We are now in the heart of the 2019 schedule and the past two tournaments have come down to the last hole, or the very last putt to determine the winner and this PGA Championship was no exception. David Knowles was on top most of the tournament, but the rest of the field jockeyed up and down the leaderboard trying to catch David. Chris Allen even managed to go up by one shot after the sixth hole, but slipped and fell off his horse on the back nine to tumble down to a four-way tie for 5th place. Also, on the carousel of fake wooden horses were Vincent Gilmore, Lonnie Knowles, and Jamie Villarreal. Lonnie has to be extremely frustrated to see his younger brother win a major before he does. He turned 65 this year and his window of opportunity is closing quickly. It will be interesting to see how much longer his pride stands in the way before he moves one tee box up. Chucky Tolliver was the next little pony up to run with the thoroughbreds only to throw a shoe on the watery hole par four on number 15. Chuck's misstep put him in fourth place. Next up was Rannel Calixterio, who was neck & neck with the leaders going in the backstretch. But on 18, out of nowhere Gabe Ramos comes flying up the back nine with a field-low 38 to kick some mud in Rannel's eyes giving him a double bogey on 18 and a moneyless third-place finish. Ramos, PGA Champion back in 2014, maneuvers his way to the top of the field very nicely, only to come up one shot short to David Knowles. David no doubt had the fastest horse in the race and he deserved to win, but I know his brother Lonnie and he wanted to be the one basking in the bed of Roses. Congratulations David, you are the 2019 PGA Champion!
I could not decide how to write the article. Was it Steve Sachs, down 5 with 6 holes left to play or was it Leslie Jones, up 5 with 6 holes to play? I pondered this complex situation for several minutes before coming up with what was the fair and obvious conclusion. It would be Jones' demise on 13 when he doubles, losing two shots. They both parred 14 and another double on 15 would cut Leslie's lead to only one shot. Hole 16 would be the final nail in Jones' coffin with a bogey to Steve's birdie. And on 17, just to pour salt in the wound, Jones would lose one more to lose the match by two shots. Ouch, ouch, ouch! That's the part of the article when Jones lost his five-shot lead. The next part is how Steve came back from a five-shot deficit to win the 2019 PGA Championship. Steve's par on 13 got the momentum to switch in his direction. He picked up two shots on 13 and 2 more with another par on 15 finding himself only down by one. Most would take a deep breath and relax, maybe even become a bit lackadaisical, but not the IceMan. He hit the shot of the tournament and walked off the 16 green with a birdie and a one-shot lead. Then on 17 to seal the deal he added another shot to his lead to let Jones know why they call him the Ice Man. That's just straight cold Steve.
Congratulations Steve Sachs aka 'Ice Man'!
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