Odds of Wire-to-Win
From the Clubhouse with Tim Pade: As of Saturday, it’s looking good for Brendan Steele to go wire-to-wire to win the Frys.com Open at Silverado in Napa, California. But will he?
Only 24 times in the history of the four modern men’s major championships has a player lead wire-to-wire to finish with the win. That feat was accomplished by 18 players, starting with Ted Ray in the 1912 Open Championship and ending in 2014 when Martin Kaymer took the U.S. Open wire-to-wire and Rory McIlroy did the same in the 2014 Open Championship. Tiger Woods managed start-to-finish victories in four tournaments, Raymond Floyd in three and McIlroy in two…so far.
Steele ended Saturday with a 69 and a one-shot lead over Kevin Na and Andrew Loupe. Na shot a 64 to end up three under and one shot back.
Rory McIlroy, World # 3, is still struggling after a two-month hiatus thanks to an ankle injury sustained playing soccer with friends back in July. He will have to wait another day for his next wire-to-wire win.