The final 72-hole leaderboard for the 2015 Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club is in. Davis Love III, 51, shot a final round 64 to win his first Tour event since 2008 (congratulations) by one stroke over runner-up Jason Gore. Here are my thoughts on the champion and some notable golfers near the top of the leaderboard:
Winner: Davis Love III (-17) – Wow. With 4 missed cuts and a T54 in his last 5 starts (also 2 missed cuts in this event in the past two years), who could have seen this coming? He’s the third oldest winner ever on the PGA Tour. He’s also one of the most prolific winners on Tour with 21 total wins. There was a stretch on the front nine where he went 6-under in 5 holes (4 birdies and an eagle), and he also had a second eagle on the back. He said after the round that his putting is what really won the tournament for him. I must admit that I’m surprised he was able to pull it off, even after seeing him near the top of the leaderboard on Friday. Then again, he is one of the greatest to ever play. I’m happy for the guy and I’m sure he’ll be celebrating with his wife and kids.
Jason Gore (-16) – New kid on the block, but he’s not really a “kid” at 41. In his last 10 starts on Tour, he’s had a bunch of missed cuts, a top-10 and some top-20’s, so his form has been spotty. This appears to be his first time playing the event. Apparently he knows Tiger well — they are good friends and go all the way back to their amateur days. Made one birdie, one eagle and two bogeys in the final round. Close, but not good enough to win.
Tiger Woods (-13) – Ahh. What is there to say about Tiger? Well, he didn’t play very well today. He was shorter off the tee compared to the previous days, he wasn’t hitting his iron shots close enough and he wasn’t putting good enough. I think the pressure of being in contention on a Sunday affected his game in a negative way. I don’t think his new swing is ingrained enough yet to be able to hold up in pressure situations — in other words, he’s fragile right now. Do I think he’ll eventually get back to winning? Yes, and he’ll probably get it done next season, or maybe even later this year at his overseas events. But, as is typical with Tiger, he provides no insight in his post-round interview as to why he didn’t get it done. Maybe it was just happenstance, or maybe the pressure did affect him. All we know is that we won’t be seeing him again for a little while.
Other thoughts: I like the Wyndham. Sedgefield is a great course; not overly long, tight and requires good shotmaking. The greens were fantastically smooth and remind me of those at Augusta. As another note, it was great to see an increased interest in the event due to Tiger’s presence, and I’m sure the extra awareness will benefit the tournament long term.
Have any thoughts or congratulations for Davis, or any other thoughts about this year’s Wyndham? Discuss in the comments below!