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What a great tournament The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass!
Not just because of Sunday but all four days. It had beautiful weather, ok, except Sunday, we had great golf, drama, a hole in one and Tiger had the crowds and viewers smiling with his fooling around on 17 when having a joke with his playing partner Kevin Na.
Something that’s rarely been seen over the years.
We had numerous golfers who were challenging for the lead and some came out of nowhere to post some incredible scores, but Rory managed to hold on, played some terrific golf and won an amazing tournament. It certainly made for great tv.
However, one thing stood out besides Rory’s brilliance.
He managed to beat Jim Furyk by only one shot. One shot!
Rory is in the top 5 on driving distance and is known for his terrific long game and is in the prime of his golfing life. Furyk on the other hand is ranked 212th in distance just now, with an average of 271 yards, some 41 yards less than Rory.
To put it into perspective, on the 16th Rory hit a drive and a 9 iron into the green on this 520 yard par 5, whereas Jim Furyk was hitting a drive and some kind of wood for his second shot!
A drive and 9 iron 520 yards was unheard of when I was growing up.
Over the whole tournament, the guy who is 212 in driving distance loses by 1 shot to Rory.
Oh and Furyk is only two months short of his 49th birthday. Even by golfing standards, he’s not old, but he’s also not considered to be in the prime of his career.
I’m not taking anything away from McIlroy, I’m a great fan of his and love watching him play, but I also love to see how others manage to play at the levels they do without having the best long game, the best short game or being the hottest putter on the planet.
I’m sure he’s going to have a great time on the Champions Tour in just over a year’s time.
So what did I learn from the Players Championship?
It’s still the greatest game or sport out there, whether you hit it long or fat, you’re young or old, you can still get a great deal of fun and enjoyment out of it, if you put something and your mind to it.
No matter what age.
Furyk and McIlroy are proof of that.
Well played guys.
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