DJ’s tee-to-green diversion on display; Bradley creation progress

Dustin Johnson pulls divided from a margin (and his closest pursuer in a FedExCup) with a final-round 66 to constraint his 19th PGA TOUR pretension during a RBC Canadian Open during Glen Abbey.

Welcome to a Monday Finish, where Johnson, 34, won for a 10th time in his final 43 starts to contend a stick position in a FedExCup, going 527 points brazen of second-place Justin Thomas.


FIVE OBSERVATIONS

1. Johnson was a ball-striking machine.

When he is putting good enough, Johnson crushes a margin with his tee-to-green game, and such was a box nonetheless again during Glen Abbey. One week after blank a cut by 3 during The Open Championship during Carnoustie, Johnson buckled down on his brief diversion and it paid dividends.

“I usually did not measure unequivocally good during Carnoustie during all,” Johnson said. “I didn’t putt good. we usually scored unequivocally badly. But we strike a turn — we felt like we strike a turn copiousness good adequate to be underneath standard after dual days, and we was 5-over or something. It was usually bad scoring.”

He had to purify adult his putting, that meant operative during it on a use green. Job done.

“Started rolling a dabble a lot improved here this week,” he said. “You know, really, unequivocally strike a turn good all 4 days.”

You can contend that again. Johnson averaged 318.5 yards off a tee, that tied for initial in pushing distance, and strike 57 of 72 greens in regulation, also tied for initial for a week. And he feasted on a standard 5s, creation 3 eagles and going 12 underneath on those holes.

2. Canada adopted DJ as one of their own.

The famous/infamous strain continues: No Canadian has won a RBC Canadian Open given Pat Fletcher in 1954. It was some consolation, then, that a leader had during slightest an subordinate tie to a Great White North. He felt, he said, “like an titular Canadian.”

The reason: Canadian hockey good Wayne Gretzky, father of Paulina, Johnson’s fiancé.

“It unequivocally helps,” Johnson said. “I get a lot of fans that lift for Wayne, they lift for me.”

3. Bradley’s mini-revival continues.

It hasn’t been easy for Keegan Bradley given a anchoring anathema took outcome Jan. 1, 2016, though his winless strain goes behind even further. At a RBC Canadian Open he was creation his 157th start given his final win, during a 2012 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

But things are looking up.

In a routine of sharpened a final-round, 8-under 64, Bradley holed out for eagle from 151 yards during a par-4 ninth hole. He became a initial actor given Derek Lamely in 2011 to record 5 eagles in a singular stroke-play eventuality on TOUR, and changed from 52nd to 44th in a FedExCup.

“It’s substantially my many neat brief game/putting contest given we switched divided from a swell putter,” pronounced Bradley, who along with Harold Varner III shot one of usually dual bogey-free rounds Sunday. “So unequivocally large step brazen for me, and it’s so fun to be means to play with a possibility to win. It’s usually something that we love, and it was fun this week.”

4. Hughes gave Canada hope.

For a second true year, Mackenzie Hughes (68, T8) won a Rivermead Cup as low Canadian. He threw a assign into a home throng with a large front 9 (32), though as was a box all week he couldn’t gain on a par-5 holes on a behind (36).

“Talking to me right now, we would contend I’m a small disappointed,” Hughes said. “Just given right during a finish there, if we could have — those par-5s entrance in, they were both personification downwind, and if you’re out here and personification with your buddies, you’d substantially birdie them both. More tough when there is pressure. But, yeah, altogether unequivocally confident with a week.”

Hughes birdied usually one standard 5 in a final round, a 13th hole. He played a holes in usually 1 underneath in Round 1 and even in Round 2 before finally holding advantage in a third round, going 4 under. For a week, he was usually 6 underneath on a standard 5s, creation him 6 shots worse than Johnson on those holes alone. At 15 underneath total, Hughes finished 8 behind a winner.

It was his initial top-10 finish on TOUR given a 2017 ATT Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

5. An’s T2 finish had china lining.

Byeong Hun An, a playoff runner-up to Bryson DeChambeau during a Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide progressing this season, was admittedly not during his best as he shot a final-round 69 during Glen Abbey to finish T2 with Whee Kim (69), 3 back.

But An changed from 61st to 40th in a Official World Golf Ranking, and he was headed for this week’s elite, 73-player World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.

He also kept his clarity of humor.

“I had a tough start, and we bogeyed a second hole, that is substantially a birdie hole for many of a guys,” An said. “But we found it tough to fire 3 underneath today, and Dustin played it good today. we consider he’s flattering good during golf.”


FIVE INSIGHTS

1. Johnson became a initial given Tiger Woods (’05-’09) and a 21st in TOUR story to collect during slightest 3 wins in 3 true seasons. He is now 7-for-15 during converting a 54-hole lead/co-lead into a victory. He has won by a sum 17 strokes in 3 wins this season: Sentry Tournament of Champions by eight, FedEx St. Jude Classic by six, RBC Canadian by three.

2. Johnson led a margin in Strokes Gained: Off-the-Tee (+1.884), and was fourth in SG: Approach-the-Green (+1.452), accounting for a sum 81 percent of his sum Strokes Gained opposite a field. He was 33rd in SG: Around-the-Green (+.220) and 29th in SG: Putting (+.557).

3. Just 15 years after his dad, Bob, won a 2003 RBC Canadian Open, Kevin Tway took a share of a 54-hole lead into Sunday. He was perplexing to make a Tway tandem usually a 10th father-son twin in story to win on TOUR, though things went badly in a final turn as Kevin shot 76. On a splendid side, his T17 finish still changed him from 99th to 91st in a FedExCup.

4. The front is generally regarded as a worse 9 during Glen Abbey, what with 3 of a course’s standard 5s on a back. But England’s Tommy Fleetwood (T6), in his initial RBC Canadian start, took that to a new level, personification a front 9 in 4 over standard and a behind 9 in 20 under.

5. Brandt Snedeker (67, T8) won a RBC Canadian in 2013, so it figures he would surpass during Glen Abbey. Still, this was usually his third top-10 finish this season. As he pronounced afterward, it came during a good time, as he changed from 90th to 77th in a FedExCup. That puts him in a good mark to make during slightest a initial dual FedExCup Playoffs events. He won a whole thing in 2012.

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