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Brilliant performances and big payouts.
September 6, 2022 by Justin Westfall in Analysis with comments
It was a year of redemption at the 2022 PDGA Pro World Championships. FPO favorite Kristin Tattar began to pull away from the field on moving day and won her first world championship in an eight stroke victory over Henna Blomroos. Tattar had given up a one stroke lead on the final hole of the Champions Cup earlier this year; this time around, she left no doubt. In MPO, Paul McBeth earned his 6th World Championship after once again tying in regulation and going to a one hole playoff against Aaron Gossage. While McBeth fell short to James Conrad last year, he was given a second chance to stick an island green and reclaim the title of World Champion.
McBeth not only got some redemption for last year’s Worlds but his entire 2022 season as well. After his win in Waco, Paul’s season had really quieted down, from losing the playoff in Jonesboro to coming up one stroke short of Eagle McMahon in Finland. Now he’s once again the World Champion, the DGPT points leader, and squarely in the Player of the Year conversation.
Paul now has the 2nd most pro world titles of all-time in either division and is just one Major championship away from tying Ken Climo’s MPO record of 181. He also continues a 10 year streak of finishing 1st or 2nd at the event, dating back to his first win in 2012. With a 1054 event rating, this was actually his lowest winning rating at a world championship.
McBeth led the field in fairway hits and Circle 2 in regulation, finishing 7th in strokes gained tee-to-green and 22nd in strokes gained putting. Staying in bounds was key to winning on these courses, and Paul only collected 6 OB strokes and five bogeys in the entire tournament. What’s most incredible about McBeth’s win is that he did something rarely seen: he completely changed his game plan in the final round to take advantage of some of the lines Aaron Gossage had been throwing all week. In doing so, he overcame a three stroke deficit in the final 18 holes, the largest in Worlds history. In 23 tries, no player had ever trailed by 3+ strokes going into the final round of Worlds and emerged victorious until this year. The $20,000 winning payout matches his career high from the 2021 USDGC and pushes his season total over $70,000.
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