Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Ames crashes out

 Stephen Ames produced a shocking display to card a 13-over 84, and exit the US$5.8 million RBC Heritage yesterday.

Resuming at three-over through four holes after thunderstorms had ended his second round prematurely on Friday, Ames lurched from one crisis to another, to finish 15-over 157 overall at the Habour Town Golf Links.

The cut line was set generously at four-over. The Trinidad and Tobago golfer, who lives in Calgary and represents Canada, has now missed the cut four times this year on the PGA Tour.

Signs of a capitulation were there from early when Ames dropped a shot on the fifth and followed up with further bogeys on the sixth, seventh and eighth, to make the turn at seven-over.

He then opened the back nine with a double bogey on the par-four tenth before following up another double bogey on the 12th, another par-four, to plunge to 11-under.

Any hope of saving some pride was dashed when he found bogey on the par-three 14th and another dropped shot on the 17th, summed up Ames’s day at the office.

The outing was a disappointment for Ames who produced his best finish in 27 tournaments last month, when he was 16th at the $6.2 million Valero Texas Open. Ames, who turns 50 later this month, was recently inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame.