The Players Championship

What a competition we had!

I don't think I have ever seen a competition played in so many different weather conditions across 5 days. Although it was delayed and those that got the worse of the weather really struggled with the scoring it showcased all aspects of golf.

Starting with the iconic 17th hole, only 4 balls went in the water across the first two days. There wasn't a lot of play those 2 days but still. Then the first 4 players that hit their tee shots on the Saturday all hit their ball's into the water as they had to deal with high winds. These 4 players included Brooks Keopka and Collin Morikawa. It led to some brilliant shots to hit the green showing just why it is surely the toughest par 3 in golf. We also got to see a hole in one on 17 from Shane Lowry, knocking the ball past the pin and spinning it back down the hill into the hole.

We also saw 2 great rounds of golf in the wind. Both Justin Thomas and Bubba Watson shot bogey free rounds, truly awesome rounds considering the conditions that even led to messages on twitter asking them if they had used which craft.

In the end the competition was won by Australian Cameron Smith. He went into the final round 2 shots behind leader Aniban Lahiri but got off to a superb start making birdies on his 1st 4 holes and then again on 6. It looked set he would run away with it only to bring the rest of the field back into play making bogeys on 7, 8 & 9. He didn't let these dropped shots get to him thought and he went back on the birdie trail at 10, 11, 12 & 13. Things calmed down for him then with a few pars knowing if he could par his way in he would likely win. Standing on the 17th tee all he had to do was hit the centre of the green and make a 2 putt. As soon as he hit the ball it started further right than we all expected but it finished 5ft from the hole. Cam confirmed after that he never intended to hit it that close. He made birdie and even after trying to throw it away down the last by knocking his 2nd shot in the water, he made a great up and down from 60 yards to save bogey and he went on to win by 1.

Although not a major it is classed as the 'unofficial' major with the biggest prize fund of any competition and the worlds best players turning up every year. I'm sure this shows Cam's credentials to go on and win a major in the near future.

Congratulations Cameron Smith

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