In matters of competition, the Hero Indian Open was won by the alphabet, S.S.P. Chawrasia, on a tough DLF course. This Player design is tricked up to say the very least, with faux riveted bunkers that are coffin deep, and possesses some man made extreme undulation. One of the Par Threes even offers two greens, split by a bunker.
Why that’s necessary is beyond me, but hey? The good ship S.S.P. chartered his way through choppy waters and put on a great performance of plotting a safe finishing stretch to ease it home.
Gavin Green was the closest contender but never really troubled, finishing a good seven shots behind. Not much behind was a resurgent Matteo Mannasero, showing a re-emergence of the teenage talent he possessed mere years ago, and Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello. Irish eyes focused on a ring rusted Michael Hoey, playing his first competition in months.
He put in a somewhat flawed performance, understandable given the length of the lay off. He did get himself a top ten finish though, so he is a man that can take plenty of positives away. It was a tough course to do anything, so finishing so highly up the ranks on a tricky track is fantastic to boost the morale going on to the rest of the season.
Meanwhile, across the Pacific pond, at the Snake Pit, Adam Hadwin very nearly got bitten himself, but managed to hold on and secure not only another Tour victory, but a place at this years Masters. He saw off the challenge of Patrick Cantlay to force himself to postpone his honeymoon in a months time, making the journey down Magnolia Lane instead. After being in relative comfort for much of the round, he started the Pit in ignominy by slicing an errant drive into the aqua on sixteen, but Catlay failed to really materialize any scare to go win the tournament and opportunities passed him by.
The Irish performed well in Innisbrook, with Seamus Power in a tie for 27th, seeing his way to another Sunday, and earning more dollars to help keep his card for next year.
Graeme McDowell finished in a tie for fourteenth place, albeit finishing nine off the leader. A gritty performance across the four days helps the Portrush native to get better rankings for FedEx Cup points. While victory of the whole thing is most likely beyond his current capabilities, he is scrappy enough to hopefully go far.
I had hoped to discuss the implementation of fitness into the game, through first hand experience, but that may come down the line. Between being busy and not being engrossed in it long enough, I figure I can wait to give everyone the lowdown of my experiences thus far.
Next week is the emotional return to Bay Hill, the first time without the beacon of golfing light hosting. Many have chosen not to, so we will have to see how it goes. Until next week….