Jordan Spieth is amongst the favorites this week at the Masters, but while there are plenty of names in with a great chance, PGA Tour pro Eddie Pepperell cannot see past the Texan.
In fact, the Englishman is so confident in Spieth winning his second green jacket this week that he has promised to play a tournament round next year topless should his prediction fail.
If Spieth doesn’t win at Augusta this week, I’ll play a tournament round next year topless.
— Eddie Pepperell (@PepperellEddie) April 5, 2021
Stay calm ladies.
— Eddie Pepperell (@PepperellEddie) April 5, 2021
Spieth is 10/1 this week at Augusta behind Masters favourite Dustin Johnson in the betting, which means Eddie is about as confident as one can be in a 10/1 chance at a golf tournament.
So come Sunday evening, if you’re a Spieth fan and he doesn’t get the job done this week, think about how Eddie Pepperell feels!
‘Whoops, that was a mistake’: Inside Bryson’s chaotic Friday night return to Quail Hollow
Bryson DeChambeau’s week at the Wells Fargo became chaotic on Friday afternoon, after the 27-year-old flew from Charlotte to Dallas, having believed that his week had ended early at Quail Hollow.
Despite sitting way outside the cut line as he boarded his flight home, Bryson’s week was far from over, as the winds began to gust around Quail Hollow, making scoring extremely difficult for the afternoon wave.
Halfway through his flight, Bryson received a text from his agent explaining to a stunned DeChambeau that the cut line had moved dramatically.
“Halfway through the flight my agent texted Conner (Olsen), and he’s like, ‘Hey, you’re 68th now.’ I was like, ‘What? No way. There’s no way I’m still — I’m not going to make it, there’s no way.”
After touching down in Dallas at 6 p.m local time, that “no way” turned into a definitive answer, with the cut line moving and letting DeChambeau and all of the other +2’s into the weekend: “So I looked at Conner (and said), ‘Well, whoops, that was a mistake’” said Bryson.
With an 8:10 a.m. ET start on Saturday and unable to fly back immediately; Bryson and his crew decided to fly in the middle of the night, resulting in a 2:45 a.m. flight from Dallas that would land in Charlotte at approximately 6:00 a.m. local time.
“After I got off the plane, I was like, you know what, we’re here for the night so might as well sleep in my bed and get up really early. I did about an hour workout, hung out with my roommates that were there and just had dinner at Eatzi’s and had a couple protein shakes and stuff like that and just worked out and went to sleep.”
12.5 hours after he first landed in Dallas, Bryson rocked up at Quail Hollow and performed remarkably well over the weekend, with back to back 68s securing him a T9 finish and a check for $228,825 making the chaos all worthwhile.
“It was worth it. It no doubt was worth it. That’s what I was hoping to do this weekend when I was on that plane at 2:45 a.m. Yeah, I wanted to make it worth it. I didn’t want to come out here and finish 60-whatever.
It definitely will, for sure (check to cover the fuel costs). But again, it was more for me. The cost wasn’t really anything I was worried about. I really didn’t want to disappoint Wells Fargo and Quail Hollow and the guys who put up this tournament and give so much to charity. I mean, that’s one of the things I want to support. And fans out here, didn’t want to disappoint them.”
Thankfully for Bryson, this week’s PGA Tour stop is a home game at TPC Craig Ranch, meaning his jet won’t need to be fired up until the PGA Championship.
Rory McIlroy credits caddie for his role in crucial drop on 18
Rory McIlroy appeared to be cruising to the title at Quail Hollow on Sunday afternoon, with a two-stroke advantage with one hole to play over leader in the clubhouse Abraham Ancer.
However, rarely is closing out a tournament straight forward, and after a hooked 3-wood off the 18th tee, McIlroy found himself in an awkward position inside the penalty area for his approach.
Initially ready to attempt to chip out back to the fairway, McIlroy’s caddie Harry Diamond advised his man to take a step back and consider a drop.
With the ball lying poorly, there was no guarantee a lob wedge would extricate McIlroy from trouble.
After some consideration, the Irishman took his caddie’s advice and took a drop allowing the 32-year-old to reach the green with his 3rd shot – advice that McIlroy was grateful for following his round.
"That is a golf shot."
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 9, 2021
“Harry was awesome out there today, especially that decision on the last. I was ready to get in there and try to play that with a lob wedge and he said ‘Let’s take a step back, let’s think about this. Where’s the best place you’re hitting your third from?’
So he calmed me down and slowed me down a little bit, and ultimately we made the right decision and I dropped instead of trying to play that shot out of the hazard. I hit a great third shot onto the green and was able to two-putt from there.”
The win is McIlroy’s first since 2019, and the Irishman ranks the victory as the best of his six wins since Diamond began looping for him.
“I think this is our sixth win together and it’s probably been our best one. Bay Hill back in 2018 was great because I hadn’t won in a while, but this is even better just because Harry’s been there every step of the way.
The tough parts that I’ve had to endure over the last few months, he’s been with me every step of the way and it’s nice to come through all that with him and to get into the winner’s circle again.”
