Blake Palmer wins at Southern Hills Plantation

Blake Palmer fires a bogey free 67 in the final round to win by 1 at Southern Hills.

Monday March 12th, 2018: Highlighted by high winds, and below average temperatures, the first 2 rounds at Southern Hills Plantation, the home site for the Valspar Monday Qualifier,  provided less than ideal scoring conditions.  At the conclusion of the first round, ACC Alums JT Griffin (Georgia Tech) and Bruce Woodall (Virginia) were the only 2 players to shoot in the 60’s, while 2 other players managed to break par.

The 2nd Round saw slightly lower scores, as Blake Palmer shot a 3-under 69 and was the only player to have a round in the 60’s. Bruce Woodall continued to play well as he shot a 2nd round 2-under 70 to take the lead entering the final round.

Entering the final round at Southern Hills Plantation, Bruce Woodall held a 2 shot lead over Blake Palmer, while Ryan Sullivan and Chas Narramore were 5 shots back. Woodall’s final round got off to a rocky start after he made 3 consecutive bogies to start his day, while Palmer started with 3 straight pars. After both made par on the short par 4 4th, Woodall and Palmer both made birdie on the par 5 5th followed by matching par’s on the par 4 6th. On the par 5 7th, Woodall reached the green in 2, while Palmer had to layup after a poor drive. Palmer wasn’t able to get up and down and had to settle for par, while Woodall made a birdie to get back to 1-over on the day. On the par 3 8th hole, Woodall hit his tee shot to 15 feet, but was upstaged by Palmer who nearly made an ace. Palmer would tap in for birdie, while Woodall would 2-putt for par. Both men would proceeded to par 9 and Palmer made the turn at 2-under, while Woodall turned in 1-over.

Heading to the back 9, Palmer had a 1 shot lead over Woodall. Both men would make par on the short par 4 10th, before a Woodall bogey and Palmer birdie led to a 2-shot swing on 11. Woodall would quickly bounce back with back to back birdies on 12 and 13. Palmer would go on to par 12, but he would go on to make back to back birdies on 13 and 14, to open up a 3 shot lead with 4 holes to go. Both men were unable to make birdie on the par 5 16th hole, and Palmer’s lead remained at 3 with 2 holes to go. Knowing he had to make something happen on the final 2 holes, Woodall watched as Palmer put his tee shot to about 20 feet on the par 3 17th. Woodall, seemingly in between clubs left his tee shot short, and it caught a false front and rolled off the front of the green. With all hope seemingly lost, Woodall observed his lie, picked out his landing area and proceeded to chip in for birdie on 17. Palmer would go on to make his par and headed to 18 with a 2 shot lead. After both Palmer and Woodall found the center of the fairway with their drives, Woodall nearly holed his approach shot, but it ended up settling 2 feet from the hole for a tap in birdie. Palmer, seemingly unfazed hit his approach shot to 8 feet, but was unable to make the birdie putt and he 2 putted for par and a 1 shot victory.

Ryan Sullivan finished in solo 3rd at 1-under par after rounds of 71, 73, and 71. Sullivan, was making his 2018 SwingThought debut, and he picked up where he left off last season. Vince India finished in solo 4th after a final round 1-under 71. India shot back to back rounds of 71 after an opening round 2-over 74. Rounding out the top 5, was Chas Narramore. Narramore finished at 2-over for the tournament after a final round 74. This is Narramore’s 3rd top 5 finish of the year.

The SwingThought TOUR would like to thank Dylan Shook and his entire staff at Southern Hills for their hard work this week. Southern Hills was the sight of the Monday Qualifier for the Valspar Championship 2 days before our tournament. Dylan and his Superintendent Sam had the course in great shape and they were ready to host us, after the completion of the Monday Qualifier.

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