I love match play. Golfer vs golfer, shot for shot provides for entertaining golf. More risks are taken and more pace on putts when players must make it to gain a hole in the match is fun. It’s even more fun when things get tense, and that happened on Saturday in the Matt Kuchar vs Sergio Garcia quarterfinal. By now, you know what happened, and perhaps you’ve seen the makeup video the two players posted on social media on Monday. Here’s my two cents on the whole deal: Of course the next putt was good, but Sergio bungled it in anger. Should Kuchar have yelled it’s good? It looks like he didn’t have time, and he probably thought he didn’t need to. At that point it was too late with the cameras and the stunned look everyone had. It was unfortunate, and produced tension the remainder of the match that went the distance with Kuchar the winner. It made for good television, but it also made for people to be ruthless and hate on Sergio in social media. He’s had a rough year in that regard, and so has Kuch for that matter (caddy pay). Kuchar could have just said it was good and told the official he said it was good. It would have been fine. Nobody would have had a problem with it. But that didn’t happen, and both players are at fault. That’s what made Monday’s make up video noteworthy. Two players that were in the headlines for the wrong reason, coming together to move forward. Will it work? It’s good to me.
Kevin Kisner came out the winner at the WGC Match Play for the biggest win of his career. I was working the RSM Classic in 2015 when he won his first PGA Tour event. It was a popular win amongst the other professionals and the start of what has been a very good career. It was also the second straight year he made it to the Match Play final and should make him a Captain’s pick consideration for the Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup.
I enjoyed Kisner’s honesty when he said he is still motivated by money after winning more than 1.7 Million. He talked about hoarding it so it doesn’t run out. It’s reasonable to assume it won’t as he has won nearly 19 Million and counting in his career.
I am thrilled for Syracuse’s Dan McCarthy after he won in Savannah on the WEB. Com Tour. It was not his first professional win, but his biggest after some success on the Canadian Tour. McCarthy was in good shape last year on the Web money list, but didn’t have a great second half to gain his PGA Tour card. This win is a great boost as he moved from 119 to 8th in the point standings. Hopefully this is the start of a run to his Tour card.
I met Dan last year at the LECOM Health Challenge media day and he couldn’t have been nicer. I asked for his cell number for a potential radio show interview and also knowing it would come in handy some day. Sure enough that was Sunday as I was able to send him a congratulatory text. His response was as expected, exuberant! Keep it going Dan.
-While we’re on the topic of the Web . Com Tour, WNY native Kevin Prise is doing a great job covering that tour for the PGA Tour. Prisey as he is known is loved by the players and co-workers for his friendly nature, infectious smile, and dedication to telling the stories of the aspiring PGA Tour players. Make sure you follow Kevin on Twitter (@WebTourKevin).
-We have a good run of professional events in WNY this year. It starts the final week of May with the Sr. PGA Championship at Oak Hill CC in Rochester, followed just two weeks later by the Canadian Open at Hamilton CC, and finishing July 4th week with the LECOM Health Challenge at Peek n Peak Resort in Clymer. I hope to see you at one, two, or all of these events.