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Weekend in Review: John Rollins and Jenga have a lot in common

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Like a game of Jenga, John Rollins figured it was just a matter of time before his game tumbling down. Was he ever right about that.

Nick Watney, a Fresno State University grad playing in his home state of California, birdied two of the last three holes, including a dramatic 40-foot birdie putt on the 70th hole of the event to capture the Buick Invitational by one over John Rollins. The come-from-behind victory capped Watney’s second tour win of his young career.

Rollins, a two-time winner on tour, had a meltdown over his last seven hole that included three bogeys, an eagle and numerous missed putts. It wasn’t the kind of final round you’d expect from a former winner on tour — especially when he was playing so well through the first nine holes. You could tell his game was in trouble when his driver started to betray him when it counted.

Matt Jones carded a final round 64 (8-under) to leapfrog almost the entire field on the final day. Watching some of his final round, it was apparent that Jones was just in total control of his game. He carded ten birdies and hit 89 percent of his greens in regulation. Those are some gaudy numbers on a Torrey Pines course that definitely had the last laugh.
Phil Mickelson made the cut for the weekend but was never in contention. He finished T42 at three-over par.
Luke Donald may have finished in the top ten for the week, but his bogey on the par-3 eight hole was one of the worst I’ve seen all season. I’m still trying to obtain video (please let me know if you have it), but for those of you who saw it, Donald hit a total shank from the tee that went directly right. They made a mention during the telecast that the shot was a tribute to weekend golfers everywhere.


Written by Jonathan Wall

02/09/2009 at 3:36 pm

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