Did anyone catch the Genesis Open on Sunday at Riviera? It was a fight to the finish, with #13 FCIR J.B. Holmes coming back from 4 strokes down to Justin Thomas (#13 FCIR) to win his first PGA Tour title in nearly three years. Conditions were tough with high winds, with Holmes staying in contention and hoping for a break. “I knew it was going to be very difficult to shoot a low score,” Holmes said. “I needed some help from Justin.” Thomas did give J.B. some help, taking 19 putts “in a wild back nine that featured three two-shot swings because of putting.” A frustrated Thomas said afterwards, “It’s always a bummer to hand a tournament. I feel like I should have won that thing.”
Meanwhile, Tiger Woods (#10 BCAR) shot 65 to finish his morning third round, and closed with a 72 in the afternoon, and tied for 15th (the players had to play 36 holes due to delays). “I got tired,” Woods said. “I don’t know if I’m the only one, but I definitely felt it today. Wind, cold. I was at 10 (under) and I slipped four shots coming in. That’s the way it goes.”
With the lowest score in the final round, however, was Si Woo Kim, shooting an impressive 66 and coming in third place. Kim is a rare #1 FEAR on tour, and his swing was fundamentally sound throughout the tournament despite the difficult conditions. While many #13 players stood over and studied their putts on the green for great lengths of time, Kim was the opposite. He looked at his ball, walked up, and putt it, over and over again. It was quite the contrast! To be sure, Kim also has a beautiful, ‘EA’ gross motor swing, utilizing his entire body from back-swing to follow-through. To see a great video of this unique young man from South Korea, click here.
Written by: Staff
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