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Dustin Johnson is making his claim for best golfer in the world after capping off a come-from-behind victory on Sunday at the WGC-Bridgestone. Johnson used a pair of weekend 66’s to top Scott Piercy and world number 1 Jason Day. It looked as though Day had the championship in hand, but a late surge from Johnson, a missed par save and a costly double bogey doomed Day, who finished 2 shots behind Johnson. It was Johnson’s 2nd consecutive win and 3rd career WGC title, second-most of any player behind Tiger, who has 18 career WGC wins. Johnson overtook Jordan Spieth for the number 2 spot in the world rankings and is closing the gap on Day for the top spot… and to think, just a few weeks ago Johnson wasn’t even part of the conversation.
1st loser, again
Another week, another 2nd-place finish for Scott Piercy. The 37-year-old pro has finished 1st loser in consecutive starts to Dustin Johnson at the U.S. Open and this week’s WGC-Firestone. Piercy is having a career year with his world ranking, ascending to a career-best 25. Piercy now has two 2nd-place finishes and six other top 25s.
Not his Day
Jason Day looked to be seizing control of the championship late in Sunday’s final round, but a rare short par miss on the 15th hole dropped him out of first. Day then followed up his bogey with a brutal double on the par-5 16th, where he played poor shot after poor shot (something that is rare to see from the world number 1).
1 for 385
Those who didn’t qualify for this week’s WGC were in Reno for the Barracuda Championship. Playing in Reno’s high elevation that yields big drives and utilizing the stableford scoring system that rewards birdies and eagles, there were fireworks. In the end, 42-year-old Greg Chalmers, who entered the week with only conditional status on tour, was able to capture his first career PGA Tour title, besting Gary Woodland, Colt Knost and Tim Herron.
With the PGA Tour off next week due to flooding at the Greenbrier, the pros will be choosing amongst a week-long vacation, heading to the European Tour’s Scottish Open, or playing on the Web.com Tour.
Better with age
Europe’s big names were in France for the 100th edition of the Open de France held at Le Golf National. On Sunday, Thongchai Jaidee became the oldest champion of the Open de France, clocking in a mere 48 days older than former record holder Miguel Angel Jimenez. Jaidee fired rounds of 68-68 on the weekend to pull away from Francisco Molinari, Rory McIlroy and Rafa Cabrera Bello for a 4-shot victory. It was Jaidee’s 8th career European Title, one that he described as “the biggest tournament in my life.”
A beginner’s guide to golf course architecture
Beyond the endless quest to shoot lower scores, a part of golf that I have grown to appreciate more and more over the years is golf course architecture. A good understanding of it has led me to enjoy the game more and also improve my scores by understanding the ideal way to play golf holes. I dove into reading many of the great books on architecture and realized that it was quite a cumbersome process learning all of the different aspects of it. So it’s my intention to create a guide and resource that makes golf course architecture more interesting and easier to understand.
To kick things off, we will be featuring a different architect every Monday and a different design feature in every newsletter. We hope you enjoy this new section and pick up some useful tidbits!
A-list Architects: C.B. Macdonald
This week, our featured architect is the man that built America’s first 18-hole golf course, the legendary C.B. Macdonald, who masterfully designed the likes of Chicago Golf Club, National Golf Links of America, Piping Rock, Sleepy Hollow and many more. Check out his profile here.
Featured Template Hole: The Redan Hole
To go along with the C.B. Macdonald theme, we will be starting you out with a look at his “template holes.” Macdonald believed that a perfect golf course was possible, achieved by taking the best holes from the top courses in the British Isles and replicating their design features. The first template hole that we will dive into is widely considered the best par 3 design, the Redan Hole. Check it out here.