Sunday, 7 April 2013

The week that was... Valero Texas Open

Since we're forced to wait extra week for the years first major, here's my final thoughts on the week that was... Billy Horschel needs to claim down, Rory's is back, Siem was oh so close and who's Martin Laird? Plus I really cant wait for the Masters just so I don't have to listen to Johnny Miller at least for a week.

My pick Billy Horschel hung in tough and put on a putting display his friend Tiger could be proud of, but is he too fired up on the course and if he had won a few majors a legend named Tom Watson and the like would call his behaviour disrespectful and unprofessional. After a Texas two step that gave him back to back top 3 finishes. Going into Sunday he looked the most likely to be the last player earning a tee time Thursday at Augusta. That same emotion and intensity that gave him the 54 hole lead, may have cost his first tour victory. We all know the guy who screams and breaks a club on the course and his normally the same guy saying he needs to stay loose, comments also made by Horschel. If he keeps putting the way he did on Saturday making over 240 feet of putts, a win is in the near future. Personally I think the tour should let guys like him smoke the occasional joint. 

After the rocky start to the season and with all the hype for the move to Nike and being the world #1 Rory McIlroy. Wasn't living up to the expectations, and with the bad taste left in this mouth from the 2011 Masters can you blame him for the last minute decision to play this week. After a 2nd place finish and four solid rounds (72, 67, 71, 66) on a tough course, Rory looks posed to be a popular pick to content next week. Maybe he needs to listen to Arnold Palmer and tee it up at Bay Hill next year, then we wont hear I need more reps and he wont be asked if he has broken up with his girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki, (right) he's not stupid.

The fairy tale story of the year had to be Marcel Siem, last week he won on the European tour and for the moment got within the top 50 and in the field for The Masters. Only to have Henrik Stenson's finish in Houston knock him out. So the organizers of this week's Valero Texas Open offered him a sponsors exemption. Late Sunday he was one shot back until a triple bogey seven on the 12th hole. With that Cinderella's slipper didn't fit, I hope he got some Texas BBQ out of the trip.

Martin Laird the streak buster, with his bogey free nine under 63 the low round for the week. He's not only won a cool 1.1 million, he's playing next week at Augusta too. The streak he broke was the American revolution of sorts on tour, with American's winning the first 14 events of the year. Laird being Scottish also tied the score record with his 63. Starting five shots back I doubt he truly thought he was going to finish as the winner, especially when you consider his best finish prior was a T-34 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.


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