Takeaways from The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic
January 26, 2017
By Adam Stanley, PGATOUR.COM
- Jimmy Gunn credited his driving and short game for his strong finish in the Bahamas. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Jimmy Gunn records best Web.com Tour finish
Jimmy Gunn is from Dornoch, Scotland – one of the most iconic places in all of golf, as Royal Dornoch Golf Club is No.6 on Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses in the World ranking.
And this week in the Bahamas, he had his best-ever result on the Web.com Tour, contributing some of his success to his ability to play in the wind – something he no doubt learned while traversing the historical links of one of the best golf courses on the planet.
“I like playing in the wind, as soon as it went calm I couldn’t play again. It was a good week, and just five bad holes killed me. You can’t do that when the wind goes down. I hit a lot of good shots and can’t argue with a solo second,” he said.
Gunn attributed his success to his driving and short game both being solid this week, calling it a ‘fun’ experience.
“Obviously it would be nice to get the win, but you can’t argue with second,” he stated.
Andrew Landry credits U.S. Open experience, comfort, and his Grandfather for his success
Andrew Landry, the Cinderella Story of the 2016 U.S. Open played 28 holes on the final day of The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic at The Abaco Club, and thanks to a hot putter and driver, he emerged as the champion by three – his second Web.com Tour victory.
It’s been a whirlwind six weeks for Landry, a University of Arkansas product.
During the final round of Q-School in December, he chipped in twice (on No’s 6 and 8) to earn some status on the Web.com Tour this year. He also got married, and just a few weeks ago, his grandfather passed away. But now, he’s a winner again on the Web.com Tour.
“Obviously he was a big aspect in my life and he was a big-time sports fan. It was just nice to pull one through,” Landry said of his Grandfather, choked up on Wednesday evening.
The 29-year-old said he was thinking about the U.S. Open – where he was in the lead for most of the beginning part of the tournament and played in the final group – as the second event of the Web.com Tour season came down to the wire.
“I was thinking about what went wrong and thinking about how I can get better and that’s all you can possibly do throughout any round of golf. You just need to get better,” he explained. “My tempo got bad in the U.S. Open and that’s something I tried to go through all day: ‘good tempo, good tempo.’”
Landry also said that he learned a lot about getting off to a good start while struggling on the PGA TOUR in 2016. He played only 18 events on TOUR last year, and said he’s focused now on getting two more wins on the Web.com Tour and getting that Three-Win Promotion, so then he can return to the TOUR sooner rather than later.
It was a monumental week for Landry in the Bahamas, but it was also a comfortable one as he stayed in a house with a number of fellow University of Arkansas alums. He credits some of his victory to that relaxed vibe.
“At PGA TOUR orientation last year Russell Knox said you’d shoot more 66’s if you stayed at a nice place and woke up and put your bathrobe on the morning and felt good,” Landry said with a smile.
Chase Parker off to a great inaugural Web.com Tour campaign
In just his second career Web.com Tour start, Chase Parker recorded a top-five finish, as he was tied for fourth at The Bahamas Great Abaco Classic at The Abaco Club.
Parker, a University of Kentucky product who played in the 2016 U.S. Open and made the cut, was holding a piece of the lead as he finished his third round – he admitted while he was eating lunch between the third and final rounds he looked at his phone and saw where he was at – and was still hovering around the top of the leaderboard until two late bogeys (on 15 and 17) ultimately derailed his chance for a win.
The 25-year-old from Augusta, Georgia said his putting kept him in there all week, stating he wasn’t actually hitting the ball that well.
All in all, though, he was happy with his week, and the start of his Web.com Tour season (he finished tied for 28th at The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay).
“I fell very good,” he said. “I guess it’s not a dream start because you’re going to dream of winning, but this was as close to that as you can. I played well two weeks ago and again this week.”
2017 Players to Watch kick-start their seasons
While predictions are so difficult in golf considering the ever-changing conditions and high level of competition, a handful of PGATOUR.com’s Players to Watch for this year have hit their strides early this season.
Zecheng ‘Marty’ Dou, who won four times on PGA TOUR China in 2016, was ranked No.7 on the Players to Watch list to start the season. He notched his best finish of the young season this week in the Bahamas, a solo third.
Meanwhile, Jack Maguire (No.9) and Sam Ryder (No.2) also recorded their best finishes of the 2017 season as they were tied for fifth.
The Best of the Bahamas
As the Web.com Tour concludes its inaugural swing through the beautiful Bahamas, two players will be sad to say goodbye to the island.
Corey Conners and Andrew Putnam both managed to play through some blustery conditions and lock in the best two combined finishes of anyone on the Web.com Tour so far in 2017.
The Canadian Conners had the best performances of anyone in the Bahamas, finishing T5 and T7 in the first two events of the season. Meanwhile Putnam finished T8 and T11. Conners and Putnam are sitting 6th and 9th respectively on The 25.
Andrew Landry wins the Bahamas Great Abaco Classic