The Player’s Championship has certainly raised a few eyebrows. In fact it has told us a lot as the golfing season progresses. Hotly favoured Rickie Fowler showed us that perhaps joining the elite of modern game is still a way off. The defending champion did not even make the cut following a positive week at the Wells Fargo. Perhaps it’s the shoes?
If any player had a slightly plausible excuse for a slow performance then it would Danny Willett. The post-Masters hangover was indeed a hangover but hey, it’s understandable. We’d all celebrate like that wouldn’t we? Throw into the mix the arrival of his first born son, some sleepless night and we can all see why the Yorkshire man would be a little shaky. He didn’t make the cut last year and failed again this year. However, at least he had reasons.
The most interesting aspect of the week has to the world’s top 3 players. Whilst it was another fine Day at the office for Jason, the same could not be said for Jordan Spieth. Spieth failed to make the cut in his first competitve round since his Master's heartbreak. Whilst it would be all too easy to blame it on that, it has to be said that Spieth is simply not looking like the player he was this time last year. With his defence of the US Open fast approaching, he’ll be desperately searching for an improvement.
McIlroy continued to show the world why he is so well thought of. On day two as he ripped the course to shreds. Rory’s problem though is a lack of consistency over the four days. One great round indeed but in truth, his first day simply was not strong enough. However, grit and determination is what the Northern Irishman is all about. At this present moment in time he is certainly Day’s closest challenger. A trip to the homeland next week will be just what McIlroy needs.
Jason Day went wire to wire at the Players. What everyone needs to be worried about is simply this, he has not really played well at the Players in the past. Well, that has certainly changed. The word “Untouchable” springs to mind this week. The world number One proved his worth. Although I’ve seen a Slow Loris move quicker, there is no denying his ability. He makes it three wins for the season. Compare that the Spieth’s one and McIlroy’s...well..none, and his slow, methodical approach, no matter how dull, works.
Over on the European Tour, there is a certain young South Korean raising a few eyebrows. Back to back wins for Jeunghun Wang will see him enter the world’s top 70. Only two weeks ago he was 133rd. Quite a rise indeed. In fact, he has just become the youngest winner of back to back tours events on the European Tour. This kid is certainly one to keep a close eye on.
Shanshan Feng won again in Shanghai on the LET only this time she was pushed all the way and won in a playoff. The world number 10 will now be hoping to repeat that performance as she heads back to the LPGA.
The European Tour now heads to Ireland for the Irish Open. Whilst this may not excite everyone it certainly excites yours truly as I’ll be jumping on a plane and heading to Dublin. Of course, there will be plenty of Guinness consumed and golf to watch. The only question remains...will I actually be in a fit state to write anything? Only one way to find out.