“Johnny Vegas”…what a nickname to have, considering that the original was an outlandish English actor and comedian, strikingly different from his younger and noticeably more humble golfing counterpart. Nonetheless, the golfing Vegas is a superstar in the making, capturing his first PGA Tour victory at the 2011 Bob Hope Classic, early in his rookie season.
However, Vegas didn’t just stop there, backing up his first victory with a strong showing the following week at the Farmer’s Insurance Open. Vegas was again in contention but needed an eagle on the 18th hole to give himself an opportunity to win his second tournament in a row. His only fault (if you can call it one) was to go for the par 5 in two, with his shot coming up short, landing in the green side water hazard. Even though victory eluded him, it was his determination that spoke volumes, as many others would have been content with a solid finish, having just won their first PGA tournament the previous week.
What goes unnoticed is the success Vegas had before his win at the Bob Hope Classic. On the 2010 Nationwide Tour, Vegas secured one win, five top 10’s and a season ending ranking of 7, thus securing his PGA Tour card for 2011. Following the Nationwide season, Vegas went on to win the 2010 Argentina Open, beating the likes of Andres Romero, a PGA Tour winner and Angel Cabrera, a former Masters & US Open Champion.
Performance Outlook: Even though we are only a few months into the PGA Tour schedule, Vegas already looks primed for the 2011 Rookie of the Year Award. Consistency will be the key throughout the rest of the season, however Vegas has the game to pick up 1 or 2 additional victories this year. Therefore, look for a break out season for the Vegas superstar and his first appearance at the Major Championships, FedEx Cup playoffs and the 2011 International Presidents Cup team.
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Written by High Fade
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