Paul McBeth, easily the top player in the game for the past 5 years is known as the McBeast. He wins, and he wins a lot. Just this season alone, McBeth has claimed every NT except the Memorial and now, the 2015 Maple Hill Open. With all that winning comes the inevitable loss. He hasn’t lost many tournaments, but it happens. At The Memorial he lost in a playoff to Jeremy Koling and this past weekend at Maple Hill, he uncharacteristically lost a 54 hold lead. So should other players feel more confident about the possibility of beating him at the next few majors in Europe? Maybe, but they should all definitely beware.
If McBeth is at or even near the top, chances are, he is going to win. We don’t make excuses, but the two NT’s he did lose involved a stolen bag and some severe weather. Not taking anything away from Koling or Wysocki, but you do have to wonder what would have happened. We wonder if other players feel added pressure when on the same card as McBeth? We think this is a fair question. Is he beatable, certainly. But when he loses, that added motivation means that McBeth will come out swinging, and the rest of the field better be at their best.
But when he loses, that added motivation means that McBeth will come out swinging, and the rest of the field better be at their best.
Of course we can’t predict the future but we see McBeth using the Maple Hill loss as motivation to come out and demolish every course in his path. He has stated before that he loves the courses overseas and he has historically played well. The next 3 majors will be fun to watch. Who will step up to compete with McBeth? Will Wysocki keep his momentum? Will another top level player step their game up? Either way, we’ll be watching.