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Year of the Moustache?

Monday, January 16, 2012



Johnson Wagner is the winner of the 2012 Sony Open.  His 13-under-par 267 was plenty to hold off Carl Pettersson, Sean O’Hair, Harrison Frazar and Charles Howell III by two shots.  Michael Thompson, Brian Gay, D.A. Points and Matt Every tied for sixth, three shots behind Wagner.


Wagner, who shot all four rounds in the 60’s, won for the third time in his career.




Last year, the trend on the PGA TOUR was the belly putter.  This year, will it be the moustache? 


(Could you imagine if Johnson Wagner had a belly putter as well?  The golf world would probably explode.)


The though of great moustaches brings to mind Wyatt Earp.  Charley Chaplin.  Tom Selleck.  Rollie Fingers.  Billy Dee Williams. 


Now, add Johnson Wagner to that list.


And when thinking of golfers playing well early this season, add Johnson Wagner to that list as well.  He led the field in strokes gained-putting last week and finished strong, posting rounds of five-under par and six-under par to close out at Kapalua.  


Again this week Wagner finished strong not making a bogey on the back nine any of the four rounds.  He was 14-under par on the back nine all week.  Wagner was third in strokes gained-putting and T10 in greens in regulation. 


Johnson Wagner claims 500 FedExCup Points and $990,000 for his victory. 


The $990,000 could buy him about 300,000 tubes of moustache wax if he so desires.


No chance he’s shaving now.




Harrison Frazar:  Led the field with 21birdies.   Seven consecutive rounds under 70 this season.  Now that he’s healthy, it’s time to pay attention after consecutive top fives to start 2012.


Carl Pettersson:  Double bogey on number two on Sunday could have knocked him out of the tournament but he rallied to shoot three-under on the day to finish second.  Was third in driving distance and third GIR on a tight course.  Made 18 birdies for the week. 


Sean O’Hair:  After finishing 17th last week and only breaking 70 once, O’Hair was flying under the radar.  Made only 3 bogeys and a double bogey this week for T2.  Moving in the right direction.


Charles Howell III:  Make that 11 straight cuts and his 6th top five finish at Waialae.  Top 10 in both GIR and strokes gained-putting this week.  No wonder why he plays here every year.


Michael Thompson:  The ‘Bama grad had a great start to his week in Hawaii with his beloved Crimson Tide winning the BCS National Championship.  Thompson tried to make the Tide roll again by carding 20 birdies and an eagle but that was offset by 12 bogeys.  Came a long way after his opening round 80 here last year. 


Brian Gay:  Has a new swing that his wife calls sexy and old caddy, Kip Henley, is back on the bag.  That’s 11 straight cuts at Waialae.  That’s Charles Howell-esque.  Third top 10 finish in that span.  Second in fairways hit, T10 GIR and only made two bogeys in the last three rounds.  Shot eight-under on the weekend, lowest in the field.


D.A. Points:  After a T12 last week and a T6 this week, maybe the Bill Murray hangover is finally gone.  Twenty birdies, T3 GIR and 64-69 on the weekend made for a successful Hawaii two-step.  Remember, the Ryder Cup at Medinah is in his back yard…


Matt Every:  Was the story of the tournament after his second round 64 and the interview that went with it.  And his tremendously different looking putter.  Who cares what the putter looks like if it helps to make 20 birdies? Ran out of gas on Sunday looking for his first career Tour win.


John Rollins:  Hot finish with the round of the day 64 on Sunday after a 69 on Saturday.  Gives him momentum going to Humana this week where he was runner up in 2007.


Chris DiMarco:  Rumors were swirling on Twitter early in the week he was striping it on the range.  Will take a couple more tournaments like this to make me get on board.  No top 10’s in 2011.


Brendon Todd:  PGA Q School Winner in 2011.  Kept the momentum going and showed his game can translate in his first start with T13. 


Keegan Bradley:  The balky putter kept him from his first top 10 of the season as he was T13 in driving accuracy and T3 GIR.  When the putts start dropping, hope he’s on your roster.


Ted Potter, Jr.:  Another rookie with a solid showing, T13.  I learned this week his nickname is “The Wizard”.  If he keeps making the ball disappear for birdie, I’ll start calling him that.


“Hey, what ever happened to…?”


Steve Stricker:  Made six bogeys on Sunday to finish T38.  Struggled hitting fairways and the usually reliable putter stumbled as well. 


Webb Simpson:   I asked heading into the Hyundai whether the big 2011 was wearing on Webb.  After his performance last week, the answer looked to be an obvious “no” after his T3.  This week?  Per pgatour.com he remarked that he’s a little tired and looking forward to some rest before Phoenix in two weeks.  Finished T38.


K.J. Choi:  Make it three at T38.  Choi, after a blistering 65 on Thursday, couldn’t get his putter to cooperate. 


Zach Johnson:  After a second round 65 to make the cut, Zach couldn’t get much going on the weekend firing 2-over-par.  Finished T54.


David TomsTough start to the week with his LSU Tigers falling in the BCS Championship game.  Tougher finish to the week with MC.




Fantasy Golf columnist Mike Glasscott joined Rotoworld in 2012. He can be contacted via email at RotoworldGlass@gmail.com or on Twitter.
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