The two most-recent Masters Division world champions: Eddie Fernandes (2018) and Jeff Crittenden (2017), will meet in tonight’s Masters Division championship match live on Golf Channel.
Fernandes, who was battling some pain in his left arm, also competed in the Open Division. He is looking to win the championship belt for the second consecutive year, with the goal of eventually capturing a title belt for each of his three children.
“I won the Masters Division in Rochester, and that’s the best I hit it all year,” Fernandes said. “[That] Monday morning, I woke up and couldn’t bend my arm. It’s been a grind since then. It’s been six, seven weeks that I haven’t trained the way I wanted to, and I probably over practiced before that.”
Crittenden feels honored to be in the final match.
“It was a long day today,” said Crittenden. “I had some good shots and I hit them when I needed to. The competition has gotten so stiff in the Masters now that it’s absolutely incredible [to be here]. I feel really honored to be able to make the final two. There’s so many good hitters out here.”
Crittenden and Fernandes faced off in the finals at the ROC City Rumble in July, which Fernandes won, and “Critter” feels like he owes Fernandes some payback. On the other side of the match up, Fernandes was knocked out of the semifinals in 2017 by Crittenden, who went on to win that year.
“He beat me at the last [Masters] event Rochester in the finals,” said Crittenden. “So, I really feel like I owe him one this year.”
“Don’t think I wasn’t thinking about that when I faced him in the final and Rochester,” said Fernandes. “So, I really want this one tonight.”
In addition to the Masters Division championship match, Tuesday’s telecast will feature the Open Division Round of 16 matches and Women’s Division Quarterfinal matches. The live telecast begins at 8:30 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.