The Plantation Course delivered big time this afternoon during the final round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Even though Jason Day made a late run with a course record tying 62, the Tournament basically boiled down to a two man, head to head struggle between Jimmy Walker and Patrick Reed. After making par at 13 Walker headed to the 14th tee with a three stroke lead. It appeared to be his tournament to win or lose.
The record will show that Patrick Reed won the title, propelled by a scintillating eagle two at the par 4 16th. There is no doubt that his finish was brilliant and he’s a very deserving champion. However, I have a feeling Jimmy Walker is feeling pretty bad tonight. I wouldn’t call his finish a collapse (1 over par the last 8 holes) but I still believe that despite Reed’s heroics, it was Jimmy Walker’s tournament to win. He simply didn’t perform the way he is capable, under the pressure. .
Over the last couple of years, I have grown to become a huge Jimmy Walker fan. Not only is he great player, he is a terrific person. He will learn from today’s experience and come back strong…he will be in the winners circle again soon. It just might be this week at Sony.
Read more at PGATour.com: “Reed rallies to win Hyundai in playoff.”