The Pebble Beach Pro-Am is a wonderful event. It is always full of excitement and close finishes. This year's event was no exception. After a mediocre start, Tiger Woods had a great third round on Saturday to put himself in contention. Mickelson was also in the chase. The leader coming into Sunday was Charlie Wi, a relatively unknown golfer with wins on both the European and Asian tours.
Wi started out horrendously with a double bogey on the first whole. Bogeys on five and six made him give back two more shots. However, he held his composure and was able to play a rather solid round of golf after the poor start. Four subsequent birdies and one more bogey made for a round of +1, good enough for second place.
The story of the day was undoubtedly that of Phil Mickelson. I have written about the golfer before. You can read my take here: My Two Least Favorite Players on the PGA Tour: A Fan's Take. Regardless of my personal feelings towards the golfer, I have to take my hat off to the man. He was unflappable and showed why he is still considered one of the sport's most elite players. Mickelson shot an -8 round with an eagle on the sixth hole. He was bogeyless. I've never seen Mickelson play as well as he did during the final round at Pebble Beach. It was truly impressive.
Tiger Woods had a very disappointing performance. After several straight pars to begin his round, Woods birdied the sixth but made three subsequent bogeys. He dropped two additional shots on holes fourteen and fifteen. The main culprit? His putter. Tiger Woods putted awfully and missed many shots from within ten feet. He was quick to admit in his post round interview that he was not comfortable with his putter on Sunday. This seems to be a reoccurring story for Woods; mediocre performances two days followed by a brilliant round with a collapse on Sunday. He will need to be more consistent if he is to start winning again on the PGA Tour. I hope for the best because I believe he is truly one of the most impressive and enjoyable athletes to watch when in peak condition.
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- Tiger Woods