With the conclusion of the Zurich Classic at the TPC Louisiana, Andres Romero has clinched his first career PGA Tour win. Congratulations to the 26 year old Argentinian on defeating a field that, outside of Padraig Harrington, was laden with virtual unknowns. Although a win is a win, what does winning an event like this prove? Romero played a decent round on Saturday and Sunday but most of his time was spent watching others get close and then fade away (or as Woody Austin described his performance "I was a choking dog"). I don't think Romero can necessarily be blamed for when he teed off this morning because of the pairings being the same on Sunday as Saturday but what happened, happened and no one could stay at 13-under which was the winning score.
A reason for that was the 18th hole. My pick to click, John Senden, fell victim to the 18th with a double bogey 7. The thing is Senden was actually in position to get a top five or even a top three finish but he found the water and then he was mentally not there to finish the hole. Same for Woody Austin who was in great position to win the tournament. Austin's drive landed in some thick rough and then he had an incredibly terrible second shot that traveled all of about 20 yards and remained in the rough. His next shot was landed in the water and he finished the hole with a double bogey seven. Even though Senden did not threaten the lead he did stick to his consistent patters of solid fourth rounds with a even-par 72.
A guy who I openly ripped in my last article, Peter Lonard, made me very nervous for about an hour today as he ascended the leader board. Lonard actually tied Romero with a birdie on 16 and then followed it up with a bogey on 17 which left him where he finished at 12-under and a second place finish. I don't normally backtrack on what I say but I do feel I was to quick to criticize Lonard who, much like John Sended over the past two years, is usually pretty consistent when playing well. This is not a guy who puts one week of solid golf together and then goes away for awhile. A month ago at the Mayakoba Golf Classic Lonard finished in a tie for seventh at nine-under in a field that much resembled the one of this weekend. Lonard was usually a solid pick for me last season in fantasy golf when weaker competition made up the remainder of the field. I haven't gone with him at all this season because of a very shaky start to his season and the fact that his past three tournaments have all resulted in over par rounds with his best finish being 30th. The thing is the tournament was made up of stronger fields and Lonard's history shows he is not good when the competition is tough.