YES! It is OVER! #5 seed TONY LEMA is the Champion of the ASG Blast From The Past Match Play Tourney! He defeated #10 seed Bob Goalby 3 & 2 in this FINAL MATCH!
Goalby got off to a 1 UP lead with a birdie on the 1st hole of this 34 hole match out of 36! He held onto that lead for 1 hole, the 2nd, and he never had the lead again in the match! Lema went 3 UP at the turn with a birdie on 6, a par on 8, and another birdie on 9!
Lema then gained “more steam” with birdies on 17 and 18 at TPC Sawgrass to go 5 UP after 18 holes. So we go back to the 1st hole for the second 18 holes. Lema took a 6 UP lead on the par 4 4th hole with a par as Goalby found trouble off the tee. Goalby then won 3 holes in a row (6, 7, & 8) to cut Lema’s lead to 3 UP! But Lema came right back with a par winning putt on 9 as Goalby got in trouble off the tee again!
On the 11th hole, the 29th of the match, Lema birdied it to take a 5 UP advantage but Goalby cut it to 3 UP again but that was all she wrote as he could not get any solid momentum in the entire match. Under very tough course settings, Lema was 1 UNDER for 34 holes and Goalby was 3 OVER!
So there you have it … Project #3 is in the books all here on the ASG Blog!
Tony Lema Sucks Down Another Bottle of Champagne!