03.13.17 | Bob
The Canadian steals the show on the second to last stop of the Florida swing. This week also further validates that Adam Hadwin is going places. Looking at his resume so far he’s got a smoke for a fiancé, he’s shot 59 a few weeks ago at the Career Builder Challenge, and now a PGA tour win.
Hadwin was separated from the crowd starting on Friday by firing a 64, which he did by birding the first five holes. He was able to stay hot on the back nine adding 6 more birdies, real nice Adam.
On Sunday he didn’t really jump the gun on putting his leaderboard disciples in the dust. In fact on Saturday I remember watching a practice tee interview of Hadwin where the reporter asked “how are you going to be able to handle the nerves today?” and Hadwin basically responds, “we’ll see”. Interesting.
The shit hit the fan when Hadwin double bogeyed the par-4 16th on his way into the snake pit. Meanwhile, Patrick Cantlay started to erupt as he birding four holes on the backside to get him into a tie with Hadwin at -14.
Just like the Larry and Rodger Packard drew it up, the winner would be decided on the last few holes of the golf course, in the infamous snake pit. Both made par at the 14th where Hadwin was able to hold on using his steady hands on the short sticks. Staying even after that the duo reached the courses namesake hole, Copperhead. The 445-yard Par 4 is lined with bunkers on both sides of the fairway and has a uphill green with a front to back slope. Hadwin pared it with a clutch 4 footer meanwhile Cantlay bogeyed.
Recap of Bob's Picks
If you listened to Bob last week you probably want to throw him into a snake pit.
Matt Every – CUT
Kevin Na – CUT
Wesley Bryant – T7
Bob's Picks for the Arnold Palmer Invitational will be released later in the week, after as he says "needs more time for research".
Arnold Palmer Invitational
With the passing of the legend himself this past September, this year’s Invitational held at Bay Hill will without a doubt be an emotional one. Bay Hill is a course adored by almost every PGA Tour player and for many of them its in their backyard.
What to look for this week
Keep an eye on Payne Stewarts 72 hole record set back in 1987 of 264 to be given a run. Trump is certainly a fan of the course as Jason Day’s win last year was only the 6th by foreign player in its 38th year at Bay Hill. Actually, maybe trust the internationals - Henrik Stenson who is one of the players who’s backyard is Bay Hill, living 45 minutes away, he's never finished worse than top-five in the last three editions. Keep an eye on Tyler Hatton, as he’s got seven top tens, and has had a win his last ten worldwide starts. Zach Johnson hasn’t been keeping pace on tour but Bay Hill has always been good to him. Johnson came in 5th last year and has six top-eleven finishes at Bay Hill.
You can see the tournament this week on the Golf Chanel and NBC.
Thursday & Friday | Golf Chanel 2:00 - 6:00
Saturday & Sunday | Golf Chanel 1:00 - 3:00 & NBC 3:00 - 6:00