Did you catch yesterday's final round of the Heritage at Harbor Town? What a great day of golf entertainment to watch over Easter dinner. Any of a handful of players had the chance to win the tournament, from Jim Furyk to Ricky Barnes to the guy with perhaps the craziest swing on tour, Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey.
Jim Furyk was in the hunt, but faded by going +6 for his last 12 holes. Furyk is not playing as well as his FedEx Cup winning season last year. Perhaps he's still counting the $10 million he won and not practicing as much.
Ricky Barnes had an excellent showing this week, continuing on with a nice season so far. He had a chance to win midway through the round. A nice T4 finish.
Tommy Gainey's swing isn't one you'd want to model yours around. It is very fast, odd, flippy, out of plane. But he manages it well and notched a solo 3rd place finish.
Luke Donald was in prime position to take the #1 position in the world golf rankings with a win. He managed a great up and down on the final hole from the sand to enter a playoff with Brandt Snedeker, who didn't look to be a factor at the beginning of the day. Then Snedeker blistered the course with 64, including a birdie on #18. He had to wait in the clubhouse for over 1.5 hours to find out if his score of -12 would hold up for a win or playoff. Playoff.
Donald and Snedeker played #18 for the first hole of the playoff and both made birdie. The next hole was the tough par-3 17th. Despite missing the green, both players made par. So after two playoff holes, there were four 3's on the card.
In the final playoff hole, the 18th again, Donald's 8-iron came up short and plugged in the same bunker he'd found on his 72 hole. This time though, he failed to get up and down for par. Snedeker's par gave him the 2nd victory of his professional career, and that trademark plaid jacket.