It's unfortunate that golf has a negative reputation, particularly as a spectator sport. For me, there are few things more exciting than watching the best golfers in the world pick apart the toughest courses around the world. Spectators were in for a real treat this week with the Transitions Championship from Florida as four different players lead at the end of each round. On Sunday, Luke Donald claimed the victory and retook his spot as the top ranked player of the world from Rory McIlroy.
Donald had gotten off to somewhat of a tepid start in 2012 prior to the Transitions. He lost in the first round at the WGC Match Play event in Arizona; an event that he won in 2011. Donald's other performances had been sufficient but not stellar. However, he turned that around with a brilliant showing in the final round on Sunday. The golfer was always in contention but never actually leading the tournament. He was able to shoot a bogey free -5 round; -13 cumulative and force a four player playoff.
The other persons in the playoff were Jim Furyk, Sang-Moon Bae and Robert Garrigus. Furyk is a previous winner of the event and was the 54 hole leader this time around. He looked to be in control for the most part of his final round. However, a costly bogey at the 13th hole made him relinquish his one shot lead. Bae is a new face to the PGA Tour. The golfer comes from South Korea and has been a factor in the past couple of weeks. Possibly his biggest impact came from his match play performance as as 11 seed, making it to the quarter finals. Bae has won in Asia but is still yet to claim victory on the PGA Tour. Garrigus is a long bomber who is known for his monster drives. He had an early tee time and was the first player to post the -13 score needed for the playoff.
Other notable performances came from Scott Piercy who shot a round of 62. This score was just one off the course record set by Padraig Harrington on Thursday. Jason Dufner was the 36 hole leader but shot even rounds for the remainder two days, ending at -10. Ernie Els, Ken Duke and Jeff Overton also had good showings at the Transitions as well.
It was truly a pleasure to watch this week's tournament and I look forward to the Arnold Palmer Invitational starting next Thursday.
I am an avid fan of the sport of golf. I enjoy being up to date with all the new faces and watching the close matches on a weekly basis.
- Luke Donald
- Robert Garrigus