Best Rounds of 2017: No. 10, Mike Goodes
His 7-under 63 in Round 3 of the Shaw Charity Classic was two better than anyone in the field
December 11, 2017
By Bob McClellan, PGATOUR.COM
- December 11, 2017
- Mike Goodes' strong showing at Shaw helped propel him to the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs. (Ryan Young/PGA TOUR)
Editor's note: In deciding upon the 10 best rounds on PGA TOUR Champions this season, we had only a couple of criteria. First and foremost, the round had to be the lowest score that day. Yes, a 64 probably is a very good round. But if someone else shot a 62 that day, it’s hard to argue it deserves a spot in our countdown.
The other criterium was this, and it was pretty loose: The round had to mean something. It didn’t necessarily have to lead directly to a victory (though it did in several instances), but it had to make an impact on that player’s tournament finish and/or Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs standing.
Player: Mike Goodes
Tournament: Shaw Charity Classic
Relation to par: 7 under
Key to round: Four consecutive birdies to start.
What it meant: Goodes, 60, shot his low round of the year and tied the low round of his career with a bogey-free 63 that propelled him from 25th place all the way to eighth at the Shaw Charity Classic. His 63 was two shots better than anyone else in the field. It was his first top 10 of 2017, and Goodes was able to follow up the next week at the JAPAN AIRLINES Championship with his second top 10. They were his only top 10s of the year, but they helped push him up the Schwab Cup standings to the point he qualified for the Dominion Energy Charity Classic and the PowerShares QQQ Championship before falling just eight spots short of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
Mike Goodes' approach yields birdie at Charles Schwab Cup