Just two weeks after Rory Sabbatini captured major headlines for his outspoken opinion on Tiger Woods, Sabbatini defeated Jim Furyk and Bernard Langer in a one hole playoff to capture the Crowne Plaza Colonial and don the winner’s plaid jacket. Over the past few years, the outspoken Sabbatini has drawn much criticism and scrutiny from both media and fans for his behavior and comments. However, his performance on Sunday left no room for debate about his desire to win and talent. The rain in the area combined with the lift clean and place rule mitigated the hard and fast conditions expected at Colonial helping players avoid the thick rough by holdingthe narrow fairways and small greens. Intermittent showers throughout the week forced the completion of the third round early Sunday morning but that did not have any effect on Sabbatini who carded a 62, nearly breaking the course record. All three players Sabbatini, Furyk and Langer shot 67 in the final round to find their way into the tournament’s first ever three man playoff.
For much of the day, Sabbatini held the lead and thanks to a back nine played at -2 he found himself with the lead. Bernard Langer’s four foot birdie putt after a precise nine-iron approach at 17 combined with a remarkable up and down par save at 18 after a wayward tee shot helped preserve the 49 year old’s opportunity to become the sixth oldest player to ever win a tournament on the PGA Tour. Playing two groups ahead, Jim Furyk shot -3 on the back nine with birdies on 10, 12, and 16 to post the final score to beat of -14.
On the first playoff hole, the 433 yard 18th, all three players found themselves on the green with birdie opportunities. Furyk’s forty foot putt went just past the right edge of the hole and finished two feet away. Sabbatini then lined up his birdie putt and confidently walked it into the center of the hole as his fifteen footer found the bottom of the cup. Bernard Langer, last to putt, ran his twelve footer just past the edge of he hole and with that miss, Rory Sabbatini earned his fourth PGA Tour victory. "It feels so good," Sabbatini said. "I had a lot of friends here. Thank goodness I pulled through so we can celebrate."
Photo: AP Photo/Donna McWilliam
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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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