How much each player won at the 2021 Wells Fargo Championship
Rory McIlroy broke out of his slump at Quail Hollow, and along with the silverware, the Irishman bagged himself a winner’s check for a cool $1,458,000. Abraham Ancer’s late charge wasn’t enough to chase down Rory, but it did secure the Mexican a solo runner-up finish to earn him $882,900.
Fell in love with Quail Hollow the first time I played it and knew it was special. From my first win in 2010 to today, each year the fans, staff, city of Charlotte make the week an unforgettable experience. The fans carried me through today. Thank you for the continued support. pic.twitter.com/PZlk1ou5bB
— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) May 10, 2021
With a total prize purse of $8.1 million up for grabs, here’s a look at how much each player who made the cut won at the 2021 Wells Fargo Championship.
1: Rory McIlroy, 274/-10, $1,458,000
2: Abraham Ancer, 275/-9, $882,900
T-3: Viktor Hovland, 276/-8, $477,900
T-3: Keith Mitchell, 276/-8, $477,900
5: Gary Woodland, 277/-7, $332,100
T-6: Luke List, 279/-5, $273,375
T-6: Patrick Reed, 279/-5, $273,375
T-6: Matt Wallace, 279/-5, $273,375
T-9: Bryson DeChambeau, 280/-4, $228,825
T-9: Aaron Wise, 280/-4, $228,825
T-11: Satoshi Kodaira, 281/-3, $188,325
T-11: Ben Martin, 281/-3, $188,325
T-11: Scott Piercy, 281/-3, $188,325
T-14: Tommy Fleetwood, 282/-2, $143,775
T-14: Emiliano Grillo, 282/-2, $143,775
T-14: Xander Schauffele, 282/-2, $143,775
T-14: Charl Schwartzel, 282/-2, $143,775
T-18: Keegan Bradley, 283/-1, $96,390
T-18: Joel Dahmen, 283/-1, $96,390
T-18: Brian Harman, 283/-1, $96,390
T-18: Russell Knox, 283/-1, $96,390
T-18: Joaquin Niemann, 283/-1, $96,390
T-18: C.T. Pan, 283/-1, $96,390
T-18: J.J. Spaun, 283/-1, $96,390
T-18: Bubba Watson, 283/-1, $96,390
T-26: Cameron Davis, 284/E, $53,275.91
T-26: Talor Gooch, 284/E, $53,275.91
T-26: Lanto Griffin, 284/E, $53,275.91
T-26: Brandon Hagy, 284/E, $53,275.91
T-26: Pat Perez, 284/E, $53,275.91
T-26: J.T. Poston, 284/E, $53,275.91
T-26: Kevin Streelman, 284/E, $53,275.91
T-26: Nick Taylor, 284/E, $53,275.91
T-26: Justin Thomas, 284/E, $53,275.91
T-26: Vincent Whaley, 284/E, $53,275.91
T-26: Kyle Stanley, 284/E, $53,275.90
T-37: Stewart Cink, 285/+1, $36,045
T-37: Matt Jones, 285/+1, $36,045
T-37: Sean O’Hair, 285/+1, $36,045
T-37: Patrick Rodgers, 285/+1, $36,045
T-37: Brian Stuard, 285/+1, $36,045
T-37: Richy Werenski, 285/+1, $36,045
T-43: Wyndham Clark, 286/+2, $25,069.50
T-43: Corey Conners, 286/+2, $25,069.50
T-43: Jason Dufner, 286/+2, $25,069.50
T-43: Harris English, 286/+2, $25,069.50
T-43: Peter Malnati, 286/+2, $25,069.50
T-43: Andrew Putnam, 286/+2, $25,069.50
T-43: Scott Stallings, 286/+2, $25,069.50
T-43: Jhonattan Vegas, 286/+2, $25,069.50
T-51: Kramer Hickok, 287/+3, $19,899
T-51: Zach Johnson, 287/+3, $19,899
T-51: Hank Lebioda, 287/+3, $19,899
T-54: Hunter Mahan, 288/+4, $18,954
T-54: Ryan Moore, 288/+4, $18,954
T-54: Seamus Power, 288/+4, $18,954
T-54: Sepp Straka, 288/+4, $18,954
T-58: Michael Gligic, 289/+5, $18,063
T-58: Patton Kizzire, 289/+5, $18,063
T-58: Kyoung-Hoon Lee, 289/+5, $18,063
T-58: Matthew NeSmith, 289/+5, $18,063
T-58: Roger Sloan, 289/+5, $18,063
T-58: Johnson Wagner, 289/+5, $18,063
T-58: Tim Wilkinson, 289/+5, $18,063
T-65: Jonas Blixt, 290/+6, $17,172
T-65: Shane Lowry, 290/+6, $17,172
T-65: Carlos Ortiz, 290/+6, $17,172
T-65: Bo Van Pelt, 290/+6, $17,172
69: Phil Mickelson, 291/+7, $16,767
T-70: K.J. Choi, 292/+8, $16,524
T-70: Brendan Steele, 292/+8, $16,524
T-72: Russell Henley, 293/+9, $16,038
T-72: Ted Potter, Jr., 293/+9, $16,038
T-72: Kevin Tway, 293/+9, $16,038
T-72: Jimmy Walker, 293/+9, $16,038
76: D.J. Trahan, 296/+12, $15,633
77: Beau Hossler, 298/+14, $15,471
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