To say that former Illinois men’s golfer D.A. Points has had a rough last couple of years on the PGA Tour would be an understatement.
Points debuted on Tour in 2004, winning three tournaments since then. All three of his wins coming in the last seven years.
Up until Sunday, though, Points struggled to make cuts and ultimately his PGA Tour card in the process.
On Sunday, Points’ luck changed, as he won the Puerto Rico Open. That win secured him two more years on Tour, something that he had to be desperately seeking.
Points held off a surge from veteran Retief Goosen, Bryson DeChambeau, and Bill Lunde – whom all finished in a tie for second at 18-under-par.
One thing that has lead to Points’ struggles over the last three season has been his ability to putt. He has always been able to get to the green in regulation, but getting the ball into the hole is what has hurt him.
Sunday was different, as Points finished in a tie for second in birdies made – with 23. Points also finished tied for ninth in putts per greens-in-regulation (GIR) – at nearly two putts per hole.
Personally, it is great to see Points get a well-deserved win. His play on the course, though, isn’t all that has hurt him.
Over the years, Points continued to tinker with his swing mechanics, which for a professional – should not happen.Now, there should be no reason to tinker with mechanics
Now, there should be no reason to tinker with mechanics. After all, winning can be contagious – especially in golf – where wins can pile on week-after-week.
Another reason for Points’ win would be the limited number of mistakes. Points finished the tournament with just five bogeys, which included a bogey-free round in the first round.
As any golfer will tell you, the fewer mistakes, you make the better your chances are to perform well.Points’ finished in a tie for 16th in bogeys made.
Points’ finished in a tie for 16th in bogeys made. He also managed to limit the big numbers on his scorecard, as he did not have a double-bogey or higher in his four rounds.
The win improved Points’ standing in the FedEx Cup race as well. Points’ now stands in 57th place, with 326 FedEx Cup points, with more – hopefully – on the way.
Next up for Points’ will be this upcoming week’s Shell Houston Open, which draws a decent field each time around. Points’ won this tournament in 2013.
If the putter is clicking for Points’, he has a great chance to win. The one inconsistency about him, though, is the “flat stick” which seems always to be a thorn in his side.
Playing well before a major is always important, not only for play but also for confidence. Another solid finish at the Shell Houston Open would do wonders for a player that has struggled just to make the cut.
History, though, has shown that after Points’ wins a tournament, he does not do well in the next tournament. Maybe, it’s time to change that – especially just two weeks before the most important tournament of the PGA Tour season.