This Labor Day weekend they held a Boston Tee Party, and what a happening is was.
Take the setting. The Tournament Players Club Boston is one of the most photogenic courses on tour – it’s got a reachable par five 18th, wild grasses of all colors, forests, water hazards, and it just looks great!
No sooner had Tiger Woods opened with a 64 to take the first round lead than 21 year old Seung-Yul Noah came in with a 62 before fading to a 13t.
Woods was in the thick of it for most of the tournament before finishing two back of Rory McIlroy. Tiger performed well on the weekend, shooting rounds of 68-66, something he hasn’t been able to do at the majors of late. He also hit the ball well, finishing 2t in GIR while hitting 57 of 72, but once again suffered on the greens. Finally, Woods crossed $100 million in career earnings, putting him $94.6 million ahead of Jack Nicklaus!
The leaderboard was the kind you’d like to see at a major championship. 1) Rory McIlroy, 2) Louis Oosthuizen, 3) Tiger Woods, 4) Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson. Three of the top five are multiple major winners, Oosthuizen (with one) will likely become one, and Johnson should/could have won a couple by now.
Anytime McIlroy is in contention we are bombarded with swing sequences and commentary on the sheer brilliance of his move through the ball. This week, however, McIlroy won because of his work on the greens as he was only 35t in GIR among the 78 who made the cut. On the 24 greens that he missed, he managed to save par 17 times.
Louis Oosthuizen owned Sunday, shooting a 63 that featured a string of seven straight birdies on holes 4-10. He then cooled off and played even par for the last 26 holes to finish one back. Still, he had a chance to win at the end, but his putt on the 72nd hole slid by the edge of the cup.
Phil Mickelson finished 4t, his first top 10 in his last nine events, by averaging 27.75 putts per round – a performance that was attributable to his experiment with the claw grip.
Finally, the most replayed moment on Sunday came when Charl Schwartzel set the record for the world’s fastest four putt – from start to finish, the putts took only 18 seconds. Charl was able to set the record because his first putt was so close and because he basically did not try on the last three. His four putt led to a 79, but he recovered for a 71 on Monday to barely qualify (68th of 70) for the next round of the FedExCup.
Schwartzel’s four putt
1 — 3’ — Gave it a full effort. 270 lip out.
2 — 1’, 9” - Hit it quickly with an open stance. Lip out #2.
3 - 2’, 7” — Hit it left handed even though his putter is not straight across the back. Missed it 2-3 inches to the left.
4 — 6” — Taps in.