i think Nikko will be there
the kid played great. just scorched fountain hills on saturday and was lighting it up on Saturday day too back at vista. I have some pictures of his final putt and celebration that came out REALLY well. one in particular with nikko's head down, arm raised in victory!
here's the setting: hole 18 at vista, 363 foot hole with about a 10 foot elevation increase. about 320 of this plays over water. nikko bombs his hyzer drive about 60 feet long. nikko has a 4 stroke lead. seems to me that normally the veteran golfer with this kind of lead would just lay up under the basket and give a somewhat subdued celebration. NOT NIKKO. nikko stepped up to his 50-60 foot jump putt and just banged it dead center chains. the crowd exploded. nikko gave some fist pumps and ran, at a dead sprint, towards the basket. about 15 feet short of the basket, he dropped into a slide on his knees that carried him all the way to the basket and almost sent him flying right by!
we watched his group play the last 5-6 holes and you could tell his energy was flowing. the crowd and the rest of the golfers were sending him good vibes and he was eating it up. it was a damn cool sight to see a Missouri boy, like myself, taking that title and he looked to truly be living in the moment.
congratulations Nikko, you tore it up!