Hideki Matsuyama steals show in great week of golf
Rory McIlroy? Nope. Adam Scott? Negative. Bubba Watson? Bye. It was 22-year-old Hideki Matsuyama who took over golf at Muirfield Village last week.
There was a lot going on in sports over the weekend so I can't blame you if you missed out on Hideki Matsuyama's big win or Stacy Lewis taking the No. 1 spot in the world again or Henrik Stenson almost winning in Sweden.
Here's a look at everything you missed:
1. You can throw in Hideki Matsuyama with Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, etc.: At 22, the Japanese kid is going to be one of the stars of the sport. I thought this after his top 10 at the British Open last season. Npw I know it.
He shot a 69 down the stretch to hold off Adam Scott and Bubba Watson (big-ish names, I guess) and take his first PGA Tour win.
When you hit shots like this, you more than deserve it.
Oh, and he moved to No. 13 in the world and was kind enough to come back after his win and take a photo with a woman he smoked on No. 18 in the playoff. What a dude.
2. Oh, Bubba: There's never a dull moment when you're playing Bubba Golf. That was on full display at Muirfield Village all week. Bubba said Saturday he's just trying to play in the 60s every day. He shot a 72 on Sunday and it was not pretty.
Like "drive one into somebody's backyard and a dog tried to snack on it" not pretty.
At least Bubba owned it afterwards.
"The bad decision, trying to be a hero," Watson said. "It's not a comfortable tee shot for me because I like to cut it, but I was trying to go over the tree with a cut and I just pulled it."
3. Stacy Lewis, No. 1 again: Lewis crushed the ShopRite LPGA Classic by six strokes and regained the No. 1 spot in the world on the women's side of things.
Here's how the past four No. 1s have looked:
Yani Tseng: 109 weeks
Stacy Lewis: 4 weeks
Inbee Park: 59 weeks
Stacy Lewis: Current
We'll see how long she can hold on to it.
4. Never a dull moment with Rory McIlroy: The Ulsterman shot a 63 on Thursday and then fell flat on his face on Friday. Maybe it was this crazy profile photo change from Caroline Wozniacki?
I mean, it probably wasn't but seriously, take a look at McIlroy's scorecards in stroke play events on the PGA Tour this season:
He is literally a single leaky round in each tournament from about four wins.
5. Matsuyama won without a driver in his bag: On the 72nd hole Matsuyama hit a drive a little off his line of choice and dropped his driver.
He didn't slam it or throw it. He barely even let it go and the thing just snapped in two.
He would have been able to grab a new driver based on USGA Decision 4-3/12 but he opted for the 3-wood and it ended up helping him win the tournament.
6. Oh, Bubba Part II: He's now 0 for 5 with a 54-hole solo lead and 2 for 9 with any 54-hole lead at all. That shouldn't take away from his year as much as it should point out how uneven Bubba Golf is.
The highs are high as hell but so are the lows. It's entertaining, at least.
7. Kevin Na had to wait on somebody else! I forgot to mention this in my postgame recap on Sunday but the irony of Kevin Na finishing his round two hours before the leaders came in and having to wait for what probably felt like forever for the playoff to start was just incredible.
Na is well known for his slow play and it appears the golf gods are aware of it.
8. This exchange defied modern broadcasting as we know it: Or maybe it redefined it. Either way, it was spectacular.
9. Nick Watney hit a fan in the neck: My gosh, that looks awful. At least he got a signed glove from Nick Watney, I guess?
Best part of the weekend was seeing Nick Watney plug a guy in the neck on hole 15 with his drive. SORRY! pic.twitter.com/1cTjQtjbxL— Ross Babbert (@Babs_22) June 2, 2014
10. Thongchai Jaidee beat a pair of golfers in a Swedish playoff: The 44-year-old held off Victor Dubuisson and Stephen Gallacher after shooting a filthy final-round 65 at the Nordea Masters on the European Tour. World No. 2 Henrik Stenson, by the way, finished two shots out of the playoff.
Gallacher thought the win was lovely for Jaidee. No really, he thought it was lovely.
"I holed a lovely putt on the last after lipping out on both 16 and 17. Jaidee just hit a lovely shot there, or lovely three shots, on the last, which was playing really tough."
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