Dustin Johnson is your 2018 RBC Canadian Open champion after a final-round 66. It is Dustin’s third victory of the season and 19th of his PGA Tour career. He became the first player with three consecutive three-win seasons since Tiger Woods and moves into the top 40 in career PGA Tour victories, one away from lifetime membership. Leaderboard
Dustin off another
It is hard to appreciate just how good Dustin Johnson has been over the last decade. In a post-Tiger world, he has been the most dominant golfer on the planet. His consistency is second to none, and he always seems to be around the lead. He has nine top 10s in only fourteen events this season, and three of those are victories. The broadcast noted that 41% of his made cuts end up being top 10 finishes. Only two players have been better over their career: Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.
Fun stat via Justin Ray: Dustin Johnson has 19 victories since 2008, Tiger has 18.
South Korean Duo
Finishing three shots behind Dustin in a tie for 2nd is the pair of Whee Kim and Ben An. An has been around more often than Kim, but they have both had career years in 2018. Ben An lost a playoff to Bryson Dechambeau at the Memorial, and today is his fourth top 10 of the season. Kim notched his third top 10 of the season but his first since the Shriners in November.
Movers and shakers
With the conclusion of the PGA Tour's regular season just 3 weeks away, it's crunch time for players around the top 125. Securing a spot inside the top 125 gets a spot in the Playoffs and full playing status for 2018-2019.
Abraham Ancer (-17) 5th - 101 to 79 - The rookie notched his third top-10 finish of the season and locked up a spot in the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Danny Lee (-16) t6th - 124 to 104 - One of the quiet yet fun guys on tour, Lee has struggled for most of the season. He has 13 missed cuts but is seemingly finding some form. He finished tied for 21st at the Barbasol last week and notched his third top 10 in Canada.
Not Tway’s Day
Tied for the lead entering the day and looking to make a jump in the FedEx Cup standings, Kevin Tway shot a final-round 76 and tied for 17th place. His finish does move him to 91st in the FedEx Cup standings, but he was looking for a lot more.
In his 255th European Tour event, Richard McEvoy notched his first career victory at the Porsche European Open. McEvoy rolled in a 30-footer on 18 to seal the win. After 17 years playing between the European Tour and the Challenge Tour, it is great to see him finally grab the ever-elusive victory.
For my money, the main story was the meltdown of Bryson DeChambeau. Footage of Bryson battling inner demons at the Open Championship surfaced this weekend, and they appeared in Bryson’s game on Sunday. He was tied for the lead on the 15th tee but made two bogies and a triple on the way in (all on Par 5s) to tie for 13th.
DeChambeau is currently in line for a spot on the Ryder Cup team, but his recent battles are concerning to say the least. If he were to not earn an automatic bid and continue to experience inner troubles like this, it is hard to imagine putting him on the team.
Also, shoutout to Allen John. He is a German amateur who finished in a tie for 2nd place this weekend. He is almost completely deaf and clearly has some serious game. Leaderboard
The Home of Golf
Miguel Angel Jimenez captured his second major championship of 2018 at the Senior Open Championship. Jimenez topped Bernhard Langer by one shot thanks to a final-round 69 at the Old Course. Leaderboard
The golf world lost another good one with the passing of Bruce Lietzke this weekend. Lietzke was a 13-time winner on the PGA Tour and won 7 Champions Tour events as well. The popular pro was known for his reliable fade and lack of practice habits. His battle with brain cancer lasted a little over a year. Curtis Strange had this to say about his long-time friend.
World #1 Ariya Jutanugarn won the Women’s Scottish Open by one shot over Minjee Lee. Leaderboard
Martin Trainer won for the second time on the Web.com Tour, securing his PGA Tour card and a high finish on the Money List.
Stanford rising senior Isaiah Salinda held off Oklahoma State’s Austin Eckroat to win the Pacific Coast Amateur at Olympic Club. Leaderboard
It was a tough morning at the Old Course for this official.