I’m adding this track to my OAD notes for future years as he’s destroyed it in two of three visits.
Dustin Johnson loves altitude as it keeps him tuned in for every shot. Spin rates, carry and distance control on every hole doesn’t allow his mind to wander and has resulted in two wins in three trips. Remember, he missed 16 putts inside 10 feet here in 2017 when he won by a shot. His sixth WGC victories are the second-most all time.
Rory McIlroy just might complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta. Or he might not. He’ll defend at Bay Hill in two weeks as he will roll into Orlando with four consecutive top-five finishes, a new personal best.
You know who else plays great at Bay Hill? Kiradech Aphibarnrat (T3), Sergio Garcia (T6) and Tiger Woods (T10).
“Podium Paul” Casey returned this week with T3 after T25 at Riviera. He was T2 in Indonesia and second at Pebble Beach in his other two starts of 2019.
Add Ian Poulter to the pile of pros who are currently smoldering. The Englishman tore up the Middle East with T6, T3 and T6 before adding another T3 this week. He’s rattled off nine cuts in a row in Orlando as well.
Patrick Cantlay (T6) has cashed T17 or better in six of seven events this season.
Justin Thomas matched his course record from last year with another 62 on Sunday. His 10 birdies against only one bogey moved him up from T37 to solo ninth. Remember, they get to play all 72 holes for a reason!
Top-25’s are a decent barometer but not in 72-man fields or the Sentry TOC where 34 guys teed it up so I’ll leave the “others” be this week.
Jon Rahm led the field in SG: Off the Tee but posted one round in the red.
Jordan Spieth had his dad on the bag this week and not even that shake up could knock him out of his funk although he did beat Bryson DeChambeau by two shots over four days.
You let me know when you figure out what’s wrong with Alex Noren. This time last year he lost in a playoff to Jason Day at Torrey Pines and was solo third at The Honda Classic. His biggest payday in three events in 2019 is T44.
Matt Kuchar on Poa annua is a bad combo for me. But if we’re talking Bermuda, sign me up!
I have mixing feelings on Phil Mickelson. I’m worried the win has set him on his way for 2019 (see: majors only) so I’m going to be very careful elsewhere, if at all.
Brooks Koepka was ice cold on the greens as he lost strokes in all four rounds. His best round here in two visits is just 68 (T27 and T48).
It was nice to have a tournament begin and end daily as scheduled as the weather, outside of the smog, was perfect in Mexico City.