04 May, 2018
It was the second victory of Harman's career on the PGA Tour.
Sure, that four-pack of missing majors to match Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 Grand Slam tilts - and the more attainable goal of matching Sam Snead on the all-time PGA Tour victory list (he now trails Slammin' Sammy by three trophies) - are the most often cited examples of Woods' career scorecard, but before the golden years finally arrive for Tiger the only real competitive comparisons will be against himself.
He was joint-second to Thomas at the US PGA a year ago, and is playing better than ever now. "Obviously, I would never be bothered to win a golf tournament out here".More news: Amazon plans Vancouver, BC, Boston growth
Woods is coming off a three-week break, his longest since he returned to the PGA Tour in January, and it was a welcome respite. Although he was no doubt disappointed in the 5th place finish at Augusta, his supernova Saturday showed that McIlroy is still capable of blitzing the field, even against the toughest competition.
The only blotch on McIlroy's Quail Hollow card was in 2011, where rounds of 75 and 72 saw his title defence end with a missed cut. He closed strong at The Masters to finish T19. Masters champion Patrick Reed, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Tiger Woods headline the cast of stars set to compete at this year's event. The model provides live "Make Cut", "Top 20", "Top 5", and "Win" probabilities every 5 minutes from the opening tee shot to the final putt of every PGA TOUR event. It's safe to say that he has regained that focus this season, especially when it comes to his putting. He is also 21st in strokes gained: tee to green and 6th in strokes gained: par 4's. There is no doubt that he should contend as a legitimate option to finish in the top-10. He averaged 298 yards off the tee (second on Tour), hit 71.2 percent of his fairways, 75 percent of his greens in regulation and had a 67.7 scoring average. Four of the top six players weren't even in the field last August. He will start his round on hole number 10. He already has two runner-up finishes to his name this season - at the Safeway Open and Genesis Open - and, after returning to full fitness last week in partnering Daniel Summerhays to a sixth-placed finish at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, he's in form and ready to win big. He is 9th in bogeys avoided and 11th in proximity. "I've got to hit it long, big drivers, and yeah, I feel really good". Molinari is a beast off the tee, gaining almost an entire stroke per round there (6th). Wagner became just the seventh player to collect back-to-back eagles on the PGA TOUR since 2016, most recent was Webb Simpson at this year's Masters Tournament. Despite being a 25-1 long shot, the model projected him as a top contender.
Brian Harman, last year's victor at Eagle Point Golf Club, could only manage a 1-over 72. Three major championships, starting with the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills, are played in a nine-week span.
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