The Final Round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village aka “Jack’s Place” began at a god awful 7:30 am Sunday morning, with the final threesome going off 9:30 am AND they went off split tees due to the PGA anticipating storms and bad weather (it only ended up raining for all of 15 minutes around noon but thats besides the point) As the day began, we all hoped for the same thing, a Tiger charge. In what was by far his best ball striking week of this season, it felt wasted. Big Cat couldn’t buy a putt. Stuffing wedge after wedge, short iron after short iron to nothing and couldn’t convert for birdie. Tiger is so close to being all the way back and when he puts a full 4 days worth of ball striking, finding fairways off the tee, and taking advantage of short birdie putts… Big Dick Eldrick will be winners circle again and it’s going to happen sooner than you think. The US Open at Shinnecock is right around the corner, Im not saying, Im just saying.
Enough about El Tigre though, The Midwest’s version of The Masters gave us all we could hope for… EXCEPT huge names in the final groups. With the final group being Patrick Cantlay, Bryson DeChambeau, and Kyle Stanley and the penultimate grouping of an in form Justin Rose, Byeong An, and the 19 year stud Joaquin Niemann who is going to be a problem on tour for years to come. But what it lacked in star power, it made up for with a fun finish. The Mad Scientist Bryson DeChambeau birdied the par 5 11th and birdied the par 3 12th to take a 1 shot lead over Patrick Cantlay… then all hell broke loose. Cantlay and DeChambeau make bogey at 14 as Stanley birdies. Then Kyle fuckin’ Stanley played like a man possessed and went on to birdie 15, 16, and a dragon dick length putt on 17 to tie DeChambeau’s lead heading into the last hole.
After Cantlay missed a short birdie putt at the last… DeChambeau and Stanley went on to miss their par putts. We get a 3 man playoff between An, DeChambeau, and Stanley.
On the first playoff hole, Stanley damn near chips in for par to stick around… then An almost holes an impossible chip from behind the green, in the rough, onto a down slope. RIDCULOUS. DeChambeau then hits his birdie putt so bad that only Helen Keller herself could have recreated it and left himself with a 7 footer to force another playoff hole with An. He holes it. MORE FREE GOLF.
An and DeChambeau headed back to the 18th tee and both found the fairway. An pulls a wedge into the gallery and hit some poor old lady in the foot and after taking relief from a sprinkler head he is forced to hit a flop shot up to baby Jesus himself and somehow manages to stick it within 3 feet. Seriously, this guys short game is nuts. Bryson DeChambeau had a 12 foot, down hill putt for birdie for the win… he taps it down the slope, breaks to the left… and it drops right in the middle.
The Mad Scientist picked up his 2nd career PGA Tour win and almost certainly secures his Ryder Cup team spot. Love him or hate him and how much thought he puts into every shot and every swing he makes… Le Artisté can play.