WICHITA, Kan. — Couldn't Mother Nature have picked the hottest day of the Wichita Open for Thursday or one of the practice rounds? Is that too much to ask?
Sunday's final round was scorchingly (sp?) hot and looking at the sweatlines on some of the pro's hats - they were feeling it. There was a just a little breeze out there which kept them as cool as possible when it's over 100 degrees but alas. It was hot.
Jim Herman looked like he was going to run away with this thing after the first three holes but he crumbled on the back nine giving way for Casey Wittenberg to pounce and he did. Wittenberg went bogey free on the back nine and won the 2012 Wichita Open at 18-under par.
Wittenberg was the least surprising winner of the Open I can remember in the last five years. He just finished a top-10 finish at the US Open in San Francisco playing with Tiger Woods, he was in the Top 10 on the Nationwide Tour's money list and was playing some of his best golf of the season to this point. And he had four of the best rounds of the tournament. 8-under Thursday, 1-under Friday, 4-under on Moving Day and then he closed with a 5-under performance for the win. Impressive stuff from a guy who doesn't cut much of a shadow physically but he manhandled Crestview Country Club.