Pat Perez finally broke through and won at the Bob Hope Classic. It was his 198th start on the tour and came on a day when the wind tormented the players. Perez has a reputation as a hot head, but he kept his composure as he came from three back in the final round. He finished with an eagle to put an exclamation point on his victory.
This is a tough tournament to watch if you are a real golf fan. The majority of the television time is spent interviewing celebrities and athletes that are competing in the Pro-Am. If I want to see celebrities I’ll watch the “E Channel”. If I want to see John Elway I’ll watch the NFL channel. I want to see the players play golf. This five day format is tired and the PGA Tour should think about a change.
Thankfully the pros are the only ones on the course for the fifth round. That being said, there were still plenty of compelling stories during the final round. Poor Steve Stricker taking a seven and an eight, that’s tough. The two time Comeback player of the year was a victim of the wind. Stephen Ames shoots a 63 to jump from 45th to 5th. Second year man John Merrick battling Perez for his first win on tour. You have to love it when a rookie starts to make some waves and Webb Simpson has. Simpson, a Q-School graduate finished tied for fifth. That is two top tens in two events; he is off to a great start. Sunday at the Hope turned out better than expected.