I've been out there a couple times. It's a must see golf/sports/cultural/entertainment event. Everyone needs to put it on their bucket list.Waste Management this week.
Jon Rahm will be extremely close to #1 in the world if he wins this week. And it a strong possibility -- he is very strong at this course and coming off a 2nd place finish.
Patrick Reed laid low and did not play this event. Reed at the 16th hole would have been asking for trouble -- so he made the right call.
I can see how it interests many people, but for me it is not that intriguing. At least not the first time I would go to the event... I like to walk the course and get a sense of the course, rather than spending too much time at one hole.I've been out there a couple times. It's a must see golf/sports/cultural/entertainment event. Everyone needs to put it on their bucket list.
I think i did Bridgestone something like 14 years in a row. Great event as you say. I loved walking in reverse as well. OUr company villa was on 16 right in line with the pond in front of the green so after about year 8, I hung out by the ropes under the shade and let the guys come to us. Loved watching guys go for it in 2, dump into water, walk back to their money distance (usually around 100) and still make par.I can see how it interests many people, but for me it is not that intriguing. At least not the first time I would go to the event... I like to walk the course and get a sense of the course, rather than spending too much time at one hole.
But if I was going twice in a week to the Waste Mgmt, perhaps the second day I would be more open to it.
My favourite thing to do when I go to a PGA event, is to walk 5-7 holes in reverse over a few hours... stop at a few holes. You see many more players like that, and seeing the balls come in rather than following them gives you a different perspective.
I have not been at that many events however. I have been to the Canadian Open, WGC - Bridgestone (great to see many shots), and Oak Hill (PGA 2014). I have been to 4 different courses for the Canadian Open however (Glen Abbey, Royal Montreal, Hamilton GCC, and Angus Glen)
I too think the players are not fond of the Pro-Am piece. Many years ago you could almost see the pros losing patience by the second as they watched Ray Romano doing his schtick.So Webb Simpson ended up winning the Waste Management. He moves up to #7 in the world...the highest he has been in world rankings since the end of 2012, when he got to as high as #5 in the world. The Olympics has to be one of his targets this year, and now it is clearly in site. Surprised to see he is now this high... just seemed to quietly sneak up in the rankings.
On to this week - Pebble Beach. It's a bit of a weaker field this year -- event seems to be losing some allure... although I wonder if some players really don't like the Pro-Am aspect of it. It makes for some really long rounds and distractions. 2 players in the top 10 in Dustin Johnson and Patrick Cantlay. Dustin Johnson has been in good form however since has come back with a 7th and a 2nd in Saudi Arabia last week.
Phil Mickelson also had a good event last weekend in Saudi Arabia and finished in 3rd. That was his first top 15 finish in about one year. Before that his last good event was finishing first at the 2019 Pebble. So maybe he is a contender this week as well.
Seems like the #1 spot in the World Golf Ranking will hold steady, although now it is getting very close between Koepka, Rory, Rahm. Rory will probably get to world #1 if he gets a top 10 finish before Brooks gets his next one. Rahm may get it with a 2nd place finish, or better, in his next event.
Unless your boy pulls a Van de Velde this will be a nice win. As I've said a million times, although I have warmed to Phil as he has aged, I am not a fan of his. But even with that, I wouldn't have expected him to self destruct.While the field is weaker there are certainly some large names on the leaderboard right now at Pebble Beach. Several players making "comebacks" of sort after struggling.
Three leaders are Phil Mickelson, Jason Day, and Nick Taylor. Mickelson and Day are similar in that they have been crashing down the world rankings the past year as they have struggled. They are currently #72 and #46, and this could kick off a bit of a return for them. (Mickelson was 3rd last week).
Nick Taylor is also a big name for me since he is Canadian. The one advantage of being a Canadian Golf fan is that it provides about eight decent or journeymen golfers to cheer for,
Dustin Johnson is also hanging around at 4 shots behind the lead. It would be his first win in about 50 weeks.
Not even a case pf these guys self destructing but more a case of these guys not being able to figure out the wind.Unless your boy pulls a Van de Velde this will be a nice win. As I've said a million times, although I have warmed to Phil as he has aged, I am not a fan of his. But even with that, I wouldn't have expected him to self destruct.