What a roller coaster. Being out on tour getting a call to be on the show, then two weeks later being in West Virginia and starting to stare at the reality of being part of well....reality television that is. Things just happened so fast.
I had many emotions running through my head of how I wanted to go about this 'game'. But really, I just wanted to play golf. I couldn't quite wrap my mind around the fact that this was a one and done deal. I mean you’re not playing 18 holes, or even 9. You are hitting one, maybe two shots for all we knew, and hoping it was good enough. So I just wanted to develop a solid swing right away and hopefully parlay that into good things.
I wasn't nervous about hitting the shots, or even having all the people and cameras around. As you can see I put great swings together. I think it was more the first show and just trying to get in the rhythm of how the day goes. On the glass break challenge I was last and had to wait for what felt like days, just thinking, and over-thinking, and doing it all over again. If you saw, the first four guys are the ones that had the best scores. That was an obvious advantage for them.
I'm aggressive by nature (I take aim at the pins) and looking back on the second challenge, I wanted to knock it stiff and be done with the competition, when really all I had to do was hit to the front yardage with the wind, and the slope of the green. That was a mental error. In a 'normal' round of golf, I more than likely would have thought it through! In the playoff here, I tried to outsmart them and I felt just as comfortable with the 190 yard-shot. So looking back, I should have taken that. But it was a strategy that backfired. Nothing I can do but tip my hat to Stu and Squatch!
That is how golf is. It sent me to elimination and being the 'nice guy' that I am, I wasn't expecting to have to pick another friend to join me. Talk about tough. When playing someone, I want to beat them in every aspect of the game, but calling them out in front of everyone else is an entirely new ball game.
I picked Isaac. Let me say I love this guy. He's a big teddy bear. It was nothing more than I had to pick someone, and Stu was “puring” it better than ever on the range. Brian, I hadn't seen play a whole lot so I didn't know what to expect from him. Isaac is the only one where I knew what I was getting into. Long, consistent, touch. I knew he had it all. But if you want to be the best, you got to beat the best!
I hit the drive a little bit thin but good enough to keep it straight and still in a good yardage to go for it in two. Hit a really solid approach right where I was aiming, and didn't get the wind I thought I had. I didn’t hit a good enough bunker shot to run out, just poorly judged on my part as I thought it would run out down the side hill more. And finally, I left the putt just a roll short of falling. That was the story.
Bottom line is I am 'that guy' to America. I hate losing, but I am OK with it this time, only because I had to be. I got a chance to meet great guys and Golf Channel selecting me was something I felt blessed by.
Just know that golf is not who I am, golf is what I do.
Have a great day!
Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome
Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)
The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...
And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.
Man, it must be so cool do that at the Silverdome. ... ... ... I'm sorry, it is the Superdome, brothers.
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas
He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.
Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.
Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.
In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.
Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.
Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.
Win No. 1: Title defense at the CIMB Classic
Win Nos. 2 and 3: The Hawaiian double
Record Round No. 1: 59 at the Sony Open
Record Round No. 2: 63 at the U.S. Open
Temporary Slide: Open MC makes it three in a row
Mr. Major (and win No. 4): PGA champ at Quail Hollow
Win No. 5: Dell Technologies Championship
The $10 Million Man: FedExCup champ
Biggest Win of All? Player of the Year
And One to Grow On: Wins at CJ Cup in 2017-18 season
Photo Galleries: Best of ...
Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017
GolfChannel.com counted down the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. Check out the list below. And click here for the full collection of articles.
Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge
ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.
The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.
They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.
Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.
Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.
Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.
''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''
The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.
In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''
Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.