Best of the Farmers Insurance Open and Qatar Masters
Some superlatives from an eventful week in golf including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Sergio Garcia.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were the story coming into last week and remained the story at the end of it. But plenty of other crazy things happened as well.
If you missed the last week in golf, here's a summary ...
Top three stories
1. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson don't finish at Torrey: For the first time since 1992 we had no Tiger and no Phil in the final round at Torrey. That unfortunately (but understandably) overshadowed a great final round.
2. We almost had the ultimate playoff: If Scott Stallings' ball had rolled a few feet more into the water on No. 18, we likely would have had our first six-man playoff since 2001. Alas, it stayed dry and no bonus golf was had.
3. Sergio Garcia wins again: Garcia ended 2013 with a win in Thailand and he's already picked up where he left off. He shot a final-round 65 to get into a playoff with Mikko Ilonen, which he won on the third hole. Garcia told Guardian he's thrilled with the W.
"I have always said this is a golf course I enjoy. Everybody here does such a great job to make us feel at home and I am very happy to finally get my hands on the trophy," said Garcia.
Scott Stallings joined Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Webb Simpson, Keegan Bradley and Anthony Kim in the "under 30 with three or more PGA Tour wins" club. Impressive stuff from the 28-year-old.
Sergio Garcia won for the 11th time in his European Tour career and the first since 2011. He's now No. 9 in the world, which is the highest he's been since 2009.
Steve Webster made an albatross to open the Qatar Masters, which means he was 3 under after his first hole, but since there's no video of it we'll go with Billy Horschel's eagle on No. 18 at Torrey Pines.
With the tournament on the line, Gary Woodland drove his ball out of bounds on No. 17 Saturday at Torrey Pines.
Tiger Woods overreaction of the week
There were so many but this was my favorite:
Tiger Woods = post-Buster Mike Tyson.... I'm so frustrated and depressed. #damnit— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) January 25, 2014
Scorecard of the week
Jim Herman shot a 66 on Thursday with zero birdies:
John Daly really wore SpongeBob SquarePants pants at the Qatar Masters:
"Yo, I'm going to a golf tournament this week, I think I'll rock this neon shirt that talks about slutty girls"
Cool shirt, brah - pic.twitter.com/CmvxfhdKJa— Kyle Porter (@KylePorterCBS) January 24, 2014
"The kid has got talent." -- Tiger Woods on Jordan Spieth after watching him shoot 63 in the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open
Best quote (Part II)
"I think I'm just getting old." -- Phil Mickelson on his bad back at the Farmers Insurance Open
Rap of the week
This on Keegan Bradley was incredible.
The winner gets ...
Scott Stallings took home $1.10 million for winning the Farmers Insurance Open.
Sergio Garcia took home $417,313 for winning the Qatar Masters.
Stat of the week
With his MDF we were reminded that Tiger Woods has won more times at Torrey Pines (and Bay Hill and Bridgestone) (8) than he has missed cuts in the United States (7). That's silly.
This of Tiger Woods at the Farmers Insurance Open is pretty terrific.
I'm a sucker for dads-hoisting-kids-after-wins moments, like this one from Scott Stallings:
Scott Stallings birdies 18 to get to -9, then shares a great moment with his son. Could be our winner. pic.twitter.com/5G2GtAUx51— Will Gray (@WillGrayGC) January 26, 2014
Robert Garrigus was very happy about this putt (via @adamsarson)
A $100 bet on Scott Stallings to win the Farmers Insurance Open would have yielded a $20,000 payday because Stallings was 200-1 to win at Torrey Pines.
Not to harp on it (OK, I'm harping on it) but Tiger was 5-2 to win the Farmers Insurance Open and he didn't even play on Sunday.
Best of Twitter
In n Out burger for Tiger. Double-double.— Cameron Morfit (@CameronMorfit) January 25, 2014
A look at Tiger's swing today on the Konica-Minolta Bizhub Swingvision camera. (Welcome back… http://t.co/6xNigH0wGk— Ryan Ballengee (@RyanBallengee) January 25, 2014
If Graham DeLaet's beard gets any longer, the USGA is going to want to use it at Pinehurst.— Adam Sarson (@Adam_Sarson) January 26, 2014
Koepka is looking to recover in less than three months to play at Augusta National
Thomas Pieters and his Ryder Cup partner could go at it for a title this weekend
Phil Mickelson returns and the Web.com Tour is cleaning up
Lefty returns at the CareerBuilder Challenge this week
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