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Patrick Reed looked every bit the nervous newcomer over the closing holes at the WGC Cadillac Championship this weekend, and especially on the 18th, but in the end walked away with his third victory on the PGA Tour. In a stacked field with less than ideal conditions, Reed’s victory at Doral is his most impressive so far, and he now sits at 3rd in the FedEx cup standings. The Blue Monster certainly lived up to its name, with the winning score coming in at 4-under while only 3 players stayed under par. One of those names was not Tiger Woods, as he closed with a 78 to fall out of contention and was again hampered by back issues.
The Puerto Rico Open also took place over the weekend, and Chesson Hadley, a 26-year-old rookie, took home the victory with a finishing score of 21-under.
Tweet of the Week:
This one was a tough choice, as Ian Poulter called fellow pro Hideki Matsuyama an “idiot” for burying his putter into the 13th green and failing to repair the damage. (Matsuyama apologized the next day). It’s always entertaining to see professional athletes call each other out, especially over a forum as public as Twitter. Poulter finishes a close second to Keegan Bradley, however, as his tweet from Friday pretty much sums up how difficult Doral was playing.
Had to lay up 3 times today and non of which were par 5s. #2par3‘s
— Keegan Bradley (@Keegan_Bradley) March 8, 2014
There was a fair amount of buzz going around about TaylorMade’s new SLDR-mini, and it will be interesting to see if it moves forwards to a public release, as it was made available for tour pros at the Cadillac Championship. Falling somewhere between a driver and a 3-wood, it looks to be an option for those that aren’t comfortable going driver off the tee, but struggle with consistent contact with a smaller-headed 3-wood. Also, I don’t want these new Ping hats. I need them.
Stat of the Week:
Bubba Watson’s last four start results (excluding the Cadillac) have been: T-2, T-9, 1st, T-2. Those are some impressively consistent results from grip-it-and-rip-it Bubba. It looks like he’ll be in contention no matter where he tees it up this year.
The PGA heads to Innisbrook Resort for the Valspar Championship, home of the “Snake Pit,” in reference to the difficult 16th-18th holes. (Apparently every Florida golf course needs a menacingly named three-hole stretch). Last year Kevin Streelman took home the victory, shooting 10-under.
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