Northern Ireland’s own Graeme McDowell stole the spotlight Sunday afternoon at Pebble Beach. He finished at even par for the tournament to win it outright.
Overall, the day turned out to be anything but spectacular. Coming into the day, Dustin Johnson led the way at 6-under and McDowell was just behind him at 3-under. In the end, McDowell was the only player in the field to avoid finishing over par, just one stroke ahead of runner-up Gregory Havret.
The light-hearted McDowell said, “there might be a few rounds of Guinness going down (in Ireland) tonight” during his post-round interview on NBC.
None of the leaders put together solid final rounds. Tiger Woods was no exception.
He never found his stride today, and when he posted four bogeys on the front nine, it became clear Tiger wasn’t going to win. When asked what he could take home from today’s round afterward, his answer was simple.
“Not a whole lot,” he said during his interview on NBC.
He shot a round of 4-over, leaving him at 3-over for the tournament and in a tie for fourth place.
Phil Mickelson played a similarly underwhelming round of 2-over and tied Tiger at 3-over total. Tiger and Phil combined for just three birdies on the day.
The biggest blowup round came from yesterday’s leader, Dustin Johnson. Johnson collapsed on the second hole and posted a triple bogey, followed by a double bogey and a bogey on the following two holes. In total, he shot an 11-over round and finished tied for eighth place.
Ernie Els played perhaps the steadiest round of the day amongst the top 5 finishers. He shot 2-over and found his way into outright third place.
Pebble Beach clearly chewed these players up and spit them out today. Even with big names like Tiger, Phil and Ernie on the leaderboard on the final day, it always makes golf a little bit less exciting when the winner is just the person who doesn’t screw up as much.
Where was the drama? Where were the clutch putts and risky approach shots? All I saw today was survival.