Poor Maximilian Kieffer, the longtime European Tour player who is still looking for his maiden victory, plays great at the Austrian Open and ends up in a playoff with John Catlin. They play the par-3 18th over and over again, with it looking a couple of times like Kieffer would win. And then on the fifth time playoff hole, well, disaster.
There was some incredible golf played at the ANA Inspiration. Patty Tavatanakit played great for all four days, and Lydia Ko shot 10-under on the last day to make things a little interesting. What looked what might have been a boring final round (Patty started with a 5-shot lead) turned into pretty compelling theatre. There was lots of great golf played, but Patty and Lydia were the show on Sunday.
And of course there is the best victory celebration in all of sport.
Have you ever had a good round going and then struggle to get it into the clubhouse? Viktor Hovland came to his final hole on Friday only 2 shots behind the leaders, but then broke the cardinal rule of golf by following one mistake with another and another, en route to a quadruple bogey finish.
Here he is trying to escape the brush behind the green, after blading his approach from the fairway bunker.
Thru 17 holes, Viktor Hovland was -7 and two shots back of the lead.
On 18, he would quadruple bogey to finish six shots behind the leader.
In the third iteration of “The Match” was played on Black Friday. There were a few good lines, the most memorable by Peyton Manning trashtalking Charles Barkley, on the range, and then later in the match when Barkley was trying to burn Manning, but Manning turned it around with a great line about Charles’ swing-thought.
Another great line was by Charles when he told the TNT group to cue up some Law & Order reruns because the match was going to be over early.
In case you don’t know, **SPOILER** Mickelson/Barkley beat Manning/Curry like a drum, winning easily.
Enjoy the highlights (see above), courtesy of House of Highlights on YouTube. The biggest highlight is that more than $5 million was raised for various causes.