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Both winners move to #1 in the DGPT standings.
September 20, 2022 by Justin Westfall in Analysis with comments
The competition tends to intensify once the playoffs begin, and the inaugural Disc Golf Pro Tour playoff event was no exception. The Green Mountain Championship displayed a variety of weather conditions, low scores, and a thrilling finish. Four-time champion Ricky Wysocki held a six stroke lead over Chris Dickerson, but it quickly vanished on the back 9 at Fox Run. Ricky held on, though, to win his 5th career GMC title and his first since 2016. In a World Championships rematch, Kristin Tattar continued her dominance over the FPO field by pulling away from Henna Blomroos on the front 9 and maintaining her lead through the finish.
Until the final six holes of the event, it was looking like Wysocki was going to walk in his 4th Elite Series win of the season. A double-bogey on hole 14 and a bogey on 16 allowed 2021 champion Chris Dickerson to tie it back up, but an in-bounds teeshot on hole 18 was all Ricky needed to seal the win. Wysocki finished the event 2nd in both strokes gained tee to green and strokes gained putting. Until his miss on hole 14, he had been perfect putting from C1 and led the field from C2 going 7-of-13. That doesn’t include one 70 foot and two 80 foot throw-ins from outside C2. Ricky also led the field in scramble percentage, converting on 17-of-20 attempts! Needing to scramble 20 times is less than ideal, and Wysocki had to convert five times in just the opening six holes on Sunday. In total, he racked up six OB strokes in the rainy final round; he had accumulated just three total in the rounds prior. With the win, Ricky reclaimed the title of DGPT points leader.
After a few birdies and some good fortune coming his way, Dickerson quickly went from a 1% chance to win following hole 12 to a 49% chance after hole 16, according to UDisc’s win probability. Coming off four straight makes including 40 footers on holes 13 and 14, Chris chose to lay up a C2 putt for the lead on hole 17; a decision that will likely haunt him for some time. Dickerson came into the round with just two OB strokes on the tournament, but racked up six more on the final day, including two on the final hole. Chris finished the tournament 3rd in strokes gained putting and had just one miss from inside C1….
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