86 on Sunday morning, which makes three straight rounds in the 80s.
Got all my really awful shots out of the way on the first hole. Started with a toe hook drive that fortunately struck the trunk of a tree and bounced back onto the fairway (albeit backwards), followed by a topped 5-iron, then a shanked 55-degree wedge, and lastly a chili-dipped pitch that went about 2 yards. I finally managed to pitch on to about 5 feet and 1 putted for a double.
From that point on this was one of the better ball striking rounds I've had, with a lot of flushed mid/long irons. Ended up with 13 GIR/nGIR, and only one 3-putt. I did have 3 penalty strokes (2 from an OB drive, 1 red stake penalty area). None of the penalty strokes were the result of bad ball striking, but rather poor choice in shot selection.
I really admired how modern-day corporate-speak those Grupo Salinas commercials were.
Told you all about how socially concscious they were but didn't say a damn thing about what they were or what they do. Other than foster diversity and inclusivity and stuff.
But thanks for the link on the NLU podcast - this should be interesting. Now they need to land Gary McCord next.
Because the Tour that happened in reality is the PGA Tour, it is good for golf in the sense that it brought more interest in the sport and gave some sort of indication as to how the game is supposed to be played. God knows average folks would have never had an inkling left to their own devices.
I don't think it's the best version of itself, but it is the best we have and the benefits to the game far outweigh the shortfalls the Tour seems to have.