MSOP Houston Finals Recap
It’s finals day at beautiful Northgate Golf & Country Club in Houston, Texas.
The MSOP team set up the practice green with some creative and challenging hole positioning. The short ones are often hard breakers and you really have to watch your speed on the longer ones since some of them are very slippery and your chances of overcompensating are much higher.
Houston finals: The H-Town rundown
It was a rough start for the favorite Jeff Gibralter and you could tell he knew he had to get things moving…
Coming in behind him was a very talented range of players with high hopes of competing in the 2018 MSOP Championships in Las Vegas and they clearly knew Gibralter was the one to beat.
Amongst them was Lee Messinger, who scored -5 in the first part of the finals, and Golf Pro Matthew Marquez who looked practically unbeatable on the green, scoring -9 for 36 holes to secure first place.
Gibralter himself incredibly managed to birdie his last 4 holes to secure second place and the $2500 spot in Vegas only 2 shots shy of Marquez.
Messinger and Christopher Olsen landed the 2 remaining $1K spots.
A weather delay on the second day forced an 18-hole only part 2.
When the sun finally came out, tensions rose since there was no room for errors. Palisano was well-aware of this and got on a roll late in the round to secure first spot at -4.
Rodney Philipps just needed 3 putts or better to secure his $2.5K spot at the last hole tie-breaker against Jesse Serna who sealed the 1K$ spot with the already-qualified Jeff Gibralter.