Not that anyone asked, but . . .
Max Homa is not a name familiar to a lot of us who follow the PGA Tour, but he came up big over the weekend to win at Quail Hollow by putting on a putting exposition that rivaled Ben Crenshaw at his best. Max has shuffled between the Web.com and PGA Tours through most of his career, but has never lacked for talent – or for that matter, self-awareness. The boys over at the No Laying Up podcast interviewed him earlier this year; it’s worth a listen.
And is it just me, or does watching Jason Dufner play induce narcolepsy?
Sei Young Kim picked up her 8th career victory on the LPGA circuit at S Lake Merced in a playoff over Bronte Law and Jeongeun Lee6 (that’s not a misprint). Ms Kim relinquished her 3rd round lead, but two strong shots on the par-5 18th left her just short of the green, from where she used her putter to get up and down for a birdie to make her way into extra holes. The three golfers made their way back to the 18th tee, where Ms Kim literally duplicated the two shots she had hit only minutes prior. Her two competitors could only manage pars – Lee the 6th had reached green in two but three putted, while Bronte’s birdie effort lipped out – leaving Ms Kim with a short birdie effort to win this tournament for the second consecutive year.
England’s Charley Hull contended at Lake Merced as well, and unlike someone like, say, the aforementioned Mr Dufner, she is a bundle of energy on the course, whether she’s talking to her caddy, plumb-bobbing a putt, or taking a rip off the tee. A friend of mine played with her in a pro-am a few years back; apparently, this is her full time modus operandi. She’s become one of my favorite players to watch on either tour.
Despite some spotty weather here early last week, the snow at Haymaker and Rollingstone Ranch is gone here in Steamboat Springs, and mowers have been seen on both tracks. Meanwhile, the conditions at the 9-hole Steamboat Golf Club are quite playable, and we managed to get out a few times over the weekend. Again, not that you asked, but my swing feels great, and you can’t beat the views.
Putting is the most idiosyncratic of all of the golf skills. I was reminded of this when we were joined in one of our weekend rounds by a fellow named Tony. When we arrived at the first green, he had about a 6-footer to save par. He pulled out a club that was barely knee-length, bent over table-top style a la Michelle Wie, and calmly rolled in the putt. I complimented him; he shyly thanked me and showed me the club. It was a sawed-off Wilson Cary Middlecoff model 2-iron.
If not for balky vertebrae, I could be tempted . . .