Golfers who have excelled at Torrey Pines and impressed us all- Part 2

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Golfers who have excelled at Torrey Pines and impressed us all- Part 2

Other than Jhonattan Vegas and Dustin Jhonson who excelled at the 2011 fairways, there are golfers like Hunter Mahan and Bubba Watson who also deserve some praise for their play at the Farmers Insurance Open

Hunter Mahan:

This is a guy who ranked in the top 20 cult of nearly every list published over the week.

Ignoring his final round 73, Mahan managed to display his fine golfing skills on the fairways and played there remarkably consistent rounds.

He finished with a tied 6th place at the Torrey Pines after playing three highly consistent rounds of 69, 67 and 69. Scoring below the par enabled him to enter the, final, fourth round of the Farmers Insurance Open which is regarded as one of the most crucial stages of the match.

As for the overall ranking, the 28-year-old golfer stood 18th in Driving Accuracy, came 19th in Driving Distance with an average of 292-yards and sixth in Putts Per Round with a 27.5.

However, the golfer with 4 professional victories faltered in the Greens in regulation category. His unfortunate rating of T40 had been much apparent at the Sunday’s round when his score card faced three unfortunate double bogeys and one fatal double bogey. His final round score had been a disappointing 1 over the par.

Regardless of the ill fated last round 73, critics praise Mahan for his forever-attempt to hover near the apex. They say struggling below the leader board isn’t his style.

According to the critics, when Mahan climbs to the top, he stays there. Recollecting the 2010 memories, it becomes apparent that the 2003 Haskins award holder grabbed two tournaments, both of whom had been Sunday rounds.

His previous victories had been attained at the Phoenix Waste Management Open and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational whose last rounds ended with a 65 and a 64 respectively.

All praise to his accuracy that manages to set him apart from the competition. Working with Sean Foley, Mahan has successfully adjusted his putting style that has consequently changed his approach and has thus gifted him a new level of confidence.

The 28-year-old golfer used his confident approach and the accurate drives from the tee to grab a T6 that manages to justify his record of a two-time USA Ryder Cup member and a proven winner on the PGA Tour.  

Bubba Watson:

This is the 5th lefty to win twice on PGA.

More specifically, Bubba Watson won this year’s Farmers Insurance Open which makes him the fifth golfer, who plays left-handed, to attain a victory at a PGA Tour event two times.   

With the current victory in hands, the golfer has joined the impressive lefty list which includes the likes of Phil Mickelson, Mike Weir, Bob Charles and Steve Flesch.

In 2010, the 32-year-old grabbed one highly moving victory at the Traveler’s Championship and then recorded a sensational P2 finish at the PGA Championship.

Critics who once praised Watson’s superior length on the fairways now marvel at his alarmingly increasing number of skills. During his week at the Torrey pines, the American golfer grabbed first place in the Driving Distance category with a 316-yardage on average while the Greens in Regulation category followed the same suit. As for the putts per round, it averaged to 29 after he drained 20 birdies over the four days.

Like Mahan, Bubba also had one round in the 70s with the later three residing below the 60s. He carded an array of 65, 69 and 67 for the victory and used his exceptionally lethal drives to walk straight to glory.


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