The reminders have been there all week for Bud Cauley.
One yr removed from missing the reduce and struggling massive injuries in a car coincidence later that night time, Cauley’s flirtation with the top of the leaderboard became the most important experience-appropriate redemption story of this year’s Memorial Tournament.
Although he might fade overdue, taking pictures of a double bogey on sixteen and a bogey on 18 to finish tied for 9th at nine-under, Cauley, 29, said he might, in the long run, take into account the week for how he felt the community includes him.
“Everyone out there was cheering me on and hoping that I could play well and make birdies, or make loads of comments about remaining yr and happy to peer me returned,” he stated after taking pictures of an excellent-par 72 on Sunday at Muirfield Village Golf Club. “That became a variety of amusing. I felt like I turned into from right here or something just with how supportive anybody become, so that was cool.”
Cauley, a Florida native and University of Alabama product, in brief, held the lead Friday after shooting a weekend-exceptional 67 for the duration of the first spherical and attending to eight beneath through the first 9 in the course of the second day.
He becomes on the right track for a better end Sunday before his very last 3 holes, missing kind of a 7-foot putt to settle with a tap-in on 18. It marked the highest end in Cauley’s career.
The steady reminders all through the week of his ordeal from the yr earlier served as motivators and not distractions, he said.
″(That) might have been satisfactory to make that putt to complete off the week. However, I performed well,” he said. “Some of the matters I’m running on are starting to click on a touch bit. As ways of being distracted or being hard available, it wasn’t. It turned into simply a whole lot of a laugh.”
Defending champ reflects
For a moment, protecting Memorial champion Bryson DeChambeau was the chief in the clubhouse.
“Very humorous,” he said with a laugh.
DeChambeau did technically have the lead, but handiest due to the fact he performed so early as a noncontender that he completed Sunday earlier than the leaders even teed off. Still, his sixty-six became a pleasant way to stop the weekend. DeChambeau finished five-under for the tournament and tied for the 22nd area.
“I had loads of factors operating nicely for me,” he said. “I was placed properly. It was the first-class I’ve driven it in a long time. The irons are nonetheless suspect. That’s what I still ought to work on going into the (U.S.) Open.”
DeChambeau is thought for his particular, clinical approach to golf, and he spoke approximately “density values” that were slightly off on his wedge pictures Sunday that precipitated pictures to spin off the green.
Still, he loved returning to Muirfield Village as protecting champion.
“It’s cool, all of us talking about a repeat. ‘Go repeat,’ ” DeChambeau stated. “Unfortunately, I didn’t. However, there are technical motives why that occurred. I just didn’t have my recreation for the first 3 days.”
Holtmann has a fan
Ryan Armour tees off on the 0.33 hollow whilst he spotted an acquainted face looking from the gang: Ohio State men’s basketball train Chris Holtmann. He was available for the afternoon along with assistant instruct and Bexley native Ryan Pedon.
Armour stated he’s met Holtmann once earlier and is a fan of what he’s doing at his alma mater.
“I had lunch with coach Holtmann, I want to say years ago right here,” he said. “That was the best time I had met him, but I love what he’s doing. The program’s on the rise. I like it.”
Throughout the week, and on each return to the vicinity, Armour turned into subject to fanatics yelling “O-H” at him. Asked to wager how in many instances he heard the cheer in the course of this year’s Memorial, he smiled and anticipated it at multiple hundred in keeping with day. Saturday, whilst he birdied the 12th hollow, he signaled “I-O” lower back to the gang and cited it as his preferred second of the match.