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

Transcript

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