By Stephen Hennessey
How a tour pro performs in pressure situations is a crucial determinant in their future success. By that measure, Maverick McNealy showed his game is ready to take that next leap, recording his best finish on the PGA Tour on Sunday, finishing runner-up to Daniel Berger at the 2021 AT&T Pebble Beach.
McNealy also showcased a sensational club twirl game in this most pivotal moment of his young career. With a chance to win or end up in a playoff with Berger, McNealy found himself one shot back and needing to do something clutch. McNealy hit a spectacular fairway-wood approach at the iconic 18th hole at Pebble Beach—but perhaps just as impressive was the majestic club twirl the former Stanford golfer unleashed from the fairway.
Early contender for “club twirl of the year” belongs to Maverick McNealy. pic.twitter.com/ibi2YeonXS
— Skratch (@Skratch) February 14, 2021
To do so in that scenario was incredibly saucy. It conjured memories of the club twirl Tiger Woods gave during the Presidents Cup at TPC Harding Park back in 2009.
— No Laying Up (@NoLayingUp) February 14, 2021
McNealy’s girlfriend, LPGA star Danielle Kang, also loved the swag she saw from her bae.
Club Twirl. Walk Off. 20ft for Eagle. pic.twitter.com/3pT6GiLpcc
— Danielle Kang (@daniellekang) February 14, 2021
We have seen some impressive club twirls in recent memory. In this situation, with a potential tournament win on the line—at Pebble Beach’s 18th hole … it’s going to be tough to top McNealy’s sauce show on Sunday at the AT&T.