Funai Classic Round Four review: Where did those figures come from Joe?
Joe Durant’s stats were perfect for this tournament. How come I missed them? Easy. These were the actual tournament stats, which almost perfectly fit the description I set out to look for at the start of the tournament. Unfortunately, they bear little resemblance to his resume coming into this event.
At Disney he was first for putting , against 49th in my stats, and third for greens in regulation, against 73rd in my stats (which, because they show recent form, are far more flattering than the PGA’s). That’s the beauty of golf - you never know where the next great game is coming from. Just wish I’d known earlier about Joe’s decision to change to a former “more intuitive” putting style.
Durant was solid as a rock Sunday, which was excellent because you could have lumped on him at just under evens and be pretty confident of a return. Troy Matteson was clearly running out of steam, Frank Lickliter had left himself too much to do, Davis Love was wading in treacle and Justin Rose - well he was just being Justin. As a competition it was virtually all over by the turn and when Durant birdied the 16th and his price hit the floor it was game over.
Looks like Lickliter should be watched closely this coming week. He says he is now over the problems caused by the theft of all his clubs earlier in the year and the last two weeks seem to bear that out in spades. It was also interesting to see Vijay Singh indulging in another of his trademark Sunday charges - second best round of the day. Is he coming back to the sort of form that might have him in contention next weekend?
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