Allen Hermosillo was our Cinderella, our Cindersillo. He started the final round in second place,behind the world’s #2 player Ricky Wysocki, and Wysocki had been getting better and better throughout the tournament, carding ratings of 1026, 1041, and 1063 in the first three rounds. He seemed untouchable, especially with the four stroke lead.
Surely Allen Hermosillo, the 994 rated journeyman could not challenge and push one of the sport’s best. Surely he would finally crack under the pressure of the big stage that is the Disc Golf Pro Tour.
Hermosillo in fact pushed happily through the pressure, opened the door wide, and smiled. On hole 8, a relatively easy par 4, which allowed 55% of the field to card birdies, Wysocki managed to miss his bogey putt and card the only double bogey of the day on the diminutive hole. Meanwhile, Hermosillo carded the expected birdie and suddenly, with just 10 holes to play, the lead was down to one. The Cindersillo story was alive and well.
Over the next five holes, Wysocki demonstrated why underdogs are underdogs and took control of the Silver Cup. After hole 8, his lead was down to one, after hole 12, it was up to five, his largest lead of the tournament, and it was time to set the cruise control along the gorgeous Rollin’ Ridge course.
Many players would challenge Hermosillo for second, Johansen, Dollar, Doss and Geisinger were all tied with him at some point in the final round, but Cindersillo stayed focused and happy, carding a 1030 rated final round to secure his top tier finish. Doss carded an impressive eagle on the final hole to pull one ahead and claim second. Both players, along with Wysocki, give themselves the inside track to make the top 8 in the Pro Tour Points Series, which would give him a bye into the semifinals of the Tour Championship. Every point matters and in mid-September, we may just look back on this event and realize that Allen Hermosillo is here to play.
Congrats to Ricky Wysocki for his strong recovery after the double bogey to stake his claim and let the world know that the #2 ranking is accurate, although may actually be a bit low. :-)
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