Catching up on those who looked oh-so-good on Tuesday afternoon…
Webb Simpson: See above.
Zach Johnson: His T16 was his best finish since his T12 in the inaugural year. The No. 16 hole led to the T16 finish as he doubled it twice this week to overshadow his excellent putting and ball-striking. All systems go for ZJ for me!
Charles Howell III: He began Sunday T13 and ready to move up the board but a final round 71 stunted his chances of a higher finish. Similar to Johnson, Howell will be glad to see the back of hole No. 3 as he made double there on Friday and TRIPLE there on Sunday. Add those five shots and he’s T10. As always, it’s a game of inches and what-ifs and his T27 proves that.
Matt Kuchar: See above.
Harris English: The excellent youngster had an ice-cold week with his flat stick as he limped home T27. There’s not going to be much that puts me off of him this season. He’s too solid.
Brendon Todd: Ho-hum, another week, another top 26. That’s now 13 of his last 14 events inside the top 26 with his T16 this week. His next step is going to be making the most of Sunday opportunities. His 71 on Sunday dropped him 10 spots from T6 after Saturday. He’s played too solidly for too long to dismiss for me. I’m not against reaching up for him in weekly games and I would have no hesitation adding him to season-long teams.
Brendon de Jonge: No matter which Brendon you liked this week, T16 was your final destination. Too many bogeys in the middle two rounds negated his one bogey on Thursday and Sunday. With 67 and 65 this week, it looks like de Jonge has finally righted the ship after an emotional week at the Presidents Cup. Those were his first two rounds in the 60s in three events to start the new year.
Luke Guthrie: Ah, the youth. After two top-five finishes overseas, Guthrie came back to the States, and Earth, with 67-75 to miss the weekend. His five birdies on Thursday were followed with zero on Friday. After a miserable July forward, his performances in China made us all take notice. His 75 in the gusting wind on Friday should make us remember that he’s still an up-and-coming player that will get high, and low, often.
Scott Piercy: After playing in China last week, like Gay and Boo Weekley, Piercy fired 67 to open but that was it as he finished T63. One guy plays great with jet lag; one doesn’t.
Sean O’Hair: Solid course history and play trending in the right direction is the ultimate trap for gamers and O’Hair was living proof of this at The McGladrey. He posted two finishes in the top 20 here and had fired 65 and 63 in his last two tournaments. His nine bogeys this week stopped that momentum. Tough to see that coming.
Chris Stroud: He’s sandwiched a T3 in Malaysia between two MCs where he didn’t break 72 in the states. He’s now MC in three of four events at Sea Island and his only finish was T66. Sometimes certain courses just don’t fit certain player’s eyes.
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