I'm sure the entire season including the obstacles was all planned out before the competition started. I doubt that they made Stage 2 easier on purpose for whatever reason. My thought is that the PTB expected the Grim Sweeper and the backwards grab thing (forgot the name) to be a lot harder than they turned out to be. Simple as that.
Drew is a super athlete and his ninja skills are impressive. However, I've never been crazy about him because he doesn't seem to have any warmth to his personality. His attitude this season has brought me close to actually disliking him. I wonder what his girlfriend really thinks of his sleeping all day and then spending all his waking hours at the gym.
I'd like to see Daniel Gil make it all the way. I've liked him since his very first run during his first season. He doesn't do any posturing and showing off. He just goes out and kills almost every course. With a smile on his face. The very few times he hasn't succeeded, he's been gracious about it.
If Daniel doesn't win, I hope it's Joe, Ryan or Adam. Not Drew.