’s. The fade still needs some work. With all being said it was a big week for Tiger, and for golf. Having a healthy Tiger in the field each week will only add to the highly anticipated golf season.
The defending champion Jon Rahm isn’t taking over the world #1 ranking anytime soon. Credit to Justin Ray of the Golf Channel, Rahm shot his 2nd-highest round on the PGA Tour today. Shooting a 77. His weekend rounds were not pretty. Shooting 75 yesterday, and 77 today. Not ideal for a guy who shot 68 and 66 on Thursday and Friday.
Jon Rahm: 77 today, ties 2nd-highest round on PGA Tour. After a 10-round stretch where he made total of 10 bogeys/worse, world no. 2 had 12 in the last 2 days.— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) January 28, 2018
A Sunday evening tied for the lead at Torrey makes an already hard golf course, even harder. Jason Day, Alex Noren, Ryan Palmer, and J.B. Holmes were all itching to take the lead. It was a roller coaster finish for all four players. Golf is hard enough, but when you add pressure the game becomes even more challenging. A side note to the finish. We have to do something about pace of play. We cannot have 6-hour rounds. Put a damn shot clock on J.B. Holmes. He iced Noren, and then duffed his lay-up shot. Not good for golf! Even fellow tour players had choice words about the situation that was an embarrassment.
Most tour players aren’t slow but because of a handful of slow ones we all get a bad rep— Daniel Berger (@DanielBerger59) January 28, 2018
Last group was over a hole behind, we can all blame JB…and yes the player should take responsibility for their pace of play, but if they don’t that’s why we have Tour officials – they needed to step in a while ago IMO.— Luke Donald (@LukeDonald) January 28, 2018
Third straight week on tour we’ve had a playoff. Free golf is never bad, but when it’s 9-hours long that’s a problem. It was a 3-man playoff between Jason Day, Alex Noren, and Ryan Palmer. Day and Noren both birdied the first hole, while Palmer made a par. I will say this until I am blue in the face, but I cannot figure out why golf doesn’t start on the first tee and play until someone loses. Day and Noren went 5-holes until it was called for darkness. It was a Monday finish at Torrey Pines, and has become the year of the playoff. For the long rounds yesterday, today was quick and easy. Jason Day took out Noren on the first playoff hole. Noren went for it in two, and came up short in the water. This is Jason Day’s first win in 20-months. Strange to look back to 2016, and just forget how dominate J-Day was. Adding him into the mix of contenders in 2018 will be electric. For a guy who battled in 2017, it’s good to see him back in the winners circle, and hopefully healthy for the remainder of the 2018 season.