The beauty of Match Play is that the improbable can happen! One day, one stroll against “the best” competition in the world, and an opportunity to rise from the ashes and become known for being a “David” as you take “Goliath” down! A very small and unpredictable Sample Size; a mere 18 holes to rise to the Mountain Top and look down at the World in Victory! Now does that Sound Familiar or what?
#5 seed Tony Lema just eliminated my final #1 seed Ben Hogan 2 UP! Lema led this match for 10 holes while Hogan led it for just 2 holes! Only 8 holes out of the 18 it took were “in play!” Lema made 3 birdies, 2 bogeys, and 13 pars. Hogan made 2 birdies, 2 bogeys, and 1 double bogey 7 on the par 5 583 yard 9th hole which he lost!
The match was ALL SQUARE at the turn, but, the back 9 was “Lema Time!” He took a 1 UP lead on 10 by sinking an 18 foot birdie putt! He won the par 3 13th hole with par as Hogan “flew the green” on his tee shot, chipped up, and 2 putted for a bogey 4, finding himself 2 DOWN with 5 holes to go!
Hogan came back though with a birdie on the short par 5 16th hole to cut Lema’s lead to 1 UP with just 2 to play! The 17th “island green” was halved with pars putting Lema DORMIE! And for good measure, Lema puts the “Champagne on Ice” by sinking a clutch 15 foot birdie putt on 18 for … GAME … SET … MATCH … 2 UP WIN against the #1 seed Ben Hogan! WOW!
So it’s #10 seed Bob Goalby VERSUS #5 seed Tony Lema for all the marbles in a 36 hole FINAL MATCH! Click on the pic below to see the BRACKETOLOGY:
“THE MATCH” will be played SBS with me manually controlling every single shot like I did throughout this Project! The Consolation Match between #2 Tom Watson & #1 Ben Hogan will be left to the Background AI as I just want to celebrate finishing this Project in 23 months and 15 days! 62 Matches Played … 2 More To Go!
“The Freaking Waiting Is The Hardest Part!” … So Relax with some Tom Petty in LINK BELOW while you wait … Be patient though, as you need to wait a little before the music starts:
Tony Pours Some Moet After Beating Hogan!