Major Series of Putting Stroke Play Highlights

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“Golf Life” made it Legacy Golf Club in Las
Vegas for the 2018 Major Series of Putting. Golfers from all walks of life show off their
mastery with the putter and compete for some serious cash on the biggest stage.>>They’ve done a tremendous job, and the
atmosphere just couldn’t be any better. It’s run kind of like a PGA Tour event. I mean, for an old guy like me, it’s awesome.>>Even better putters this year, more competition,
the course here at Legacy is phenomenal. The greens — Nobody can complain about the
conditions. The setup, the whole rules official team,
choosing a hole, I mean, it’s all top notch.>>Three different events were in play this
year for the MSOP, including team championship and the Turbo singles.>>No!>>But the MSOP started off with the stroke
play championship. Six grueling rounds spanning over two days
for $25,000. Taylor Montgomery, the 2017 stroke play champion,
sitting at the middle of the pack after four rounds, had his chance to sneak up on the
leaderboard late in the fifth, taking this right-to-left breaker on 18 just a bit outside. He would knock that in for par and finish
his fifth round at 5-under, 25-under for the tournament.>>Trying to make it, have good speed, and
some just went in and others didn’t. I mean, it’s tough. It’s a lot tougher course today than it was
yesterday.>>But the story was Aaron Crawford. Getting on a roll in the fifth round, birdieing
16 and 18 to give him the course record of 8-under.>>There you go. Aaron Crawford birdies number 18, goes to
33-under, and has the course record.>>You know, I’m doing things right, so I’m
not gonna change much. I’m gonna do my best to handle the pressure
and have fun.>>Benjamin Geyer finished at 32-under, and
Rainey Statum dials that one in to put him at 28-under after five. Runner-up last year, Chris Johnson, finished
his fifth at 24-under, tied for 14th. As we moved into the sixth and final round,
putters were on high alert as birdies and pars were a must. A carded bogey was devastating for those on
the sixth round. Aaron Crawford started the sixth round with
a 1-shot lead, but Geyer, Statum, Johnson, and Montgomery were right on his heels. Over on 3, Chris Johnson sinks this one for
birdie. Back of the cup, no hocus pocus, just focus
right there from Johnson. Montgomery off to a good start handling the
flatstick on the front nine, birdieing 2, 6, and again here on 9. Rainey Statum, consistent through three, finally
birdies number 4 from way downtown. Gets him to 29-under. Useful, useful shot from Statum. Tim Silverman throws one in the back of the
cup for birdie on 11. He finishes tied for fourth at 32-under. Meanwhile, Aaron Crawford holding his nerves
in check through the front nine, only going 1-under. Johnson cleans up his sixth round with a birdie
at 18. What a true competitor and a roller of the
rock.>>For some reason, it’s deep, man. These guys are making a ton of putts, you
know. And I shot 4-under now, and I might’ve dropped
two or three spots, so — but it’s fun, man. Anytime you can push yourself to the max of
focus, determination, and you know what’s on the line. The checks cleared last year, so we know the
cash is there.>>As we move through the sixth round, Crawford
held on to his 1-shot lead over Geyer at 34-under. Geyer and Crawford were trading blow for blow
down the stretch through 14. And then Crawford decided to go unconscious,
birdieing 15 and 16 with the old Billy Baroo. One-under through nine and 7-under on the
back, six in a row on the back side, gave Crawford enough cushion to run away with the
stroke play championship. Here’s what he had to say about taking the
belt. Sink that putt for birdie, give yourself the
win, give yourself this nice check. What was going through your head?>>It was relief, honestly. Up until the 16th hole there, it was neck
and neck, so it was nice to get that pressure off my back.

 

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