Chip-In’s (The Good)
Patrick Reed is confident. That’s good. Some will say he’s cocky and some will say he’s delusional. It doesn’t matter what you think of the guy just know he has won three PGA Tour events in the past eight months and has moved to #20 in the World Golf Rankings. He will be playing in his first major coming up in April so here at Front9Back9 Golf Blog we’ll reserve out judgment until we see what he does at Augusta. Again, I don’t want to overlook the fact he just beat one of the strongest fields in golf in winning the WGC Cadillac Championship.
Chesson Hadley Wins in Puerto Rico, Earns Two Year Exemption
Donald Trump had a good weekend with his golf course portfolio. First, the WGC Cadillac Championship was taking place at his famed Trump National Doral. But down in Puerto Rico, there was another PGA Tour event going on at the Trump International Puerto Rico. Chesson Hadley outlasted a field of PGA Tour pros who didn’t make it to the WGC event and ended up earning himself a two year exemption with his first PGA Tour win. Hadley shot a four day total 21-under par in hoisting the Puerto Rico Open trophy. Hadley will be back in the field this week at the Valspar Championship so let’s see if his momentum will carry over to Innisbrook.
Chunks (The Bad)
Tiger Woods Finishes the Tournament But Looks Old Doing It
After WD’ing from The Honda Classic last week, Tiger Woods was able to get his back spasms in order in time to defend the WGC Cadillac Championship on the renovated Doral course. The problem though, besides the tournament best 66 he shot on Saturday, he looked terrible pretty much all week. On Sunday though, he looked 30-years older than he actually is, limping and grimacing around the course on his way to a final round 78. I’m starting to really question whether Tiger Woods will ever be the same. He’s had no top-10 finishes this year and back problems aren’t something to mess with. They can come up at anytime and you just never know when they can flare up. He has this week off and is scheduled to play Bay Hill in two weeks, then onto Augusta to try and pick up his next major. But the way he’s swinging I’m really starting to doubt if he’ll ever get to 18.
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