Monday 3rd April 2017
Shell Houston Open
Quite a dramatic last day at the Houston Open. South Korea’s Sun Kang led teeing up on the 1st in the final round by 6 shots It seemed all he had to do was play par golf and let everyone else chase him home by shooting 7 birdies to take the title. Which is exactly what American Russell Henley did, but not only did he score 7 birdies to win he added another 3 just for good measure winning with a score of -20 3 shots ahead of Sun Kang.
Sun Kang was probably dreaming of the drive down Magnolia Drive the following week as the winner claimed the last place into this year’s Masters Tournament, but that most awesome drive now belongs to Henley and how he deserved it with 10 birdies in his last round to give him his 3rd PGA Tour win, move him to 11th in the Fedex Cup standings and moving him up to 61 in the World Rankings.
Nothing to report again this week.
The first Women’s Major Tournament of the year the ANA Inspiration ended in somewhat bizarre circumstances (see other news) with the eventual winner So Yeon Ryu holding of the resurgent challenge of Lexi Thomson on the 1st extra hole. Both ladies finished with a -14 in regular play.
The biggest talking point of the week has to be the 4 shot penalty handed out to Lexi Thomson during play of the final round of the ANA Inspiration.
A member of the public decided to email the tournament officials that they had seen Lexi replace her ball on the putting green in the wrong position.
Bearing in mind this was almost 24 hours after the incident took place the tournament officials scrutinised the incident and decide that an infringement had taken place which resulted in a 2 shot penalty and because Lexi had also signed for a wrong score on her card she was hit with another 2 shot penalty, resulting in the officials informing her as she walked off the 12th green that her score was now -12 and not the -16 that she had reached at that time. Leaving her 2 shots off the lead.
As you can imagine emotions were about to run very high and it wasn’t long before the crowd got to hear about the resulting decision and from that moment on “Lexi Lexi” was ringing around the course. None more so that when she reached the 18th green. The noise was almost deafening and very very emotional. The most amazing thing about all this was the way she kept her emotions in check to complete the round and fight back to end up in a playoff for the title. This was emphasised in the shot of the day which was acclaimed to be Lexi’s putt on the 13th hole after hearing of her fate. She holed out for birdie to immediately get one of her shots back.
Quite a week one way or the other. Let’s hope we get just as good a week but in pure golfing terms this week as we are all set for the Masters.
Have a great weeks golf and see you all next week.