On the first week of the West Coast swing, a Florida Gator decided to take home the trophy. The Honda Classic added another winner to the list of 2010, and with that we dive right into rips and shanks.
Camilo Villegas: Here is a stat that most golfers wish they could own -- so far this season, Villegas has yet to post an over-par round in a stroke play event. That continued all four days at the Honda, and a birdie on the last hole was just a little icing on his third career win.
Anthony Kim: Sure, he still couldn't pull out a victory, but Kim's second place finish was a reminder of how he has matured. A third round 73 (lowlighted by three closing bogeys) would have sent young Kim into a tizzy, but he held it together, gritted out a Sunday 67 and had his best finish since the opening event of 2009.
Justin Rose: A closing 64 tied the Honda Classic course record, but that doesn't totally tell the story. Rose must have thoroughly enjoyed his breakfast, because the Englishman came out with five birdies on his first six holes. He could only muster one birdie on the back, but he jumped 20 spots to finish in a tie for third, his best finish on the PGA Tour since June of 2008.
Sam Saunders: Normally a guy ranked 215th on the FedEx Cup list isn't going to be getting any accolades, but when you're the grandson of Arnold Palmer and you play some good golf, people talk. Saunders made his first paycheck on the PGA Tour at Pebble Beach, and was a closing round 73 away from finishing in the top-10 at the Honda. Still, a t-17 on the PGA Tour is something every granddad has to be proud of.
Vijay Singh's putting: No matter the level, it is nearly impossible to compete when you can't putt. Singh has always been in a little standoff with the putter, and this week was no difference. Tied for second in greens in regulation, Vijay never broke 29 putts in any of the rounds, and averaged two putts per green in regulation on Sunday.
J.B. Holmes' Sunday finish: Holmes has had a stellar start to his 2010 season. Two top-3s and no missed cuts to his credit. His finish at the Honda might be one of those things that could push the year downhill, however. In the second to last group, Holmes ended double-bogey, bogey, bogey, leading to a back nine 40.
Nathan Green's 17th: It was a tough day for Green before he teed off on the 17th at PGA National. Already 4-over on his day, with a water ball on the other par-3 on the back nine, Green came up short left, and took three shots to extract his golf ball from the watery abyss. Now with mud covering his pants, Green pitched on, made the putt, and walked off with a very costly triple-bogey. His back nine score on the par-3s? Five over.
Rickie Fowler: Earlier this week, I claimed Fowler is the guy most ready to be coined "the next Tiger Woods." The difference? Tiger doesn't miss cuts. Fowler missed his fourth cut of the season after a near win at last week's Waste Managment, showing that although he has tremendous talent, he desperately needs to work on the consistency.
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