Tiger Woods incited behind a time final week, though presumably he did not spin it behind to a 2000s, when any contest but him was consigned to a residue table.
The universe of golf has changed. Woods, a fifth immature coupler notwithstanding, is not expected to dominate, not during 43, smashed and painful and incompetent to dedicate a time he once did to preparation, while also confronting a excess of talent gallant of a challenge. Presumably.
For golf not to devolve again into a debate of a haves and a have-nots, a latter tournaments with fields sans Tiger, it needs a best players in a universe to do their partial to sentinel off detachment when Woods is not there to do it for them.
This was what a RBC Heritage during Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, S.C., was facing. Masters tired and Easter weekend double-teamed a tournament, that seemed to effectively counterpunch with a best actor in a universe rising to a tip of a personality board.
But if a RBC Heritage was a test, Dustin Johnson, World No. 1, unsuccessful spectacularly, a week after restraining for second during Augusta. Johnson took a one-stroke lead into a final round, was tied for a lead after an indifferent front nine, afterwards played a five-hole back-nine widen in seven-over par, including uninterrupted double bogeys.
Has anyone seen a remote?
Johnson, 6-foot-4 and as jaunty and gifted as anyone in golf, shot a 77 (41 on a behind nine) and tied for 28th. The contest was won by C.T. Pan, a 5-foot-6 package of veteran sameness before to posting his initial PGA Tour victory. In 9 prior starts in a calendar year, he had not finished improved than a tie for 42nd.
Good for him, of course. But players ranked 113th in a universe don’t generally conflict a No. 1 by 10 shots in a final turn of a contest a latter is leading.
Johnson strike half a 14 fairways and half a 18 greens in regulation. His measure equaled a second misfortune of a day, usually improved than a 82 from Satoshi Kodaira.
At slightest a indestructible and entire Matt Kuchar did his partial to breathe life into a proceedings. Twice a leader this deteriorate and ranked 16th, he birdied a 18th hole to take a hall lead during 11-under par. Pan, however, played a formidable 3 shutting holes in one-under standard to win by one.
“Another good week,” Kuchar said. “You come here, we try to win a golf tournament. we positively had a chance. we had to make that birdie on a last. That was a thrill. we suspicion that competence be good enough. Hats off to C.T. for shutting strong. Those final 3 holes, 16, 17 and 18, are wily holes with a wind. To play those solid is good done.”
So a debate is on to New Orleans and a two-man group event, a Zurich Classic. The margin has Brooks Koepka (teaming with hermit Chase), Jon Rahm (with Ryan Palmer) and Bubba Watson (with J.B. Holmes) to rouse it in a deficiency of Tiger.
The onus, in a deficiency of Woods, now falls to them.