That, kids, is what we refer to as a clinic.
Brian Gay's 10-stroke victory at the Verizon Heritage Classic was the largest margin of victory on Tour since Phil Mickelson won the 2006 Bellsouth Classic by 13 shots. But any comparisons to Lefty (or Tiger) need end there because Gay played a style of golf with which neither of the game's greats are familiar.
Hit the fairway... hit the green (with a mid or short-iron, not a wedge)... make a few putts... throw in an occasional bomb. Make a solid living.
It's always been a recipe for a long career on Tour, but around the beginning of the 21st century, it ceased being a way to win with. Courses were getting too long, greens were getting too hard and too fast. A guy in the rough with a 60-degree wedge will beat a guy in the fairway with an 8-iron nearly every week of the season.
But Harbour Town is different. It tops out at just 6973 yards. (By comparison, the Ritz-Carlton Course in Tucson that hosted the Accenture Match Play was over 7800 yards, or nearly a 1/2 mile longer.) It's one of only a handful of weeks left on the schedule where the Brian Gays of the world have a chance (average drive this week = 260.1 yards). As do the Briny Bairds (272 yards) and the Tim Wilkinsons (256.9 yards). The driver almost always stays in the bag, but when you need to hit it, you better know how to find the fairway. And Gay did that too, finding the short grass 47 of 56 times -- on holes that from the blimp look like a jogging path through the forrest.
It was old school golf. Or if you're a staunch purist, real golf. But because of the leaderboard and the size of Gay's lead, my guess is few folks were watching. Golf fans can find other footage of the kind of golf that was played Sunday at Harbour Town, but chances are it will be in black and white.