16 April 2012
This extremely narrow and favorite course of the players, always seems to crown the player who is most accurate with all the shots in his bag – this week. Certainly that was the case for the Big Swede, Carl Pettersson this week. A BIG CONGRATS TO CARL PETTERSSON on his 5th PGA tour victory, which makes him the winningest Swede in PGA tour history.
This week, the accuracy of Pettersson’s iron game was the best we have seen on tour this season. It was reminiscent of the way Johnny Miller played in his prime. But Johnny seemingly, knocked down pins every week!
If Petterssson is to maintain this accuracy week to week he will need to work on a better, more consistent, balanced finish.
Speaking of balance, Colt Knost, who contended up until midway through the final round, needs a major focus on his footwork if he is to contend with any amount of consistency or predictability. Talent alone doesn’t get the job done at this level.
Happy-go-lucky though Colt is, to continue to play relaxed and in the moment, he will need a more reliable/accurate game. He has a good feel and touch on and around the greens. So all he needs is to get that overweight body spinning better in place. Some added self-discipline both in his swing motion and his diet would go a long way toward producing at the level of his talent.
Our CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR AWARD this week goes to Zach Johnson. It is nice to see Zach better focused this year after virtually taking last year off – mentally! But, just when his birdie at 15 on Sunday put him in the hunt at 3 back, his errant tee shot on 16 produced a charge ending bogey that doomed his bid for a come from behind win.
It looks like we will be seeing more of Zach in the coming weeks, contending down the stretch. Why? Because he appears to be in a good place mentally, as well as with his swing and his putter.
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