PGA Tour: Farmers Insurance Open:
This week we had a Wednesday start at Torrey Pines. Let’s start with last week's winner Jon Rahm. Day one, we saw Rahm struggle, especially on the front 9. Rahm shot a plus-one to start the tournament. Day two and three, however, he went 67, 66 to climb way up the leaderboard and comfortably sit in second going into the final round on Saturday. Unfortunately for Rahm, his struggles on Wednesday reappeared Saturday, shooting plus two and dropping five spots to end tied in seventh. Now all things considered, a top-10 finish is still a good result, especially at Torrey Pines. Sam Ryder appeared atop the leaderboard for most of the week. Shooting low through day one and two and par day three. The final day looked like he could secure a win, playing even for the majority of the round. Things looked to be in his favour after Homa bogeyed No.14. Alas, The Pines got the best of Ryder on 15 after a miss hit off the tee and taking a double followed up by another miss hit on 17 and a bogey. His late shaky play sent him down the leaderboard to finish his round at +3 and the event in fourth. Speaking of Max Homa, he climbed the leaderboard day by day, shooting under par each day for a tournament score of -13. Homa grew up in California, so he had the home team crowd rooting for him the entire weekend. By the final day, Homa and Ryder were tied for first place, with Keegan Bradley, Colin Morikawa, and Sahith Theegala trailing very closely behind. As we mentioned earlier, Homa bogeyed 14, dropping back to 2nd place but followed up with a birdie on the 16th hole to regain the lead as Sam Ryder struggled through the last three holes. This was a big win for Homa, who won his first PGA Tour event as a father, making this his 6th win overall on the Tour.
DP World Tour: Hero Dubai Desert Classic:
Surely by now, you have heard about what is being called “Tee Gate” between Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy. Well, the feud continued on the course for all four days of the Hero Dubai Desert Classic, with McIlroy and Reed both shooting 66, 70 the first two days, and then both almost alternating scores the next two rounds with McIlroy shooting 65, 68, and Reed shooting 69, 65. Wherever Patrick Reed goes, the drama always seems to follow.
In true Patrick Reed fashion, a rules controversy came to light in his third round when he hit his tee shot into a tree and claimed he saw his ball in that tree so he would get a free drop. The rules officials confirmed that they saw a ball with his markings in the tree; however, many other balls were lodged in that tree. Of course, as soon as the internet got hold of this information, it blew up, and people started stating that his ball was in an entirely different tree. Regardless, Reed took his drop and made a bogey finishing the round with a 69 tied for 4th.
While Rory held the lead going into day four, Reed climbed the leader board finishing his round at 65 tied for 1st with McIlroy. However, as Reed was waiting patiently in the clubhouse Rory was finishing up on 18; after his tee shot just barely stayed in bounds from a water hazard, he pulled an iron to lay up, wedge to the green, and drained the birdie putt to win the tournament! This was McIlroy’s first Rolex Series win and a great way to start his 2023 season.
We’re now wondering if DP stands for “Drama Please”! What do you think?