No, Heath Slocum has not dropped 150 pounds, had his skin tone surgically lightened and taken up golf — it’s a completely different person than the former portly Mariners/Red Sox/Phillies closer.
The golfer, Heath, won The Barclays on Sunday, carding a four-day total of 9-under. He drained a clutch 20 footer for par on the 18th hole for the win. Had he missed it, he would have found himself in a 5-way playoff with Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Steve Stricker and Padraig Harrington. Raise your hand if you wished he’d missed it. Okay, fine, let’s not go there.
His best shot of the day and arguably more important and climactic was on the 5th hole. In case you missed it — oh wait, you probably did because apparently the TV did — well, I was sitting behind the green, so I was lucky enough to bear witness. Slocum hit a fantastic shot on the 5th hole. He had 158 yards into the par 4. His approach landed about a foot behind the pin, it took one hop and landed straight in the cup. Yes, for an eagle.
So, perhaps you can say that shot made a big difference in the outcome. It’s too bad the TV didn’t catch it, but I’m sure they caught Tiger Woods and Zach Johnson, who were playing in the group ahead, make their birdie putts just minutes before.
My friend happened to be walking up the 5th to meet me and it was the first shot he saw. He joked, “Perhaps it’s an omen of things to come.” Indeed it was.
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