The Golf Fairytale Of 2018

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A GOLF FAIRYTALE of 2018 By Robert Cross Last week in our By The Way – Weekly Column we took a look at what we “thought” would happen at the 2018 Majors. This week we are looking at what we “want” to happen (or in reality what I want to happen!) Don’t go spending your hard earned money on a golf accumulator based on this writing. Simply read and enjoy, imagine and see if you agree with any of the fairy-tale……..

We start this tale in early 2018, in a land of #TwistFace technology, lots of Rouge Spiders on Tour and a big cat back on the prowl.

First off we go to Hawaii and the Sony Open. In the final group we have best buds JT and Rickie, with both players and caddies (including Bones on JT’s bag) all wearing un-tucked Hawaiian shirts. JT comes from 2 behind to win by 4 shots. JT decides to keep Bones on the bag (with the permission of the Golf Channel) for the next 6 weeks. Sony Open – Justin Thomas (wearing Rickie’s shirt)

Our next stop sees us check in at a misty Torrey Pines for the Farmers Insurance Open and a stellar field competing on one of the most famous courses in San Diego, California. DJ after winning twice already in 2018 is the man to beat and after 2 blistering rounds held the clubhouse lead going into the weekend. Justin Rose continued where he left off in 2017 and chases DJ down to lead by 1 going into the final round. History has a habit of repeating itself and rising from the pack with a final round 64 sees Tiger Woods win on his 1st start on the PGA Tour 2018 AND A RECORD 8th victory at Torrey Pines. Farmers Insurance – Tiger Woods

Onto AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and one of the finest courses in world golf, where the players on Tour get to play with choppers (aka amateurs) for the full four day stretch. Winning here is the hip and happening JT and JR (Timberlake and Rose) teaming up and pretending this event means something and the pro’s love it! Lots of fist pumping and high fives going on here! AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am – Justin Timberlake

Emotions are running high at Bay Hill when the Tour sweeps into Arnold Palmer territory, Orlando, another huge field is present. Rightly so tributes throughout the week are for AP, with Arnie's most successful invitee showing the world he’s back with Tiger Woods going wire to wire, winning for the 2nd time in 2 starts (both at venues he loves) taking his total of PGA Tour wins to 81. Arnold Palmer Invitational – Tiger Woods

For the 2nd time we head to Mexico and a prestigious WGC where Englishman Tommy Fleetwood sees off a strong finish from Jason Dufner to claim a maiden PGA Tour win. WGC Championship – Mexico – Tommy Fleetwood

Let’s head down Magnolia Lane to the first major of 2018 – The Masters. With 2 wins already this season the whole world and his dog are lumping serious money onto the big cat. Tiger going into the first major of the year is the favourite. But a disaster 2nd round +8 over means he won’t be around for the weekend. Step forward some young guns, with Rory McIlroy, Tyrell Hatton, John Rahm and Daniel Berger all tied for the lead going into the final round. Rory steps up and strides ahead only for Jon Rahm to make 2 eagles on the back 9 to tie things up, the play off is high quality golf. Finally Rory makes a birdie on 18 and wins The Masters and with it THE GRAND SLAM! The Masters – Rory McIlroy

The unofficial 5th Major at TPC Sawgrass sees Jordan Speith take a seemingly unassailable lead into the final round heading to the 17th hole, but after 6 shots into the drink, clubhouse leader Paul Casey finally claims his first PGA Tour win. Speith has a public break up with his “Brat Pack” after a re-enactment of his 17th hole meltdown on Snapchat is taken too far by JT/Rickie/Smylie……. The Players – Paul Casey

Shinnecock Hills provides the setting for the 2nd major of the season and with DJ, Jordan and Rory all showing signs of form it looks to be a great competition, it doesn’t disappoint. Early on day 1 Tim Mickelson is taken ill, with the permission of Golf Channel they allow Bones to take over Phil’s bag for the rest of the competition. Inspired Phil who has been poor all season makes a charge and from almost being cut, he leads by 1 going into the final round. Graeme McDowell joins him in the last group out. Big Phil holds on and after much heartbreak finally wins the US OPEN and along with McIlroy completes THE GRAND SLAM! He immediately retires and dedicates his win to Bones. US Open – Phil Mickelson