Kuchar Hears The Critics
Really excited to write this week’s recap because it is official…PGA Tour players listen to and read DTG content! There is no one in the world who can convince me it is a coincidence that the DTG boys mention how Matt Kuchar might be in for a long 10-year sled on the PGA Tour before he gets to the Champions Tour and then he goes out and wins the very next tournament. He definitely read or listened and won to prove us wrong. Case Closed.
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Back to the recap of the Mayakoba Classic from El Camaleon Golf Course in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. As I mentioned above Matt Kuchar went wire to wire to capture his 8th career win and his first win in almost 5 years. But Matt wasn’t the only Kuchar to have a good week, as his wife Sybi crossed “being a caddie on the PGA Tour” off her bucket list. Not for Matt, but rather for Zach Johnson. After his regular caddy couldn’t handle the Mexico heat, Sybi stepped in and looped for ZJ for the final four holes. Side note: ZJ was 2 under on those last four holes. Tough to decide who had the better week in the Kuchar household. However, Matt did cash a $1.26 million-dollar cheque and take home some creepy looking chameleon trophy.
Lack of Drama
Another tournament where the leader had a very impressive week with rounds of 64, 64, 65, 69 and did not run away with the tournament. The New Zealander Danny Lee (let that sink in) was one shot back and can look back to the failed up and down on the Par 3 14th in the final round as the reason he didn’t force a playoff.
I was already impressed with JJ Spaun after he took control of the PGA Tour Instagram account on Thursday or Friday and was filming himself biking around the resort and course but then he finished T3 with Richy (with a Y) Werenski. Jim Furyk showed this week he isn’t just a marginal Ryder cup captain, he can still play with his T6 finish.
Cameron Champ continues to turn heads with another solid finish this week at T10. In four tournaments this season, Champ has a win, a T10, and finished no worse than 28th but is probably wondering why/how he is only 2nd in tour driving distance. Rounding out the Top 10 was Canadian Adam Hadwin, who looks to be back in his cut making machine form. I got a feeling it will be another good year for Hadwin this year.
Speaking of Canadians, it was a week of what could have been for Canada on the tour this week. The other 5 Canadians in the tournament missed the cut. BUT, Roger Sloan, Nick Taylor, and Adam Svensson all missed by 1 measly shot. While Taylor and Svensson never really got it going this week. Friend of the Pod Roger Sloan put himself behind the 8 ball on Thursday. Stormed back with a 7 under 64 on Friday and if the cut line didn’t move late on Friday it would have been interesting to see what Roger could have done on the weekend after heating up like that.
Mack Hughes missed the cut by 3 shots and I feel bad, but Corey Conners keeps proving me right as he missed the cut by 5 shots. I fully expect Conners to contend in a tournament again this year but will likely follow that up with a missed cut. Guy is the definition of inconsistent with that swing. Having said that good luck to all the Canadians in their next tournament they play.
There were some good and bad notable finishes to discuss this week. Let’s start with the bad…..Jordan Spieth missed the cut this week. October golf has not been kind to Jordan Spieth with a T55 finish last week and a missed cut this week. He did also just kick all of his entourage out of his mansion in Texas because he fiancé is moving in. I will let the readers decide whether it is that or October golf that is causing his poor finishes. This next one could be good or bad, but I don’t want to meet the person who actually thinks this is good.
Anyways, perennial contender for the mount Rushmore of PGA tour turds Pat Perez finished T6 this week. Harold Varner III also finished in a tie for 6th. Speaking of HV3. If I told you to describe what a guy looks like who was 5’8”, 170, born in Akron, Ohio, has a business degree from East Carolina University and was named Harold Varner the third and you correctly described what he looked like I would give you all the money in my bank account.
Speaking of bank accounts, while Rickie Fowler had a decent finish at T16 he cost DTG member Bronel all the money in his bank account since he guaranteed a top 10 out of Rickie this week. Yikes. Tony Finau was also tied for 16th. Two tournaments in a row now without a top ten for Tony. Are you feeling ok Tony?
Last year’s champ and king of the silly season Patton Kizzire finished T55. Other notable T55 finishes this week were fake PGA Tour player and field filler Anders A. Albertson, FOTP Rory Sabbatini, and front runner for best name on tour, Mexico’s own, Jose de Jesus Rodriquez. The top Mexican this week was Abraham Ancer which shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. I challenge the readers to name another Mexican pro golfer after Ancer and JDJR since I mentioned him above.
Finally, we get to the thanks for coming out award of the week. In what was one of the easiest decisions since the inception of the award. Shintaro Ban takes the award home this week after making the cut and finishing dead last this week. While he was only 28 strokes off the lead, which is low for the usual recipient of this award. It was the fact he made an 11 on a par 5 this week in a real tin cup moment after hitting 3 shots out of bounds off the tee that locked him in for the TFCO award.
We’re Off To Georgia
That about wraps up the recap of the Mayakoba Classic. In summary, Matt Kuchar listens to DTG, the chameleon trophy is a little creepy, Cam Champ looks to be the real deal and Pat Perez is a turd.
I wanted to touch on one more puzzling thing this week. Last week I mentioned with Justin Rose’s win he put himself in position to win the Fedex Cup and Race to Dubai in the same year. But word came out yesterday that because of where Haotong Li and Rory Mcilroy finished in the Nedbank Golf Challenge it was now only a two-horse race between between Fran Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood for the race to Dubai. Justin Rose chose not to play this week and basically forfeited any chance at being able to claim both tours top honours. Seems like a very puzzling thing to me considering both tours slow right down in December. So, Rose could have played this week and probably still needed to win next week to have a chance but then could take some time off before the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January.
Anyways, don’t forget to listen to this week’s podcast and I’ll be back next week to recap The RSM Classic.