By Dan Reardon
With a final vital of a deteriorate — a PGA Championship during Quail Hollow Country Club — usually a week divided and a FedExCup Playoffs shortly to follow, particular Tour stops matter over usually a contingent winner.
Jhonattan Vegas’s win at a RBC Canadian Open is notable for being both a successful invulnerability of final year’s pretension and a come-from-behind win. His 7-under 65 in a final turn tied him with Charley Hoffman, who he afterwards birdied to kick on a initial playoff hole. With opportunities to validate for a FedExCup Playoffs down to a few events, players like Vegas, Hoffman, summer quip story Ian Poulter and Tony Finau softened their standing for a season-ending series.
One actor who indispensable no success in Canada for a FedExCup — though who also bears some care — is a world’s tide No. 1, Dustin Johnson. It competence seem bizarre to demeanour during a actor who has 3 wins on his resume in 2017, and is expected to conflict Jordan Spieth for player-of-the-year honors, and doubt where he is with his game.
Through May, Johnson had a 3 wins, dual additional tip 10s and never finished reduce than T13 in his 8 starts given blank a cut during San Diego. Returning to movement after being sidelined for a month by his tumble a night before a Masters, he posted unequivocally important finals of T2, T12 and T13, giving justification that he had physically recovered from a behind injury. But in those 3 post-Masters starts, he usually threatened a lead on Sunday once.
While his physique might be sound, his diversion is still removing behind to a turn that done him demeanour unbeatable streamer into a Masters with 3 uninterrupted Tour wins. Until a third turn of a Open Championship during Royal Birkdale, Johnson had missed a cut during a Memorial and U.S. Open and never been in a 60s for 6 true rounds. A shutting 77 in England gave him a three-tournament record of MC, MC and T54.
Last week in Canada his 4 rounds in a 60s and 17-under sum gave him his initial tip 10 given Wells Fargo and equaled his lowest under-par sum for a year. This week during Firestone Johnson could respond to a assault by a under-30 throng by repeating in Ohio and creation it 3 WGC titles in a same year. But DJ has lifted expectations so high that anything brief of clever contending or a win will pierce him down a contingency list for a PGA Championship.
The motorist has never been a exigency bar during Firestone. And notwithstanding his win a year ago and his 5 altogether WGC titles in 31 tries, Johnson’s record during a eventuality has been a weakest of any of those tournaments.
Johnson always stays during or nearby a tip of a list when it comes to widen off a tee, and given his switch to a unchanging left-to-right round flight, his correctness has ticked up. Because he plays so many brief manacles into greens from a fairway or a rough, his GIR (Greens in Regulation) stats are solid, ranking initial during Glen Abbey final week.
In a three-win widen this Spring that seemed to apart him from a rest of a tip players on a Tour, Johnson total an ability to take advantage of his total length and correctness with a dabble that converted opportunities regularly. So distant that partial of his diversion has not come behind given a post-Masters recuperation.
Inside 10 feet, Johnson ranks good outward a tip 100. His birdie acclimatisation commission is now 33rd on Tour. You can kick a golf march into acquiescence with a good pitch and widespread strength. But we can’t win with a weakest bar in your bag being a shortest, and Johnson knows that.
At Erin Hills, with a missed cut during a U.S. Open, Johnson talked about his two-day scoring failure. “Yeah, we mean, we didn’t feel like we was putting badly. we felt like we was rub-down it flattering good, usually wasn’t going in a hole.”
At a Canadian, he returned to that theme. “I strike a lot of unequivocally good putts that didn’t go in a hole. we had a lot of looks today, and it’s unequivocally positive. The golf diversion is relocating in a right direction. we felt like we played unequivocally good each day this week. we strike unequivocally good putts. Just they weren’t going in a hole.”
Leading into Glen Abbey, CBS Sports golf researcher and former Open Champion Ian Baker-Finch offering a counsel to Johnson and a era of players north of 30 years of age. “There’s a whole garland of 20, 21-year-olds entrance right behind those 23, 24, 25-year-olds. There is a tide of good immature talent entrance by right now, and a some-more a immature guys in college see players entrance out and winning and creation millions of dollars, a some-more they trust they can do it too,” he said. “The guys in their late 30s improved go get it soon, since we know their opportunities are going to dry adult shortly since of this good immature talent entrance through.”
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With Firestone, a PGA and FedEx still to be played, Johnson and his 30-somethings have a event to make a same matter Sergio Garcia done for their age organisation during a Masters. And so do a kids.
Dan Reardon has lonesome golf for radio hire KMOX in St. Louis for 33 years. In that time, he has lonesome some-more than 100 events, including majors and other PGA, LPGA and Champions Tour tournaments. During his promote career, Reardon conducted one-on-one interviews with 3 dozen members of a World Golf of Fame. He has contributed to many publications over a years and co-authored the book Golf’s Greatest Eighteen from Random House. Reardon served as Director of Media family for LPGA events in both St. Louis and Chicago for 10 years.