How JD got his vertical groove back

Dustin Johnson’s bid for a fourth consecutive win was spoiled by Brian Harman on Sunday. Harman birdied his final two holes to win the Wells Fargo Championship by a shot at Eagle Point Golf Club. After a less-than-stellar eagle chip on the 18th, it looked as though Harman would be joining the World No. 1, Pat Perez and potentially Jon Rahm in a playoff. But the 30-year-old Georgia native rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt to win his second career PGA Tour title. Playing in the group behind Harman, Rahm was forced to play for eagle and after hitting his second shot over the green the Spaniard settled for a par and a solo fourth finish, his sixth top 10 finish in his last eight starts. Full scores

Hitting his stride?

I grew up in the Brian Harman Era of junior golf, where the lefty out of Savannah, Georgia, was the undisputed No. 1 player in the country. After a dominant junior career he took his game to Georgia where he starred for the Bulldogs, earning All-American honors and playing on the 2005 and 2009 Walker Cup teams. Harman’s ascent hit speed bumps along the way and it took a few years of professional golf for the former phenom to make it to the PGA Tour in an era of youthful stars and overnight successes.

So hot right now

Dusitn Johnson showed no rust this week, firing weekend rounds of 67-67 to nearly steal the championship. Along with DJ, Jon Rahm continued his hot play as well as Pat Perez, who notched his ninth top-20 finish in his last 14 starts. Perez’s precise iron play should serve him well at this week’s PLAYERS.

Movin’ on up

Rookie Kevin Tway notched his third top-five finish in as many weeks, using a Sunday 70 to move into a tie for fifth. After barely securing his card through last year’s Web.com Tour Finals, Tway’s hot stretch has solidified his standing on the PGA Tour for this season and beyond – he looks to be one of the more promising players from the rookie class. Tway absolutely mashes the ball and his performances at TPC San Antonio and Eagle Point suggest that when the course difficulty gets ratcheted up, he is a name to watch.

Firm and fast

Despite rain on Friday morning, Eagle Point Golf Club was a rare sight to behold – firm and fast greens, which struck fear in PGA Tour players and emphasized shot making, course management and precision rather than brute force. While weather often impacts the ability to keep the course firm and fast week after week, it’s a shame that some venues prefer to see benign conditions with short rough and softer greens to yield long drives, birdies and low scoring. Simply put, when the conditions are firm and fast it gives fans a far more balanced leaderboard. This week proved that theory – the top of the leaderboard had bombers such as Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm and Kevin Tway, but also featured shorter tacticians like Harman, Zac Blair and Seung-yul Noh. This is a trend that is great for the game, showing that 350 yard drives aren’t the only way to succeed on Tour. With the Tour heading back to drought-riddled Florida for this week’s PLAYERS, golf fans will likely get to see a second consecutive event at a course that allows for different styles of play to succeed.

A great day for the Danes

In London, the European Tour unveiled its latest progressive event, the Golfsixes, a country-based, two-man team event featuring shot clocks and long-drive competitions. The event was labeled a rousing success and geared toward generating more interest from the casual fan. Taking home the title was the Denmark team of Thørbjorn Oleson and Lucas Bjerregaard who defeated the Australian team of Scott Hend and Sam Brazel in the final.

Movin’ on up

Using a bogey-free final round 66, Nate Lashley came from two shots back of 54-hole leader Rafael Campos to win the Web Tour’s Punta Cana Championship. The win pretty much locks up a 2017-2018 PGA Tour card and Lashley will now set his sights on winning the Web Tour money list after capturing last year’s Latin American Tour money list. Meanwhile, the man that Lashley overtook, Campos, continues his stellar play, finishing T3 and earning himself a spot in the next Web event. If you recall, Campos recently had a string of top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour, despite starting the year with only conditional status on the Web Tour. With a spot in Web Tour finals already locked up from his PGA Tour run, Campos will now look to earn his card through finishing in the top 25 of the Web Money List. Full scores

His maiden win

John Daly celebrated his one-year anniversary on PGA TOUR Champions with his first victory, winning the Insperity Invitational on Sunday. After making an eagle on the first hole, Daly held on for a one-shot win over Tommy Armour III and Kenny Perry. Will Daly’s win signal a huge uptick in sales for the Vertical Groove driver? Only time will tell…

Quick hooks

Sei Young Kim beats Ariya Jutanugarn to win the Lorena Ochoa Match Play.

Great article from Gary D’Amato on the creation of Erin Hills.

JD gets a champagne shower following his win.

Wes Bryan makes an absurd birdie.

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