It is the second time Ames has won the event at Disney in FLA, taking the Disney event in a playoff after shooting a final round 64.
It should move Ames into the Top 50 in the world — he had fallen to 71. In typical Ames fashion, he appeared really loose in the round and talked about having his son, Ryan, walk with him:
Oh, yeah. It was a very casual round. Casual round of golf. It’s Mickey Mouse, come on.
No, we were walking up the fairway together. He actually walked the whole Back 9 with me, and the honorary members, honorary walkers, observers, is that what they’re called, he was walking with them, and we were chatting and going on, and he was very much aware of what the situation was, and he said, dad, you need to hole this. I went, okay, I’ll try my best. Four feet wasn’t a bad shot.
Ames had fallen out of the Top 50 in recent months — a figure that gains him entrance to a host of top events (majors, World Golf Championships, etc.) The Disney win will surely change some of that, but I wonder if it cements him as one of the game’s best. After all, Ames’ last two wins have both come at the end of the season in events not typically played by the best in the business — just those struggling to find the Top 125 or help a poor season. Even with the win, his $2.1-million in earnings is lower than last year when he did not have a win. To contrast, Mike Weir made $2.4 million without a win.
Ames has now won in three of his last four years — a period in which Weir has won once. On the other hand, Weir has played exceptionally well in most majors and has played in all eight FedEx Cup events in the last two years, as well as on the last two Presidents Cups teams. Maybe too close to call in the race for top Canuck? I still lean to Weir, but Ames seems to get the job done more often lately in a game that really is determined by wins.