The final round of the Northern Trust Open was so exciting. The leaders going into the final round were Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley. No one really took control of the round and by the time they hit the 18th hole both of them needed to shoot a birdie to get in a playoff with Bill Hass (who had already finished his round). It was amazing that both Mickelson and Bradley got their birdies and they went into a sudden-death playoff with Hass.
It was Hass who got a birdie on the 2nd playoff hole to win. Great drama! By the way, Bradley had his own drama with criticism of his slow play and spitting on the course. You can read my opinion in the post “Why Spit on a Golf Course?”
Now on to my results — Each week at least one of my player picks really surprises me (and it is not always a happy surprise.)
This time I was shocked that Jason Day missed the cut. Jeff Maggert also missed the cut but it wasn’t as big a surprise to me. Kevin Na was also a major disappointment with a 6 over par and ranked 76.
My only shining star was Jimmy Walker and he was my “what the heck pick” and he tied for 4th at 5 under par.
Maybe the “golf gods” are teaching me a lesson for not staying with my favorite player, Mickelson, whenever he is playing. If I had picked Lefty in his last two outings I’d be much higher in my fantasy golf rank. But he was playing horribly and so I felt I had to bench him.
Of course the thing I like about Mickelson is you never know what he will do. Actually his risk taking on the course is what makes him exciting to watch but it also makes him inconsistent. Even if I don’t have him as a pick I will always be happy when he plays well because that means he is “putting on a show” for all of his fans.