It doesn’t have to be Masters Sunday for a golf tournament to have a heated conclusion. With a 4-way tie for the lead heading into this dreary Sunday, we could see some late July fireworks out on the links.
The obvious draw for those who still plan to make their way out to Nicholasville is Hunter Mahan, former Ryder Cup selection and the co-leader with the most PGA Tour wins at 6. Winning the Barbasol would be a stepping stone for Mahan to catapult himself back into the conversation of elite American golfers, and perhaps would help motivate him toward major contention once again.
Then there are two co-leaders looking to double their number of PGA Tour wins: Robert Strebb and Troy Merritt. Streb is coming up on four years without a win, while Merritt is approaching three. Both are relatively young (Streb is 31 and Merritt is 32), but that doesn’t mean they have an unlimited number of opportunities like this left. These two will be looking to capitalize on a rain-soaked field.
Then there’s 25 year old up and comer Tom Lovelady, who is seeking his first PGA Tour victory. Lovelady is still getting a feel for the professional ranks, having joined the Web.com Tour last year and the PGA Tour just this year. But he is quickly developing the mentality needed to succeed on a stressful Sunday on the course:
“Just treat each shot for what it’s worth, and if you hit a bad shot just go get up and down,” he said. “I think that that’s the mindset that I’ve had this week. It’s just been really good for me. “Past few weeks I’ve struggled. Just been tired and I’ve kind of let that get me. I just got fed up with it. Mentally this is one of the better weeks that I’ve had and it’s shown, and looking forward to tomorrow.”
Don’t sleep on the kid with nothing to lose and everything to gain. It should be a fun Sunday at Keene Trace.