Tuesday February 2, 2021 – Patrick Reed won the Farmers Insurance Open this past weekend at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, CA. And, as you’d expect, it wasn’t without controversy.
Long story short, Reed thought an approach shot on the Par 4 10th embedded during Round 3. Neither Reed, his caddie, playing partners, or the volunteer saw that the ball actually bounced. So, Reed called over a rules official and it was decided that the ball was in fact embedded. Therefore, Reed was afforded a drop without penalty.
I clean in place and fluff my lie on just about every shot. So, from an amateur’s standpoint, it doesn’t really bother me all that much.
But, when there’s millions of dollars on the line and all of your peers are competing in the same, damp, conditions, I can see why it pissed some people off.
Case in point, here is what Xander Schauffele had to say about it:
“Obviously the talk amongst the boys isn’t great, I guess, but he’s protected by the tour and that’s all that matters, I guess.”
Whether or not you like P Reed is entirely personal. But if I’m being honest, part of me doesn’t mind him because he’s team ‘Merica. The fact that he rocks red, white, and blue on Sundays has to count for something, right?
If You Want To Feel Bad About Your Bank Account
If you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’. Or at least I think that’s how the saying goes? Anyway, here’s a look at how the bank accounts of the top finishers at the Farmers Insurance Open faired:
- Patrick Reed – $1,350,000 and 500 FedExCup Points.
- Tony Finau – $456,375 and 167 FedExCup Points.
- Henrik Norlander – $456,375 and 167 FedExCup Points.
- Ryan Palmer – $456,375 and 167 FedExCup Points.
- Xander Schauffele – $456,375 and 167 FedExCup Points.
- Viktor Hovland – $456,375 and 167 FedExCup Points.
WTF Else is Goin’ On
- The USGA and R&A are going after Bryson’s gainz.
The Week Ahead
The PGA Tour is headed to TPC Scottsdale for the Waste Management Phoenix Open this week. Generally, it’s one of the rowdiest weeks of the year on Tour. But, for obvious reasons, that won’t be the case. There is a silver lining. 5,000 spectators will be allowed to attend each day. #progress