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From the desk of Owl P. Jackson, Esq.
September 7, 2022 by Owl P. Jackson, Esq. in Opinion with comments
Ah, Worlds week. What a week you were! It’s time to crown our winners with the most prestigious title in the sport…and the plaque distinguished enough to match. We have the goose vs. the GOAT, one of the most dominant major performances ever, absentee Kenny, and so much more! In my opinion, these are the top 10 storylines of the 2022 PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships.
1. Paul McBeth wins his sixth title
“Such a feelin’s comin’ over me; There is wonder in most every thing I see.”
The day before Worlds began, Discraft released a video showcasing the newest disc in the Paul McBeth line, the Athena. Now, why is this notable and what does it have to do with the tournament? Well, in the video, Paul publicly confirmed the naming method for his discs (a theory previously confined to fanboy lore and legend): 4 world titles mean 4-letter disc names like Luna, Zeus, and Anax. 5 world titles mean 5-letter names like Hades and Malta. 6 letters? The video ends with him explaining, “it’s not saying ‘will I win a sixth?’ It’s ‘when will I win a sixth?’” Turns out he didn’t have to wait long. Paul called his shot.
It wasn’t a dominant weekend for Paul. In fact, he struggled putting throughout the tournament, limped around on a bad leg, and found himself three strokes back going into the final day. But, in the biggest moments, the great ones rise to the occasion. The putt on 17 has already become part of the McBeth legend. The biggest thing, however, is the redemption Paul found in the way things played out. 1 stroke lead going into 18…lead lost…headed to an island hole for a playoff…sound familiar? It’s becoming harder to win each year. You can see why number 6 got McBeast a little emotional.
2. Kristin Tattar—World Champion
“Not a cloud in the sky, got the sun in my eyes and I won’t be surprised if it’s a dream.”
Kristin Tattar is just so consistent. She keeps it in bounds, doesn’t make mistakes, puts her upshots close, putts well, has decent distance, and she always has a look at birdie. How can you compete with that? She led this 5-day tournament wire-to-wire. There were a few moments when she seemed to slow and other made a charge, but her lead was never really in question. It was one of…
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