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Things we have learnt this week:
- We love Boo Weekley
- Boo likes fishing
- Colin Montgomerie actually might be a better pundit than he his golfer
- Gaganjeet Bhullar looks incredible!
- Kevin Streelman was not on our radar before this week
- Jim Furyk putted as well as he acts this week (His 5Energy advert will explain all)
- We made a tidy profit with barely anything going for us!
We think before we go any further into this week’s edition, we have to take a quick look at the bottom end of the Avantha Masters 2013 leaderboard. As you might have guessed, Monty is indeed the brunt of many of our jokes here at DownThe18th but it is only fitting this week that we let the leaderboard do the talking. Thanks Monty.
But onto more serious matters, our week at DownThe18th was certainly one of mixed emotions, shall we say. We went into this week knowing it was always going to be a tough one with the Avantha Masters being played on a new course and the Tampa Bay being notoriously hard to call. And we can definitely come out of it with our heads held high.
First we have to mention the rejuvenated and 100/1 shot Boo Weekley. How can you not like this guy?! What a real gentleman he is. Weekley shot an 8 under 63 on the final day of the Tampa putting him in 1st place with all the people around him barely through 4 holes. Boo greeted reporters with genuine politeness “thank you sir” he said over and over. When asked what he would be doing for the next 3 hours (waiting for the round to finish) he said “we were gonna drive on over there you know, to Orlando, and do some fishing on the golf course, but we’re gonna have to wait around now, but ah that’s alright, I’ll wait”.
Sadly Boo was eventually overhauled by fellow American Kevin Streelman picking up his 1st career PGA Tour win but it was still a great each way return for us and a pleasure to watch Boo back doing what he does best.
Life beyond Boo at the Tampa for us was one of disappointment though. Billy Horschel, another of our 100/1 picks, was outright leader for some of day 1, picking up 4 consecutive birdies at one point. You can imagine our feelings when he finished T56 and +4 for the tournament. Our 3rd outsider in the shape of Bryce Molder had a real chance going into the last day, just 2 shots back and found himself in the 4th final pairing. He subsequently shot a 75 and finished T30 and was outshone by a very impressive 19 year old Jordan Spieth, look out for him in the future. Meanwhile it was a Webb of disappointment for Simpson, he managed to climb up to T17 in the end, but he never looked a threat on a course that really should have suited him! And then we come to Jimbo Furyk. Coined ‘Mr Consistency’ by us, certainly was not that on the final day. 2nd place he held going into the final day, many fancied him to go on and take this especially with a 1st and 2nd place in his last 3 outings here. But Jim left his putter in the clubhouse, nothing went in for him but for a 25footer on the 17th which was ultimately too late. Naturally he finished 1 shot off a place scuppering any chance of an each way return. But we still love you Jimbo, we still have faith!
Now onto India and the Avantha Masters. In brief, Thomas Aiken never looked like losing from midway through day 3, he was finding every green in regulation and putting superbly. From a DownThe18th perspective, things were not as rosy.
Our saviour at the Avantha was a certain Indian going by the name of Gaganjeet Bhullar. He eventually finished 2nd on his own but was visibly the best player on the course on the last day, he looked imperious picking up 7 birdies and an eagle whilst putting sensationally. (We will not mention the fact that we only backed Bhullar to win and he finished 2nd). We WILL be backing Bhullar again this week, he really did look impressive.
Our #1 pick, David Howell, found many birdies out there during the week but also found a few bogeys! He eventually finished 11 shots back in T17 but it could have been so much better if the consistency had been there this week. Andy Sullivan, a favourite of ours at DownThe18th, was again dropping too many shots out there, he finished T23 eventually, not bad but not what we had hoped for from the Englishman. It was the same story from the big hitting Alvaro Quiros, but after such an extensive period out through injury, he can be more than happy with his -6 finish. Our 2 rank outsiders finished where the betting predicted, missing the cut. What we will say, 125/1 shot Shamim Khan hit a -6 on day 2 and still missed the cut by 1 shot. You can imagine what day 1 was like…
One more thing. Whoever MASHED POTATOES guy is, please contact us. We love you! We spotted you at the Tampa Bay 17th tee on sunday! See Video…