Grading the Greenbrier Classic
Tom Watson, Bubba Watson, Jonas Blixt and Louis Oosthuizen score high marks.
How did Jonas Blixt celebrate having exactly zero top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this season at the Greenbrier Classic? He went out and won the thing, of course.
In fact, Blixt had missed as many cuts (eight) as he had made this year and had a high-water mark of only T11 in May at the Crowne Plaza Invitational.
But after Johnson Wagner and Jimmy Walker both failed to make holes-in-one on the 72nd hole (they both needed them to tie) Blixt, who had just shot his third straight 67, talked to David Feherty.
"Just one week and the whole year kind of turns around," said Blixt. "I'm just so happy because now I get to go home and see my family. So many dreams come true."
For two days Tom Watson gave us a little dream of our own as fans too. The man we thought just showed up to announce who would assist him in captaining the 2014 Ryder Cup team (Andy North) said to hell with token appearances and competed the first two days.
After Friday he was 3 under and only six back of the lead. The 63-year-old was tantalizingly close to putting himself in a position to become the oldest PGA Tour winner in history by over 10 years.
He wasn't even pleased with his performance over the first two days! "My putter was very balky today," Watson told Golf Channel after a second-round 69.
He proceeded to take himself out of it with a 72 on Saturday but finished with a silky 67 on Sunday for a T38 finish. What a story from a man seemingly full of incredible stories.
Here are our grades for the Greenbrier Classic:
|A||Jonas Blixt will play in the British Open in two weeks, which, according to Justin Ray of ESPN, will be Blixt's first career major. That doesn't seem possible.|
|A||Nothing in the 70s all week from Louis Oosthuizen. Oosthuizen has struggled with injuries in the last few months, so it's good to see him find some form. Finishes T17 after two straight WDs.|
|A||Twenty-two putts Sunday for Tom Watson capped off a pretty incredible week at the Greenbrier Classic. He finished T38, but I promise there wasn't a single person not rooting for him to win.|
|B||Bubba Watson narrowly won the competition of the Watsons as he finished 5 under to Tom Watson's 4 under. It's Watson's fifth straight top-40 finish.|
|C||Justin Leonard shot an 82 on Sunday, which was obviously horrific, but his other three days were actually pretty good. He was 5 under coming into Sunday before a back nine of 45.|
|D||Phil Mickelson doesn't get an "F" because he shot a 68 on Friday but still, for him to miss the cut in a field as weak as this one is not good form.|
|I||John Daly withdrew for the 38th time in his PGA Tour career and had a nice little spat with Jason Sobel of Golf Channel on Twitter. He didn't finish his second round.|
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