Playing 72 Holes LXXII

The PGA TOUR Sentry Tournament of Champions was a WILD one. Collin Morikawa, one of the games elites, squandered a 7 shot lead in the final round on Sunday, and Jon Rahm, the Spanish Sensation, rallied from the dead to win the tournament by 2.

Midway through the final round, Morikawa’s betting odds topped out at -20000 (otherwise known as, “it’s over”).

If this were a LIV golf tournament, it would have been over, as Morikawa already would have been crowned the winner. They only play 54-hole tournaments (3 rounds instead of 4) on the Saudi circus/circuit.

This just underscores why PGA Tour events are played over 72 holes (4 rounds). Imagine this tournament had occurred on the LIV tour, with no Sunday drama. it would have been one of the more boring, non-memorable golf tournaments on record.

Over the years, golf fans have learned that playing with the lead on TOUR is not always ideal. The chasing pack is always lurking, and one or two stumbles by the leader is all it takes to flip the outcome of PGA TOUR history.

The Sentry Tournament of Champions provided a sharp reminder of why we play LXXII (72 holes) on the PGA TOUR, not 54.

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