The Players has provided an interesting contrast the past three days. We’ve seen guys struggle from the beginning, witness Tiger Woods and his no birdie Thursday; guys start fast and chase that with a large number, Rory Sabbatini with his 67-79 and Rod Pampling starting 70-71 then tacking on an 80; and guys getting better every round, as the current leader Sean O’Hair has done with his 72-69-66 to this point. With 11 players within 5 shots of the lead opportunities abound for a performer to step and grab the trophy. All he has to do is hit the shots required by the moment.
A look at the leaderboard shows names we are familiar with such as Mickelson, Olgivy, Donald, Baddeley, DiMarco, Pettersson, and a couple not so familiar in J.P. Hayes and Peter Lonard. Jeff Quinney is one of those in the hunt after a stellar 64 yesterday. Not bad for a guy who didn’t break 80 twice last week. Said Quinney about that turnaround " Yeah, it’s a funny thing because I didn’t feel much better on Monday or Tuesday out here. I’ve been really struggling with my timing and swing and talking with my coach and sending the videos back home and just kind of said, the heck with it, just really go out there and just work on tempo and just things that have got me here, rather than trying to get something technical where I’ve got the perfect swing. Just get back to rhythm and positive thinking, and amazing how it just turned around real quick." Quinney, a rookie who got his card by virtue of his stellar 2006 season on the Nationwide Tour, has melted down once when in the hunt for a title so it will be interesting to see how he handles today. When asked how comfortable he is with the golf course he replied " Yeah, it’s my first time here. I got here on Sunday because I missed the cut at Wachovia and was able to get plenty of practice rounds. I was able to do more detail than I did before. Every time I go, I know which way the wind is going, which clubs to hit off the tee and where not to hit it." It’s obvious he’s got something figured out.
When asked what he thought he’d need to do to win the tournament Phil Mickelson responded " Well, guys are going to make some birdies and come after us, as is the case. I’m going to be patient, take advantage of the holes that allow birdies, even though guys will catch us before we have a chance to play those holes.
And so depending on how receptive the greens are, if they’re like they were today, we’re going to have to shoot something in the high to mid-60s." So look for a lot of birdies from a lot guys today, unless of course they wind up with a thickening of the throat and a little too tight a grip on the putter, in which case you’ll hear a lot of groans and moans instead of cheers from the galleries. Enjoy.
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WOTW: Viktor Hovland’s Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver in Khaki Green
Viktor Hovland successfully defended his Hero World Challenge title this weekend. Hovland fired a final round 69, giving him a 2 stroke win over Scottie Scheffler. After the round, Victor received his trophy from Tiger Woods and on his wrist was a green Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver.
Name: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver
Date: 2021 – Present
Case: Stainless Steel
Bezel: Stainless Steel
Dial: Khaki Green “Méga Tapisserie”
Movement: Calibre 4308, 32 Jewels
Power Reserve: 60 Hours
Glass: Saphire Crystal
Waterproof: 300 Meters
Bracelet: Khaki Green Rubber Strap
Price: $29,000 (~$35,000)
Audemars Piguet has been making the Royal Oak Offshore line of watches since 1992 as the larger and more capable version of the iconic Royal Oak. The larger cases, bezels, and straps give the Offshore a stronger look and stand out more on the wrist. The Offshore Diver line was introduced in 2010 and was the first Audemars Piguet watch to be ISO certified.
The case on the Offshore Diver is 42mm and made from a solid block of stainless steel but it does sit tall on the wrist at around 14mm thick. The caseback on the new Offshore Diver features a large display window, made from sapphire crystal, that allows you to view the mechanical movement inside. The caseback is held in place by 8 screws and is sealed to give the Diver a 300 meter water resistance rating. On the right side of the case is the tradition screw-down crown, finished in black ceramic and ping gold, that is used to set the time and day on the watch. The second crown sits at 10 o’clock and it is used to to set the inner rotating bezel. This bezel is around the dial and can be used for timing during dives. On top of the case is the legendary octagon Royal Oak bezel that sits on a large rubber gasket and is held in place by 8 hex screws. Under the sapphire crystal is a Khaki Green dial the the Royal Oak Offshore’s Méga Tapisserie texture. Méga Tapisserie is a sequence of raised squares with a matte finish. The hour markers and hands are made from pink gold and filled with larger amounts of luminescent material for easy reading underwater. A date is located at 3 o’clock and has a magnifying cyclops lens integrated into the glass.
Inside the stainless steel armor is a self-winding mechanical movement that was designed and built in-house by Audemars Piguet in 2021. The Calibre 4308 is an upgraded movement with a date that moves to the next day instantly a new setting mechanism for added durability. The 4308 contains 234 individual parts, offers the wearer 60 hours of power reserve and features an oscillating rotor made from solid 22k pink gold. That rotor is then given a dark grey finish and perfectly hand polished.
Holding this dive watch on Viktor’s wrist is a Khaki Green rubber strap with a stainless steel pin buckle. You are able to quickly change out the strap with quick release buttons on the lugs and pin buckle. Each strap then has steel latches built into them to snap into the lugs and pin buckle. Audemars Piguet makes plenty of $600+ rubber and leather options to dress up, or down, your Offshore Diver.
These Royal Oak Offshore Divers are gaining popularity and at one time pretty easy to get your hands on. This isn’t the case currently and if you can get one at your local Audemars Piguet dealer for the $29,000 retail price, consider yourself lucky. On the secondary market you can expect to add around a $6,000 premium to that retail price.
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