I didn’t see it, but Stephen Ames walked off with most of the dough when he sank a seven-footer on the final hole of the Skins Game. The putt was worth $650,000 and by dropping it Ames won the silly season event for the second consecutive year.
“You kind of let the other guys beat themselves up and then you sneak in there when you need to,” he was quoted as saying.
The “other guys” were Fred Couples, Zach Johnson and Brett Wetterich. Couples won $325,000, another nice pay day for a guy who hasn’t competed since the Masters because of chronic back problems. (Freddie has collected $4.2 million in 14 Skins Game appearances.) Zach and Brett were shut out. Ouch.
The Skins Game isn’t what it used to be. Still, a putt for $650,000 is mind boggling to me. Visors off to Ames for knocking it in.
The Armchair Golfer