I spent yesterday afternoon at Bay Hill watching the games greats play at Mr. Palmer’s place. I have been to Bay Hill almost annually, including seeing a couple of Tigers victories, but yesterday was something amazing.
There were so many groups with players who had a chance to win on the golf courses. Roars were coming from all around the golf course. We were all out there wondering what was going on.
I spent the front 9 following Tiger in his Sunday red for a while. It was a lot of fun to see him hit some really clutch shots trying to make birdies. The drive he hit on 6 was awesome to watch. The tee shot was straight into the wind and he took the most aggressive line of any player I saw.
After making the turn, I stopped in the Club House for lunch. Mo, one of The Golfing Dads contributing editors, was celebrating his birthday and we had passes to get us in the club house so we sat on the patio for lunch. If your are ever at Bay Hill it is a great spot for lunch. I do suggest the burger.
After lunch, Mo and I went over to the back 9 where we focused our efforts on 16-18. We stood in the landing area on 16 for a while and watched the leaders come through. Rory’s drive on 16 was the highlight of the day. This drive was perfect. It landed about where we were standing and took a huge bounce. Rolling out to 370 something yards. It was impressive to watch.
The best moment on 16 was watching Bryson Dechambeau make an eagle 3 with an amazing second shot and then a putt that slid in the side door. This gave him a chance to tie Rory. When Dechambeau’s putt hung on the edge on 17 and then he drove it in the rough on 18, Rory had sealed the victory.
Mo and I walked the last few holes with our friends from SIK putters. They make Dechambeau’s putter, and the one in mine and Mo’s bag too. It was a lot of fun watching the great golf that was played down the stretch and having some great laughs with them.
The leaderboard on Sunday was a who’s who of golf. Tiger, Rory, Bryson, Henrik, Rose, Rickie and Reed all in the top 10, NBC and the tournament couldn’t have asked for a better finish. It was even better to be out there on the course.
Dads Say So, what an awesome day at Bay Hill. Happy Birthday to Mo, I hope it was awesome. Congrats to Rory on getting the victory. His play on the back 9 was very reminiscent of Mr. Palmer in his heyday. He attacked the golf course and played to win the golf tournament. The putt he made on 18 he didn’t even need to read the putt. We have all seen Tiger make the same putt and throw his hat in one of his victories there. It is great to see Mr. Palmer’s legacy carried on at Bay Hill. Hopefully, it continues for years to come.