April 22 2012
By Fred Albers, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
Shot of the day: Ben Curtis’ best shot of the day followed his worst. He bladed a wedge over the 17th green and his one-shot lead was about to evaporate. He chipped to 23 feet. With the tournament in the balance, Curtis rolled home the uphill, curling, left to right putt. He added a 12-foot birdie at the final hole, but it was his par putt at the 17th that won this tournament.
One that got away: Matt Every had a good week. His second-place finish means he’ll keep his card for 2013, but this is a tournament Every easily could have won. He bogeyed the 11 th hole from 133 yards out in the middle of the fairway. He missed makeable birdie putts on both the 12 th and 14 th holes and then misfired from just 4 feet at the 16 th. He did not make a birdie after the sixth hole. This was a tournament Every could have, perhaps should have, won.
Injured: John Huh was 9 over on his first eight holes of the tournament and yet played in the final group in the final round and had a chance to win. It’s even more impressive when you consider Huh played injured. He hurt his wrist during the tournament and is concerned enough to schedule a doctor’s exam and would not commit to any future tournaments. Huh declined to say how he injured the joint.
Hole locations: On Thursday, there was not a single hole location that was less than 5 feet from the edge of the green. That changed on Sunday when one-third of the cups were set four paces from the edge. The tight hole locations made it difficult for players to fire at the flagsticks.
By the numbers: Statistically, Ben Curtis was by far the best player in the field. He was second in fairways hit (42 of 56). He was first in greens in regulation (49 of 72). Curtis led the field in strokes gained-putting, he did not have a three-putt the entire week and did not miss a single putt of 5 feet or less. On Tuesday, Curtis moved his right hand a little more on top of his grip and with each putt he made, he became more and more confident until he finished the tournament with a 12-foot birdie on the 72 nd hole.