A fantastic finish to The Players starts off this week’s What It Means:
1) Congrats to K.J. Choi on the victory. One of the nicest, steadiest guys on the whole PGA Tour, Choi came up big when it mattered. He birdied the famed 17th in regulation, made a great short putt on 18 for an up-and-down-par and then ultimately made a short par putt on 17 in the playoff to lock up the victory.
What impressed me most was how he bounced back from missing two short birdie putts on 15 and 16 that could have possibly swung the proceedings his way in regulation. He didn’t get down on himself, or get mad…just stayed steady and converted the positive momentum he had been playing with all day into the biggest victory of his career.
2) I feel for David Toms. Ten years after his PGA Championship win and five since his last victory, Toms was right there, with a one shot lead when he came down 16 fairway. Yet he chose to go for the green in two on the par five and hit in the water, falling one back.
But also give him credit, too. After his drive on 18 got a bad break and went into a divot, Toms hit a fantastic shot to 20 or so feet where he drained the putt for birdie to force Choi to make his par putt to get into a playoff.
That’s when the wheels fell off for Toms, however, when he missed a 3 foot 6 inch par putt on 17, giving the title to Choi. But that’s what can happen when you’re not in contention for so long, which has been the case with Toms.
I have faith in David, however — he was playing pretty well coming in — and wouldn’t be surprised to see him win in 2011.
3) Tiger Woods. Ouch. A lot has been written and said about Tiger Woods’ withdrawal from The Players Championship on Thursday. He has until next Friday, May 27, at 5pm ET to commit to Memorial. I have a feeling, however, and sooner rather than later, we’ll see what the prognosis on Tiger’s knee and Achilles are. We could be seeing a rapid decline of the greatest athlete ever to play this great game.
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Written by Jeremy Schilling
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