Welcome to What It Means, a feature that will be on Prosportsblogging.com every Sunday night or Monday morning recapping the previous weekend in golf. It will mostly focus on the PGA Tour, but will highlight action on the other tours as necessary.
A Final Round 65 and a 4th Place Finish for Tiger Woods in Australia: Tiger Woods needs to end 2010 on a high note. He could probably care less about PGA Tour win streaks and all of the stuff the media always talks about, but strong finishes — and ideally a victory — would probably do him a lot of good confidence-wise going into 2011. His finish on Sunday at the Australian Masters should help.
He finished his last six holes going birdie-par-eagle-par-birdie-eagle, letting out a huge fist pump after finishing off his 65. His swing changes with Sean Foley aren’t holding up over long stretches yet, but in short spurts, it sure looks like the Tiger of old. Certainly a step in the right direction.
Troy Merritt Finishing #125 and Winning a Million Dollars: Afterwords, when Golf Channel’s Jerry Foltz asked him to describe his day, Merritt said one word: awesome. After being medalist at PGA Tour Qualifying School last year, he finished exactly on the number for 2010 — 125th on the money list — at the final PGA Tour event of the year, the Children’s Miracle Network Classic at Walt Disney World.
Then, he entered a three-way playoff with Rickie Fowler and Aaron Baddeley for the $1 million Kodak Challenge prize, and stuck a wedge to two feet on the 17th hole to win it all. No more Q-School for Merritt and a bunch of extra cash for the holidays.
Robert Garrigus Winning Disney: For much of 2010, Garrigus had the dubious distinction of having arguably the biggest choke job all year. He had a three shot lead entering the 18th hole in Memphis, and walked a way with a triple bogey, ultimately handing the tournament title to Lee Westwood. Today, he shot 64 to win at Disney, coming from behind to defeat Roland Thatcher and in the process secured his 2011 playing privileges.
For the time being at least, demons exorcised.
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