Luke Donald basically needed a top-2 finish and some luck from Simpson to come away with the money title. Here’s a look at how it played out through the week. Marked by chance to win, through that given hole.
I only ran before the first, before the second, before the third, before the fourth and then the final nine holes.
Donald started the week at less than 20% to win, and pretty steadily declined until the back nine on Sunday. Then starting really at the 11th hole, there was a five hole stretch that brought him from less than 10% to take the money title to over 97%.
Here’s a look at the back nine, more specifically:
Donald actually birdied the 64th hole (No. 10), but didn’t really pick up much as Webb Simpson also made birdie on that hole. Then Donald birdied the next 5, as well, while Simpson played that stretch in 1-over par. That basically sealed the deal for Donald and probably is as good a six hole stretch as there ever has been in golf.
I’ll take a look at where Donald’s season ranks in the last decade later this week.