OK, full wrap up. here's a view up 9 & 18 to the ridiculous clubhouse which looks like a falcon.
We had a debate a while ago about whether it was worth it to go to a golf tournament. In this instance, fuck and yes, because the crowds were pretty small. My buddy who lives here told me before I came that I would never see this level of golf with so moderate a crowd, and he was spot on. It really gave me an appreciation for just how good these guys are, which I didn't get when I'd go to watch the Hong Kong Open because the crowds were big enough that it was tough to get close enough to the players.
It was often hard to follow the flight of the ball in the air because they hit it so hard and so fast that I would lose the ball against the sky. The best position to watch was right behind the tee on a par 4/par 5 because you could see just how hard and how far they hit driver or three wood, and follow the ball all the way. also great to be right next to the green to watch short game/putting.
we found the best spot was at the tee box on 16, right behind the players. for example, here's henirk stenson on that tee today.
that spot gave us a perfect view of 15, a shortish par 3, and then for them to move over and hit on 16, a severe dog leg left. seeing who hit driver, who hit 3 wood, how much they would try to cut the corner. great stuff.
at the 9th green there was a little opening between the concession stand and the bleachers where we could walk back and be up against a low wall that was only about 20 feet from the edge of the green. on the first day the pin was back in that corner and a couple players hit into the thick rough relatively near the wall so it was nice to watch them chip out. at 18 there was a rope between the big corporate sky box structure and the bleachers that a lot of the time was empty. at the end there were more people but not that crowded.
we followed stenson's group from 16 to the end, and then watched all the other groups come in. on the big video scoreboard which gave hole by hole results we could track all the groups coming in, there were about 10 guys in contention, and then see them go for the green in two as they came in (it was a reachable but not easy par 5). dustin johnson was in the last group and made a big run. a british guy in the group ahead of him, tommy fleetwood, was alone in the lead on the 18th tee and hooked his drive into the crowd. he was lucky as it bounced into a spectator and dropped down into the rough and gave him a good lie. if it had bounced into the crowd it would have been in a sand waste area and landed in footprints. he hit a clutch 3 wood onto the green and 2 putted for a birdie that essentially clinched it.
one of DJ's playing partners, pablo lazzarabal, was 2 down so an eagle would have put him in a playoff, but his second shot missed the green. DJ had hit a monster drive, but fleetwood then birdied to go three up on him. DJ hit the second closest approach we saw the time we were there (martin kaymer got to 10 feet). we heard DJ telling his caddie/brother while they were waiting that he would try to 2 putt for birdie, but he drained the putt
and ended up tied with lazarrabal for 2nd.
in sum, a hell of a fun time, really glad i did it and hope to come here again in the future to watch this tournament.
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