Catrina Allen entered the final round of the Pittsburgh Flying Disc Open with just a two-stroke advantage over Paige Pierce, but left with an eight-stroke win after a 1008-rated performance. The victory is her first on the PDGA National Tour in 2017 and comes just over a month after her biggest win of the season at the European Open.
That was all that separated Paul McBeth from a chasing Michael Johansen through 13 holes of the final round of the Pittsburgh Flying Disc Open. The four-time PDGA World Champion had just finished a stretch in which he parred five straight holes, and his momentum had evaporated, along with his lead.
“I mean, there was a wake-up call,” McBeth said. “I was telling myself, ‘I got to get this second wind.’ I can’t just par out. I need to birdie.”
Eighteen months ago, Charlie Goodpasture couldn’t even look down at his cell phone for 30 seconds without being in agony, let alone lace a disc down the fairway.
A round of roughhousing after a tournament last February left the Florida pro with a torn muscle in his neck. He gutted through the injury, but as time wore on the numbers he put on the scorecard were only exceeded by his pain level. Even as he played through the events he was already signed up for, he did so without logging any practice rounds, and his play suffered.
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