I can see if someone has been vacillating for a year or so bouncing back and forth not having any success, or very little, as a pro to test the waters by backing off at an event like this. But I don't see that in this situation. This guy hasn't played am in over two years and has had genuine success as a pro just this season. He cashed at an A tier in Saint Louis just a month ago.
I just gave some thought as to who Michael Robinson is and now I recall talking to him on several occasions over the weekend. He's a nice kid with a huge arm, hence his success at BV. I guess he has his reasons for moving down to advanced for the Wide Open but I honestly can't imagine why he did it. What was he trying to prove?
(dumb question - I suppose he proved it now didn't he....)
having spent some time chatting with mike this weekend, i can say that i didn't think that he saw himself as sandbagging...i know that's pretty weak, but he seemed to really think that he was in a funk, and just not playing well enough to play open.
and i do agree with chappy, if the final round would've been played on any course other than BV, i don't think that mike would've won. heck, mike probably didn't think he would've won either. i still think he should've played open though, and you can bet he heard me running my mouth about him sandbagging every time i ran into him.