Do it on any given Sunday By Dylan Beirne from 15thClub

They say you can’t win a tournament on a Thursday but you can definitely lose it. There’s a reason most modern day tournaments are played over four days. It's proved to be the ideal balance between allowing the best player to come out on top, and maintaining a high level of variance that keeps everyone (players and fans alike) on their toes week after week. The reality is that over the first three days of an event, all players can do is position themselves as well as possible to be in contention on Sunday. But how important is that positioning, and how does the ability to close out tournaments from a strong position vary between players?

 

When looking at guys who’ve held a lead after 54-holes on golf’s two main tours since 2001, only 39.1% of them have gone on to convert that lead in to a win. It’s a similar number for the guys in WGCs and Majors, where 54-hole leads have only been converted 41.1% of the time.

So what makes the best and brings the cream of the crop to the top? In a game of such tiny margins and close scoring, anyone who can build a 54-hole lead is a great golfer. Anyone who does it more than once is a world class player, but if you’ve done it over 15 times you’re amongst the very best. In fact since 2001, only 17 players have done it, but how well have they closed them out?

As tends to be the case with golfing records, Tiger tops out the list, converting a 54-hole lead in to a win 87% of the time. Not only is that the highest conversion rate, but from a guy who’s held the lead 40 times after three rounds - Phil comes in second in total leads with 28 (57% conversion rate) - it’s once again super-human. As mentioned, the group of players to have held 15 leads on golf’s main tours is pretty special, and in terms of ability are all superbly similar. But not all of them get it done. The top five are some players you might have heard of…

1. Tiger Woods (87%)

2. Ernie Els (76%)

3. Vijay Singh (68%)

4. Rory McIlroy & Jordan Spieth (59%)

5. Phil Mickelson (57%)

 Tiger and Ernie clearly combine the two, almost separate, skills of positioning themselves over the first three days and closing the deal on Sundays. That’s what makes them greats. All of the 17 players on who have had 15+ leads have the first skill nailed down, but the closing percentage varies from 26% to Tigers 87%, indicating that mastering the latter is not a certainty even in the best players.

Poulter @WGCMEXICO “I took a week off to go skiing"

Ian Poulter continued one of the most impressive starts to a season in his brilliant career as he secured a tie for third at the WGC-Mexico Championship after taking a week off to go skiing so did Lee Westwood... 

The Englishman enjoyed a hugely impressive Desert Swing, finishing sixth in Abu Dhabi, third in Dubai and sixth again in Saudi Arabia to sit in the top ten in the Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex. Read more about his ski trip...  http://www.europeantour.com/europeantour/season=2019/tournamentid=2019020/news/newsid=366417.html#DW0yoq22dEjRdpDd.99

In the meantime Dustin Johnson won WGC-Mexico with five shots lead and a SwingScore avg of 61,75.

CaddiePlayer Richard Sterne was 15th in SGP. 

below more to better understand his domination... 

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Kuchar's temporary Caddie: from USD5k to USD50K Buzz

CaddiePlayer Richard Sterne will tee up this thursday in Mexico WGC at 12:51 so will Matt Kuchar at 12:03 > The golf club will not be El Cameleon where last november "El Tucan" David Cortiz made the Social Media Buzz as the  local club caddie assisting Matt Kuchar to win USD 1,3 Million  that was for the" fairy tale".

Shockingly "WE" the social media lovers found out that "CaddieCortiz" received 5'000 USD only from Matt Kuchar.... Then another  buzz started... we could call it the "greedy tale"  more contrevarsy followed and after 3 months of bad/image, Kuchar finally had to "Apologize" and pay what "We" all thought to be fair... 

The caddie is in such a difficult predicament because how is he to "negotiate" when asked by a World Star to caddie? Even if $2000 had been suggested he'd have nodded appreciatively & to suggest $5000 was a life changer, or whatever he said, was a insult. Yes, $5000 would have been a lot to a poor(so suggested) caddie, but to suggest that's the reason for limiting payment to $5000 & defending his decision is something that will haunt him for ever. > Comments from a anonymous world class Caddie

full story > https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/feb/15/matt-kuchar-golf-apologises-temporary-caddie-david-ortiz?CMP=share_btn_tw

To my knowledge this is not the first time that such a case have happened ... Zhang Lian Wei did worst in 2003 winning his first european tour event in Singapore. That week on his bag a local caddie Osman Juaini, Zhang after the win gave Osman 700 USD after complaining and more pressure from the Media, Caddie Osman  received an extra compensation of around 5% from the USD 150.000 winning check from Zhang > https://www.straitstimes.com/sport/golf/furore-over-us700-caddy-fee-at-2003-singapore-masters

To go further on this issue of local Caddie getting under payed by Tour Players.... I have personaly experience a few cases where I felt "Greedness" from the players this is really shamfull  and I am pretty sure that Kuchar and Zhang cases are just the tip of the ICBERG where/when local Caddies must be feld down by their week players...  

As "The Marquis de Sade" a philosopher wrote in his biography: "HUMAN KIND  IS PRIMITIVLY EGOCENTRIQUE" 

Thanks to the social Media and more pressure  Caddie Cortiz and Osman got away "Happy".... Lets see how Matt Kuchar will handle this week the pressure of playing again in Mexico for a prize fund of 10 Millions USD ? > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WGC-Mexico_Championship 

Until next time CaddiePlayer Stephane in Dubai 

 

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CaddiePlayer Baig join 30 on their Journey to Jordan

With three players tied for 29th place, a playoff was needed to find out the two players who secured their cards. England’s Mark James, Pakistan’s Ahmad Baig and Sweden’s William Nygard were the ones left in the battle. Baig birdied the first hole to take his card while Nygard three-putted from 15 feet for par to give James an unexpected lifeline. Full story > https://menatour.golf/news/details/vacarisas-leads-first-batch-of-30-qualifiers-on-their-journey-to-jordan

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Caddie Network and Golf Digest Form Content Partnership

The Caddie Network (TCN) announced today a multi-platform content and programming partnership with Golf Digest. The new partnership will feature several content and programming features to be shared through a variety of platforms, including digital, social and print.
With more than 150 professional caddies participating, TCN is the first-ever digital content platform dedicated to professional caddies and their “on tour” experiences and insights. Additionally, TCN brings to life the world of caddies at the grassroots and amateur level and the unique personalities that golfers around the world enjoy on a weekly basis.

“We are very excited to be partnering with Golf Digest, the world’s leading golf publication,” said TCN Co-Founder John von Stade.  “This new partnership will not only increase awareness for the profession of caddying but also help bring more golf fans the unique ‘front row’ perspective that only professional Tour caddies can.”

Max Adler, Editorial Director of Golf Digest, said: “There’s no better source for buzz in the game than caddies—they often tell the players the news—and we’re excited about the analysis and storytelling we can deliver working with The Caddie Network.” > https://thegolfwire.com/the-caddie-network-golf-digest-content-partnership/

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