Okay guys here is a recap of what I saw on the final day of our 4th Major.
Congratulation to the Commish on his first win this year. Mario and Jerry ended up tied for first place at the end of the tournament. Both player decided to head back out on the course for a match play playoff. It was fun watching these guys go back and forth with the lead. Mario was up by 1 after the first day and got a 3 stroke bump between there handicaps, so he started with 4 strokes up. After 9 holes Jerry had cut that margin down to 1 stroke with a real nice birdie on hole #9. After 10 & 11 the Commish was still up by 1 then on hole # 12 Mario put his drive in the fairway bunker on the left. This was really weird because he never leaves anything on the left side. He has that power fad that he plays form left to right that just hung out there. Jerry took advantage of that and had a 2 stroke swing on the hole that put Jerry in the lead by 1. Mario answered right back with a par on the par 5 13th that made them all square. They pushed then next two holes and then Mario went up by 1. Our group owned the 16th hole par 3 that was playing 190 yards. All four of us were on the green off the box and made par. (I only mentioned this because unfortunately I don’t see this that much. I should ask myself what is the common denominator? Yea, Yea I know!!) Mario stumbled a bit missing a makeable putt on 17 to tie it up again. Both got favorable bounces off the right side of the fairway on 18, kicking their tee shots into the fairway. I don’t remember if Mario was on in 4 or not, but I believe he had about a 10 footer for bogie that he made. Jerry I believe was on in 4 or just off the back of the green looking at an uphill slightly right turn 70+ footer. He got it up the hill, but left a testy 12 – 15 footer for the tie. He lined it up and was ready to pull the trigger, but backed off and adjusted his alignment. He got set up again and nailed it in the back of the cup. The Commish shot a net 68 with a 1 stroke lead going into the last round. Jerry shot a net 67 for the tie for 1st place. We should all start praying to get paired up with Vic Dawg in either a last day of a Major or in any tournament. Statics show that the declared champion has been paired with Vic’s group 8 or more times this year. Don’t let any of these guys come rubbing up on you now Vic. Well… unless you want them to!!
The Match Play Playoff… If you didn’t stay around to watch, then you missed out. Raul, Joe, Vic, and myself were there to root both Jerry, and the Commish on. Vic was on Mario’s bag and I was on Jerry’s. Both players I am sure were nerves. Mario confirmed afterward that the pressure was definitely there, but I couldn’t tell by the way he played. He was first to tee off and smashed one down the right side of the fairway on # 1. This was perfect because the fairway slopes right to left and gave him a favorable kick into the middle of the fairway. Jerry was next and put one down the middle just like he did all day long. Jerry did not connect as well on his next shot, and placed it just past the trees on the right about 25 yards in front of the bunkers. The pin on hole #1 had a back hole placement today. Mario was up next and didn’t waste any time. He drew upon that power fad of his and put it on about 35 feet away. Jerry was up next. He was bout 80 – 90 feet away with sand bunkers in front of him that he had to carry. He lined his shot up, and I believe he hit under the ball because he was able to carry the bunkers, but was just on the green, leaving himself an uphill 70 footer. Both Vic and I were helping our players read the green for their next shots. Jerry was up first and I am not sure how, but we miscommunicated the line. He put a good roll on it but left it pin high I would say about 12 ft. to the left. Mario was next and his put was off line as well. He was above the hole about 10 ft. out. Jerry knew that he needed to make his next putt to apply some pressure on the Commish. He had an uphill putt that looked like it would turn slightly left. I helped him line it up to the right edge of the cup. He had put a good pace on it, but it just stayed out to the right. Mario know knew that he had two strokes to get it in for the win. He snuggled his next shot up within a couple of inches and then taped it in for the win. Both of these guys had a great round and this Match Play Playoff was a great way to determine our Champion … The Commish.