Cameron Smith took a dramatic win in the Players Championship and a $3.6 million check as Shane Lowry and Séamus Power lost to TPC Sawgrass.
he Aussies started the finals sixth out of seven, two throws behind India’s Anirban Lahiri but made ten birdies in six under 66s, up and down from 58 yards for the bogey after the last visit. together in the water, to win by an Indian hit and by two hits from England’s Paul Casey with a score of 13 under.
Lowry went into the final round just three shots behind Lahiri with six under six but could only manage with a 72 to finish 13th with six under.
The Offaly man shaved holes for birdies on the first two greens, then drilled the third and sixth.
He fought back to birdie in the eighth, ninth and 11th minutes to take a three-stroke lead again but failed to hit the shot and had to settle for a 13th draw and a $327,222 set later. when ending in bogey.
It was also a disappointing final round for Power, who was beaten four under after seven holes but hit two on his 17th and eighth holes, after a visit to the country and playing the remaining holes at parity with card 70 and a tie 33rd out of three with Rory McIlroy, who signed a monster-free 66.
Power, who won $100,111, will get a chance to rest this week after a disappointing week that saw him face two intense weeks to find out if he would qualify for the Masters. or not.
While he is predicted to move up two places to World No. 48, he will skip this week’s Valspar Championship to rest his elbows before teeing off in the Dell Technologies World Golf Championship final. Match Play in Texas next week.
Power lamented: “I played poorly all week and hit a lot of missed shots. “Honestly, I didn’t really do anything well. I really don’t make a lot of put and hit a lot of loose shots, and that kind of adds up here.
“You won’t be able to forget so much loose footage here with the wind and strong, maybe not today but the last few days.”
Asked about his quest to stay in the top 50 after the WGC final count next week at Austin Country Club, he said: “Honestly, it’s not something I’m worried about. People keep asking me about it. People have been disappointed in the way I’ve played over the past few weeks, and it’s not great.
“But I’m going to rest for the next few days because my elbow hurts again and then let’s go back to training and start from there.”
Meanwhile, Viktor Hovland ranked 9th behind roller coaster 69 including a heated discussion with Daniel Berger about dropping the disagreement as he attempted to defend the pitch.
Hovland said he has “great respect” for Berger though insisting he feels the Americans got on the wrong foot and wanted to make an incorrect shot at par-5 16.
While a rules official told the players, “You guys usually figure things out on your own,” Berger was adamant that he should be allowed to drop closer to the green area.
This is a bad drop here, I’m telling you, Berger said. “I will drop here, if this is where you want me to drop. But it’s too far away. ”
However, Hovland still held on to his gun and later explained: “Daniel’s game is great and I have a lot of respect for him as a player. But, at the end of the day, we have to defend the pitch and protect everyone else.
“It’s not a fun conversation, but when you believe strongly in something, you have to stand your ground.
“It ended up being a compromise. He drops a little further than Joel [Dahmen] and I thought too, but in the end we compromised, and that’s why he started. “
https://www.independent.ie/sport/golf/cameron-smith-prevails-as-shane-lowry-and-seamus-power-fail-to-fire-at-sawgrass-41447044.html Cameron Smith prevails when Shane Lowry and Séamus Power don’t shoot at Sawgrass