, 2022-08-03 02:00:00,
Another playoff win for Calvin.
August 3, 2022 by Justin Westfall in Analysis with comments
While it may not have been quite the spectacle that the European Open was, the 40th Discraft Great Lakes Open still delivered an exciting finish and large crowds of spectators. Favorable weather conditions and light winds resulted in good putting statistics and fairly consistent play across the weekend.
There have now been four different MPO winners and four different FPO winners in the last four Elite Series events. Believe it or not, that’s actually the second such streak this season. Natalie Ryan’s victory tied the record for most FPO winners in a single season. And Calvin Heimburg joined Eagle McMahon, Ricky Wysocki, and Paul McBeth as the only MPO players with multiple Disc Golf Pro Tour wins in multiple seasons.
Vinny once again had to force a playoff to earn this victory: he has now won a playoff in 3 of his 7 ES wins. The only other players with multiple playoff wins on the DGPT are Catrina Allen, Drew Gibson, and Jeremy Koling, none of whom have won two in the same season. Heimburg finished this event 2nd in strokes gained tee to green, leading the field in holes parked as well as C1 in regulation. He was one of just two players to park the difficult hole 13 on the final day1. Calvin kept his scorecard fairly clean with just two bogeys and one OB stroke, which he collected on the second to last hole of regulation play.
Nearly finding a way to pull out the W, Ellis made up two strokes on Heimburg in the final two holes but suffered an OB tee shot in the playoff first on the box. Finishing 3rd in strokes gained tee to green and 4th in strokes gained putting, Ellis led the field in C2 in regulation and didn’t miss a C1X putt the entire tournament. Although he had a highlight reel 115 foot throw-in on Sunday and putted well from C2 in the opening round, Ellis went just 2-of-12 from C2 in the final two rounds. While his putting was superior, Ellis made C1 in regulation on eight fewer holes than did Heimburg over the course of three rounds. Corey’s 1054-rated 3rd place finish at DGLO in 2021 was both his best ES finish and highest rated event coming into this week. He surpassed those marks with a 1056-rated weekend and his first runner-up finish on the DGPT. Coming up short is never the goal, but Corey took an important step in…
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