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Ryan Armour was in Fort Worth, TX for the Fort Worth Invitational held at storied Colonial Country Club. As soon as you enter the grounds, you can feel the presence of Ben Hogan. In Sunday’s final round, there were plenty of scores in the low-mid 60’s. Unfortunately, Ryan’s wasn’t one of them. His final round of 71 (+1) gave him a four day total of 273 (-7) and a T-14th place finish.
Ryan had three solid rounds to start the tournament and went into Sunday’s final round in a T-4th place. The tone was set in the final round when Ryan struggled to find the fairway and bogeyed the fairly easy opening hole. From that point on, he just couldn’t get much going. He did have back-to-back birdies on holes #3 – #4, but a back nine of 36 (+1) kept Ryan from climbing the leaderboard.
Meanwhile, in Nashville, Bo Hoag was in the Nashville Golf Open. Bo put together rounds of 71-66-71-71-279 (-9) to finish T-30th.
Bo had an interesting week. In his opening round, he mucked around with not much happening; 2 birdies, a bogey and 15 pars. Nothing too exciting. On the 2nd day, he absolutely ripped the course apart with 6 birdies and 12 pars. He drove the ball very well, had extremely sharp iron play (greens-in-regulation) and putted well. However, it’s tough to back up a great round with another great round.
Round three somewhat resembled his opening round; 3 birdies, 2 bogeys and lots of pars. His fourth round looked like an EKG that went bad; 5 birdies, 4 bogeys and 9 pars. All in all, it was a pretty decent finish for Bo and he certainly had he 2nd round performance as a touchstone for future events.
The Great Golf Grip Experiment (GGGE) may be drawing to a close. There was a lot going on with my grip/swing, and none of it was good. After two of my worst ball-striking/scoring rounds in decades, I decided to make a change to my change. I think a more modified, “lighter” interlock grip will work with my irons and probably the overlap (better club release) with my driver.
I engaged in the GGGE because over the last two years on my home course (par 71) I’ve consistently shot in the 80-83 range. I thought I’d try something different to break that pattern. It did, but in the wrong direction. I think next winter I’ll spend my “dome” time overhauling grip/swing, rather than taking it right to the course. It’s possible that at my age (67) and my course (6,412 yds), scoring 80-83 is as good as it gets…
Clearly, we’ll try it again next week.
This coming week is a busy one.Almost all Buckeyes On Tour are off this weekend.
- Katja Pogacar will play in the Jabra Ladies Open at the Evian Resort in Evian-les-Baines, France.
- Ryan Armour returns to Columbus for the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village.
- Bo Hoag travels to Raleigh, NC for the REX Hospital Open