This Week in Golf – April 25th, 2011

Posted by Robert on Apr 26

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Opie Spoils King Luke’s #1, Served up a Fried Egg on Easter.

Wow!  This week’s tourney snapped me right out of my Master’s hangover.  The 2011 Heritage at Hilton Head featured an exciting finish when the tourney turned into a three hole match play event between the reigning 2011 WGC Matchplay champ, Luke Donald and Mayberry’s own, Opie Taylor, urr I mean Brandt Snedeker.  Opie set his alarm early (and after catching some trout down by the crick with Andy) teed off hours before Luke, who was playing in the final group and needing a win to become the #1 ranked golfer in the world.

Opie’s game on Sunday was as fiery as that red mop, shooting a 7 under, 64.  Figuring he needed a birdie on 18, the toughest hole on the golf course, he lasered a shot to 12 feet and sank the putt.  This proved to be foreshadowing as he would repeat the feat again on the first playoff hole, which he’d have to wait a couple hours for (and thus retired to the clubhouse for some of Aunt Bee’s warm chocolate chip cookies and milk.)

Luke (“I am notttttt your father”) flashed his magic short game, getting up and down on 17  and out of the kitty litter on 18 – almost holing the bunker shot for the outright win.

The best part of the match was the 1st playoff hole (#18) when both Butch and Sundance striped their drives and peppered the green with their approaches.  Luke with the tougher of the two putts rolled in a 15 footer, center cut and raised his fist in the air.  Before Butch could get his ball out of the cup, the quick drawing Sundance Kid fired in his own 12 footer.  Both players smiled and bumped fists as they went to the 17th tee.

The match was decided on the 3rd playoff hole (#18 again) when Luke’s ball was snatched by the same greenside bunker he’d almost holed out from to win in regulation, only this time the ball was buried in the face leaving him with an ominous fried (Easter) egg.  Luke hacked it out, but it ran through the green, and the tenacious would-be #1 hit the hole with his par chip but it lipped out and Opie was victorious.  “Hey Pa, I reckon I won!”

Perry Yips a Gimme to Hand Easter Eger and McNulty The Legends

There was also high drama over on the Geezer Tour at the 2011 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf tourney in Savannah, GA.  Unfortunately it had an anticlimactic ending on the 2nd playoff hole when both Kenny Perry and his partner, Scott Hoch couldn’t steady their nerves to sink tap-ins to extend the match.  Thus proving the point once again that if it wasn’t for the Champion’s Tour, we’d have a lot more annoying golf announcers.

Up to that point, Perry and Hoch had played outstanding golf, shooting a bogie free, better ball 27 under.  Perry almost won the darn thing outright on 18 (in regulation) when he lipped out a 30-footer.

And just like we saw on the kiddie tour this week, the group that won finished early.  Eger and McNulty, shot a lights out 11 under 61, and retired to their chiropractors to await the finish of the leaders.  Lucky for Team Egg McMuffin that the rules official was on hand because as Kenny lined up his 3-footer, McNulty who was hopped up on Advil and whiskey yelled over, “Pick it up – It’s good.”

Next Week

The big boys are in The Big Easy this week for The Zurich Classic that Jason Bohn won last year.  Luke Donald will be there, and my favorite golfer on the planet (with the ugliest swing) Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey will be in attendance.  (You have to root for Tommy who darn near made it to the playoff this week using that swing that looks like John Henry was his swing coach.)

The Ladies are back in action this week in Mobile, Alabama for the Avnet LPGA Classic that Se Ri Pak won last year.  The field will include all of the top ten ranked ladies, including #1 Yani Tseng, plus Michele Wie and Paula Creamer, #9, #10, respectively.

Finally, the first Major of the year for The Champions Tour is at Shoal Creek in Sunriver Oregon.  Defending Champ Fred Funk will be there, plus 1990 PGA Champ, Wayne Grady and Lanny Wadkins.

Until next week - hit it, go find it, and then hit it again.

 

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