FORT WAYNE – Trevor Immelman won the inaugural Hotel Fitness Championship on Sunday by finishing the four-day tournament at 20 under.
Thats an amazing score for any tournament.
But more amazing was that there were 14 players at 15 under or better, 31 at 11 under or better and none of the 71 players who made the cut finished over par.
The course at Sycamore Hills Golf Club might be a little too easy, but thats going to change.
The Journal Gazette reported Saturday that ownership at Sycamore Hills has been consolidated to Bruce Dye, the CEO of Hotel Fitness, and three other people. One of the groups visions is to toughen up the par-72 course.
By the time the second Hotel Fitness Championship arrives, some of those changes will likely have been made.
Asked whether the course should be tougher, third-place finisher Kevin Kisner said, Yeah, I think so.
Kisner tied the course record in the third round with a 63, which was shot by Michael Putnam in the second round and was slightly better than Scott McCarrons then-record 64 from Thursday.
Immmelman, who won the Masters in 2008, never shot worse than 69 and had a final-round 66, when conditions were supposed to be at their toughest.
Runner-up Patrick Cantlay finished at 19 under and had a final-round 72, despite a whopping 30 putts.
The average score this week on the Jack Nicklaus-designed course was 70.279. There were 60 eagles, including 20 on the par-5 2nd hole and 19 on the par-5 12th.
The ones they didnt even think wed be getting to, we got to, Kisner said.
When Sycamore Hills opened for play in 1989, the average driving distance was about 260 yards. This week, it was 308.4 yards.
So a lot of the hazards that were meant to come into play when it was designed didnt affect these pros, even if only half of them were PGA Tour guys and the other half were from the developmental circuit, the Web.com Tour.
If you want to have a caliber of this tournament, they can make it a little tougher (because) 20 under is pretty low, Kisner said. But youve got to do it the smart way. Hopefully, they dont just add 50 yards on every hole and make us hit 4-irons onto these small greens. But its a great layout. It was a great tournament. And its a great way to kick off the Web.com Finals.