Dustin Johnson claimed is 19th career title and third of the season yesterday at Glen Abbey. As the favorite coming into the event, the World #1 strung together rounds of 69, 66, 65 and 66 to finish at -23, coasting to a comfortable 3 shot win. The future son-in-law of “The Great One” did it with his ball striking this week. He was number two in the field this week in that category. Pair that with hitting 77% of his fairways, everyone is going to be playing catch up. He now becomes the only player since Tiger to win three or more tournaments in three consecutive years. Talk about an impressive stat. Truly speaks to the consistency he has had over the last 5 seasons. Even though he now joins the likes of Ben Crenshaw and Ernie in terms of career wins, DJ may be the least talked about #1 player we have seen. I think a lot of it has to do with his nonchalant and care free attitude but he doesn’t seem to garner the same attention and buzz as some of the other guys in recent years. With that being said, DJ now has all the momentum heading into the final stretch of the season. He will tee it up for the third straight week in Akron and look to keep building into the final major of the year at Bellerive.
If I were going to rate myself on my picks, I would give myself a C+ at best. Hadwin and Kisner both missed the cut along with Bronson Burgoon. Finau and Zach Blair looked good thru the first 2 rounds but couldn’t keep it going on the weekend, finishing T-37 and T-50 respectively. The lone bright spot was our man from Great Britain, Tommy Boy Fleetwood. Fleetwood had a strong final round 67, pushing him into the top 10 with a T-6 finish. This is just what he needed ahead of a WGC and the PGA Championship. It still baffles me that he hasn’t won on the PGA yet but with his game looking sharp he will be one of the favorites the next two weeks. Someone who I have been seeing on leaderboards lately is Keegan Bradley. Keegan who has been MIA since his win at the 2011 PGA has found some form over the last few months, finishing in solo 4th this week. He and Webb Simpson were both major champions that were adversely affected by the anchoring rules have seemed to learn how to putt again and are making noise this year. It is always good to see guys battle back, have success, and further bolster the stable of American players.
On a more negative note, the winner finished better than -20. Once again, the birdie barrage was in full force this week. The players destroyed the golf course in it’s last year hosting the event. The Golden Bear should be livid watching these guys man-handle his golf course. I know one player that is happy the event is moving to Hamilton next year and that is Zach Blair. Blair caught some flack for calling Glen Abbey “ok”. Zach is a known course architecture aficionado and was asked for his opinion of the course. He was very politically correct, saying the course is in really good shape but he was excited about the change of scenery. Look he gave an honest answer and if you don’t want that then don’t ask the guy the question. It feels like the media is constantly setting guys up to catch heat for answering questions. Weather it was ZB this week or it was Rickie at Carnousitie talking about Phil at Shinnie, the list goes on and on. Let’s give these guys a little rope.
With that being said, I see Firestone Country Club being as speed bump to the low scoring on tour. The lowest score to par here was Tiger’s -21 back in 2000 where he torched the field winning one of his 8 trophies at this event. Let’s hope we get some of that Tiger magic. More on that later in the week.
The late summer is the peak of the European Tour Schedule which means better fields, bigger purses and some American players receiving large appearance fees from sponsors to play across the pond. Bryson tee’d it up in the Porsche European Open and held a share of the lead coming into Sunday’s final round. The wheels came off the wagon for him, shooting a 6 over 78 to finish T-13. There were numerous videos going around from the range where it looked like he was going to quit golf. He ended up throwing all his clubs down the range like Romeo in Tin Cup. Did I laugh at this tantrum, absolutely. However, I don’t have the heart to hope someone fails but I can’t stand watching him play golf, so there isn’t much sympathy from me. Richard McEvoy who has been a journeyman his entire career posted a +1, 73 in the final round to claim his first win in over 300 events. Sure, Bryson had a tough round and was frustrated but to pull that move, not even looking at the guy when shaking hands, lacks sportsmanship and class. Also given who he lost to, a guy that has had to grind every single day just to stay on the European Tour compared to a guy who went to SMU, was one of the most heralded amateur players when he turned pro, and has won twice on tour already, Bryson should have had little more respect. DeChambeau did apologize for his “brevity” after the fact which is nice but you can add this showing to the negative PR shelf, next to the USGA compass ruling. This solidifies him on the wall of my Hall of Shame right between Ian Poulter and Patrick Reed. You are in good company Bryson.
What’s in the Future
I played 18 yesterday at Memphis Country Club so it limited some of my writing time yesterday. This week I’ll post a WGC Bridgestone Invitational Preview on Wednesday and a Course Review from my round at MCC on Thursday or Friday. I’m trying out some of the new Vice Pro Plus balls in my round tomorrow after work and will do a product review of those in my Wednesday post. It’s been a while since I’ve tried a new golf ball so I’m excited to test this one out. On top of that I’m hoping to have my hat proofs back from the screen printer this week so I can get some ordered in the next week. If you are interested in them, contact me for information Busy times here on Tight Lies. Sorry for the late posting. Here is a look at the logo…
Hope everyone had a good weekend and stayed out of the Tight Lies on this Monday,
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