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May 13, 2014

GLENMORE: What a finish at The Players!

RICHMOND — With no local action on the golf courses to report I wanted to comment on the thrilling Players Championship at Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., this past weekend.

This tournament, although not called a major championship, probably has as strong a field as any of them.

Entering Sunday’s play, German golfer Martin Kaymer and 22-old sensation, Jordan Spieth, were out in front by three shots at 12 under par. They were both playing near flawless golf and it was very interesting to see if they could keep it up.  Young Spieth had not had a bogie for the first 54 holes played, which was the most bogie free holes since Greg Norman’s streak in 1994.

Sunday, on the first nine holes Speith still played steady golf with no more bogies and one birdie. On the back his control wavered and he had his first bogie on 13 followed by two more!

That knocked him out of contention.

Ouch!

Kaymer, meanwhile, was still in control at 15-under par and out to a three-stroke lead on his nearest competitor, Jim Furyk, going into the 16th hole. A bad chip on 16 led to a double bogie and he was only one stroke ahead going into the treacherous island hole No. 17 and the long par four No. 18 with water on the left.

On the island hole, Kaymer hit a good shot that hit in the fringe and took a crazy bounce to the left and almost off the green. With his foot against the green frame, he hit a poor chip and left himself a hard 30-foot downhill putt for par. He then stroked the best putt of his life and the fast breaking ball dove in the cup.

He then gutted it out and parred the 18th hole for the win.

Wow!  Talk about a “Thriller from Maniller,” that was it!

I’m disappointed that Spieth didn’t win but he will have many days in the sun. For Kaymer a tough win over a great field.

You da man!

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