The PGA Tour's wild start to the new decade
Alex Myers discusses Justin Thomas' drama-filled playoff win at Kapalau that kicked the decade off in style.
Released on 1/6/2020
[Narrator] So a new decade in golf
got off to quite a bang with a riveting finish
at the year's first PGA tour stop in Kapalua.
On the flip side, my new year got off to a beep,
or rather a pre-dawn beeping,
thanks to a carbon monoxide alarm's battery dying.
Fortunately, I'm old and hadn't even stayed up
til midnight on new year's eve,
so it didn't cost me too much sleep.
Plus, I'm tough so I was able to brush off such adversity.
Also tough, Justin Thomas.
The young star overcame a couple of late bogeys
in regulation to win a three-man playoff
with Presidents Cup teammates
Patrick Reed and Xander Schauffele
at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
And if this is a harbinger of what's to come in the 2020s,
golf fans better buckle up like they're getting
picked up in the DeLorean.
We could be in for a wild ride,
and there will be some bumps along the way,
like on Sunday evening.
I thought Josh Allen made the dumbest decision
of the weekend with that ill-advised lateral,
until Justin Thomas took an even more ill-advised line
from about 350 yards away on the second hole,
and found a hazard.
It should have cost him the tournament,
but Xander Schauffele three-putted from about 40 feet
after reaching a long par five and two.
Schauffele three-putted again on the first playoff hole,
and then there were two players remaining.
Thomas and Reed were then down to one final hole
before darkness in the Aloha State,
and before I had to go to bed.
Again, I'm old.
But Thomas after absolutely chunking a hybrid
that barely cleared the hazard,
made the winning birdie after a brilliant third shot.
Oh, and after Reed got his latest dose of heckling
when a fan yelled Cheater while his birdie put missed.
Reed is in for the bumpiest ride of all,
especially when the US Open heads to Winged Foot in June.
New York crowds are just a bit tougher on athletes.
Speaking of being in Hawaii,
a hot mic picked up Patrick Cantlay saying
Two more holes, and we can get a Mai Tai on Friday.
Fingers crossed we get to hear a lot more
player-caddy conversations in the new year.
But the story of the week was Thomas.
The artist formally known as Jordan Spieth's little buddy.
Incredibly, after once trailing his good friend 8-1
in career PGA Tour wins,
JT has now pulled ahead 12-11.
You have to wonder if that's going to affect
the dynamic of SB2K20.
You also have to wonder after a month filled with
endless best of the decade lists from golf writers,
if JT is going to be the guy dominating
the next round of those rankings in 10 years.
He's certainly off to a good start.
Hope he enjoyed a few Mai Tais as well.